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Friday, November 21, 2008

Maine News for Friday, November 21, 2008

Portland Press Herald
By 2010, unemployment in Maine and three other New England states could top 8%

Benefits extended as joblessness grows
About 1.2 million Americans whose assistance is running out will get a reprieve under the $5.7 billion legislation.

Big Three to provide a plan for survival
Democrats won't weigh a bailout until automakers show how they'll use the aid to rebuild the industry.

Services escape brunt of cutbacks ordered at DHHS
Day One, which combats youth substance abuse, is one of the agencies dealing with a rollback.

Standish councilors condemn sign
Councilors take a stand against the anti-Obama sign posted recently at the Oak Hill General Store.

Lewiston signs on for federal aid

Gas prices drop below $2 a gallon in 23 states
Oil prices, too, are at a three-year low, but the prices come at the cost of a battered economy.

City should explore all its options for the pier
Still, given a dispute with the state and the slow economy, redevelopmet may have to wait.

Experience trumps novelty on emerging Obama team
Obama’s choices reflect a move to the center, but don’t mean things won’t get done.

M.D. HARMONWhat's so offensive about Mormons and marriage?
They're now under fire for adopting the view of it our culture has always held – and they haven't.

CYNTHIA TUCKERGetting married shouldn't be only 'for white people'
Perhaps our new president and his family can overcome a stereotype or two.

Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine — Though perhaps best known for the work she does in the nation’s capital, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was honored Thursday for contributions closer to home.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci remains committed to a “positive and productive future for Sears Island,” his office said Thursday.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine professor in the areas of soil science and forest resources has been named the 2008 Maine Professor of the Year.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury Thursday found a former Indian Township Passamaquoddy tribal governor guilty on all but one of 30 charges, including misapplication of tribal and federal funds and making false statements to government agencies.

BREWER, Maine — When City Councilor Michael Celli was elected to the state House of Representatives earlier this month, he faced a challenging question: Should he keep both seats? more

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Despite some recent renovations and the promise of a new roof during the weekend, the shelves are bare in the food pantry that serves this close-knit community.

ORONO, Maine — A group of eight University of Maine students took 10th place out of 29 teams at last weekend’s national Chem-E-Car competition in Philadelphia.

Next November, Maine voters will have another chance to rewrite their tax bills, just as they did on Nov. 4 by repealing the DirigoChoice beverage tax.

It sounded voluntary and generous when the top executives of Goldman Sachs announced that they would give up their usual bonuses this year.

In his Nov. 13 commentary “1800s Civic Virtue Comeback Dubious,” Lynn Hudson Parson notes that “once the election cycle is complete, politics as a source of interest disappears, to be replaced by American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, the World Series or the Super Bowl.”

Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA -- Wall Street's wild ride, with recent deep dips, has meant a nearly $3 billion drop in assets since July for the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.

University acknowledges a founding spirit
AUGUSTA -- Friends remember Richard J. Randall as a family man, golfer and dedicated servant to the University of Maine at Augusta.

Group links puppy mills, chain store
The Humane Society of the United States said Thursday that its eight-month investigation revealed extensive brokering between puppy mills and Petland, an international chain pet store.


Give thanks for what you have; hunger on rise
The family cooks are pulling together menus and shopping lists. Mom and Dad are plotting the car trip to Gram and Gramps' house or vice-versa. How big a turkey do we need this year? Are any vegetarians coming? Who's going to peel all the potatoes? Can we stop Aunt Mary from making that awful stuffing with prunes in it again?

L. SANDY MAISEL : With latest picks, Obama chooses staff with clear qualifications
I wish the critics would just chill. Remember the euphoria on election night when not only Barack Obama supporters but also many John McCain supporters felt good about the new direction the president-elect might take the nation, about one more barrier caused by racism that had been broken, about a leader who spoke to all of the people -- those who voted for him and those whom he had failed to sway?

Sun Journal
Lewiston seeking $35.7M from feds
LEWISTON - If Congress sets aside money to stimulate the national economy, Lewiston wants to get its share.

More red ink flows in Maine
AUGUSTA (AP) - Red ink continued to spill Thursday in the State House as state budget reviewers got a new report on plunging revenues and officials confirmed their belief that the shortfall for the current fiscal year will be just shy of $150 million.

Noted bridge deteriorating
NAPLES (AP) - One of Maine's most familiar bridges is in for an overhaul.

Mom accused of being drug mule
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire state police say a Maine mother of a 1-year-old girl served as a drug mule for a pair of drug traffickers.

USDA: Mainers struggling to eat AUGUSTA (AP) - Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate 13.3 percent of Maine households were having difficulty getting adequate food even before the economic slowdown.
The department's food security report covering the period between 2005 and 2007 indicates there were statistically significant increases in Delaware, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada and West Virginia. The largest increases were observed in Maine and Minnesota.

Bar Harbor guards darkness
BAR HARBOR (AP) - They take their darkness seriously in Bar Harbor.

Builders go green by going modular
BOSTON (AP) - It took six days for builders to put together a modular classroom with wood panels and walls of windows on a concrete plaza in Boston this week.

Will we be cheap, or good?
Good government isn't cheap.

Universal health care a top priority for Obama
If you're having trouble remembering what the recent election was all about, rest easy: you're probably not going senile - you're likely experiencing the momentary effects of brainwashing. For weeks, your television, newspaper and radio have been telling you America is a "center-right nation" that elected Barack Obama to crush his fellow "socialist" hippies, discard the agenda he campaigned on, and meet the policy demands of electorally humiliated Republicans.

Town Council Condemns Infamous "Lottery"

November 20, 2008 Reported By: Susan Sharon

Members of the Standish Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to condemn what has been called "the Osama Obama Shotgun lottery" sign at the Oak Hill General Store. The now infamous sign reportedly asked customers to bet a dollar to predict the days Osama bin Laden and President-Elect Barack Obama would be assassinated and suggested methods for carrying out the task. Stories about the sign have now circulated around the world. And as Susan Sharon reports, they have thrust Standish into the spotlight in a raging debate about race and free speech.

Holiday Shoppers Expected To Spend Far Less This Year

November 20, 2008 Reported By: Keith McKeen

The unofficial beginning of the holiday shopping season - post-Thanksgiving's "Black Friday" - is just around the corner. A national study indicates than most consumers are looking for less expensive and more practical gifts than they sought out last year. And a University of Maine economist says that the state's retailers can expect weaker sales than they've seen in many years.

Film Portrays Positive View Of Struggling Maine Industry

November 20, 2008 Reported By: Keith Shortall

Few businesses in Maine have escaped the effects of the downturn, even high-end boat builders, who have seen orders decline, and in some cases cut their workforces. But a new film that premieres in Rockland tonight takes an unapologetically positive view of the state's boat building industry. "Maine Built Boats: Art and Soul" was produced by author, lecturer and ESPN sailing analyst Gary Jobson. Keith Shortall spoke with Jobson earlier today at the Samoset Resort in Rockland.

Jetport Provides Special Lanes For Families

November 20, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

Times Record

Town officials fear 'drastic' revenue drop...(full story)

Baldacci slices $80M; more state cuts loom...(full story)

BNAS redevelopers aim to tap stimulus package...(full story)

Reject all hate speech ...(full story)