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A surprising use for beeswax: Paint.

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Helene Farrar paints and carves beeswax on wood panels with a variety of different inspirations, including more straightforward subjects like owls and fields of poppies as well as more philosophical ideas such as “what we carry,” all from her studio in Manchester. The art style is called encaustic painting.
Qian Xue, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, explains her research into developing a simple blood-testing device for home-bound Mainers at a recent UMaine forum on aging-related research.

UMaine showcases projects under development to help Mainers age in place

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
From a simple well-water purification device to a comfortable, high-tech protector that decreases the likelihood of a hip fracture in a fall, researchers at the University of Maine are all about aging these days.
Arielle Oldmixon (left) plays with Aniyah Harvey, 2, at Mansfield Park in Bangor in March. The Bangor City Council voted Monday night to ban smoking in the city's parks to protect children and families from the effects of secondhand smoke.

Bangor passes ban on smoking in city parks geared toward kids

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:07 p.m.
The ban includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as electronic smoking devices.
 Jonathan Symonds (third from right) and Heather Houston (second from right) light candles for the people standing beside them during Bangor Area Recovery Network's Circle of Caring event at Doyle Field in Brewer in June.

Maine suffers record number of fatal drug overdoses in first half of 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 22, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
In the first six months of 2016, 189 people in Maine died by drug overdose, according to a preliminary analysis.
Maine Veterans Affairs officials hand the remains of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who fought for the Union Army in the famed 20th Maine, back to some Patriot Guard Riders who traveled across the country with him from Oregon over the past few days during a ceremony on Monday outside the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Civil War veteran’s remains make it home to Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The Civil War soldier from Maine whose remains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home.
Melissa Stevens holds a photograph of her son Nick, whose organs were donated after his death in 1999, on Aug. 19 in Owls Head. The girl who received his heart has become close to the Stevens family.

Woman who received Maine boy’s heart makes surprise visit to donor’s family

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
“God and Nick could not have picked a more special person to receive his heart,” said the boy’s mother, Melissa Stevens.
The Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, two of the three bridges that link Maine to New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River, need renovation or replacement. The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top.

Bridge connecting Maine, NH closes indefinitely after bridge lift malfunctions

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was scheduled to be closed permanently in early November, a factor transportation officials were considering as they weighed the option to repair it.

UMaine at Machias again among most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in nation

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian on Aug. 22, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias was among the top 30 LGBTQ friendly campuses in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Campus Pride. The university received a similar honor last year as well.
This large snake skin was found Saturday near the Presumpscot River near the carry-in boat launch in the area of Riverbank Park. Westbrook police  caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department.

Maine city transfixed by ‘Wessie,’ a 10-foot python reportedly on the loose

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
Like the opening act of a B-movie creature feature, the sightings of the snake now known as “Wessie” have played out in glimpses.
Pat Kimball, executive director of Wellspring treatment center, is retiring next week after over 20 years with the addiction treatment facility.

For over 30 years, this Maine woman tirelessly worked to aid those struggling with addiction

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 21, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
“For the first time in a long time, [substance abuse treatment] is everybody’s top issue,” said Patricia Kimball.
On Nov. 8, Maine voters will decide five significant ballot questions, ranging from whether to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes to changing the way the state elects its governor, legislators and members of Congress.

State House failures, national pressure force Maine voters to decide major policy

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Well-funded state and national groups want to do what progressive lawmakers couldn’t over the years.
This large snake skin was found Saturday near the Presumpscot River near the carry-in boat launch in the area of Riverbank Park in Westbrook. Westbrook police caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department.

Giant snake skin found near river in Westbrook

By CBS 13 on Aug. 20, 2016, at 7:45 p.m.
A 10-foot snake was spotted in Riverbank Park in June.

Investigators probe fatal house fire in Mexico

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 20, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
83-year-old man escaped uninjured.

One dead, another seriously injured in Mexico house fire

By CBS 13 on Aug. 20, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
A third man inside the home in his 80s escaped without injury.

Maine trees could fuel military jets, but as long as oil costs $40 a barrel, it’ll be a while

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 20, 2016, at 1 a.m.
For the last decade, there has been a concerted push in the U.S. to replace petroleum-based fuel with plant-based biofuels in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the nation’s reliance on foreign oil.
Darlene Helms

More Maine Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana flooding

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
Two Maine women are set to fly to Louisiana on Saturday, joining three Maine Red Cross volunteers already assisting flood victims in the Pelican State.

Homeless man charged with murder of man found in Falmouth parking lot

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
Kenneth Briggs is charged in connection with the death of Roger Nelsen, 67, who was found bleeding in a parking lot in Falmouth earlier this week.
A note left under the windshield wiper of a car owned by a Muslim resident of the Westbrook Pointe Apartments complex. Sent to the Bangor Daily News by Fasal Kalayaf of Portland, who was sent the image by a friend who received the threat.

Westbrook city leaders meet with Iraqi and Muslim community to discuss threats

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
Westbrook city leaders met with community members after pieces of paper reading “All Muslims are Terrorists should be killed” were found in a Westbrook apartment complex.
Gov. Paul LePage

Advocate: State officials broke law by telling newspaper that Fazeli received welfare

By Steve Mistler, MPBN News on Aug. 19, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
“It’s concerning if that was indeed reported by Maine officials because federal law is clear that people’s confidentiality should be protected.”
Timothy Danforth

Wilton man charged with murder in shooting death

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 18, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Timothy Danforth is charged in the death of 24-year-old Michael Reis, who was shot outside Danforth’s father’s home in June.