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Monday, November 17, 2008

Maine News for Monday, November 17, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Grid needs upgrades for wind power
A report's call for changes to facilitate 'clean energy' is expected to influence debate on Maine projects.

Child care centers feel pinch
Enrollments start to shrink as parents trim expenses, a trend that makes operators nervous.

Mainers train Montenegro's troops
National Guard soldiers go to the fairly new nation and its forces travel here as a relationship grows.

Tribute to celebrate work of Judge Coffin
After helping revive the state Democratic Party, the Lewiston native made a mark as a federal judge.

Lawmakers divided over bailout of auto industry
Some Democrats say American automakers can't be allowed to go under, while some Republicans say government help would only postpone inevitable failure.

Congress should narrow its economic focus
A lame-duck session is not the time to make major commitments for new national policies.

Lawmakers ought to be wary of unintended consequences
As Nebraskans have discovered, good motivations can lead to disastrous results.

LEIGH DONALDSONIs college becoming unreachable because of rising loan costs?
Even worse, graduates are now dumped in a job market where payback is nearly impossible.

Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine governments are facing a triple whammy in the current recession, with the three major sources of revenue for state and local governments all in decline, as well as other revenues, something that has not happened in decades.

PORTLAND, Maine — The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese issued a letter to be read at weekend Masses opposing gay marriage.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — As murky fog off Penobscot Bay gradually engulfed Carmichael Field late Saturday afternoon, one thing couldn’t have been clearer for the John Bapst of Bangor football team.

ORONO, Maine — Dennis Carey worked his way through college waiting tables at Pat’s Pizza and, sometimes, ironing shirts for his fraternity brothers at 10 cents apiece.

While the rejection of school consolidation plans in some communities is troubling, the move toward centralized — and hence less expensive — administration is moving forward. Last week, 12 of 16 consolidation plans were approved. In those communities where they were rejected, alternatives are already being sought.

Kennebec Journal

Home-heating fuel prices plummeting
Heating oil has cost Mainers much less than many consumers feared it would.

When buying a dog as a holiday gift, Humane Society urges a bit of caution
With stores decked out in Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving only 10 days away, and a winter chill settling in, many Mainers -- and Americans -- are starting to think about holiday gifts for the family.

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT 11 Budget woes may force loss of school Options for T.C. Hamlin in Randolph to be discussed at Thursday meeting
GARDINER -- School Administrative District 11 will again consider closing T.C. Hamlin School in Randolph and moving students to the Pittston Consolidated School.


Jeweler's policy on diamonds is truly a gem
Sometimes, the world's troubles are right at our doorstep.

MARINA SCHAUFFLER : Movement wants kids to 'experience life, not watch'
The recent Governor's Conference on Youth and the Natural World drew together 350 educators, health and recreation professionals and parents to discuss how Maine could advance the grassroots "No Child Left Inside" movement.

Sun Journal
Maine warden action challenged
PORTLAND (AP) - Civil libertarians are going to court to help defend of the rights of all-terrain vehicle riders, which they say have been violated by a Maine game warden's action.

Maine night hunting, poaching on the rise
AUGUSTA (AP) - Maine game wardens say they are seeing an increase in deer poaching, including night hunting, in a trend that has been noticed in other states as well.

Honoring Frank Coffin
The Maine Bar Foundation will be celebrating the life and work of Judge Frank Coffin on Monday night in Portland. Coffin has spent most of his career advocating for low-income people in Maine through his work as a lawyer, congressman and judge. He is the namesake of the prominent Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellowship in Portland. He was born in Lewiston, went to Bates College then Harvard Law School, then returned to Lewiston to practice law. He became a member of Congress and then a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Diocese: Same-sex unions not marriage
LEWISTON - In a letter read during Masses over the weekend, Bishop Richard Malone voiced opposition to news conferences held last week urging Mainers to end marriage discrimination and calling on state legislators to enact same-sex civil marriages.

What's in the Gulf of Maine?
Government task forces have the sex appeal of cinder blocks.

Village Soup
State pension fund value plummets
Augusta (By Christopher Cousins - 11/16)

DHHS weighs $178 million cut from its $1.9 billion budget
Augusta (By Christopher Cousins - 11/15)