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‘It’s much harder than the show’: Why would 9 former ‘Survivor’ contestants converge on a 4,000-person Maine town?

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
The pond is deceptively deep, deceptively long and deceptively cold. And it’s that much harder to swim when one of your hands is busy holding a torch above the surface, stretching to hold the flames out from your body while someone else tries to splash it out. I know, because that’s …
Known for its unique toppings, OTTO Pizza is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

OTTO Pizza chain warns of data breach at two Portland locations

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A pizza chain with locations in Maine and Massachusetts has learned of a data breach that potentially exposed customers’ debit and credit card numbers. According to a statement on the OTTO pizza company’s website, about 900 customers who may have used a credit or debit card at …
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 …

Can Angus King be Eliot Cutler’s Oprah? Or, do endorsements matter?

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
Independent Eliot Cutler this week tried to translate an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Angus King into momentum for his third-place campaign for governor, timing the endorsement announcement just before a statewide TV advertising push. King, an independent and former two-term governor, is a popular politician among Maine voters. But can …
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Court rules Cutler supporters can double their campaign contributions

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A U.S. District Court judge has ruled the state must allow supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler to double their contributions to his campaign to match the limit of contributors to his partisan opponents. In Maine, individual contributions to political candidates are capped at $1,500 per …
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Sen. King launches Instagram account

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
GEORGETOWN, Maine – Today, Maine’s Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King announced that he has joined the photo and video-sharing service Instagram. “I am thrilled to join Instagram,” said King. “It may be an old saying, but a picture really is, quite often, worth a thousand words and I look forward to sharing my …
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Cold politics: Bush, Collins, King, Pingree, Michaud and more take on #IceBucketChallenge

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
We’ve already shown you Stephen King taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry getting soaked after the band’s Bangor show this week. Now we’re going to take a look at the many politicians with Maine ties who have accepted the challenge to promote ALS awareness. …
Dennis Fogg, owner of Uncle Andy's Diner in South Portland, with his 5-year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn Head, last week. Fogg will host a viewing party and comedy show at The Gold Room in Portland for the debut of the diner's episode of "Restaurant: Impossible" on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

‘No laughing matter’: Reality show makeover of comedian’s South Portland cafe to air next week

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Aug. 22, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — For two months, the Fogg family has had to keep quiet about what went on behind closed doors during a reality-TV makeover of Uncle Andy’s Diner. But on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m., they’ll relive the restaurant’s turbulent remodeling, along with a national Food Network …

Everybody to the limit: Breweries above and below the 50,000-gallon mark

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
As breweries continue to pop up around the state, distributors are starting to pay attention. That’s partly because of state law that allows breweries to distribute their own beer, up to 50,000 gallons of annual output. Many of the state’s breweries got close to that mark last year and some are growing enough to make …
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Arcade Fire accept #IceBucketChallenge at Bangor show

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
The Ice Bucket Challenge craze to promote ALS awareness has shown no signs of slowing, and Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry is one of the latest participants. Parry was challenged by Primus bassist Les Claypool, whose band also recently played in Maine, at the State Theatre in Portland on …

The truth about carbs and belly fat

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
Before you read this blog, test yourself on your carb knowledge. How Evil are Carbs? Surprised? If you thought that carbs made you fat, you’re right and you’re wrong. Calories you don’t need for energy as fuel for body processes in the amounts that you consume them make you fat. …

Moose: Big game animal, tourist attraction, and a disaster waiting to happen.

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:49 a.m.
How many moose are too many moose? State Trooper Dennis Quint, responding to a car-moose collision in July, collided with a moose on Route 1 in Cyr Plantation. Fortunately, with some cuts on his head, he was ok. So were the folks in the car crash to which Quint was …

Can Michaud, LePage make November a blockbuster month for flip-flops?

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
Mike: Cynthia, did you hear Mike Michaud’s business idea if he doesn’t win? Cynthia: No…. Mike: He’s going to sell all his flip-flops! But seriously, in 2002, Mike was the pro-life Democrat running against the pro-choice Republican. Now he says he is supportive of taxpayer-funded abortions. Meanwhile, in 2010 he received an …
Joanne Palombo-McCallie (left) jokes with Paul Vachon while signing basketballs before they were inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Trailblazers Blais Manning, Bouchard, Palombo-McCallie lead Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s first induction

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lisa Blais was a trailblazer. So were Rachel Bouchard and Joanne Palombo. They not only helped put high school girls basketball on the map in Maine, but they also proved that girls from the state could play at the highest level after high school. Blais Manning, Bouchard …

Industry group leads push for Maine’s southern counties to use reformulated gasoline

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing for seven southern Maine counties to transition to lower-emitting reformulated gasoline, a proposal supported by the fuel industry-led Maine Energy Marketers Association. The EPA issued the proposed rule earlier this week, which would prohibit the sale of conventional gasoline in …

Fifth Maine museum connects past and present

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
  When the 5th Maine Infantry boys decided to party after the Civil War, they figured that Portland was the obvious place … … but to keep their poignant reunions private and give their weary comrades a quiet place to “get away from it all,” the 5th Maine’s surviving members …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler slammed rivals Paul LePage and Mike Michaud for not agreeing to more debates before the fall election.

Cutler ad takes swipe at LePage, Michaud for dodging debates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — In a television advertisement released Thursday, Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate in the Maine governor’s race, again challenges his opponents to a series of public debates. Cutler is facing incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race. …

Dan Flanagan, Mike MacDonald, Walter White lead inductees for Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
Dan Flanagan, Kevin Jenkins, Terry Kenniston, Doug Libby, Mike MacDonald, Richard Simonds, Susan Ware Page and Walter White will be inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 at the Rockland Elks Lodge. Flanagan is an outstanding golfer, having won numerous club championships and for six years …
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Maine state government ends fiscal year with $49 million surplus

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — When the books closed June 30 on the 2014 fiscal year, the state had more than $49 million in surplus. A significant chunk of that extra cash came from individual and corporate income taxes bringing in $38.6 million more than expected in the recently concluded fiscal year. … email customers complain of outage company is still resolving

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Many people with email addresses at FairPoint Communications’ domain have not received messages for several days, a problem a company official said is still under investigation. FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry said the company put additional servers online to handle emails for customers at the …
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