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Gov. Paul LePage smiles in Augusta after swearing in House members, Dec. 3, 2014.
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LePage says he’ll speak for Maine education department

“I will be the commissioner,” LePage said.
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‘The new normal’: Displaced millworkers commuting, renting to remain in struggling industry

Since he began working industrial jobs after his high school graduation in 1980, Tom Picard has been laid off at least 10 times. For the past two years, he has commuted between Millinocket and Waterville, where he works at the Huhtamaki mill.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Tuesday was the first time in 43 years I feared for my safety because of my race

Having a black person in your family, as LePage does, does not buy you a cloak of invincibility when it comes to the issue of race.
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THE LYME LIFE

A lesson in Lyme: Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome vs. chronic Lyme

First off, I’d like to define some things for you all. It is a common …

Dresden pastor, 77, jailed in Europe after being scammed into transporting illegal drugs

J. Byron Martin, a 77-year-old retired pastor from Dresden, Maine, is among the victims of a global scam that uses seniors to unknowingly carry illegal drugs across international borders.

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Tom Picard (left) laughs with his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, during dinner late Sunday evening at their home in Millinocket before Tom makes the trip to his apartment in Winslow to work in the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville for the week. He says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. Now, with home prices in the dumpster in his hometown of Millinocket, he can't sell his nearly paid off home for fair value, so he commutes to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville.
VIDEO

‘The new normal’: Displaced millworkers commuting, renting to remain in struggling industry

Since he began working industrial jobs after his high school graduation in 1980, Tom Picard has been laid off at least 10 times. For the past two years, he has commuted between Millinocket and Waterville, where he works at the Huhtamaki mill.

Quizzes

Children walk as the sun sets in Kabul city December 9, 2012.

Quiz: How much do you know about the cultures of Maine immigrants?

Let’s see if you are familiar with these cultural aspects of Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran.

Events

WEST OF THE FIELDS

New music including Junior Boys, Massive Attack, Porches and Holy Ghost! on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

New tracks from Chairlift, School Of Seven Bells and Wild Nothing premiered on the show this week, while the retro alternative set looked back at the year 1979, one of the most fruitful ever for alternative rock, punk and New Wave.

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