Is September northern New England’s January?

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
Over the recent Labor Day weekend a friend of mine suggested the holiday should mark northern New England’s New Year. Given the changes in everything from our environs to our personal habits – especially in rural areas and smaller towns – this idea merits serious consideration. Unlike mud season that …

U.S. intelligence failed to warn about ISIS

on Sept. 13, 2014, at 5:07 a.m.
The emergence of ISIS, a brutal terrorist group, has forced the U.S. to gear up for a new phase in the war on terror. It has led the formation of a new coalition to combat ISIS (also called ISIL or the Islamic State). The struggle against this powerful group may …

Keeping score

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
Campaign 2014. It’s just starting to get interesting.
Pictured is an aerial view of the construction of The Grove, a student-housing complex in Orono built in 2012.

What it takes to build a better college town in Orono

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
College communities often navigate a tenuous balance between welcoming students and loathing them, and residents of college town neighborhoods experience this tension most acutely. In Orono, home to the University of Maine, the tension is heightened by disturbing demographic numbers. For one, the town’s population of families is declining faster …

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014: Dish troubles, drone attacks, rails, Mike Michaud, Cary Weston

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Our next governor It is uplifting to hear a gubernatorial candidate speak positively about Maine’s environment and about his involvement in efforts to combat climate change. At the Sept. 5 meeting in Hallowell of Sierra Club Maine, I heard Rep. Mike Michaud speak about the excellent performance of a model …

13 ways to predict whether a domestic violence offender will assault again

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
If police had used this new method of determining risk, it's likely Randy Iles would not have been released on bail, and he would have been unable to kill Arlene May.
Efraim Zuroff is the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israel office. The center's mission is to locate and bring to justice Nazi war criminals.

‘At least a measure of justice’: A life spent hunting Nazis — who show no remorse

By Susan Young on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Efraim Zuroff is director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, where he continues the center namesake’s mission of hunting down Nazis and Nazi collaborators to bring them to justice. He was born in New York in 1948, he earned a B.A. in history at Yeshiva University and an M.A. …

NFL devolution

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL exposed by latest  TMZ.com video.

Frankfort will see wind farm’s benefits, but so will the rest of Maine

By Jeremy Payne on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
In the coming months, the residents of Frankfort will learn more about an exciting emission-free, clean energy project proposed for their town. Waldo Community Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, is pursuing the development of a modest six-turbine wind farm on private land in Frankfort — enough …
A member of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's bear study crew holds a hand near the paw of "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared and weighed on June 17, 2014.

An interaction takes two: An argument in the bear hunt debate that falls flat

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
The November ballot measure that would outlaw the use of bait, hounds and traps when bear hunting has fast become perhaps the most heated and emotionally charged electoral contest of the season. It also has become a campaign subject to low-quality arguments that don’t pass the straight-face test. Case in …

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014: Gov. LePage, Bangor budget, bears, Hope elephants

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
Governor Trust Although I no longer buy green bananas, I’m hoping to celebrate my 90th birthday one week after the November elections. Five years ago, I relocated to Maine after an absence of 46 years. Three of my children were born in Caribou. Like Gov. Paul LePage, I am the …
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A tide of dishonesty engulfs Maine Democrats

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
In recent days, a wave of dishonesty has washed over Maine Democrats, all over the state. It’s affected a number of races, from the top-tier contests to local legislative races, and has even engulfed their auxiliary groups. Though, to be fair, it shouldn’t really be called a wave: that would …

Portland super’s online education plan smacked down

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk got what can only and justly be described as a “smackdown” last week for trying to start an online-education program, run by a private corporation and paid for with public money, without the approval of the public. I don’t know what’s more disturbing: Caulk’s botched …
Moderator Chuck Todd and U.S. President Barack Obama appear on "Meet the Press" at the White House in Washington, D.C., on September 6, 2014, in this handout photo courtesy of NBC News.

The myth of Horatio Alger

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
Among many talents exhibited by Chuck Todd in the days since he replaced David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press” is his ability to turn a proper noun into a verb. “I’m not trying to Horatio Alger,” Todd told my Washington Post colleague Ben Terris. “But it’s an advantage …

Rediscovering Portland’s forgotten road- a journey into ‘Hobo Jungle’

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
It’s no secret to anybody that Portland, Maine has a homelessness problem. Debates over subjects like panhandler’s rights, drug addiction treatment programs, and asylum for immigrants dominate local discussions from City Hall, to suburban dinner tables, to downtown taverns and diners. But for all the dialogue and rhetoric, for all …
Retired Brig. Gen. John H. Bubar

LePage has let down our military, and Michaud is the real leader Maine needs

By John Bubar and Don McCormack on Sept. 10, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
Together, we enjoyed more than 67 years of military service in the active duty Air Force and the Maine Air National Guard. We worked for, and learned from, some great leaders, in peace and war, both in Maine and across the globe. One of the lessons learned from our experience …
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014.

Sept. 11 remembered: What has changed — and remained the same

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
As we mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, it is remarkable how much has changed in the world and, yet, how much remains the same. While there has not been a subsequent terrorist attack in the U.S., extremist Muslim factions …

Cheney (bunker)

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
The president revisits Iraq.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014: Hunger, health care, bears, domestic violence

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
Hunger in Maine September is Hunger Action Month. The fall season is beginning and holidays are coming upon us faster than we may be prepared for. For many Mainers, this is a difficult time of year, particularly where food is concerned. Regrettably, too many households have to skip meals, or …
Dr. Carol A Rauch of the Vanderbilt Clinical Microbiology Lab in Nashville, Tennessee, shows samples of Cladosporium species and Aspergillus fumigatus, two of the fungi diagnosed in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

Meningitis outbreaks can happen anywhere; vaccination can protect our kids

By Dr. Steven Feder on Sept. 10, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Sometimes it seems as if outbreaks of preventable diseases, such as meningitis, are a thing of the past. However, just last year there were reported cases of meningitis in Warren, near where I practice in Lincoln County. After people started hearing about the cases, I received a number of phone …
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