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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Maine News for Thursday, July 3, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Allen touts heating oil relief, goal of energy independence
Election 2008: His far-reaching plan includes tax credits, drilling mandates and more R&D funding.
Attack affects paper's Web sites
A 'simplistic hack' overloads the servers that manage the sites, making them only intermittently available.

Forecasting the Fourth a ticklish job
Record gas prices and an unsettled atmosphere make tourist traffic difficult to predict.

River flows pose risk to holiday swimmers
Heavy rains are making for faster currents, a likely factor in a man's death Tuesday on the Saco River.

Maine plans to stake out N.H. fireworks stores
People trying to bring fireworks into Maine may be arrested at the border, the state fire marshal says.

GrowSmart taking a look at the future
The Yarmouth nonprofit is studying how Maine can remake government and deal with climate change.

Religious school subsidy struck down
Two parents argued that Swans Island's policy used no state money and thus did not violate state law.

Winslow gets ready for grand parade
Every year, early birds who want a good spot set up their lawn chairs before the sun rises.

Forecasting the weekend a ticklish job
Record gas prices and an unsettled atmosphere make tourist traffic difficult to predict.

Juliana L'HeureuxFrench Mass honors Franco-American veterans

Zimbabwe does not have an elected president
Mugabe's claim on power has nothing to do with votes, and he shouldn't be treated as such.

Backyard fireworks fans should follow China's lead
The same risk that limits fireworks exports should also scare off pyrotechnic amateurs.

Growing demand for water gives trustees something to consider
The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District should turn down Nestle's offer.

We can make two mistakes about food: Value it too highly, or not enough
Among the parts of life in which balance is a virtue, what (and how much) we eat ranks near the top.

Competition will fix health care
Imagine a grocery store giving food away to the poor and charging you triple. That's our hospitals.

Still waiting on a check to stimulate the economy

Bangor Daily News
Support builds for energy session

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. John Baldacci and legislative leaders say support is building for an energy special session this summer to address what the state can do to help Mainers weather the energy crisis next winter.

More drilling part of Allen's energy strategy

BANGOR, Maine — Standing only a few blocks away from where he announced his health care plan in May, U.S. Rep Tom Allen made another local appearance Wednesday to tout his strategy for addressing the country’s energy needs.

Fourth of July events

Concerts and fireworks are key events for the Fourth of July.

UM student competing today in Las Vegas poker tourney

Sometimes gambling pays off. Rarely does gambling pay off college tuition. But Max Ludwig, a fourth-year new media major at the University of Maine, has done just that by winning more than $170,000 in the past three years playing online poker.

Economy forcing people to make the toughest cut: family pets

BANGOR, Maine - As household expenses - food, fuel, heating costs - rise at an unprecedented rate, more and more pet owners are finding themselves making the difficult choice to give up their pets.

SkillsUSA announces winners from Maine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students from Maine high schools and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards Wednesday evening at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Jet fuel supplier cites state taxes for BIA pull out

BANGOR, Maine - The corporation that supplies jet fuel to Bangor International Airport has notified the city that it plans to end its agreement with the facility because of the state's high tax burden.

Editorial: Progress with Pyongyang

North Korea’s handing over a required declaration of its nuclear activities and the accompanying relaxing of U.S. restrictions are important steps toward a resolution of a decades-long standoff over the secretive regime’s weapons work. Many more steps must be taken before the process can be called a success.

George Will: When was America's originative moment?
The impatient patriots in Mecklenburg County, N.C., had splendidly short fuses in 1775. Those who tilled the startlingly red clay or who lived in the town named for George III’s wife, Charlotte, might have been bemused had they foreseen the annual hoopla that commemorates July 4, 1776.

Karen Johnson: Guns in parks would do more harm than good

I take issue with Brad Macdonald’s position in his column "Guns in parks a national right" (BDN, June 25). The right to bear arms does not mean the right to carry guns in schools, hospitals and government buildings, or on playgrounds, and, in my opinion, other public places funded by my tax dollars.

