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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Maine News for Thursday, June 19, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Maine sleuths aid in rescue of sexually abused girl
The relentless efforts of the state police computer unit lead to the arrest of an alleged child pornographer in Georgia.

FairPoint's delay has lawmakers on edge
Maine's governor says he's confident the company will fix its problems, but some officials are not so sure.

Bush opposed on plan to lift drilling ban
The state's members of Congress argue against expanded offshore drilling for valuable oil.

Strimling, Lawrence downplay big defeats
Losing to Chellie Pingree in the Democratic primary did not ruin their political careers, both contend.

Soaring gas prices drive more commuters to public transportation

Press Herald owner sues newspaper union
At stake is whether the sale of the Portland newspapers must include a contract with the guild.

Maine Technology Institute announces grants of nearly $1.4 million

Still too early to judge FairPoint readiness
A troubled transition is concerning, but the region's new phone carrier isn't fully in charge.

Who will succeed in college? Best way to know is to go
Standardized tests unfortunately don't measure the things that count the most.

STEVEN ROWEElder abuse a Maine-wide problem
Older people can be taken advantage of in many ways, and very often by those they trust.

Stand up for our freedoms: Support Real ID repeal

Cancer patients deserve ally in lawmaking process

Bangor Daily News
Maine police unit helps nab admitted child rapist

A man wanted for federal child pornography crimes has been arrested in Georgia with help from some determined investigators at the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

Tribe's 8th health fair steeped in tradition

PETER DANA POINT, Maine - The weather did not cooperate, but Passamaquoddy tribal members who attended the Indian Township Health Center's eighth annual health fair were an enthusiastic group as they listened to drumming by the Little Eagles, participated in a health walk and sampled traditional foods.

Health fair offers down-home information

PETER DANA POINT, Maine - This year's health fair held Wednesday at the Indian Township Reservation near Princeton had plenty to offer in the way of good down-home information.

Police shooting highlights importance of state's effort to launch Web site

CALAIS, Maine - People on probation in Maine are on the honor system: If police stop them, they have to tell on themselves. But do they?

Russian given time served for midflight drunken fit

BANGOR, Maine - A federal judge has sentenced a Russian woman who was removed earlier this year from a flight diverted to Bangor International Airport to 98 days in jail or time served.

Bangor: Flights added at BIA

BANGOR, Maine - Area residents will have four additional destination choices when flying from Bangor International Airport this summer.

Certified products get state support

For several years now, state officials have urged Maine's forest products industry to distinguish itself globally by growing more wood that is certified as being managed and harvested in a sustainable way.

Loaded Guns in Acadia

The Department of Interior is considering changing a rule so that loaded guns could be carried in some national parks. It’s a bad idea for several reasons, chief among them the weakness of the argument by those wanting the change.

Energy, Taxes and Pay-go

A stalemate in Congress over renewable tax energy credits and business incentives gives lawmakers time to improve the bill with a long-term fix to the alternative minimum tax and, more important, find ways to pay for the legislation.

Calvin Luther : Lowering the cost of home heating
On June 7, the BDN ran a story 'Is natural gas the answer?' which provided a useful, but limited, table illustrating the heat output and the purchase price of various heating fuels commonly available in this area.

June 19 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal

State legislators applaud consolidation initiatives
HALLOWELL -- State legislators and Maine's top education official Wednesday congratulated the superintendents and members of a committee involved in crafting Maine's first plan for a consolidated school district to win voter approval under a state law requiring the state's 290 school districts to consolidate into 80.

Maine State Police aid in child porn bust
The Maine State Police are credited with helping the FBI locate a man accused of producing a series of child pornography images distributed internationally over the Internet.

GARDINER Council orders budget cut $185K
GARDINER -- Councilors voted unanimously Wednesday to hold off adopting a proposal for municipal expenditures and instead directed the city manager to cut $185,000 from the budget.

Maine officials reject Bush's call for more offshore drilling
WASHINGTON -- Maine's governor and members of the state's congressional delegation Wednesday unanimously opposed President Bush's plan to allow expanded offshore oil drilling.

State's mental health cuts are deep, Fitzpatrick warns
AUGUSTA -- The country is falling behind in providing services to people with mental illnesses, a nationally known advocate for mentally ill people told local mental health service providers Wednesday night.

RICHMOND I-295 topic of town forum
RICHMOND -- Selectmen meet tonight to discuss construction equipment traveling on local roads as part of the reconstruction of Interstate 295 south.

On Maine Politics
GOP predicts close presidential race 06/18/08


Aspen Dental's plans good news for Augusta
The Aspen Dental chain is bringing a much-needed expansion of dental care to the central Maine region with plans to open an Augusta office later this year.

KAY RAND : Maine's 'brain drain' isn't as bad as it seems
We've just finished a primary election cycle in Maine, reminding me again how often the same dire predictions and negative refrains are repeated over and over during a campaign and how different elected leadership will make things better. That is understandable even while we yearn for something positive -- people are motivated to run for elected office to change things, not to endorse the status quo.

JIM BRUNELLE : Time to make veep choice less hurried, arbitrary
With the identity of the presidential nominees of the major parties now nailed down, everyone's speculative juices are being funneled into the second most riveting contest of the 2008 elections -- the selection of presidential running mates.

Sun Journal

Status of Maine union contract lands in court
PORTLAND (AP) - The publisher of the Portland Press Herald has asked a federal judge to decide whether a buyer of the newspaper is obligated to honor its union contract.

