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A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California in this December 2014 file photo.

US determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls ‘The Interview’

By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:06 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A U.S. government source said investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy “The Interview,” about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. Hackers who said they were incensed by the …
MAINE AT WAR (blog)

Mud on the Mules

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:18 p.m.
  Cold rain dripping from his campaign hat, Lt. Col. James “Jim” S. Fillebrown sat squarely in the saddle and watched the mucky chaos engulfing his 10th Maine Infantry Regiment on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1863. Until three days earlier, Fillebrown and his men had spent the early winter camping near …

Sony cancels Dec. 25 release of ‘The Interview’ after theaters bail

By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy “The Interview,” after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers. Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters were among the cinema chains announcing they will not show …

First Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully dies at age 73

By Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Rock Scully, the first manager of psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, who helped guide the group from the 1960s to 1980s, died in northern California. He was 73. Scully died Tuesday in his hometown of Monterey, his longtime friend Stephen Vagnini said. He had been suffering …

‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Big Lebowski’ among 25 titles added to National Film Registry

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
Steven Spielberg’s 1998 World War II epic, “Saving Private Ryan,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s cult comedy “The Big Lebowski” and the 1976 drama “Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!” — considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film — are among the 25 titles added to the National Film …
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Blue Christmas Service to be Held

By Kathryn Vanaria on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-973-6604; emmc.org/palliative_care_services.aspx?id=113903 The EMHS Bereavement team will be holding a Blue Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 21st, 2014. This service will recognize how difficult or painful the holidays …

Millie Kirkham, celebrated backup singer for Elvis, dies at 91

By Tim Ghianni, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The woman who gave Elvis Presley what she called the “woo-woo-woos” in holiday favorite “Blue Christmas” has been silenced. Mildred “Millie” Kirkham, 91, died on Sunday in Nashville, family members and collaborators said. She is best known for her soaring background vocal stylings on numerous Nashville recordings …
A Carolina wren perches on a branch in Cape Neddick on Dec. 15, 2014.

Maine birders dive into annual Christmas bird count

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Thousands of people across the country have been combing the land, sky and water since Sunday for the 115th annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science survey in the world. “The goal is to count every individual bird in your area, which is kind of crazy …
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Lunch & Holiday Spirit: Embrace the Season, Share Your Talents with Luncheon Guests

By Marianne Pinkham on Dec. 17, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 563-1363; spectrumgenerations.org Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center located at 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its weekly Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, December 24 at …
MY SALTY KITCHEN (blog)

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
This recipe is courtesy of my best friend, Andy. He has been making these cookies for years and they are wildly popular. The combination of the chewy oatmeal cookie, the tangy cranberries, and the slightly bitter dark chocolate balance out the sweet and result in a most delicious cookie. Perfect …
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Artist imagines Bangor in the future — both optimistic and post-apocalyptic

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Artist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of …
Snowmaking returned to Big Squaw Mountain near Greenville for the first time in several years as two used snow guns purchased from a resort in upstate New York were fired up on Dec. 8. The mountain is scheduled to open for the season on Dec. 20.

Big Squaw Mountain ski area set to open this weekend

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP | The soda machines are filled, parking lot cleared, snow guns tested, rest rooms renovated and several other things checked off the “to-do” list. On Saturday, Dec. 20, Big Squaw Mountain ski area officially opens for its third season as a nonprofit entity. As of last …
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‘Yeomen of the Guard’ at the Grand

By MargoAustin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: The Grand Auditorium, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-667-9500; gilbertsullivanmaine.org/ ELLSWORTH, Maine — Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine’s 38th season …

Taste for bitter, sour cocktails reviving bygone drinks

By Richard Leong, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
NEW YORK — Cosmopolitan and other sweet cocktails may still rule, but a revival of drinks flavored with bitters and laced with vinegar is catching on beyond trendy bars and lounges. Beverage experts say bartenders are looking for inspiration with less sugary concoctions that are decades, even centuries, older than …
Holiday Vegetable Platter With Herbed Avocado Dip

Dress up your veggies and bring them to the party

By Ellie Krieger, Washington Post on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:24 a.m.
When asked to bring a dish to a party, I feel it’s my duty as a nutritionist to up the vegetable quotient, especially during this season of sausage, cheese and puff-pastry overload. Because I’m a chef, that sense of responsibility is compounded by knowing that vegetables have a serious wallflower-image …
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Shaw House is Hiking for the Homeless, we need YOU TODAY!

By jessica D'Alessio on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
The Shaw House has been invited to participate in the next Hike for the Homeless, coming in the spring of 2015! We NEED your help!! Please visit: gofundme.com/iuzt5g and help us to raise money for the ONLY youth shelter north of Augusta, one of only 3 youth shelters in the …
IF MY COASTER COULD TALK (blog)

Coaster Critique: The Traveler Beer Co. Jolly Traveler

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
On the fifth day of Beermas: Name: Jolly Traveler Brewed By: The Traveler Beer Co. Style: Winter Shandy ABV: 4.4% Pours a bright copper color with red highlights, crystal clear in the glass with a bone white head that faded slowly leaving lacing down the glass. The nose is pleasant, …
MAINE COURSE (blog)

Homemade Gift Idea: Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 8:15 p.m.
Whip up a batch of Homemade Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti this holiday season. It’s a delicious treat for gifting to family and friends. For years, I have been making a variety of Christmas treats to gift to our near and dear friends and family (check out a favorite Christmas cookie here). …

Creating the artwork for Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

By Sarah Walker Caron on Dec. 16, 2014, at 8:03 p.m.
Each week, Eric Zelz creates an illustration to go with BDN Maine’s Maine Course column. Watch as he works on the artwork for the Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti recipe.
Sportscaster Rich Kimball is moving his afternoon radio show from Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket to WZON 620 AM in Bangor on Jan. 5.

‘The Drive’ set to compete against ‘Downtown’ in eastern Maine sports radio lineup in 2015

By Pete Warner on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Beginning in January, there will be a new player in the eastern Maine sports radio lineup. WEZQ, Sports Radio 92.9 FM “The Ticket,” and SportsNet Maine have teamed up for a new afternoon show called “The Drive.” The live program will air 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. …
 
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