Articles by Erin Rhoda
on March 07, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
What Medicaid expansion would do for the state's federally qualified health centers, used by nearly 200,000 Mainers.
on Feb. 28, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Whether you have ever held a MaineCare card or not, switching to a managed care model would affect you.
on Feb. 20, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
If you get good grades in high school, you’re probably going to do well in college, despite having modest standardized test scores, according to a first-of-its kind study by a former Bates College admissions dean.
on Feb. 14, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
Duane Valley, 81, and his wife, Laura, 82, made the decision together that Duane would stop driving. He has no regrets.
Emily Bessey didn’t know her son had a birth defect that would kill him at 8 months. Now, she’s working to help other parents
on Feb. 07, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Ezra Bessey was 8 months when he died of an incurable genetic disorder. How his family is keeping his memory alive and fighting to find effective treatment.
on Jan. 31, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
As Maine lawmakers weigh requiring school districts to offer preschool for 4-year-olds, they find themselves asking questions about value: Can they ensure that the quality of the preschool programs proposed for Maine are worth the investment?
on Jan. 24, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
You never know when a good Samaritan will show up in your greatest hour of need.
on Jan. 17, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
Students across the state have submitted films to the BDN’s MaineFocus Film Festival about how substance abuse has affected their lives. Now they need you to check them out and cast your votes for People’s Choice Award at http://on.fb.me/1eVBXbj.
on Jan. 10, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
A Presque Isle man now has health insurance -- but not after months of questions, revisions and a mysteriously missing subsidy.
Gov. Paul LePage said Monday he’s chosen Jim Rier to serve as his commissioner of education. Rier, whose nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Legislature, is currently the Department of Education’s acting commissioner and has worked at the state agency for a decade, most of it overseeing Maine …
on Jan. 03, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
It seems ice and holidays get people thinking in verse. Over the last couple weeks, several people have sent in poems they wished to share. Two are included here.
MAINE FOCUS (blog)
on Dec. 13, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
There are all sorts of ways to get kids prepared for life after high school. But what would you do if your school didn’t have a computer science class, and you knew information technology employees would be in high demand in the future? Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt …
on Dec. 13, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
A statewide program run by the Maine Development Foundation connects school administrators with business owners to complete projects that address some of Maine’s long-standing problems, such as post-secondary degree completion. In Machias, it's meant a business is helping to teach students some important computer skills.
on Nov. 29, 2013, at 6 a.m.
One Maine woman has a winning idea: An app for the socially conscious shopper. How she's getting started with a little help from the Big Gig and Big Wigs -- and how others can follow suit.
Why one young woman stayed in Maine to help launch a business, an industry. Imagine 2,000 more like her
on Nov. 14, 2013, at 3:45 p.m.
In many cases, Maine’s young people are leading businesses, developing new technology and helping pave the way for industries that don’t even fully exist yet. In Rachael Joyce’s case, she’s doing all three.
MAINE FOCUS (blog)
on Nov. 05, 2013, at 4:05 p.m.
This video was created by Sigurna kuća (“Safe House,” in Croatian) and shows a year of abuse in one minute. The pictures are staged.
on Nov. 01, 2013, at 10 a.m.
Maine is really good at talking about what’s wrong with it. It goes something like this: Maine has an aging population and workforce. In order to reverse the “silver tsunami” it must find a way to not only retain but draw young people from away. At the same time that …
MAINE FOCUS (blog)
on Oct. 28, 2013, at 4:55 p.m.
The hard fact is that, while it’s clear that sexual assault is never the fault of the victim, and the involvement of alcohol in no way excuses the perpetrators’ heinous crime, it’s a little less clear how to most helpfully discuss the correlation between rates of sexual assault and alcohol. …
on Oct. 25, 2013, at 9:56 a.m.
Nono Mukwayanzo knew it was dangerous but continued protesting human rights violations in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He eventually fled to Maine to save his life. "People are dying. People are afraid to talk," he said. Now, he is taking part in leadership training in Maine to continue his fight for peace.
By Erin Rhoda on Oct. 24, 2013, at 2:59 p.m.
Paul Fazzi, 21, of Augusta started rapping when he was 9. “I’m still never givin’ up on my dreams. I’m a feen for this music like I need it to breathe,” he raps in his original “Don’t worry.” Fazzi doesn’t like talking about his past, which has involved jail and …