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Advertisers ditch TLC’s troubled ’19 Kids and Counting’

LOS ANGELES — Four advertisers pulled out of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated program about a Christian family after reports that the eldest son had molested underage girls. Retailers Walgreen Co. and Payless Shoesource …

Nebraska legislature repeals death penalty, overriding governor’s veto

Nebraska became the first Republican-dominated state in more than 40 years to abolish capital punishment as legislators overrode the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the death penalty. The state’s unicameral legislature voted 30-19, the exact number of votes needed to override Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto, to replace capital …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Is your doctor focused on your health or your disease?

Our health care system focuses on treating and preventing illness. While doctors make some lifestyle recommendations at a typical annual physical, most of the time and effort is spent on screenings. Checking for high blood pressure, listening to the heart and lungs, and taking urine and blood samples are mainstays …

Sports briefs for May 28, 2015

UMaine student-athletes received league academic honors Seven University of Maine student-athletes have received the 2014-15 America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award. Scott Merrill of the track and field team majored in biology with a 3.77 grade point average. Courtney Anderson of the women’s basketball team earned a degree in elementary education …
Orono's Lauren Stoops (center) finishes first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88 seconds during the Class C state track and field championships on June 7, 2014, at Foxcroft Academy.

PVC meets usher in high school track championship season

The onset of warm weather should be a boon to Maine’s outdoor track and field competitors, who have entered championship season. Maine runners, jumpers and throwers will converge at a handful of sites on Friday and Saturday looking to achieve personal and team success. In Eastern Maine, the action begins …
Tender triple-maple barbecue ribs.

Like TV’s Frank Underwood, Angus King tries to cure gridlock with ribs and coleslaw

PORTLAND | Sen. Angus King told a Portland business group Wednesday he thinks what Congress does best is put off difficult problems, so he’s started seeking out a solution to partisan gridlock less than a mile away from Capitol Hill. “Every two or three weeks, I have a little …
These before and after photos show the effect losing a combined 187 pounds has had on Fort Kent couple Marla and Lenny Landry.

‘It’s a lifestyle change’: Fort Kent couple loses nearly 200 pounds

My friend Marla Jandreau Landry can’t wait for the carnival to come to town. “I want to ride a carnival ride,” she told me a week or so ago. “It’s been years since I could because I did not fit in them.” For years Marla dealt …

The Family Filmgoer: Kid-focused reviews of ‘Aloha,’ ‘San Andreas’ and more

8 and older “Tomorrowland” (PG): “Tomorrowland” starts out as a fizzy, fun adventure but morphs into a long, confusing clunker, weighed down by its save-the-world message. For age 8 and older who love science and fantasy, the movie still merits a sit-through. But parents can expect some squirming and questions …
Pro-choice demonstrators shout back at anti-abortion protesters during a rally Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Family planning, abortion shouldn’t be a partisan issue

It’s been sad to watch the Republican Party, the party opposed to government intrusion into our lives, become increasingly associated with policies and ridiculous statements concerning women’s health. It wasn’t always this way. The Republican Party has a history of strong leaders supporting family planning and reproductive rights. In 1970, …
Members of the media broadcast as display boards are seen at the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York at the Brooklyn borough of New York May 27, 2015. U.S. authorities said nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives faced corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes.

World soccer rocked: Top officials held in corruption cases

ZURICH — Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. The world’s most popular sport was plunged …
Anaheim's Patrick Maroon (19) gets tied up with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford during the first period of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won 5-4 in overtime.

Beleskey’s OT goal lifts Ducks past Blackhawks

ANAHEIM, California — Left winger Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks rebounded from blowing a late lead to take a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The Ducks grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven …
Sarah Smiley

‘Thanking the troops’ didn’t happen for shunned Vietnam veterans

Today’s military homecomings are grand events. They are celebrated in person and then again on videos shared on social media and the Internet. They receive positive attention on national television. Troops are greeted at airports with handshakes and, sometimes, prepaid calling cards to get in touch with loved ones. Seemingly …

Eric Caidin, beloved Hollywood memorabilia maven and guru of grindhouse, dies at 62

Eric Caidin, an impresario of pulp and collector of film memorabilia whose Hollywood Book and Poster Co. was a mecca for movie fans for nearly 40 years, has died. He was 62. Caidin died May 18 in Palm Springs, where he had been attending a film noir convention. The cause …

Charter’s $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face tough scrutiny

Charter Communications Inc.’s $56 billion bid to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc. will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp.’s earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The combined company would control a big swath of the cable …

US reporter accused of espionage in Iran makes first court appearance

TEHRAN, Iran — A Washington Post reporter held in Iran for more than 10 months had his first court appearance Tuesday, the latest development in a controversial espionage prosecution that has sparked condemnation from press freedom advocates and drawn concern from the White House. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s Tehran correspondent, …

‘Supergirl’ and the superheroine scarcity problem

MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry Show” was kind enough to have me on as a guest over Memorial Day weekend to talk pop culture, including sexual assault on “Game of Thrones,” the challenges of getting to gender parity in the director’s chair and a subject I haven’t had a chance to write …
Candace Byrd helps Amy Pierce, 87, as Pierce’s daughter Karen Williams looks at their home in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Home care workers take care of our most vulnerable, and they need a raise

As a home care worker, I’ve seen firsthand how vital these services are to the many seniors who rely on home care to live independently at home. Nine out of 10 people want to age at home, rather than move to a nursing home. Our state is already the oldest …

Longliner concept hooked state agency for $2 million in 1980s

I cannot remember which Rockland city councilor it was. In exasperation, he said, “All you have to do is to show up with a suit and shiny shoes and you can get money out of anyone in Maine.” A Harvard degree never hurts. Snelling Brainard was one of those. The …

Andrea Renee Ritz

In Loving Memory Of ANDREA RENEE RITZ Oct 5, 1982 – May 26, 1995 You are our treasure, sweet Andrea. We hold you forever in our hearts. Love, Dad, Mom, Jeremy and all your family
A cable truck returns to a Time Warner Cable office in San Diego, California in this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo.

Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Inc. is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc. for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said Monday. The cash and stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, …