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Bangor police Officer David Farrar releases a mother and her eight baby ducks in a pond Saturday, May 23, 2014, after he picked up the stranded family near the Texas Roadhouse on Stillwater Avenue.

Police are people, too: Several local departments taking to Facebook to prove it

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Police are people, too. Bangor Police Department has garnered a lot of attention in recent months because of its efforts to remind Facebook users of that fact. A few months ago, Sgt. Tim Cotton took over social media duties as part of his new role as public …

The pangs of seeing a daughter off to college

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 23, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
OK. I’ll just say it. I cried all the way from our driveway in Bangor to the University of Maine at Farmington a few weeks ago when we dropped off our daughter for her freshman year of college. I had not anticipated it. I am not an easy weeper. I …

Facebook, why can’t I quit you?

By Emi Kolawole on July 27, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
I deleted my Facebook page this week. I gave my friends and family fair warning, via a Wall post, that I would leave within a week. One — yes, one — of my 200-plus “friends” openly objected in a comment. Otherwise, the post was met with silence. My friends probably …

Google unveils latest social networking feat 

By Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press on June 28, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
NEW YORK — Online search leader Google Inc. is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it aims to make online sharing more like real …
In June 2010, crime tape surrounded the site as members of the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team continued to look for clues at the Amity home where two men and a boy were stabbed to death.

On anniversary of Amity triple slaying, victim’s son struggles with loss

By Jen Lynds on June 22, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.
This past Sunday, children across the nation joined their dads on Father’s Day, gathering for barbecues and golf or to watch their favorite sports teams compete. But in Texas, Shannon Ryan, 36, could only sit and think about the father he lost. “Father’s Day was really tough …

Utah man updated Facebook status during standoff

By Jennifer Dobner, The Associated Press on June 21, 2011, at 7:18 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public. An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense 16-hour, overnight standoff with SWAT teams, all while finding time to …

Ellsworth police seek public’s help in identifying suspect in break-ins

By Rich Hewitt on June 21, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man in connection with several break-ins Monday at local businesses. According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, sometime during the night Monday someone broke into the Giant Sub and Blueberry Hill businesses on Route 3 …

22,000 tears

on June 13, 2011, at 6:39 p.m.
Last month, the U.S. State Department told some 22,000 foreign applicants that they had won the jackpot  permission to immigrate to the United States, and reside and work here legally. Given that millions of foreigners apply for these green cards every year, the winners’ jubilation was understandable — but short-lived. …

My calendar is being watched

By Sarah Smiley on March 20, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
You’ve heard of Facebook stalkers and the traditional stare-in-your-window stalkers, but at my house there is what appears to be a growing trend in calendar stalking. I wasn’t even aware of the problem — which is to say, I wasn’t aware that my calendar was being so closely monitored and …
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