Archive for March, 2011


New marine species discovered off Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:44 p.m.
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — A new marine species has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Thursday the discovery of Chromodoris fentoni, a type of shell-less snail known as a nudibranch (pronounced “nu-da-brank”). Biologists discovered the unusual creature after a fisherman donated …

US-S. Korea trade pact will bar imports from N. Korea

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. official says a proposed U.S.-South Korean free trade agreement will not provide a back door for imports to the United States from communist North Korea. The top U.S. diplomat for east Asia, Kurt Campbell, told lawmakers Thursday that the pact, which is pending congressional approval, …

FDA panel votes to study food dyes, hyperactivity

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:39 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Thursday that the agency further study the link between food coloring and childhood hyperactivity but said products that contain the dyes do not need package warnings. The committee, made up of doctors, scientists and consumer representatives, narrowly voted 8-6 …

Wisconsin governor halts plans to implement union law

By Todd Richmond And Scott Bauer, The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:38 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge on Thursday did what thousands of pro-union protesters and boycotting Democratic lawmakers couldn’t, forcing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to halt plans to implement a law that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights and cut their pay. Dane County Circuit Judge …

Ex-Sarkozy aide lashes out at debate on Islam

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:37 p.m.
PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ousted adviser on diversity called the president’s conservative party the “plague of Muslims” amid a growing furor over its plans to debate Islam’s role in France. Even Prime Minister Francois Fillon, a prominent member of the governing UMP party, is distancing himself from its …

Celtics snap funk, send Spurs to 5th straight loss

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 11:09 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO — The Boston Celtics finally got a big win and their big man back. They may also reclaim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. And the San Antonio Spurs, at this dismal rate, may give first place in the West away. Rajon Rondo had 22 points …

Concert at the dump, and other stories

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 31, 2011, at 11:08 p.m.
Back in the summer of 1979, I learned about an unsung social hot spot in Maine. Shortly after arriving in the border town of Vanceboro, I was invited to a popular Saturday night activity: “Let’s go to the dump and watch the bears!” Sure enough, several well-fed black bears browsed …
Deer Isle-Stonington 5th graders Hunter Eaton, left, as Cap’n and Brendan Penfold, right, as Donald Trundy in rehearsal on March 23 for the upcoming Opera House Arts-Deer Isle Stonington Schools production of “Dear Fish” at the Reach Performing Arts Center April 1-2.

Alaskan and Maine students team up to present ‘Dear Fish’

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 31, 2011, at 10:49 p.m.
DEER ISLE-STONINGTON — Fishermen in Juneau, Alaska, catch millions of pounds of salmon, halibut and crab each year, while across the country, fishermen of Deer Isle-Stonington haul in millions of pounds of lobster. As these fishermen navigate the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, they accumulate stories and pass them down to …

Pet group puts out the call for April Stools Day volunteers

By Andrew Neff on March 31, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.
BANGOR | A year after taking part in the first April Stools Day cleanup event in the Lewiston-Auburn area, two Bradford residents hope to expand the volunteer day all the way to Bangor. April Stools Day? “We can’t take credit for that one,” Cassandra Lang of Turner said with …
Dwayne Shaw, executive director of the Pleasant River Fish Hatchery in Columbia Falls surveyed the oil sheen drifting down the Pleasant River on Tuesday, just upstream from his hatchery research facility. The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources and Clean Harbor Environmental Services quickly responded to the oil spill reported off the Tibbettstown Road in Columbia Falls. Behind him is a sorbent boom that the D.E.P installed to help collect the contaminant.

Pleasant River Hatchery still suffering from diesel spill; local smelt fishery closed

By Sharon Kiley Mack on March 31, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS — “We are still very on the edge here,” Dwayne Shaw of Downeast Salmon Federation’s Pleasant River Hatchery said Thursday, two days after 1,000 gallons of off-road diesel fuel spilled into the river and contaminated the waters both inside and outside of the hatchery. The spill began Tuesday with …
Keith Robinson, artistic director of Robinson Ballet, oversees a rehearsal of upcoming spring performances in the company's Bangor studios on Saturday, March 26. Performances of "Aurora's Wedding" and "Robinson LIVE 2011" will be held in April at both The Grand in Ellsworth and Hauck Auditiorium at the University of Maine in Orono.

Rites of Spring: Robinson Ballet’s April shows allow dancers to contribute personal expression

By Emily Burnham on March 31, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.
BANGOR | If the winter performances of “The Nutcracker” are a chance for all dancers of all ages in the Robinson Ballet to shine in a classic ballet setting, then the dance company’s spring show is an opportunity for dancers to experiment, reinvent and learn new things. Where else …

Federer, Nadal to renew rivalry in Key Biscayne

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played each other 22 times on hard courts, grass and clay. Now, for the first time in six years, the best rivalry in tennis is back on U.S. soil. Rafa and Roger will meet Friday night in the semifinals at …
Scott Moore looks around at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Monday. Moore comes to the library about twice a week to look for reading material or audio books. The library is supported partly by a bottle drive that has been conducted for nine yeas. The amount donated by people over the years in the form of redeemable bottle deposits totals just over $50,000.

Library volunteers fighting against bottle bill changes

By Abigail Curtis on March 31, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS | Over the last 10 years, a nonstop bottle drive for the Stockton Springs Community Library has generated $56,000, enough money to keep the volunteer-run program well-supplied with books. If major changes are made to Maine’s 35-year-old bottle bill, that income stream could slow to a trickle …

Bangor police probing reported break-in at Diva’s Gentleman’s Club

BDN staff reports on March 31, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.
Bangor police are investigating a report of a break-in at Diva’s Gentleman’s Club on Harlow Street. The possible break-in was reported by Diana Cormier, owner of the downtown exotic dance club, who discovered someone had entered her business overnight. “When I left last night, everything was normal. When I came …

Husson softball sweeps Southern Maine

on March 31, 2011, at 9:58 p.m.
BANGOR — Husson University scored four times in the fourth inning to top the University of Southern Maine of Gorham 8-5 in Thursday’s first college softball game. The Eagles completed the sweep with a 6-1 victory in the second game. In the first game, Megan Richards doubled and single with …

Yankees capture opener

The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 9:58 p.m.
NEW YORK — Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh inning and Mark Teixeira had a three-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday in the first regular-season game played in the Bronx in March. CC Sabathia pitched six workmanlike innings, …

FAN FEEDBACK: Blodgett needed more time

on March 31, 2011, at 9:49 p.m.
Blodgett should be allowed to grow as coach I feel insulted by the standards the university has applied to firing of Cindy Blodgett. They were careful to say no taxpayer money has been used. I feel a moral approach should be applied to the coaches and players. These programs are …

Katahdin leaders meet to discuss mill tax breaks

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | East Millinocket and Millinocket town leaders had no comment after meeting Thursday to discuss a San Francisco investor’s attempt to secure property tax breaks from the towns as it seeks to buy two Katahdin region paper mills for $1. The 1½-hour meeting occurred in the basement …

Top filmmakers offer fervent endorsements of the movie theater

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times on March 31, 2011, at 9:44 p.m.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Even in the distant future in a galaxy far, far away, there will still be movie theaters. “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas, a pioneer in digital technology, offered an impassioned show of support Wednesday for a century-old institution: the movie theater. “What you bring to the …

2 Chicago Police officers accused of sex assault

By Don Babwin, The Associated Press on March 31, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
CHICAGO, Ill. — Chicago police said Thursday they were investigating allegations that two on-duty officers picked up a crying woman in their squad car this week and at least one of them sexually assaulted her. Interim Police Superintendent Terry Hillard said the two veteran officers were placed on administrative duty …