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Columbia's Luke Petrasek (center) leaps for a rebound against the University of Maine's Marko Pirovic (left) and Austin Howard during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Monday.

Little sympathy for ailing UMaine men as AE schedule begins

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 04, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“Our guys are facing some tough challenges right now, but as I keep telling them, nobody cares.”
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks during a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2016.

Republicans make repealing Obamacare ‘first order of business’

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan, Reuters on Jan. 04, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday met with Republican congressional leaders to plot strategy on repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a move that could leave tens of millions of Americans without medical insurance.
The eye-catching former Dos Amigos restaurant, which has been sold to Anna Wagner, who hopes to give the space a drastically new look and open a coffee shop and lounge, can be seen Tuesday off Route 1 in Northport.

Former midcoast Mexican restaurant getting major makeover

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The gaudy, lime green former home of Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant, at 144 Bayside Road, is getting a makeover and a new life, likely as a cafe and lounge.
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Chef and entrepreneur Louis Del Conte, known to many as Luigi, has used his nickname as the name for his line of all-natural, gourmet pasta sauces, Luigi Del Conte Sauces. Louis and his wife Colleene started making the sauces in 2013 and after just three years, their products are being sold in over 100 stores.

The secret is in the sauce: Luigi Del Conte business is simmering with potential

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 03, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
“We have big plans,” Luigi Del Conte said. “We’re just getting started.”
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Ryan McPherson, the new owner of Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm, stands on the dock of 637 River Road, the new headquarters for the business, on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

It takes a village to grow these heralded oysters

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
It is not only the unique ecology of the Damariscotta River and the slow-growth philosophy of Glidden Point that makes a great oyster but also the community that surrounds the river.
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An aerial photo from 1977 shows initial work being done on site preparation for the Bangor Mall on Stillwater Avenue. The Kmart building, the first retail store built in the current mall area, is in the foreground.

‘Unprofitable’ Bangor Kmart to close in April

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
The Kmart department store on Hogan Road is closing in mid-April as part of a company plan that “accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores,” a company official said Thursday.
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South Portland Food Cupboard volunteer Sharon Shearer sets out acorn squash donated by Jordan's Farm in Cape Elizabeth in 2015.

This ancient New Year tradition could transform your community

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 28, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
As one year ends and another begins, many Mainers will contemplate making a New Year’s resolution.
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Students walk across the University of Maine through a snowstorm in March.

Less snow, more rain for Bangor in this winter’s first nor’easter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, would likely come around midnight into early Friday.
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Maine is one of few states to have tried allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Maine tried allowing the sale of health insurance from other states. It didn’t work.

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 28, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
Maine’s experience reveals some of the problems with this general approach.
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Madison Paper Industries ceased operation in May 2016, reflecting the trend of paper mill closings and difficult economic times in rural Maine.

Maine’s economy hits a benchmark in 2016, but rural areas still suffer

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 27, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
In the first six months of 2016, Maine’s sluggish economic recovery hit a special benchmark: It rose up and out of the deep pit of the Great Recession.
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Why children believe (or don’t) that Santa Claus exists

By Jacqueline Woolley, The Conversation on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story.
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Brothers Peter, left, and Benjamin Robishaw help their dad pick out a cut Christmas tree -- a family tradition. "An artificial tree is a cop-out," Benjamin Robishaw said.

Fresh-cut Christmas tree only way to go for many Mainers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
When it comes to a traditional Christmas celebration, having a freshly cut tree is the only way to go.
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John Slaughter (left) and Nancy Slaughter carry their tree back to their car after cutting it down at Fisher Christmas Tree Farm in Belfast Thursday. The Slaughters got one of the last trees of the season at the tree farm.

Bittersweet end of the season on the Christmas tree farm

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
“I love Christmas. It’s such a nice time of the year. And everybody who comes in here is happy.”
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Sixth-grader Brad Charest works on a project about fake news at Portland's Lyman Moore Middle School.

How Maine teachers are trying to steer students away from fake news

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Dec. 22, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
Many social media sites are trying to stop the spread, but Maine educators are stepping up, too, helping students differentiate between fact and fiction.
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The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White, partner in Front Street Shipyard and owner of Brooklin Boat Yard, is docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast.

Coastal Maine town considers temporary ban on houseboats

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 21, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
Edgecomb is considering placing a moratorium on houseboats and other floating homes until it has time to develop an ordinance to guide the town through what is currently uncharted territory.
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Annie Cilley of Belmont gets emotional as she talks about how her friend Veronica Pendleton was defrauded of thousands of dollars by a lawyer whom she had given power of attorney. Pendleton was victimized by the attorney over a period of several years.

Shining a light on senior financial exploitation in Maine

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 20, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
“Power of attorney is not a license to steal,” Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said.
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Maine electors of the Electoral College are sworn in before voting for president and vice president of the United States at the State House in Augusta Monday afternoon. The four electors cast three ballots for Hilary Clinton and one for Donald Trump. Pictured from left are Betty Johnson, Diane Denk, David Bright and Richard Bennett.

Sanders vote thwarted, but Maine still makes history with Electoral College vote

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 19, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
During Maine’s Electoral College voting Monday afternoon at the State House, Bright cast a secret-ballot vote for Sanders but was ruled out of order by Maine Electoral College President Betty Johnson.
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Phelan MoonSong, a horn-sporting Pagan, made headlines across Maine after he received an identification card after being rejected by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Bangor.

Pagan priest wins right to wear goat horns in Maine ID photo

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
Though he didn’t realize it at the time, Moonsong had joined a religious freedom battle that is being fought in DMV offices around the country.
Tucker, a 15-year-old beagle-Lab mix at Bangor Humane Society, is available for adoption. Tucker's adoption fee is $50.

Why adopting a senior animal might be right for you

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 17, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
Maine’s aging population and the number of senior pets looking for a new home could be the perfect match.
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Les Otten, a winter-sports industry veteran who teamed up with a pair of local businessmen to redevelop the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

Former Maine gubernatorial candidate bets big on climate change-proof ski resort

By Tom Moroney, Bloomberg on Dec. 17, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
Ski-resort executives tend to hate climate change, for obvious reasons. Then there’s Les Otten.