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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Taxpayers' plans more survival than stimulus
A survey finds that most Mainers will skip the extras and use rebates to pay down debt or beef up savings.

Oil-reserve moratorium approved by Congress
U.S. energy officials estimate that halting the purchase of oil for emergency reserves could reduce gasoline prices by 4 to 5 cents a gallon.

Lawrence runs in 1st District on record as York DA, legislator
Election 2008: His chief concerns include the rise in presidential powers, taxes and the Iraq war.

New Maine law allows 'blended sentences'
Under Marlees Law, prison time can be split between juvenile and adult facilities in certain cases.

Same old story for oil, retail sales
Prices for the former are up, numbers for the latter are down, and investors wait to see whether it will get any worse.

Whale rules should move forward for all
Fishing and shipping interests should both do their parts for right whale preservation.

Concern over 'designer baby' research should focus on standards
Holding back the technology is not an effective way of addressing ethical issues.

SEAN FAIRCLOTH and PHIL BARTLETTDirigo funding plan widely misreported
Too many accounts of the new levies on beverages misstated their impact or left out vital details.

Cigarette butts pollute, pose health risks for all

Superdelegate for whom? Don't come home, Mitchell

Does ethanol cost less and create less pollution?

Bangor Daily News
Gas prices put strain on police budgets

AUGUSTA, Maine - When lawmakers adjusted the state budget earlier this year, they assumed gasoline would average about $2.55 a gallon at the pump. This week it is a dollar higher throughout most of Maine, and those higher costs are affecting law enforcement more than other governmental agencies.

Maine resident receives France's highest honor

AUGUSTA, Maine - Tuesday was a proud day for Mainers of French heritage.

AG cites benefits of educating youth

BREWER, Maine - At a talk Tuesday morning, Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe spoke to the audience as a child would speak to a parent.

Bangor councilor enters plea of not guilty to theft charge

BANGOR, Maine - A city councilor arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing grocery items from a local supermarket told authorities he was "disabled, hungry and had no money, and it was not like him to steal," according to a police report released Tuesday.

Editorial: Schoodic discovered

The Schoodic peninsula east of Mount Desert Island is the part of Acadia National Park typically overlooked by visitors.

Richard Jagels: When lawn and order collide
The front-page story in Friday's Bangor Daily News, "Pest infests Bangor lawns," provided a cogent testimonial to our ever-growing disconnect with the natural world - a hubris that continues to lead us toward destructive consequences.

Francine Stark: Help stop domestic violence
Since 1985, Maine people have suffered the loss of family, friends and neighbors in about 12 domestic homicides each year. Just four months into 2008, there were already 11 domestic homicides: four women, four men and three children

May 14 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
French ambassador bestows award on Augusta lawyer Severin Beliveau
AUGUSTA -- Lawyer Severin Beliveau received France's highest honor Tuesday in a Statehouse ceremony, saying he accepted the award on behalf of the thousands of Franco-Americans who work to keep their culture alive.

French ambassador muses about French tourism, Maine
AUGUSTA -- When the French visit the United States, they like to go to New York City, French Ambassador to the U.S., Pierre Vimont, said Tuesday.

MANCHESTER Forum focus is health Congressional candidates air ideas for fixing the system
MANCHESTER -- The Maine Medical Association on Tuesday challenged candidates running for the 1st Congressional District to get specific about how they would fix the nation's health-care crisis.

Background as a lawyer plays key role for Lawrence
Third in a series of profiles of candidates running in the 1st Congressional District primary races.

SIDNEY Hard-pressed farmer fields roaming cow complaints
SIDNEY -- State trespass law allows Mark Gould 12 hours to track down a wayward cow when it leaves the shelter of the fold in search of greener pastures on the other side of Drummond Road.

AUGUSTA -- The first major subdivision proposed for the city's much-heralded Riggs Brook Village District faces opposition, obstacles and uncertainty.

