The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:11:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Auto racing roundup: Earnhardt still supports his team Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:09:49 +0000 DOVER, Del. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. watched his ol’ No. 88 Chevy roll onto pit road and felt a tinge of melancholy knowing Jeff Gordon would slide into the seat.

Earnhardt was back at a NASCAR track, yet far removed from a NASCAR comeback.

“It’s hard not to climb in the car before Jeff does,” he said.

Without a ride, Earnhardt instead took a temporary spot as NASCAR’s most popular crew member. He wore a hoodie and a hat instead of a firesuit as he made one of his few public appearances at a track since his season ended in July because of a concussion. Earnhardt posed for selfies with fans and seemed in good spirits watching practice from the pit box Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Earnhardt enjoyed being one of the guys again at Hendrick Motorsports. He assisted with his No. 88 team and took an interest in helping crew chief Greg Ives during Gordon’s practice run on a session interrupted by rain.

He was even teased by Elliott Sadler as they waited out the rain.

“I didn’t know you had your own entourage following you around,” said Sadler, laughing. “That’s pretty cool, man.”

Earnhardt, 41, said he was feeling better, though he didn’t know when he would be cleared to return to racing. Earnhardt has used a race simulator to aid in his rehabilitation, which helped him work on his motor skills, and he’s added more exercises to his daily routine.

But the symptoms linger.

“Walking through the garage and signing autographs is tough,” he said. “Your balance gets bad. A lot of it is visual, a lot of the things happening with your peripheral (vision) and stuff. That’s something that’s going to challenge it. That’s pretty much it. My eyes got a lot better. I didn’t really notice issues with my eyes quite as much anymore. The balance stuff is still needing some work.”

Earnhardt, long NASCAR’s most popular driver, has said he hoped to be cleared for the 2017 Daytona 500. But when that date might come? He has no idea.

“I’m not ready, I know that. I’ll know when I’m ready,” he said. “It’s not one of them things that has a schedule. You don’t know when you’re going to be like, ‘all right, I’m good. Let’s go do this.’ “

It was an odd sight: Earnhardt in street clothes talking with Gordon in a firesuit in the garage. Gordon retired at the end of last season before he was pressed into service by team owner Rick Hendrick to replace Earnhardt in select races.

Gordon will substitute for him in one more race in the 88. Alex Bowman will drive in the other races remaining this season.

With a boost from a two-time Daytona 500 champion, Gordon topped the speed chart with a lap of 160.514 mph. Kyle Larson was seventh on the speed chart and the fastest of the 16 Chase drivers at 158.898.

Teammates were excited to have Junior back.

“I haven’t seen a lot of Dale away from the race track. I completely understand how difficult it is to come to the track and feel productive,” six-time champion Jimmie Johnson said. “I can only imagine how hard it is to go to the track and watch your car race and then also how boring it would be because we do have the coolest job to sit in that race car.”

XFINITY: Rain washed out the race and there will be a Dover doubleheader Sunday.

The second-tier series race will start at 10 a.m. at Dover International Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon are scheduled to pull double duty.

Erik Jones is on the Xfinity pole in the series’ Chase race.

Elliott Sadler advanced to the second round with a win last week at Kentucky Speedway.

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Russia warns U.S. against attacking in Syria Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:54:05 +0000 BEIRUT — Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.

Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that a U.S. intervention against the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”

She said regime change in Syria would create a vacuum that would be “quickly filled” by “terrorists of all stripes.”

U.S.-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched a major onslaught on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Syrian troops pushed ahead in their offensive in Aleppo on Saturday, capturing the strategic Um al-Shuqeef hill near the Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat that government forces captured from rebels earlier this week, according to state TV. The hill is on the northern edge of the Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center.

The powerful ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham militant group said rebels regained control Saturday of several positions they lost in Aleppo in the Bustan al-Basha neighborhood.

State media said 13 people were wounded when rebels shelled the central government-held neighborhood of Midan.

