William Davis

William P. Davis

Director of Research & Innovation

William P. Davis is Director of Research & Innovation for the Bangor Daily News. Previous to joining the BDN, Davis served as copy editor for the Kennebec Journal and editor-in-chief for The Maine Campus, the newspaper at the University of Maine. He also worked at CoPress, a start-up company that provided media organizations with the resources needed to maintain a relevant and current website. Davis oversees the BDN's new and existing digital products, data and research efforts and internal technology. He previously was the BDN online editor.
Patrons play poker at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor just after the the opening of table games at the casino Friday, March 16, 2012.

Bangor casino revenue declined in 2011; customers almost exclusively from Maine

By Andrew Neff and William Davis on April 12, 2012, at 5:55 a.m.
After five continuous years of growth, revenues at the Hollywood Casino dropped off for the first time in 2011 as the New England gambling market becomes more competitive, according to a new report. The declining revenues came before the casino added table games to its lineup in …
Most of the people who move to Maine are from the Northeast, but the state also draws prominently from Florida, California and Virginia.

New census numbers show where Mainers are moving, which counties are growing

By William Davis on March 29, 2012, at 5:04 a.m.
BANGOR | Androscoggin and Penobscot counties are growing while Kennebec and Sagadahoc counties are shrinking, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data provide a county-by-county breakdown of movement between any two counties in the U.S. during a five-year period and show that Mainers have …

BDN opens statewide digital marketing agency in partnership with Dream Local

By William Davis on Jan. 12, 2012, at 1:17 p.m.
BANGOR | The Bangor Daily News and Thomaston-based Dream Local Digital have partnered to offer expanded marketing services for Maine businesses looking to grow in the digital market. The agency, which will operate under the BDN Maine brand, will help clients with lead generation, local search services and social, …
<h4 class="blackHed"><a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">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="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">his plane crashed in a remote section of Piscataquis County</a>. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, said <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/14/news/ntsb-report-notes-lengthy-debris-field-in-crash-that-killed-longtime-warden-pilot/">debris was scattered across 350 feet</a> and that there was extensive damage to the main cabin.

The 25 most-read stories of 2011

By William Davis on Dec. 29, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.
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. …

Setting the head of a post using a delimiter in your doc

on Dec. 22, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.
I’ve gotten a lot of requests from people using our Docs to WordPress plugin on how to set a headline that’s different from the title of your Doc, such as we do at the BDN using a pipe. This isn’t a standard feature of the plugin, but the plugin does include …
Protesters are arrested on the lawn of the Blaine House during a rally by Occupy Augusta, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Augusta. Police say eight people were charged with criminal trespass and failure to disperse after refusing to leave the lawn of the governor's mansion.

9 Occupy members arrested after jumping fence to governor’s mansion

By William Davis on Nov. 27, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nine members of the Occupy Augusta movement were arrested Sunday after a group of people jumped the fence surrounding the Blaine House and unfurled a banner that read “End corporate rule now” on the portico. The arrests are the first in Maine in connection with official Occupy …
The OccupyMaine Thanksgiving dinner consisted of half a dozen turkeys and many kinds of mashed potatoes and pie.

Occupy Thanksgiving: Protesters ‘taken care of’ by Mainers

By Dawn Gagnon and William Davis on Nov. 24, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | OccupyMaine protesters dug peacefully into their donated Thanksgiving turkeys here Thursday while their counterparts with Occupy Wall Street in New York City nearly clashed with police before finishing off their holiday meals. About 500 protesters were digging into donated turkey and all the trimmings when police told …
Ray Bussiere shovels his walkway at his home on Royal Road in Bangor on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

10 inches of snow blankets Maine, just in time for holiday travel

By Ryan McLaughlin and William Davis on Nov. 23, 2011, at 6:41 a.m.
AUBURN | The state’s second snowstorm of the season made traveling difficult before the Thanksgiving holiday. More than 10 inches was recorded before noon in Durham, Otisfield, Hope, Bethel and Sebago. Southern coastal areas were getting primarily rain. Portland saw mostly rain overnight and Wednesday morning, but it still …
President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Obama references crumbling Westbrook bridge in speech

