Special ed, employee benefits could drive Bangor school budget up 2.14 percent

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
Bangor Public Schools Superintendent Betsy Webb introduced a $45.2 million budget proposal to the school committee Wednesday night.
University of Maine senior Max Andrews goes through "Pro Day" testing and workouts in front of NFL and other pro football scouts at the Latti Fitness Center and Mahaney Dome Thursday morning.

UMaine players show off to scouts for ‘Pro Day’ audition

By Larry Mahoney on March 23, 2017, at 6:36 p.m.
Professional football scouts put nine former Black Bear players through a variety of drills to see if they are potential draft candidates.
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
Cancer survivors hug before the beginning of the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. More than 4,000 people participated in this years race.

After 20 years, Komen Race for the Cure Maine affiliate is dissolving

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 23, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
The board of the Maine affiliate has voted not to renew its contract with the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Foundation.
University of Maine's Laia Sole (center) goes to pass past University of New Hampshire's Morgan Bassett-Smith during their game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February 2017.

5 UMaine women’s basketball players to transfer

By Pete Warner on March 23, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
Standout Laia Sole and emerging forward Anita Kelava, both freshmen, are among five players who have been granted their release by UMaine.
Mangrove buffer planted by Tuvalu

The Psychology of Climate Change

By Nancy Jacobson on March 23, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.

23rd Annual HOPE Festival Highlights the Arts

By Karen Marysdaughter on March 23, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, March 24-26: The Rites of Spring. Right?

on March 23, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
Last year, Bangor Area dancers united for a performance to raise money for Bangor Humane Society and Children's Miracle Network. This year, dancers will come together to raise money for Embrace A Vet. The show will take place at John Bapst Memorial High School on March 31, 2017.

Dancers Unite for Embrace A Vet

By Sandy Sanzaro on March 23, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
Andy Rudzinski, superintendent of the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant, talks about the function of the biofiltration tower at the plant in January 2016.

Bangor needs $63 million to keep raw sewage from spilling into Penobscot

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The first major project is an estimated $22 million installation of a 3.8 million gallon wastewater storage tank along the waterfront behind Tim Hortons.
Sue Martin and her service dog, Quan.

Blind Maine woman describes getting kicked off plane with service dog

By A.J. Higgins on March 22, 2017, at 8:07 p.m.
Several investigations are underway into what prompted American Airlines to remove a blind Maine woman and her service dog from a plane in Washington, D.C.
The University of Maine’s Wes Myers (right) puts up a shot over the University of New Hampshire’s David Watkins (left) and Luke Rosinski during a game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Jan. 19. Myers has been reinstated to the team after being suspended in February following an altercation with a teammate.

UMaine basketball player remains on team after fracturing teammate’s jaw

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 22, 2017, at 7:20 p.m.
University of Maine basketball player Wes Myers had been suspended from the team in February after a locker-room altercation.
Michael J. Hashey

Ex-Old Town police officer indicted on theft, tax evasion charges

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:57 p.m.
Former Old Town police sergeant Michael J. Hashey is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the City of Old Town.
Robert Kenneth Lindell

Ex-legislator pleads not guilty to defrauding elderly widow out of $2 million

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Robert Kenneth Lindell Jr. is accused of bilking the money from the victim, who died in June 2012 at the age of 92, and from her estate and life insurance payout.
Bangor and Brewer firefighters grab a man who jumped from the Veterans Remembrance Bridge into the freezing cold waters of the Penobscot River on Wednesday.

Rescuers save man from icy Penobscot under I-395 bridge

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 22, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
A diver and several rescue workers helped pluck a partially submerged man from the icy Penobscot River Wednesday.

Student charged in hoax bomb threat at Brewer High School

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 12:55 p.m.
Police were called to investigate “a non-specific threat directed at the high school.”
Paul Francis III, who also went by "June Bug"

Report: Bangor man, ‘June Bug,’ died by accidental drowning

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
A Bangor man who disappeared in early December 2016 and whose body was recovered in January from the Penobscot River in Bucksport, died by accidental drowning, the medical examiner has ruled.
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
Rev. Bobby Bledsoe, pastor of CityReach church, speaks at a public hearing of the Penobscot County Commissioners, informing the board that representatives from his denomination will be in town Wednesday to outbid Penobscot County in its efforts to acquire the former YMCA building where his congregation meets.

County would displace Bangor church to make way for inmates

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
“You aren’t just trying to take the building, you’re taking the livelihood and the hope and the help that many people are receiving in our ministry.”

New music including Feist, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Father John Misty and Alexandra Savior on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 21, 2017, at 5:40 p.m.
I premiered new tracks from Jay Som, The Shins and Spoon on the show this week, while the retro alternative set covered goth classics and synthpop from the year 1982.