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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Maine News for Thursday, May 29, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Three Democrats running to fill Portland Senate seat
Election 2008: In District 8, a veteran legislator faces two men who have never held elective office.

Bond for new Portland elementary school goes to vote June 10
Election 2008: If it passes, the Ocean Avenue facility would open in 2011.

Allen offers health-care proposal that's a blend of private and public
Election 2008: He says his plan is universal but not a single-payer system like Canada's.

Maine soldier receives high honor
Lewiston native Sgt. Christopher Corriveau helped hold off 40 insurgents in combat in Iraq last year.

'Smokin' Joe' Frazier stumps for 1st District candidate Summers
The former boxing champ appears in Portland and at a fundraiser for the Republican.

'These girls had plenty of time to move'
Officials are at a loss to explain why two sunbathing teens were struck by a train near the Maine-New Hampshire border.

Bayside's $5 million pathway will define neighborhood's future
This key urban amenity will help the Bayside vision come into sharper focus.

Note to home buyers: It's your market now
Obsessing about picking the bottom of the market can lead to missing an opportunity.

JACK NICHOLASState budget requires long-term vision
To improve state revenues and children's services, personal income has to be helped to increase.

KEREM DURDAGMaine's historical firsts include a leap of doughy inspiration
The man who claimed to put the hole in the doughnut has a link that extends to today.

Democrats should elect Maggie Allen to DNC post

Bangor Daily News
'Heated' historical society meeting leads to assault charge in Guilford

GUILFORD, Maine - A 'pretty heated meeting' among Guilford Historical Society members over the display of old photographs turned uglier Tuesday when fists and hair started flying.

Beleaguered by grub worms, Bangor turns to the experts

BANGOR, Maine - The recent rash of grub worms that have been devouring lawns in coastal and eastern Maine has prompted Bangor officials to call in the experts.

Sneak Preview: State gambling board takes tour of new Hollywood Slots complex

BANGOR, Maine - Members and staff of the state's Gambling Control Board got a chance Wednesday to check out the nearly completed Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway. More photos inside!

Plum Creek deal hangs on conservation

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission indicated Wednesday that they could stomach an unprecedented amount of development in the Moosehead Lake region as long as it comes with land conservation on an equally historic scale.

Group threatens to sue state over Canada lynx

A wildlife advocacy group is renewing legal threats against the state of Maine, claiming rules enacted last year to prevent accidental trapping of Canada lynx have failed to protect the threatened wildcats.

Incentive Review

An independent review of the state's many economic development programs, to begin soon, is long overdue. While the study is under way, lawmakers should use the time to fortify themselves to make the difficult decisions that must follow.

Bridge To Indian Island

Indian Island, home of the Penobscot Indian Nation, is a visual metaphor for the often uneasy relationship the native peoples have with Maine. That relationship has deteriorated in recent months to the point that the Penobscots are considering severing ties with state government.

Maine needs farm bill's food aid
Many people have criticized the reauthorization of the farm bill last week because of its obscure and unfair farm subsidies.

May 29 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal

Father, daughter still in critical condition; public told community is safe
PITTSTON -- A father and daughter remained in critical condition at separate Maine hospitals Wednesday, a day after they were critically injured in an attack in their home.

Neighbors shocked, fearful after home invasion
PITTSTON -- Residents and neighbors on Wednesday struggled to come to grips with a violent crime that left two people critically injured and some in this rural community of 2,700 worried for their safety.

Suspect in robbery of Guerrette safe says he was shocked by attack
AUGUSTA -- When Maine State Police officers pounded on Daniel Fortune's door at 5:30 Tuesday morning, he said he was shocked as anyone to hear tragedy had befallen a Pittston family.

Commissioners hint at few changes to Plum Creek plan
AUGUSTA -- Land Use Regulation Commission members Wednesday found concerns in Plum Creek's plans for the Moosehead Lake region, but they also found balance.

Cony not 'at risk'
AUGUSTA -- Some of the issues that got Cony High School's accreditation placed on probationary status 10 years ago are the same ones that now have Cony's accreditation on warning status.

Can't spell 'Democrat' without 'me'
AUGUSTA -- The Maine Democratic Party unveiled a new slogan and logo Wednesday, just in time for the three-day convention that begins Friday in Augusta.

On Maine Politics
Augusta GOP to meet 05/28/08


Removing Curran's name honors victims
The Rev. John J. Curran, who died in 1976, served as priest at Augusta's St. Augustine Church from 1962 to 1972. Curran was a central and powerful figure in the city's Catholic community, largely composed of Franco-Americans. So it was fitting that when the state wanted to honor Augusta's citizens of French descent, the downtown span crossing the Kennebec River was named the "Father Curran Bridge." So, too, it was fitting that two college scholarships in the area -- one at the University of Maine at Augusta, the other awarded by the Calumet Club -- were named in honor of Curran.

