June 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Court upholds reach of gun ban for domestic violence

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns. More...

Neighbor draws gun after argument in Phippsburg

PHIPPSBURG A Phippsburg man was arrested last week after a neighborhood feud reportedly erupted into a confrontation involving a rifle. The incident was reported Wednesday at 4:44 p.m. More...

SMOKE ON THE WATER

SMOKE RISES from behind trees on Sheep Island in Casco Bay last week. Crews worked most of the past weekend to extinguish fires in Harpswell. See today’s front page for additional coverage More...

Sexual Assault Support Services needs volunteers

BRUNSWICK — Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine is seeking volunteer support line advocates. Volunteer Advocates receive a small hourly stipend for being on call and carrying a pager. More...

LePage executive order after legislature’s rebuff

AUGUSTA Maine Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order Monday to pay for several unfunded bills after lawmakers rejected his call for a special legislative session. More...

Theft charges against ex-sheriff

MACHIAS (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped felony theft charges against a former Washington County sheriff. More...

5 Mainers assisting in West Virginia

PORTLAND (AP) — Three Red Cross volunteers from Maine are joining two others already in West Virginia to help with disaster relief after deadly flooding. The flooding has killed 23 people in West Virginia over the past week. More...

Discrepancy nixes Randolph flag memorial

RANDOLPH (AP) — A lack of adequate liability insurance has put an end to a project honoring military veterans by flying American flags on utility poles in Maine’s smallest town. More...

40-year-old Twinkie still going strong

BLUE HILL (AP) — In a glass box in a private school in Maine sits a 40- year-old chemistry experiment still going strong: A decades-old Twinkie. More...

No developments expected in Greenville death

GREENVILLE(AP) — State police are investigating the death of a Greenville man who apparently had been involved in a rental property dispute say they don’t expect any major developments in the case immediately. More...

Consumer group to release annual list of dangerous toys

BRIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — A consumer watchdog group is set to release its annual list of the most hazardous summer playthings. More...

Aerosmith drummer’s new Mass. coffee shop to open

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A rock ‘n’ roll-themed coffee shop owned by Aerosmith’s drummer is set to open in Massachusetts this week. More...

Officials search for inmate who fled correctional facility

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Prison officials in Massachusetts are searching for an inmate with a limp who walked away from a correctional facility over the weekend. More...

Dartmouth attorneys present evidence against fraternity

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College attorneys have presented new evidence to prevent a fraternity embroiled in an alcohol-related hazing scandal from retaining its residential status. More...

NH town announces partial watering restrictions

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Officials in New Hampshire have announced a partial watering restriction for people who get their water from the Merrimack Village District. More...

Trump’s Muslim ban: From simple clarity to plain confusion

NEW YORK From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: “Donald J. More...

Schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse

WORCESTER, MASS. At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication. More...

Israel bans access for non-Muslims to Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM Israeli police today banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following repeated clashes with Palestinians rioters. More...

EU lawmakers tell UK: If you’re leaving, get moving

BRUSSELS Indignant European Union lawmakers pressed Britain to end the uncertainty that has gripped European and global markets, saying today that if it intends to leave, it should start the process immediately. More...

Oakland votes to ban coal shipments

OAKLAND, Calif. The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. More...

 

Obituaries

Ellen M. DeLong - 2016-06-28
Deane R. Lanphear - 2016-06-28
Joan E. Coleman - 2016-06-28
Charity A. Donahue - 2016-06-28
Richard E. Harriman - 2016-06-27
Patricia Peterkin Hart - 2016-06-24
Theodore F. Brooks - 2016-06-24
Margery B. Follansbee - 2016-06-24
William G. Hayden - 2016-06-24
Edgar L. Black Jr. - 2016-06-24
Mary A. McAloney - 2016-06-24
Anna M. Brown - 2016-06-23

Sports

Lisbon All-Stars crowned

Lisbon U12 All-Stars take out Ararat, 6-2 to win District 4 title

BATH After giving up the lead in Monday’s U12 District 4 baseball All-Star Championship game, the Ararat Allstars were in a prime position to even the score back up. More...

Rays unload on slumping Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa Bay’s longest losing streak in seven years is over, thanks to a breakout offensive performance led by Nick Franklin. More...

Trenton brings down Thunder on Dogs, 3-0

TRENTON, N.J. The Trenton Thunder (48- 29) scored two unearned runs in the first and grabbed the Eastern League opener from the Portland Sea Dogs (27-48), 3-0 in a five-inning rain-shortened contest on Monday night at Arm & Hammer Park. More...

Home & Family

Same-sex marriage

One year later, LGBT-rights struggles continue in America

NEW YORK On a Friday evening nearly a year ago, the White House was awash in rainbow-colored lights, celebrating the momentous Supreme Court ruling that led to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. More...

