Maine State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/SJDHENE2EV/feeder Maine State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 12 Sep 2020 05:03:24 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Puerto Rico gets $13 billion aid package, 3 years after hurricane, 6 weeks before election https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/puerto-rico-gets-13-billion-aid-package-3-years-after-hurricane-6-weeks-before-election/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:08bb31a7-d29a-94cf-a6f2-b996b03715eb Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:46:31 +0000 Democrats and Republicans are battling for Puerto Rican voters in crucial Florida. Unum lays off 30 workers in Portland as part of larger restructuring https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/unum-lays-off-30-workers-in-portland-as-part-of-larger-restructuring/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:4cd56a78-8699-c51a-856f-72f2dec56726 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:40:54 +0000 The insurer said it is laying off 120 workers across the company's U.S. operations as it adapts to a shifting insurance market. A Firefighter Is Killed In California Wildfire Sparked By Gender Reveal Party https://www.mainepublic.org/post/firefighter-killed-california-wildfire-sparked-gender-reveal-party urn:uuid:1f062898-d4fd-4a29-de1a-a38f351ebdb9 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:33:00 +0000 A firefighter was killed on Thursday in California's El Dorado Fire, according to officials at the San Bernardino National Forest . "Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time," the forest officials said in a statement. The cause is under investigation and the name of the firefighter is being withheld until next of kin are notified. Dozens of wildfires are burning in the West Coast, ravaging homes and burning more than 3 million acres in Oregon, California and Washington state alone. The El Dorado Fire was caused by a smoke generating device used during a gender reveal party two weeks ago, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection . An expectant couple in Yucaipa set off fireworks to reveal the sex of their child, a popular — but dangerous — trend for expectant parents. The fire is now 66% contained, but it has scorched more than 21,ooo acres in the Yucaipa area, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. Copyright America Amplified Special from the New England News Collaborative https://www.mainepublic.org/post/america-amplified-special-new-england-news-collaborative-0 urn:uuid:eb6faf2a-d228-850a-e698-378c5b558d1f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:12:51 +0000 Friday, September 25 at 2:00 pm Racism In New England New England’s abolitionist past hides a darker history of slavery in the region. It’s a legacy that still affects communities across the region, from housing and education to health outcomes for people of color. Join Maine Public, America Amplified and the New England News Collaborative for a special upcoming four-part series - “Racism in New England." Each of the four broadcasts will be hosted by a collaborative member station and will focus on different topics related to racism: housing, disparities in education and health, and the ongoing conversation around the protest movement. The series will look at the issues from a regional, New England perspective and incorporate listener questions and engagement. In today’s program John Dankosky, Engagement Editor of the New England Public Radio, will lead a conversation on the housing discrimination that minority populations face in New England, including how redlining and modern-day Covid-19: Maine CDC News Briefing https://www.mainepublic.org/post/covid-19-maine-cdc-news-briefing-64 urn:uuid:98fe6a11-83e2-c72b-2198-5c64fffb17d9 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:11:32 +0000 Thursday, September 24 at 2:00 pm Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19. Ideas From The CBC https://www.mainepublic.org/post/ideas-cbc-70 urn:uuid:07a6d031-916d-c3c2-e48c-f462a3cfffb2 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:07:34 +0000 Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 pm The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism: Anne Applebaum The left may be dominant in cultural spheres. But the right is dominant in politics, where real power is exercised. That dominance, however, has derailed political conservatism throughout the Western world, where authoritarian "strong man" leadership and values have become increasingly mainstream. Historian Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy talks about how the right went wrong. Anne Applebaum leans conservative, but hasn't voted Republican since Sarah Palin became John McCain's running mate in 2008. The historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer was born in the U.S. but now lives in Poland. She has been watching as elements of the political right have made one wrong turn after another, embracing authoritarianism and illiberal practices, morphing into what she calls the "new right." "Although they don't like the term, the new right are more Bolshevik than Burkean. The new right does Covid-19: Maine CDC News Briefing https://www.mainepublic.org/post/covid-19-maine-cdc-news-briefing-63 urn:uuid:7b36d967-fa1a-e3df-e675-73dfb4eb13ee Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:05:47 +0000 Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 pm Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19. World Affairs https://www.mainepublic.org/post/world-affairs-188 urn:uuid:56a952f6-f026-3531-e6a7-f6808bc045aa Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:04:03 +0000 Monday, September 21 at 2:00 pm Universal Basic Income: Does it Work? What if we could lower COVID-19 rates all over the world with one program? It’s not a medical innovation, but an economic one. If all the world’s countries distribute a temporary basic income, could we slow the spread of the coronavirus? The idea was recently floated by United Nations Development Program, and it’s. In its report, UNDP says many people are too poor to shelter in place even when they are sick. Staying home can be a choice between hunger and exposure to the coronavirus...and the consequences of their decisions affect us all. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner makes the case for a temporary basic income that would enable nearly three billion of the world’s poorest people to stay home. The idea is built upon the concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), something economists have studied and debated for decades. Tech entrepreneurs like Andrew Yang are only making it more popular, something economists have Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020: We need to discuss racism and inequality, think for a minute, Maine DOL is working tirelessly https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/opinion/letters/saturday-sept-19-2020-we-need-to-discuss-racism-and-inequality-think-for-a-minute-maine-dol-is-working-tirelessly/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:195c68ef-cdd7-421d-e157-196603d7c139 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:51:16 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="326" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?fit=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?w=2500&amp;ssl=1 2500w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=600%2C408&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=768%2C522&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1044&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1392&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C816&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1066&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Letters to the editor for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. <figure><img width="480" height="326" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?fit=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?w=2500&amp;ssl=1 2500w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=600%2C408&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=768%2C522&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1044&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1392&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C816&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1066&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/Danby-letters-art-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p class="has-light-gray-background-color has-background"><em>Letters submitted by BDN readers are verified by BDN Opinion Page staff. Send your letters to&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="mailto:letters@bangordailynews.com">letters@bangordailynews.com</a>.</em></p> <h4 class="c5">We need to discuss racism and inequity</h4> <p>We support the Bangor School Department, and the <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/09/news/bangor/bangor-teacher-faces-backlash-after-lesson-on-race-privilege-is-shared-to-pro-trump-facebook-page/">Bangor teacher</a> who was harassed on social media for inviting her students to reflect on racism and privilege. Teachers across Maine have been asked to work on multiple unexpected fronts, from COVID protocols to social emotional trauma, to systemic racism. They deserve our support as they navigate these new terrains. </p> <p>The Bangor schools learned of systemic racism in their classrooms earlier this year, thanks to accounts from <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/23/news/bangor/racism-is-my-high-school-experience/">courageous students of color</a>. The school department <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/07/28/news/bangor/bangor-students-will-get-diversity-training-to-address-racism-at-schools/">chose to act</a>, from the top with the <a href="https://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=129&amp;id=31098">support of the board</a>. They committed to providing training to their teachers for interrupting racism. Training is based on the premise that we return to our classrooms and do things differently, in ways that actually benefit our children. </p> <p>This incident seems to be a case in point. All of us, teachers, principals, parents and community members, share a moral obligation to acknowledge and interrupt racism, in conversations at kitchen tables, sidelines of playing fields and absolutely in our classrooms. </p> <p>Our youth deserve the opportunity to make racism and inequity discussable issues. America has never yet been a just country to each citizen, and so we must engage with that challenge. In discussions about racism and inequity, no student will ever need to ask, “How will I use this when I graduate?” This curriculum is in our history, our economics, our literature, our language, our science, our geography and even our math. This curriculum is our American life. </p> <p><strong>Craig Kesselheim</strong></p> <p><em>Southwest Harbor</em></p> <p><strong>Ted Hall</strong></p> <p><em>Yarmouth</em></p> <h4 class="c5"><em>Think</em> for<em> a minute </em></h4> <p>Defund the Police — wait a minute. For those who think this is a good idea, they must not be watching what is taking place in our society. Yes, there are a limited number of cops who make some very bad decisions in the heat of the moment. Once the trigger is pulled, they can’t call the bullet back. </p> <p>But people should consider this scenario: A man who has been drinking and has just assaulted his wife or girlfriend. She manages to call 911. The man gets his gun and threatens to shoot anyone who comes near his house. The cops don’t come because under new “rules” the dispatcher is required to call a mental health worker. He or she comes to the door to conduct a mental health therapy session. The man, who is in flight or fight mode, thinks it is a cop and shoots the mental health worker, his wife/girlfriend and then stands outside with the gun pointed at his head.</p> <p>More calls to 911. More mental health workers show up. A peaceful demonstration turns into a riot. Someone’s car, with their family members inside, is surrounded by angry people. They call 911. Dispatcher sends mental health workers. Really!</p> <p><strong>David Winslow</strong></p> <p><em>Brewer</em></p> <h4 class="c5">Maine DOL is working tirelessly</h4> <p>COVID-19 created an <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/16/politics/unprecedented-volume-of-jobless-claims-could-force-delay-in-benefits-for-mainers/">unprecedented surge</a> in the need for unemployment benefits. Since Maine’s state of emergency began on March 15, the Maine Department of Labor has processed 98 percent of initial claims and delivered $1.44 billion in payments, while rapidly implementing multiple new federal programs and extending benefits to workers never eligible before.