Matthew Braun leads the Biddeford chapter of Young People in Recovery.

As a teen this man felt so alone. How his school could have helped.

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Principals want to better support students’ mental health, but they need the tools — and guidance themselves.

Hampden, Falmouth, Kennebunk schools named among best in US

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:55 p.m.
Three Maine schools are among 279 public and 50 private schools that have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016.
Grover Searles works to disassemble a radiator on Wednesday on the first floor of 73 Central St. in Bangor.

Developer bringing one of downtown Bangor’s largest structures back to life

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:18 p.m.
A developer who owed back taxes to the city has begun renovating 73 Central St. in compliance with an agreement with the city.

Bangor’s Paul Bunyan carelessly overlooked in New York Times essay

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
I read with some great interest New York Times columnist Dan Barry’s essay last weekend about Paul Bunyan. As an ardent Bangorian, I feel a certain pride in our gargantuan culture hero and his place in our history as the former lumber capital of the east. I see our statue of …
Narwhal tusks that were evidence in the case against Gregory Robert Logan, 58, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick.

Ex-Mountie pleads guilty to charges in narwhal whale tusk smuggling scheme

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:36 p.m.
The former Mountie accused of smuggling narwhal whale tusks across the border and mailing them to buyers around the U.S. for eight years pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to multiple counts of conspiracy and money laundering.
A man browses artwork by nine New Brunswick artists on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor on Thursday. The New Brunswick Arts Bank features artwork from artists throughout New Brunswick.

Bangor museum hosts nine artists from New Brunswick Art Bank

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
“You really get a glimpse into what high quality contemporary artists are living and working in New Brunswick.”
Ally Beeman, 13, reacts to her "big" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Tabitha Fillion, while waiting for sunset at the harbor in Rockland on a brisk evening in mid-September.

‘An urge to help': How a caring adult changes the course of a child’s life

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Maine, however, is neither funding its mentoring programs nor advising them.
Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, demonstrates how to use the ExpressVote machine, which is designed to make voting more accessible to people with disabilities, during an event on Tuesday at the Bangor Public Library.

New accessible voting machines available at all Maine voting sites

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
“It allows people to vote independently and privately,” Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, said.
Christopher Cook

Alleged victim in armed robbery now accused of setting up crime

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
Police accessed Christopher Cook’s cellphone texts, which indicated he “set the robbery up and that he was working with the two male suspects,” Bangor police Detective Tim Shaw said.
Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

Ranked choice voting

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Civic leaders express support for ranked choice voting in Maine.

Stephen King took Donald Trump to task on Twitter during the debate

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
Stephen King has not typically been shy when it comes to making his opinions on various matters known. Naturally, he’s been weighing in on Twitter with his thoughts on this year’s election season. As you might imagine, they are not overwhelmingly positive, and during last night’s presidential debate, he let …

Five albums from Maine bands, new this fall, that you should definitely listen to

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Seepeoples – Love EP Seepeoples are a band that cannot be defined. You could throw a few genre descriptors around — indie rock? Pop? Jam band? Psychedelic? — but all of those and none of those are appropriate. Nowhere in the Portland band’s 15-year history is that more true than …
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Cash, a shotgun and heroin were seized in a drug bust in Winthrop that landed three men in jail.

Winthrop man sentenced to more than two years for federal drug, gun violations

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
A 38-year-old Winthrop man was sentenced to more than two years in prison Monday for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun during a hearing Monday in U.S. District Court.
Kindergarten teacher Terri Lowe with student Tristan Kobayashi at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Maine among worst places in country to make living as a teacher, financial website says

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
If you want to become a teacher, Maine is among the toughest places in the country to make a living once you step into the classroom, according to a report released Monday by a finance website.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about a pound of crack cocaine, as well as fentanyl and a loaded firearm during a drug raid Tuesday, May 10, in Fairfield.

Overall crime rate down, but violent crimes on rise in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
While the state’s overall crime rate decreased last year, violent crimes against people in Maine increased, with drugs blamed as the “driving force” behind them, according to state law enforcement officials.
The developer of Stillwater Crossing, a development in Bangor near the mall, said the owner of Portland's Kon Asian Bistro has signed a lease for the last remaining space in the complex, next to Elevation Burger.

Hibachi restaurant plans to open in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Another restaurant has signed on to fill the last vacant space in Bangor’s Stillwater Crossing development.

One Life Project

By Ashley Conti on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
Students from area high schools talk about how adults can help youths suffering from addiction.

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