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When another MRI could lead to another diagnosis

A few weeks ago, at my monthly check in with my neurologist, we decided we needed to do one more MRI. I’d recently had some eye symptoms that were concerning. When all of my original neurological symptoms started over five years ago, the first thing my doctors considered was that …

Dawn DeBois

The Battle Within
5:19 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Insect poop could ‘solve all of your problems.’ Or maybe one of them.

Also in tonight’s newsletter, the five possible names for Portland’s new pro hockey team and how Maine politicians are continuing to react to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:05 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Taking a LePage from history

This is intended as political satire.

John Branning

Facts Optional
3:41 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 18-20: I’ve got the blues. Blueberries, that is.

1. Here’s something to make some of you folks in your 30s and older feel even older: the first giant Phish concert in Maine — The Great Went, at the former Loring Air Force Base — was 20 years ago this week. 20. Years. Ago. Let that sink in. Anyway, …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
2:35 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


The Power Of Social Media For A Business

Many businesses know that social media can beneficial to their business. However, most do not understand the power of social media. Most businesses understand that it can help generate more sales for businesses, but the bigger opportunity lies in partnerships, branding, customer loyalty and accelerated marketing. Here are some of …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
1:48 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Table Scraps

Table scraps are “orts” in the crossword world. Most of us hope never to see the word again. Also, Medicare folks can save tons on prescription drugs with a simple phone call. And a brief foray into foods I’ve never heard of…

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
9:46 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


There’s more to clams than steamers. Try these recipes

In Maine, summer is the peak of clamming season, but they’re harvested all year long. Steamed and fried may be favorites but we have some different clam recipes.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:04 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


LePage echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

After remaining largely silent on the past weekend’s violence in Virginia, Gov. Paul LePage erupted Thursday on the radio. Maine’s Republican governor echoed President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville conflict, assigning equal blame to white supremacists and counter-protesters who showed up to oppose a rally against removing a statue …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:47 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


He cannot heal us

As entire groups of his former supporters abandon him in waves – business leaders who have pushed for both economic and environmental deregulation, military commanders, a growing number of Republicans in Congress – Donald Trump hunkers down and lashes out. He shows no interest in bringing us together, in healing …

James G. Blaine

8:43 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


Calories on menus is a waste of your money

Part of the Affordable Care Act, affectionately known as Obamacare, and currently in the crosshairs of the sitting president (who he, himself, is politically in the crosshairs of his opposing and his own political parties) is labeling menus with calories. It was supposed to go into effect years ago, but …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:48 am Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog | How to bake a blueberry pie in a dutch oven

Tis the season for a Maine delicacy .. Blueberry Pie..made of course with our very own native and wild berries..bluish in nature.. Not too long ago we found ourselves on the shore of Gouldsboro Bay enjoying a Downeast experience. During our stay at a rental cottage we decided to gather …


Maine Matters
6:32 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


Zero Waste Back to School Tips

Back to School Season means shopping.  It’s a tradition to start the school year with brand new clothing, backpack and school supplies.  The truth is many purchases are unnecessary, expensive and create loads of trash.  Save money and save the planet with some simple tips to help you go Zero …

Claire Weinberg

Zero Waste Maine
5:53 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


Sean Grande on Kyrie Irving to Boston rumors, the 2017-18 schedule and Mayweather vs McGregor

The Red Sox are in first place, the Patriots are a game into the presason and the Boston Celtics, exactly 2 months away from starting their season, are still making news. To break down the 2017-18 schedule, the Celtics chemistry and the rumors swirling around Kyrie Irving leaving Cleveland. Part …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


It took activism and resistance for women to win the right to vote

Kimberly Simmons, University of Southern Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News August 16, 2017. In August of 1917 members of the National Women’s Party were arrested for picketing in front of the White House. In a coordinated act of civil disobedience, new picketers replaced those hauled to prison, providing …

Research Shows

Research Shows
7:40 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


The power of Maine craft beer

Welcoming Pine Tree Brew to the BDN blog network

Ben Wyman

Pine Tree Brews
6:27 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Maine weather: surf from Gert, the weekend, and the eclipse

High pressure continues to move into the region for Thursday. A warm front in conjunction with low pressure arrives Friday night. A cold front sweeps through Saturday night. High pressure returns on Sunday, lasting into the middle part of next week. High Surf Advisory for MidCoast and DownEast As Gert …

Mike Haggett

Pine Tree Weather
6:23 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Elvis was scheduled to perform in Portland 40 years ago tomorrow

He died 40 years ago today.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:22 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Me, a Registered Maine Guide? No Thanks.

Someone asked me why I, with my (possibly) over-the-top fondness of fishing, don’t become a Registered Maine Guide. I answered, as diplomatically as I could, “Are you nuts?” I can understand the question. My license plate is FLY CST, I have a coveted camp at Upper Dam, I have fished …

Nick Mills

The Virtual Angler
3:27 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Confederates and both Presidents Bush tell Trump that Jefferson is not like Lee

Trump really missed the boat in reacting to the march of Nazis and KKK members in Charlottesville. His remarks were deeply offensive in drawing a moral equivalence between the racist, Anti-Semitic marchers and those who protested against them. And, in a widely derided press conference, Trump commented on the effort …

Amy Fried

3:15 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


York County casino bid to be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot

The drive for Maine’s third casino in York County will be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot and a push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will be Question 2, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday. The order of those two questions was decided in a random drawing by Dunlap on Wednesday afternoon. A $105 million transportation bond will be Question 3 and …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
2:10 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


What President Trump should have said

In my mind, there was indeed room for the president to bring up, and talk about, the violence that left-wing groups like Antifa engage in. His big mistake was focusing so much of his attention on making that point.

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
1:38 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017


A Health Care System Rent Apart

Republicans in Congress failed to fulfill their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called by them “Obamacare.”  The fight over the fate of the ACA reflected a narrow ideological battle over health insurance in the United States.   At issue were different world views on who should provide health …

Mark W. Anderson

Stirring the Pot
12:41 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017