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Trump convenes task force to study U.S. Postal System

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal System.

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Zinke hints at exemption for offshore gas drilling

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Department

of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he believes Maine residents will be “very happy” with a revised proposal on offshore drilling, which notes there are few reserves off the coast of Maine.

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Governor announces 2 judicial nominees

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing two new judicial nominations.

The governor this week said he is re-nominating Hampden resident Gregory Campbell as District Court Judge in Bangor. Campbell previously worked in both the Penobscot and Piscataquis County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor.

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Student sues to compete in ‘Poetry Out Loud’

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

PORTLAND (AP) — A high school student who fled his native country of Zambia last year is suing the National Endowment for the Arts because it will not let him compete in the national “Poetry Out Loud” contest.

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House OKs marijuana bill, but with fewer votes

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House has approved for a second time a compromise bill governing marijuana retail sales, sending the measure to the Senate for final enactment.

The 102-38 vote Thursday represented a veto-proof majority. But it’s a drop in support from the House’s 112-34 vote Tuesday.

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Alice Mae McRae

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

DAMARISCOTTA — Alice Mae Plummer McRae, 83, died peacefully on April 11, 2018, at Chase Point Assisted Living in Damariscotta, Maine, her home for the last 4 1/2 years. She was born on January 4, 1935, in Bath, Maine, the daughter of Frank L. Plummer and Grace Boyce Plummer.

On November 8, 1952, she married Richard D. McRae. They made their home and raised their family in Bath.

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When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22
The Associated Press

NEW YORK

Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.

The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner than those who drink less.

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Charles A. Orem

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22

BRUNSWICK — Commander Charles A. (Skip) Orem, U.S. Navy (Retired), died on March 1, 2018, as the result of an accident while on vacation in the Caribbean.

The son of Vice Admiral and Mrs. Howard E. Orem, he was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on April 1, 1929.

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NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:22
BY MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see — plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more — will come under the intense stare of NASA’s newest planet hunter.

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Living the Word

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
by the Rev. Lois Hart

“Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.” John 21:12

Recognizing Jesus

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Benefit church supper Saturday

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21

HARPSWELL — A church supper Saturday will fill stomachs and benefit a community organization.

The supper, which will take place from 5-7 p.m., will include corned beef and all the fixings. The cost is $9 per person, and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

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Faith notes:

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY MEADOW RUE MERRILL

I don’t read many parenting books. When I sit down to read, it is more often to escape the realities of parenting than to learn about them.

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St. Charles Borromeo hosting Earth Day celebration

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
The Times Record

BRUNSWICK

People of all denominations, including those with no faith traditions, are encouraged to attend an Earth Day celebration at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sunday, April 22.

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Pope seeks ‘saints next door’ not doctrinaire perfectionists

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY NICOLE WINFIELD The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY

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In region gripped by spate of armed robberies, tension mounts with four holdups in 25 hours

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY GILLIAN GRAHAM Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

Four holdups in just over 25 hours this week ratcheted up tensions surrounding a series of armed robberies in southern Maine and prompted police to warn that more confrontations between a robber and store employees could escalate into violence.

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Justices ponder last minute ranked-choice voting query

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY DAVID SHARP The Associated Press

PORTLAND

With the clock ticking, state supreme court justices hastily convened attorneys Thursday to consider whether the secretary of state’s implementation of ranked-choice voting for the June primaries without funding by state lawmakers violates the Maine Constitution.

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A Bridge to Gratitude

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY SANDY STOTT

Your Land

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A Little Light Beach Reading

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY DAVID TREADWELL Just a Little Old

Tina and I had the good fortune to spend the month of March on Anna Maria Island in Florida. Anna Maria Island is all about the beach, not golfing or tennis, just the beach. Some people get bored going to the beach, day after day, but we don’t if, a big if, we have some good books to read (and good friends and family to host). Happily, we did.

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Remembering Skip on the St. George

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21
BY RON CHASE Seniors Not Acting Their Age

Skip and Jo Pendleton were members of the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society (PPCS) for a couple of decades. After a 65 year marriage, they both passed away last year, just a few days apart.

I didn’t know Jo very well as she was not active in club adventures. What I did know was that she was a very vibrant, vivacious person who was a joy to be around.

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Letters

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:21

No Easy Answer to Pleasant Street Traffic Woes

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