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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Fallout follows Internet postings
The Deering incident is the latest in which young people provide online evidence of unwise behavior.

Publisher: closing of newspaper not likely
The Press Herald's Charles Cochrane says statements in a court filing have been taken out of context.

11 indicted in record hacking, identity theft case
The breaches involve stolen debit and credit card numbers, and include the TJX data theft and retailers with stores in Maine.

Some tourism drying up
If a business lacks a roof, it's probably hurting, as summer shapes up to be one of the wettest ever.

Bowdoin to ban parking for freshmen
The college says that the new policy will help it be a better environmental steward.

Sex-abuse liability case sent to state's top court
The issue: whether there's a time limit on suing the supervisors of the abuser.

Oil price settles at $119.17
Demand lessens as Americans cut back on driving to save money.

Consumers sell scrap for food, fuel
High metal prices spur a booming business for scrap dealers, who are seeing more recyclers.

Whole Foods sees net income plunge
The company lowers its 2009 outlook and says it will open fewer stores.

People sinking as national debt soars

Bangor Daily News
Newport police say gas pump drive-offs 'a real problem'

The fueling equivalent of 'dine and dash' is becoming more and more frequent in central Maine, particularly at gas stations along Interstate 95 or busy tourist routes.

Most flooded rivers receding

FORT KENT, Maine - Maine residents got a break Tuesday from the heavy rainstorms that pounded parts of the state over the weekend - but the water lingered.

Blue Hill man must register as sex offender

ELLSWORTH, Maine - A Blue Hill man and former child mentor whose sexual misconduct spurred an active community support group in western Hancock County pleaded guilty last Friday to misdemeanor charges and will spend a month in jail.

N.E. rivers dangerously high after heavy rains

Normally a good place to cool off in the summer, northern New England rivers are anything but these days — raging and dangerously swollen from heavy rains.

Public Transit Revival

For decades, the words 'public transit' and 'Maine' rarely would be found in the same sentence. Other than in Portland, Lewiston-Auburn and Greater Bangor, most of Maine's 1.3 million residents have settled sparsely across its many towns and villages or 'sprawled' in the regions between them.

Yvon Labbé and Tony Brinkley: Obstruction on Plum Creek proposal was a blunder
As Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission moves toward a decision on the Plum Creek proposal for the Greenville region, opposition to the plan seems to have become increasingly desperate and out of touch with the needs of rural Maine.

John Buell: Obama's task: Define McCain

My mentor, William Connolly, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, recently e-mailed some friends and colleagues a provocative quotation from his latest book, "Christianity and Capitalism, American Style."

August 6 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
AUGUSTA LITHGOW FUNDING NEEDED Library study group leader tells council scaled-back addition doesn't make sense
AUGUSTA -- A shrunken Lithgow Library renovation and expansion would be a bad investment, provide little new usable space for programming, and wouldn't cost much less than the more ambitious construction plan previously rejected by Augusta voters.

County fills disaster post
AUGUSTA -- Kennebec County commissioners Tuesday appointed a new Emergency Management Agency director less than two months after the former director resigned.

Consolidation conundrum for 7 communities
Winslow's rejection of a proposed consolidation between School Union 52 and School Administrative District 47 communities has left the other prospective towns scrambling, School Union 52 Superintendent Hugh Riordan said Tuesday.

Energy Expo offers tips on saving energy today
WATERVILLE -- People worried about how they're going to pay for heat this winter might want to visit the Energy Expo today at the Taste of Greater Waterville.


Maine can reel in benefits from film incentives
In 2005, a new state study reports, out-of-state film, video and commercial photography projects spent about $7.3 million in Maine, with an additional $16.4 million in related economic activity supporting the annual equivalent of 221 jobs. For each million dollars spent, state and local government got $150,000 in taxes.

Foggy Bottom has given 'cronies' a place to gather
We're sad to see that Lew Gipson and Dan Alexander will close down Foggy Bottom Marine in Farmingdale soon. Not just because we love driving along and seeing the boats displayed by the side of the road, in winter wearing blazing white shrink wrap and in summer looking ready to be launched in the water. And not just because we love looking at their hodgepodge of dock line and anchors.

GORDON L. WEIL WAS MAINE'S FIRST PUBLIC ADVOCATE. : Olympics not political? That's a long jump
Chances are good that, during the August Olympics, we will see a television advertisement called "Go World," provided by the credit card sponsor of the Summer Games. It claims that, while countries have differences, "for a few short weeks, we set it all aside. We come together ... as one."

GEORGE SMITH : We all have our own lists of Maine's 7 wonders
DownEast Magazine asked its online readers to name Maine's seven wonders. They came up with Acadia National Park, Mount Katahdin, Portland Head Light, Penobscot Bay, Monhegan Island, the Allagash Waterway and Pemaquid Point Light.

Sun Journal
Bowdoin banning cars for freshmen
BRUNSWICK (AP) -Bowdoin College is banning cars for first-year students starting in 2009.

Officials say port offers fuel savings
PORTLAND (AP) - A shipment of wind turbines headed for New Hampshire has brought some good news to officials in Portland, Maine.

Talks resume on school merger
LIVERMORE FALLS - A new strategy was unveiled Tuesday that could mean the regional school planning committee will develop a plan to transition to a regional school unit in three years.

A certain nastiness in celebrating misfortune
I haven't read Robert Novak's column in 10 years.

It's us, people
Who is responsible for high gasoline prices?

Wet Summer Weather Taking Its Toll On Crops and Tourism In Maine
Weatherwise, today is one of the the driest and quietest Maine has experienced in a week. It follows a rare series of violent thunderstorms over the past month. Rain, accompanied by dangerous lightning, has taken lives, ruined vacations and damaged crops throughout the state. And as Keith Mckeen reports, more foul weather is on the way.

Baldacci taps McKee for Ethics Commission