Airstrikes on Aleppo struck a hospital in the eastern rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhour, putting it out of service, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees. They said one person was killed in the airstrike.

Opposition activist Ahmad Alkhatib described the hospital, known as M10, as one of the largest in Aleppo. He posted photographs on his Twitter account showing the damage, including beds covered with dust, a hole in the roof and debris covering the street outside.

A doctor at the hospital told the Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, that thousands of people were treated in the compound in the past..

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Hallowell businesses worry over new retail possibilities Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:53:41 +0000 HALLOWELL — Ruth LaChance looks at the Stevens School redevelopment plan not just as a Hallowell resident, but as a downtown business owner and as the president of the Hallowell Board of Trade. And she is clear about her support for developer Matt Morrill’s plan, with one large caveat.

“There’s no bones about it, because downtown Hallowell is bustling and we want to keep it that way,” LaChance said at Boynton’s Market, which she co-owns and helps operate with her husband, Bob. “If he wants the support of the businesses, he has to say no retail.”

Morrill, who purchased the 54-acre Stevens Commons complex from the state in April for $215,000, submitted his master plan for the site last month and is awaiting its initial approval of completion by the city’s Planning Board. The plan calls for a mixed-use development featuring affordable senior housing, commercial and residential space and small, clustered subdivisions.

“Our plan shows a variety of conceptual uses, and I understand there may be things that may not meet everybody’s desires,” Morrill said in an email Saturday, “but we want to engage the community and the Board of Trade in the process so that we can arrive at a set of mixed uses on the campus that best serves the needs of the community.”

Hallowell’s comprehensive plan does not allow for retail usage at the former Stevens School site, so the city would have to amend the related ordinance. LaChance is worried that the city will drift from the intentions of the comprehensive plan.

“Retail will kill us,” she said emphatically. “We are pretty clear that we don’t need or want another coffee shop, another flower shop or another restaurant up there.”

LaChance said there is support among the Board of Trade members for the affordable-housing aspect of Morrill’s plan. There is so much employment along Water Street, she said, and businesses constantly are searching for affordable places where employees can live.

“We all understand that with the aging population, we’re always going to need senior housing, and the biggest relief will be affordable housing not just for the elderly, but for everybody,” she said. “We’re all for the housing plan.”

But LaChance just can’t get past the idea of retail usage at Stevens Commons and admits she’s “extremely concerned.”

In the months after he acquired the property, Morrill and the city have discussed a $1 million bond that would allow for infrastructure improvements to the campus’ roads, of which the city then would take ownership. Bonding would have to be approved by voters, something LaChance vows to not support as long as retail space is part of Morrill’s plan.

“If this developer wants a bond issue to pass, and if he wants the support of the Board of Trade, we have to hear that there will be no retail,” she stated.

Aside from the competition, LaChance said it’s hard to get people to “come back down” to Water Street if they get used to shopping at Stevens Commons, especially during the Water Street reconstruction set to begin in 2018.

“If they have another place to go park and get similar items, we’re going to be on the short end down here,” LaChance said. “The road construction is going to be a big deterrent to people, and we’ll need all the help we can get.”

Kim Davis, of Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe on Water Street, isn’t worried about another candy store opening at Stevens Commons. But she is concerned, like LaChance, that people will forget about shopping in downtown Hallowell if they can get what they need at Stevens Commons.

“Competition is good, but if they go to Stevens (Commons) where it’s easy to get in and out of, people would bypass us to go there,” Davis said. “Then what? Pretty soon an art gallery would go there? It’s endless, and the city as a whole has to decide what they want.”

Contrarians say that any new business coming to Hallowell is good business, but Davis said that’s not true in her mind and mentioned how officials from Augusta said something similar about their downtown.

The candy store owner also is concerned about the new development’s tax implications of. When it was owned by the state, the city received no tax revenue from the campus. She wonders whether the senior housing or affordable housing residents or property owners would be adding to the tax coffers.