</p> <p>In this fast-moving and complex situation, the Maine Department of Labor is doing everything possible to pay benefits quickly and accurately. In fact, from the beginning of the pandemic, independent observers like The Century Foundation have repeatedly recognized our responsiveness in distributing benefits as among the nation’s best, including most recently ranking Maine the <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftcf.org%2Fcontent%2Freport%2Funemployment-insurance-data-dashboard%2F%3Fagreed%3D1&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJessica.L.Picard%40maine.gov%7C34c4a49952ce4e15a3e608d85b4aeeea%7C413fa8ab207d4b629bcdea1a8f2f864e%7C0%7C0%7C637359724679976640&amp;sdata=eVRd7ae%2FS1U1HKymPlbAw%2F%2BMpUxi3M4QBaDEUB%2F4VsA%3D&amp;reserved=0">eighth best state in the U.S.</a> in terms of the percent of initial claims paid between March and July. </p> <p>Unfortunately, this fact was unacknowledged in a recent BDN article, which instead evaluated a federal data set that skewed department performance in May and June, when claims processing was slowed deliberately to <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/26/news/maine-to-process-unemployment-claims-slower-amid-uptick-in-fraudulent-applications/">stop fraud</a> being perpetrated on Labor Departments across the country, including ours.</p> <p>There is no question there is work to do — and we are doing it. The new programs have created unique and complex claims which may take longer for decisions to ensure workers get the benefits they deserve. And the user experience of the technology we inherited is not acceptable, which I am committed to improving.</p> <p>Even so, I want all Maine people to know that MDOL — which had just 13 people to process claims prior to COVID-19 — is working tirelessly to ensure the critical lifeline of unemployment benefits are delivered to all Maine people eligible for them.</p> <p><strong>Laura Fortman</strong></p> <p><strong>Commissioner</strong></p> <p><strong>Maine Department of Labor</strong></p> <p><em>Augusta </em></p> <h4 class="c5">Keep Golden in Congress </h4> <p>Jared Golden deserves reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives for Maine’s Second Congressional District. This district has significant health and economic issues that Golden has proved well informed about and he has been addressing them through several efforts: First, to <a href="https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/02/26/golden-provides-road-map-to-his-health-care-agenda/">defend the Affordable Care Act</a> and its protections for workers and their families with inadequate insurance options against Republican repeal threats. And second, to support <a href="https://golden.house.gov/media/press-releases/golden-leads-75-members-congress-call-floor-vote-pro-act">collective bargaining</a>, sensible <a href="https://golden.house.gov/media/press-releases/golden-votes-give-workers-raise">minimum wage law</a>, <a href="https://golden.house.gov/media/press-releases/golden-young-bill-improve-safety-training-maine-fishermen-passes-house">workplace safety</a>, <a href="https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/health/va-approves-24-bed-facility-to-provide-substance-use-disorder-treatment-to-maine-veterans/97-5796f39e-b556-4bf1-8db5-7e2264836e6c">veterans needs</a> and protection against exorbitant <a href="https://golden.house.gov/media/press-releases/golden-backs-bill-lower-prescription-drug-prices-cap-costs-seniors">prescription drug costs</a>. </p> <p>He has been an energetic and active champion for the district, ignoring partisanship to keep his attention on what’s important to the district, defending the people of Maine against the corporate interests that can only push failed trickle-down tax policies and shrinking the benefits that workers and their families need to thrive. As a congressman, he has been <a href="https://golden.house.gov/media/press-releases/golden-leads-bipartisan-group-send-message-leadership-stop-playing-politics-rx">proactive</a> in partnering with congressional colleagues of both parties to address problems in the district, and he has been putting his time and energy — not into schmoozing lobbyists and wealthy donors — but into keeping in touch with second district communities to fix problems. </p> <p>The district needs Golden to continue his efforts to push back against the divisiveness and chaos encouraged by the president in order to build a viable future for Maine and the country. He’s shown that he knows how to do the job and not get side-tracked, so let’s keep him on it!</p> <p>Philip Keith</p> <p><em>Farmington</em></p> Unemployment Dips In Maine, But DOL Says Estimates 'Understate' State's Level Of Job Displacement https://www.mainepublic.org/post/unemployment-dips-maine-dol-says-estimates-understate-states-level-job-displacement urn:uuid:444b584b-7bc6-ce42-ca9a-0adacd4a9af4 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:36:49 +0000 The unemployment rate in Maine dipped below 7% in August, but labor officials warned the jobs picture in the state has been erratic since the start of the pandemic. The Maine Department of Labor reported on Friday that unemployment rate fell from 9.9% in July to 6.9% in August. The department says in a statement the decrease in unemployment "was partly from an increase in employment, but mostly from a decease in labor force participation." The department also cautions that the unemployment estimates for August "significantly understate the level of job displacement that has occurred in Maine." Also Friday, Maine officials said the total number of virus cases in the state topped 5,000 since the start of the pandemic. Poll: Biden Maintains Lead Over Trump With Likely Voters https://www.mainepublic.org/post/poll-biden-maintains-lead-over-trump-likely-voters urn:uuid:afa6c17e-ad1e-d60b-c6bd-fa97b00f4f48 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:35:00 +0000 Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in the 2020 presidential election nationally by a substantial margin, according to the latest NPR/ PBS NewsHour /Marist poll . Biden leads Trump by 9 points, 52% to 43%, among likely voters, the survey finds. This is the first time this election cycle the poll has screened for likely voters — this narrower group is the most likely to actually cast a ballot, compared to the larger group of people who are registered to vote. There isn't much change from registered voters, however. Among them, Biden leads Trump, 52% to 42%. That's mostly unchanged from last month in the survey taken just before the party conventions began, a reflection of how remarkably consistent this race has been in national polling. Of course, the election will be determined in key states that make up the Electoral College rather than in a national popular vote. When third-party candidates are included, it remains about the same. In a four-way race, Part of I-95 to close overnight next week as Ohio Street bridge project nears end https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/bangor/part-of-i-95-to-close-overnight-next-week-as-ohio-street-bridge-project-nears-end/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:989bdad5-42a4-781f-1b31-cbe3b5d6e050 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:18:41 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="288" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C288&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C288&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C360&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C461&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C922&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1229&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C720&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C941&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Traffic will be detoured via Union Street Tuesday and Wednesday nights. <figure><img width="480" height="288" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C288&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C288&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C360&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C461&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C922&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1229&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C720&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C941&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OhioStreetBridge052020-D-LCO-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>North and southbound lanes on I-95 in Bangor will be closed next week as crews finish construction on the <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/08/27/news/bangor/bangors-new-ohio-street-bridge-due-to-open-in-october/"> $5.9 million Ohio Street bridge replacement project</a>. </p> <p>Northbound lanes will be closed between 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 for road striping work. The southbound side will close during the same time Wednesday to Thursday. </p> <p>Traffic will be detoured via Union Street, the Maine Department of Transportation said Friday. </p> <p>The structure is replacing the former 60-year-old bridge that carried drivers and pedestrians across Ohio Street over I-95. Maine DOT Project Manager Mark Parlin said this new bridge is projected to last between 75 and 100 years. </p> <p>It’s being made with non-corrosive materials to reduce future maintenance needs and will have an additional 18 inches of clearance for vehicles travelling on the interstate. A turning lane on Ohio Street was also created for cars entering the southbound ramp to I-95. </p> <p>T. Buck Construction of Turner is doing the work for this project. </p> Portland, South Portland Develop Plan To Fight Climate Change https://www.mainepublic.org/post/portland-south-portland-develop-plan-fight-climate-change urn:uuid:4acba5e6-d250-1fb1-3eef-5f83c7224ede Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:08:01 +0000 Anticipating the growing effects of climate change, the cities of Portland and South Portland have created what is being called a Joint Climate Action and Adaptation plan. Addison man found dead inside submerged car https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/down-east/addison-man-found-dead-inside-submerged-car/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:18cdb622-7dd1-14da-69d7-e26fc5adc957 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:06:25 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="360" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C360&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C360&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C450&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1536&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Authorities said he experienced cognitive issues and they don't suspect foul play. <figure><img width="480" height="360" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C360&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C360&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C450&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1536&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WashingtonCountySheriff020320_NAW1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>An Addison man who was reported missing last week was found dead inside a car submerged underwater. </p> <p>Daniel F. Beauregard, 76, was <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/10/news/down-east/silver-alert-issued-for-addison-man/">reported missing on Sept. 8</a>, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. He was last seen leaving the Down East Community Hospital in Machias around 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Authorities found Beauregard inside a submerged vehicle at the South Addison Town Landing on Sept. 12. </p> <p>He experienced cognitive issues, the Washing County Sheriff&#8217;s Office said. They don’t believe foul play is involved and the cause of death is still under investigation. </p> Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/push-is-underway-to-test-covid-19-vaccines-in-diverse-groups/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:9c3d5d81-91ec-9690-936a-9e6763b96e37 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:57:08 +0000 Companies are struggling to recruit diverse volunteers in final U.S. tests of possible COVID-19 vaccines. Food insecurity in the time of COVID-19 talk Monday https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/bdn-maine/food-insecurity-in-the-time-of-covid-19-talk-monday/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:ce147ba8-6ead-c7cb-9380-9fa93f33afe1 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:53:01 +0000 ORONO &#8212; The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will offer an interactive online session on food insecurity during COVID-19 3–4 p.m. on [&#8230;] <p>ORONO &#8212; The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will offer an interactive online session on food insecurity during COVID-19 3–4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“Safety nets and bootstraps: Mainers and food insecurity in the time of COVID-19” will discuss the fundamentals of food insecurity, and summarize a recent survey of how Mainers’ food security has been affected by COVID-19 and what they are doing to cope. Rachel Schattman, an assistant professor with the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture, and Kate Yerxa, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and coordinator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, will lead the discussion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Schattman and Yerxa are members of the <a href="https://www.nfactresearch.org/">National Food Access and COVID Research Team</a>, a collaboration of researchers across 15 states exploring the impact of the pandemic on food access, food security and food systems.The webinar is free; registration is required. Register on the<a href="https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/talk-safety-nets-and-bootstraps-mainers-and-food-insecurity-in-the-time-of-covid-19/"> event webpage</a> at <a href="https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/talk-safety-nets-and-bootstraps-mainers-and-food-insecurity-in-the-time-of-covid-19/">https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/talk-safety-nets-and-bootstraps-mainers-and-food-insecurity-in-the-time-of-covid-19/</a>. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth at 207-581-3196 or<strong> </strong>hallsworth@maine.edu.</p> Fort Knox’s Fright at the Fort event has been canceled for 2020 https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/midcoast/fort-knoxs-fright-at-the-fort-event-has-been-canceled-for-2020/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:83bd2d64-2f5f-d17f-408e-39e907c5eaf2 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:44:41 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="315" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?fit=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?w=2383&amp;ssl=1 2383w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=600%2C394&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=768%2C505&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1536%2C1009&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=2048%2C1346&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1200%2C789&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1568%2C1030&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Ghostport, a Halloween festival held in Bucksport on one of the same weekends as the Fright, has also been canceled this year. <figure><img width="480" height="315" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?fit=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?w=2383&amp;ssl=1 2383w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=600%2C394&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=768%2C505&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1536%2C1009&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=2048%2C1346&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1200%2C789&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Fright-at-Fort-1-BB.jpg?resize=1568%2C1030&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>One of northern New England’s largest Halloween events, which brings thousands of people each year to Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect, won’t happen this year despite organizers’ best efforts to find a way to let the event go on with COVID-19 safety measures in place.</p><p>Friends of Fort Knox, the organization that operates the state historic site, said Friday that it will not be able to host the annual Fright at the Fort event.</p> <p>Dean Martin, executive director of the Friends group, said the sheer numbers of attendees at the regionally renowned haunted attraction each year make it impossible to safely carry out social distancing protocols.</p> <p>“We have 500 to 1000 people in lines, and two to three thousand people each night go through the 20-minute tour each of the five nights,” Martin said. </p> <p>Ghostport, a Halloween festival held in Bucksport on one of the same weekends as the Fright, has also been canceled this year.</p> <p>The Fright at the Fort was started in 2000 by former director Leon Seymour as a fundraiser for the Friends of Fort Knox. It has since grown into one of the largest Halloween events in northern New England, each year attracting more than 10,000 people to the Fort, and utilizing a small army of local scare actors, makeup, costume and set designers and other volunteers to pull off the signature event. For several years now, it has raised more than $100,000 each year toward operations, maintenance and upkeep of Fort Knox. </p> <p>The 2018 Stephen King-themed event was the biggest Fright ever, with more than 15,000 people in attendance over the event’s five days, causing traffic to become <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2018/10/26/news/record-breaking-crowds-at-stephen-king-themed-fort-knox-event-cause-scary-traffic-jam/">backed up for several miles</a> along the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on the first weekend. </p> <p>This year, Martin said, he had considered attempting an alternate event he called a “Reverse Trunk or Treat,” in which people stayed in their cars, and monsters met them at various stops. But the parking lot at the Fort is simply not big enough and doesn’t have enough lighting, he said, and it would still require too much effort to make it cost feasible. </p> <p>“We have people calling and writing from everywhere asking, and our thousands of fans are certainly disappointed,” Martin said. “It is our biggest fundraiser each year for the past 20 years, and it really hurts to not hold it.” </p> <p>While attendance at the Fort was down overall this summer, Martin said, it still hovered at around 60 percent of normal totals after the Penobscot Narrows Observatory reopened on July 3. He said that this year was due to be one of the Fort’s busiest years ever, with multiple events planned to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial, including a large Civil War reenactment event and the visit of Tall Ships to the lower Penobscot River, both of which were canceled.</p> <p>Martin said that he hopes to install some of the Fort’s large Halloween decorations during October, and hoped people might come visit the Fort in costume closer to the holiday. </p> <p>“I think people are starving for entertainment of any kind. Our ghost tours are selling out in less than 24 hours, and they are capped at 30 people,” he said. “People really want to get into the Halloween spirit.”</p> <p>Though 2020 is a wash, Martin said they are already looking toward 2021 as potentially the Fright’s biggest year yet.</p> <p>“We plan to make next year&#8217;s Fright even bigger, but it will depend on how COVID-19 pans out,” Martin said. “We are really grateful for all the support we have, however, and to all the people we know love the Fright and the Fort, and have reached out to us about it.”</p> Domestic violence is a second pandemic https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/opinion/contributors/domestic-violence-is-a-second-pandemic/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:0f1dbd18-e818-46ef-baca-e66496ead51c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:25:55 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="326" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?fit=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?w=1200&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=600%2C408&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=768%2C522&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>"No more plea deals for violent domestic abusers, and especially not during the COVID-19 pandemic," writes Patrisha McLean. <figure><img width="480" height="326" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?fit=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?w=1200&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=480%2C326&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=600%2C408&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/OPART18.jpg?resize=768%2C522&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p class="has-light-gray-background-color has-background"><em>The BDN Opinion section operates independently and does not set newsroom policies or contribute to reporting or editing articles elsewhere in the newspaper or on <a target="_blank" href="http://bangordailynews.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener">bangordailynews.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Patrisha McLean is the founder and president of <a href="http://findingourvoices.net/">Finding Our Voices</a>, a non-profit organization breaking the silence of intimate partner abuse town by town all across Maine.</em></p> <p>It is bad enough that COVID-19 is causing <a href="https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200818/radiology-study-suggests-horrifying-rise-in-domestic-violence-during-pandemic#1">a spike</a> in domestic violence. </p> <p>But the supremely scary irony is that, at least where I live in midcoast Maine, the pandemic is also giving violent domestic abusers “Get Out Of Jail Free” cards, which is only emboldening them, and further endangering their victims and the community.</p> <p>Over the past year, I have been dumbfounded over the suspended sentences and negligible jail terms for violent domestic abusers. But in the past months — coinciding with the advent of COVID-19 — this lack of accountability and justice has become a sick joke: The words domestic violence stalking, terrorizing and assault charges in the <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vUu3y3ES2CRwQuYKZlnpDObCvExuv2dm/view?usp=sharing">court reports of our local newspaper</a>, invariably followed by dismissed, dismissed, dismissed. </p> <p>Recently, someone from the local prosecutor’s office expressed their concern to me that, in a bid to prevent the coronavirus from <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/28/news/bangor/inmate-population-in-maine-falls-in-wake-of-coronavirus-outbreak/">spreading in jails and prisons</a>, there is enormous and growing pressure from the judiciary and other factions to <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/25/news/knox-county-releases-20-inmates-to-prevent-potential-spread-of-covid-19/">release</a> inmates, including alleged violent domestic abusers from custody after their arrest, and to <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/18/news/inmates-fearful-of-the-coronavirus-argue-for-release/">minimize</a> jail sentences.</p> <p>So just when our three branches of government should be working overtime to help the women and children (and men) suffering more physical and mental terrorizing from depraved family members because of COVID-19 (isolation, financial strain, etc.), they are putting them in even more danger.</p> <p>I can understand releasing non-violent criminals from jail and not sentencing them to jail, in order to stem the spread of the virus. But why on earth are the officials charged with protecting our community releasing and minimizing the jail sentences of those charged as domestic violence abusers? Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&amp;v=567834197174079">said</a>, “If somebody will physically and emotionally abuse somebody that they love, what will they do to anybody else? This makes them very, very dangerous.” Rachel Louise Snyder in her book “<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/books/review-no-visible-bruises-domestic-violence-rachel-louise-snyder.html">No Visible Bruises</a>” reported that more than half of mass shootings in America involved domestic or family violence.</p> <p>On the very day last month that I was bringing domestic abuse-awareness banners to Dover-Foxcroft, a 19-year-old woman was <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/03/news/central-maine/lewiston-man-accused-of-killing-woman-in-dispute-over-baby-held-without-bail/">killed</a> in Lewiston, allegedly by the man she had just broken up with. (To the question, “Why don’t they leave?” The answer is “They do all the time. And sometimes that gets them killed.”) </p> <p>Last week In Orrington, two streets were closed down while police negotiated with a man after he violated bail conditions for a previous domestic violence arrest.</p> <p>But the perfect storm will whip a few short months from now when we are stuck inside against the cold and ice, and it is likely another blast of COVID-19 infections will further close down the safe places of schools and workplaces and daycares, and end face-to-face interaction with lawyers and social service workers and domestic violence victim advocates.</p> <p>So now we are in a situation where the pandemic of COVID-19 is up against the pandemic of domestic violence ( <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2018/01/04/news/homicides-rose-in-2017-nearly-half-domestic-violence-related/">year after year</a> for decades, domestic violence has been the cause of <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2019/01/03/news/half-of-maines-18-homicides-in-2018-were-related-to-domestic-violence/">half</a> of all homicides in Maine). </p> <p>We justifiably feel powerless in the face of one but we can do something about the other: Recognize and address domestic violence as a COVID-19 imperative, and prioritize prosecuting violent domestic abuse offenders who come to the attention of the court (the vast majority never do) to the full extent of the law.