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Cutler man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed Millinocket teacher

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operation under the influence …

When is a conflict a conflict? Water case raises ethical concerns

By Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on July 30, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
HALLOWELL, Maine — A conflict over ethics between Gov. Paul LePage and a member of the state’s Public Utilities Commission has been settled in the short term, but it threatens to produce more controversy over the long term. The conflict was resolved when Lepage recently appointed former Superior Court Judge …
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Rossi Foundation pledges $1M to establish Jackson Lab’s neurobehavioral research center 

Bangor Daily News on July 30, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
 BAR HARBOR, Maine – The Jackson Laboratory has received a pledge of $1 million from the Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation to support and name the laboratory’s new Neurobehavioral Biometry Center. The newly established Connie Cogswell Rossi Neurobehavioral Biometry Center will enable the laboratory to develop a greater breadth and depth of knowledge …
Ellsworth's Hunter Cote delivers a pitch during a game against Hermon on May 29. Cote will be the starting pitcher for the Coastal Senior League all-stars in their East Regional opener on Friday in Deptford, New Jersey.

Quest for Senior League World Series begins in New Jersey for Coastal all-stars

By Joe Mclaughlin on July 30, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
The dilemma dealt to the Coastal Senior League all-star baseball team over the last 10 days may be envious to some teams. The team from the Blue Hill area qualified for this weekend’s Eastern Regional in Deptford, New Jersey, after receiving a bye through the District 1 and state tourneys. …
Rep. Stephen Stanley, D-Medway, introduced the cold case bill to help the family of McLain, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from East Millinocket who disappeared while jogging Aug. 8, 1980. Her body was discovered two days later, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Michaud, LePage, Cutler say they support state cold case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud promised to fund the state’s first cold-case squad to investigate homicides if elected governor, saying the issue “hits close to home” because of the 1980 murder of Joyce McLain. “It was nearly 34 years ago that Joyce McClain was abducted and murdered …
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Two-day ramp closure on I-95 northbound at Exit 133 in Fairfield

Bangor Daily News on July 30, 2014, at 7:56 a.m.
FAIRFIELD, Maine — As the painting of the Clinton A. Clauson Bridge nears completion, crews will be taking down tarps, cable and steel fencing that will necessitate a ramp and lane closure on Interstate 95, according to Maine Department of Transportation. On Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31, the …
Reggie Kimball, 12, breaks into tears talking about his "best friend" Jason Montez on Tuesday outside the apartment where Montez was shot and killed, along with his two siblings and mother, Saturday night in Saco.

Saco community gathers to grieve ‘unspeakable horror’

By Beth Brogan on July 29, 2014, at 10:16 p.m.
SACO, Maine — An hour before Tuesday’s candlelight vigil remembering slain 12-year-old Jason Montez and his family, Reggie Kimball rode his best friend’s skateboard up and down the sidewalk on Water Street. The two boys traded skateboards the other day, and Kimball didn’t have a chance to get his own …
Michael Rhoads (left)of Bread Alone Bakery in Kingston, New York,  an instructor at the Wood-Fired Production Bakery Workshop, helps Johnny Miley properly fold dough during the 2014 Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday.

Bakeries on the rise in Maine: Skowhegan event energizes entrepreneurs

By Kathleen Pierce on July 29, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Amy Tyson and her husband, Zachary, had been summering in Kennebunk for years when they realized that amid the clam shacks and ice cream stores, something was lacking. “The one thing that is missing from our town is a proper bakery. So we decided to do it …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, smiles as the crowd applauds in Portland on Tuesday where she was honored by the state's pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center.

Maine Heritage Policy Center honors DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew

By Mario Moretto on July 29, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mary Mayhew, the controversial commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, was honored Tuesday by the state’s pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center. Mayhew, who left a job lobbying for the Maine Hospital Association to join the LePage administration in 2011, “was …

Maine Heritage Policy Center gives award to Mary Mayhew

By Troy R. Bennett on July 29, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, speaks in Portland on Tuesday where she was honored by the state’s pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center.
Maine House minority leader Ken Fredette

Republicans field 150 candidates for 151 seats in Maine House, but Democrats say it won’t be enough

By Christopher Cousins on July 29, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — With fewer than 100 days until Election Day, campaigns by legislative candidates are heating up and naturally, both Republicans and Democrats in Maine say the political winds will blow in their favor come Nov. 4. House Republican candidates gathered at the State House on Tuesday to highlight …
These household products, among many others, contain chemicals call phthalates, which are potentially toxic.

Dozens call on Maine to regulate chemicals found in plastic household products

By Jackie Farwell on July 29, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 70 people called on the LePage administration Tuesday to require disclosure of potentially dangerous chemicals commonly found in consumer products. At a hearing before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, parents, doctors, business owners and public health experts asked the agency to step up regulation …
Police tape secures the door of unit B201 at the RiverView apartment complex in Saco on Monday.

Vigil planned to grieve slain Saco family

By Beth Brogan on July 29, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
SACO, Maine — Friends of the five family members who died Saturday night in a horrific murder-suicide will gather Tuesday night on Water Street to remember the deceased. Family friend Heather Nason of Saco said the candlelight vigil will begin at 8 p.m. outside RiverView Apartments at 35 Water St., …
U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows spoke in front of Bangor's Paul Bunyan while making a campaign stop in Bangor on Tuesday as part of her campaign trek across Maine.

Shenna Bellows shares stories of struggling Mainers during Bangor stop on walking campaign tour

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — At the foot of Bangor’s 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows shared stories from her campaign trek across Maine — stories of rural people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to get by with only part-time work or no work at …
Bouquets and a stuffed dog lay in the mulch in front of the River View apartment complex in Saco Monday morning where a family of five was found shot to death inside on Sunday.

Saco tragedy shines light on ‘very, very private’ side of domestic violence

By Seth Koenig on July 29, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
SACO, Maine — On June 13, 2011, the day Steven Lake shot and killed his wife and two children in Dexter, a neighbor told a Bangor Daily News reporter, “Everyone knew something bad was going to happen.” Amy Lake had filed a protection from abuse order against her husband nearly …
Vaughn Chase (left) owner of Chase's Organic Dairy Farm and former MOO Milk producer, speaks about his decision to join the Wisconsin-based cooperative Organic Valley at the company's Congress Street office.

Wisconsin co-op adds six former MOO Milk farmers, launches ‘Aroostook Initiative’

By Darren Fishell on July 29, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mapleton-based farmer Vaughn Chase and five others who supplied the now-defunct Maine’s Own Organic Milk brand have signed with Wisconsin-based cooperative Organic Valley, which has broader plans to develop organic agriculture in Aroostook County. Company officials said during a press event Tuesday morning that Organic Valley has …

Pain as the fifth vital sign: VA initiative reshaped treatment approaches

on July 29, 2014, at 8:33 a.m.
In the practice of medicine, four measurements have long served as indicators of the body’s basic functions: pulse, breathing, temperature, and blood pressure. In 1999, the Veterans Health Administration — the country’s largest government-run health care system — proposed a fifth vital sign: pain. The concept was initially promoted by the …

‘Corporate disobedience’: The Market Basket saga continues

By Jena McGregor, The Washington Post on July 29, 2014, at 6:38 a.m.
On June 24, employees of the New England grocery chain Market Basket first began organizing rallies and efforts to reinstate their fired president. More than a month later, there appears to be little sign the unusual saga is coming to an end. Many shelves remain empty, the ousted leader has …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Helen’s Restaurant gets permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Planning Board quickly approved a permit Monday night to allow the owners of Helen’s Restaurant to rebuild after a fire that destroyed the landmark business earlier this month. The panel, meeting in a special session that lasted just over 10 minutes, voted 5-0 to issue …
The Sea Dog Brewing Company is shown in the Bowdoin Mill in Topsham.

Sea Dog Brewing to open first New Hampshire location

By Darren Fishell on July 28, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Sea Dog Brewing Co. plans to open its first New Hampshire location in North Conway this fall, expanding its northern New England footprint beyond its Bangor, South Portland and Topsham pubs. Jim Bunting, operations manager for the company acquired by Shipyard Brewing owner Fred Forsley more than …
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