A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab receives $15 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory will receive $15 million over the next five years as part of an effort to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Jackson Lab to share $25 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Ed Morin, MPBN on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
The National Institute on Aging is awarding $25 million to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and Indiana University to support a new effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

Car crash closes Route 3 in Trenton near airport

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3 p.m.
A car crash near the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has forced the closure of Route 3.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.
Urchin harvesters Clint Richardson and Joe Leask put their boat into the water in St. George before dawn. The pair met up at 4 a.m. in Bath before making the hourlong drive up the coast.

State hopes new card system can help revive struggling urchin fishery

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
The goal, according to DMR officials, is to better manage the struggling fishery, which has seen far better times.

Maine woman pleads guilty to embezzling $83K

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 21, 2016, at 8:51 p.m.
Jodi Webber faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
A tender ferries passengers back to the cruise ship Crystal Serenity as it sits anchored off Bar Harbor in Frenchman Bay on Sept. 13. The ship stopped in Bar Harbor on Sept. 13 at the tail end of making the first-ever voyage by a large cruise ship through the Northwest Passage along the northern coast of Canada.

Cruise ship visits MDI at end of historic Northwest Passage voyage

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 21, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
“The ice has melted so much that actually we had to look for ice rather than try to avoid it.”

Public supper planned for Sept. 24 in Ellsworth

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, Corner of State and Church streets, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-669-2028 ELLSWORTH, Maine — A public supper will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, corner of State …

Rising seas, bigger storms threaten sewer plants

By Craig Idlebrook, The Island Institute on Sept. 19, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The costs for making wastewater infrastructure resilient would be staggering if incurred all at once.
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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.

Tremont man arrested after hit-and-run that seriously injured man walking dog

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 18, 2016, at 8:26 p.m.
A Tremont man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly struck another man with his vehicle on Saturday, causing serious injuries, and then left the scene.
A humpback whale breaches on the way back from a day trip on Anacapa Island, off the coast near Ventura, California, in May 2008. The U.S. government on Sept. 6 removed most of the world's humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species

Maine’s humpback whales enjoying better times, no longer ‘endangered’

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
The humpback whales that summer off the coast of Maine are no longer at grave risk of extinction.
Meteors fall through the night sky over Cadillac Mountain during the annual Perseid meteor shower, as seen from Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor in the early pre-dawn hours, Aug. 12, 2016.

Saving Maine’s dark skies: Acadia festival to celebrate the stars

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“[We found] one of the darkest locations on the eastern seaboard,” Chad Moore said of Acadia National Park. On a clear night in Acadia, visitors can see the band of the Milky Way with the naked eye, and on occasion they’ll catch a colorful show of the Northern Lights.
People dance in a circle around the Burnurwurbskek Singers on the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on Wednesday. Ronnie Bear (center) and four other members of the Penobscot Indian Nation sang traditional Wabanaki songs to bystanders. The Cultural Connections program, organized by Acadia National Park Ranger Marie Yarborough in collaboration with the Abbe Museum, brought 12 different groups into the park this year to inform visitors about the culture of the Wabanaki people.

Tribal singers perform traditional songs on summit of Cadillac

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 15, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
The group has been participating in the Cultural Connections program at Acadia National Park since it was started six years ago.
Carey Nason is the director of Hope Rising, a residential treatment program that provides 24-7 care to sex trafficking victims. The program is located at an undisclosed location in Penobscot County.

It’s one thing for a sex trafficking victim to escape. It’s another to heal.

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Recovery is possible, but all-encompassing care can be hard to find and fund.
Nurses like Michelle Markie, who have received Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner certification, are trained to record sexual assault victims' histories and collect evidence to help in the prosecution of their abusers. Markie, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, estimated she personally encounters two to three cases of sex trafficking in her unit per year. She is pictured at a recent art auction to raise money for Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of the crime of human trafficking.

How 1 nurse knows when she’s looking at a victim of sex trafficking

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Over the past four years, Michelle Markie has personally encountered about two to three cases of trafficking in her unit per year.

Buffet supper to benefit Bucksport Community Concerns

By lswackhamer on Sept. 12, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Arey Community Bldg., 1160 River Road, Bucksport BUCKSPORT – Public Buffet Supper. 5-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Arey Community Bldg., 1160 River Road; Chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and salads, biscuits and rolls, desserts; Cost: ages 12-adult $8; …
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.

Georgia motorcyclist dies in Amherst crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
A 64-year-old Georgian died here early Sunday afternoon after he crashed his motorcycle into a guardrail while trying to pass another vehicle. Steven Hodges of Covington, Georgia, was traveling east on Route 9 when he was thrown from his 2003 Honda Goldwing after striking the guardrail, according …