</p> <p>What can you do? Keep an eagle eye on domestic violence sentencing as reported in your local newspaper and speak out about it. Ask everyone holding political office and running for office what they will do during the pandemic and beyond to hold domestic violence offenders accountable.</p> <p>COVID-19 provides an opportunity to thin the jail population of people who do not have to be there: Restorative justice sounds great for some crimes. But as long as there are jails and jailers, violent domestic offenders need to be in jail and they need to stay in jail for their full sentences. </p> <p>No more plea deals for violent domestic abusers, and especially not during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.</em></p> Maine gains more than 6,000 jobs in August as pandemic recovery continues https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/business/maine-gains-more-than-6000-jobs-in-august-as-pandemic-recovery-continues/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:e550716c-5fbf-e21f-44f5-5f33ec7e2200 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:10:44 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The August total remained down 55,300 jobs from February. <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Virus-Outbreak-Maine-7-1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Maine’s workforce added approximately 6,100 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month of August as a gradual recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continued, a report from the state labor department said Friday.</p> <p>Most of the jobs were in the leisure and hospitality industries, as well as some in health care, social assistance, professional and business services and retail trade sectors. More than 100 jobs were added to the public sector — most of which were temporary census workers for the federal government.</p> <p>Manufacturing jobs dropped by 1,000 last month, but the state anticipates a rebound next month after Bath Iron Works reached an agreement with its union members near month’s end, <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/08/23/news/midcoast/striking-biw-union-overwhelmingly-ratifies-new-contract-will-return-to-work/">ending a two-month long strike.</a> </p> <p>While more than 49,000 jobs have been recovered since the April nadir, the August total remained down 55,300 from February, according to the DOL. The number of jobs in every sector remained below the February level. </p> <p>The unemployment rate has also decreased to 6.9 percent from 9.9 percent in July. Between February and August, the highest rates of jobs losses were in the leisure and hospitality, information, manufacturing and private education sectors.</p> Pulse Newsletter: In Maine Legislature, Advantage Democrats https://www.mainepublic.org/post/pulse-newsletter-maine-legislature-advantage-democrats urn:uuid:539d06a9-9ec6-e78f-986f-68a1ac1c567f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:06:55 +0000 With so much attention on the presidential race and the battle for Congress it’s easy to forget that control of the Maine Legislature is also at stake in November. Heritage Tree Ordinance Protects Trees in the Forest City https://thewestendnews.com/heritage-tree-ordinance-protects-trees-in-the-forest-city/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heritage-tree-ordinance-protects-trees-in-the-forest-city The West End News urn:uuid:7264aa5e-18f2-3cde-ab66-c2a22413819a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:51:56 +0000 <p>Spare the Woodman&#8217;s Axe Heritage Tree Ordinance to Protect Urban Trees By Tony Zeli A new ordinance in the City of Portland makes it harder for private property owners to chop down large, healthy trees. But it allows emergency waivers and tree removal permits. City Arborist Jeff Tarling believes the new heritage tree ordinance is [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewestendnews.com/heritage-tree-ordinance-protects-trees-in-the-forest-city/">Heritage Tree Ordinance Protects Trees in the Forest City</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewestendnews.com">The West End News</a>.</p> Maine labor market sputters as unemployment remains at a historic high https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/maine-labor-market-sputters-as-unemployment-remains-at-a-historic-high/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:e1faa8e8-a8af-bf1d-aa66-0365a83b73bf Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:43:51 +0000 The state gained more than 6,000 jobs in August, but labor department analysts suspect the true unemployment rate is almost 10 percent, unchanged from the month before. Maine records more job gains but pace of recovery slows https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/maine-labor-market-sputters-as-unemployment-remains-at-a-historic-high/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:73bc1ab2-b059-d74d-6eed-37a86740a048 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:43:51 +0000 The state gained more than 6,000 jobs in August, but labor department analysts suspect the unemployment rate is almost 10 percent. ARTober will celebrate the arts in October https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/bdn-maine/artober-will-celebrate-the-arts-in-october/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:365a92d4-f405-3095-5d4f-0154c359785b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:37:45 +0000 BANGOR &#8212; Traditionally Bangor celebrates the arts in October, showcasing the many talented and numerous local artists and art organizations in our area. Despite obstacles occurring during this unusual year, [&#8230;] <p>BANGOR &#8212; Traditionally Bangor celebrates the arts in October, showcasing the many talented and numerous local artists and art organizations in our area. Despite obstacles occurring during this unusual year, the Bangor Commission on Cultural Development is dedicated to continuing the tradition by hosting a virtual ARTober. While it will not sponsor any in-person events, the commission expanded its Facebook presence and added a new website.</p> <p>In years past, ARTober featured gallery showings, performances of live music from different genres, short film screenings, poetry readings, dance, jewelry making, PechaKucha and more. This year it hopes to feature these happenings by highlighting a different art genre each week during October – performance arts, visual arts, music and the written word. The ARTober committee is asking help finding information about artists and art groups to share what they are doing during this time of COVID-19.&nbsp;</p> <p>The committee will add this information to the website and to its Facebook page, and encourage local media to focus on the Arts during October. Barbara McDade, chair of the ARTober Committee says, “Bangor is very fortunate to have a wealth of very talented artists, writers, musicians and crafters. Bangor arts are alive but finding a way to share this art with others and to get public appreciation and support has become extremely difficult.  October’s virtual ARTober is a safe way to share great local talent and support the artists and organizations that make Bangor vibrant.”</p> <p>To learn more about ARTober please visit the <a href="https://bangorartober.weebly.com/?fbclid=IwAR09gVezoQspm3_kcziB197ZulWzap_xSj5HyKEhF8uMuiWnpjZ1vs5B03Q">website</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BangorARTober">Facebook</a> pages.</p> 46 new coronavirus cases reported in Maine https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/46-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-maine/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:30d01d49-022c-a7b4-3397-ec7d395dc5d8 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:37:33 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Friday's report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,005. <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/DR-SHAH-7-3-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Another 46 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Thursday.</p> <p>Friday&#8217;s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,005. Of those, 4,492 have been confirmed positive, while 513 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>The agency revised <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/16/news/another-mainer-dies-as-25-new-coronavirus-cases-are-reported-in-the-state-0vzoa9n507wn/">Wednesday’s cumulative total</a> a second time, to 4,934, down from 4,937, meaning there was an increase of 43 over the previous day’s total, state data show. The Maine CDC had previously revised Wednesday&#8217;s total to 4,937 from 4,941 on Thursday.</p> <p>As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total.</p> <p>No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the statewide death toll at 138. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.</p> <p>So far, 437 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/topic/coronavirus/">the coronavirus</a>. Of those, 12 people are currently hospitalized, with five in critical care.</p> <p>Meanwhile, 18 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,335. That means there are 532 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 507 on Wednesday.</p> <p>A majority of the cases — 2,872— have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.</p> Manhunt underway for convicted sex offender, another man in Rangeley and Byron areas https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/manhunt-underway-for-convicted-sex-offender-another-man-in-rangeley-and-byron-areas/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:93ffad24-2263-50a8-bdb8-8d8294426d60 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:36:45 +0000 Shawn Batchelder, 36, was convicted of gross sexual assault in May 2012. Maine reports 46 new COVID-19 cases, as outbreaks grow https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/maine-reports-46-new-covid-19-cases-as-outbreaks-grow/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:1f508b28-40a2-5315-10dc-dc9cf8c35158 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:29:18 +0000 The numbers include 15 cases in Oxford County, as well as another eight in York County, site of numerous outbreaks. UMaine Extension greenhouse plastic recycling collection starts Sept. 25 https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/bdn-maine/umaine-extension-greenhouse-plastic-recycling-collection-starts-sept-25/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:1c11bb41-648d-01a1-20d0-f522fdbc1d29 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:18:32 +0000 ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension begins collection of greenhouse plastic for recycling Friday, Sept. 25 with 16 drop-off sites across the state. Disposal is free of charge through [&#8230;] <p>ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension begins collection of greenhouse plastic for recycling Friday, Sept. 25 with 16 drop-off sites across the state. Disposal is free of charge through Dec. 15 to all Maine growers who register.&nbsp;</p> <p>The target material for recycling is clear, low-density, polyethylene (LDPE#4) plastic typically used to cover greenhouses, high tunnels, hoop houses and other agricultural structures. Collection sites can also accept white over-wintering LDPE#4 film used by the nursery industry. Materials not being accepted include black plastic field mulch, irrigation tape, silage bales and other types of agricultural plastic, and non-agricultural LDPE#4 films such as boat wrap and construction plastic.</p> <p>Registration is required. Register and find complete instructions on the<a href="https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/greenhouse-plastic-recycling/"> greenhouse plastic recycling project webpage</a> at <a href="https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/greenhouse-plastic-recycling/">https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/greenhouse-plastic-recycling/</a>. Growers without internet access can register by calling 207-342-5971. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact David McDaniel at 207-323-4315 or agplasticrecycling@maine.edu.</p> <p>The pilot project was developed by UMaine Extension and funded by a Maine Department of Environmental Protection Waste Diversion grant. Affiliated partners donating additional time and resources include the Maine Organic Gardeners Association, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine, and the Maine Resource Recovery Association.