JIM BRUNELLE : No lack of choices in race for 1st Congressional District
As Democrats gather in Augusta this weekend for their state party convention, attention shifts from the eclipsing, all-consuming shadow of presidential politics to more parochial matters.

LIZ SOARES : Letter to grads: Agitate for change That's how you'll ensure having a future
You've heard a lot of advice lately about how to get out there to be a great success, and I'm sure you've reached the point where you're tuning most of it out.

Sun Journal

Rep. Allen unveils health plan
WESTBROOK (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Allen on Wednesday said that if he's elected he will offer a universal health care plan whose cost of at least $75 billion would be financed in part by bringing American troops home from Iraq.

Train hits 2 Maine teens
LEBANON (AP) - Two teenage girls sunbathing on a railroad trestle lost limbs when a train came upon them unexpectedly in this New Hampshire border town, police said Wednesday.

Logging driver charged
MACHIAS (AP) - A logging truck driver from Island Falls is being charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Maine Department of Transportation worker last year.

Man, daughter still critical after attack
PITTSTON (AP) - A former state legislator and his 10-year-old daughter remained in critical condition in Maine hospitals Wednesday as police continued their investigation into attacks that took place in the victims' home.

Harvard students charged after protest
SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) - Four Harvard University students have been charged after refusing to leave a military recruiting center in South Portland where they were protesting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Maine Maritime ship setting sail
CASTINE (AP) - Maine Maritime Academy's schooner Bowdoin heads off Thursday on a 60-day sail training trip to the Arctic Circle with 11 students and 5 professional crew members.

Holiday traffic drops from 2007
AUGUSTA (AP) - Traffic volume on the Maine Turnpike was down by nearly 3 percent from last year's Memorial Day weekend record.


New Forensics Lab To Fight Crime in Cumberland County
Crimefighters in the greater Portland area Wednesday unveiled plans to build what they describe as a 'state of the art' regional forensics crime laboratory in Portland. Police chiefs and town managers from Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Falmouth, South Portland, Westbrook, Windham, Yarmouth and Cumberland County, signed an agreement to create the facility. They expect it to be completed by the fall of 2009. Tom Porter has details.

New Forensics Lab To Fight Crime in Cumberland County
Crimefighters in the greater Portland area Wednesday unveiled plans to build what they describe as a 'state of the art' regional forensics crime laboratory in Portland. Police chiefs and town managers from Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Falmouth, South Portland, Westbrook, Windham, Yarmouth and Cumberland County, signed an agreement to create the facility. They expect it to be completed by the fall of 2009. Tom Porter has details.

New Hollywood Slots Building Readies for Gamblers
Members of the Maine Gambling Control Board spent an afternoon in Bangor today for a private tour of the soon-to-be-completed bigger and permanent Hollywood Slots complex that includes a hotel as well as 1500 slot machines. The facility is the first of its kind in Maine. Anne Ravana has the story.

Activists Oppose Plan To Cut Polling Sites In Portland
The city of Portland is planning to significantly reduce the number of polling places it will operating in the November election, citing a budget shortfall. As Barbara Cariddi, reports, critics say the move could discourage participation in a critical election.


18-year-old runs for DNC delegate

Red senator painted green

Ellsworth American
Timberland Owners Dub LURC Plan Confiscatory
AUGUSTA — The staff of the Land Use Regulation Commission, which is essentially the planning board for the 10 million acres in the state’s unorganized territory, has just completed its first round of public meetings on a draft land-use plan that timberland owners are calling a “confiscation” of their property rights.

Runaway Oil Costs Cause Headaches For Homeowners, Fuel Dealers
ELLSWORTH — With the price of home heating oil averaging nearly $4.50 a gallon in Downeast Maine, oil dealers are trying to rein in runaway prices, while homeowners worry about how they will heat their homes next winter.

Bond Issue for Road/ Bridge/Rail Improvements Set to Go Before Voters
AUGUSTA — Voters on primary day will be asked to approve a bond for $29,725,000 for a series of environmental and transportation projects, with the lion’s share going to roads, bridges and rail improvements.

Legislators Warned to Keep Hands Off $40M Revenue Surplus
AUGUSTA — With home heating oil at $4 or more a gallon and gasoline prices poised to hit that all-time high, legislators are being cautioned to keep their hands off an estimated $40 million revenue surplus.

Several Petitions Awaiting State Voters in Primary
AUGUSTA — Voters going to the polls on primary Election Day, June 10, could be asked to sign as many as seven petitions for proposed ballot initiatives ranging from the so-called TABOR 2 tax and spending limit to a ban on gay marriages.

An Unmitigated Failure
Does it make sense, at a time when food shortages are reaching critical proportions in many corners of the world, for U.S. taxpayers to be subsidizing farmers to divert more than a quarter of the nation’s entire corn crop into the production of ethanol? Clearly, the answer is “no.” But that didn’t stop Congress from including millions of dollars in food-to-fuel subsidies in the bloated $290 billion farm bill that was recently approved — by overwhelming margins — in both House and Senate.