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Friday, July 11, 2008

Maine News for Friday, July 11, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Baldacci awaiting special energy report
The governor and Democratic leaders say they will not rule out a special legislative session.

Dean rallies Democrats, says U.S. ready for change
The DNC chairman calls this election pivotal and encourages Maine voters to go to the polls this fall.

Democrats spar with state, candidate about petition
Herbert Hoffman insists that he did nothing wrong and should remain on the ballot as an independent.

Wind project approved for western mountains
The project on and near Kibby Mountain will generate enough power for 50,000 homes.

Expecting the Unexpected
Airlines are reducing schedules, increasingly stranding passengers who bought tickets in advance.

Flotilla expected for Kennebec River Float
The three-hour cruise Saturday in Waterville celebrates the river and a River Float founder.

Incentives should make transit plan go
Portland cannot thrive in this economy by penalizing people who use automobiles.

USM's new president will carry a heavy load this term
Southern Maine's economic future relies in no small part on a healthy state university here.

Biofuel subsidies adding to Americans' grocery bills

Bangor Daily News
Hike in weatherization funding urged

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine are leading a bipartisan group of legislators seeking to increase funding for a federal program that would help low-income families improve their homes in the face of rising energy costs.

First day's slots wagers hits $5.6M

AUGUSTA, Maine - The roughly 9,000 people who visited Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway's July 1 grand opening in Bangor racked up a total wager of $5.6 million, according to a report presented Thursday by Scott Woods, auditor for the Maine Gambling Control Board, at the board's first meeting since Hollywood Slots moved into its new home.

Katahdin mill looks for orders to sustain operations past July

MILLINOCKET, Maine - A Fraser Papers executive who oversees the Katahdin Paper Co. LLC mill expressed confidence Thursday that the mill will operate beyond July 28, but even he doesn't know for how long.

Capital honor for a Down East hero

BANGOR, Maine - Earlier this week, artist J. Normand Martin had a large portrait hanging on a wall in his dining room. On Thursday morning, the painting made its debut in an even larger venue.

Baldacci letter accuses federal agencies of breaking promises to consult with state before expanding salmon protections

Tensions are once again rising between Maine and federal officials over whether Atlantic salmon populations in the state's largest rivers should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

State medication law challenged

BANGOR, Maine - The Augusta-based Disability Rights Center of Maine on Thursday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of an 83-year-old woman challenging the constitutionality of a new law that allows patients committed involuntarily to psychiatric facilities to be medicated against their will.

The Gitmo Hustle

The U.S. Department of Justice has a new priority - the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Although nearly seven years have passed since the first detainees at the Cuba facility were picked up and this new priority comes from a federal judge, don't expect the department to stop dragging its feet.

Symptoms and Treatments

The grim news that Washington County residents are more likely to live shorter, less healthy lives than their Maine and national counterparts is a symptom of an underlying problem: persistent poverty. It is a shocking symptom, and perhaps the worst manifestation of the chronic economic distress that plagues this region of the state.

Ken Fredette: History shows fate of senate race
The 'dog days' of summer are here, and polls abound with projections about the November U.S. Senate race between Tom Allen and Susan Collins.

July 11 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
Group blasts MaineCare cuts

A nonprofit organization committed to accessible health care for all Americans named Maine in a study released Thursday that focuses on the future of Medicaid.

Schools merger will need do-over
READFIELD -- The push toward school district consolidation must start anew for the Fayette, Winthrop and Maranacook-area school systems following a tense district planning meeting Thursday night.

Land buys total $1.7M
Nearly 2,000 acres of central Maine habitat will be protected with state conservation grants awarded this week.

For everyone Land trust has fantastic opportunities for the entire family

Man gets a taste of 'Perverted Justice'
AUGUSTA -- A Waterville man will serve almost a year in jail for attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Annual Maine International Film Festival opens tonight
WATERVILLE -- Judi Silver breezed into Railroad Square Cinema Thursday and made a beeline for the ticket area.

On Maine Politics
Is Baldacci doing a good job?


Land trusts protect the very best of Maine
With his seven-part series on the Kennebec Land Trust that began last Sunday and continues through Saturday, reporter Travis Barrett hikes, bushwhacks and slogs through woods, fields, islands and marshes amassed by the trust over its 20-year history.

JOSEPH R. REISERT : Unsafe world requires use of once-denied watchdog tactics
By voting to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Senate on Wednesday effectively ratified the Bush administration's post-9/11 program of secretly monitoring a wide range of international communications.


LURC should ensure wilderness experience
Coming up soon will be the Land Use Regulation Commission's decision on the rezoning of the Moosehead Lake wilderness region. At first glance, this looks like a hard choice, but if one thinks of why the commission was instituted, it becomes a no-brainer.

If Hoffman a threat, Allen 'indeed in difficulty'
For the life of me I cannot understand why Maine's Democrats, who claim to welcome people of all persuasions and orientations, are expending so much time and lawyers' fees trying to keep nonentity independent candidate Herbert Hoffman off November's ballot.

Sun Journal
Work to start soon on Franklin County wind farm
FARMINGTON - Construction of a 44-turbine wind farm in northern Franklin County is expected to begin later this summer, TransCanada Corp. spokeswoman Cecily Dobson said Thursday.

Superior Court judge hears challenge to ballot listing
AUGUSTA (AP) - Lawyers for the state and independent U.S. Senate candidate Herbert Hoffman fended off claims by a Democratic Party leader Thursday that Hoffman should effectively be kicked off the November ballot because he violated rules for gathering nominating petition signatures.

Energy issues special session a possibility
AUGUSTA (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders met with Gov. John Baldacci on Thursday and agreed with him afterward there was no pressing desire now for a special session on energy issues.

Whose casino is it anyway?
Seth Carey is out. Seth Carey is back.

Propaganda machine
This is in response to the June 29 guest column by Malory Shaughnessy and Wayne Gallant that claimed the increase in taxes on alcoholic beverages should deter underage drinkers.


Soda Wars continue