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CAMPAIGN 2014 | POLL QUESTION
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler fields questions from reporters during a news conference Thursday morning at his Portland campaign office.

Cutler calls for ranked choice voting, open primaries in gubernatorial elections

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Thursday reiterated calls for new voting systems in Maine, which he said would help place all candidates — regardless of their political party — on equal footing. In a news conference at his Portland campaign office, Cutler called for Maine to …
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After Life Academy announced earlier this week it was closing, Kim Armell (left) had to start searching for a new place to send her children, Henry, 4, and Hazel, 18 months. Armell talks with Hilltop School's Lynn Gould about possibly sending her son to that facility.

Parents scramble to find spots for children after Bangor day care announces closure

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Brewer mother Kim Armell gripped a notebook full of lists of preschools and her eyes welled up with tears when she talked about finding a new place to care for her two young children. But it’s a reality she and more than 100 other local families are …
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Kim Eggleston keeps her grandson, Joseph Golden, during the day while his parents are at work.

Worried about exposed outlets, accessible knives at day care? There’s a better way

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
Many were concerned to learn of the deficiencies found at licensed child care providers in Maine after a 2013 audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General. In unannounced visits to child care providers, inspectors found the following: exposed outlets; an unprotected, active space …
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An Orono resident looks at a map of the proposed site for a 270-unit student housing development at a public hearing in March.

Orono may put moratorium on student housing in certain neighborhoods

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — As part of the town’s comprehensive plan overhaul, officials are considering a proposal to define “student homes” in Orono and to adopt a moratorium on the creation of new student homes for the next six to 12 months. The idea behind the proposed moratorium is to give …
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Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Drug testing for Maine public assistance program takes another step forward

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 25, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of a proposed rule that would require drug tests for convicted drug felons seeking cash assistance from the state argued Monday that the rule is unfair and could exacerbate a family’s efforts to right itself. No one spoke in favor of the proposed rule during a …
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The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White, partner in Front Street Shipyard and owner of Brooklin Boat Yard, docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast on Wednesday.

Home sweet houseboat: Recycled shipping containers enliven Belfast waterfront

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Maine man, known for the elegant yachts he builds in Brooklin, is turning heads in Belfast with a very different type of vessel — a jaunty red houseboat made out of recycled shipping containers. Steve White, the owner of Brooklin Boat Yard and a partner at …
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From left, Lance Bradshaw and Jake McGuire unload the lobster they caught recently afternoon at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock. Bradshaw recently dropped out of the University of Maine during his first year with hopes of becoming an engineer.

Dreams deferred: Why do so many UMaine students fail to graduate?

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lance Bradshaw, 22, has been supporting himself through lobstering since he was 16, but for a long time, he’s wanted something more. So two years ago, in an attempt to chart a different path, the Deer Isle resident enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a …
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Wiscasset selectmen approve naming new, private road ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Three years after the town’s new school district angered many residents by changing the Wiscasset High School mascot from Redskins to Wolverines, the town approved a request for a new, private road to be named “Redskin’s Drive.” The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-1, with one …
VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves. D-North Berwick, speaks with Eunice St. John, 76, in Brunswick on Wednesday before announcing a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

House speaker proposes $65 million bond to build senior housing, other measures to help older Mainers live at home

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Maine House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age. Eves, a Democrat who is running for re-election in his North Berwick House district, said his …
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A section of Route 15 in Stonington, voted the worst road in Maine in a contest run by the Maine Better Transportation Association.

Camden man’s account of bumpy trip on Route 15 wins ‘Worst Road in Maine’ contest

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Camden man who wrote a harrowing account of his trip along Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring is the winner of the Worst Road in Maine contest, according to the Maine Better Transportation Association. Gabriel Zacchai’s entry was selected from among eight finalists, …
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UFC President Dana White sets up a photo with two fighters during the weigh-ins on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

UFC president says Bangor event an artistic success, but future shows in Maine uncertain

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White brought his mixed martial arts promotion to this small-market city knowing that its economic benefit to his company would be minimal — at best. But that was of secondary importance to the 1987 Hermon High School graduate, who had visited his …
VIDEO AND POLL QUESTION
East Coast Ghost Trackers of Brewer founder Ken Ort (left) of Glenburn and fellow trackers Peter Farrar of Milo, Amanda McDonald of Bangor and Jamie Dube of Brewer unpack gear at the beginning of their presentation at Saturday's Psychic and Paranormal Faire at Fort Knox. The two-day fair ends Sunday.

