Workers remove the monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, from Wyman Park in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. August 16, 2017.  Courtesy of Alec MacGillis/ProPublica via REUTERS

Robert E. Lee didn’t want monuments. They ‘keep open the sores of war,’ he wrote.

By Fred Barbash, Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Lee thought it better to tend to the graves of the fallen.

Painter’s final works kept hidden in downtown Portland for 77 years

on Aug. 18, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
Mostly forgotten Harry Cochrane’s last major works have been hidden in plain sight for the better part of a century.

Former Laker and broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 18, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
A fixture on the Southern California sports scene for five decades, the man known as “the Hawk” forged a career in television and radio when his playing days ended.
A group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017.

Canada sees ‘unsustainable’ spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Lampert, Reuters on Aug. 18, 2017, at 6:58 a.m.
The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, on June 18, 2017.

Top two officers, other sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald to be disciplined following deadly collision

By Dan Lamothe, Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2017, at 7:53 p.m.
The discipline will include likely career-ending actions against Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the ship’s captain at the time, and his second in command, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt.

Psychic Fair slated Aug. 20 in Lewiston

By Becky Grant on Aug. 17, 2017, at 6:47 p.m.

Gendreau Road in Madawaska to be closed for culvert project

By Town of Madawaska on Aug. 17, 2017, at 5:20 p.m.

Insect poop could ‘solve all of your problems.’ Or maybe one of them.

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
Also in tonight’s newsletter, the five possible names for Portland’s new pro hockey team and how Maine politicians are continuing to react to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Four-year-old Harper Pearson started her first ever day of public school as a pre-kindergarten student at Fort Kent Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 17. Behind Harper is her sister Emmy Lou Demar, a first grader.

They’re back to school in The County

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
In Fort Kent, Maine School Administrative District No. 27 buses buzzed about town Thursday morning, stopping the flow of traffic every so often to gather up children, who were sporting new shoes and clothes and were carrying backpacks that were sure to be heavier on the ride home.

Public safety career path event in conjunction with fireman’s muster in Madawaska

By Town of Madawaska on Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

Madawaska town clerk to be acknowledged for re-certification of credentials

By Town of Madawaska on Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County Lobster Gala with Juke Rockets Sponsored by Camden National Bank

By Meg Klingelhofer on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:48 p.m.
Sammi Berard of Sanford lost her engagement ring on the weekend when it flew off her finger as she and her fianc

Stranger finds lost engagement ring along Maine road after seeing Facebook plea

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
“It broke my heart,” said Worthing, imagining how the woman who lost her ring must have felt.
The town of Old Orchard Beach will soon be accepting bids for a foreclosed property at 19 Fern Ave.

This Maine town will sell you a home near the beach, if you’re willing to demolish it

By Liz Gotthelf, Journal Tribune on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:37 p.m.
A single-family property in Old Orchard Beach will soon be available to the best bidder. The only catch is that the buyer must demolish the existing home on the property.

Two southern Maine doctors put on probation

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:08 p.m.
The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine placed Dr. Malathy Sundaram and Dr. Catherine Crute on probation.

Topsham man charged with 20 counts of sex crimes against a child

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:47 p.m.
The crimes allegedly took place from October 2008 to June 2017, when the alleged victim was between and 7 and 15 years old.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 18-20: I’ve got the blues. Blueberries, that is.

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:35 p.m.

Discover Girl Scouts

By Girl Scouts of Maine on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.

Discover Girl Scouts

By Girl Scouts of Maine on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:15 p.m.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senate Republicans about healthcare in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017.

Collins on Trump: Be clear in condemning racism

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Sen. Susan Collins said she wants President Donald Trump to make a fourth statement on the violence in Charlottesville, this time making crystal clear he won’t tolerate bigotry.