March 24, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Monday

Mark Humphrey | AP
Mark Humphrey | AP
New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) gestures during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s to 40s with cloudy skies throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Chuck Burton | AP
Chuck Burton | AP
New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) celebrates a touchdown run by Sony Michel during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

–Super it wasn’t — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl. No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams averaged just over 60 points a game.

Maine author branches out, writes an award-winning short story

–In “Rabid,” novelist Paul Doiron’s main character begins acting erratic and violent after being bitten by a bat. Readers are left to wonder whether he is rabid.

Shellfish could help fight diseases in humans

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–A recent study by researchers at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in East Boothbay indicates that bivalves — shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels — may hold the key to new techniques to fight diseases in humans.

The three brothers arrested last month in an Ellsworth hospital fought with police in their dying grandmother’s hospital room

–Police tried to use Tasers to subdue the men but couldn’t.

Singing has helped a young Maine girl who has had 9 surgeries

Lauren Abbate | BDN
Lauren Abbate | BDN
Elizabeth Robbins with her mother Linda Robbins at the Midcoast Academy of Music.

–Elizabeth Robbins, 8, of Waldoboro was born with two things that were out of her control. The first was a bilateral cleft lip and palate that made it nearly impossible for her to speak. The second was a compulsion to always sing. After nine surgeries for the cleft lip and palate, singing helps her recover and improve her ability to speak.

This Maine high school basketball team has no home court

–“Have basketball, will travel” is the motto for the Greater Houlton Christian Academy boys basketball team. Through Thursday, the Eagles had posted a 12-2 record and have earned a spot in the Class D North tournament in Bangor in two weeks.

Try this: This Maine-made absinthe won’t make you hallucinate

Sam Schipani | BDN
Sam Schipani | BDN
Bartender Sam Chase prepares Tree Spirits absinthe at Nocturnem.

–Preparing absinthe, a bright green liquor made with a mixture of herbs, is a process worthy of its artistic bohemian roots.

In other news …

Maine

Why one Maine middle school is teaching students to measure maggots

This Maine man never made it to the NFL. But he helped prepare the gridiron for the Super Bowl.

Maine lobstermen ready for debate over license wait list

Bangor

Chess grandmaster takes on 39 opponents at once

The Kelley Road bridge over I-95 in Orono has seen better days

This new events space gives attendees a view of Bangor from above

Business

Maine paper mill union agrees to 3-year contract with higher wages

Generation Z will have to pinch pennies to buy a home

Belfast fish farm developers change course in their bid for permits

Politics

How Maine’s members of Congress voted last week

Collins brings in most money of her career after Kavanaugh vote

Trump refuses to comment on whether Mueller report should be made public

Opinion

What taxpayers get from American defense spending

Time to shut down constant continuing resolutions

Transgender military ban is about discrimination

Sports

2 years after stepping away from basketball, UMaine player makes the most of her second chance

Dexter native captures New England Fights pro featherweight crown in front of sold-out Bangor crowd

Foxcroft edges Dexter to win fourth straight PVC wrestling title

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