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Maine education commission agrees to pay fine for meeting in private

By CBS 13 on Aug. 29, 2016, at 8:40 p.m.
The Blue Ribbon Education Commission voted not to contest legal actions taken against it and agreed to pay a fine for meeting in private.
The words "Dump LePage" were painted by vandals on an I-295 overpass in Portland.

‘Dump LePage’ graffiti appears in Portland

By CBS 13 on Aug. 29, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
The words “Dump LePage” were painted by vandals on an I-295 overpass in Portland.
Bangor City Councilor Sean Faircloth

With marijuana legalization vote looming, Bangor leaders weigh restrictions

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 29, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
Bangor officials are preparing for the potential legalization of recreational marijuana by considering ways they might restrict cannabis sales and use in the city. When voters hit the polls in November, they’ll decide whether to legalize the recreational use and growing of marijuana in Maine for people …
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport

Senate president calls for ‘corrective action’ after LePage remarks

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
A top Republican called Monday for “corrective action” after the governor’s remarks last week about black and Hispanic drug dealers and a profane voicemail to a lawmaker.
Wildlife biologist Randy Cross (left) and BDN outdoors editor John Holyoke pose with "Big John," a 364-pound black bear that was snared on June 14, 2010.

Bear hunters head into the woods on opening day

By John Holyoke on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
Bear season actually started (for some lucky hunters) on Saturday, which was set aside for youths, who were required to be hunting with an adult.
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Gov. Paul Lepage

LePage to hold town hall in Westbrook, home of his latest political target

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 29, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
“What I think anyone would take it as is just another way for him to pick a fight,” said Brendan Rielly, president of Westbrook’s City Council.
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Gov. Paul Lepage

What a legislative ‘censure’ of LePage would look like

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough said she shares constituents’ “deep concern” about his behavior.

Acadia centennial celebration

By Ashley Conti on Aug. 28, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
With Jordan Pond and The Bubbles mountains as a backdrop, a few hundred people gathered Saturday morning on the Jordan Pond House lawn to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia.
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Members of the Rockefeller family pose for a photo with a new plaque at the Jordan Pond House during a celebration of the 100 years of conservation and community stewardship as part of the year-long Acadia Centennial and the Centennial of the National Park Service Saturday.

Park service celebrates the role of private philanthropy at Acadia centennial

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 28, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
The Rockefellers were crucial to the creation of the park when John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated thousands of acres on MDI to the National Park Service.

York County struggles to fill jail funding deficit

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Aug. 27, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Judicial decisions, years of flat-funded budgets under a consolidated jail system with the state, pretrial inmates spending longer periods in jail awaiting trial and a host of similar issues have contributed to a jail deficit that is hovering around $550,000.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage’s recent embarrassing tactics follows current election cycle pattern

By Steve Mistler, MPBN on Aug. 26, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
“He was Trump before Trump,” Larry Sabato said.
Amy Brunning of Minnesota reads what Gov. Paul LePage recently said in a voicemail to Rep. Drew Gattine on Friday in Bangor.

People in Bangor react to LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:23 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News played the audio of Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks for those interviewed or let them read a printed version.

After obscene tirade, LePage challenges Democrat to a duel

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
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What commenters said about LePage’s voicemail

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
When a recording of Gov. Paul LePage’s angry voicemail to a state legislator was reported online, the responses came fast. Here are of some the main reactions to LePage’s voicemail.   Many felt LePage’s use of “c*******er” was unbecoming of a governor. Rick Hubbard: In every company I’ve worked for during the last …
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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks in Orlando, Florida, May 29, 2016.

In Maine, Libertarians vow to be ‘terrific stewards,’ ‘gentlemen’

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Kicking off a two-stop Maine visit on Friday, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson told a Portland crowd that his third-party administration would not “be afraid to take positions that haven’t been taken.”

Weekend entry fees waived at Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 25, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
In celebration of the centennial of Acadia National Park and the National Park Service, both of which were created in 1916, admission to Acadia is free this weekend.
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana.

Groups behind 3 of 5 Maine ballot questions face campaign finance fines

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 25, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
The leniency of the Maine Ethics Commission will be tested when it considers more than a dozen requests for mercy from candidates and political organizations who missed campaign finance filing deadlines.
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The view of Haskell Rock Pitch on the East Branch of the Penobscot River. President Barack Obama designated roughly 87,000 acres of land East of Baxter State Park as the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday morning.

Into the North Woods: Exploring Maine’s new national monument

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
On a rocky ledge, we stood with grins on our faces, looking upriver at the rapids.
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Tim Hudson speaks at 200 Penobscot Ave. during the opening of the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument National Park Service offices at noon Thursday.

North Woods monument leader wants ‘to hear what people have to say’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 25, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
The man who will oversee the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument opened an office Thursday in the town that arguably has been most opposed to his efforts.
The stern of El Faro is shown on the ocean floor taken from an underwater video camera on Nov. 1, 2015.

El Faro captain ordered crew to abandon ship before sinking

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
Twenty-six hours of newly recovered audio offer chilling detail into the final hours before the 790-foot ship sank.