June 27, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Wednesday

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the teens in the north and mid-20s in the south, with mostly sunny skies. Snow is expected to develop across the state overnight.

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

The Bangor boys’ basketball team is headed to the regional finals

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Bangor High School's Matthew Fleming rebounds the ball below the hoop amid Portland High School's Lewis Gaddas (left) Stillman Mahan (center) and Treyvonnte Ballew (right) at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Tuesday during the boys Class AA North basketball semifinals.

–The top-seeded Rams held the Portland High Bulldogs to just two points in the first quarter of Tuesday’s AA North semifinal game, and used that momentum to build to a stunning 61-41 victory. Senior captain Matt Fleming led the Rams with 21 points, followed by fellow senior captain Damien Vance with 20. Bangor will now face reigning state champion Edward Little High School of Auburn in the regional final on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

Plus: Catch up on all of yesterday’s tourney scores, and find out which teams are playing today.

Jurors aren’t reporting for duty, so lawmakers are hoping to raise their pay from $15 to $50 per day

–Last August, 21 of 96 jurors called to serve in a Somerset County murder trial didn’t report to court or ask to be excused. With the number of jurors not reporting for duty on the rise, a majority of lawmakers on the Legislature’s judiciary committee have endorsed a pay raise for jurors.

Rockland is pitching an unconventional plan to get artists to live in the city

Lauren Abbate | BDN
Lauren Abbate | BDN
The Rockland City Council is considering a proposal to create a dormitory-style living arrangement in four studios currently rented by an arts foundation in the Lincoln Street Center.

–City officials are viewing a recent proposal by an arts foundation to create a dormitory-style living environment in an old high school building as one way to make living and working in the city more affordable, at least for artists. “It’s an experiment. Let’s see how it works. If it works well, let’s expand it so we can make sure we remain a welcoming space to artists,” City Councilor Valli Geiger said.

Maine just signed a deal for ‘seed-to-sale’ marijuana tracking system

–The state agreed on a three-year, $150,000 contract Tuesday with a Florida-based technology company that will track and trace medical and adult use marijuana products once regulations are approved for them.

Do you like coffee, pizza or sweet treats? Do you live in or near Bangor? If so, you’re in luck.

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Banana muffins are seen at Logical Sip in Brewer

–Three new restaurants are opening up in Greater Bangor. One is a second location for an already popular bakery. One is an old menu set to be revamped by a new owner. And one is an altogether brand-new eatery

A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform in Bar Harbor in June

–David Crosby will make his second appearance within three years at the Criterion Theatre. Crosby, formerly of Crosby, Stills & Nash, will perform with the Skytrails Band on Sunday, June 16.

Hike here: Champlain Mountain North Ridge Trail in Acadia National Park

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN

–Topping off at 1,058 feet above sea level, Champlain Mountain is one of the many beautiful mountains in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Several trails explore its rocky slopes, including the famous Precipice Trail, the most difficult and dangerous trails in the park. This is a more gradual climb to the mountain’s top through a beautiful pitch pine forest.

In other news …

Maine

Small-town Maine fire department accused of endangering other firefighters’ lives

Their son was sexually assaulted at a Maine summer camp, parents say

Historic Bucksport building sells to local businessman for only $1

Bangor

A Bangor pediatrics group has stopped sending doctors to visit newborns

Breaking Benjamin to headline summer rock show on Bangor waterfront

Bail set at $50,000 in ‘absolutely terrifying’ domestic violence incident

Politics

Firing US intelligence chief would send troubling message, Angus King says

Gambling, tobacco groups among top spenders on lobbying in Maine

What’s in the running to be the first bill Maine lawmakers will send to Janet Mills

Opinion

It’s time for a national popular vote — and Maine should take the lead

Rise in youth smoking rates shines light on dangers of vaping

These college students gave up their phones. They discovered an addiction.

Sports

Get the latest high school basketball tournament results

Last-second layup gives Sumner upset win over C North top-seed Central Aroostook

Bangor girls win 20th state title in swimming and diving

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