May 27, 2018
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By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Governor-elect Paul LePage appears to be having trouble filling his commissioner posts. He’s only filled four, and he said he planned to fill all 16 by the end of the year. He’s not announcing any this week. We ask him what obstacles have emerged to change his timetable. Reporter: Kevin Miller

For Neal Snow, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy was a step forward. President Bill Clinton initiated the policy in 1993, allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military, as long as they remained “in the closet.” Before that, military applicants had to sign forms, acknowledging that they were not homosexual. It was that form that changed Snow’s life. In 1992, as an Air Force ROTC cadet at the University of Maine, Snow told his commanding officer he was gay, and was subsequently dismissed from the program – technically for lying on the form about his sexual orientation. What does Snow think of the policy being repealed? Reporter: Matt Wickenheiser

Look for Part 5 in our series Flight to Freedom: War through the eyes of a child, based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master who recounts her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey into the American-occupied sector of Germany in 1945. Columnist: Kathryn Olmstead

Our Outdoors pages will feature a story on this weekend’s U.S. cross-country ski championships at Black Mountain. Organizers have expanded the venue’s Nordic ski area and now can start 250 skiiers at the same time. There are also new waxing shacks, and a new timing shed. Reporter: John Holyoke

In Sports, we’ll cover high school boys and girls basketball contests and the University of Maine men’s hockey game against Miami of Ohio in the Florida College Classic tourney.

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