HALLOWELL Driver hits building; none hurt
HALLOWELL -- Patti Burnett, owner of Dom's Barber Shop, had just finished giving a haircut Tuesday when a Subaru Outback came crashing through the window.


Do school budgets really need two votes?
After months of debate over Gov. John Baldacci's school reorganization proposal, lawmakers wrangling at the end of the 2007 legislative session produced the tangled mess of a law that directs the state's school districts to consolidate. It was, despite its convoluted aspects, pioneering legislation. If its promise is borne out, the plan will lead to fewer school districts statewide, less administration and lower costs for Maine taxpayers.

GEORGE SMITH : What's best for those who own, use wild Maine woods?
We are blessed to use the private lands in the 10 million acres of unorganized territories, often without knowing who owns the woods we enjoy. It is important to understand that our use of those lands is a privilege, not a right.

Sun Journal

Quebec company to operate Irvings
BANGOR (AP) - Hundreds of Irving Oil convenience stores will get a new name and a new look as part of a deal between Irving Oil and a Quebec-based company.

Mainers likely to save checks or pay bills
PORTLAND (AP) - Mainers are more likely to save their economic stimulus checks or use them to pay bills than to buy clothing or furniture or go on vacation, according to a poll released Tuesday.

New law lets courts blend juvenile, adult jail sentences
AUGUSTA (AP) - In a ceremony that stemmed from tragedy, Gov. John Baldacci joined the family of a teenage manslaughter victim Tuesday in marking passage of a bill to allow blended adult and juvenile sentences in certain cases.

Many taking Toyota up on truck recall
AUBURN - Emerson Toyota in Auburn has inspected the frames of more than 250 Tacoma trucks for rust perforation as part of a nationwide recall due to faulty anti-corrosion undercoating used on trucks sold between 1995 and 2000.


Evolution debate pops up in Maine
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before one of the biggest distractions in American politics and education, evolution, arrived in Maine.

Sniffing the green
I blame the economy. Rising gas prices, the housing market crunch, it's got you people thinking backward. The very structure of our social network is all mixed up and something needs to be done. It's as though one group of you climbed into some crazy machine and traded heads with another.


Repeal the unfair taxes
I thank Sen. Lois Snowe-Mello not only for voting against LD 2247, regarding DirigoChoice, but also for her efforts on the floor of the Maine Senate in debating against tax increases on beer, wine, syrup and also a 1.8 percent surcharge/tax on health insurance claims. These new tax increases came to the floor of the Senate on the day before the session ended, and had no public hearing. Isn't this taxation without representation?


Stephen King's Debated Remarks Shine Light On Literacy
A deputy under-secretary for the Department of Defense says Maine author Stephen King cruelly perpetuated an incorrect stereotype when he suggested last month that millitary service is a refuge for the illiterate. The under-secretary's remarks are among the latest repercussions for King who announced that the recent uproar in reaction to his comments was forcing him to postpone a June 7 fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Allen. As A.J. Higgins reports, the controversy has inadvertently served to shine a light on literacy in Maine where one in seven adults is rated at the lowest functional level.

Congressional Candidate Chellie Pingree Profiled
Her resume is diverse: She's owned several small businesses, been a farmer, served in the Maine State Senate, run and lost a race for U.S. Senate and worked in Washington as the head of the national election reform group Common Cause. Now Democrat Chellie Pingree is back in Maine on the campaign trail in the first congressional district seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Tom Allen. Susan Sharon continues our series of candidate profiles with a look at Pingree's priorities.

Allen Endorses Obama
Congressman Tom Allen has announced he will support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as the Democrats presidential nominee. That means half of Maine's eight so-called superdelegates have committed to Obama with Gov. John Baldacci the lone holdout for Senator Hillary Clinton. Allen says both candidates are "supremely qualified" to be president, but he believes it is time to bring a "graceful end" to the primary campaign. A.J. Higgins reports.