Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis reflects on a proposal for a private street name in Wiscasset to be called "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribal leaders oppose use of demeaning moniker by Wiscasset, NFL

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Kirk Francis, chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, thought Maine’s effort to get rid of monikers such as “redskins,” “Indians” and “warriors” ended six months ago, after years of what he called “productive effort” by all involved. During an interview in March, Francis singled out the …
York Selectman Ron Nowell discusses his support for placing a marijuana legalization measure on the town ballot during an August news conference while fellow supporter Victoria Simon looks on.

Court ruling snuffs November vote on marijuana legalization in York

By Susan Morse, York Weekly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
YORK, Maine — A York County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion by marijuana proponents to force the town of York to place a petition question on legalizing pot for recreational use on the November ballot. Judge Paul Fritzche made the decision less than an hour before the 4 …

Penobscot Indian Nation reacts to new road named Redskin’s Drive

By Brian Feulner on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis and residents of Indian Island respond to the recent addition of a private road sign named “Redskin’s Drive” in Wiscasset, Maine.

MDI man arrested in $290 million stock scheme

By Karen Freifeld, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A local taxicab owner and driver accused of being involved in a “pump and dump” stock scheme worth hundreds of millions of dollars was arrested this week by local police on an extradition warrant out of New York City. Joseph Dervali, 54, of Bar Harbor and …

Part-time Hampden police officer fired after pleading guilty to domestic violence assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A part-time Hampden police officer who pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault last week has been fired from the force, an official said Friday. William Briggs, 44, was placed on administrative leave in May after being accused of unlawful sexual contact. The charge was changed to domestic …
The former Cumberland County Civic Center, know known as the Cross Insurance Arena, in Portland.

Firm that runs Cross Center in Bangor picked to manage Portland arena

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Trustees for the newly named Cross Insurance Arena have decided to outsource management of the former Cumberland County Civic Center to Global Spectrum, the Philadelphia-based entertainment venue manager that oversees Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center. The trustees for the Cross Insurance Arena voted Friday to begin negotiating a …
Fort Kent students Lacy Pelletier (left) and Gabrielle Martin create sidewalk art as part of the Chalk it Up Fort Kent domestic violence awareness event Friday.

Hope and Justice Project takes domestic abuse message to the streets in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Nearly four months after her daughter was murdered, allegedly at the hands of her longtime boyfriend, Barbara Theriault on Friday said she will do whatever it takes to prevent another parent from losing a child to domestic violence. “If I can save one person from going …
Posters advertising the People's Climate March, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, dot the walls of the event's pop-up office in Midtown Manhattan. Organizers are hoping the New York City march will be the largest of its kind ever.

New York march seeks to be largest climate change event ever

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
NEW YORK — Meaye Ndoye, a 34-year-old student from Brooklyn, volunteers frequently in his community, but he’s never participated in the type of public march that seems to occur on a weekly basis here, calling for an end to America’s military presence in Iraq or protesting the NYPD or celebrating …
Leaders of the Penobscot Nation have written to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen urging them to reflect on and overturn an August decision to allow homeowners to name their private road "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribe weighs legal action against Wiscasset for approving ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Leaders of the Penobscot Nation are considering legal action against the town of Wiscasset after the Board of Selectmen agreed to allow the term “redskin” to be used in the name of a private road. Wiscasset selectmen voted 3-1 on Aug. 19 to approve a property owner’s …
Bre Bebb, director of Our Town Belfast, will be among the performers at next weekend's arts telethon to raise money and awareness of the Belfast Creative Coalition.

Mimes, ukuleles, burlesque dancers on tap for arts telethon in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Elaine Bielenberg always loved watching telethons that featured people like famous comedian Jerry Lewis. Now she’s organizing one in Belfast that should provide hours of televised local entertainment for a cause that’s close to her heart. “A telethon is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I …
From the community

Bangor Humane Society’s Paws on Parade

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Bangor Humane Society, Bangor Waterfront For more information: 207-942-8902; BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society’s 21st annual Paws on Parade will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, on the Bangor Waterfront. Dog walk, prizes, contests, vendors …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013 photo illustration.

Health advocates eye new neighborhood-level ACA enrollment data

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Maine health advocates gearing up for a second round of health insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act are analyzing new federal figures that shed light on their initial success. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new data this week detailing health insurance enrollment under the law …

Former Connecticut Governor Rowland found guilty of campaign law violations

By Richard Weizel, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business owned by the husband of a candidate whose campaign he advised, a federal jury found on Friday. Rowland, a Republican who resigned from office a decade ago after pleading guilty …
A town worker mows the Main Street median in front of the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill Sept. 16, 2011.

What is the GNP mill worth? Depends on liens, value and who’s buying

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Potential buyers of the Great Northern Paper Co. mill would likely assume significant legal and monetary obligations accrued by the current owner, but legal experts think these obligations wouldn’t necessarily be deal breakers for a mill sale. Barry Cohen, a Bangor lawyer with experience in mechanic’s …

FDA plans to revise landmark food safety law

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it would revise a landmark food safety law because of widespread complaints from farmers that some provisions were too burdensome. The agency is proposing relaxing some oversight on irrigation water, allowing easier application of raw manure and exempting small farms from produce …
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Community Leader Ed Kaelber spearheads fund to support seniors in Hancock County

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Community leader and Birch Bay resident Ed Kaelber is spearheading the creation of a fund to support seniors in need throughout Hancock County. The “Pay it Up Fund,” which is being managed by the Maine Community Foundation, will be used to provide mini-grants each year to seniors in need across …
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Red Cloak Haunted History Tour

By Sally Lobkowicz on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. …

Ted Flicker, writer and director who co-created ‘Barney Miller,’ dies at 84

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
Ted Flicker, who co-created the hit TV series “Barney Miller” and directed the cult-favorite political film satire “The President’s Analyst,” died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 84. The cause was coronary artery disease, said his wife, Barbara. In the 1950s he worked with Elaine …
A black bear sculpture stands guard in front of the south entrance to the University of Maine's Memorial Gym on the Orono campus. While planned new pavement on the access road may be the only noticeable change on the outside, the interior of the building is getting a significant facelift.

‘It is the heart of our department’: UMaine’s $15.65M gym, field house renovations entering final stages

By Pete Warner on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Since 1932, the University of Maine’s field house and Memorial Gymnasium have served as the hub of activity for Black Bear athletics. For the last 17 months those historic buildings have been undergoing a significant facelift. Crews from PC Construction are nearing completion of the work on …

Van strikes utility pole on Buxton Road in Saco

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
SACO, Maine — Three men escaped with minor injuries after a vehicle they were in struck a utility pole on Buxton Road Friday morning, police said. Larry Taylor, Jr., 44, of Waterville, apparently lost control of a van he was driving and struck a utility pole, causing power lines to …
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