</p> Poll shows Democrats including Gideon and Biden ahead in Maine https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/poll-shows-democrats-including-gideon-and-biden-ahead-in-maine/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:532663f3-f2ec-e8f5-1f43-c267f0827d16 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:17:30 +0000 The survey by the New York Times and Siena College showed Democrat Sara Gideon up five points in the U.S. Senate race and Biden up 17 points in the presidential race. Bear hunters have already surpassed last year’s total tags https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/outdoors/bear-hunters-have-already-surpassed-last-years-total-tags/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:363c22d4-9910-23ee-7e4a-eb2ed462bddb Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:07:35 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="315" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?fit=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?w=2408&amp;ssl=1 2408w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=600%2C394&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=768%2C504&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1536%2C1008&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=2048%2C1344&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1200%2C787&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1568%2C1029&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>As of Thursday morning, after just 2 1/2 weeks of hunting, hunters have already tagged 2,649 bears. <figure><img width="480" height="315" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?fit=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?w=2408&amp;ssl=1 2408w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=480%2C315&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=600%2C394&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=768%2C504&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1536%2C1008&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=2048%2C1344&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1200%2C787&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?resize=1568%2C1029&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Bear-Survey-2-BB.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <div class="wp-block-columns"> <div class="wp-block-column"> <p>Before bear-hunting season began on Aug. 31, <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/08/26/outdoors/lack-of-natural-foods-means-maine-hunters-should-have-productive-bear-season/">state wildlife officials predicted that a shortage of natural foods would make bears more apt to visit the bait sites</a> where hunters would be waiting. Two guides say that&#8217;s exactly what has happened, and more bears have been tagged already this year than were taken in the full season a year ago.</p> <p>As of Thursday morning, after just 2 1/2 weeks of hunting, hunters have already tagged 2,649 bears. That&#8217;s more bears than were tagged throughout all of the seasons — bait, hounds, trapping and without the aid of any of those techniques — in 2019 when a total of 2,370 bears were tagged.</p> </div> <div class="wp-block-column"><div class="aligncenter crowdsignal-poll-wrapper" data-crowdsignal-poll="{&quot;pollId&quot;:&quot;eb33ea56-4c24-4313-8e59-f84ea8eb3e59&quot;,&quot;question&quot;:&quot;Are you participating in this year's bear hunt?&quot;,&quot;answers&quot;:[{&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Yes, and I've been successful.&quot;,&quot;answerId&quot;:&quot;a1dce2cd-7acb-488c-8102-1f8960ca0e12&quot;},{&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Yes, but I haven't gotten one yet.&quot;,&quot;answerId&quot;:&quot;261f3d0a-22cf-4e22-92bf-b1143135564e&quot;},{&quot;text&quot;:&quot;No.&quot;,&quot;answerId&quot;:&quot;fa09ada7-fbc1-455b-8f51-7ced2a41203e&quot;}],&quot;isMultipleChoice&quot;:false,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;Untitled Poll&quot;,&quot;note&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;submitButtonLabel&quot;:&quot;Submit&quot;,&quot;confirmMessageType&quot;:&quot;results&quot;,&quot;borderWidth&quot;:2,&quot;borderRadius&quot;:0,&quot;hasBoxShadow&quot;:false,&quot;hasOneResponsePerComputer&quot;:false,&quot;randomizeAnswers&quot;:false,&quot;align&quot;:&quot;center&quot;,&quot;pollStatus&quot;:&quot;open&quot;,&quot;closedPollState&quot;:&quot;show-results&quot;,&quot;hideBranding&quot;:false,&quot;apiPollData&quot;:{&quot;id&quot;:10610943,&quot;question&quot;:&quot;Are you participating in this year's bear hunt?&quot;,&quot;note&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;settings&quot;:{&quot;title&quot;:&quot;Are you participating in this year's bear hunt?&quot;,&quot;after_vote&quot;:&quot;results&quot;,&quot;after_message&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;randomize_answers&quot;:false,&quot;restrict_vote_repeat&quot;:false,&quot;captcha&quot;:false,&quot;multiple_choice&quot;:false,&quot;redirect_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;close_status&quot;:&quot;open&quot;,&quot;close_after&quot;:1600438020},&quot;answers&quot;:[{&quot;answer_text&quot;:&quot;Yes, and I&amp;#039;ve been successful.&quot;,&quot;id&quot;:49152335,&quot;client_id&quot;:&quot;a1dce2cd-7acb-488c-8102-1f8960ca0e12&quot;},{&quot;answer_text&quot;:&quot;Yes, but I haven&amp;#039;t gotten one yet.&quot;,&quot;id&quot;:49152336,&quot;client_id&quot;:&quot;261f3d0a-22cf-4e22-92bf-b1143135564e&quot;},{&quot;answer_text&quot;:&quot;No.&quot;,&quot;id&quot;:49152337,&quot;client_id&quot;:&quot;fa09ada7-fbc1-455b-8f51-7ced2a41203e&quot;}],&quot;client_id&quot;:&quot;eb33ea56-4c24-4313-8e59-f84ea8eb3e59&quot;}}"></div></div> </div> <p>Paul Laney, who owns <a href="https://laneysguideservice.com/site/">Laney&#8217;s Guide Service in Grand Lake Stream,</a> said before the season that he was booked up for the entire season, including three weeks of hunting over bait, and six weeks of hunting with hounds.</p> <p>Earlier this week he said his hunters have been having a banner year.</p> <p>&#8220;To date we have harvested 31 bears,&#8221; Laney said on Wednesday. &#8220;The largest was 387 [pounds]. We had a bunch more over 300 and several in the upper 200s. Pretty much all of our clients have seen bears.&#8221;</p> <p>Laney said that the bears have been healthy-looking and fat, but he&#8217;s confident that their natural food supplies are running short, which will drive them into their dens early this year, as biologists have predicted.</p> <p>&#8220;Some of the recent stomachs we have examined are already full of grass. [It&#8217;s] going to make for tougher October hound hunting,&#8221; Laney said. &#8220;I usually end up hiking with dogs into natural feed areas which is my favorite way to hunt bears.&#8221;</p> <div class="flourish-embed flourish-chart" data-src="visualisation/3766910" data-url="https://flo.uri.sh/visualisation/3766910/embed" aria-label=""><script src="https://public.flourish.studio/resources/embed.js"></script></div> <p>Over on Route 9, Matt Whitegiver, owner of Eagle Mountain Guide Service in Township 24, said his clients have had plenty of opportunities to fill their tags.</p> <p>Six of seven hunters during the first week of the season shot bears, he said.</p> <p>&#8220;Everyone had multiple opportunities for everyone,&#8221; Whitegiver said. &#8220;As did [hunters during the] second week. But second-week shooters didn&#8217;t shoot as well as the first week.&#8221;</p> <p>But he said that the bears are remaining active.</p> <p>&#8220;Halfway through [the] third week, baits are still being slammed,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, since 2005 the annual bear harvest has ranged from just below 2,400 to 3,486 bears. The stated management goal has been a harvest level of about 5,000 bears, which would allow biologists to stabilize the state&#8217;s bear population.</p> <p>Because hunters have been removing far fewer bears from the landscape than Maine citizens have determined is optimal, the state&#8217;s bear population has grown to about 35,000 over the past 15 years, according to Nate Webb, the DIF&amp;W&#8217;s wildlife division director.</p> <p>Maine&#8217;s general bear hunting season runs from Aug. 31 until Nov. 28, but different techniques and tactics are allowed at different times. The season for hunting bears over bait runs from Aug. 31 until Sept. 26. Hunters using dogs can do so between Sept. 14 and Oct. 30, while trapping bears is legal from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. And Youth Bear Day was Aug. 29.</p> Maine's COVID-19 Case Tally Now Tops 5 Thousand; No New Deaths https://www.mainepublic.org/post/maines-covid-19-case-tally-now-tops-5-thousand-no-new-deaths urn:uuid:ba4d2236-34fd-4b5b-718b-0af003a2b28f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:05:48 +0000 Maine's tally of COVID-19 cases has hit a new milestone, exceeding 5,000 cases for the first time. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control posted Friday. Maine Virtual Team Hope Walk Oct. 4 https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/bdn-maine/maine-virtual-team-hope-walk-oct-4/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:f596bd0e-0491-ae29-8b39-edf9abc1342a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:57:32 +0000 Hosted by the Maine Affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)&#160; WHAT&#160; Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co workers, neighbors [&#8230;] <p><em>Hosted by the Maine Affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)&nbsp;</em></p> <p>WHAT&nbsp;</p> <p>Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA&#8217;s fight to improve the&nbsp; lives of people affected by HD and their families.&nbsp;</p> <p>WHO&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: Nancy Patterson&nbsp;</p> <p>Phone: 207-669-5212&nbsp;</p> <p>Email Address: pattersonnancy68@gmail.com&nbsp;</p> <p>WHEN&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunday, Oct. 4&nbsp;</p> <p>EVENT INFO&nbsp;</p> <p>FREE REGISTRATION&nbsp;</p> <p>A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get choose your own course, you can walk in your&nbsp; driveway, neighborhood, in your house and even on a treadmill! Sign up now and participate in the&nbsp; virtual walk by raising money and awareness. Only virtual walker who raise $100 or more will be mailed a team hope t-shirt after the event All donations go towards HDSA&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information: Visit <a href="https://hdsa.org/">https://hdsa.org/</a>.</p> <p>Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells&nbsp; in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime working&nbsp; years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty&nbsp; gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic&nbsp; Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. In less than 10% of cases, juvenile&nbsp; Huntington’s disease (JHD) affects children &amp; adolescents. JHD usually has a more rapid progression&nbsp; rate than adult onset HD; the earlier the onset, the faster JHD progresses. HD is described as having&nbsp; ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – simultaneously. HD is characterized by a triad of&nbsp; symptoms, including progressive motor dysfunction, behavioral disturbance and cognitive decline.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to&nbsp; improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy&nbsp; and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for&nbsp; people with HD and their families.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of&nbsp; America, visit www.HDSA.org or call 1-(800)345-HDSA.</p> Penobscot Nation calls on city of Bangor to take down monument of Portuguese explorer https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/bangor/penobscot-nation-calls-on-city-of-bangor-to-take-down-monument-of-portuguese-explorer/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:97a71b9c-4d3f-4198-9365-c357446642a9 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:49:57 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="319" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C319&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C319&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C399&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C511&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1022&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1363&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C798&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1043&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Tribal members said that simply adding additional context to the monument is not enough. <figure><img width="480" height="319" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C319&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C319&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C399&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C511&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1022&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1363&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C798&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1043&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/06/EstevanGomez062320_NAW4-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>The Penobscot Nation is calling on the city of Bangor to take down a monument honoring a Portuguese explorer from the city&#8217;s waterfront.