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Anna Kendrick arrives at the premiere of her film "End of Watch" in Los Angeles September 17, 2012.

Anna Kendrick sings answers to a reporter, talks about growing up in Maine

By Erin Rhoda on May 03, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
Ever sing your answers to questions? That’s what Portland-raised actress Anna Kendrick did recently for The New York Times. How does she feel about such “indignities of the modern publicity trail,” as Times writer Brooks Barnes put it? “I’m a survivor! I’m not gon’ give up! I’m not gon’ stop! …

If BDN comments were letters to your unborn children

By Erin Rhoda on May 03, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
Real BDN comments. No-so-real letters to unborn children.
University of Maine students enter Alfond Arena in Orono before attending the 2013 graduation ceremony at UMaine in this May 2013 BDN file photo.

1,687 to receive degrees at UMaine graduation

By Nick McCrea on May 03, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
ORONO | An estimated 1,687 students are expected to graduate from Maine’s largest university during May 9 commencement ceremonies. The flagship campus of the University of Maine System is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, but this will be its 213th commencement, because in the past the university distributed …
A 5-inch cross-section of blown-down softwood stem, cut with a small, folding handsaw.

Here are the tools I use to maintain my woodlot

By Maxwell McCormack on May 03, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
Keep in touch with your woodlot. It’s essential. Observe the growth patterns, the changes in structure, storm impacts, and note the unexpected. A tough winter is over, and spring is late, struggling to gain a foothold and sustain warmer temperatures. Length of daylight increases right on schedule, so growth processes …
Caleb Swanberg, 26, of Caribou speaks with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins during a ceremony recognizing the 2015 Maine Tracks class. The program, a partnership between Tufts University and Maine Medical Center, aims to increase the number of physicians who want to practice in rural areas, especially in Maine.

Medical students celebrate completion of program aimed at shaping rural doctors

By Nick McCrea on May 02, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
PORTLAND | A group of 34 medical students with dreams of working in rural communities celebrated the next step in their careers Saturday at the University of Southern Maine. The Maine Track Program was created three years ago through a partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine …

Man killed by Amtrak train in New Hampshire

By Paul Tennant, The Eagle-Tribune on May 02, 2015, at 6:36 a.m.
PLAISTOW, New Hampshire — An unidentified man was struck and killed by a Downeaster passenger train Friday afternoon. The accident happened behind the Wal-Mart plaza on Route 125. Amtrak reported the death at 2:55 p.m. The train was traveling south toward Massachusetts when a man walked onto the tracks and …
Interior shot of the partially completed Sinawik home of Terrence and Carolyn Hanlon as it looked while being built by students and instructors in Northern Maine Community College's trade and technical occupations programs in April 2011 in Chapman.

Sinawik program to build its 38th and final low-cost Maine home

By Jen Lynds on May 01, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHBURN | After helping to build two homes for other people at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle in the 1990s, Bob Chavez finally realized his dream in 2010 when a group of students built one for him. He did not know at the time that the 1,300-square-foot …
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission member gkisedtanamoogk, an adjunct instructor with the Native American Studies and the Peace and Reconciliation Programs at the University of Maine, responds to a question asked by an audience member during a public hearing on Thursday night at Husson University.

Group calls on LePage to reinstate tribal executive order

By Dawn Gagnon on May 01, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
BANGOR | A commission formed to help heal the divide between the state and its native people called upon Gov. Paul LePage to reinstate his 2011 executive order proclaiming a special relationship between the tribes and the state during a public forum Thursday night at Husson University. The recommendation, …
"“If this passes, I’'m certain a tragedy will occur,"” said Larry Gilbert, (left), a former Lewiston mayor and police chief, as he joined police chiefs from several of Maine’s largest cities on April 8 at a press conference in Portland denouncing a proposal to scrap the state’'s concealed-carry gun permitting process.

