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A participant makes his way through a mud pit during the fifth annual 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge at the University of Maine campus in Orono on Saturday. The event tests a four-person team's mental and physical toughness through a variety of tasks and obstacles. The Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge was established in 2011 to honor and remember 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman who was killed in combat in 2010.

Teams compete in Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge in Orono

By Brian Feulner on April 18, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
Just after noon on Saturday more than 40 teams of four set out to compete in a test that would push them physically and mentally. The fifth annual 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge at the University of Maine campus in Orono had teams competing …

If BDN comments were break-up texts and their responses

By Erin Rhoda on April 18, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
Real BDN comments as the break-up texts you’re glad you never received or sent.

Maine principal warns students may be using new app to share nude pics

By Katie Sampson, CBS 13 on April 18, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
YORK | The York High School principal is warning parents about a new app students might be using to share nude pictures of other students. Principal Bob Stevens said he first became aware of the activity this week from school counselors. They heard female students might be sending pictures …
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and part-time Maine resident Karen McWatters speaks at a Red Cross blood drive in Portland to raise awareness for the need for blood donations in this Jan. 8, 2015, file photo.

Maine survivor of marathon bombing recalls facing Tsarnaev

By Adrienne Stein, CBS 13 on April 18, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Boston Marathon bombing survivor said testifying against the man who planted the bombs two years ago was healing and powerful. Karen McWatters, who mostly lives in Portland with her husband, lost her leg during the bombings and her friend Krystal Campbell died. She said she initially …

Maine bill to limit gun access for domestic abusers advances

By Scott Thistle on April 18, 2015, at 6:43 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill expanding the reach of Maine law that makes it illegal for those convicted of domestic violence-related crimes to possess a firearm won support from a key legislative committee Friday. Lawmakers on the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 5-3 in favor of LD …
James Gagne (left) and his fiancee (center), Noami Brautigam, pick up the first order of potting soil, seeds and other items from FEDCO on Feb. 10 in Clinton. Mike Smith of FEDCO assists with the loading.

Young Maine couple give up city life, take on challenge at Monroe farm

By Gabor Degre on April 18, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series about a young couple beginning a farming life in Monroe. Sign up for the weekly Homestead newsletter to never miss an update.  Sign up here. MONROE | On a mild March day, Noami Brautigam struggled to work a broadfork …

Cultivating a new way of life

By Gabor Degre on April 18, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
Noami Brautigam and her fiance, James Gagne, move their belongings from their one-bedroom apartment in Portland to a farm in Monroe to start an organic vegetable farm with small-scale livestock.

Florida man gets 30 months for mailing oxycodone to Harrison man

By Judy Harrison on April 17, 2015, at 6 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Florida man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 2½ years in federal prison for mailing oxycodone pills to a Harrison man over a nine-month period. Michael Serritella, 60, of Palm Harbor, Florida, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 18 months of …
William Morse listens as the jury finds him guilty of murdering Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Friday.

Jury finds man guilty of MDI identity theft murder

By Bill Trotter on April 17, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | After deliberating for 90 minutes late Friday afternoon, a jury found William Morse guilty of murdering a man whose identity and money he stole over the ensuing year. Morse, 45, was accused of shooting 60-year-old Richard Bellittieri in July 2012 and then of spending $180,000 of Bellittieri’s …
Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci speaks in support of raising the city's minimum wage during a meeting Thursday night at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor.

Baldacci: Portland minimum wage hike could pressure Bangor to follow

By Evan Belanger on April 17, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
If Portland increases its minimum wage and Bangor doesn’t follow suit, young workers could leave the state’s most youthful city in search of higher pay, Bangor city councilor Joe Baldacci said Friday. “If Portland passes whatever increase they pass, I do think that puts pressure on Bangor …

FEMA urged to include Washington County on snow disaster list

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 17, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Members of the Maine delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency consider the state’s request to add Washington County to the snow-related disaster declared in March in three other counties. A disaster declaration would trigger the award of federal funding to aid cleanup and repair done by …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on Jan. 21.