‘She’s around’: Believers found at Fort Knox Psychic and Paranormal Faire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 16, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
PROSPECT, Maine — When Canaan resident Kate Schuyler lost her grandmother recently at the age of 95, she discussed contacting a psychic with her mom because they both still felt their loved one’s presence. “We want to know if she’s around,” she said Saturday while waiting outside the Fort Knox …
VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Battle for bears: science versus ethics

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
In a few months, the future of bear hunting in Maine will be in the hands of voters, and proponents from both sides of the debate are turning to science and ethics to convince residents how to vote. Passage of the referendum would ban popular bear hunting methods such as …
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U.S. Southeast's Fox Semones dives back to first ahead of the tag from Latin America's Nathanael Makaya during a Senior League World Series semifinal at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine Friday.

Lefty pitcher shuts down Bangor as Houston advances to Senior League World Series final

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Senior League World Series team became the first District 3 team to win a pool (Pool A) and go undefeated (4-0) in pool play. But hard-throwing 15-year-old left-hander John Doxakis from U.S. Southwest champion West University of Houston, Texas, ended Bangor’s bid for a berth …
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Renee Ordway

Remember, ALS is the focus of the ice bucket challenge

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
I just returned from the Bangor Humane Society, where I willingly dumped a bucket of ice water over my head. In doing so, I joined millions across the country who have done the same. If you haven’t witnessed this odd behavior, which has gone viral in the world of social …
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Maine native Tim Boetsch laughs during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Maine fighter Boetsch faces homecoming bout with sense of career urgency in UFC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Tim Boetsch has done some fishing and renewed old acquaintances during his most recent homecoming to Maine, but the trip mostly has been about finding his inner “Barbarian,” the aggression and nastiness that lifted the Lincolnville native toward the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division …
VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
Buckets of bear bait - pastries and skinned beaver - sit in the pickup of Troy White, registered master Maine guide and owner of Mid Maine Outfitters, on July 29, on an old woods road near Lincoln. White, carrying a custom-made tree stand, is delivering the bait to various bait sites throughout the woods in preparation of Maine's fall bear hunt.

Battle over bears: Maine hunting practices again in voters’ hands

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
Branches screeched across the windshield of the old Toyota pickup as Troy White drove deeper into the Maine wilderness on an old logging road. Bear bait — buckets filled with crumbling pastries and skinned beaver — rattled against a tree stand in the truck bed. Its pungent, sickly sweet smell …
VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
Maine native Tim Boetsch (right) interacts with fans during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Senior League World Series final, UFC event bring fans, economic opportunity to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Baseball and mixed martial arts are seemingly two vastly divergent sporting interests. Baseball is decidedly old-school, a traditional athletic rite of passage for youngsters spanning generations. Mixed martial arts is definitely new-age, a recently developed combative concept featuring a blend of fighting disciplines that continues to grow …
VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
Maine native Tim Boetsch answers questions from the media following open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Headliners Bader, Saint Preux motivated for Bangor UFC debut

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Neither Ryan “Darth” Bader nor Ovince Saint Preux had any reason to be familiar with the Queen City until two months ago, just after each scored his most recent mixed martial arts victory on the same Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Vancouver, British Columbia That’s when the …
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BDN staffers don’t shy away from the #IceBucketChallenge

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
Videos of people dumping ice water over their heads have taken over social media. Now, employees at the Bangor Daily News are taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The fundraiser brings awareness to the ALS Association, which has generated $4 million between July 29 and Aug. 12, compared to …
 
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