Archive for November, 2011


Free throws carry Eastern Illinois past UMaine men

By Pete Warner on Nov. 30, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Jeremy Granger went 4-for-4 from the foul line during the last 35 seconds of overtime Wednesday night, capping Eastern Illinois’ prolific free-throw shooting that paved the way for an 85-80 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Lantz Arena. The Panthers (4-2) were awarded 35 …

Lucic scores 2, Bruins win 12th in 13 games

The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 11:34 p.m.
TORONTO — After a near-perfect November, the Boston Bruins were in no mood to celebrate. Boston polished off the franchise’s first month without a regulation loss in more than four decades with a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, but the defending Stanley Cup champions took …

Prescription drug savings could reduce federal budget cuts

By Ann Woloson, executive director of Prescription Policy Choices on Nov. 30, 2011, at 11:11 p.m.
I’m not going to pretend I thought the congressional supercommittee would come to agreement on how to slash $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. With members of the committee drawing lines in the sand from the beginning over ideological differences in taxes and spending (half had previously signed a pledge …

Of hammers, lost keys and economic malaise

By David Farmer on Nov. 30, 2011, at 11:09 p.m.
My son is six years old. He has proven beyond a reasonable doubt the words of philosopher and educator Abraham Kaplan, who wrote in 1964’s “The Conduct of Inquiry”: “Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.” Over time, the Law of …

Prostate test may do more harm than good

on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:58 p.m.
A furious debate has erupted over a widely-used method of detecting prostate cancer. The test is PSA screening — for “prostate-specific antigen” — a blood test that can help a cancer specialist advise a biopsy and possible surgical or radiation therapy. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel …

Mail it in, privately

By George Will, Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:47 p.m.
The Jacksonian-era movement to keep the Sabbath pure deplored Sunday mail delivery. Said one evangelical: “We have always viewed it as a national evil of great magnitude, and one which calls for national repentance and reformation, that the mails are carried, and the post offices kept open, on that holy …

Dreading holiday weight gain? Get moving and limit alcohol intake

By Jennifer LaRue Huget, Special to The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:41 p.m.
One of the best ways to avoid gaining weight during the holiday eating season is to ramp up your exercise regimen. Yeah, right. Chalene Johnson knows it’s hard to squeeze exercise into your December schedule. But she’s convinced that even the most overwhelmed among us can make it happen. Johnson, …

National Labor Relations Board faces shutdown amid more partisan infighting

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board, the Depression-era agency charged with protecting a worker’s right to join a union, finds itself bitterly split and facing a near-shutdown by the year’s end in another example of Washington’s fierce partisan divide. Fewer than 7 percent of private sector workers are now …

Environmentalists pressure U.S. to help more at climate talks

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:34 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Is the United States leading or blocking progress toward stopping global warming? It’s a key question this week as officials from more than 190 countries begin the latest round of negotiations seeking an eventual global climate-protection plan. Environmentalists say that one of this round’s main accomplishments could be …

NATO: Pakistan resumes some cooperation

By DEB RIECHMANN and ASHRAF KHAN, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:32 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan resumed some cooperation with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan following NATO strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers by working with the coalition to prevent another cross-border incident from escalating, a spokesman said Wednesday. The weekend airstrikes have severely strained the already troubled relationship between Pakistan and the …

Wreaths Across America events set this weekend for Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:26 p.m.
HARRINGTON | Several events have been scheduled this weekend in Washington County in connection with the annual Wreaths Across America convoy from Worcester Wreath Co. to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This will be the 20th year that Morrill Worcester, owner of the company, has taken donated wreaths to …

Leach agrees to coach Washington State

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Mike Leach is bringing his high-powered passing offense — and swashbuckling style — to long-dormant Washington State. The school said Wednesday that the pirate-loving former Texas Tech coach agreed in principle to a five-year contract. He will be introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Pullman. Leach …

Latest theory in NY mystery bodies: 1 killer of 10

By FRANK ELTMAN, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
YAPHANK, N.Y. — When four bodies were found last December strewn along a remote barrier beach south of New York’s Long Island, police figured they were dealing with a serial killer. When the remains of six others were uncovered later, they widened the possibility to multiple killers using the same …

Petzy paces Saint Joseph’s men past Husson

BDN staff reports on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
STANDISH — Senior guard Chris Petzy poured in a game-high 31 points, becoming the 35th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau, as Saint Joseph’s posted a 70-58 men’s basketball victory over Husson University of Bangor on Wednesday night. St. Joseph’s (4-0) used a 25-12 spurt in the …

Hurricane season ends without ‘major’ US storm

By From wire service reports on Nov. 30, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Wednesday, marking the sixth consecutive year that a “major” hurricane did not make landfall in the United States. The season spared the usual victims, the Southern states, but it did manage to produce Hurricane Irene. Although it wasn’t considered a …

With lockout nearing end, basketball back in focus

By BRIAN MAHONEY, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 9:56 p.m.
NEW YORK — These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for. Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as …

Wellness program launched to improve employee health in Hancock, Washington counties

By Kevin Miller on Nov. 30, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce have launched a “wellness” pilot program aimed at helping Hancock County businesses lower their insurance costs by improving employee health. Fifteen businesses employing more than 400 people have signed up so far for the “True Health …

Biden: US troop exit marks new beginning with Iraq

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his trip to Baghdad ahead of the U.S. military pullout marks a new beginning between Iraq and the United States, but protests in Iraq against his visit demonstrated the difficulties the relationship will face. Biden landed in Baghdad Tuesday in a …

Syrian ministers face Arab travel ban

By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, The Associated Press on Nov. 30, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.
CAIRO — The Arab League unveiled a list of top Syrian officials facing a travel ban Wednesday, and Turkey imposed tough new sanctions against Damascus as pressure intensified for President Bashar Assad to end his regime’s violent effort to suppress an 8-month-old uprising. The 17 officials who could be banned …

Bangor man arrested in connection with Ohio Street drug raid

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 30, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
A Bangor man who unwittingly sold drugs to undercover agents was arrested last week on two counts of felony aggravated drug trafficking. As of Wednesday night, Gordon McLaughlin, 46, remained at Penobscot County Jail, where he was being held on $2,500 cash bail, a jail official confirmed. …
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