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Belfast man charged with drug possession

By Dawn Gagnon on April 29, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Belfast man was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs early Wednesday morning after Bangor police were called to investigate a report of suspicious activity on the third level of the parking garage at Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway. After his arrest at …

Superman is renouncing his US citizenship

By MATT MOORE, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 11:23 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Truth, justice and the … global way? Superman has started a stir with a declaration in the new issue of “Action Comics” that he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship because he’s tired of his actions being construed as instruments of U.S. policy. The Man of Steel, who …

UMFK Eco-Camp registration under way

on April 29, 2011, at 11:20 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The registration deadline for the University of Maine at Fort Kent summer Eco-Camp is Friday, May 20. The camp runs from Sunday, June 26, through Thursday, June 30, for high school students entering their junior or senior year. UMFK’s Environmental Studies faculty will offer five days …

Webb Foundry subject of Warren historical society talk

on April 29, 2011, at 11:19 p.m.
WARREN, Maine — The Warren Historical Society has a special show-and-tell presentation planned for its May 3 meeting at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. Paul Ackerman of St. George will speak about William Webb and the foundry that operated from the Webb farm on Western Road in the …

UM High Altitude Ballooning schedules first launch

on April 29, 2011, at 11:18 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine High Altitude Ballooning group will have its first launch from 8:30 to 20:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Pittsfield Airport. It will be a two-balloon launch, with both balloons released nearly simultaneously. The balloons are expected to reach an altitude of approximately …

Brooksville Community Breakfast on May 7 at church

By George Danby on April 29, 2011, at 11:13 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — The Brooksville Friends and Neighbors will hold a Brooksville Community Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at West Brooksville Congregational Church, UCC,  at 1597 Coastal Road. For more information, call 326-4239. Ham Radio Symposium to start with FCC license exam ELLSWORTH, Maine — The …
Union Street Towing dispatched two wrecker trucks to pull a SUV from the  canal off Maine Avenue near Bangor International Airport Friday afternoon. Police said the driver lost power steering and braking and his vehicle went into the canal and was partially submerged. The driver appeared unhurt.

SUV pulled from canal near Bangor airport

on April 29, 2011, at 10:41 p.m.
Union Street Towing dispatched two wrecker trucks to pull a SUV from the  canal off Maine Avenue near Bangor International Airport Friday afternoon. Police said the driver lost power steering and braking and his vehicle went into the canal and was partially submerged. The driver appeared unhurt.
Daria Saveva of Bulgaria, a member of the Ritmos Duo with her husband Georgiev Seveva, gracefully envelopes herself in a flourescent veil during their performance at the Anah Temple Shrine Circus a the Bangor Auditorium Friday, April 29, 2011. The annual circus runs Friday through Sunday.

The circus comes to town

on April 29, 2011, at 10:38 p.m.
Flip-Flop, Piggy and other Anah Shrine clowns in stand at attention as Stephani Erb (not pictured) of Brewer sang the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the Anah Temple Shrine Circus’ afternoon show a the Bangor Auditorium Friday, April 29, 2011. The annual circus runs Friday through Sunday.

Orono Bog Boardwalk opening Sunday

on April 29, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — An army of volunteers is getting ready for the Orono Bog Boardwalk’s ninth season, which opens Sunday. Dozens of volunteers and supporters recently organized as Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk. The group will promote the wise use of the boardwalk and help with its financial future and …

Bangor rally spreads message against sexual violence

By Dawn Gagnon on April 29, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Among the estimated 60 people who took part in Friday afternoon’s Sexual Assault Awareness Walk and Rally in downtown Bangor was a petite, gray-haired woman wearing a chic straw hat. Perhaps lured by balloons or the music, the woman stopped by an information table set up in …

Even rescuers hobbled by worst twisters since 1932

By JAY REEVES and GREG BLUESTEIN, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Southerners found their emergency safety net shredded Friday as they tried to emerge from the nation’s deadliest tornado disaster since the Great Depression. Emergency buildings are wiped out. Bodies are stored in refrigerated trucks. Authorities are begging for such basics as flashlights. In one neighborhood, the storms …
The parade honoring Caitlin McKenney who got to ride in the white horse-drawn carridge winds through Harmony Friday. Hundreds of people lined the streets and participated.

‘Princess of Harmony’ reigns in mid-Maine town

By Christopher Cousins on April 29, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.
HARMONY, Maine — She wore a silky pink dress, high-heeled white shoes, a sparkling tiara and a smile for the ages. She rode in a white horse-drawn carriage at the front of one of the biggest parades her small hometown has ever seen. She threw candy and waved to throngs …
Barbara Collins, right, owner of Roger's Market in Hudson, rings up a purchase by customer Cindy MacDonald of Dover-Foxcroft as Collins' husband Roger Collins Sr. assists another customer Friday morning, April 29, 2011.The Collins family and scores of other Maine convenience store owners are wondering how the recent abrupt closure of distributor Associated Grocers of Maine will impact the product supply line to their stores.

Taking stock: Food distributor’s financial troubles leave small grocers scrambling

By Matt Wickenheiser on April 29, 2011, at 8:58 p.m.
Small grocers around the state scrambled this week to secure sources for their goods when the cooperative food distributor they belonged to was placed in receivership and headed for liquidation by court order. Gardiner-based Associated Grocers of Maine was in business since 1953, but according to a letter on its …

Scientists investigate twisters like detectives

By KRISTI EATON, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Weather scientists are retracing the footprints of this week’s monstrous tornadoes the way detectives would investigate a crime scene: talking to witnesses, watching surveillance video and even taking the measurements of the trees ripped from the ground. The result will be a meteorological autopsy report on the …

HOPE Festival on tap Saturday in Orono

on April 29, 2011, at 8:36 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Folksinger David Mallett, keynote speaker Jim Merkel and juggler Zach Field are among those who will be part of the 17th HOPE Festival set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The annual free event will feature …

Tyson-like tattoo in movie prompts suit

By JIM SALTER, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:20 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — When Ed Helms’ character in “The Hangover Part II” awakens in a far-away country, curled up in a bathtub and unaware that he is sporting a Mike Tyson-like facial tattoo, his friend sees it and warns, “You’re gonna freak out but it’s gonna be OK.” Whether or …

US appeals court lifts stem cell research ban

By NEDRA PICKLER, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Opponents of taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research lost a key round in a U.S. appeals court Friday. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge’s order that would have blocked federal financing of stem cell research. The judges ruled that …

Shuttle flight is delayed; Obama visits Giffords

By MARCIA DUNN, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The president was on his way. Space shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts were riding out to the launch pad in a van. And a wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had flown in from her Houston rehab hospital to watch her husband blast off Friday on the historic, next-to-last shuttle …

NAACP honors Kid Rock for being Detroit booster

By COREY WILLIAMS, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.
DETROIT — Kid Rock is known as a champion for Detroit — proudly displaying the Motor City in music videos, jumping in when an area summer festival fell on hard times and using money from his “Made in Detroit” clothing line to help start a college fund for local music …

FAA orders air traffic control management shake-up

By JOAN LOWY, The Associated Press on April 29, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday replaced three high-level managers in the nation’s air traffic control system after embarrassing incidents of controllers sleeping on the job and making potentially dangerous mistakes. In a shake-up of the system, new managers were appointed to key positions that oversee the operation …
 
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