Dealing with drought ... a lesson in watering

When it comes to watering, Mother Nature generally does it best. But as I write this, we haven’t had any rain in over a week and the soil is dry. Bone dry, and I am watering my vegetable garden most evenings. More...

Selective Service for women gets closer

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

It’s been a few months, so it must be time to talk about women and “the draft” again. More...

$4M grant promotes IT training

Funds given to Coastal Counties Workforces

BRUNSWICK Coastal Counties Workforces Inc. was awarded a $4 million federal grant for Internet technology training for unemployed workers in the six coastal Maine counties. Coastal Counties Workforces Inc. More...

Saving young ospreys

Volunteers hopeful in helping birds at Brunswick Landing

BRUNSWICK Volunteers are fighting against time to help osprey fledglings they believe may be vulnerable after a fatally wounded adult osprey was found at Brunswick Executive Airport. More...

3 arrested in Brunswick for alleged credit card scam

BRUNSWICK Three men were arrested in Brunswick recently in connection with their involvement in a credit card scam in southern and Midcoast Maine. More...

MCC welcomes Phippsburg’s Grondin

PHIPPSBURG The Maine Conservation Corps recently welcomed Edward Grondin to serve on their Field Team as an AmeriCorps member for a 450 hour term of national service. More...

STUDENT NOTES

CLARK UNIVERSITY The following local residents received a degree from Clark University: Baxter Whitman Worthing of Brunswick graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in biology Mitchell Cameron Perry of Brunswick graduated with a master of More...

Topsham Fair Mall Road meeting tonight

TOPSHAM — Topsham officials want to hear from the public Tuesday night about their vision for the future of the Topsham Fair Mall Road. More...

New Hampshire library is at privacy fore

LEBANON, N.H. A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance — to the consternation of law enforcement. More...

GOP’s Donald Trump headed to Bangor

BANGOR (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is headed to Maine this week. His campaign announced that he’ll appear at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. More...

Rights panel finds sex discrimination in 2 cases

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine human rights panel has decided that an Augusta business and a Troy landlord discriminated against two people based on sex. More...

Lack of rain has left Maine abnormally dry for the season

PORTLAND (AP) — Farmers and gardeners across Maine are dealing with difficult conditions after a dry spell has left most of the state abnormally dry and caused a moderate drought in coastal communities. More...

Stark differences among Dems, GOP on immigrants

PORTLAND (AP) — A poll indicates more Mainers believe immigrants strengthen the state than believe they’re a burden, but there’s a stark difference between Republicans and Democrats. More...

Maine marijuana question first on November ballot

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine residents who vote “yes on 1” this November will legalize marijuana use and possession for those at least 21 years old. More...

New England Mafia ex-capo charged with lying to feds

BOSTON A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia was arrested in Florida on Monday on charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner. More...

Massachusetts highway worker killed, driver charged

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A highway worker is dead after police say he was hit by an impaired driver on Interstate-93 in Massachusetts early today. More...

Dead whale washes ashore in Rye, New Hampshire

RYE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 45-foot dead whale that washed onto rocks near Rye State Park as an 18-year-old female named Snow Plow. More...

High-tech buoy could predict bacterial risk

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Scientists hope a high-tech buoy floating in New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee will help them determine whether the water is safe for swimming. More...

Inspired by the Brexit, NH group seeks secession

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Taking a cue from Great Britain’s recent historic vote to leave the European Union, a group of New Hampshire residents are now advocating for their state’s own independence. More...

Supreme Court ruling imperils anti-abortion laws

NEW YORK By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of antiabortion laws in numerous states. More...

Justice quest goes on after ‘Freedom Summer’ cases end

JACKSON, MISS. More...

U.S. first lady, daughters, promote education for girls in Morocco

MARRAKECH, Morocco U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was visiting Morocco to promote education for girls in the North African kingdom, where only 36 percent of girls continue school beyond the primary level. More...

Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage

SALEM, West Bank As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps. More...

Opinion

Tell Us the Truth

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” This is often attributed to Teddy Roosevelt. More...

Britain’s Brexit Leap in the Dark

GUEST COLUMN

The British have given the world’s political, financial and business establishment a massive kick in the teeth by voting to leave the European Union, a historic decision that will plunge Britain into uncertainty for years to come and reverses t More...

LETTERS

The Top 10 Percent’s Dream I watched a couple weeks ago as Senator Susan Collins expressed frustration toward a candidate speaking. She asked that he be more positive. More...

Et Cetera

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Paul,” and I have been together for five years. We want to get married, but his mother is Catholic and she doesn’t approve because I am an Alaskan native, which from her perspective makes me a pagan. More...

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