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Kent Seneres, a senior computer engineering major from Saco, takes part in a test launch of a high-altitude balloon that will film the coming solar eclipse on Monday morning, Aug. 14, at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The eclipse is Aug. 21.

UMaine team to launch high-altitude balloons for live broadcast of solar eclipse

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
The UMaine High Altitude Ballooning group will travel to Clemson University, where it will be one of many teams documenting the eclipse as part of the NASA-sponsored Great American Eclipse project.
Mark Woodward

Former BDN editor Woodward, Ellsworth publisher Baker to enter MPA Hall of Fame

By The Maine Press Association on Aug. 16, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
They will be inducted Oct. 21 during the association’s annual Fall Conference at The Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video

Bangor father of white nationalist who organized Charlottesville protest ‘disappointed’ in him

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
“They divided people [in prison] by race,” Lodge said. “It was really where he was radicalized in his thinkings about race.”
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Solar eclipse 2017: Where in Maine to watch, how to buy glasses and other tips

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
This home at 17 Garland St. is among several the city of Bangor is seizing for delinquent taxes.

Bangor to seize nine properties for unpaid taxes

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:51 a.m.
The properties include three vacant parcels, a commercial building damaged by fire and six buildings that have been placarded as unfit or unsafe — four of which are targeted for demolition.
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Ken McGraw of WFT Rubbish Disposal of Levant checks a fully-loaded dumpster before hauling it away from the former engineer's house in Bangor on Monday. The house was demolished over the weekend.

Historic Bangor building torn down despite desire to save it

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
The 125-year-old engineer’s house on State Street was razed after talks broke down between the building’s owner and a developer.
Downtown Bangor in the early evening.

Website names Bangor top city in Maine to start business

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Bangor outperformed Portland and Lewiston on WalletHub’s list of the Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business.
Joe Perry, Camille Liedtk, Ruben Dendinger and Maia Dendinger of the Socialist Party of Eastern Maine were among more than 200 people who gathered in West Market Square Sunday evening to show their solidarity with the victims of the weekend violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Protesters at Bangor vigil condemn white nationalism, show support for Charlottesville victims

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“I think it’s time for all of us to stop being apathetic, stop thinking it’s someone else’s problem, stop thinking it’s going to go away because it’s not going to go away.”
WEST OF THE FIELDS

New music including Bully, Grace Mitchell, The War On Drugs and Alice Merton on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Aug. 13, 2017, at 6:46 p.m.
New tracks from Arcade Fire, Vera Blue and Frankie Rose premiered on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on college rock classics from the year 1986, in honor of the new deluxe reissue of The Smiths’ classic “The Queen Is Dead” that’s due out this October.
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Two people stop to comfort Joseph Culver (center) of Charlottesville, Virginia, as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respect for a friend injured in a car attack on counter protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Mainers rally in support of Charlottesville victims

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 13, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
People from across the state are organizing vigils and rallies to stand in solidarity with the victims of the weekend violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and 19 injured.
Master Sergeant Harold Whitten of Enfield holds his 10-month-old grandson Landon Nickerson during the Send Off Ceremony for the 120th Regional Support Group at Hampden Academy on Friday.  Thirty five Bangor-based Maine Army National Guard soldiers from the unit are deploying to Afghanistan.

Bangor Army Guard unit heading to Afghanistan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Thirty-five members of the 120th are heading to Afghanistan, after a period of training at Fort Hood, Texas. Two-thirds of the 35 soldiers have deployed before.
The Orono Pharmacy is shown in 2016.

Orono Pharmacy to pay $60,000 in settlement over controlled substances

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
In signing the settlement agreement, Ali Aghamoosa did not admit to any wrongdoing and cooperated with the investigation.
People walk on the Orono Bog Boardwalk shortly after it opened for the season, May 2012.

Orono Bog walk vandalized for fourth time since May

By Alex Acquisto on Aug. 11, 2017, at 8:43 a.m.
“It’s sort of a sad situation that they keep on doing it.”
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 11-13: What’s on your summer bucket list?

on Aug. 10, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.

Panhandler claiming to raise funds for Bangor shelter is scam artist, director says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 10, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
“We NEVER use this as a fundraising method and the person is scamming the public,” the notice posted on the agency’s Facebook page stated.
Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services is gearing up to open a 10-bed detoxification center in part of a building located at 646 Main Road North in Hampden.

Maine’s second detox center expected to open later this year

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
After several months of scouring Greater Bangor for a suitable location for the center, Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services has found one in Hampden.
Soldiers from the 120th Regional Support Group prepared for deployment to Southwest Asia at Plymouth Training Site in town.

Bangor unit deploying to Asia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 5:55 p.m.
The soldiers will manage facilities, provide administrative and logistical support for troop services and ensure the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp during their year long deployment.
The intake area at the Penobscot County Jail does not meet industry standards, according to the Department of Corrections. Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton has advocating moving intake to the YMCA so it can be expanded.

Penobscot County Jail expansion vote delayed

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:26 p.m.
Penobscot County voters will not be asked until 2018 to fund renovations at Bangor’s former YMCA building to ease jail overcrowding, according to County Commissioner Peter Baldacci.
The historic waterworks engineer’s house on State Street in Bangor is likely to be demolished with the collapse of a deal.

Historic waterworks engineer’s house likely will be razed

By Dawn Gagnon and Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 08, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
The deal’s death likely ends the decades-long struggle to save the State Street home, which has considerable historic value.
Jason Robinson

Exeter man charged with stealing girl’s underwear, leaving pornographic photos

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
He is charged with one count of burglary, two counts each of sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 12 and theft by unauthorized taking.