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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Inaugural in hands of Obama aide from Maine
Emmett Beliveau, a Colby College graduate, leads 400 people planning the inauguration events.

Districts scrambling to deal with cuts in aid
Some officials may rely on reserve funds and others may trim staff, aware that more state cuts are ahead.

A state of hunger
A government survey finds more Mainers are going hungry

Cuts put 65 jobs in jeopardy at USM
President Selma Botman stresses action must be taken quickly. Layoffs will happen in coming weeks.

Maine Senators to reserve final judgment
But Reps. Tom Allen and Mike Michaud applaud Timothy Geithner's selection.

Obama: Bold stimulus is needed now
His sense of urgency and coordination with President Bush on rescue strategy boost the stock market.

Saving people on brink of foreclosure
A retired lawyer and others in a volunteer program give free legal help to homeowners.

Without license, officer off duty
Cape Elizabeth puts Capt. Brent Sinclair on leave after his OUI arrest leads to a license suspension.

Dentist to fill need in rural area
He belongs to a corps that brings doctors to low-income, under-served areas like northern Maine.

Amid bustle, a slice of solitude
A trail through the woods along Long Creek, not far from the Maine Mall area, is close to completion.

Decisive yet careful right tone for Obama
In announcing his economic team, the president-elect signals he’s serious.

RON BANCROFTAs always, this holiday arrives with a lot to be thankful for
Before digging into the food, a family tradition dictates taking a moment to give thanks.

Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — About 3,500 Mainers who have exhausted their extended unemployment benefits can immediately apply for the extension of federal unemployment benefits approved last week by Congress. But that help may run out early in January.

d watches announced for parts of state
ROCKLAND, Maine — The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon issued flood watches for central, Down East and midcoast parts of Maine today and into Wednesday.

Maine is near the top of the list of states showing a decline in highway miles driven in September. American motorists drove 10.7 billion fewer miles in September than they did for the same month last year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. That’s a decline of 4.4 percent.

BANGOR, Maine — Manna Ministries Inc. has filed applications for permits to build a family homeless shelter at its Main Street site which would be the only facility of its kind in Greater Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — Manna Ministries will host a free public Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor.

State regulators have ordered the former owner of the HoltraChem facility in Orrington to remove hundreds of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from the site in what would be one of the largest environmental cleanup projects in Maine history.

Conventional wisdom holds that political success lies in finding the center of popular opinion, which remains moderate to conservative. Coming from a media that have consistently failed to anticipate or even fully acknowledge the current economic crisis, such wisdom is suspect. Success in stable times may lie in claiming the center.

Forty-five years ago on Nov. 22, my heart broke. I was 15, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy shattered my world. All that optimism and all that idealism that the young president had harnessed were suddenly left with nowhere to go.

Kennebec Journal

Mainer guides Obama's plan for inaugural
AUGUSTA -- Maine native Emmett Beliveau is leading the presidential inaugural committee that's working on the Washington celebration to usher President-elect Barack Obama into office.

AUGUSTA -- City leaders believe Augusta would pay more money and get less service and safety by joining the state Regional Communications Center.

'Fed Up' tardy, to pay penalty
AUGUSTA -- The ethics commission on Monday fined Fed Up With Taxes $10,000 for failing to file two campaign finance reports on time.

City may ink lease on vacant Y building
AUGUSTA -- The old YMCA building may be about to get a new lease on life -- at least for a year.

HALLOWELL Police pursuing graffiti case
HALLOWELL -- Police narrowed down the time when vandals defaced signs with graffiti on the Kennebec River Rail Trail over the weekend.

GARDINER City prepares for annual holiday events
GARDINER -- Public works crews were busy hoisting the city's Christmas tree Monday in Johnson Hall Park to help kick off the start of downtown holiday festivities.

Lowe's is high on expanding to Farmington
FARMINGTON -- Lowe's Home Centers, the nation's second-largest home improvement store, plans to present a preliminary plan to the Farmington Planning Board for a 138,893-square-foot store on Wilton Road.

On Maine Politics
Kennebec Republicans elect new leader 11/24/08


Economic woes send Obama out of shadows
The change we need right now -- as the stock market pitches in every direction and major financial institutions edge toward bankruptcy -- is the kind of change that will help our economy stabilize and get people back to work.

DAVID B. OFFER : In spite of worries, give thanks we have a democracy that works
A rafter of about a dozen turkeys has been wandering around my neighborhood all summer and fall. Obviously these birds know nothing about Thanksgiving or they are brave beyond words.

Sun Journal
Police investigate 'KKK' signs
HALLOWELL (AP) - Police are investigating the appearance of signs with the letters "KKK" in dozens of locations along a popular walking and bicycling trail in Hallowell and Farmingdale.

Mainers cut driving by 7.5%
PORTLAND (AP) - Maine is near the top of the list of states showing a decline in highway miles driven in September.

Man dies of burns from heater
SANFORD (AP) - An elderly Sanford man has died from burns he received when his clothes caught fire as he was standing near a propane heater.

Fishery offical faces tough cuts
WALDOBORO (AP) - Maine's top fishery official is proposing to eliminate the state's red tide monitoring program in order to comply with required budget cuts, a move shellfish diggers fear could drive them out of business.

Pay cuts offered to avoid layoffs
LEWISTON - Betty Robinson said she's willing to take a pay cut to help someone else not get laid off. Robinson is a professor and former dean at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn campus.

Lowe's reveals plan for store

First step should be recognition
Talk about same-sex marriage in Maine tends to rush toward the conclusion: whether they should be legal. The recent announcement of a clergy coalition to draw attention to it - the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine - has renewed this debate, and drawn the usual opposition.

Movie character sets tone for male social mores
He's handsome and dresses with care, and he's what Joe Biden might call "clean and articulate." Women love him. He's the new beau ideal of the popular culture. But we're not talking about Barack Obama.

The Return Of Whooping Cough

November 24, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

It's commonly thought that pertussis, better known as whooping cough, was largely eradicated with the arrival of a vaccine in the 1940s. But health officials have seen outbreaks of the disease in day care centers over the past few years, and as Josie Huang reports, the disease caused the temporary closure of an outpatient surgery center in Southern Maine.

Labor And Community Activists Assist Laid Off Workers

November 24, 2008 Reported By: Anne Ravana

Unions, community organizers, farmers, businesses and religious leaders gathered in Brewer today to present more than 150 Thanksgiving dinners to laid off workers from northern and eastern Maine. Union activists also used the opportunity for union leaders to give updates on status of their local mills and the number of workers still waiting to go back on the job.

Maine Wreath Makers In Full Swing

November 24, 2008 Reported By: Susan Sharon

This is a busy shipping week for one of Maine's most important holiday industries: wreath makers. It's also a busy time of year for the state's forest rangers who are working to ensure that evergreen boughs or tips are harvested legally.

From Combat To College

November 24, 2008 Reported By: Avishay Artsy

Going off to college can be a tough transition for young people. Learning their way around campus, making new friends, handling heavy courseloads. But soldiers returning from active duty can find it especially challenging. New Hampshire’s colleges and universities are working to help student veterans cope with those new challenges. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Avishay Artsy reports.

Times Record

Recount confirms Goodall win...(full story)

Area schools react to state cuts...(full story)

Village Soup