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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Race for AG move into the spotlight
The selection of Maine attorney general never used to get much attention, but public interest is high this year.

Maine native's daughter gets Cabinet post
Susan Rice, named U.N. ambassador, often visits her family's summer home in Lincolnville.

Obama's picks praised by Maine's delegation
They call his choices for national security posts thoughtful and bold.

Again, Wall Street dives for cover
A recession is officially declared, and signals that it may be deep and long cost the Dow 680 points.

'A new dawn of ... leadership'
Obama chooses people with lots of experience and strong views for his national security team.

Mayor Duson sworn in; major challenges await
The budget and revival of the pier project are at the top of Portland's list.

Waxman should recuse herself on pier votes
The city councilor should not take part in negotiations with her former employer.

Clinton appointment not without some risk
But the New York senator will bring much to the new administration as its top diplomat.

RON BANCROFTHow do we help all our students learn what they need to succeed?
The Maine Learning Results still hold promise, but commitment remains haphazard.

Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine — A report released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving suggests Maine still has work to do to reduce the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities.

When Nory Jones couldn’t find the comforter she wanted on Black Friday, the University of Maine associate professor of management information looked to her calendar for help: She shopped on Cyber Monday.

Staff of the Land Use Regulation Commission are recommending that work on the agency’s comprehensive plan be pushed back several months to allow additional discussion about development trends in the 10½-million-acre Unorganized Territory.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is joining most of the nation’s governors in a closed-door meeting with President-elect Barack Obama in Philadelphia today, with the economy at the top of the agenda.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Citing economic stress, Old Town Canoe recently slowed its production schedule, cutting hours for some workers.

BANGOR, Maine — A recent spate of concerns and complaints involving pets on city trails and open spaces may cause city officials to consider adopting animal guidelines.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Monday’s icy drizzle likely dampened first-day participation in the only deer season on Marsh Island in recent memory, and the deer may not have been cooperating, either.

Moving Beyond Mumbai Last week’s attacks in Mumbai exposed numerous fault lines in India and

ClickBack on spending, pot This week’s ClickBack focuses on state spending, terrorism in India and

Health care spending: Let’s talk Drunken sailors cannot hold a candle to physicians when it comes to spending

Kennebec Journal
Developer, city in deal to preserve old YMCA building for only one year
AUGUSTA -- The old YMCA building will stand for at least one more year.

AUGUSTA -- Any of the hard-to-swallow options -- closing Hussey Elementary School or Hodgkins Middle School, eliminating all sports and other after-school activities, or cutting 30 teachers next school year -- may not be enough to alone close a projected $1.5 million budget gap for Augusta schools.

Bad roads blamed in fatal crash
CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- Police said icy, slushy roads from an overnight snowstorm contributed to a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Route 27 Monday morning that killed a 25-year-old Whitefield man.

GARDINER -- Temporary bridges, one for each travel lane, will be in place by the end of the month, in time for the removal of the 100-year-old New Mills Bridge.

Little aid living with AIDS
AUGUSTA -- HIV and AIDS are prevalent in Maine, and attacking the problem will require leadership and doing more with fewer state resources.

The town line
CHINA -- Residents will get a chance to hear about Central Maine Power Company's plan to upgrade 350 miles of transmission lines, a portion of which runs through this town.

On Maine Politics
Orientation days, then swearing-in 12/01/08


Panel must balance needs of all students
The ranks of autistic children are swelling in Maine and across the country. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, from 1994 to 2005, the number of children ages 6-21 years receiving services for autism increased from 22,664 to 193,637.


DAVID B. OFFER : Murder, love, faith makes whodunit a real page turner
There are about 1,600 books on the shelves in my house. Actually, they don't all fit on the shelves; many are in piles, some stacked behind each other.

Sun Journal
New Legislature to pick AG nominee
AUGUSTA (AP) - The three-way race for one of the state's most prominent public offices, attorney general, will be decided Tuesday as the newly elected Legislature chooses a nominee to head the $30 million department that represents the state in legal matters.

Maine scallop season opens
PORTLAND (AP) - Maine's scallop draggers and divers face a shortened season and new restrictions as the scallop season gets under way.

Lewiston aims for brighter future
LEWISTON - The notions that have guided planning and development decisions for Lewiston are outdated, city officials said Monday.

Recession deepens
WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans sorely knew it already, but now it's official: The country is in a recession, and it's getting worse.

Down we go again: Fourth-worst drop ever for Dow
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market suffered one of its worst days since the financial meltdown Monday, slicing 680 points off the Dow Jones industrial average as Wall Street snapped out of its daydream of a rally and once again faced the harsh reality of a recession.

Is 'Black Friday' worth it?
It's called chumming the water. Marine biologists drop bloody, ragged fish meat into shark-infested waters. Then, on cue, the sleek beasts emerge from the shadowy sea and enter a tail-whipping, teeth-baring feeding frenzy.

World jihadist movement targets India's affluent
They were young and cleanshaven, wearing Western T-shirts and carrying rucksacks. They could have fit in easily with the cosmopolitan and robustly growing "New India." If that weren't exactly the India they had come to destroy.

World AIDS Day Observed

December 1, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

Today is World AIDS Day. A lot has changed since the first World AIDS Day, 20 years ago. Drug cocktails have prolonged people's lives indefinitely. Mainers who used to go to Boston for treatment can go to their local clinic. Some patients need only take a pill a day. But still there is no cure, and more than 50,000 new cases are cropping up each year in the United States. As Josie Huang reports, advocates say far too many people have contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and don't know it.

Lawmakers Briefed On Roles And Challenges

December 1, 2008 Reported By: A.J. Higgins

New members of the 124th Legislature spent much of Monday being briefed on their roles in the legislative process and the challenges that will face them in the months ahead. Chief among those are solutions to close a projected $800 million shortfall during the next two-year state budget cycle. The lawmakers were told that nearly all of the states face the same obstacles to balancing their budgets. And as A.J. Higgins reports, they are approaching the state's financial predicament cautiously.

Shrimp Fishermen Counting On Bigger Catch This Season

December 1, 2008 Reported By: Keith McKeen

Although scores of Maine fishermen opted not to battle the wind and rain this morning, December 1st marks the beginning of a shrimp season that runs through May 29th, 28 days longer than last year. But, while shrimpers are expecting a larger harvest, they're also crossing their fingers for a better price.

Potato Crop Smaller, But Price Stable

December 1, 2008 Reported By: Anne Ravana

Maine’s 2008 potato harvest is one of the smallest in decades, but the Maine Potato Board reports that most farmers chose to plant fewer crops because in recent years, supply has exceeded demand. And that decision has kept the price of potatoes stable, which is good news for farmers.