</p> <p>Tribal Ambassador Maulian Dana originally proposed removing the monument for explorer Estevan Gomez to the Bangor City Council in June. The council formed a subcommittee to collect public comment and <a href="http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/gomes_estevao_1E.html">research Gomez</a>, who 500 years ago journeyed to North America, kidnapped Native Americans and planned to sell them as slaves.</p> <p>On Thursday, Dana told members of the subcommittee that the monument was a continual reminder of traumatic events.</p> <p>&#8220;When I talk to tribal members about this issue, a lot of people say, well, why don&#8217;t we have a monument to a famous Penobscot who made a lot of contributions? Or something to really memorialize these strong connections between our two communities? We&#8217;re connected by the same river. We&#8217;re very close.&#8221;</p> <p>Dana said that tribal members agree that simply adding additional context to the monument is not enough.</p> <p>&#8220;Everybody is really on the same page with removing this,” Dana said. “And possibly getting it into a museum, or some spot where it&#8217;s not a shrine of honor, but it&#8217;s an historical artifact where we can tell the entire story.&#8221;</p> <p>The subcommittee&#8217;s three members were largely in agreement about removal of the monument. The group will finalize its recommendations at a meeting later this month.</p> <p><em>This article appears through a media partnership with </em><em> <a href="http://news.mpbn.net/">Maine Public</a></em><em>.</em></p> <p> U.S. To Bar Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat https://www.mainepublic.org/post/us-bar-downloads-tiktok-wechat urn:uuid:1c9be7cc-7b7e-c9ba-dbfe-8e1a955b18e5 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:48:00 +0000 Updated 10:36 a.m. ET Friday The Trump administration is banning Americans from downloading popular video-sharing app TikTok and limiting the use of WeChat because of national security concerns, the Commerce Department announced on Friday. As of Sunday, TikTok will not be able to receive system updates, which could affect its functionality, including slowing down the app, but the app's current version will still work for American users. Talks are still underway among parties including software company Oracle and Walmart to come up with a plan to rescue TikTok, which has more 100 million users in the U.S. and 700 million globally. Parties have until Nov. 12 to finalize a deal, or the administration will fully ban TikTok, White House officials said. The federal action will also limit the use of WeChat for transferring money or conducting payments inside the U.S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a Friday statement that the restrictions on TikTok — which arose from Trump's executive Riverbank stability tested after landslide in Westbrook https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/portland/riverbank-stability-tested-after-landslide-in-westbrook/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:092f80f8-c262-8533-40e2-01984944c6d9 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:35:49 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="289" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?fit=480%2C289&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?w=663&amp;ssl=1 663w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=480%2C289&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=600%2C361&amp;ssl=1 600w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>City and state officials are determining if crews can safely begin repairing damage to the riverbank. <figure><img width="480" height="289" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?fit=480%2C289&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?w=663&amp;ssl=1 663w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=480%2C289&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=600%2C361&amp;ssl=1 600w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>City and state officials are determining if crews can safely begin repairing damage to the riverbank after a two-acre landslide collapsed into the Presumpscot river on Wednesday, prompting the City of Westbrook to go into a state of emergency. </p> <p>The landslide blocked off a section of the Presumpscot River downstream from the Sappi Mill for several hours and forced the water level behind the blockage to rise up to 13 feet. </p> <p>Damage assessment began Thursday and is expected to continue through Friday, the <a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/17/officials-test-stability-of-westbrook-riverbank-after-landslide-into-presumpscot-river/">Portland Press Herald reported. </a></p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=429%2C258&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-3017507" width="429" height="258" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=600%2C361&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?resize=480%2C289&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i1.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-18-at-9.12.52-AM.png?w=663&amp;ssl=1 663w" sizes="(max-width: 429px) 100vw, 429px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>There was a large landslide along the Presumpscot River in Westbrook <br>Wednesday, where the mayor has declared a state of emergency. <span class="image-credit">Credit: CBS13</span></figcaption></figure></div> <p>Risk of flooding subsided as the water levels started to decline throughout the afternoon after Sappi North America restricted river flow at its five dams upstream.</p> <p>The water level was unusually low before the slide occurred, which helped prevent flooding on the riverbank or upstream. Immediate risk of flash flooding had passed by Thursday afternoon. </p> <p><a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/16/news/portland/landslide-near-sappi-mill-has-blocked-river-in-westbrook/">The area has a long history of landslides</a> because of the river’s large marine or quick clay deposits — soft soil that is often found in coastal areas and can behave as a liquid if disturbed, causing landslides. </p> <p>Senior Geologist with the Maine Geological Survey Lindsay Spigel referred to this as what caused the landslide but couldn’t specify exactly what triggered it, according to the Press Herald. </p> <p>The state of emergency remained in effect as of Thursday. The city council is expected to hold a special meeting Monday, Sept. 21 to address the incident. </p> <p> Businesses, state chamber collect more than 2,000 books for kids in statewide drive https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/bdn-maine/businesses-state-chamber-collect-more-than-2000-books-for-kids-in-statewide-drive/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:1c2d03bf-7637-0d14-7b9a-79b290906ea6 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:33:42 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="270" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?fit=480%2C270&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?w=1920&amp;ssl=1 1920w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=480%2C270&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=600%2C338&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Access to books to help build kids’ learning skills a higher priority than usual due to COVID-19 pandemic AUGUSTA – Central Maine Power Company (CMP), Hannaford and Hussey Seating collected [&#8230;] <figure><img width="480" height="270" src="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?fit=480%2C270&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?w=1920&amp;ssl=1 1920w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=480%2C270&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=600%2C338&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i2.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Maine-State-Chamber-Book-Drive.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p><em>Access to books to help build kids’ learning skills a higher priority than usual due to COVID-19 pandemic</em></p> <p>AUGUSTA – <a href="https://www.cmpco.com/">Central Maine Power Company</a> (CMP), <a href="https://www.hannaford.com/">Hannaford</a> and <a href="https://www.husseyseating.com/">Hussey Seating</a> collected nearly 2,000 books for Maine children in a book drive organized by the <a href="https://www.mainechamber.org/">Maine State Chamber of Commerce</a> over the summer. Access to books for kids of all ages, particularly younger readers, is critical to learning and helps close the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged kids and their peers from higher income families. Books and reading also help build learning skills that enable kids to do better in school, increasing the likelihood they will graduate high school, pursue a post-secondary degree or credential and have successful careers as adults.</p> <p>Early in the summer of 2020, when educators indicated providing access to books for kids was a higher priority than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Chamber initiated the book drive to help fill the need. Between company monetary donations and new and gently used books donated by their employees, CMP, Hannaford and Hussey Seating participated in collecting the nearly 2,000 books.</p> <p>Working with Educate Maine and the Maine Department of Education, many books were shared with kids at s<a href="https://mainedoenews.net/2020/06/10/child-nutrition-programs-continue-to-feed-children-beyond-school-year-with-summer-food-service-program/">ummer meal sites</a> across Maine. Many more books continue to be distributed statewide through Maine’s County Teachers of the Year as kids start the school year.</p> <p>“Giving back to our communities is at the core of what we do every day at CMP, and this book drive was a fantastic opportunity to provide young Mainers with the tools they need to succeed,” said Doug Herling, CMP’s president and CEO. “There is nothing like reading a good book to help kids broaden their vocabularies, improve spelling and grammar, and do well academically. Plus, reading is fun, and can open doors to a child’s imagination, the world and foster a lifelong interest in learning.”&nbsp;</p> <p>“Hannaford was pleased to help collect books for kids for the Maine State Chamber’s book drive over the summer,” said Eric Breton, Belfast Hannaford store manager. “Like most Mainers these days, kids are home more due to the pandemic, even with school starting. We hope having books around the house means more kids will be reading, getting excited about something new they learn from a book, and growing their interest in learning and school.”</p> <p>Gary Merrill, president and CEO of Hussey Seating, said, “Access to books is critical to building learning skills for kids, and Hussey Seating was happy to take part in the Maine State Chamber’s book drive for kids this summer. <a href="https://hechingerreport.org/proof-points-the-literacy-secret-that-dolly-parton-knows-free-books-work/?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&amp;utm_campaign=b3ee6042de-PP_2020_07_20_03_34&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-b3ee6042de-322822505">Free books for kids who don’t have access to them has been shown to help improve early literacy skills.</a> This is especially true when a parent reads to a small child. This a great way for parents and kids to spend quality time together and develop stronger bonds, especially during the pandemic.”</p> <p>“CMP, Hannaford and Hussey Seating really stepped up to fill the need for books, and we thank them for supporting Maine kids, especially during the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented,” said Dana Connors, president and CEO of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “Making sure all Maine youth have access to the resources they need to do well in school is the right thing to do. It’s also an investment in Maine’s future economy, since kids who do well in school are more likely to graduate high school, pursue a college degree or credential, and succeed in the workforce of tomorrow.”</p> <p>Employers who would like more information on the Maine State Chamber’s book drive, or are interested in Scholastic Books’ discount offer to help get books to Maine students, should contact Megan Diver at mdiver@mainechamber.org.To view a brief video of Herling delivering books to Maine State Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dana Connors, please click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/520527578000937/videos/2470718099900378">here</a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2470718099900378">https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2470718099900378</a>).</p> Hampden police identify person who left dog poop in mailboxes of Trump supporters https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/bangor/hampden-police-identify-person-who-left-dog-poop-in-mailboxes-of-trump-supporters/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:7ec626bd-34e2-df77-4687-5e22d1ab6b78 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:24:02 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?w=2500&amp;ssl=1 2500w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The person is a minor and victims requested that police not press charges. <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?w=2500&amp;ssl=1 2500w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Police-lights-2.