April 24, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Friday

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Colby College campus.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s throughout the state.

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

A small Maine town is rebuilding its fire department after all but 1 member quit

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
John Levers, the new chief of the Thorndike Fire Department, sits in his office Thursday morning.

–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.

Parents criticize Corinth school for lack of communication after students found with BB gun

–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.

Maine woman is using seaweed to make sexual lubricant

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Mariah Curtis of Portland dips a dropper into a new personal lubricant she's making from local, Maine seaweed. "This is a personal and massage lubricant that can be used for any sort of sexual activity,” said Curtis, 26. “It’s for any part of your body you want to have slick or wet for any reason.”

–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.

A Connecticut prosecutor shared concerns about Maine’s medical examiner with Janet Mills in 2016

–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.

A mouse variety dubbed ‘FATZO’ has been added to Jackson Lab’s research lineup

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
The Jackson Laboratory building in Ellsworth

–The research mouse strain is specifically suited for studying weight-related health problems.

Man accused of raping, strangling Bar Harbor teen at playground to go on trial in May

–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.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Chris Pease of Hampden rebaits a hook after he caught a white perch while ice fishing on Pushaw lake near Gould's Landing recently.

–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.

In other news…

Maine

‘I shot her,’ Clifton man accused of murdering girlfriend allegedly uttered

Maine experts lay out alternatives to locking up youth

Rockport man accused of murdering mother and grandparents uses insanity defense

Bangor

Taxes, school building costs concern Orono council candidates. 1 wants a town militia.

International students bundled up to go ice fishing, but they didn’t catch any fish. Instead, they ate hot dogs.

Professional Bull Riders tour expands to three dates in Bangor

Business

What Mainers need to know as regulators dig into CMP hydro deal backed by Mills

Bath Iron Works lands $11 million contract for more destroyer work

Colby names architect, operator for its planned downtown Waterville hotel

Politics

On her 65th day in office, Gov. Janet Mills will sign her 1st bill

Maine Senate president’s bill to aid unpaid federal workers falls short in the House

Shaheen argues for Maine shipyard investments as Trump’s border wall threatens funding

Opinion

Moving regulatory goal posts is fishy

Why national popular vote is bad for Maine

Vaccines vanquished diseases. We shouldn’t go backward.

Sports

Top players shine at Aroostook County Senior All-Star Games

Hampden-Bangor top seed for North unified basketball tourney

Bangor goaltender among five Travis Roy Award finalists

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