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Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this 2011 file photo. The UMaine System board of trustees on Monday created a 17-seat panel tasked with finding a new replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, who oversees the Orono and Machias campuses, when she retires in June 2018.

Americans love higher education, just not their universities

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 9:44 a.m.
This marks quite a shift in public opinion.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Oct. 28, 2008.

5 questions about the brain cancer diagnosed in McCain

By Laurie McGinley, Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
Glioblastoma, the cancer with which Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has been diagnosed, is a highly lethal malignancy.
Maine’s programs serving adults with intellectual and development disabilities has been described as a “system in crisis” after years of low staffing and poor oversight.

Maine’s forgotten adults adrift in ‘a system in crisis’ after years of neglect

By Colleen Hennessy on July 20, 2017, at 9:40 a.m.
We need to start paying attention to this easily ignored community and holding our state accountable for its lack of planning, reform or innovation.

Film ‘VaxXed’ on vaccines and autism to be shown July 25 in Ellsworth

on July 20, 2017, at 9:39 a.m.
FILE PHOTO: O.J. Simpson sits  during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on May 16, 2013.   REUTERS/Jeff Scheid/Pool/File Photo

What to expect from the O.J. Simpson parole hearing

By Cindy Boren, Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 9:03 a.m.
Sometime Thursday, O.J. Simpson is expected to learn whether the Nevada Board of Parole will vote to free him in the fall or whether he will continue to serve his sentence for 12 convictions.
An Asiatic black bear looks out from a cage at the bear farm operated by Flower World in the southern Chinese city of Nanning, March 2014. Asiatic black bears are also known as "moon bears" for the crescent of white fir on their chests. Government-run Flower World agreed this week to convert its facility into a bear sanctuary. That means its occupants will never again face the risks posed by bear bile extraction for traditional medicine in China.  (Courtesy of Animals, Asia/MCT)

A big win for bears and a big loss for bear farmers

By Kyle Swenson, Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
The government and organization agreed to work together to rescue and relocate the 1,000 bears believed to be living on bear farms across the country.
Actor Andy Serkis is seen on the red carpet at a screening of "War for the Planet of the Apes" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 10, 2017.

‘Planet of the Apes’ Serkis the ‘king of motion capture’

By Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
Still, from a viewer standpoint, it can be difficult to tell where the actor stops and the special effects begin.

The selfishness of the rich

By Edwin Treworgy on July 20, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
The cold hearts of the rich are devastating to millions of veterans and poor families. The poor shiver with the cold and suffer with hunger, while the rich feast. Their bodies are inadequately clothed, and there is little comfort for them in their shacks. Survival, not comfort or happiness, is their goal.

Friday, July 21, 2017: EPA under attack, Senate’s ‘wealthcare’ bill, improved cell service can save lives

on July 20, 2017, at 8 a.m.
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Callista Gingrich takes her seat for a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to discuss in part her nomination as President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 18, 2017.

What will Callista Gingrich do as ambassador to the Vatican?

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
Let us consider the qualifications of President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of Virginia.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2017.

Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria

By Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous, Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 7:21 a.m.
President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.
Pedestrians pass Sproul Hall, the University of California at Berkeley's administration building, in Berkeley, California, May 12, 2014.

Berkeley free-speech fight flares up again over conservative Ben Shapiro

By Susan Svrluga, Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 7:05 a.m.
University officials said they welcome Ben Shapiro and are just trying to find a large enough and safe enough venue for the conservative columnist to speak to students in September.
An anti-facist protester yells at law enforcement during competing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, June 4, 2017.

Liberal America has a political violence problem

By Albert Eisenberg, The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 20, 2017, at 6:50 a.m.
It’s time for liberal America to speak out against violence and the rhetoric that incites it.
President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.

Trump nominates a climate skeptic to USDA’s top science post

By Juliet Eilperin and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 6:48 a.m.
President Trump nominated Sam Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host who has challenged the scientific consensus that human activity has been the primary driver of climate change, to serve in the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post.

Iconic Izoard climb to stage decisive battle for yellow

By Martyn Herman, Reuters on July 20, 2017, at 6:41 a.m.
The Col de l’Izoard, where the decisive battle in this year’s Tour de France will be waged on Thursday could, in the words of race founder Henri Desgrange, “make a mule whimper.”
New York Yankees third basemen Todd Frazier (29) warms up during his first game as a Yankee.

Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox

By The Sports Xchange on July 20, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
The New York Yankees obtained third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Rory McIlroy tees off on the sixth hole during a practice round of The 146th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Golf-McIlroy confident and keen as British Open approaches

By Ed Osmond, Reuters on July 20, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
Rory McIlroy is confident he can put injury problems and a frustrating run of form behind him to mount a serious challenge for a fifth major title at this week’s British Open.
The 28th body was uncovered in John Wayne Gacy's back yard in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago as officials transfer it to a sheriff's van, March 9, 1979.

One of John Wayne Gacy’s remaining seven unidentified victims finally has a name

By Alex Horton, The Washington Post on July 20, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
James Byron Haakenson was confirmed as one of the seven remaining unidentified victims the killer buried in the crawl space of his home, thanks to advancements in DNA analysis.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) smiles after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.

Police suspend investigation involving Elliott

By The Sports Xchange on July 20, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
The Dallas Police Department has suspended its investigation of an alleged assault involving Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, citing a lack of witnesses and an inability to contact the victim.
Chicago Cubs third basemen Kris Bryant (17) reacts after he was tagged out at third base on a stolen base attempt in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Rizzo was injured on the play.

Cubs’ Bryant leaves game with finger injury

By The Sports Xchange on July 20, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning after spraining the little finger on his left hand in a head-first slide.