LETTERS

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014: Gaza, Sony and the Spirit of Eastport

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
Israel not a victim This is to celebrate the BDN’s decision to publish “Reflections on our day In Gaza” by Maurine and Bob Tobin (BDN, Dec. 20). As a new friend of mine in Jordan wrote to me after reading it, “It is good to know that there are still …
EDITORIALS
Verso Paper mill workers line up to leave the mill one last time Dec. 17 in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill. Wednesday marked the last shift at the 84-year old mill.

Preparing Maine’s workforce: Education, adaptability and, often, relocation

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m.
The slow-growing and aging nature of Maine’s workforce is well known and the statistics no longer surprising. Between 2000 and 2012, among Maine’s labor force of about 700,000, the number of workers 45 and older grew by 94,000 while the number younger than 45 shrank by 59,000, according to the …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)

Campaign giving

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
Campaign 2016.

Trio pleads not guilty this week to federal bath salts charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 25, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BANGOR | A man with residences in Maine and Florida was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court on drug and gun charges in connection with an alleged bath salts distribution ring. Edwin Hamel, 48, of Milford and Hobe Sound, Florida, pleaded not guilty to one count each of conspiracy …
Co-directors Evan Goldberg (2nd L) and Seth Rogen greet attendees at a midnight screening of "The Interview" at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, California December 25, 2014. "The Interview," the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U.S. consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut.

After Sony reversal, Bangor theater among hundreds to screen ‘The Interview’

By Luc Cohen and Alicia Avila, Reuters on Dec. 25, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES — “The Interview,” the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of …
Graham Safford of Bates College (left) is pictured during a recent NESCAC game in Lewiston. The former Hampden Academy standout lost his dad, David Hollis, to brain cancer on Christmas Day, 2010.

Bates College senior finds inspiration, hope through Christmas tragedy

By Pete Warner on Dec. 25, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Graham Safford is an intense competitor on the basketball court. It was obvious during his high school career — two years each at Camden Hills High School and Hampden Academy — and his passion has been evident during his time at Bates College in Lewiston. The senior point guard has …
IF MY COASTER COULD TALK (blog)

Christmas-themed beer advertising from the early 1900′s

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
Christmas morning is always hectic so I had no plans to blog today but the presents are all unwrapped and the kids have hit a wall and crashed out for naps so I thought I’d take a quick minute to look at some old Christmas themed beer advertising, because you …
JULIA BAYLY

Central Aroostook group paying it forward, one random act of kindness at a time

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 25, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
FORT KENT | There’s been a lot of sadness and tragedy depicted in the news in the days leading up to Christmas in Maine and around the country. So, I’m taking the opportunity to redirect readers away from shootings, crimes and conflict to wax a bit poetic about some …
MAINE MATTERS (blog)

Merry Christmas..

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
Merry Christmas from maine-matters… and our newest “project”…Andre
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Does chronic back pain begin in the teen years?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Dec. 25, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Most people assume that teens do not have back or neck problems, or if they do, they are just sore from an injury or overuse. But when I ask an adult patient with chronic back pain when they first started having problems, it is not unusual for them to tell …
CULTURE SHOCK (blog)

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 26-28: On the twelfth day of Christmas…

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
1. Happy holidays! I hope your Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Solstice or Whatever was relaxing and fun. Me, this weekend I’ll be planning my summer vacation on my one square foot of a Maine island that I was gifted yesterday. In Bangor on Friday night, there’s good stuff …

Well-known Portland theater actor dies in Mass. car crash

By CBS 13 on Dec. 25, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
CHARLTON, Mass. – A well-known Portland woman was killed after a multi-car crash on the Mass Turnpike. Investigators say Susan Camardo Reilly, 64, died after two tractor-trailers, an SUV, and the car she was riding in, collided Tuesday. The crash happened on I-90 in Charlton, Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon. Reilly …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

A Christmas Gift For Everybody Who Struggles with their Weight

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
If you are fat, overweight, obese, pleasantly plump, chubby or whatever word you prefer to describe yourself and you struggle to get slimmer, the best Christmas gifts you can get are the ones you can only give to yourself. Give yourself the gifts of: Self Love Self Acceptance Self Care and …
DANA MILBANK

Good riddance to the worst Congress ever

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Dec. 25, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
The 113th Congress went the way of the dodo — literally. The lawmakers of the 2013-14 legislative session finally put themselves out of their misery, but not before Harry Reid’s Senate passed one final piece of legislation marking “the centennial of the passenger pigeon extinction.” This bipartisan legislation recalled the …
Ronnie Stauffer and Dan Milbauer pose recently with Cary the caribou and the vintage sleigh they have adorning their lawn on Main Street in Houlton.

Cary the caribou helps Houlton residents preserve a bit of County history

By Gloria Austin, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 25, 2014, at 8:28 a.m.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. And, of course, you recall the most famous reindeer of all — Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. But, have you met their northern cousin, Cary? Cary the caribou is hooked to a …
Paige Lento, 9, right, is pictured with her younger sister Chloe Lento, 7, of Easton, in a Christmas card shot in mid-December at their home. Paige was born with Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the way a child’s cartilage and bones develop, and underwent a 12-hour surgery last year to transplant her with a new liver and kidneys.

Easton girl, 9, celebrates first year of feeling ‘healthy enough to be a kid’

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
For Pete and Kristina Lento and their two daughters, 9-year-old Paige and 7-year-old Chloe, it has been a year of firsts for the entire family. It was the first year that Paige Lento, who was born with Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the way …
Workers from SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC began installing security fencing last week as construction of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust's fish bypass continued this week in Howland.

Fish bypass construction starts in Howland while hunt goes on for developer of former tannery site

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 25, 2014, at 7:22 a.m.
Preparation work for the construction of a $3.2 million fish bypass and the marketing of the former Howland tannery site are underway, officials said Tuesday. Workers from SumCo Eco-Contracting LLC were installing security fences and silt control devices at the site this week. They will continue the …
Former President George H. W. Bush applauds during an event to honor the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award at the White House in Washington in this file photo from July 15, 2013.

Former U.S. President Bush, 90, remains in Houston hospital

By Reuters on Dec. 25, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, remained hospitalized near his home in Houston on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st president said. “President Bush had a good day and his prognosis remains positive,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in …
Director Joseph Sargent on location. Sargent, an actor turned Emmy-winning director, died Monday in Malibu. He was 89.

Joseph Sargent, prize-winning film and TV movie director, dies at 89

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times on Dec. 25, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Joseph Sargent, a prolific director whose best-known film was “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and whose dozens of TV movies included explorations of sensitive racial topics, died Dec. 22 at his Malibu home. He was 89. Sargent’s death was caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, …

Brandon Stoddard, longtime ABC television executive, dies at 77

By David Colker and Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times on Dec. 25, 2014, at 6:38 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Television executive Brandon Stoddard, who played a key role in the 1970s classic “Roots” and other pioneering miniseries, died Dec. 22 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77. The cause was bladder cancer, said his wife, Mary Anne Dolan. Other miniseries he oversaw as an …
 
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