“You’d have more people using services and going to the schools, but we’d be no further ahead,” Davis said. “Property taxes and other taxes would go up to sustain those services. I’d hate to see that happen here.”

People are so anxious to get any money in, Davis said, that they don’t look at the long-term effect on the city and its residents. Some might see the property and think that it’ll help lower taxes, but Davis said “it never does. It never works out that way.”

LaChance said Morrill attended the Board of Trade meeting in July, and there was a little discussion about his plans. Morrill, of Grand View Log and Timber Frames in Winthrop, said they are just at the beginning of vetting the appropriate mixture of residential and nonresidential uses with the Planning Board and then the City Council.

Interim Code Enforcement Officer Dick Dolby, who spent more than 20 years leading the code enforcement office in Augusta, has been reviewing the Stevens Commons master plan since it was submitted in mid-September. The Planning Board is expected to take up the issue at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 19.


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Red Sox will meet Indians in playoffs Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:51:16 +0000 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terry Francona once brought a lot of joy to Boston, guiding the Red Sox to a pair of World Series championships. Starting soon, he hopes it doesn’t go so well for them.

Now managing the Cleveland Indians, Francona will face his former team in the best-of-five AL Division Series. The matchup begins Thursday, with both teams still trying to earn home-field advantage.

This is Francona’s fourth season with the AL Central champion Indians, and he said he doesn’t want this to be about him versus the AL East champ Red Sox.

“Well, the one thing I think I need to be cognizant of is the players have worked so hard, both sides, to get to this,” Francona said before Saturday’s game against Kansas City. “I can’t let my personal feelings ever get in the way of or take away from what they’ve done. So, whatever my feelings are need to remain my feelings.”

Francona is a close friend of Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

“It’s tough when you’re going to compete against one of your best friends,” Francona said. “That’s actually kind of hard, but I’m so proud of him and happy for him and what he’s accomplished. I kind of consider it an honor, actually to compete against him.”

Francona isn’t sure how his rotation will line up for the Red Sox series. Ace Corey Kluber, who is 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA, has not pitched since Monday when he left in the fourth inning at Detroit with tightness in his quadriceps.

Kluber will throw a bullpen session Sunday. The Indians have not ruled out Kluber starting the postseason opener. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said he is confident Kluber will pitch in one of the first three postseason games.

“He’s doing well,” Francona said. “He went out and did some running, some agility stuff today.”

Danny Salazar, who has not pitched since September because of a forearm strain, could throw a simulated game Monday.

The Indians could also be playing a makeup game on Monday at Detroit if it has postseason ramifications. The Tigers entered Saturday a half-game back of Toronto in the wild-card standings.

“No idea,” Francona said on who would start if there is a game Monday. “Some of it may depend on what the game’s for. We’ll see. Some of it will depend on who pitches tomorrow and how much.”

Francona said Salazar would not start against the Tigers, emphasizing he needs a simulated game first.

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Siberia may kill 250,000 reindeer over anthrax scare Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:42:19 +0000 Faced with a public health crisis straight from a dystopian horror movie, officials in a remote region of Siberia have proposed killing off 250,000 reindeer by Christmas to minimize the possible spread of deadly anthrax bacteria, according to the Siberian Times.

The alarm started in July, when an outbreak of the bacteria killed a 12-year-old nomadic boy and sickened nearly 100 people in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, a vast northwestern region of the Siberian tundra. More than 2,300 reindeer also died.

The region’s governor, Dmitry Kobylkin, declared a state of emergency but also tried to reassure the Nenets, the nomadic indigenous people of the region, who roam with the herds of reindeer and depend on them for their existence.

“There is no epidemic in Yamal,” Kobylkin said then. “Only a small area was quarantined.”=

The Yamal Peninsula, where the outbreak occurred, was immediately closed off and the carcasses of the dead animals burned. Kobylkin said all the reindeer on the peninsula – some 300,000 – were vaccinated, the AP reported.

