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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Four repeal efforts target Dirigo taxes, driver's license rules
Two groups are targeting each law, and they appear open to collaborating on the 'people's veto' campaigns.

Unicel customers on daylong hold
A system outage leaves 248,000 cell phone users looking for other ways to communicate.

Governor's panel: Use qualities to lure jobs to Maine
The group suggests specific ways to use the state's distinctive features to its advantage.

Waiting-list limbo wears on seniors
A large graduating class in the U.S. means many college-bound students are dealing with uncertain futures.

Stephen King fires back after blogger's criticism
The Maine writer defends saying that poor readers might be relegated to the Army as a career.

CLOSE TO HOME: Ascending to a social life
A new group is trying to serve as a way to bring young adults together.

Biofuels can yield unwanted results
Congress should rethink programs that lead farmers to grow corn for fuel instead of food.

Adding to smoking's stigma shouldn't guide public policy
As a legal product, the standard for regulating tobacco use should be harm to others.

GREG KESICHRussians are formal people, with or without their clothes
And that culture of formality has a way of bringing strangers together very quickly.

CAL THOMASMaine's conservatives fight from behind
The GOP doesn't have a lot of support hereabouts, except when it runs center-left moderates.

TOM ALLENPut energy profiteers over a barrel
It's time to crack down hard on those who gouge Americans while earning record profits.

Democrats aren't to blame for high gas prices in U.S.

Bangor Daily News
Mitchell tackles U.S. health care

If ever there were a time for high-level intervention in the debate over reforming the American health care system, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell of Maine says, this is it.

Stephen King fires back after blogger attacks remarks

BANGOR, Maine - Stephen King has fired back at conservative critics who attacked him over a remark he made a month ago at a writers symposium for high school students.

Double duty for Maine school districts

The state's school districts are scrambling to adapt to the two-pronged budget process required under the school consolidation law.

Snowe staff offering aid in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine - Staffers from U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe’s office will conduct a workshop today in Fort Kent to provide information regarding disaster assistance to business owners and homeowners affected by the recent floods.

FEMA expects aid for Aroostook County

FORT KENT, Maine - Six Federal Emergency Management Agency teams began the arduous task Tuesday of inspecting 535 structures in northern Aroostook County tentatively identified as the worst damaged in recent flooding.

Cruise a final exam for Maine Maritime cadets

CASTINE, Maine - Under clearing skies Tuesday morning, the State of Maine eased away from the dock and into the Bagaduce River.

Saying 'no' to junk mail

Decades ago, a full mailbox meant you had a lot of friends and family who wanted to keep in touch. Today, it means your address is logged into the credit card industry's data base.

Editorial: Sending Baghdad the bill

Last summer, expectations were high that a change in strategy in Iraq was possible...Nearly a year later, there has been no change in the American mission.

Hayes Gahagan: The unifying principles of Republicans
This past weekend I had the privilege of being a member of the Aroostook County delegation at the Republican state convention in Augusta.

Kennebec Journal
CHELSEA -- When Susan Smith's cell phone stopped working Tuesday morning, she was cut off from a friend in another state who was seriously ill.

Emergency services minimize impact of outage
Local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders reported few interruptions to the services they provide despite a Unicel network outage that silenced 248,000 customers' cell phones Tuesday.

Machines to replace Maine court reporters
AUGUSTA -- Electronic recording machines might replace court reporters in many of the state's courtrooms.

Park plan goes to Gardiner City Council tonight
GARDINER -- When the Gardiner family estate presented "Brunswick Square" Common to the city on March 15, 1824, the deed said the park was dedicated to the city for the convenience of residents, for ornamenting the town and for public walks and parades.

Candidates eye Congress at Augusta forum
AUGUSTA -- All eight candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat sought to distinguish themselves from the pack Tuesday at a forum in Augusta.

HALLOWELL -- Residents are being asked to share their vision for the community with the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.


It takes a village
College student drinking isn't just a college problem.

Christian Civic League is intolerant, self-righteous
Mainers are tolerant. However a group of Mainers calling themselves the "Christian" Civic League is not tolerant.

Sun Journal

4 groups challenge new Maine laws
AUGUSTA (AP) - Maine election officials said Tuesday they've accepted applications from four groups that are challenging a pair of recently enacted laws, but the four groups could morph into two as the campaigns develop.

Report trumpets ways to grow jobs in Maine
AUGUSTA (AP) - The Governor's Council on Maine's Quality of Place says it's come up with 10 ways to use Maine's distinctiveness to promote job growth.

Stephen King fires back
BANGOR (AP) - Stephen King has fired back at conservatives who attacked him over a remark he made a month ago at a writers symposium for high school students.

Admitted cocaine users at DHHS
In January, Heidi McIntosh testified on the sixth day of Scott Poirier's murder trial that on a Friday evening before Poirier shot his father, she and Poirier had done cocaine.

The Rev. Wright drowns in a sea of hypocrisy
My cousin thinks Jeremiah Wright walks on water.

Quality Of Place Panel Says Tourism Is Key
A special panel created by Gov. John Baldacci says tourism will be a key to the state's economic future. In its final report, the Governor's Council on Maine's Quality of Place makes ten recommendations for plotting a path to prosperity. Chief among them: marketing all things synonymous with Maine and the state's way of life. And As A.J. Higgins reports, that branding may already be paying off for Maine's high school and college students in the summer job market.

Outdoor Retailer Cabela's To Open Next Week
One retailer hoping to capitalize on Maine's reputation as an outdoor recreation mecca is Nebraska-based retailer Cabela's, the nation's leading direct marketer of outdoor recreation equipment. Next week, Cabela's plans to open its newest store in Scarborough, a 130,000 square foot outdoor-enthusiast's fantasy. Barbara Cariddi reports.

First District Candidate Profile: Michael Brennan
This week we're continuing our series of profiles looking at candidates running to represent Maine's first congressional district, which is being vacated by Tom Allen as he attempts to win a Senate seat. As a former state senator and member of the Maine House of Representatives, Michael Brennan is one of the more experienced candidates in the race. But, as Tom Porter reports, in this crowded contest, experience alone, is no guarantee of victory.