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on April 17, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. There were 7 key votes and 17 roll call votes in the House this week, and there were 7 key votes and 19 roll call votes in the Senate. The most important House vote …
Rep. Michael McClellan, R-Raymond

Lawmakers decide Maine doesn’t need ban on Muslim law in courts

By Scott Thistle on April 17, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A legislative committee voted 8-2 Thursday to reject a bill that attempted to codify the state and U.S. constitutions as the law of the land. The legislation, LD 330, sponsored by state Rep. Michael McClellan, R-Raymond, was modeled after a law passed in Tennessee aimed at preventing …
Rockland entrepreneur Kate McAleer, 27, was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. In 2011, she started her candy bar company Bixby & Co., which makes candy bars with all natural ingredients at a plant in Rockland.

Young entrepreneur touts Maine’s virtues in launching candy bar company

By Darren Fishell on April 17, 2015, at 6 a.m.
PORTLAND | One year after moving Bixby & Co. into its own digs near Rockland’s waterfront, Kate McAleer is preparing to take her gourmet candy bar company national. The 27-year-old plans for Bixby bars to be in 1,000 retail locations by the end of the year, with a staff …

Seven recognized as business leaders by SBA

By Darren Fishell on April 17, 2015, at 5:52 a.m.
Bixby & Co. founder Kate McAleer was one of six business owners in the state recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Maine office in its lineup of awards for 2015. Fellow Rockland business owner Heidi Vanorse Neal, who bought the pet supply store Loyal Biscuit Co. and has since …

Black Lives Matter protesters storm Portland City Hall

on April 16, 2015, at 9:27 p.m.
Several sources, including WCSH journalist Grady Trimble, reported that anti-racism protesters stormed City Council chambers in Portland on Thursday night. Watch for updates.   Protestors have stormed city council chambers — Grady Trimble (@Grady_Trimble) April 17, 2015 Protestors and chants have continued into city hall …
Helen Lyon (right) of Brooklin told the story of her birth in and rescue from Auschwitz 70 years ago at Beth Israel in Bangor Wednesday. Lyon's mother, Marie Edelsbourgh, was a Polish resistance fighter who disguised herself as a Christian until captured. Barbara Schwartz (left) also spoke about her father's survival of the Holocaust.

Brooklin woman born in Auschwitz recalls mother’s days as freedom fighter

By Judy Harrison on April 16, 2015, at 6:18 p.m.
BANGOR | Helen Lyon of Brooklin was born on a Sunday in August 1944 to a Polish freedom fighter. It is not when but where she was born that makes her birth and survival to adulthood unusual. Lyon was born in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi concentration and extermination camp in …
Charles Steinberg, executive vice president and senior advisor to the president of the Boston Red Sox, makes a point while speaking Thursday at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall in Portland. Steinberg was the keynote speaker for the Maine Sports Commission's Business of Sports Symposium.

Steinberg: Red Sox, Maine sports ventures must ‘touch people’s lives’ to succeed

By Seth Koenig on April 16, 2015, at 5:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | The autograph line in Warwick, Rhode Island, was too long, and the Boston Red Sox players were in jeopardy of missing their next stop that evening in Connecticut. Charles Steinberg, who’d joined the team to help oversee outreach events like these just a year earlier in 2002, …
Maine service centers and tourist destinations such as Old Orchard Beach, shown here in this 2014 BDN file photo, would benefit from a local option sales tax, according to proponents who testified for the initiative Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a Taxation Committee hearing at the State House in Augusta.

Revenue sharing uncertainty clouds debate on local option sales tax

By Mario Moretto on April 16, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal creating lots of questions about how Maine’s tax system will look next year, lawmakers on Thursday were presented one more: Should Maine’s municipalities collect their own sales tax, in addition to the one levied by the state? The bill, LD 594, …

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to sending videos of children being sexually assaulted

By Beth Brogan on April 16, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to one of two charges of transporting child pornography depicting children as young as 1 year old being sexually assaulted. Ryan Jeremiah Abbott, 22, pleaded guilty April 8 to one count while the federal government dismissed …
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