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Monday, December 1, 2008

Maine News for Monday, December 1, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Roof caves in on new housing
Starts are down by almost half from 2006, forcing builders to focus on first-time buyers and niche markets.

Low on options, two districts may merge
Acton and Wells-Ogunquit will discuss consolidating, although some in Wells want to stay independent.

Scarborough gets a break on sea wall
The Patriots Day storm in 2007 led to federal and state help for replacing the Higgins Beach wall.

Duson: Challenges demand vigor, know-how
She'll start a second mayoral term as the city faces a stalled pier plan and another tough budget season.

Mandates driving surge to the river for hydropower

Toy Fund: Family of 7 bearing load of bad luck
Fearing foreclosure, a jobless couple try to make the holidays happy for their kids.

Government should not force retiree stock sales
Sen. Susan Collins is right to call for an unusual response to an unusual circumstance.

City smart to seek outside help on police chief search
But a head-hunting service should not make success less likely for an in-house candidate.

LEIGH DONALDSONWithout adequate incomes, many have little to celebrate this year
As unemployment and underemployment rises, there should be action to benefit the needy.

Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine — Local drivers who paid around $4 a gallon for gasoline just a few months ago have become savvy in finding the cheapest prices around, and don’t plan to make any changes even though gas prices have dropped.

Despite a fatal hunting incident on Saturday in which a New Gloucester man shot himself near Greenville, Maine’s firearms deer hunting season wound down Saturday with relatively few mishaps, according to state officials.

AUGUSTA, Maine — After strong, bipartisan criticism, the Maine State Police decided not to use money forfeited by drug dealers to buy a new airplane at a cost of $345,000 after convincing the appropriations committee they needed to purchase the plane immediately.

BEAVER COVE TOWNSHIP, Maine — A New Gloucester man died Saturday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while hunting alone on Prong Pond Mountain about 10 miles northeast of Greenville, according to officials.

The single-copy price of the weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News, currently $1.50, will increase to $2 at news-stands and stores beginning today, Nov. 29.

The Shipping Rules Federal regulators last month belatedly finished rules requiring ocean vessels

Age of Consent Considered together, two recent news stories on two very different issues

Israeli civilian expectations low when cease-fire ends Dec. 19 is a significant day for Israeli civilians living on the other side of

Kennebec Journal
Starting over
When the security alarm went off just before 3 a.m. on May 27, William Guerrette Jr. knew it wasn't a fault in the system. Something was gravely wrong.

Former Cony basketball star wins title of Miss Maine USA
Five years ago, as a senior at Cony High School, Ashley Underwood was a finalist for Miss Maine Basketball.


Obama, Paterno agree on college football playoff
You are separated by a generation. Or even two. But you are bound together by a common, well-founded belief that major college football needs a playoff system to determine the national champion each year.

Sun Journal
Jackpot grows larger
PORTLAND (AP) - There were no jackpot winners in either of Maine's multistate lotteries Saturday night.

Shrimp season kicks off
PORTLAND (AP) - New England fishermen will have a long season and an abundant resource to fish from when the northern shrimp season kicks off Monday.

Maine man faces weapons, drug charges
ELIOT (AP) - A 25-year-old Eliot man faces charges after police say they found numerous weapons and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition inside his apartment located above a day-care center.

Swiss OK legalized heroin, but pass on pot
GENEVA (AP) - The world's most comprehensive legalized heroin program became permanent Sunday with overwhelming approval from Swiss voters, who rejected the decriminalization of marijuana.

State road projects keep region rolling

Let Auburn lights shine, somewhere
'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, and along Vista Drive, not a light was flashing, chasing or dancing, not even to the Bee Gee's disco anthem, "Stayin' Alive."

Obama needs to focus on more than just bin Laden
Barack Obama has said there can be only one president at a time. But in this interregnum - when the White House has already given up on making foreign (or economic) policy - the words of the president-elect matter.

AG Race Heats Up

November 26, 2008 Reported By: A.J. Higgins

Three Democratic lawmakers are locked in pitched battle in an attempt to emerge as the majority party's choice for Maine's next attorney general. Reps. Sean Faircloth of Bangor, John Brautigam of Falmouth and Janet Mills of Farmington are courting the Democratic majority in the next Legislature in their efforts to secure enough votes to win. But as A.J. Higgins reports, the role of choosing the next attorney general may actually fall to Republicans who are now questioning the qualifications of one of the candidates.

Study Finds Some Teachers Lack Training In Topics They Teach

November 26, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

Pop quizzes - teachers announce them at the most inopportune times to test our knowledge. Far too many teachers in Maine, however, haven't had to demonstrate knowledge of the material they teach. That's according a new study by the Education Trust, which analyzed teacher data from all 50 states. In Maine, about a fifth of teachers are teaching without an academic major nor state certification in the subjects they teach. That's higher than the national average.

Economic Downturn Finds Professionals Using Online Tools To Find Jobs

November 26, 2008 Reported By: Jon Greenberg

The economic downturn has put lots of people into the job market. Many of them are seasoned professionals who haven’t had to navigate these waters for a long time. They’re using a blend of traditional methods as well as some new online tools to find work. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Jon Greenberg has more.

Times Record

Today, it all becomes real: Squadron's departure today marks key phase ...(full story)

Still waiting for the missing link: Mid-coast connection to Downeaster hinges on $35M federal loan...(full story)


The long farewell begins...(full story)