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<h4 class="blackHed"><a href="">25. Maine Warden pilot crashes in Piscataquis County</a></h4>
Daryl Gordon, a 25-year veteran of the Maine Warden Service, died in March when <a href="">his plane crashed in a remote section of Piscataquis County</a>. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, said <a href="">debris was scattered across 350 feet</a> and that there was extensive damage to the main cabin.

The 25 most-read stories of 2011

For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people. …
Hussein Ahmed (left) talks on the phone while ringing up a customer at his shop on Lisbon Street. Lewiston has come a long way since he moved here in 2002, he says, and he believes an even brighter future is in store as the city and its Somali and other immigrant populations increasingly work together.

Struggle and progess: 10 years of Somalis in Lewiston

“I can’t believe I’ve been here 10 years,” Hussein Ahmed said, sitting in a meeting at the African Immigrants Association office on Lisbon Street, a week after the November election. Others in the room, a collection of local Somali leaders — social services caseworkers, a nurse and a mosque administrator …

US report: Foster kids get high rate of psych meds

Federal health officials are failing to monitor how state agencies are doling out powerful psychotropic drugs to foster children, according to a comprehensive investigation released Thursday showing foster kids are prescribed the drugs 2.7 to 4.5 times more than non-foster children and often at much higher doses. Hundreds of foster …