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>The person responsible for putting dog poop into mailboxes and defacing signs belonging to President Trump supporters was identified by Hampden police as a minor. </p> <p>The girl was seen riding a purple bicycle <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/17/news/bangor/hampden-police-looking-for-woman-who-put-dog-poop-in-mailboxes-of-trump-supporters/">around Constitution Avenue on Monday and Tuesday</a>. </p> <p>She admitted to the offenses, Hampden Public Safety Director Christian Bailey said Friday. The victims requested that police not press charges against the girl, he said. </p> Wanted in Israel: More Shofar Blowers For Socially Distanced Jewish New Year https://www.mainepublic.org/post/wanted-israel-more-shofar-blowers-socially-distanced-jewish-new-year urn:uuid:af1a8c43-7f21-cc79-8a0c-f307c7e0af39 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:23:00 +0000 Never before has Israel had such a high need for those schooled in the rarefied art of shofar blowing. The wail of the Biblical shofar — made from the horn of a ram or a certain antelope species — is a hallmark of prayer gatherings on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins this weekend. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel is mandating smaller, socially distanced prayer gatherings — so the country needs many more shofar blowers than in years past. Shofars on a table during a Shofar blowing course in a synagogue in Ramat Gan. Daniel Estrin / NPR Usually, shofar blowers with years of experience are tapped for the honor in synagogues that draw hundreds. This year, to help fill the need, some Israeli cities have offered free shofar-blowing courses, and experts have taught Zoom sessions. At a lesson sponsored by the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, 50 men gather in an Orthodox synagoge to practice, creating a cacophony of horns not dissimilar to high school band Wanted in Israel: More Shofar Blowers For Socially Distanced Jewish New Year https://www.mainepublic.org/post/wanted-israel-more-shofar-blowers-socially-distanced-jewish-new-year urn:uuid:2da03c21-332d-bc23-9b91-5ba5ece49523 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:23:00 +0000 Never before has Israel had such a high need for those schooled in the rarefied art of shofar blowing. The wail of the biblical shofar — made from the horn of a ram or a certain antelope species — is a hallmark of prayer gatherings on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins this weekend. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel is mandating smaller, socially distanced prayer gatherings — so the country needs many more shofar blowers than in years past. Shofars on a table during a shofar-blowing course in a Ramat Gan synagogue. Daniel Estrin / NPR Usually, shofar blowers with years of experience are tapped for the honor in synagogues that draw hundreds. This year, to help fill the need, some Israeli cities have offered free shofar-blowing courses, and experts have taught Zoom sessions. At a lesson sponsored by the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, 50 men gather in an Orthodox synagogue to practice, creating a cacophony of horns not dissimilar to high school band practice. Kenya Braced For The Worst. The Worst Didn't Happen. Why? https://www.mainepublic.org/post/kenya-braced-worst-worst-didnt-happen-why urn:uuid:c6fcbaa2-855e-dc16-b20b-cbc063b29b1b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:22:00 +0000 This past Sunday at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, it was life as usual. Kids took rides on horses and camels. Families and lovers shared paddle boats in the lake at the center of the park. Alice Nyambura and Lucy Wahu, both college sophomores, sat on the grass watching the boats. The sun was shining; the lily pads blooming. They had come here to get their minds off the pandemic. "I don't think there is anything like corona," Nyambura said. "It is there," Wahu corrected her. "But I think they are exaggerating the numbers." When this pandemic began, public health experts issued dire warnings about the devastating effects it would have in Africa. Just weeks ago, Kenya was girding for the worst. As the country reported hundreds of cases daily, the health minister asked schools to prepare rooms to isolate all the people hospitals wouldn't be able to treat. Cemeteries dug mass graves. But then, just as quickly as the cases rose, they plummeted. They went from a peak of more than 600 cases Breonna Taylor's Mother: 'I Won't Go Away, I'll Still Fight' https://www.mainepublic.org/post/breonna-taylors-mother-i-wont-go-away-ill-still-fight urn:uuid:17a2584b-c043-d49b-3eca-e6945997c96f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:11:00 +0000 The mother of Breonna Taylor says that if the police reforms announced this week by officials in Louisville were in place six months ago, her daughter might still be alive. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency room technician, was shot and killed by Louisville police during a botched narcotics raid at her home during the early morning hours of March 13. A decision on whether to bring charges against the three officers who carried out the raid is expected in the coming days. Tamika Palmer, her mother, says she has not been given any indication if the officers will be indicted. But she made clear that, for her, that's what justice would look like. "I'm hoping to hear that there will be charges," Palmer said Friday in an interview on NPR's Morning Edition . "That these people will be fired and arrested." "2020 was her year" Earlier this week, the city of Louisville said it would pay $12 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Taylor's family. As part Breonna Taylor's Mother: 'I Won't Go Away. I'll Still Fight' https://www.mainepublic.org/post/breonna-taylors-mother-i-wont-go-away-ill-still-fight urn:uuid:205eb15a-b1a9-df26-fd26-e88bf257cfd8 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:11:00 +0000 The mother of Breonna Taylor says that if the police reforms announced this week by officials in Louisville were in place six months ago, her daughter might still be alive. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency room technician, was fatally shot by Louisville police during a botched narcotics raid at her home during the early morning hours of March 13. A decision on whether to bring charges against the three officers who carried out the raid is expected in the coming days. Tamika Palmer, her mother, says she has not been given any indication if the officers will be indicted. But she made clear that, for her, that's what justice would look like. "I'm hoping to hear that there will be charges," Palmer said Friday in an interview on NPR's Morning Edition . "That these people will be fired and arrested." "2020 was her year" Earlier this week, the city of Louisville said it would pay $12 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Taylor's family. As part of How to sort out the deluge of polls in Maine’s heavily watched 2020 races https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/politics/daily-brief/how-to-sort-out-the-deluge-of-polls-in-maines-heavily-watched-2020-races/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:43dffae0-90a2-b7f1-4182-bdf7996f1956 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:04:00 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="299" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?fit=480%2C299&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?w=2512&amp;ssl=1 2512w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=480%2C299&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=600%2C374&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=768%2C479&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C958&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1277&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C748&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C978&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The best way to make sense of these varied polls is to not read too much into any single one of them. <figure><img width="480" height="299" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?fit=480%2C299&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?w=2512&amp;ssl=1 2512w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=480%2C299&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=600%2C374&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=768%2C479&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C958&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1277&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C748&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C978&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/Election-2020-Senate-Maine-1-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p><em>Good morning from Augusta. There are 46 days until Election Day.</em></p><p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY: </strong>“I feel like we’ve completed the cycle,” said <strong>Denise Rubin</strong>, who bought the Purple Heart awarded to Army Lt. <strong>Royce Gibson</strong>, who died just after D-Day in World War II, at a 2000 auction. The medal disappeared in 2006, but was recently found and <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/news/portland/after-76-years-a-d-day-heros-long-hidden-purple-heart-returns-to-his-family/">given to Gibson&#8217;s family</a>. “There was definitely a force at work here. It was meant to get back.” <a href="http://t.ly/KUE4">Here’s your soundtrack</a>.</p> <h3>What we’re watching today</h3> <p><strong>More pollsters are diving into Maine this year due to the competitive U.S. Senate race and close presidential contest in the 2nd District. </strong>But three polls over the last eight days showed sharply different results in the U.S. Senate race, with House Speaker <strong>Sara Gideon</strong>, a Democrat, leading Sen. <strong>Susan Collins </strong>by one, 12 and five points, respectively. <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/politics/sara-gideon-leads-susan-collins-by-5-points-in-another-strong-poll-for-maine-democrats/">The last and latest one was released Friday</a> by The New York Times and Siena College.</p> <p>The best way to make sense of these varied polls is to not read too much into any single one of them but instead think about the polling average. The average of all polls maintained by <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/senate/maine/">FiveThirtyEight</a> since the beginning of July gives Gideon an average lead of 4.3 percent. <a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/senate/me/maine_senate_collins_vs_gideon-6928.html">RealClearPolitics</a>, which includes a smaller sample of pollsters with longer track records, gives the Democrat a lead of 6.2 percent. The gap in the Times poll is near there.</p> <p>Though there have been some variations, the polling average in the race has remained relatively consistent this year, as Gideon has maintained a narrow lead despite twists in campaigning and a barrage of negative attacks from both sides.</p> <p><strong>New polling numbers are likely to continue flowing in as Maine remains in the national spotlight. </strong>Collins’ seat is one that both parties see as essential to control of the upper chamber, where Republicans currently have a three-seat advantage. The Maine senator also garnered unique national attention for her vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice <strong>Brett Kavanaugh </strong>two years ago.</p> <p>Though the 2nd District harbors only one electoral vote, it is seen as the sort of swing district that could be a bellwether, as President <strong>Donald Trump </strong>was a surprise victor in 2016 after President <strong>Barack Obama</strong> won it twice. Rep. <strong>Jared Golden</strong>, a Democrat, won it in 2018. The latest poll showed Golden up solidly while Trump and former Vice President <strong>Joe Biden</strong>, the Democratic nominee, were virtually tied.</p> <h3>The Maine politics top 3</h3> <p>&#8212; “<a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/mainefocus/feds-allow-canadian-loggers-to-threaten-maine-jobs-senate-president-says-in-complaint/">Feds allow Canadian loggers to threaten Maine jobs, Senate president says in complaint</a>,” <strong>Josh Keefe</strong>, Bangor Daily News: “[The criticism from Maine Senate President <strong>Troy Jackson</strong>, D-Allagash] comes at a time when Maine’s forest products industry is struggling to overcome two simultaneous challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, which has depressed demand for forest products globally, and the April explosion at the Pixelle Androscoggin Mill in Jay, which has <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/04/27/news/truckers-loggers-lose-business-after-jay-paper-mill-explosion/">decimated logging and trucking </a>operations providing raw material to the mill.”