By William Davis on Oct. 06, 2011, at 3:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During remarks urging Congress to pass his jobs bill, President Barack Obama made reference to the Cumberland Street bridge in Westbrook, which he says is in such bad shape it is crumbling. The bridge was closed for more than 24 hours this week after a worker found …
Kasey R. Crissinger

Neighbor catches burglar in the act in Westbrook

By William Davis on Sept. 14, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
Police say a burglar was arrested Tuesday while still inside a Main Street home, thanks to an alert neighbor. Kasey R. Crissinger, 21, of South Portland was charged with burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief, according to Westbrook police Lt. Michael Nugent. Police arrived while …
Police seized a half-ounce of crack, 61 bags of heroin, $1,600 in cash and a small amount of marijuana.

2 charged with selling crack, heroin in Portland

By William Davis on Sept. 01, 2011, at 1:02 p.m.
Police have charged two people with selling crack cocaine and heroin in Portland. Officers arrested Carl Langston of South Portland and Carol Vining of Cumberland, both 22, Wednesday evening in the parking lot of a restaurant on Congress Street. Police seized a half-ounce of crack, 61 bags …

Appeal for help, because I’m terrible at regex

on Aug. 31, 2011, at 10:01 a.m.
One of the most annoying things about using Google Docs is that none of the styles are inline. It used to be that bold text was wrapped in a <strong> tag and italic text was wrapped in am <em> tag. No longer. Now each style of text is wrapped in …

Westbrook man catches fire while smoking on oxygen

By William Davis on Aug. 31, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.
A Westbrook man died Wednesday morning after catching fire, according to police. Early indications are that Gerald A. Demers, 63, was smoking while using oxygen, according to Chief Michael Pardue of the Westbrook Police Department. “The gentleman had just come out onto the porch and appeared to …

Bangor Daily News completes final switch to WordPress

on June 13, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.
Wednesday, we pointed the last of our traffic to our WordPress servers. We started planning the transition soon after I started at the BDN in July, and started beta testing the system in late August with our Sports section. Stories are penned first in Google Docs, then brought over to …
4Points BBQ and Blues House in Winterport.

New Winterport restaurant offers real barbecue to mid-Maine

By William Davis on May 31, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.
True barbecue — or really any barbecue at all — isn’t easy to come by in mid-Maine. Slathering beef in A1 Steak Sauce or throwing pork on a bun, although sometimes delicious, does not a Southern barbecue make. For many Mainers, however, that’s often all that’s available, …

PBS website defaced; hackers claim famed dead rapper alive in New Zealand

By William Davis on May 30, 2011, at 5:55 a.m.
A PBS news website was hacked late Sunday evening, resulting in a fake news report being posted on the site and staff passwords posted across the Internet. The hack, claimed by anonymous group The Lulz Boat, spread quickly on Twitter and Facebook after the group posted a fake article on …

LePage again in national spotlight over mural order; Stewart, Maddow mock move

By William Davis on March 24, 2011, at 12:32 p.m.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage is again attracting national and international attention after his order to remove a mural depicting the history of the state’s labor movement.

Polls: Snowe losing support among conservatives, but still popular overall

By William Davis on March 09, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
Polls released Tuesday and Wednesday suggested Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is losing support of conservatives but remains well-liked overall and is likely to win re-election in 2012 unless a more well-known challenger decides to run. The polls, by the North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, come more than a year …
Olympia Snowe, Republican Senator from Maine.

Poll: Maine Republicans seek conservative alternative to Snowe

By William Davis on March 08, 2011, at 2:11 p.m.
Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is losing support among Maine conservative voters, according to a poll from the North Carolina-based Public Policy Center. The poll of 434 usual Maine Republican primary voters, released Tuesday, shows that 58 percent of respondents would vote for a more conservative challenger in the Republican primary, …
Stephen Colbert

Colbert mocks LePage remarks

By William Davis on Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:03 a.m.
NEW YORK — Late night satirist Stephen Colbert opened his Monday night show with a jab at Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks that the NAACP can “kiss his butt” during a bit on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “I applaud Gov. LePage. Before Dr. King came along, could anyone …