Hundreds of nomadic reindeer herders were evacuated to Salekhard, the region’s capital, and the government set aside about $1.3 million to help them build a new settlement, according to the AP.

Still, the outbreak has prompted officials to propose killing 250,000 reindeer by Christmas, a far greater number than would be reduced anyway in an annual cull of the animals that takes place each November and December, the Siberian Times reported.

A Russian federal veterinary official has said the reindeer population in Yamal was already “too high,” and, thus, unsustainable.

“The more dense the animal population is, the worse the disease transfer medium (and) the more often animals get sick,” said Nikolai Vlasov, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service, according to the Siberian Times.

An estimated 730,000 reindeer live in the Yamalo-Nenets region, the largest herd in the world, according to the paper.

Further complicating the matter, officials believe the mysterious outbreak may have started because a heat wave this summer thawed a decades-old corpse of a reindeer that was infected with anthrax, rereleasing the bacteria into the air.

As the warmer temperatures caused a layer of permafrost to melt, the infected reindeer carcass was exposed to the surface – and, with it, spores of reanimated anthrax bacteria that grazing reindeer quickly picked up.

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Poles protest proposal to completely ban abortion Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:38:14 +0000 WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion.

Speakers at the so-called “Black Protest” said a total ban on abortion, including for victims of rape or women whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy, would be “barbaric.” Poland already has one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.

Organizers chose black as a symbol of mourning for the loss of reproductive rights that they say women could suffer if the law passes. In rallying speeches, they said they want as few abortions as possible in Poland, but that this goal should be achieved with better sex education in schools and easier access to birth control.

“We will not allow our hospitals to be turned into torture chambers and our doctors into prison guards,” Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bak, a member of the left-wing Together party, told the crowd.

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Biddeford sex offender arrested, charged with failure to register Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:15:42 +0000 A Biddeford man convicted of sexually abusing a minor was arrested Friday for failing to register as a sex offender after he tried to flee from a police sergeant and later tried to kick out the windows of a police cruiser, according to Maine State Police.

State police Sgt. Jeremy Forbes observed Clifford Mason, 30, “staggering down Jefferson (Street)” in Biddeford with an open bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey in his hand Friday afternoon, state police said Saturday via Instagram.

Mason was being sought on a nationwide extraditable warrant for failing to register as a sex offender following a conviction for sexual abuse of a minor, according to state police.

When Forbes confronted Mason, he fled on foot and hid behind a trash dumpster on Elm Street, state police said. Forbes caught up with Mason and arrested him. When he was placed in the cruiser, Mason allegedly tried to kick out the windows and had to be further restrained for transport to York County Jail.

Mason was booked on charges of failing to register as a sex offender, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, violating a condition of his release and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $1,250, state police said.


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Bills play guessing game against Patriots Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:50:00 +0000 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The season is still in its first month, and so far nothing has been able to stop the New England Patriots.

Not Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

Not injuries to both of Brady’s backups.

And certainly not the efforts of their first three opponents.

It’s their old buddy Rex Ryan’s turn to give it a try.

Ryan is back in New England (3-0) for the second time since taking over as coach of the Buffalo Bills (1-2).

But he, like the rest of the AFC East, hasn’t had much luck against Bill Belichick’s bunch.

Including six seasons as coach of the Jets, Ryan is 4-11 against the Patriots, dropping nine of the past 10 matchups.

After being swept in two meetings last season, Ryan isn’t lamenting what the Patriots won’t have during this time.

“One thing I know for sure is that Tom Brady is not the quarterback and I feel good about that,” Ryan said.

Sunday marks the final game of Brady’s four-game suspension.

But just as it was when he began his suspension, the biggest question continues to focus on the quarterback position.

Jimmy Garoppolo, who injured his throwing shoulder during New England’s win over the Dolphins in Week 2, began the week working his way back into game shape.

The same was true for third-stringer Jacoby Brissett. He made his first career start in place of Garoppolo in last week’s win over Houston, but suffered a right thumb injury.

