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And the most stolen vehicles in Maine in 2013 were …

on Nov. 18, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
In a state where Subarus are seemingly everywhere, and where a mythical boundary —  reportedly somewhere along I-295N — called the “Volvo Line” may exist, pickup trucks remain the vehicle of choice for most Mainers. Ford pickups, specifically. They are the top selling vehicle in the country, the most registered vehicle …
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Winless ex-Bapst QB writes, “I was the worst HS quarterback ever”

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Over at Slate, former John Bapst quarterback Josh Keefe has written a stirring, thoughtful essay on his wholly unsuccessful career leading the Crusaders. With Keefe under center, his teams went 0-23 and were, in his words, the “sacrificial lambs” of eastern Maine high school football in the early 2000s, right …
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Mugshot of Maine man wearing T-shirt with his mugshot goes viral

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
File this under “Awkward Family Photos.” Robert Burt of Pittsfield showed up to serve a two-day sentence at the Somerset County Jail recently wearing a novelty T-shirt that featured his mugshot from a previous arrest. The theme for the shirt? “Burt Family Reunion,” sponsored cheekily by Bud Light beer and the Somerset …

The Good Life: The movement that changed Maine

By Anthony Ronzio on April 21, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
Update: Click here for The Good Life. Sixty years ago, two rebellious homesteaders in Brooksville published their story of living closer to the land. Their notions of a more purposeful life inspired thousands to visit them at their Forest Farm, and a generation of idealists to move to Maine to …

Big-time Democratic donor stays on the sidelines for Bellows … so far

on March 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Early Money Is Like Yeast. That’s where the powerful political action committee EMILY’s List gets its name – and they’ve proven to be a powerful force in congressional politics for many, if not most, of the pro-choice, Democratic women they back. By providing early funds, long shots can be contenders, …
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And Maine’s next reality TV sensation is …

on March 01, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.
It looks like American Pickers, crossed with Antiques Roadshow, with a dash of Storage Wars and topped with a dollop of Cold River Cash. Meet Down East Dickering. The reality show, to be shown on History Channel, follows Mainers as they make their way through Uncle Henry’s in search of …
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Video: A meteor over Maine?

on Feb. 10, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
This is either a meteor, or the Painted Mermaid gallery in South Paris has the most clever viral advertising campaign on the planet. Either way, the Internet is buzzing about what Bruce York captured in the sky above Oxford County on Saturday, Feb. 8. Did you see it?  
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On the world stage, Maine’s peers are … Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates?

on Feb. 04, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
Two maps that put Maine’s place on the world stage into perspective, and offers some assurance that we live very well here, despite a smallish-by-comparison economy. The first, above, was compiled by Atlantic writer Olga Khazan and puts Maine’s average life expectancy — 79.2 years — squarely equal to that of the much …
Zach Gilpin will be among the key players for Hampden Academy during Tuesday night's boys basketball game against Messalonskee High School of Oakland.

Live! Final: Hampden boys 78, Messalonskee 48

on Jan. 28, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
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MaineFocus highlighted as unique effort in ‘solutions journalism’

By Anthony Ronzio on Aug. 28, 2013, at 8:07 p.m.
A few week ago, Natalie Feulner, Erin Rhoda and I spoke with Keith Hammonds, chief operating officer of the Solutions Journalism network, about MaineFocus and its mission. SoJo, as it’s known, is a new nonprofit pushing news organizations to introduce “solutions” based reporting, as well as support solutions-based journalism and …
A member of the Japan Self-Defence Forces stands near Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) land-to-air missiles, deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo December 7, 2012.

U.S. claims Chinese spies hacked computer networks, stole weapon plans

Reuters on May 28, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
WASHINGTON/CANBERRA — Designs for more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, a U.S report said on Monday, as a news report in Australia said Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints for Australia’s new spy headquarters. Citing a report prepared for the Defense Department …
Richard Swanson, 42, was struck and killed by a car on the Oregon coast, while trying to dribble a soccer ball to Brazil for the upcoming 2014 World Cup.

Man trying to dribble soccer ball to Brazil dies after being hit by car

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on May 15, 2013, at 6:53 a.m.
OLYMPIA, Washington, May 14 (Reuters) — A man less than two weeks into a planned journey to dribble a soccer ball from his home city of Seattle to Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, died on Tuesday after being struck by a car in Oregon, police and …

Once a beacon, Obama under fire over civil liberties

By Joan Biskupic and David Ingram, Reuters on May 15, 2013, at 6:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — He may have been the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He may have written a book extolling constitutional values in a democracy. And he may have run for president on a civil liberties banner, pledging to …
Angelina Jolie in April.

Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy to elude breast cancer

By Paul Casciato, Reuters on May 14, 2013, at 7:02 a.m.
LONDON — Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease. Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday the operation has made it easier for her …

Maine astronaut to make ‘hastily choreographed’ spacewalk

By Joel Achenbach, Washington Post on May 11, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.
Two astronauts, including one from York, Maine, will make an unscheduled and hastily choreographed spacewalk early Saturday to try to troubleshoot a leak in a cooling system on the international space station. The orbital laboratory and the six astronauts aboard are not in peril. But one of its eight solar-powered …

Editor’s Note: BDN rescinds request for records of concealed weapon permit holders

By Anthony Ronzio on Feb. 15, 2013, at 9:29 a.m.
The Bangor Daily News has rescinded its request for records about concealed weapon permit holders in the state of Maine. We have informed the agencies who received our request to disregard it. We’ve informed the agencies who have responded that their records will be destroyed. We are disappointed with the …

Editor’s Note: BDN’s request for information on concealed weapons permits

By Anthony Ronzio, BDN staff on Feb. 14, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Bangor Daily News requested data from Maine police agencies regarding concealed weapons permits in Maine. I’d like to explain our thinking, and clarify our intent. The BDN requested the records of concealed weapons permits as part of long-term reporting projects on domestic violence, sexual assault and drug …
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