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Reoccurring nightmare: will the Bruins collapse again?

By Matthew Cunha A week ago on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins knocked off the Calgary Flames to win their fourth straight game and kill the Flames 10-game win streak and the Bruins were just 4 points behind the Canadiens for 1st place in the Atlantic division. Optimism was blooming …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Thursday, March 23, 2017


Cumberland County Jail investigating suicide attempt

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight: Sears says it’s in bad shape; Portland’s superintendent chopped more than a million of his proposed budget; and a human rights activist in Maine says Trump and Muslim extremists have something in common. What we’re talking about Inmate in …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:49 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017


World Happiness Report says Norway is the happiness country, the U.S. is 14th

The World Happiness Report, which is a real thing, released its 2017 report of how happy everyone is. Along with some great analysis, they released a descending list of 155 countries from happiest to unhappiest.

Samuel Shepherd

2:22 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lawmakers hear just how bad Question 2 really is

Monday, I had the pleasure — and I say that with a fairly substantial amount of sarcasm — of being at the public hearing that was being held on five bills that seek, in a variety of ways, to deal with the 3 percent tax surcharge passed by referendum this …

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
2:01 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017


What the heck is wrong with Maine DHHS?

And who the heck is encouraging Commissioner Mayhew to run for governor given her track record at DHHS, which now includes trying to jettison a self-sustaining, tax generating medical marijuana program? Maybe some folks at the department need to find a strain that could help with their thinking.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
1:34 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Cedric Maxwell discusses the Celtics big win vs Washington and his big trip to Bangor!

It’s been teased for the better part of a year, but Cedric Maxwell and his Celtics radio broadcast partner Sean Grande are making the trip to Bangor next Tuesday, March 28th. “Max” joined us on Tuesday to break down the Celtics big win at home versus Washington and his plans …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
1:30 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017


At Knowledge Fair, hard work and creativity is on display

Hello from North Haven! At our tiny K-12 public school – the smallest in the state – we dig deep each late winter and produce something called Knowledge Fair. This means students moving away from traditional classroom learning to focus on hands-on experiences and presenting their findings to the community, using original …

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
11:05 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Democratic draft opponents thrash pro-Republican Grant in Prospect

  Did the first violent resistance against the draft in Maine occur, in of all places, Prospect? Bordered by modern routes 1, 1A, and 174, Prospect lies at the eastern tip of Waldo County, spreading across the hills to the bluffs along the Penobscot River Narrows. The town’s population was …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
9:16 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


The Eastern; The Early Years …Book Review

It has been said that people can make the place, or the place can make the person. The book, The Eastern: The Early Years captures the impact that place and person have on each other. The storied chapters exquisitely follow the path of a town’s development and its people living …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
9:15 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and legislative Republicans have pushed for changes now melded into their party’s national health care bill. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for others at a White House meeting on Tuesday. But with a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:55 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking of heading to Canada? Get this first

If you are heading to Canada to celebrate their 150th anniversary, you’ll want to plan ahead for this one critical item.

Cherie Galyean

The Scraped-Up Kid
7:44 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking of heading to Canada? You’ll want to get this first

If you are heading to Canada to celebrate their 150th anniversary, you’ll want to plan ahead for this one critical item.

Cherie Galyean

The Scraped-Up Kid
7:44 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


American Weekend (RIP)

“If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’” – John Lennon “If you want to know about American greatness, go back and read all the work that Jimmy [Breslin] wrote” – Michael Daly “I would have the knees of a twelve-year-old …

James G. Blaine

6:36 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Gay pride, Confederate battle flags displayed at Maine high schools

Flags, designed to serve as easily recognizable symbols of ideas or entities, are meant to be noticed, but two flags generally perceived to be at opposite ends of the political spectrum drew a lot of attention when they were flown outside Maine high schools earlier this month. The attention the flags …

Bill Trotter

Going Coastal
6:30 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


The scary, insidious, accidental effectiveness of Paul LePage

He operates with such blatant disregard for the truth, facts and procedural norms that it’s easy to believe he’s capable of just about anything to get what he wants.

David Farmer

David Farmer
6:08 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Why does my heel hurt when I get up in the morning?

If you want to wear flip flops or stilettos or slippers, fine. But don’t climb any mountains or your feet, especially your heels, will be crying out in pain.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Strong opposition to mining in Maine – but it still might be allowed

“God does not come back and rebuild these mountains.” That was the testimony of a Maine tribal leader, in a 6-hour public hearing by the legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee on mining bills. Many strong statements were delivered yesterday afternoon at the hearing. One of the strongest was this, …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Red Sox preview part I: The Starting Nine

By Mark Paulette   Attention all fantasy baseballers, curious Sox fans and random folks alike, Nostra-Markus has peered into his crystal ball and is here to tell you how every member of the Red Sox 25-man roster will do this season. I present to you, part one: ‘The Starting Nine.’ …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:14 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017



My wife, Lucy, and I drove to Quebec City in mid-February to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We took Rt 201 through Jackman to the border. North from The Forks, it was a beautiful winter drive, with even the tallest road signs only half visible in the snow banks, and not …

David Emerson

The Partial Observer
9:11 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Finally, a place to chuck axes inside

Tonight: Portland isn’t on the list of cities not cooperating with ICE; the City Council is deadlocked over the school bond; and a Westbrook gym is encouraging people to throw sharp objects.

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Welcome to Homesteading (Mis)Adventures!

Hello there! Looking for a blog full of homesteading adventures (and probably a lot of misadventures)? You’ve found the right place! I’m Jennifer and I’ll be recounting the process that my husband, Jason, and I go through as we build an organic, permaculture-based farm and renovate our “new” 1900s farmhouse …

Jennifer Jelliff-Russell

Homesteading Misadventures
6:40 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017


New music including Feist, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Father John Misty and Alexandra Savior on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

I premiered new tracks from Jay Som, The Shins and Spoon on the show this week, while the retro alternative set covered goth classics and synthpop from the year 1982.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
5:40 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017