Bill to remove permit mandate to carry concealed guns in Maine suffers setback

By Scott Thistle on May 01, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill that would allow Mainers older than 18 to carry a concealed handgun without a permit was rejected by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Friday. The bill, LD 652, gained the support of three Republicans while all seven Democrats on the panel …

Woman’s body recovered from Kennebec River

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A woman’s body was recovered from the Kennebec River early Friday afternoon, according to the Maine Marine Patrol. The body, which has not been identified, was found floating about 20 yards from shore near the Pittston side of the river, across from Westerlands Landing in South Gardiner, …
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency works July 10, 2014, to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab at 233 Clark Road in Merrill.

Maine lawmakers consider lighter penalties for heroin, harsher punishment for meth labs

By Christopher Cousins on May 01, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Whether possession of certain illegal drugs should result in a lifetime criminal record is under consideration by lawmakers in Augusta who are grappling with competing proposals to strengthen and weaken drug laws. At the core of the debate are the lasting legal effects of a felony drug …
Gabor Kovacs of 'smoke no smoke' puffs on an e-cigarette that his shop sells at Camden in London June 9, 2013.

Despite GOP opposition, Maine bill to limit ‘vaping’ like smoking advances

By Scott Thistle on May 01, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA | An effort to place the same restrictions on e-cigarettes that exist for tobacco cigarettes in Maine cleared the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on a 6-5, party-line vote Friday. With Democrats supporting the bill, LD 1108, and Republicans opposing it, the measure’s prospects of winning passage …

Long-time addict talks of why Suboxone works for him

By Ashley Conti on May 01, 2015, at 2:11 p.m.
Roger Meserve, 36, of Corinth started doing drugs when he was 8 years old. “It filled a hole that needed to be filled,” explained Meserve. At age 17 he started using heroin. By 2005 he was up to 50 bags a day of heroin. That’s when he decided to get clean. …

Do these famous Mainers look their age?

on May 01, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
So everyone on the Internet today is talking about the #HowOldRobot, a website from Microsoft that guesses your age and gender from a picture.
Tourists in Bar Harbor take pictures of the cruise ship AIDA Bella anchored offshore in this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo.

Maine set to get more than 400 cruise ship visits in 2015

By Bill Trotter on May 01, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Like the first robin of spring, the arrival next week of the Maasdam in Frenchman Bay will signal the start of Maine’s annual cruise ship season, which is expected to last through early November. The May 7 visit by the Holland America ship, the first to …
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King

Maine senators praise tougher oil train safety rules

By Patrick Rucker and Edward McAllister, Reuters on May 01, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States and Canada on Friday announced long-awaited safety rules for trains carrying oil, as regulators seek to reduce risks after a series of explosive accidents that accompanied a surge in crude-by-rail shipments. The rules call for a rapid phase out of older tank cars considered unsafe …
Dr. Karen Hover is one of the few doctors in the Bangor area who prescribes Suboxone at the Discovery House in Bangor.

‘A system that doesn’t exist’: Without methadone, patients rely on addiction treatment few Maine doctors prescribe

By Jackie Farwell on May 01, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
A Bangor recovery center contacted more than 100 doctors across the state with what sounds like a tempting offer. Desperate to help patients waiting months for one form of opioid addiction treatment, staff at the Discovery House promised each physician a bonus of $5,000. Contract with the center to prescribe …

UMaine grad students wade into Suboxone debate

By Jackie Farwell on May 01, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
When three graduate students at the University of Maine began researching Suboxone prescribers last fall, they didn’t yet realize they were stepping into a political ruckus. Social work students Mikala Thompson, Alaina Crowley and Daniel Cohen wanted to know how many doctors in the state prescribed the medication, used to …

Brunswick nursing home owner to pay $300,000 in settlement on overbilling Medicare

By Beth Brogan on May 01, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
The owner of several Brunswick assisted living facilities will pay $300,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit charging it allowed a subcontractor, RehabCare Group East, Inc., to routinely submit inflated Medicare claims for rehabilitation. In March, Bangor nursing home Ross Manor agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve …
District Court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz

Judge who levied gag order expected to face challenge in reappointment

By Judy Harrison on May 01, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine judge who issued a controversial, illegal gag order on the media during a criminal proceeding in January, only to rescind it under fire two days later, is expected to face strong opposition to his renomination to the bench during a hearing May 7. At issue …
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