A crisis phone is seen on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Verona Island. The bridge connects Verona Island to Prospect.

Most crisis phones on bridge out of order as crews searched river

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
“[The phone] offers a connection,” said Greg Marley, clinical director for National Association on Mental Illness of Maine. “A suicidal crisis usually lasts a short time. And helping someone through those darkest hours can save a life.”

There’s still no state budget, but we do have a black widow spider

on June 23, 2017, at 4:52 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, a study showing car crashes increasing in state’s which have legalized marijuana.

Bear sighting results in Westfield crash

on June 23, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
Police say driver caused crash with another vehicle traveling behind her when she attempted to make a U-turn to take a picture of the bear.

This Sunday, June 25: Kennebec River Cleanup!

on June 23, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
The Board of Directors of the Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross at its annual meeting on June 14, 2017. From left to right: incoming Vice Chair Lara Clark, Jennifer Oliveria, Col. Eric Johns, incoming Chair Gordon Stitham, Jess Beaulieu, Secretary Darlene MacLeod, Sue Reid and outgoing Chair Jill Saucier. (Not pictured: Bangor Fire Chief Thomas Higgins and Bill Miller.)

Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of Red Cross welcomes new board members

By American Red Cross of Maine on June 23, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.

Alton’s Community Market at Happy Acres Hall is on, rain or shine, Fridays 3-6 pm!

on June 23, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
Buxton police Officer Jessica Ramsay helps a goat out of an old bulkhead space.

Buxton police rescue goats trapped in old cellar

By Journal Tribune on June 23, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
“The adventures of working for a small town police department!”
About 1,000 students participated in the ninth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono.

Laptop program hasn’t closed technology skills gap for rural schools

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on June 23, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
Geography and school funding have made using that technology a lot more difficult for many rural schools.
Men bow their heads facing east while Imam Younus Alfayyadh leads the prayers at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on as local Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, July 6, 2016.

Portland police increasing patrols after letter threatens city Muslims

By Seth Koenig on June 23, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
City police are increasing security around Muslim gathering places during the final days of Ramadan after The Islamic Society of Portland received a threatening letter this week.

Body of one of missing boaters recovered from Square Lake

on June 23, 2017, at 11:14 a.m.
The body of Eric Sherwood, 43, was found at about 3 a.m. Friday morning in about 50 feet of water about a mile from shore on the southern part of the lake, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the warden service.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge bridge, linking Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River.

Search underway after vehicle was found abandoned on Penobscot Narrows Bridge

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Marine Patrol is searching the Penobscot River after a vehicle was found parked on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
President Donald Trump speaks during the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 22, 2017.

Trump’s tape ruse risks fresh legal jeopardy in Russia probe

By Jennifer Jacobs, Justin Sink and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg on June 23, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s admission that he never taped his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey risks exposing him to fresh legal jeopardy and weakens his credibility in the eyes of investigators probing ties between his associates and Russia.
Members of the emergency services work inside the remains of the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London, Britain, June 18, 2017.

London apartment fire that killed nearly 80 was caused by fridge

By Karla Adam, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
London police Friday said the deadly fire last week that killed at least 79 people was started by a fridge freezer — the first official confirmation on the cause of the blaze.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016.

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

By Greg Miller, , Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
It was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government. How Obama reacted.
Actor Johnny Depp poses on a Cadillac before presenting his film "The Libertine," at Cinemageddon at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 22, 2017.

Johnny Depp jokes ‘maybe it’s time’ about a Trump assassination

By Paul Sandle, Reuters on June 23, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had killed a U.S. president.
Robert Mueller testifies at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 16, 2011.

Trump: ‘We’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe

By Philip Rucker, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
President Donald Trump laid out his belief that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is biased in the expanding Russia investigation and suggested in an interview broadcast Friday morning that he may eventually need to step down.
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors like sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

How ice cream went from elitist indulgence to America’s favorite frozen treat

By Amy Ettinger, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 7:11 a.m.
We can thank Washington for America’s early interest in the treat.

It’s so hot in England, schoolboys are wearing skirts

By Lindsey Bever, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
Amid an intense heat wave, dozens of British schoolboys went to class wearing girls’ uniform skirts when the head teacher would not relax a dress code banning the more suitable option: shorts.
A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, U.S. on May 18, 2014.

Yellowstone grizzly bears to lose protections after 42 years on the Endangered Species list

By Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 5:53 a.m.
About 700 grizzly bears that roam the Yellowstone National Park area will soon lose the protections they have had under the Endangered Species Act for more than 40 years, the Interior Department announced Thursday.
Husson student Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, is still recovering from critical injuries sustained when his car was hit head-on by a truck going the wrong way on Interstate 95 back in March, but he's already driving and is returning to school in the fall.

Husson student hit by wrong-way driver is on the mend

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
“I’m driving again,” Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, said Thursday by phone from his hometown of Littleton, Massachusetts. “There is no slowing me down.”