Everyone in the Patriots’ camp has been mum about the plan at quarterback, prompting Ryan to take over a reporters’ conference call and ask receiver Julian Edelman – New England’s emergency option – whether he might get a start there. Edelman told him to ask Belichick.

“Haven’t talked to him yet,” Ryan said, “but I’m sure I’ll call him later today and Bill will tell me.”

Good luck with that.

What is certain is that a win even against a Brady-less Patriots team would go a long way for Ryan. That’s especially true after the Bills averted spiraling into crisis with their 33-18 win over Arizona last week.

But having to make adjustments because of injuries is nothing new for this team, Garoppolo said.

“It’s just football. I think everybody in this locker room is doing that.”

OF NOTE: New England has won 28 of the last 32 games between the clubs going back to the 2000 season. … RB LeGarrette Blount has been a constant on the New England offense. He was selected AFC offensive player of the month and leads the NFL with 298 rushing yards. He’s also tied for the lead with four rushing touchdowns. His 105 yards against Houston gave him back-to-back 100-yard games. His four touchdowns tied Marion Butts (1994) and Corey Dillon (2005) for the most for the Patriots in the first three games. … TE Rob Gronkowski played sparingly last week after missing the first two games; he was on the field for just 14 of 62 offensive snaps. He’s still nursing a tender hamstring but should be more involved this week.

The Bills improved mightily on offense in new coordinator Anthony Lynn’s first time calling plays. They did so without top receiver Sammy Watkins (left foot) and starting tackle Cordy Glenn, who missed his second straight game after aggravating a left ankle injury.

Watkins is out Sunday, which could put more of a workload on LeSean McCoy, who had 110 yards rushing and two scores against Arizona.

“This game will be big in the management of the ball, managing the ball, staying on the field,” McCoy said. “I think on defense they’ll do a lot of different unique types of looks (and) blitzes. As an offense, we’ve got to put points up.”

BILLS QB Tyrod Taylor also found his legs last week with 76 yards rushing and a score to match the single-game franchise record for quarterbacks, which he set last season. But the passing game remains an issue, as Taylor was 14 of 25 for 119 yards. It was the second game this season he’s been held under 120 yards. His most glaring deficiency is that he’s still having trouble throwing over the middle and getting through his reads.

“The Patriots definitely do a good job of taking away what you do well, and them forcing me to have to stay in the pocket is definitely something that we have in mind,” Taylor said.

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Unusually powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:43:32 +0000 KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew’s winds had slipped from a peak of 160 mph to a still-potentially devastating 140 mph and it was expected to near Jamaica and southwestern Haiti early Monday.

The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.

“It’s too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the Hurricane Center.

As Matthew skimmed past the northern tip of South America, there were reports of heavy flooding and at least one death – the second attributed to the storm.

Authorities said at least 18 houses were damaged along the La Guajira peninsula of Colombia, which has been suffering from a multi-year drought. They said a 67-year-old man was swept to his death by a flash flood in an area where it hadn’t rained for four years.

Local TV broadcast images of cars and tree trunks surging though flooded streets in coastal areas.

Colombian authorities closed access to beaches and urged residents living near the ocean to move inland in preparation for storm surges that they said would be most intense Saturday.

There was also concern that heavy rain across much of the country could dampen turnout for Sunday’s nationwide referendum on a historic peace accord between the government and leftist rebels.

In Jamaica, high surf began pounding the coast and flooding temporarily closed the road linking the capital of Kingston to its airport. Carl Ferguson, head of the marine police, said people were starting to heed calls to relocate from small islands and areas near rural waterways.

Residents of Kingston crowded supermarkets to buy bottled water, canned food and batteries, and there was already flooding in the coastal town of Port Royal.

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Patrick Dempsey tends to his own ‘baby’ in Maine Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:42:52 +0000 LEWISTON — After hitting the red carpet for the release of his new movie, actor Patrick Dempsey has returned to his home state for a cancer fundraiser.

The Maine native, who plays a starring role in the new romance-comedy “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” participated Saturday in a cancer survivor walk with his three children and two sisters.

This weekend’s bike-and-run Dempsey Challenge raises money for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Dempsey and his sisters created the center in 2008 in partnership with Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

They were inspired by their mother, Amanda, who died of cancer in 2014.

Dempsey said before the event that he’s energized and inspired by the Lewiston-Auburn community. Last year, the event drew nearly 4,000 participants and raised $1.2 million.

“It’s what keeps us motivated to keep working year-round to expand and improve our services so we can help more people here in Maine and someday around the country,” he said.

The event typically draws other celebrities and sports figures. This weekend’s participants included NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte and several professional cyclists.

It’s been a busy period for Dempsey, who became widely known as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” After leaving the show, he went to London to film “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” He’s also reprioritizing his life to refocus on his marriage and family.

He said returning to his home state helps to keep him grounded. “It’s an experience that never leaves you and one I find myself connecting with and drawing from more and more as I raise my own children,” he said.

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Down one justice, Supreme Court may put big issues on hold Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:32:21 +0000 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to begin its new term as it ended the last one, down one justice and ideologically deadlocked on a range of issues.

The absence of a ninth justice since Antonin Scalia’s death in February has hamstrung the court in several cases and forced the justices to look for less contentious issues on which they are less likely to divide by 4-4 votes.

It could be several months, at least, before the nation’s highest court is again operating at full strength.

“It’s a very interesting time at the court. That doesn’t necessarily translate into interesting cases. In fact, it may translate into the opposite,” said Paul Clement, the Bush administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer and a frequent advocate in front of the court.

By law, the court convenes on the first Monday in October. But the key date this year is the second Tuesday in November.

How the presidential election turns out will go a long way toward determining the judicial outlook of the ninth justice, the direction of the court and the outcome of several cases already being heard and others that probably will be at the court soon.

A victory by Republican Donald Trump means the seat of Scalia would almost certainly be filled with a like-minded conservative.

And if any of three justices in their late 70s or early 80s were to leave the court during a Trump presidency, conservative control could be cemented for a generation.

A win by Democrat Hillary Clinton probably would result in the confirmation of Judge Merrick Garland, whose nomination by President Obama has been blocked by Senate Republicans, or perhaps a more liberal choice. In either case, Democratic appointees would constitute a majority of the Supreme Court for the first time since the early months of the Nixon administration in 1969.

More significantly, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would lead a liberal majority that no longer would be dependent on the support of a more conservative justice. That fifth vote has typically come from Justice Anthony Kennedy and, less often, Chief Justice John Roberts.

Such a shift could affect the court in profound ways, perhaps causing Roberts to moderate his views on some issues in order to retain the power to shape decisions, said George Terwilliger, a lawyer who has served in Republican administrations and worked with Roberts. The senior justice in the majority assigns the opinion-writer in a case.

Roberts “will be seeking in as many cases as possible perhaps a middle ground that takes him and perhaps one of his conservative colleagues to a position where they may not want to be,” Terwilliger said. “I think that’s John’s personality.”

If the election itself doesn’t yield a clear winner, the court could be asked to get involved, as it did 16 years ago in Bush v. Gore, the case about Florida’s disputed voting outcome. The big difference is the court in 2000 was fully staffed and able to deliver a final ruling, even if half the country didn’t like it.

The court is starting off a term with eight justices for the first time in 25 years. Clarence Thomas was confirmed in October 1991, a couple of weeks after that term began.

The court’s calendar so far is lacking in the kinds of blockbuster cases seen in recent years dealing with health care, gay marriage and abortion rights. It includes a church’s challenge to its exclusion from a Missouri state program to provide rubberized surfaces in playgrounds, a dispute over whether disparaging names can receive trademark protection from the government, two redistricting cases involving the rights of minority voters, and two appeals from death row inmates in Texas.

The Missouri case about the separation of church and state was granted while Scalia was still alive and has yet to be scheduled for argument, possibly because the justices think they may divide 4-4. Tie votes leave the lower court decision in place, but set no national legal rule and essentially waste the justices’ time.

“The justices are showing obvious caution. They are not eager to resolve big-ticket questions with eight justices,” said Georgetown University law professor Martin Lederman, a former Justice Department official in the Obama administration.

Waiting in the wings are cases involving the rights of transgender people, immigration, climate change, voter identification and religious freedom. These are the sorts of issues that have split the court along ideological lines before. Some of those cases could be heard and decided next spring.

The other big issue looming over the marble courthouse is when one or more of the older justices might retire. Ginsburg is 83 and has said she will take it a year at a time. She could find herself in a newly powerful role if Clinton is elected, making her less likely to step down, said Thomas Goldstein, who argues regularly at the court.

The two other older justices are Stephen Breyer, 78, and Kennedy, 80. He might see his influence diminish on a more liberal court.

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Fair season a fast race to the finish for Falmouth family Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:29:20 +0000 Fair season is the busiest of times for horsemen and women involved in harness racing. And if you’ve seen any races at the Cumberland County Fair, the Oxford County Fair or the Fryeburg Fair, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen at least one member of the Graffam family.

The Graffams operate Norton Farm in Falmouth, one of the oldest continuous working farms in the state.

Most of the horses are driven by Nick Graffam, 25, and trained by his father, Michael Graffam. Nick’s sister Bethany helps care for and train the 50 horses in the stables this year.

The fair season culminates this week in Fryeburg, with racing from Tuesday through Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. The Graffams will wrap up their season with the Breeders Stakes 3-year-old finals at Scarborough Downs on Oct. 15.

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Massachusetts brothers carry on legacy of late Holy Cross football coach Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:44:22 +0000 NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Mark Allen’s introduction to football happened at a very early age.

“I have pictures of me at a week old being held by Holy Cross players,” said Mark, whose dad, the late Dan Allen, was an assistant on the Holy Cross staff when Mark was born.

By the time Mark was able to walk and run and eventually throw and catch, he never missed a chance to be by his dad’s side, whether it was on the practice field, in the locker room or on a road trip. When Mark Allen grew up, he soon knew, he wanted to be just like his dad. And he is, in so many ways.

Mark’s younger brother, Taylor, who was born in 1990, Dan’s first year as Boston University’s coach, remembers running around at practice, riding in the golf cart and being there on game days. After starring as a tight end and long snapper at Endicott College, Taylor hoped to pursue a professional playing career. In 2012, he had a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars. When that didn’t materialize, Taylor, too, decided to do what his dad did.

“The next best thing if you can’t play it,” Tay lor said, “is to teach it.”


Mark is in his fifth season as Algonquin Regional’s defensive coordinator. He previously coached at Worcester Academy for four years. Taylor is in his second season with the Tomahawks, and he oversees the varsity tight ends and is the JV team’s offensive coordinator.

“The one thing I always wanted to do was to be able to coach with my dad,” Mark said. “Not being able to coach with my dad, I said the next best thing would be to coach with my brother.”

Dan Allen, who was an assistant on the Holy Cross staffs of Rick Carter and Mark Duffner and returned to Holy Cross to become head coach from 1996-2003, passed away in 2004. He was 48.

The little boys who used to amble along the sideline with their father are young men now, husbands and dads themselves. Mark, 31, and his wife, Heather, live in Marlboro with their 3-year-old daughter, Harper. Mark works full time as a dispatcher at the Westboro Police Department. Taylor, 26, and his wife, Rebecca, live in Westboro, where the Allens grew up. Taylor has a 5-year-old son, Taylor Jr., and two step-daughters, Alexia and Makaela. Taylor is a special education aide at Algonquin.