Dead animals found in home
SKOWHEGAN (AP) -Starving cats and dogs, along with the decaying carcasses of other animals, have been removed from an unoccupied home in Bingham that officials say was littered with feces and urine.

Delta assault brings jail term
BANGOR (AP) - A 33-year-old Russian woman has been sentenced to 98 days in jail for interfering with a flight crew on a flight from Moscow to New York.

Penobscot 911 glitch rectified
AUGUSTA (AP) - Problems at the Penobscot Regional Communications Center apparently have been resolved. Dispatchers resumed taking 911 calls after transferring them to the state facility in Orono for much of the weekend.


Who will take the blame after next terrorist attack?
When the terrorists attack again - as Homeland Security has repeatedly warned us they will - how many survivors will be consoled because the Supreme Court and the State Department looked out for the "rights" of terrorists before the rights of their dead loved ones?


Straight dope on energy
This year's increase in energy prices is going to cause people a great deal of pain. Some of that pain could have been avoided with a solid national energy policy.

What has he accomplished?
This is in response to Dave Chirayath's letter printed June 17 about Sen. Susan Collins.

Watch what she does
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says it is too early to start campaigning, but seems it is not too early to start "Swift-boating" her opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Allen. Not only does Collins vote with the Bush/Cheney policies, it looks like she is running her campaign using their playbook.


Call For Offshore Oil Drilling Fuels Political Battle
President Bush today renewed his call for Congress to lift a nearly 30-year-old ban on offshore oil drilling as a way to ease the pain at the pump for American consumers. The president acknowledges it could take years to yield up to 18 billion gallons of oil. But in the meantime, a political battle is shaping up around the issue: between Republicans like Bush and GOP presidential hopeful John McCain who want to lift the ban and Democrats and environmentalists who want to keep it in place. Susan Sharon has more.

Activists Urge Governor To Take Action On Global Warming
Environmental activists gathered in Portland today to urge stronger action from Governor Baldacci on climate change. A new report released by Environment Maine outlines a number of examples of how some states are making progress in the fight against global warming. Tom Porter has details.

Dealerships Offering Lock-In Gas Price Deals
As gas prices continue to rise, motorists are showing more interest in hybrids and looking more seriously at alternative fuels and electric vehicles. And as sales of standard gas guzzlers slowdown, innovative manufacturers and dealers are trying to spur sales with offers such as zero financing or huge rebates. And among the latest strategies for luring customers is low cost gasoline as part of the deal. Keith McKeen reports.

Red Tide Hits Downeast Shellfish
State officials have closed Cobscook Bay and parts of the Down East coast to mussel, oyster and snail harvesting because of red tide. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is citing a large plume of toxic algae that blew in from the Bay of Fundy. While clam harvesting is still permitted, biologists say some clam beds in the area may also have to close this week. As Anne Ravana reports, this announcement has clam diggers worried about a season in which clam prices are already low.

Fairpoint Examines More System Failures
Because of system failures that occurred over the weekend, 911 emergency calls in Penobscot County are being re-routed to a state Department of Public Safety dispatch center. Between Friday and Sunday, the county's primary emergency system failed three times. FairPoint Communications is now working to solve the problem. As Anne Ravana reports, this situation in Penobscot County is reminiscent of problems experienced at the Cumberland County dispatch center and the state dispatch center in Gray last month.

Is Barack Obama the next Ronald Reagan?

Maine Senate race in single digits

Times Record
The cost of connecting (full story)

Ellsworth American
“Catastrophe” Awaits Maine: Angus King
New Energy Sources Urgently Needed
NORTHPORT — Apparently, the sky IS falling!

Fed Moves Ahead with License Requirement for Saltwater Anglers
AUGUSTA — The federal government is moving ahead with a plan that will ultimately require anglers who fish in the ocean to have licenses.

Residents Finding Ways To Cope with Gas Prices
ELLSWORTH — There may be nothing good to say about current gasoline prices, but Yankee ingenuity is alive and well as area residents cope with the high cost of driving.

Area Hospitals Already Sold on Value Of Computerizing Records
ELLSWORTH — Financial assistance from the federal government would be welcomed, but hospital officials in Hancock County already are convinced about the value of electronic medical records.

High Oil Prices Mean Suffering For Maine Poor
ELLSWORTH — Maine’s poor may suffer the most this coming heating season as oil prices skyrocket and funding for heating assistance programs remains the flat.

$29M Grant to Encourage Use of Electronic Medical Records
AUGUSTA — Electronic medical records are coming to a doctor’s office near you. It’s only a matter of time and money.

Key Races to Determine Balance of Power in Senate
AUGUSTA — With just a one-seat difference between the two parties in the state Senate, Republicans are working to tip the balance in their favor this November.

Bucksport Asked to Help Fund School Consolidation Law Repeal
BUCKSPORT — Next week, Town Council members will consider funding efforts to repeal the state school consolidation law.

DMR, Lobstermen Explore Options For Snarl of Sinking Groundlines
ELLSWORTH — A handful of Zone B lobstermen gathered at Ellsworth High School last week for the latest Department of Marine Resources (DMR) update on sinking rope and whale protection rules.

Reforming Teacher Compensation

Let’s Open the Primary System


Keep ME Current
Buxton struggles with co-housing project

Saco man charged with animal cruelty

Proposed solid waste facility pending
Acton: (By Andrea Rose - 06/18)

Parties jockeying for majority in state Senate
Augusta: (By Victoria Wallack - 06/18)

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