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Greek Orthodox priest charged with possession of child pornography convicted of sex crime in 1983

BANGOR | The Greek Orthodox priest arrested on allegations of possessing child pornography was convicted of a sex charge in Michigan in 1983, according to court records in that state. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor remained at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $10,000 cash bail Tuesday evening …
LETTERS

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014: Clean elections, Burger King, speed limits

Clean up elections Jack and Jill should be able to run for state office in Maine if qualified and motivated. They should not need to be wealthy. This is why we need a restored and fully funded Clean Election Act. This first-in-the-nation law is the most successful state program of …
LETTERS

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014: Israel vs. Gaza, support for Jonathan Fulford, Chris Christie in Maine

Climate change swindle I was dismayed but not surprised to read economist Jonathan Rubin’s defense of the Obama administration’s proposed plan to raise electricity rates and supposedly address global warming. The piece had all the standard elements of the climate change swindle: the apocalypse card, equating skeptics with holocaust deniers, …

Supreme Court mostly upholds Obama bid to curb carbon emissions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that means major facilities, including power plants and refineries, will go on being regulated as they have been. On a 7-2 vote, the court …
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Portland Mayor Michael Brennan presides over a meeting of the City Council Monday night alongside City Manager Mark Rees. The council considered a ban of polystyrene containers and fees on single-use paper and plastic bags at the meeting.

Divided Portland council bans polystyrene containers, adds fees on paper and plastic bags

The Portland City Council voted late Monday night to implement a ban on polystyrene food containers, as well as tack a five-cent fee onto paper and plastic bags customers take from check-out lines. Both moves were panned by business groups, who lamented the added costs of implementing …
LETTERS

Monday, May 19, 2014: Koch Industries, homelessness, buggy crash, Bangor eagles

Kid-safe products The Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to drop its proposal to add formaldehyde to its priority list of chemicals under the Kid-Safe Products Act is more than just reckless — it’s part of a dangerous pattern of behavior by the governor and his administration of bending to corporate …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

Ban on Styrofoam food containers in Portland headed to council vote; grocery bag fee on hold

Portland city councilors will vote on a proposed ban on food and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam, but an ordinance to charge fees for plastic take-out bags at supermarkets and convenience stores remains on hold. As of Tuesday, no information was available on when the council …
In this April 2013 file photo, volunteer firefighters from Addison, Columbia Falls, Harrington and Jonesport were among the responders to a house fire on Indian River Road in Addison.

Blue Hill researcher to begin 15-year study of cancer risk in Maine firefighters

AUGUSTA | An environmental health scientist is about to embark on a 15-year study of Maine firefighters in an effort to investigate the long-term health effects of exposure to controversial flame-retardant chemicals. Dr. Susan Shaw, president and founder of the Blue Hill-based Marine Environmental Research Institute, announced the study …
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2013 honor parts for Stearns High School

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The honor parts for the Class of 2013 at Stearns High School have been announced as follows: Valedictorian Kristen Nicole Manzo, daughter of Steve & Melissa Manzo, plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Art. During high school, Kristen …
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Samantha Jane Bullard

Hermon High School announces 2013 honor parts

HERMON, Maine — Principal Brian M. Walsh has announced the honor parts for the Hermon High School graduating Class of 2013.  Commencement ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts, Orono. Samantha Jane Bullard, daughter of Robert Bullard of Bangor and …
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Ellsworth Fire Lt. Gary Saunders washes down a firefighter on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in a demonstration of how the department attempts to rid turnout gear of soot, smoke and dust that contain dangerous chemicals.

Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought

ELLSWORTH | New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. That firefighters develop cancer at an alarming rate is not news to industry professionals or scientists. But Dr. Susan …

Flame retardants, found in many consumer products, ignite health concerns

Synthetic chemicals added to consumer products to meet federal and state flammability standards are showing up in waterways, wildlife and even human breast milk. Studies in laboratory animals and humans have linked the most scrutinized flame retardants, called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, …
Jenny Rottmann of Portland is nine months pregnant. Her son is due next week and she's concerned about the potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals in her couch.

Toxic flame retardants found in couches in Maine and U.S.

PORTLAND | When Jenny Rottmann and her husband bought a pale green couch a couple of years ago at a local department store, the couple had no idea it had been treated with potentially toxic chemicals. After learning about a national study into the use of flame-retardant chemicals in …

Study suggests tie between BPA chemical and child obesity

NEW YORK — A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don’t prove it’s the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with …

US-Israel divisions over Iran boil over

JERUSALEM — Israel is sounding increasingly agitated over what it views as American dithering with economic sanctions too weak to force Iran to end its suspected drive toward nuclear weapons. In a clear message aimed at the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday criticized what he said was …

Board of Environmental Protection sets date for public hearing on BPA ban

AUGUSTA | The Board of Environmental Protection on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 6 public hearing on a rule change called for in a citizens petition that would ban the use of bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, in food packaging intended for toddlers and infants. The plastic additive, which …

FDA: BPA no longer allowed in baby bottles

WASHINGTON — The federal government announced Tuesday that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol-A, or BPA, the plastic chemical which has been subject to years of scientific scrutiny. The U.S. chemical industry’s chief association, the American Chemistry Council, had asked the Food and Drug Administration to …

Stearns High School Honor Parts

                              Lillian Dow                                          Taylor Lane Valedictorian                     …

BPA additive could lead to breast cancer, study finds

WASHINGTON — A new study of fetal exposure to BPA, a plastic additive found in some food packaging, shows that the chemical altered the mammary gland development in monkeys. The researchers reported that the changes they observed in the monkeys reinforce concerns that BPA — bisphenol A — could contribute …

Foods packaged in plastic come with a helping of chemicals

In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference …