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Rockland council debate set for Oct. 9

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
The public will have an opportunity to pose questions to the three candidates for two City Council seats at a candidates night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The debate will be held in the council room at City Hall on Pleasant Street in Rockland. Government access …

Workers’ compensation insurer reports record return of $18 million for Maine employers

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. will issue an $18 million dividend to about 17,000 policyholders based in Maine. That dividend amount is the highest in the Portland-based company’s history, topping a $16 million dividend issued last year to Maine employers, which equaled about 13 percent of …
An aerial view of Portland's Thompson's Point peninsula provided by developers of a $100-plus-million project to the city's Planning Department.

State Theatre manager signs deal for outside concert venue at Portland’s Thompson’s Point development

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:05 a.m.
The general manager of the State Theatre has signed an agreement to operate a new outdoor concert venue at Thompson’s Point, where developers Forefront Partners are working on a broader redevelopment effort. Mainebiz reported developers of the project and Lauren Wayne, general manager of the State Theatre, …
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UMM to host traditional cider pressing

By Sharon Mack on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
Cider pressing using a traditional hand press will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 9, at the greenhouse at the University of Maine at Machias. The event is free and open to the community. October 10 is reserved as a rain date. Regina Grabrovac, creator of the Apple Project …

Second female police officer plans to sue Westbrook for sexual harassment

By Staff, CBS 13 on Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine – A second female police officer is planning to sue the city of Westbrook for sexual harassment. Sandy Mailman started working for the Westbrook Police Department in 2008. She claims the abuse started about three years later. In her 70-page complaint, Officer Mailman writes that she was treated …

Nabbed and then cleared by feds, NH man still intends to sell rhino trophy

By Doug Alden, The New Hampshire Union Leader on Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:17 a.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — A mounted rhinoceros head is back in the possession of a New Hampshire man — almost 2½ years after federal agents confiscated it as evidence in an animal-trafficking case. After receiving word the case was dismissed, Ari Goldenberg retrieved the rhino head from the U.S. Fish and …
Orrington officials are dealing with several abandoned properties in town, one of wihich is 5 Baker Lane (pictured).

Orrington working to clean up derelict properties, manager says

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 30, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
Local officials are waiting for the legal green light needed in order to begin the cleanup of three properties belonging to residents who are deceased. At issue are houses at 5 and 12 Baker Lane and lot 32B, a land parcel, according to town documents. Only 5 …
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Somerset Avenue Mill & Fill Project in Pittsfield continues with a Tack Coat and Paving

By Kathryn Ruth on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12:45 a.m.
TOWN OF PITTSFIELD PUBLIC NOTIFICATION SOMERSET AVENUE MILL & FILL PROJECT The project has made good headway with grinding completed by Lane Construction Company. MDOT is now working on the guardrail and catch basins. The next step is the application of a tack coat and paving. These steps will take …
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Somerset Avenue Mill and Fill Project in Pittsfield continues with a Tack Coat and Paving

By Kathryn Ruth on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12:43 a.m.
TOWN OF PITTSFIELD PUBLIC NOTIFICATION SOMERSET AVENUE MILL & FILL PROJECT The project has made good headway with grinding completed by Lane Construction Company. MDOT is now working on the guardrail and catch basins. The next step is the application of a tack coat and paving. These steps will take …
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck in a 2012 file photo.

Blacks in Portland arrested at ‘disproportionate’ rate, police chief admits

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 29, 2014, at 9:17 p.m.
Portland’s black population is underrepresented on the city’s police force and overrepresented in the arrest logs, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck told an audience of more than 50 people Monday night. Of Portland’s approximately 66,000 residents, 7 percent are black, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Sauschuck said …
Michael Dunn (left) raises his hands in disbelief as he looks toward his parents after the verdicts were announced in his trial in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 15, 2014. A north Florida jury convicted Dunn on Saturday of three counts of attempted murder for opening fire on a car of black teenagers during an argument over loud rap music, but could not reach a verdict on a murder charge for the killing of a 17-year-old in the car. Dunn is facing trail again for the shooting death of Jordan Davis.

Victim in Florida ‘loud music trial’ was shot in defensive position, experts say

By Susan Cooper Eastman, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The trajectory of the bullets that killed an unarmed teen in a gas station dispute over loud rap music indicates that the victim could not have been in an aggressive pose, a forensic expert testified on Monday in a racially charged north Florida murder trial. Michael Dunn, …
Protesters hold their mobile phones as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters, in Hong Kong Sept. 29, 2014. Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. The Communist government in Beijing made clear it would not tolerate dissent, and warned against any foreign interference as thousands of protesters massed for a fourth night in the free-wheeling, capitalist city of more than 7 million people.

Pro-democracy protesters defy Chinese police, government by staying in Hong Kong streets

By James Pomfret and Charlie Zhu, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. Riot police largely had withdrawn and there were none of the …

Study: Modern slavery rises in UK led by sex, labor trafficking

By Kieran Guilbert, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 8:28 p.m.
LONDON — The number of people locked in slavery in Britain rose by 22 percent last year, with online dating, social media sites and Internet job advertisements used increasingly to recruit victims, a new report showed on Tuesday. Britain’s National Crime Agency identified 2,744 people, including 602 children, as potential …
Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes the oath during his inauguration as president in Kabul on Sept. 29, 2014.

Afghanistan’s new president: ‘Hold me accountable’

By Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:58 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — After months of political tensions, Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, took the oath of office Monday to lead a U.S.-brokered coalition government that marked the first democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history. The ceremony also marked the beginning of a power-sharing pact between Ghani and …

News flash: Caffeine-infused weight loss underwear may not work

By Diane Bartz, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The Federal Trade Commission said Wacoal America and …

J. California Cooper, who wrote stories of African American women, dies at 82

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
J. California Cooper, a writer who enjoyed a widespread acclaim for her fablelike tales built largely around the imagined lives of African American women, died Sept. 20 in Seattle. She was 82. A spokeswoman, Vivian Phillips, confirmed the death. Cooper had several heart attacks in recent years. Cooper began her …

Parents charged in starvation death of autistic Pennsylvania boy

By David DeKok, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son’s starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico …
A Belfast woman died Monday afternoon when her car crossed the centerline on Route 1 in Warren and struck another vehicle head-on.

Belfast woman dies in Warren crash

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
A 72-year-old Belfast woman died Monday afternoon when her car crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. Blanche Foss was declared dead shortly after a LifeFlight helicopter arrived at the nearby Odd Fellow Hall parking lot, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. …

‘This will be a wakeup call’: Federal lawsuits target transgender discrimination in workplace

By Mica Rosenberg, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
NEW YORK — A funeral home and an eye clinic that fired employees who had changed their sex from male to female were sued last week as the U.S. government filed its first federal lawsuits for transgender discrimination. The cases could lay the groundwork for more such actions in the …

Woman testifies in lawsuit against Cherryfield businessman

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Washington County woman testified against Cherryfield businessman Steven Pagels on Monday in the opening day of the trial in her civil lawsuit against him. The woman, who is not being identified by the Bangor Daily News because she may be a victim of sexual assault, testified …
 
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