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Bangor Daily News on April 04, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News is experiencing intermittent problems with its telephone system, which may have prevented calls from being connected or answered. The problem started occurring this morning, and repairs are ongoing. To reach the BDN during this period, please contact us through the e-mail addresses listed here. We apologize …

The Last Five Years

By Hunter Smith on March 26, 2016, at 1:10 a.m.
If two notes can at once be in perfect harmony but dissonant at the same time, that is what The Last Five Years does. Showing at the Bangor Opera House for one more night, Penobscot Theatre Company’s production is about a couple’s relationship told from the unique perspective of one …

Ex-Honduran president to plead guilty in U.S. in FIFA case

By Reuters on March 25, 2016, at 6:32 p.m.
NEW YORK — Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas is expected to plead guilty on Monday to U.S. charges stemming from his involvement in bribery schemes under investigation at soccer’s world governing body FIFA, according to a court document. Callejas, who is also the former president of the Honduran soccer federation …
Sophomore right-hander Justin Courtney of Bangor heads the University of Maine pitching staff as the Black Bears play at Mahaney Diamond in Orono this weekend against Binghamton University.

UMaine baseball team opens home schedule against Binghamton

on March 25, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Baseball MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON Time, site: 1 p.m. Saturday (2), 1 p.m. Sunday; Mahaney Diamond, Orono Records: Maine 5-15 (0-0 America East), Binghamton 4-14 (0-0) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 32-24, Maine 9-0 on 5/9/15 Key players: Maine — 3B Danny Casals (.303, 1 home run, 5 runs batted in, …

Pulitzer Prize winners to visit Bangor Public Library

By Shelby Hartin on March 24, 2016, at 12 p.m.
On Wednesday I posted about my love of books and the local bookshop I recently discovered, Pro Libris. Today I offer you some information about an upcoming event at the book-iest of places: the Bangor Public Library. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award. …

August police separate bald eagles entangled after battle

By John Holyoke on March 22, 2016, at 6:52 p.m.
The Augusta Police Department had a bit of unexpected excitement on Tuesday when two officers were called to a scene where a pair of bald eagles were found on the ground, apparently grasping each other. In the video, the officers are seen carrying blankets or towels while approaching the ground-bound …
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Bangor church to host lobster stew dinner

By Carol Sherman on March 22, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-7354; allsoulsbangor.com BANGOR — A lobster stew dinner will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at All Souls Church, 10 Broadway. Take out meals …

Log rolling, water polo and scuba diving among aquatic offerings at Bangor YMCA

By Jodi Hersey on March 21, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The Bangor YMCA is finding new and creative ways to get people who once avoided the pool the motivation they need to dive into aquatic fitness like never before. Just last month, the staff began teaching log rolling to adults and kids, under the direction of Tina Scheer, better known …

Map O’Maine: the state’s most (and least) Irish towns

By Darren Fishell on March 17, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
This St. Patrick’s Day, I’m taking a more healthful tack: a slightly irresponsible demographics binge. Statewide, about 18 percent of Maine residents claim some Irish ancestry, and local figures give a picture of which Maine communities have the largest share of people with some bloodline back to the Emerald Isle. …

Map o’ Maine: the state’s most (and least) Irish towns

By Darren Fishell on March 17, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
This St. Patrick’s Day, I’m taking a more healthful tack: a slightly irresponsible demographics binge. Statewide, about 18 percent of Maine residents claim some Irish ancestry, and local figures give a picture of which Maine communities have the largest share of people with some bloodline back to the Emerald Isle. …
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (right) works for the ball against Boston's Marcus Smart in the first half of Wednesday's NBA game at TD Garden in Boston.

Durant, Thunder hand Celtics third straight loss

By The Sports Xchange on March 16, 2016, at 10:18 p.m.
BOSTON — The TD Garden crowd chanted “Come to Boston” when Kevin Durant was shooting free throws in Wednesday night’s game. For now, and through at least the end of the season, Durant plays for Oklahoma City, and he and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 130-109 blowout of …

Kitchen design a family tradition at new Bangor design company

By Emily Burnham on March 16, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
Michelle Chase, owner and lead designer for the new Bangor kitchen and bath design business Anchor Design Co., says her biggest inspiration is her father, who also was a kitchen and bath designer, in southern Maine. Like father, like daughter. “I used to clean the displays and file paperwork on …

TV radio sports schedule for April 12, 2016

on March 15, 2016, at 6:46 p.m.
BASEBALL, COLLEGE NEBRASKA at CREIGHTON, 8 p.m., CBSSD-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BALTIMORE at BOSTON, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (94.9 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), …

A lesson for the party establishments

By Jacob Posik on March 09, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
Recently, after speaking with a left-leaning friend of mine at great lengths, we came to a conclusion on something that we both agree with: Our leaders in Washington have a unique lesson to learn from this election cycle as it’s unraveling. With primary season well under way, millions of Americans …

Sanders sweeps Maine counties; Cruz takes all but two

By Darren Fishell on March 07, 2016, at 3 p.m.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won majorities from Democratic caucus voters in every county around Maine Sunday, one day after Republican caucus voters in all but two counties preferred Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to billionaire Donald Trump. Here’s a look at the numbers, county-by-county. The Republican race The race still has four leading contenders who have all said …
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Chantel Charles (right) of the University of Maine, pictured during a 2015 game, was a key contributor in the Black Bears' 58-47 America East quarterfinal win over New Hampshire on Saturday.

Charles steps in, around sore ankle, to play key role for UMaine women

By Pete Warner on March 05, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
VESTAL, New York — Chantel Charles jogged gingerly on the court at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon. The University of Maine senior, who had reaggravated a left ankle injury in the regular-season finale against Binghamton a week earlier, persevered to have a big hand in the Black Bears’ quarterfinal …

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol petition drive should be investigated

By Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C on March 03, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to hear of the news that the petition from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol was ruled invalid and would not qualify for the November 2016 ballot. This is great news for communities and public health in Maine.  This result provides some solace that, at …

A “piecemeal existence” of canvas, leather and much more

By Micky Bedell on March 03, 2016, at 6 a.m.
All over the world, people carry Jane Barron’s Maine-made backpacks. Australia, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Germany, Japan — the list goes on and on. And through it all Jane keeps on sewing, riveting and snipping in her living room-turned-studio for Alder Stream Canvas; often with the same patterns she’s used for …

Beautiful, Brilliant, Scarred, and Scared

By Jim LaPierre on March 01, 2016, at 7:39 a.m.
Coffee? Lunch? What’s the pretext we’ll meet under? I always think of the line from Good Will Hunting in which Matt Damon points out we could just as easily get together for some caramels. The setting is arbitrary. Our desires and fears often align – we fear pursuing what we …

Enter our contest to design a better Portland flag

By Dan MacLeod on Feb. 29, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Did you know that Portland has a flag? Neither did we, until we came across a video tearing apart the city’s flag for breaking a bunch of design principles. It’s not clear when — or even if — the city officially adopted the current flag, which flies outside City Hall …