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Gov. Paul LePage

Incumbents’ new strategy: Rejecting TV debates

By Reid Wilson, The Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
Michigan voters torn between giving Republican Gov. Rick Snyder a second term or opting for his Democratic opponent, former representative Mark Schauer, will have only one chance to see the two men share a stage to debate their records. They’re lucky, considering voters in Minnesota are not getting any debates. …
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the crowd at a chamber breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor Wednesday.

LePage among 10 governors facing tough fights to stay in office

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
The most embattled collection of politicians this fall are neither members of the Senate nor the House. That distinction falls upon the nation’s governors. Compared with elected officials in Washington, incumbent governors are struggling disproportionately. The Cook Political Report lists nine incumbent governors in tossup races and another as a …
Corey Darveau and his wife, Christina Darveau, of Bucksport lost their daughter Taylor Darveau in a car accident on Oct. 3, 2013.  The Darveaus came up with the idea of T.A.Y.L.O.R. tags that they hope would be placed on vehicles that are used by young drivers with intermediate driver's licenses. Taylor was the passenger in a vehicle whare the driver had an intermediate license and was not supposed to have anyone but family members in the vehicle.

Grieving parents work to prevent more teen driving deaths

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
BUCKSPORT | Corey and Christina Darveau are getting closer to the kind of one-year anniversary they would like no other parents to have to endure — the death of their daughter, 15-year-old Taylor, in a terrible car crash last October. The Darveaus are trying to channel their grief at …

T.A.Y.L.O.R. tags

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 28, 2014, at 5:54 a.m.
Christina and Corey Darveau, whose daughter Taylor died in a car crash in Bucksport, are trying to pay tribute to their daughter and prevent more tragedies through the T.A.Y.L.O.R. tags program.
Kirby the ministry dog and Emily Taylor, 11, relax together at First United Methodist Church in Bangor on Thursday during a community meal. Kirby goes with pastor Arlene Tully to visit members of the congregation, attends services and "ministers" to people who come to the weekly community meal from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church.

Kirby the Ministry Dog builds instant bridge for minister new to Bangor

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 27, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
People sometimes share things with the Rev. Arlene M. Tully they wouldn’t ordinarily tell her because Kirby the Ministry Dog is at the pastor’s side. “I was in a restaurant and the waitress asked me about the dog,” she said earlier this month. “As we talked, she …
Picking potatoes, circa 1994

The potato harvest tradition in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 27, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
It’s potato harvest time in Maine. Warm days and cool nights make for perfect harvesting weather. The daily temperature swings help produce a good crop. Farmers have been getting equipment and storage areas ready, and although the tractors and harvesters have changed over the years, the results remain the same: …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler talks at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce on April 24, 2014 in this picture. He visited the Katahdin region again Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

Michaud, LePage campaigns blast Cutler for politicizing millworkers’ plight

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 27, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
Eliot Cutler, the independent candidate in Maine’s gubernatorial race, continued his onslaught against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s record on economic development and jobs but also charged LePage and Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race, with abandoning the mill towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket, following the bankruptcy filing …
Leanna Norris is shown into court last year at the Penobscot Judicial Center for her arraignment on murder charges in connection with the death of her daughter.

Woman accused of killing toddler last year enters insanity plea, waives jury trial

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
BANGOR | A woman charged with killing her daughter has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and waived her right to a jury trial, according to the Maine attorney general’s office. Leanna Norris, 25, of Auburn, formerly of Stetson, allegedly drugged her 2½-year-old daughter, put duct tape on …
Gov. Paul LePage mingles with supporters at a campaign stop in Scarborough on Friday.

LePage courts women voters, says he opposes ‘killing babies as a form of contraception’

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has been the target of a concerted campaign by leading reproductive rights advocacy groups, appeared in Scarborough on Friday with several dozen women supporters who said he’s the candidate who represents their interests. During his speech, LePage made complimentary references to the …

LePage makes campaign stop in Scarborough

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a campaign stop in Scarborough on Friday.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, delivers his homily Friday at the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Bishop seeks blessing for Maine legal community at annual Red Mass

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland sought God’s blessing for those who work in the legal profession as they serve the common good and pursue justice at the annual Red Mass celebrated Friday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “Our coming together is …
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."

Owners of Wiscasset private road ask to change name from ‘Redskin’s Drive’ to ‘Micmac Drive’

By Charlotte Boynton, Lincoln County News on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
The property owners on Redskin’s Drive have sent a letter to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen requesting to change their private road name from “Redskin’s Drive” to “Micmac Drive.” “To avoid any further conflict or potential lawsuits with the Indian tribes in the state we give our …
Jackson Lab's "5557" strain of mouse used in avatar research for cancer

Jackson Lab teams with Boston hospital on ‘avatar’ rodents for cancer treatment

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 26, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
At The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, researchers are learning how to treat cancer, one patient at a time, with the help of furry little mice. Scientists harvest sections of tumors from sick human patients, implanting the cells into potentially dozens of mice and testing various medications and drug cocktails …
Visitors of The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast, clamor for a baked Maine potato. Officials with the Maine Potato Board are currently at the 17-day fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, overseeing the baked potato booth in the Maine Building. The fair wraps up Sept. 28. About 83,000 potatoes are sold during the fair each year. This year’s Superior potatoes were grown by Barry Campbell of Monticello and Irving Farms in Caribou.

Maine potatoes a big draw at The Big E

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star Herald on Sept. 26, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | There’s nothing quite like a baked Maine potato, and visitors of The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, should know; they buy enough of them. Officials with the Maine Potato Board were at the largest fair in the Northeast overseeing the baked potato booth in the …
Rebecca Wyke

University of Maine System office seeks more control over campus budgets

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR | The way budgets are created for the seven campuses in the University of Maine System may look very different next year. A plan that gives the University of Maine System office more power over the individual campus budgets will be voted on by the board of trustees …

Why is the University of Maine System in a state of financial crisis?

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine System is facing a $69 million budget shortfall by fiscal year 2019. Chancellor James Page has said the system will balance its budget during the next four years through cuts and by increasing enrollment. Despite assurances from at least four of the seven …
Susan Dench

Democrats reject LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench for UMaine board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 26, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats on the Legislature’s Education Committee voted unanimously to reject Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees after a contentious hearing on Friday. The 8-5 party-line vote goes to the full Senate on Tuesday. Dench, of Falmouth, is …
Richard Wood, an engineering manager at Molnlycke Manufacturing, gives guests a tour of the company's $14 million facility at Brunswick Landing in 2013.

Question 3 asks Maine voters to borrow $12 million to boost innovation, downtowns, rural economy

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles examining the bond questions that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maine. Question 3 reads: Do you favor a bond issue to provide $4,000,000 in funds to insure portions of loans to small businesses to spur investment and …
Deer Isle - Stonington High School students Bryce Limeburner (left), Morgan Shepard (center) and Kasi Billings work on their senior projects during their Senior Exhibition class Wednesday morning in Deer Isle. The students are part of Project Launch.

‘A whole different universe compared to high school’: Deer Isle-Stonington program aims to boost college retention

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:25 a.m.
ORONO | For 19-year-old Hayden Ciomei, high school was a breeze. He studied for tests the night before and aced them. The Stonington resident knew from a young age he would follow in the footsteps of his siblings and go to college. But the odds of obtaining a degree …

Maine hasn’t remade its university system in 46 years: Will it now?

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.
In the beginning, it was a loose affiliation between the University of Maine and the state’s independently operated teachers’ colleges in Farmington, Fort Kent, Gorham, Machias and Presque Isle. It wasn’t the University of Maine System we know today — it was the Super-U. That was more than 45 years …
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