July 3 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
Democrats challenge party rival to Allen

AUGUSTA -- Alan Caron wants to ask a simple question that will undoubtedly spark a lot of debate.

Media group puts 4 in Hall
Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel columnist Jim Brunelle is among those being honored by the Maine Press Association.

LIVERMORE FALLS -- Democrats in House District 81 will meet at 6 p.m. July 9 at Treat Memorial Library on Main Street to choose a candidate to run for the seat.

Sun Journal
Maine's peak tourism season begins with holiday weekend
PORTLAND (AP) - Fair weather is expected for much of the Independence Day weekend as the peak tourist season gets under way in Maine.

Court rejects school funding appeal
PORTLAND (AP) - Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal by a Swans Island couple who wanted the town to pay for their children's education at a Christian school.

Democrats call caucus

Residents look to new vote

Maine regulations do not protect motorcycle racers
There is a law in Maine that requires any person or organization who wants to operate a motor vehicle racing event or track to obtain an annual license from the commissioner of public safety.

What should we believe? What they said, or say now?
In keeping with his "messiah" image, Barack Obama might have been more at home in Bethlehem, Pa., than in Unity, N.H., when he and his "former" nemesis, Hillary Clinton, opened their new act on the road to mixed reviews.

Two current wars are enough
Now that President Bush's divisive administration is drawing to a close by issuing frequent threats against Iran, the truth is striking.


Commissioner Says Hostage-Taking Situation was "Extremely Volatile"
It was business as usual today at the Maine State Prison after yesterday's seven hour standoff off between an inmate holding two hostages and a police tactical squad. That's the word from Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson. The Commisioner applauded the armed officers for freeing the hostages and subduing the inmate without serious injury or loss of life. Keith Mckeen reports.

Allen Unveils Energy Plan While Campaigning in Bangor
Democratic Congressman and U.S. Senate nominee Tom Allen made several appearances in Bangor today to discuss local healthcare concerns as well as to present his strategy to decrease the countries reliance on foreign fuels and help Mainers pay for oil this winter. Anne Ravana reports.

Katahdin Paper Reduces Dependence on Oil
Katahdin Paper Company officials, scrambling to stave off this month's scheduled shutdown of the Millinocket Mill, are hoping that a switch to bio-mass could play a role in keeping it open. Soaring oil prices have taken their toll on the paper industry, but Katahdin is expressing optimistim after taking steps to reduce the company's dependence on oil. Keith McKeen reports.


CQ tackles Collins-Allen race in profile

Allen calls on oil companies to get drilling

Times Record

CMP eyes major line upgrades in Maine (full story)

Maine delegation fights for future BIW contracts (full story)

Biz park feasibility moves on (full story)


Recommit to justice (full story)

Ellsworth American
Garden Gathering In Deer Isle

CMP to Build New Transmission Line
AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Tuesday officially launched its plans to build a new transmission line that will pass through 80 Maine towns on its way from Orrington to Newington, N.H.

State Archives Has Run Out of Room for Documents
AUGUSTA — The State Archives are full with no room for any more documents.

Slots and Gas Prices Whittle Downeast Towns’ Bingo Take
SULLIVAN — Bingo attendance and revenue are dwindling and organizers are blaming the lure of slot machines in Bangor, and, in part, gas prices.

Zapped Again
ELLSWORTH — The price of electricity just went up for Bangor Hydro-Electric’s 115,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties.

Unions 92, 96 and Ellsworth to Meet
SULLIVAN — The school consolidation process has often been compared to a marriage without the possibility of divorce.

The DHHS Strikes Again

Abolish the Death Penalty

Growth in Gambling

Village Soup

Site walk next step for Poland Spring in Hollis

Losing money, Cape seeks to privatize fitness center

Bigger school budget goes back to Cape voters

They've got the power

Small gas station owners paying the price for old pumps

Back to the future for heating Maine?