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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Group with Clinton connections ready to back Obama

"Ultimately, what I care about is putting a strong Democrat in the White House," said Phil Bartlett, a state senator from Maine who backed Clinton in the primary.

Bangor Daily News

Overdue pay for workers approved

BANGOR, Maine - Paychecks are on the way to employees at Red Shield Environmental LLC and RSE Pulp & Chemical LLC who have been waiting more than two weeks to be paid.

Health care group honors Sen. Collins

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been named Legislator of the Year by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, a Washington, D.C., lobbying and advocacy organization.

Hollywood Slots opens doors for grand opening

BANGOR, Maine - With less than five hours to go before a charity event set Monday night, the early afternoon hours found dozens of employees at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway vacuuming carpets, wiping smudges off glass and metal, touching up paint and setting up serving stations for hors d'oeuvres. INSIDE: Watch video

Newport: For couple, windmill a 'good idea'

NEWPORT, Maine - High on a ridge in eastern Newport, a new wind turbine whirls silently on a 100-foot tower in John and Sue Burgess' front yard. It's the latest in alternative technology, imported from France, and its 9-foot blades make the Burgesses feel pretty good about their responsibility to the planet.

State's handling of short lobsters case questioned

How nine undersize lobsters and three dead lobsters ended up in Santaguida's tank and the role they played in his departure as colonel of the Maine Warden Service are as much a mystery to Tom Santaguida as they are to some of his acquaintances, several of whom have come to his defense.

Bradley residents consider seceding

BRADLEY, Maine - Fred Haverly, who lives in Bradley, has to drive about 20 miles through two other towns just to get to his town office.

Rockport: Clam Cove looking at role in war

ROCKPORT, Maine - A Revolutionary War site overlooking Clam Cove will be the focus of a presentation Thursday.

Owner of former Bangor Hardware Co. dies

BREWER, Maine - The man who sold power tools from his family's hardware store in Bangor and operated the water-powered sawmill for Living History Days at Leonard's Mills in Bradley has died.

Disaster assistance deadline approaching

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline is fast approaching for northern Maine residents and business owners to apply for disaster assistance to help in recovery from spring floods.

Fourth of July events planned across state
St. Albans: Tax increase unavoidable

ST. ALBANS, Maine - Expressing their regret but adding that they had no choice, the St. Albans selectmen set the tax rate Monday morning at 16.5 mills, a major increase from 13 mills, which had remained steady for five years.

Sunrise Trail a safe bet

Advocates for economic development in Washington County may have been skeptical 15 years ago when the idea of removing railroad ties and rails from the Ellsworth to Calais line was first proposed. Today, with diesel fuel at nearly $5 per gallon, it would seem reasonable to expect that skepticism to have turned to outrage.

Sweetheart loans taint Congress

Angelo Mozilo was already well known in financial circles as chief executive of the beleaguered Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender and a major loser in the deepening credit crisis. He received $726 million in stock-options deals and compensation in 2007 when his company was losing $704 million.

Dr. Erik Steele: Apply (strong) pressure to heal health care woes
I have waited for a lot of things to explode in my lifetime - spray paint cans in a bonfire, cow pies with firecrackers in them, and my wife when I have lit her very long fuse one too many times, just to name a few. The thing I am still waiting to explode is the American public over the issue of rising health care costs.

July 1 Letters to the Editor

Sun Journal
Hostages released
Two people taken hostage by a knife-wielding former Lewiston man at the Maine State Prison in Warren were freed Monday night.

Deadline looms for disaster aid
AUGUSTA (AP) - The deadline is approaching for northern Maine residents and business owners to apply for disaster assistance in the recovery from spring floods.

Hoffman's petitions challenged
AUGUSTA - A spokeswoman said Monday the Maine Democratic Party had filed a Superior Court appeal, taking issue with Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and challenging the validity of independent Herbert Hoffman's petitions to be on the November ballot for U.S. Senate.

Red Cross sees rising demand
PORTLAND (AP) - Rising expenses and an increased demand for help from Mainers coping with disaster are creating financial challenges for the state's chapters of the American Red Cross.

Penobscot Nation hosts Maine powwow
INDIAN ISLAND (AP) - A weekend powwow that drew hundreds of community members and Indians from New England and Canada to this Penobscot River island near Old Town is expected to become an annual event.

Hollywood Slots Set to Open New Larger Casino
Hollywood Slots at Bangor is set to open its new gambling facility on Tuesday, inviting the public to enjoy its 1000 slot machines, enormous buffet and live entertainment. The first of its kind in Maine and one of the state's largest developments in recent years, the racino is the result of three years of testing the gambling waters of Bangor. As Anne Ravana reports, parent company Penn National Gaming says it looks forward to crowds at tomorrow's grand opening, while gambling opponents remain skeptical.

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.

Slumping Economy Creates Municipal Excise Tax Shortfall
For many cities and towns across Maine, today marks the end of the fiscal year. And as Barbara Cariddi reports, the deadline finds a number of communities facing a shortfall in one important source of revenue closely tied to car sales -- excise taxes. Barbara Cariddi reports.

Dems take Hoffman challenge to court

Prisoner voting activist holds two hostage

Supreme Court to decide between Innes, McLaughlin

Commission shrugs shoulders at alleged campaign code violations

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