A sign marks a trail intersection at Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s with rain showers throughout the state.

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

This Bangor school secludes and restrains kids more than almost any other in Maine

Credit: Gabor Degre

–The U.S. Department of Education has said physically restraining students with disabilities and putting them in seclusion rooms are ineffective at stopping the meltdowns, self-harm and other behaviors educators are trying to control. But at the Bangor Regional Program, staff members still make regular use of the practices, at some of the highest rates in the state — with administrators defending them because they’re legal.

2 of 3 officers dismissed from lawsuit claiming excessive force in 2017 Vassalboro shooting

–A federal judge this week dismissed two of three police officers from an excessive force lawsuit filed by the mother of a woman killed along with a suspected burglar more than two years ago in Vassalboro. U.S. District Judge Lance Walker dismissed Vassalboro Police Chief Mark Brown and Maine State Police Lt. Scott Ireland from the litigation concerning the 2017 shooting that killed two.

Efforts to preserve public access to a privately owned Maine island just got a big boost

Credit: Courtesy of Maine Coast Heritage Trust

–The Maine Coast Heritage Trust hopes a $1 million federal grant will help it achieve its goal of raising $4.8 million by the end of this year to ensure public access to Clark Island in St. George. The land trust has raised more than $3.5 million to date.

Head Down East for one of the greatest shows on Earth

–If you stretched out Maine’s rugged coastline, it would extend 3,478 miles. That bests California’s coastline by 51 miles.

Southern Maine has sandy beaches. The midcoast region shelters the windjammer fleet. Lobster boat races attract the Deer Isle-Stonington crowd. Acadia is a mecca for tourists. With all that awesomeness, is there one place that out-awesomes all the rest?

Do this: The best stuff happening in Maine this weekend

Credit: Courtesy University of Maine

–It’s graduation weekend for most colleges and universities in Maine, and it’s also Mother’s Day weekend — so it’s pretty likely that a lot of moms are going to be proud, happy ladies this weekend.

In other news…

Maine

Watch the first trailer for ‘IT: Chapter 2’

Fox that attacked midcoast homes tests positive for rabies

These French pilots almost beat Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic. Did they crash in Maine?

Bangor

Veazie Salmon Club ready for 41st breakfast and celebration

Maine DOT calls off $45M in roadwork as costs surge

National company takes over after-school programs at some Greater Bangor schools

Business

District attorney will not prosecute 25 protesters arrested at LBJ warship christening

Belgian waffle maker, fall prevention company move ahead in Maine startup business competition

Beijing vows retaliation after US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods

Politics

Mills signs bills aimed at giving electricity customers more information

Maine Senate bucks Mills by backing climate impact study of CMP corridor

Most Maine House Democrats flip to sustain Janet Mills’ first veto

Opinion

Let’s be better at disagreeing with each other

The theory that might explain Trump’s trade war

Friday, May 10, 2019: A smaller jail, health care for all, vaccination and personal responsibility

Sports

Against backdrop of controversy, Red Sox honored by Donald Trump

Rossignol named to UMaine women’s basketball coaching staff

Boston Celtics: What a waste of time the past seven months have been

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