</p> <p><strong>The complaint echoes the concerns that brought Jackson into politics. </strong>The Allagash senator got his start in politics when he joined a blockade on the <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2019/10/25/opinion/heres-why-the-1998-logging-blockade-still-matters-now/">Canadian border in 1998</a> to bring attention to the issue of Canadians encroaching on Maine jobs. He has focused on <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2009/08/06/news/border-tensions-maine-loggers-contend-canadian-companies-skirting-labor-laws/">logging jobs and labor issues</a> throughout his political career, often contending that both federal and state government does not do enough to protect workers. This week, he went so far as to say the state and federal labor departments “do not give a shit about this.”</p> <p>&#8212; “<a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/politics/ad-watch-susan-collins-equates-separate-sara-gideon-votes-from-2010-with-defunding-police/">Ad Watch: Susan Collins equates separate Sara Gideon votes from 2010 with defunding police</a>,” <strong>Michael Shepherd</strong>, BDN: “[Collins’] campaign is framing votes taken by [Gideon] as a Freeport town councilor in 2010 as an example of defunding police. They were separate moves months apart to consolidate dispatch services and partially forgive a loan to a nonprofit.”</p> <p><strong>The dispute is mostly over money in the race from progressive groups aligned with Gideon who have gone further on this issue than the candidate. </strong><a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/11/politics/susan-collins-and-sara-gideon-clash-over-health-care-and-trump-in-first-us-senate-debate/">In a Friday debate</a>, both Collins and Gideon said they do not support calls to “defund the police.” But Collins’ campaign has made an issue of a $4 million crowdfund that was co-organized by one group that has used the slogan and another that has pledged $2 million to organizing for Democrats here in 2020. That is the context for the Collins ad as the two war <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/tracking-the-money-in-maines-us-senate-race/">over record sums spent against each other</a>.</p> <p>&#8212; “<a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/17/politics/janet-mills-accepts-emergency-maine-budget-plan-will-ask-for-more-changes-in-january/">Janet Mills accepts emergency Maine budget plan, will ask for more changes in January</a>,” <strong>Caitlin Andrews</strong>, BDN: “An executive order included most of the items suggested by budget commissioner <strong>Kirsten Figueroa</strong> proposed last week to cover a $528 million revenue shortfall projected through mid-2021 due to the drop in tax revenue amid the pandemic. Next year’s regularly scheduled budget talks will consider how to fill an $800 million gap expected over the next two years.”</p> <p><em>Today’s Daily Brief was written by Michael Shepherd, Caitlin Andrews and Jessica Piper. If you’re reading this on the BDN’s website or were forwarded it, email </em><a href="mailto:clumm@bangordailynews.com"><em>clumm@bangordailynews.com</em></a><em> (we’re setting up a new subscriber page soon) to subscribe to it via email.</em></p> <p><em>To reach us, do not reply directly to this newsletter, but contact the political team at </em><a href="mailto:mshepherd@bangordailynews.com"><em>mshepherd@bangordailynews.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="mailto:candrews@bangordailynews.com"><em>candrews@bangordailynews.com</em></a><em> or </em><a href="mailto:jpiper@bangordailynews.com"><em>jpiper@bangordailynews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="wp-block-group has-light-gray-background-color has-background"><div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <p class="has-large-font-size"><strong>Watch more:</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div id="Kjlqb-kxZic" class="bdn-youtube-embed"></div> </div></figure> </div></div> <p> Former Pence aide will vote for Biden because of Trump’s ‘flat out disregard for human life’ during pandemic https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/former-pence-aide-will-vote-for-biden-because-of-trumps-flat-out-disregard-for-human-life-during-pandemic/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:485d6b0f-956f-56bf-0608-28941f91bfc0 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:00:03 +0000 Troye joins a growing number of former officials who have detailed their worries about what happened during their time in the administration while declaring that Trump is unfit to be president. Sara Gideon leads Susan Collins by 5 points in another strong poll for Maine Democrats https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/politics/sara-gideon-leads-susan-collins-by-5-points-in-another-strong-poll-for-maine-democrats/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:1cece021-ec19-b9f4-9ab7-209924d15fee Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:48:19 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a large lead over President Donald Trump statewide and is up slightly in the 2nd District, according to the poll. <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/20200911_Debate_24-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>House Speaker Sara Gideon maintains a 5-point lead over Sen. Susan Collins, while former Vice President Joe Biden holds a large lead over President Donald Trump statewide and is up slightly in the 2nd District in another poll reflecting strong showings for Democrats.</p><p>The poll, <a href="https://int.nyt.com/data/documenttools/az-me-nc-0920-crosstabs/72d074246b272695/full.pdf">conducted by the New York Times and Siena College</a> and released Friday, surveyed 663 likely Maine voters between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16. The margin of error was 5.1 percent.</p> <p>In the heavily watched U.S. Senate race, the survey marked a return to near the average gap between Gideon and Collins that has been seen <a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/senate/me/maine_senate_collins_vs_gideon-6928.html">in polls throughout 2020</a>. One outlier poll <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/16/politics/new-outlier-poll-gives-sara-gideon-and-joe-biden-big-leads-in-maines-biggest-races/">released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University</a> had Gideon up by 12 points, while another last week from AARP Maine <a href="https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/10/politics/susan-collins-and-sara-gideon-virtually-tied-in-new-maine-aarp-poll/">had the two effectively tied</a>.</p> <p>Gideon led Collins with 44 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for the incumbent Republican, the poll released Friday found. Independents Lisa Savage and Max Linn each got 2 percent of votes. When the second choices of Savage and Linn voters were counted in the ranked-choice race, Gideon gained slightly, with 49 percent compared to 44 percent for Collins. </p> <p>Biden, the Democratic nominee, held a 17-point lead over Trump statewide, with 55 percent of the vote to Trump’s 38 percent. The former vice president also led by two points in the 2nd District, which Trump won by 10 points in 2016 but has polled closely so far this year.</p> <p>U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat from the 2nd District, ran well ahead of Biden with a strong lead over former state Rep. Dale Crafts, 56 percent to 37 percent. Golden may have been buoyed in part by Crafts’ low name recognition — a third of voters had no opinion of him. </p> <p>The freshman Democrat still picked up strong support across the political spectrum, with 64 percent of independents and 23 percent of Republicans saying they would vote for him.</p> <p>Republicans up and down the ballot may be hurt by Trump’s low approval. A whopping 53 percent of those surveyed said they strongly disapproved of the president’s performance, while another 7 percent somewhat disapproved. In contrast, 57 percent of voters had a very or somewhat favorable impression of Biden.</p> <p>Nearly half of respondents — or 49 percent — said they thought Collins supported Trump “too much” while only 8 percent thought she supported the president too little. The majority of voters, 55 percent, disapproved of the Maine senator’s votes to acquit Trump on impeachment charges and to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.</p> <p>Fifty-three percent of Maine voters said they preferred a Democratic-led Senate in 2021, while only 41 percent of voters wanted Republicans to control the body. Seventy percent of voters said it would be better if the presidency and the Senate were controlled by the same party.</p> <p>About half of voters are planning to vote in-person on Election Day, though there were splits along party lines, with 58 percent of Democrats saying they planned to vote by mail while only 17 percent of Republicans did.</p> <p>The poll did not ask about approval of other political figures, including Gov. Janet Mills, but 64 percent of respondents said they thought Maine was easing social distancing restrictions at the right pace. Only 26 percent said the state was moving too slowly.</p> <div class="wp-block-group has-light-gray-background-color has-background"><div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <p class="has-large-font-size"><strong>Watch more:</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div id="JqApcMFlBWQ" class="bdn-youtube-embed"></div> </div></figure> </div></div> Jay Allen Touts Bread And Butter Conservative Values In Bid For 1st District Congressional Seat https://www.mainepublic.org/post/jay-allen-touts-bread-and-butter-conservative-values-bid-1st-district-congressional-seat urn:uuid:495e1616-e78e-3ae7-1e9a-b66402b6af82 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:43:16 +0000 While almost all of the attention of this campaign season has been focused on Maine’s U.S. Senate race , there are two other races underway for two Congressional seats. Video: It's Not The First Time A Landslide Has Blocked The Presumpscot River, State Geologist Says https://www.mainepublic.org/post/video-its-not-first-time-landslide-has-blocked-presumpscot-river-state-geologist-says urn:uuid:b6778e37-e2bf-e41c-a8c6-5b3f07e56e2d Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:37:53 +0000 A landslide blocked the Presumpscot River In Westbrook River Wednesday. And as the water rose behind it, the city declared a state of emergency, while the National Weather Service put the area on notice that flash floods could result. But so far, so good. US banning use of TikTok, WeChat for national security https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/18/national-politics/us-banning-use-of-wechat-tiktok-for-national-security/ Bangor Daily News urn:uuid:396035fc-48d2-d7a9-f7ff-acf278a489cc Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:31:35 +0000 <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. <figure><img width="480" height="320" src="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?fit=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=480%2C320&amp;ssl=1 480w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C400&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bdn-data.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/09/WeChat-TikTok-Banned-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. </p> <p>The order Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to &#8220;combat China&#8217;s malicious collection of American citizens&#8217; personal data.&#8221;</p> <p>The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won&#8217;t be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app &#8220;could be directly or indirectly impaired&#8221; by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won&#8217;t be subject to penalties.</p> <p>Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a security risk. </p> U.S. says it is banning use of TikTok, WeChat for national security https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/18/u-s-says-it-is-banning-use-of-tiktok-wechat-for-national-security/ News – Press Herald urn:uuid:ac064abc-3aab-ec95-f0da-c8fce54e057a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:26:21 +0000 The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday. South Portland To Create Its Own Municipal Human Rights Commission https://www.mainepublic.org/post/south-portland-create-its-own-municipal-human-rights-commission urn:uuid:27115864-57b2-8a36-f9c2-c4507402e56e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:25:48 +0000 It's been a turbulent year of protests and outrage over persistent issues surrounding racism. The city of South Portland this week took an uncommon step and voted to create a municipal Human Rights Commission that is thought to be the first in the state. Margaret Brownlee is diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Maine College of Art who helped shape the commission in South Portland. Brownlee talked about the initiative with Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell.