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A closeup of an electronic payment station is shown at a Home Depot store in Daly City, California, in this February 21, 2012 file photo.

Home Depot: 56 million cards possibly at risk from data breach

Home Depot announced Thursday that a breach at its U.S. and Canadian stores over a six-month period this year may have put an estimated 56 million payment cards at risk. That would make it the largest compromise of debit and credit cards in the string of cyberattacks that have hit …

Fast start propels UMFK men’s soccer team by Southern Vermont

BENNINGTON, Vermont — Kennard Brown scored unassisted 12 seconds into the game and Jamie Reid added another goal three minutes later as the University of Maine-Fort Kent Bengals rolled to a 5-1 men’s soccer win over the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers Friday. Willie Monthe booted in a rebound in the …
LETTERS

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014: Cameras, Obama and ISIS, endorsements

Smile for the camera The media news surrounding the Ray Rice incident has yet to mention a side story that could be written. If I were a news reporter I’d title it “Smile, you are on camera.” The Sept. 11 front page story “Will recordings damage personal politics in Maine?” …

US won’t ‘telegraph’ when Syria strikes will begin, official says

WASHINGTON — Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations. At a White House briefing, National Security Adviser …
GOOD BIRDING
Black-capped Chickadee

Audio calls for birds: A double-edged sword

One of my favorite activities as a bird columnist is stirring up trouble. Today, I plan to tackle a subject that I have long avoided. However, I’ve just completed another long summer of leading walks and tours, and this subject is fresh in my mind. Using audio devices to attract …
CONTRIBUTORS

Ray Rice, the NFL and a defining moment in the fight against domestic violence

True defining moments are rare in any movement, cause or social issue. Sure, there are events and circumstances that serve to immortalize the theme one is promoting, but to call something a defining moment, it has to have a significant impact across the spectrum of interest and not just within …
Supporters from the "No" Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences.

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

EDINBURGH — Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a union dating back over 300 years but ushering in a period of intense bargaining over Prime Minister David Cameron’s pre-vote pledges to give Scots more say over their own affairs. A vote for the union is a …
Fort Kent students Lacy Pelletier (left) and Gabrielle Martin create sidewalk art as part of the Chalk it Up Fort Kent domestic violence awareness event Friday.

Hope and Justice Project takes domestic abuse message to the streets in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Nearly four months after her daughter was murdered, allegedly at the hands of her longtime boyfriend, Barbara Theriault on Friday said she will do whatever it takes to prevent another parent from losing a child to domestic violence. “If I can save one person from going …
Bre Bebb, director of Our Town Belfast, will be among the performers at next weekend's arts telethon to raise money and awareness of the Belfast Creative Coalition.

Mimes, ukuleles, burlesque dancers on tap for arts telethon in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine — Elaine Bielenberg always loved watching telethons that featured people like famous comedian Jerry Lewis. Now she’s organizing one in Belfast that should provide hours of televised local entertainment for a cause that’s close to her heart. “A telethon is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I …
A town worker mows the Main Street median in front of the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill Sept. 16, 2011.

What is the GNP mill worth? Depends on liens, value and who’s buying

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Potential buyers of the Great Northern Paper Co. mill would likely assume significant legal and monetary obligations accrued by the current owner, but legal experts think these obligations wouldn’t necessarily be deal breakers for a mill sale. Barry Cohen, a Bangor lawyer with experience in mechanic’s …

Ted Flicker, writer and director who co-created ‘Barney Miller,’ dies at 84

Ted Flicker, who co-created the hit TV series “Barney Miller” and directed the cult-favorite political film satire “The President’s Analyst,” died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 84. The cause was coronary artery disease, said his wife, Barbara. In the 1950s he worked with Elaine …
RENEE ORDWAY | POLL QUESTION
Renee Ordway

NFL player’s indictment brings back unpleasant memories of corporal punishment

I bit my son. Once. A long time ago. Some days I feel like I’m still making it up to him. I am that ashamed. It left a mark on his little leg. He was young enough so that he would probably not even remember it, but my guilt forces …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Wellness: Healing the patient instead of attacking disease

Whenever we get sick or have a health problem, our first instinct is to attack the disease. We do surgery to cut out the parts of our bodies that are diseased; we take drugs to lower blood pressure, stop inflammation and pain, and kill bacteria; toxic chemicals and radiation are …
PHILIP CAPER
Dr. Philip Caper

The troubling way we pay hospitals in Maine and throughout the US

A study published in the current issue of Health Affairs found that hospitals in the U.S. spend about twice as much per capita on administration as the seven other countries studied. If spending on administrative costs were reduced to the average level of spending in the other countries, we could …
CONTRIBUTORS

Goldilocks, three bears and a voter’s dilemma this election season

A spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler recently compared Maine’s gubernatorial race this fall to Goldilocks and the Three Bears in a Portland Press Herald column. With all the slapstick behavior going on with outside money and special interest groups, it’s more like “The Three Stooges” at the moment, but let’s go …

Chief of Westbrook’s fire and police departments quits city job for return to private consulting

WESTBROOK, Maine — Michael Pardue, Westbrook’s public safety director, is stepping down. Pardue, who says he’s returning to the private sector next month, oversaw both Westbrook’s police and fire departments. Pardue started as a consultant for the fire department and eventually transitioned to director several years ago. He plans to …
Piper Anton Doherty plays to passers-by in front of the Houses of Parliament on Westminster Bridge in London Sept. 18, 2014. Polling in the referendum on Scottish independence began on Thursday morning, as Scotland votes whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Scots vote in record numbers, await independence verdict

EDINBURGH — Scots agonized over the fate of their country Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom. Scotland’s verdict on the union should be clear Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organization had previously polled indicated 54 …

Thomas field hockey team rolls by Daniel Webster

WATERVILLE — Brittany Premo and Taylor Bergeron each scored two goals to help lead Thomas College to a 6-0 field hockey victory over Daniel Webster Thursday. Crystal Cunningham and Gabby Martel each added a goal for the Terriers. Brittany Fox and Jessica Russell each made one save for Thomas. Danielle …
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Sen. Angus King

King, Collins vote to approve arming Syrian rebels, funding government

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for …
JULIA BAYLY
Controlled chaos is the rule of day hooking up the Rusty Metal sled dog team.

It’s a new race season for the sled dogs of the Rusty Metal Team

FORT KENT, Maine — Earlier this summer I had cause to pause and reflect on A) why, after earlier this year saying otherwise, I was staying in mushing, and B) what on earth possessed me to get into the insanity that is dogsledding in the first place. These questions were …