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This is an election cycle when voters want an alternative, but third parties get little attention

By Larry Dansinger on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
It’s the job of media to provide the facts and opinions about candidates the public needs to make informed choices.

Hampden football eludes feisty Mt. Blue

By Tony Blasi, Sun Journal on Sept. 24, 2016, at 12:47 p.m.
It has been a football season of “almosts” and “what ifs” for the Mt. Blue Cougars.
Edward Little's Piper Norcross takes a shot on Camden Hills' goalie Isabelle Lang, right, during the first half of Friday's game in Auburn. The shot sailed just over the net, resulting in a goal kick for Camden Hills.

Camden Hills girls soccer team surges past Edward Little

By Nathan Fournier, Sun Journal on Sept. 24, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
“What we look for is utilizing all of our positions to build an attack,” Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer said. “Our forwards up front with their speed — those are key players. Our midfielders as well … they do a nice job serving the ball to them.”
Brunswick High School's Christian Glover (5) and teammate Sawyer Nicholson (obscured) chase down Hampden Academy's Lucas Flanagan (16) during a Class A North soccer match in Brunswick on Friday night. The Dragons won 6-1.

Brunswick boys soccer team hit stride in handling Hampden

By Christian Sandler, Times Record on Sept. 24, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
It has only been two weeks since their heartbreaking overtime loss to rival Mt. Ararat of Topsham, but the Brunswick High School boys soccer team is a different team.
Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, Sept. 23, 2016.

Manhunt underway for gunman who killed 5 at Washington state mall

By Amy B Wang, The Washington Post on Sept. 24, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
A manhunt is underway Saturday for a gunman police said opened fire at a mall in Washington state, killing four women and one man, authorities said.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2016: Belfast propane tank dangers, proud to support Clinton, presidential health concerns

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
Letters for Monday, Sept. 25, 2016: Belfast propane tank dangers, proud to support Clinton, presidential health concerns
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Alleged heroin supplier arrested after Maine man’s overdose death

By The Lincoln County News on Sept. 24, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
A Wiscasset man’s overdose death in August has led to the arrest of a woman who is accused of bringing heroin from Massachusetts to Maine for resale in the Wiscasset area.

When it comes to election reform, ranked-choice voting a poor method to empower voters

By Gordon Weil on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
There are at least four other ways of dealing with plurality elections. They are less unusual, less complicated and more transparent. They are all less costly. And they are less dangerous to real democracy.

Fort Kent’s Kearston Albert shows ‘Courage in The County’

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:16 a.m.
Kearston Albert is being featured for Courage in The County, a series that spotlights local individuals and families who have shown great courage in fighting cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Month.

Heidesign earns national design award for UMFK guide

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:05 a.m.
Heidi Carter has been selected as a recipient of a Graphic Design USA’s 2016 American Graphic Design Award for the design of the 2015 University of Maine at Fort Kent’s University Guide.

Valley youth to embark on wilderness experience

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:04 a.m.
St. John Valley youth will be heading to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for an all-expenses-paid, multi-day paddling and camping trip during the harvest school break.

Hospital Guild announces memorial donations

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:03 a.m.
Joan Sylvain, president of the Northern Maine Medical Center Guild, has announced recent donations to the NMMC Guild Memorial Fund.

NMMC applauds environmental services for role in patient care

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:03 a.m.
Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) joined the nation in celebrating National Healthcare Environmental Service Week, Sept. 11-17.
Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50), first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) and teammates congratulate each other after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday night.

Ortiz powers Red Sox past Rays for ninth straight win

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:21 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Boston Red Sox won their ninth straight game on Friday night, getting a first-inning home run from David Ortiz and letting it stand in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Ortiz, greeted to cheers in his final series at the …

Friday’s harness racing

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 9:20 p.m.
Harness racing Farmington Fair Friday’s starters First, Pace, $2,800 3. Waltzacrossthewire, D. Ingraham 2.80-2.20-2.60 1. Mr Bo Diddley, E. Davis Jr. 2.80-2.80 5. Icandreamcanti, G. Mosher 3.00 T-2:02.4; Qu. 1-3, $10.60; Ex. 3-1, $8.20Story continues below advertisement. Second, Pace, $2,700 2. Sweet Sister Palz, G. Mosher 3.80-2.40-2.10 5. Maddie D, …

Local Sports Results for Sept. 23, 2016

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 9:18 p.m.
Results Friday’s Results HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Belfast 34, John Bapst 8 Bonny Eagle 52, Massabesic 6 Brewer 54, Skowhegan 41 Brunswick 42, Messalonskee 0Story continues below advertisement. Cape Elizabeth 42, Freeport 6 Cheverus 17, Edward Little 14 Deering 42, South Portland 12 Ellsworth 34, Washington Acad. 28 (OT) Falmouth 22, …

Weekend Maine high school football scores

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:23 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL Saturday’s Results Biddeford 20, Westbrook 7 Gardiner 21, Nokomis 19 Kennebunk 35, York 6 Morse 26, Noble 21Story continues below advertisement. Oak Hill 21, Medomak Valley 0 Thornton Acad. 17, Windham 13 Traip Acad. 41, Maranacook 16 Friday’s Results Belfast 34, John Bapst 8 Bonny Eagle 52, Massabesic …

Obama vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi bill, setting up showdown with Congress

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, which could prompt Congress to overturn his decision with a rare veto override, the first of his presidency.

Charlotte marchers demand police release shooting tapes

By Robert MacMillan and Mike Blake, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
Dozens of armed National Guardsmen took up positions on street corners in Charlotte on Friday after the family of a black man fatally shot by police released its own video of the encounter that has sparked three days of sometimes violent protests.

Long a rival, Ted Cruz endorses Trump

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
In an abrupt shift, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday, saying he is the only candidate who can stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the White House on Nov. 8.