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Here’s what people are saying about Paul LePage and John Lewis

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2:06 p.m.
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Deidre McClure leads the Portland Street Choir in song last week in Portland. The a cappella ensemble is a politically active offshoot of The Phoenix Chorale.

A group of Portland singers organized a street choir to perform at protests

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
“Most people love to sing, and many people want to find a voice for change right now.”
A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California, Oct.18, 2016.

As pot prices plunge, growers scramble to cut production costs

By Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:38 p.m.
The increasing supply of legal marijuana is turning into a major buzz kill for growers as prices plunge — and an opportunity for companies that can help cut production costs.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Jan. 4, 2017.

CBO: 18 million would lose insurance in first year of ACA repeal without replacement

By Kelsey Snell, Washington Post on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
The number of people without insurance would grow to about 32 million within the first decade if Congressional Republicans follow a 2015 plan to repeal the health care law without a replacement.

Presque Isle’s WAGM disputing drop from DISH Network

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
Because of a contract dispute, WAGM-TV, the Presque Isle-based affiliate of CBS and FOX, is facing the possibility of being dropped by the satellite television service DISH Network.
WEST OF THE FIELDS

New music including Slowdive, Vitalic, Grace Mitchell and Japandroids on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
I premiered new tracks from The Flaming Lips, Priests and The xx on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on some mostly forgotten modern rock radio hits from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Community

Belfast Community Radio appoints interim trustees

By GEORGE FRANGOULIS on Jan. 17, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
Community
Campaign Co-chairs Scott and Laura Fossett (right and left) and their family announce that UWKV raised $1,536,171 during the 2016 Campaign, exceeding a $1.5 million goal.

United Way of Kennebec Valley raises more than $1.5 million during fundraising campaign

By Courtney Yeager on Jan. 17, 2017, at 12:13 p.m.
The air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

UMaine’s Mahaney Dome inflated, but repairs needed

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 17, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
“We have to make sure it’s safe before we can start using it again.”
POLL QUESTION
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, delivers a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 6, 2016.

LePage budget would impose ‘Netflix tax’ in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:58 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s latest budget proposal seeks to expand Maine’s sales tax to a range of in-person services from haircuts to movie tickets. It’s also extending the state’s ongoing tax fight into the digital realm.
#MAINE

Caribou Police Department drags latest fraudulent inspection sticker on Facebook

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
A Rhode Island man was killed Saturday in Maine’s third snowmobile related fatality this season, Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald said in a Tuesday press release.

Man dies in snowmobile crash near Millinocket Lake

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
A Rhode Island man was killed Saturday in Maine’s third snowmobile related fatality this season.
Community

Free community supper at Old Town church

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Community

MDI Historical Society’s sixth annual baked bean supper Jan. 23

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
A Bowdoinham woman fired from Bath Iron Works in September 2015 after working at the shipyard for five weeks has filed suit in federal court claiming she was discriminated against because of her gender.

Woman fired after 5 weeks at BIW files sexual harassment lawsuit

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The supervisor allegedly told her, “I would not ask my wife to do this work, so I’m not going to ask you to do this work.”
Fire officials said the homeowners were using a salamander kerosene powered heater to thaw pipes in the crawl space under the home. That heater started the fire.

Kerosene heater used to thaw pipes catches Harpswell home on fire

By CBS 13 on Jan. 17, 2017, at 7:48 a.m.
Fire officials said the homeowners were using a salamander kerosene powered heater to thaw pipes in the crawl space under the home. That heater started the fire.
Gabe Schmick (center), 12, and his mother, Jean Schmick-Hopkins of Bangor can be seen with Gabe's skilled companion dog, Fenwick, on Sunday at their home in Bangor.

Companion dog ‘best thing that ever happened’ to Bangor boy with disability

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Fenwick came to Gabe through Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
BDN PORTLAND

Why some food trucks move indoors

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
When food trucks decide to go bricks-and-mortar; fishermen and scientists may team up to count cod; and what really goes on in a Maine smelt shack.
The Camden Snow Bowl can be seen on Tuesday in Camden.

Businesses hope to return to Camden Snow Bowl slopes

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:19 p.m.
Cold Toes Tacos and Sidecountry Sports, which were booted from the slopes of the Camden Snow Bowl earlier this month, hope to return by the end of January.

Reports: Istanbul New Year’s nightclub attacker caught

By Daren Butler, Reuters on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
The gunman suspected of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day has been caught by police in the city’s Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper website and other media reports said Tuesday.