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Justice Department: Fast and Furious report distorted

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers are engaging in distortions by asserting that Operation Fast and Furious arose from a strategy created by the Obama administration. In a report following an 18-month probe of the flawed gun-smuggling investigation, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. Chuck …

Men and Their Machines and the Blacksmith Round-up

PHOTO COURTESY:  Michele Barker Photography BRADLEY, Maine — The Maine Forest and Logging Museum will host a family event, Men and Their Machines and the Blacksmith Round-up, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11,  off Route 178,  54 Government Road. The event which is opened to the public, will …

NORMAN BOUCHER and JEANNE BOUCHER

OLD TOWN MAINE – Committal services for Norman and Jeanne Boucher, formerly of Old Town, will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Old Town. Light refreshments will be afterward at Holy Family Parish Hall, Old Town.

Red Sox trade Podsednik, Albers, Anderson

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Scott Podsednik and right-hander Matt Albers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Craig Breslow. Then, in a deal with the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox acquired right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright for first baseman Lars Anderson. Podsednik hit .387 with a homer …

Obama, Romney and their foreign policy highlights

WASHINGTON — Thanks to Mitt Romney’s overseas trip, foreign policy has had an airing in a presidential campaign dominated, as usual, by matters at home. For all the words on both sides, though, it can be difficult in the end to see how President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger …
The new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor won’t open until Labor Day weekend 2013, but the $65 million arena and events center already has calendar dates reserved for events, concerts and shows.

Bookings already made for Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center

BANGOR, Maine — The new Cross Insurance Center won’t open until Labor Day weekend next year, but Bangor’s new $65 million arena and events center already has calendar dates reserved for events, concerts and shows. “When we open, the building’s going to be busy,” said Doug Higgons, regional vice president …

NORMAN BOUCHER and JEANNE BOUCHER

OLD TOWN MAINE – Committal services for Norman and Jeanne Boucher, formerly of Old Town, will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Old Town. Light refreshments will be afterward at Holy Family Parish Hall, Old Town.

Bangor digs deep to fund long overdue road paving project

BANGOR, Maine — The same economic woes that forced Bangor city officials to put off needed paving work for years has provided them an opportunity to smooth out many rough spots over the next 18 months. Although budgetary concerns haven’t waned this year, Bangor city councilors and city department heads …
Georg Rymph

Eastern Maine Medical Center doctor dies overseas at age 44

BANGOR, Maine — Dr. Georg L. Rymph, a physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center, died at the age of 44 on Monday while overseas in Sri Lanka, the hospital said Tuesday. A memo sent to EMMC physicians Tuesday said hospital personnel have no details about Rymph’s death “other than it …

Alfred man pleads guilty to conspiracy, embezzlement and tax charges

PORTLAND, Maine — Thomas Nelson of Alfred, former chief executive officer of York County Community Action Corp., pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy, embezzlement from a federally funded program, tax evasion and signing false tax return charges, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced. York County Community …

Maine car insurance cost among lowest in nation, report says

The average Maine household pays just under 2 percent of its annual income for car insurance, according to the study.
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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012: Tax the rich, candidate endorsements and education

Sensible solutions It is past time to reform our tax system. Our government is spending money it doesn’t have and cutting government services that we all — but especially middle-class and poor people — depend on, everything from schools to roads to medical care. I’m no Warren Buffett, but I …

Proposal to require citizen approval for expensive projects rejected by Bangor councilors

BANGOR, Maine — A proposal to require citizen approval for city projects above a certain price range was shelved Monday night at a special Bangor City Council meeting. The proposal’s language called for amending the charter to require voter ratification of any project — not including infrastructure improvements such as …
Drivers and their horses round the track in 2011.

Bangor Raceway finding success with revamped schedule

BANGOR, Maine — The 129th season of harness racing at Bangor Raceway saw a quick start and a strong finish to the spring-summer season. “All our numbers are up,” said Mike Hopkins, Bangor Raceway’s director of racing operations. “Our average handle [amount of money bet] per race is up 45 …
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012: Health care, ‘The Phantom’ and environmental protection

GoMaine Last week you had several articles about GoMaine, and how it was being closed because it did not have enough funds to replace older vehicles. The same articles stated that there was $233,000 profit from rider fees, and the DOT had budgeted $240,000 for vehicle replacement. Those who say …

Local sports results for July 30, 2012

Legion baseball State Tourney At The Ballpark, Old Orchard Saturday, July 28, Play-in P1: Gardiner 2, Kennebunk 0 P2: Windham 4, Brewer 1 Double-elimination Wednesday, Aug. 1 G1: Fayette-Staples (15-5) vs. Saco-Biddeford Savings-Westbrook (16-5), 9:30 a.m. G2: Post 51-Oakland/Fairfield (19-2) vs. Windham (16-6), 12:30 p.m. G3: Pastime Club-Lewiston (19-2) vs. …

Man charged in Portland hit and run

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man was charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after striking a pedestrian in the Old Port early Sunday, police said. Joshua Cohen, 23, of Fairfield was attempting to cross Commercial Street around 1:20 a.m. when he was hit …

International marathon will span Lubec and Campobello

LUBEC, Maine — Long-distance runners will have a new international marathon option in June 2013 when the inaugural Bay of Fundy marathon debuts in Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick. “There are more than 430 marathons across the country, but only three in Maine — Portland, Sugarloaf and Mount Desert …
Passengers board a regional jet at Bangor International Airport in 2010.

Bangor airport seeing strong growth in number of passengers

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor International Airport had the best June in years this past month and also saw a strong first half of the year, but BIA Director Tony Caruso says he’s not about to put things on autopilot. “I think this is our best June since 2005, so we’re …
Tom Joudrey IV

Parents of Mexico shooting victim say they just want answers

LEWISTON, Maine — Tom Joudrey III clearly remembers the last time he spoke with his son. “When I went to bed, he was sitting in my living room,” the grieving father told the Sun Journal Sunday evening. “He’d gotten a phone call. I told him ‘I love you. See you …