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PINE TREE WEATHER

Maine weather: surf from Gert, the weekend, and the eclipse

on Aug. 16, 2017, at 6:23 p.m.
Mark Woodward

Former BDN editor Woodward, Ellsworth publisher Baker to enter MPA Hall of Fame

By The Maine Press Association on Aug. 16, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
They will be inducted Oct. 21 during the association’s annual Fall Conference at The Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor.
A picture posted to Facebook Wednesday shows Pelletier posing in front of the Confederate flag on his tractor in the middle of a blueberry field in Sedgwick.

Maine blueberry company orders raker to take down Confederate flag

By Alex Acquisto on Aug. 16, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
Marc Pelletier, who refers to himself as a “red-blooded Yankee Mainer,” said he is not a white nationalist.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" in October 2016 in Bangor.

The only person who could build a new Maine casino emerges from campaign funding shadows

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:18 a.m.
The developer who would be the only one with rights to a new casino in York County under a 2018 referendum is finally taking a central role in the campaign.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video

Bangor father of white nationalist who organized Charlottesville protest ‘disappointed’ in him

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
“They divided people [in prison] by race,” Lodge said. “It was really where he was radicalized in his thinkings about race.”
PINE TREE WEATHER

Maine weather: windy through Thursday; weekend showers; eclipse outlook

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Students attend a graduation ceremony at Presque Isle High School, June 10, 2016.

Proposed Maine graduation rule changes would harm disabled kids, advocates say

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Aug. 15, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
Educators and advocates are speaking out about proposed changes to Maine’s law on proficiency-based diplomas.
POLL QUESTION
Young demonstrators hold signs at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta around the issue of Medicaid expansion, Jan. 8, 2014.

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
The governor claims that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt.
Cmdr. Matthew T. Griffin

Millinocket Native promoted to U.S. Navy Commander

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video.

Organizer of Charlottesville white nationalist rally has Maine roots

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Aug. 15, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
Nathan Damigo, 31, who founded California-based Identity Evropa, was one of the key organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a 2016 campaign rally in Portland.

LePage is only New England governor not to condemn Virginia white supremacist protests

By Steve Mistler on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
NH Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said the racist protesters were “absolutely disgusting.”
An example of one canvas cot saved as part of the Vietnam Graffiti Project, which collected more than 700 pieces of history from the U.S.N.S. General Nelson M. Walker, a transport vessel that took thousands to the war in Vietnam.

Troop ship’s Vietnam War-era graffiti docks in Augusta

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6:07 p.m.
More than 700 items were saved from the transport vessel and now are on display at the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and other museums around the county.

How Trump’s actions fueled higher premiums for Maine Obamacare plans

By Patty Wight on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
“These increases are much higher than they needed to be.”
PINE TREE WEATHER

Severe storms possible for parts of Maine Tuesday: Gert stays offshore

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
Russell Burnett

State police join search for missing Hancock County man

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 14, 2017, at 4:11 p.m.
He was last seen walking on Eastbrook Road about half a mile from his home on the morning of Feb. 21.
Tourists walk around at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park as the sun breaks through the haze in the sky.

Maine to tap VW settlement cash to try to cut emissions

By Nora Flaherty on Aug. 14, 2017, at 2:44 p.m.
“Bang for the buck in terms of Maine’s air quality is pretty much the primary factor.”
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage’s pay raise offer sways biggest state union to accept ‘right to work’ contract language

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 14, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
If ratified, the deal would represent a victory for LePage, an opponent of public-sector unions.
Chuck Cabannis of Vassalboro reeled in the biggest fish -- 45 ⅞ inches long -- in the Fort Kent-based International Muskie Derby held over the weekend.

Fishermen, ploye fans enjoy weekend of festivities in Fort Kent area

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
This year marked the 10th that the derby partners with the annual Ploye Festival, which the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors, making for a busy and well-visited town during the weekend.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, accompanied by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, speaks with reporters ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 2, 2017.

Maine leads nation in choosing women for US Senate

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Aug. 14, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
Its three female senators — Republicans Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — collectively represent 62 years of Senate service, easily the best record of any state.
Downtown Bangor in the early evening.

Website names Bangor top city in Maine to start business

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Bangor outperformed Portland and Lewiston on WalletHub’s list of the Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business.