March 4, 2010



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Jill Brady/Staff Photographer: From left, Kathleen McKeon and Tracy Tingley, both of Portland, and Olivia Mallar, 12, of Turner enjoy some hula hooping at East End Beach on a beautiful Sunday, November 1, 2009. Tingley is the owner of Hardcore Hoops in Portland where she teaches fitness with hula hoops.

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Jill Brady/Staff Photographer: Annie Leahy and Mike Carey, both of both Portland and Great Diamond Island, enjoy a brisk dip in the Atlantic at East End Beach on a beautiful Sunday, November 1, 2009. The dip is part of their mini competition with another couple to see who can "swim" in the ocean the most months out of the year. So far they have successfully completed 7 months.

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Illnesses in Maine, 2 other states lead to beef recall

A New York-based manufacturer is recalling about 456,00 pounds of ground beef products after people became ill in Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Fairbank Farms is participating in the voluntary recall because of possible E. coli contamination. The affected products were sold at Trader Joe's, Price Chopper, Lancaster and Wild Harvest, Shaw's, BJ's, Ford Brothers and Giant. The company said the products were not sold in Maine.

Each package bears the establishment number ''EST. 492'' inside the USDA inspection mark or on the nutrition label. They were packaged between Sept 15 and 16 and may have been labeled at retail stores with sell-by dates from Sept. 19 to 28.

The products include patties, meatloaf and meatball mix and ground beef from specified cuts like chuck, sirloin and round, as well as from unspecified cuts.

Churches take measures to prevent spread of H1N1

Roman Catholic churches took steps this past weekend to prevent the spread of swine flu.

The Diocese of Portland reinstituted precautions during Masses after consulting with state health officials. Bishop Richard Malone is asking parishioners who are at risk or already have cold or flu-like symptoms to stay home. Individuals who are ill are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation.

The distribution of the shared wine is suspended, and parishioners are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue. Parishioners should not to shake hands during the sign of peace or hold hands during the Lord's Prayer.


Study: Housing homeless can save taxpayers money

A new study says it's cheaper for taxpayers if government provides supportive housing for disabled, homeless people than it is to do nothing.

According to the Maine State Housing Authority study, urban homeless people with disabilities who find supportive housing have a 46 percent reduction in health care costs and a 50 percent reduction in social service costs. There are also significant reductions in costs for emergency room visits and jail.

In rural settings, the study finds a 37 percent reduction in social service costs; a 54 percent reduction in mental health costs, and big reductions in costs for incarceration.


Man found dead in pickup; incident seen as suspicious

State police are characterizing the shooting death of a man found in his pickup truck as suspicious.

The body of Everett Cameron, 60, was discovered on Town Farm Road near his home Saturday afternoon.

State police detectives, state game wardens and Somerset County deputies were at the scene most of the night. Detectives returned Sunday, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

An autopsy was under way Sunday, and Cameron's truck was towed to the state police crime lab for examination.


Woman faces assault charge in beating with police baton

A Carthage woman is facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault following the beating of another woman with a wooden police baton, which left the victim critically injured.

Police told the Sunday Sun Journal of Lewiston that 28-year-old Jennifer Hodgkins was taken to Oxford County Jail in Paris on Saturday.

Chief James Theriault of the Mexico Police Department said that Hodgkins, formerly of Peru, turned herself in after Friday night's attack on Sharon Gardner with a foot-long, wooden police baton.

An ambulance took Gardner to Rumford Hospital. She was later flown by medical helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Police said a custody dispute triggered the attack.

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Jill Brady/Staff Photographer: Features at Portland's Eastern Prom on a beautiful Sunday, November 1, 2009.


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