Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

By Lanre Ola, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which abducted more …

Highview Christian (HCA) Boys Basketball 4 at Temple

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Forest Hills Boys Basketball 69 at Buckfield 20

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Winslow Girls Hockey at Brunswick (Awaiting score)

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Sacopee Valley Girls Basketball 21 at Traip 51

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Yarmouth Girls Basketball 21 at Fryeburg 43

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Houlton Girls Basketball at Calais (Awaiting score)

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Bangor businesses expanding, relocating, opening in 2015

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
There’s a shakeup among businesses on Central Street. Bagel Central is expanding, meaning both The Briar Patch and Top Shelf Comics are relocating. These changes are just a few of the many downtown Bangor can expect to see in the early weeks of 2015.
Zedric Joseph

Prosecutors claim former UMaine football player charged with murder tried to intimidate ex-girlfriend from jail

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A state judge agreed Thursday to allow a former University of Maine football player — awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder — to have his mother and grandmother visit him for the holiday. But at the request of the prosecution, the visit will be …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Dec. 18, 2014

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — The University of Maine’s Senior and Junior Winter Baseball Clinics will be held Saturdays through Feb 8. The Saturday of Christmas will be off. Please visit for more information or contact Nick Derba at 581-1097 or GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine baseball team …

Bonny Eagle Boys Basketball 71 at Noble 43

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Maranacook Boys Hockey 3 at Cape Elizabeth 7

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Massabesic Boys Hockey 1 at Kennebunk 8

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Noble Girls Basketball 21 at Bonny Eagle 56

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6 p.m.
A Community Connector bus in downtown Bangor in this 2013 BDN file photo.

Limestone company may have a deal to rehab Bangor’s aging bus fleet

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
City officials are in discussions with an Aroostook County company that refurbishes military vehicles and heavy equipment to perhaps replace Bangor’s oldest buses. “Our fleet is aging rapidly and we really need to begin replacing buses,” Finance Director Debbie Cyr said during a recent meeting of the …

Attorney for owner of Bath store that closed without delivering paid-for appliances denies fraud

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
The attorney for the owner of Gediman’s Appliance, which closed its Bath and Lewiston stores abruptly in September, said Thursday that his client is taking steps to address complaints to the attorney general’s office that he left more than 50 customers in the lurch by taking advance …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said earlier this year that Portland would not comply with a directive from Gov. Paul LePage to cut General Assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants. Both Portland and Westbrook have asked a state judge to make the state pay the overdue General Assistance reimbursements until the legality of the governor's order is settled.

Portland, Westbrook ask judge to make state pay overdue GA reimbursements

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The cities of Portland and Westbrook are asking a Superior Court judge to make the state pay more than $1.2 million worth of reimbursements for General Assistance spending while the cities challenge the state’s decree that such aid not be given to some immigrants. The two cities, …

Sports briefs for Dec. 18, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
Husson soccer players receive academic honors Husson University women’s soccer student-athletes Michaela Bicknell and Katie Cyr and men’s soccer student-athletes Stephen Berenyi and Kyle Hargreaves have received National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Division Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention accolades. Bicknell, a senior fullback, boasts a 3.65 grade point …

Fryeburg Boys Basketball 42 at Yarmouth 62

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.

Richmond Girls Basketball 30 at Pine Tree 16

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
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