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Friday, June 27, 2008

Maine News for Friday, June 27, 2008

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Bangor Daily News
Rockland: Legislator from Camden begins Senate campaign

ROCKLAND, Maine - State Rep. David Miramant, D-Camden, launched his campaign Thursday for Senate District 22 at the Knox County Democratic Party headquarters on Maverick Street.

Dexter woman puts in bid for District 24 House seat

DEXTER, Maine - Tammy Lockhart of Dexter is the Democratic candidate for the District 24 seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

Court upholds DOT's Sail Inn seizure

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ruled that the Maine Department of Transportation did not exceed its eminent domain powers in the taking of the Sail Inn Restaurant and the land around it.

Husson, WCCC OK credit transfers

CALAIS, Maine - Getting an education in Washington County grew a lot easier now that two local college campuses have agreed to allow the transfer of credits for extended educational opportunities, officials announced Thursday.

Regional high school idea revisited

OLD TOWN, Maine - The concept of forming a regional high school for the Orono-Old Town area is nothing new. In fact, over the last several years the idea has been discussed many times only to die out due to old rivalries, or to the desire for smaller schools.

Mainers find victory in decision

BANGOR, Maine - The reactions of Maine gun advocates and opponents to a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday overturning a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., were mixed with each side claiming a partial victory.

5-4 ruling overturns handgun ban in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Silent on central questions of gun control for two centuries, the Supreme Court found its voice Thursday in a decision affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home and addressing a constitutional riddle almost as old as the republic over what it means to say the people may keep and bear arms.

State courts to limit hours, do paperwork

Maine state courts will take advantage of a shortened workweek due to the July Fourth holiday to catch up on administrative paperwork.

Belfast: Interfaith Fuel Fund to begin summer effort

BELFAST, Maine - Winter is coming and the Interfaith Fuel Fund is working this summer to raise money for what it anticipates will be a high demand for assistance from people having trouble paying for home heating oil.

Toll Plaza Updates

It's a familiar stand-off: local residents fighting to protect their homes and transportation planners trying to move vehicles safely through Maine. This case involves the Maine Turnpike's toll plaza in York - Maine's front gate, generating $35 million in toll revenue annually.

Big Principal Is Watching

For decades, teachers held over their students the threat of putting discipline infractions on their permanent record. Such a record, which presumably followed a child from kindergarten to high school graduation, was more myth than reality.

Elizabeth 'Libby' Mitchell : Benefit of beverage tax? Health coverage
The June 17 OpEd 'Maine residents fed up with undemocratic taxes' by Newell Augur, paid lobbyist for the beverage industry, takes the grand prize for confusing fact and fiction.

June 27 Letters to the Editor

Sun Journal
Capitol complex project begins
AUGUSTA (AP) - Make sure you're wearing a hard hat before you walk into the Maine Senate.

Unhealthy ozone forecast in Maine
AUGUSTA (AP) - State environmental officials have issued an air quality alert for Thursday for the midcoast region between Port Clyde and Mount Desert.

U.S. ambassador native of Maine
PORTLAND (AP) - A Maine native who grew up in Falmouth and attended Bowdoin College has been named by President Bush as U.S. ambassador to Algeria.

Quest brings climber to Maine
BANGOR (AP) - A Colorado teacher has climbed Mount Katahdin in his quest to reach the highest points in all 50 states in 50 days.

Maine water buy vote on hold
KENNEBUNK (AP) - The water district that serves towns in the Kennebunk area has postponed its vote on a 30-year agreement to allow the Poland Spring bottled water company to tap into its aquifer.

Right to bear arms wins
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's landmark gun rights ruling Thursday settled an old debate over the Second Amendment. It's not all about muskets and militia service. Americans do, in fact, have an individual right to bear arms for self-protection.

Put the check in the e-mail
Lost in the political bellowing about Sen. Barack Obama's rejection (or was it denouncement?) of public campaign financing was deserved recognition of the earthshaking impact that Internet fundraising has had.

Summer reading list includes trilogy of truth
The future of the media is cloudy. In this brave new world of YouTube, Facebook and 400 cable channels, book publishers are fretting about obsolescence. But books have survived radio and television for the same reason they will survive the Internet. Human life is simply too complex to be represented by a news spot or a blog post - and three new tomes demonstrate how books will always be the necessary instruments for deeper analysis. They are a trilogy of truth in this era of misinformation.

Don't change my TV
When the digital TV signal transfer takes place in February 2009, the poor, working stiff is getting it put to him.

Nonpartisan unity
This is in response to the columns printed June 22, one about gas prices by Paul Munshine, the other about the new tax on beer, wine, soda and such by J. Paul Spellman.

Protestors Criticize Proposed Bottled Water Deal
At a rally in Kennebunk, customers of the local water district today called for the district's board of trustees to reject a 30 year deal to sell water to Poland Spring. Dozens of people gathered outside the main street office of the district which serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells. Inside the building, water district board members were deciding whether to delay a vote on signing the agreement with Poland Spring's parent company, Nestle Waters North America. Keith McKeen reports.

Press Herald to lose three political reporters

Politicker photos and video: Protest over bottled water

Linking Pingree and Pingree in power next year

Times Record
Fuel costs burning holes in budgets (full story)

Brunswick board OKs Maine St. Station plans (full story)

Institutionalizing injustice (full story)

Capital Weekly

Davis runs against Mitchell for Senate District 24 seat
AUGUSTA — The Honorable Kim Davis of Augusta has launched her campaign for Senate District 24, which includes the towns of Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro.

Augusta Dems to pick new House candidate on July 2AUGUSTA—The Augusta Democratic City Committee will caucus Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Augusta City Center to help pick a replacement democratic candidate for Maine House District 56—currently held by Rep. Kim Silsby.

Developer taking wait-and-see approach to old YMCA building
AUGUSTA — Developer Lon Walters is taking a wait-and-see approach with the old section of the Kennebec Valley YMCA on the corner of Winthrop and State streets in Augusta.


Franco-American Center is needed
Augusta has a lot to be proud of throughout its 159-year-old history, including its large French immigration from Quebec which dates back to the 1880s.