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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Campaigns networking on the Web
Election 2008: It gives congressional candidates more ways to reach voters.

Kennedy 'feels like a million' after brain surgery
The senator will begin radiation treatments after a delicate operation to remove most of a tumor.

Brain surgery on awake patients done in Maine, but rarely
Deep tumors require a conscious patients help in guiding the surgeon.

Evidence against boater ruled out
The man accused in the fatality at Long Lake was not advised of his rights before making statements.

Low-profile bond targets transportation
Election 2008: Roads and bridges would get much of the $29.7 million that the state would borrow.

Senate to debate bill to fight global warming
Sen. Snowe co-sponsors the measure to require companies to pay for greenhouse gas emissions.

House District 114: Two in city primary differ over term limits
Election 2008: The Democrats running to oppose Morton Soule agree on many issues.

Newspaper to cut more jobs

EDWARD D. MURPHYState courts' high rank can be useful

Florida and Michigan Democrats stole their own votes
State party officials broke the rules and now they will face the consequences.

RON BANCROFTMake the best of bad school deal
Lawmakers sliced and diced the governor's plan, but it's all we have to work with.

VINCENT S. CONTI, Special to the Press HeraldMainers should be proud of their hospitals
The key to good medical care is good people, and those are present in abundance.

Bangor Daily News
Dump truck damages highway overpass

BANGOR, Maine - An empty dump truck struck a highway overpass early Monday morning, causing the vehicle to roll over several times before coming to rest in the northbound lane of Interstate 95.

City councilor on trial today in forgery case

BANGOR, Maine - City Councilor Richard Greene is scheduled to go on trial at 8:30 a.m. today before Judge Jessie Gunther in 3rd District Court for submitting to the city a document on which he allegedly forged City Manager Edward Barrett’s signature.

Man drove wrong way on interstate in fatal crash

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine State Police were investigating whether an Augusta man intentionally drove his car the wrong way on Interstate 95 early Monday and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

State studies options for Millinocket mill

MILLINOCKET, Maine - State officials are pursuing three options to maintain the Katahdin Paper Co. LLC mill and create an independent energy production facility on the Katahdin Avenue campus, Gov. John Baldacci said Monday.

PETA proposes Lobster Empathy Center for Skowhegan jail

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a proposal to the Somerset County commissioners to lease their jail for the world's first Lobster Empathy Center.

Maine tourism-related businesses struggle to find seasonal workers

For the past seven years, the Pentagoet Inn in Castine has relied on five temporary foreign workers to take jobs local people aren't interested in - washing dishes, cleaning rooms, changing beds and cooking. This year, changes to the H-2B visa program will make it even more difficult for owners Jack and Julie Burke to fill those positions and keep their business running smoothly.

6 Dems vie for nomination to run for 1st District seat

When Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat, decided to mount a challenge against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins after having served more than a decade in Congress, six candidates jumped at the opportunity to fill his open seat in Maine's 1st District.

Milo man given 115 months on drug conviction

BANGOR, Maine - A Milo man who took the unusual step of withdrawing his guilty plea and proceeding to trial on drug charges last year was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly 10 years in prison.

ClickBack on Hill, Mill, Sex

This week’s ClickBack, the BDN's interactive opinion feature, takes on the fate of Hillary Clinton's campaign, the possible demise of a paper mill in Millinocket, and the 'Sex and the City' phenomenon.

Plum Creek Confusion

Early in its handling of an application from Plum Creek Timber Co. to rezone much of its land for development, the Land Use Regulation Commission sought to make a clear distinction between the development proposal and an agreement between the company and conservation groups to protect nearby land through a large conservation easement and purchase.

Peter Funt: A race worthy of 'West Wing'
How's this for a political plot: Good-looking congressman in his mid-40s, married with two young children, known for his inspirational speeches, comes from far behind to clinch the Democratic nomination and face an older, more experienced centrist Republican. If he wins, he's America's first non-Caucasian president.

Dr. Erik Steele: Tax hike is about life and death, not beer and soda
In the next six weeks you are not going to be able to kick a pile of moose poop in Maine without some of it hitting a person on the street asking if you are fed up with high taxes.

June 3 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal

Augusta trim budget approved
AUGUSTA -- The City Council unanimously approved a $51.3 million city and school budget expected to result in no change in the tax rate.

Dismissed priests had ministered in central Maine parishes
The two Maine priests the Vatican has dismissed from the clergy spent parts of their careers ministering in central Maine.

