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Maine news you need to know for Thursday

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A girl skates across a frozen pond, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Freeport, Maine.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 20s in the north and 30s in the south, with snow throughout the morning. Check here for a list of closings, cancellations and delays. 

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

Maine’s lobster industry braces for ‘catastrophic’ cuts to bait fish catch

Courtesy of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
Courtesy of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
Gerry Cushman, former president of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, unloads traps from his boat, "Bugcatcha," in Port Clyde.

–The new limit has prompted predictions of bait shortages and sky-high prices and has members of Maine’s fishing community describing the situation as “catastrophic” and “devastating.”

All but one member of a small Maine town’s embattled fire department quits

–The town of Thorndike is left with a shell of its fire department after nearly all firefighters from the town suddenly resigned Wednesday night during a heated Select Board meeting.

How Waterville’s animal shelter rescued itself from fights over dangerous dogs and a cash crisis

Courtesy of Humane Society Waterville Area
Courtesy of Humane Society Waterville Area
Kane (left) and Kiara, stray brother and sister Siberian huskies that came into the Humane Society Waterville Area shelter with parvo, a potentially deadly and contagious virus for which they were successfully treated. They will soon have a meet and greet with a Waterville area family that may adopt the inseparable siblings.

–Staff at the Humane Society Waterville Area had every reason to howl along with their caged dogs in the past year or so.

Four UMaine women’s ice hockey players suspended from team

–Four members of the University of Maine women’s hockey team, including senior captain Alyson Matteau and senior assistant captain Cailey Hutchison, have been suspended indefinitely for alleged violations of the student-athlete code of conduct.

The most memorable photos from the opening round of the Maine basketball tourney

Joseph Cyr (2); Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Joseph Cyr (2); Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Players from Stearns High School (from left), Mt. Blue and Waterville in some of the best photographs from the quarterfinals of the 2019 Maine high school basketball tournament.

–Take a moment to look back through some of the best photographs from the first round of the tourney, thanks to BDN photographers and reporters Joseph Cyr, Josh O’Donnell, Gabor Degre and Pete Warner.

Susan Collins says lawsuit is quickest way to stop Trump border emergency declaration

–Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she supports a lawsuit aimed at stopping President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. She also said she’d vote for a disapproval resolution in Congress.

Help us identify where these wintery Maine photos were taken

File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Cat tails are covered in snow in this frozen meadow somewhere in Maine during a 1980s winter.

–While a few are pretty obviously shot in highly identifiable places, most are not. If you think you know where any of these photos were taken, please leave a comment on social media or on the story on our site, clearly referencing the photo in question. We’d love to hear from you!

In other news …

Maine

CBD and industrial hemp are hot topics at this Maine farming conference

Tensions rise again in Belfast City Council

Rockland fights former assessor’s claim that she was fired after suffering a concussion

Bangor

Tasty new eateries are popping up in Greater Bangor to suit any appetite

Mom whose baby allegedly ingested meth through breast milk appears in court

David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash to perform in Maine this summer

Politics

Angus King wants the US to unplug parts of electric grid

Maine reaction to Bernie Sanders’ new presidential bid shows his hard road to nomination

Waterville’s mayor says he felt safer when people came to council meetings armed

Opinion

Schools need clarity and support on Title IX, not more confusion and weaker standards

Central Americans are fleeing violence and economic hardship. A wall isn’t the answer.

Bernie and Bruce

Sports

Get the latest high school basketball tournament results

Red Sox radio broadcasts will sound very different this season. About time.

Bangor and Hampden players among semifinalists for Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball awards

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