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Suit accuses former Maine prosecutor of sexual harassment

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
A former victim witness advocate has filed suit against former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright, among others.
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working in the field July 29, 2015, off the Golden Road.

Federal team touring Maine to help find answers for beleaguered forest economy

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Responding to a plea from Maine’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating how to boost the state’s beleaguered forest-products industry and communities that depend on it.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Collins praises Social Security decision to back off text messaging requirement

By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
“I was troubled that the policy would have placed a high burden on seniors, many of whom do not own a cellphone.”
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Leslie Ross stops to laugh while playing a modern bassoon on Aug. 11 in her bassoon fabrication studio at her home near the shore of Northern Bay in Penobscot.

This Maine woman has made nearly 300 bassoons from scratch

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Leslie Ross makes replicas of historical bassoons of older baroque, renaissance and classical design, using maple, boxwood and fruit woods for her instruments.
Among the conditions that can impact honeybee colonies is European foulbrood. The disease is treatable, but after Jan. 1, beekeepers will need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to purchase what is now the over-the-counter antibiotic.

FDA policy changes may turn Maine veterinarians into beekeepers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
As of the first of the year, beekeepers — including the roughly 1,200 in Maine — will no longer have access to certain over-the-counter antibiotics used to treat the condition known as European foulbrood, and are going to need prescriptions for the drug from a licensed veterinarian.
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Funny Maine postcards from the 1970’s between a dad and his daughter

on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
We’ve all heard a good dad joke here and there and any parent worth their salt has at least three or four of these punny little gems hidden away for just the right moment. Recently, one Reddit user regaled the Internet with a series of dad jokes so good that they may …
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Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks on Tuesday in his Portland office about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother, Adnan, had become radicalized in his islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with the Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Maine doctor details sense of duty in alerting FBI to brother’s Islamic State ties

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 17, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
“It was a no brainer, but it was painful. It’s like you’re deciding to amputate a foot, but there’s no other way,” Jabbar Fazeli said.
Robert Burton (right), who is accused of killing his girlfriend and then hiding in the woods for 68 days, enters a courtroom in Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft last year.

Murder trial of man who led police on Maine’s longest manhunt delayed

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Robert Burton, who is accused of shooting former girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo, a 37-year-old single mother of two, has fired his attorney.
A store in Belle Glade, Florida, advertises its participation in the federal food stamp program in this 2013 file photo.

States follow Maine in declining federal funds for food stamps

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg on Aug. 16, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Food stamp enrollment in the U.S. is declining from record levels, in part because some states are ending benefits earlier than they have to.
Trays of hamburger rolls can be seen on Aug. 11 at Botto's Bakery in Portland.

Hardworking Portland family delivers Maine’s daily bread

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
Chances are if you’ve had a lobster roll or hamburger, sandwich or sub in southern Maine, you’ve tried Botto’s.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Destroyer to be built in Maine will bear name of World War II hero

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be built at Bath Iron Works beginning later this year will be named for Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone.

Police: Maine man fatally shot self after wounding woman, fleeing in truck

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
A Cushing man shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend before a police chase that ended when he shot himself in his truck Monday night.

Portland teacher makes Muslim students ‘feel super comfortable’

By Abukar Adan, MPBN on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:09 p.m.
“Going to class every day to a teacher that looks like you, and that can relate to your struggles, and that is an image of success — you know, like, it’s inspiring.”

Wind farm proposal near Moosehead Lake has potential buyer

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 15, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
The renewable energy giant SunEdison has asked a bankruptcy judge to approve its sale of various wind projects, including a proposal near Moosehead Lake that has generated local opposition.
Maine State Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle from a York County campground last week.

Jeep reported stolen from York County campground

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
A woman was seen leaving the campground with the stolen vehicle.
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Deputy accused of sex assaults placed on unpaid leave

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
Kenneth L. Hatch III of Whitefield first was arrested in June when he was charged with two counts of sexual abuse and immediately placed on paid administrative leave at that time.
The high-speed ferry known as The Cat sits at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland recently.

Portland-Nova Scotia ferry sees ridership rise, but still below capacity

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
The new ship carries fewer people and cars and makes the passage faster, but nonetheless it was probably not full many days in July.
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Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
Robert M. Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., a New Jersey-based nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, speaks to the media last year outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland's chancery on Ocean Avenue Tuesday morning about a 2005 letter he said shows that Maine'’s bishop knew in 1956 a priest was sexually abusing boys at a Bangor church.

Maine Catholic diocese pays $1.2 million to 6 victims of abusive priest

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Four of the victims alleged they were sexually abused at St. Michael Catholic Church in South Berwick. Another alleged abuse took place at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Portland and the sixth claimed assault at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor.