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MAINE FOCUS
The sun sets on the Portland skyline. Sex trafficking is a problem in Maine towns and cities like Portland, where traffickers translate their deep understanding of how to manipulate and use people into personal gain.

What drives Maine sex traffickers’ inhumanity

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6 a.m.
A look at the motives and calculations behind forcing people into the sex trade.

Maine tribes, allies show solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 11, 2016, at 5:13 p.m.
Hundreds of people weathered a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon at the Bangor Waterfront to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux, the Native American tribe battling construction of a North Dakota oil pipeline near territory it considers sacred.
Paul Welsh of Brooklin was one of about 200 people gathered for a Sunday event in Bangor showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota protesting a pipeline construction. Members of Maine Indian tribes and others held the event at the Bangor Waterfront Sunday.

Maine tribes, allies show solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
“It’s solidarity with No Dakota Access Pipeline that we’re here for and for our treaties’ rights as indigenous peoples — to keep those sacred treaty rights.”
David Jack

Man who served time for 1995 stabbing behind bars again for 14 sex crimes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 09, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
A local man who spent years behind bars for stabbing another man in 1995 is now facing more than a dozen charges for alleged sexual crimes against a 9-year-old girl and possession of sexually explicit materials involving minors.
Jacob Drapeau

Man charged with robbing Bangor retail store remains jailed

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
An Orono man accused of robbing Ocean State Job Lots on Tuesday of $301 remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $4,000 cash bail.
Wayfair co-founder Steve Conine cut the ribbon on the company's new call center on Friday in Bangor. The online furnishings retailer plans to hire 450 people in Bangor and 500 in Brunswick.

Wayfair cuts ribbon on Bangor call center, continues Maine hiring effort

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 09, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
“We appreciate the solid New England work ethic.”

Man to serve 7 years on sex charge involving 13-year-old

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
A Winterport man pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to unlawful sexual contact involving a child under the age of 14.
The city of Brewer has foreclosed on the property at 91 Longmeadow Drive after the homeowner failed to pay her 2013 property taxes.

Court date on notorious Brewer home with history of disturbances postponed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 09, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
“The parties are negotiating, and my understanding is we’re close to a settlement.”
Michael King

Glenburn school employee charged with possession of child porn

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 11:22 a.m.
Michael King, 58, of Bangor was arrested Friday and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Third annual Water Carnival slated at Lura Hoit Pool

on Sept. 09, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Lura Hoit Pool, 146 Western Ave., Hampden, Maine For more information: 207-862-4305 HAMPDEN, Maine — Third annual Water Carnival, 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Lura Hoit Pool, 146 Western Ave. Flipper Dipper, Spray Zone, Octopus Ring Toss, basketball, volleyball and …
MAINE FOCUS
Sara was one of the 200 to 300 people in Maine estimated to be victims of sex trafficking each year.

Inside the minds of Maine’s sex trafficking victims

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Broke, with nobody to turn to, here’s how one 15-year-old Maine girl came to ‘the Life.’
A Jersey dairy cow peeks its head out Wednesday at Siberia Farms in Hermon. Sierra Perry of Etna, who bought Siberia Farms in September 2015, said she is closing the farm.

End of the line for Hermon dairy Siberia Farms

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:34 a.m.
“It’s tough. We do love our customers, but we just couldn’t make it work,” Sierra Perry said. “It’s really sad. We didn’t want to do it, but we had to.”
POLL QUESTION
The escape room dubbed "Grandma Ethel’s Private Office" can be seen Wednesday at Bangor Escape Rooms in Bangor.

Love puzzles? Bangor’s first ‘escape room’ to soon open

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 09, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A Bangor business is offering to shut you in a room with co-workers, friends or strangers and let you puzzle your way out using cryptic clues scattered around the room.

Bangor police make 2nd arrest in Ocean State Job Lot robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 08, 2016, at 8:39 p.m.
Caleb Hathaway, 20, was charged with hindering apprehension, a Class B felony.
Construction is underway on a new Dollar General store on Thursday on Main Road North, next to Pat’s Pizza.

Dollar General building new store in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 08, 2016, at 7:03 p.m.
Dollar General announced Thursday that construction is underway on a new store on Main Road North, next to Pat’s Pizza.
The auction of historic 629 Main St., the old Manna Ministries building, has been postponed until Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Inside one of the old prison cells in the basement.

Auction of historic Manna headquarters pushed to October

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 08, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The auction has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the historic 629 Main St. property.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 9-11: Deep breaths — we made it!

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
1. OK, everyone. Take a breath. Exhale. Good, good. Feel a little lighter? That’s because tourist season has passed the seasonal benchmark (Labor Day) and is now on its way out. Route 1 will be less insane. You’ll be able to eat at restaurants again. And you can enjoy the …
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 9-11: Deep breaths — you’ve made it!

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
1. OK, everyone. Take a breath. Exhale. Good, good. Feel a little lighter? That’s because tourist season has passed the seasonal benchmark (Labor Day) and is now on its way out. Route 1 will be less insane. You’ll be able to eat at restaurants again. And you can enjoy the …
VIDEO
University of Maine student Samiera MacMullen.

‘Terrorism is everywhere’: Bangor-area college students, first-time voters talk 9/11

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“You never know when things are going to happen. I feel like everyone is scared,” said Julie Levesque, 18, of Lebanon.

Bangor-area college students, first time voters talk about 9/11

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 08, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Bangor-area students who plan to vote in this upcoming election for the first time in their lives talk about how the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, have affected their lives.
 

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