Wrong-way I-95 crash probed
Maine State Police are trying to determine whether a Monday morning crash that killed an Augusta man and left a woman who works in Waterville in critical condition was intentional.

Stalker gets 8 years in jail
AUGUSTA -- A Wilton man will serve eight years in prison after again being convicted of stalking a Readfield family.

State campus, open areas in focus
HALLOWELL -- "What would you like to see in Hallowell's future?"

GARDINER -- Councilors at their meeting Wednesday will spend most of their time discussing the 2008-09 municipal budget.

On Maine Politics
Did Dobson make the deadline? 06/02/08


Another difficult chapter for Millinocket
Once, the people of Millinocket faced a golden future.

Remembering Dick Randall
There's a family without a good husband and father today.

SOURCE: FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION : How not to get hooked by phishing
If you get an e-mail or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. And don't click on the message, either.

Sun Journal

Bonnie Raitt to play for Allen
PORTLAND (AP) - Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt will be performing a concert this summer for Tom Allen's Senate campaign.

Maine firewood sales on the rise
AUGUSTA (AP) - As the price of heating oil goes up, so is the demand for firewood.

Greene man files suit against 2 wardens
BANGOR - A Greene man has sued two Maine game wardens alleging that they violated his First Amendment right to free speech when they issued him a summons last year for making a rude gesture.

Popularity contest? Gilbert vs. Lajoie
LEWISTON - Both men - Larry Gilbert, the former Lewiston police chief and current mayor, and Mike Lajoie, former Lewiston fire chief - are stumped when asked what issues separate them as candidates.


All quiet on the casino front
Seth Carey, former president of Evergreen Mountain Enterprises, stepped down April 17. Evergreen's newly minted-at-the-time spokesperson, Pat LaMarche, subsequently promised an announcement of new leadership in short order.

Democrats aren't immune from stretching the truth
Fraud: "deceit, trickery ... or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage."


Patronizing politicians
It was Ben Franklin who said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." So as far as I can see, we, the people of the state of Maine are truly insane. We continue to send the same people to represent us in Augusta and Washington and we expect things to change.

Political hoggers
When is enough, enough?


Governor's Veto Yields Suits Over Sex Offender Registry
State prosecutors and defense attorneys in Maine are being hit by a flurry of cases involving Maine's sex offender registry. So many cases have been filed that the Maine Attorney General's office has had to assign three prosecutors to handle them, according to Assistant Attorney General Paul Stern. The cases began piling up after Governor John Baldacci vetoed a bill passed this session that would have removed low-risk offenders from the list. Lawmakers took that step after the Maine Supreme Court ruled in September that the registry law could be challenged on constitutional grounds. Now, those challenges have started to pour in.

Fuel Consumers Already Weighing Next Winter's Payment Options
Retail heating oil prices have risen to more than four dollars and fifty cents a gallon, nearly double what they were last year at this time. While some oil dealers have delayed rolling out their payment plans for next fall and winter, others have begun to advertise their prices. As Anne Ravana reports, customers are now wondering which payment program to choose and how they will come up with the money to keep warm when temperatures drop.

Manure Smelling Better as Fertilizer Prices Rise
High fuel prices have sent the price for fertilizer soaring. As farmers have scrambled to find alternatives for their crops, they’ve begun to reevaluate a reliable source right under their noses. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Dan Gorenstein reports that dairy and poultry manure has never smelled so good.

Migrant Workers Crucial for Maine's Harvest
They've been described as Maine's unseen labor force, the thousands of seasonal migrant farmworkers who pass through the state every year. They can be found picking blueberries downeast, for example, or broccoli and potatoes up in Arroostook County. Tom Porter has the story.

Millinocket Braces For Mill Closure
Just one day after receiving word that another paper mill is closing in their town, residents of Millinocket are trying to absorb the news. The Katahdin Paper Company announced Thursday that record oil prices have made the business unprofitable. The company plans to close its Millinocket mill and may also cut jobs at its second mill in East Millinocket. More than 200 workers are expected to be laid off at the end of July. Governor John Baldacci was in town this afternoon to meet with the town manager and has sent the Department of Labor's Rapid Response team to the area. Anne Ravana reports.

Dobson for Senate campaign: never mind

John Frary's GOP (Grand Old Punchers)

Maine DNC delegates elected

Times Record
Strimling breaks down barriers (full story)