Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election

By Andrew Roth, Washington Post on July 28, 2017, at 7:04 a.m.
Russia announced Friday it would seize U.S. diplomatic properties and demand the State Department reduce its staff in Russia.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) talks to reporters as she arrives for a Senate health care vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 27, 2017.

Susan Collins joins McCain, Murkowski to kill ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal

By Juliet Eilperin, Kelsey Snell and Sean Sullivan, Washington Post on July 28, 2017, at 2:08 a.m.
The dramatic failure early in Senate Republicans bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act throws into question whether they can actually repeal the 2010 health law.
The Bangor Police Department has hired Andrea Carver as a substance abuse case manager to help people struggling with substance abuse issues connect with services. The department received a grant to fund the position.

Funding for ‘critical’ Bangor program to end next year

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2017, at 1:06 a.m.
Bangor police Chief Mark Hathaway said the program has been “critical” for people in crisis.
Councilor Sean Faircloth, seen here in 2016, scored a victory when the council voted 5-3 to fund a regional multicultural center.

Bangor council approves multicultural center, cuts firefighters

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 27, 2017, at 10:40 p.m.
The Bangor City Council approved a $97.8 million budget on Thursday that funds a regional multicultural center but leaves four firefighter positions cut.
The owner flagged down a police officer because she was fearful her dog, Addie, had overdosed on oxycodone.

Police use Narcan to revive Maine dog

By CBS 13 on July 27, 2017, at 10:21 p.m.
The owner flagged down a police officer because she was fearful her dog, Addie, had overdosed on oxycodone.
People ride the Freak Out at the Bangor State Fair in 2013.

Bangor State Fair officials plan safety check for ride after death of man in Ohio

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 27, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
The Freak Out ride — which is similar to the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball, and manufactured by the same company — will be checked by a specialist on Friday before the gates open.

How to tell if your turtle is a boy or a girl

on July 27, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
Plus, the city of Portland is poised to pick the payment processing firm WEX to develop a high-profile waterfront lot.
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity does the 15th anniversary of his Fox News show ''Hannity'' at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 7, 2011.

Fox News host calls story about giant Maine lobster, $42,000 tab ‘fake news’

By Jake Bleiberg on July 27, 2017, at 5:14 p.m.
Fox News host Sean Hannity says it’s fake news. He might be right because of this Maine law.
Portland City Councilor David Brenerman

Portland picks major employer to develop waterfront site, add 450 jobs

By Seth Koenig on July 27, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Portland officials announced Thursday afternoon that they’re poised to tap the payment processing firm WEX to develop a waterfront site in a deal expected to bring 450 jobs to the city.
President Donald Trump, left, and Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, on Nov. 20, 2016, at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster Township, N.J.

Dunlap balks at Trump fraud panel’s new request for Maine voter data

By Michael Shepherd on July 27, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Kobach’s second request says identifiable voter information won’t be made public — only summarized — and will be deleted by the federal government when the panel is done.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, July 24, 2017.

Boy Scouts leader apologizes for Trump speech’s ‘political rhetoric’

By David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post on July 27, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent.”

AAA Northern New England, and Local Law Enforcement Team Up to Offer Free VIN Etching Service in Bangor

By Cindy Hastey on July 27, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
This 2009 Scion XB was destroyed in a collision with a tractor trailer truck in Hollis Thursday morning. The driver was hospitalized with critical injuries, according to police.

Trucker charged with falsifying log book after crash leaves man in critical condition

By Seth Koenig on July 27, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.
Galarza was issued a summons for the misdemeanor and was suspended from driving for 10 hours, he said.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, July 28-30: Step right up!

on July 27, 2017, at 2:42 p.m.
Little Ossipee Pond (Google Maps)

Maine town has regulated lake levels for 300 years. Will state take over now?

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on July 27, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
The town has controlled the level of Little Ossipee Pond since the 1700s.
The three boys charged with arson in connection with the Stenton Trust mill fire June 23 will undergo evaluations before their next court appearances in October, a judge said during their appearances on Thursday.

Prosecutors say rehab, not punishment, is top goal for Maine kids accused of felony arson

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on July 27, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Three boys charged with Class A felony arson in connection a Sanford mill fire will undergo risk assessment and mental health evaluations.
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The LePage administration has cut off funding for the last remaining state-funded groups that are responsible for tackling local health problems and ensuring local areas can respond to public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks.

LePage ends last remaining state investment in local public health groups

By Matthew Stone on July 27, 2017, at 12:55 p.m.
It’s unclear whether or how state government expects to maintain local public health infrastructure across Maine.

August at Thompson Free Library

By Kim Brawn on July 27, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.

Maine Masonry School needs help to continue Historic Preservation and Restoration courses that train students for lifelong professions

Help Students Continue to Learn Masonry Skills

By Ramona du Houx on July 27, 2017, at 12:47 p.m.

Are you ready to get freaked out? The official trailer for the “IT” movie is here

on July 27, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.