Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Cash, a shotgun and heroin were seized in a drug bust in Winthrop that landed three men in jail.

Winthrop man sentenced to more than two years for federal drug, gun violations

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
A 38-year-old Winthrop man was sentenced to more than two years in prison Monday for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun during a hearing Monday in U.S. District Court.
Kindergarten teacher Terri Lowe with student Tristan Kobayashi at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Maine among worst places in country to make living as a teacher, financial website says

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
If you want to become a teacher, Maine is among the toughest places in the country to make a living once you step into the classroom, according to a report released Monday by a finance website.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about a pound of crack cocaine, as well as fentanyl and a loaded firearm during a drug raid Tuesday, May 10, in Fairfield.

Overall crime rate down, but violent crimes on rise in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
While the state’s overall crime rate decreased last year, violent crimes against people in Maine increased, with drugs blamed as the “driving force” behind them, according to state law enforcement officials.
The developer of Stillwater Crossing, a development in Bangor near the mall, said the owner of Portland's Kon Asian Bistro has signed a lease for the last remaining space in the complex, next to Elevation Burger.

Hibachi restaurant plans to open in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Another restaurant has signed on to fill the last vacant space in Bangor’s Stillwater Crossing development.

One Life Project

By Ashley Conti on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
Students from area high schools talk about how adults can help youths suffering from addiction.
High school students and school staff interact during the event One Life Project - Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20.

Maine teens shared these raw, powerful ideas to prevent addiction

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“Our generation is dealing with these issues firsthand, so we should have a say in the decisions that will be made.”
American Red Cross in Maine volunteers partnered with Bangor firefighters on Saturday to install free smoke detectors in houses without them.

Bangor firefighters, American Red Cross install free fire alarms

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:46 a.m.
An active smoke detector in a home increases the odds of someone surviving a home fire by 50 percent, according to the American Red Cross.
Kirk Winters shows where the new building will be at The Rock Church in Bangor on Thursday.

Rock Church plans second expansion in 5 years to accommodate growth

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 a.m.
“The real reason for our growth is that God blesses us,” Pastor Kirk Winters said earlier this month.
Shawn Laatsch, director of the University of Maine's Emera Astronomy Center, shines a light at the 111-year-old telescope at the Historic Clark Telescope Observatory. The telescope, which was built in the early 1900s, will be moved to a new building and set up for use by next spring.

UMaine to tear down historic observatory, save 111-year-old telescope

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
The University of Maine’s historic observatory is slated for destruction, but its 111-year-old telescope will continue to help stargazers explore space.
Husson University student Andrew Farnsworth straightens up his dormitory room on Friday. The sports management major said students will welcome the six two-story apartments that will be built on the Bangor campus over the next year.

Husson to hold groundbreaking for new $5 million student housing project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Construction of the three townhouse-style buildings will begin within six weeks.
A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine is hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility Commission's 20-year Community-based Renewable Energy contract between Pisgah and Emera Maine. Each turbine has a hub height of 305 feet and each blade is 140 feet long. A 351-foot crane was brought in to install them on the mountain. This $25 million wind farm project was unanimously approved by the Clifton Planning Board back in October 2011.

Massive wind turbine parts arrive at Clifton site

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.

Three running for two Brewer City Council seats

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are running for two available seats on the Brewer City Council.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.

Man who set lobster boat ablaze gets 7 years for ‘simply crazy conduct’

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
“To burn a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said in imposing the sentence.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 23-25: It’s decorative gourd season! Yay!

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
1. In the Bangor area this weekend, Friday night brings a plethora of entertainment options. There are two comedy shows that night, with The Focus Group improv troupe at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, and comedian Caroline Rhea at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University; there’s also the annual …
Case manager Heather MacKenzie listens to a defendant's story during the first opening session of the Penobscot County Adult Drug Treatment Court Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Drug court in Bangor reconvenes after 5-year absence

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 21, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
“This is a positive development,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday. “The most important thing is that this gives judges here another sentencing option.”
Christopher Julian

Old Town police not charging stepfather who took teen out of state

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:41 p.m.
“Basically, the victims [the teenager and her mother] just decided not to continue with pursuing anything, so we’ve closed out the case.”

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