Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The Waldo County town of Thorndike, where 27 firefighters abruptly quit last month, has trained six new firefighters and is considering an ordinance aimed at reducing the likelihood of similar turmoil in the future. Townspeople will vote on March 16.
–Two students at Central Middle School in Corinth had a BB gun at school Wednesday, but parents didn’t find out until late Wednesday night. And the communication from the school district’s superintendent had little information about the incident.
–It’s made from Irish moss, a local seaweed well known for its gelling properties. The crinkled, dark brown plant is abundant on the Maine coast. It thrives in water between three and 20 feet deep.
–After a judge ruled that expert testimony delivered by Dr. Mark Flomenbaum in a 2016 Connecticut manslaughter trial was not credible, the prosecutor in the case wrote to Janet Mills, then the state’s attorney general but now governor, to share concerns. Mills’ spokesman said she did not recall seeing the letter. Defense attorneys in Maine have tried to cross-examine Flomenbaum about the Connecticut case, but judges have not allowed it.
–The research mouse strain is specifically suited for studying weight-related health problems.
–Jalique Keene, 21, is accused of killing Mikaela Conley, 19, in Bar Harbor last spring. Police say Keene raped and strangled Conley on the grounds of a local elementary school in the early-morning hours of June 1 and then hid her body in nearby woods.
–This weekend, there’s a David Bowie-themed pops concert in Bangor, three full days of professional bull riding at the Cross Insurance Center, the Maine Jewish Film Festival in Portland, Brunswick and Waterville and much more. Here’s the full weekend lineup.
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