“They’ve grown up exactly the way their mom and dad had hoped they would,” said Leo Fanning, a longtime assistant under Dan Allen and one of his closest friends who is now the assistant head coach at Bentley. “They are solid men, and they are family men, and they believe in the sport of football as an extension of family.”

The Allens’ mom, Laura, lives in the family home in Westboro, and their sister, Danielle, graduated from Framingham State and works as a personal trainer.

Dan Allen was revered as the “father of the Holy Cross football family,” and his interaction with his staff and players, his investment in them and his joy in being around them are the coaching characteristics his sons bring to their jobs, too.

“What I remember most is the way he treated people,” Mark said. “A lot of coaches preach family, and I think my dad truly lived it with his programs. You just remember groups of players and coaches coming over for dinner. He really lived the family mantra. If you want to preach family, you’ve got to live it. I don’t hesitate to tell any of the kids on the team that I care about them. I’ll give them a hug. I’ll tell them I love them because you don’t know if that’s the only time they hear affection. They may go home and say, ‘Wow. Coach cares about me.’ Family is big; that’s what I took away from him.”

Taylor said he frequently gets messages on Facebook from Dan’s former players.

“They tell a random story, not something that’s in the stat book, but a moment in those kids’ lives that they’ll remember forever,” said Taylor, recalling a message from former BU player Kyle McKenna, who is now a high school coach in New York. “He said they were lifting weights one day, benching, and my dad walked up to him and said, ‘You got this. You got this. A couple more. A couple more.’ And just from my dad being there and encouraging him, he beat his personal record for reps that day.

“As a coach now,” Taylor said, “you know you’re going to have an impact with the kids, and it’s up to you to make it a positive one. He seemed to always have a positive impact on everyone he worked with.”

Sitting on the bleachers near the Algonquin practice field last Wednesday afternoon, Mark and Taylor loved talking about their dad.

“It keeps him alive,” Mark said.

Mark was a senior at Westboro High when his father passed away, Taylor a middle school student.

In August 2003, Dan Allen announced he was suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity. The condition robbed him of his mobility from the neck down, but it never took away his competitive spirit. He coached the Crusaders during the 2003 season from a wheelchair.

“I think he kind of used his own words of encouragement to get through his hardest times,” Taylor said. “The dedication he showed, even from a wheelchair, inspired others, and it does even now.”


Mark and Taylor said they are still in close contact with Fanning, Bob Bradley, Vince Sinagra and Jeff Oliver, all former assistants of their father, and, more importantly, loyal friends and a great support system during his illness and since his death.

In 2010, the Allen family established the Dan Allen Foundation for the purpose of raising awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder and similar neurological disorders caused by exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals and pollutants. Through fundraisers, the foundation has provided aid to families and scholarships. Mark said in the future the foundation hopes to run a free football clinic for inner-city youth in Worcester.

“Help people and give back,” Mark said, are the missions of the Dan Allen Foundation.

When Justin McKay became the Algonquin coach in 2012, Mark Allen was the first to join his staff.

“He’s been with us from day one,” McKay said, “and the professionalism that he operates under and the positivity he brings to everything he does is infectious. It’s something we really love and really appreciate.”

McKay said Mark has done a great job running Algonquin’s Leadership Council program.

In recent years, Fanning has introduced Mark to other coaching professionals at clinics.

“They were all very impressed with the fact that Mark was following in his dad’s footsteps,” Fanning said. “They knew Danny, and they just looked at Mark and said, ‘Mark is just like Danny.’ I can say the same thing about Taylor. They are both intense competitors and quality people who want to do what’s right by the kids.”

Fanning and Bradley mentored Mark when he first got into coaching at Worcester Academy.

McKay was on the Wachusett Regional staff when Taylor played for Westboro High. Taylor was an assistant at Algonquin in 2014, lived and coached in Cincinnati last year, and returned this season.

“I was excited to get to bring him on (to the Algonquin staff),” McKay said. “Just his expertise and the little nuances he brings, and his excitement level. And the thing I tell people about Taylor is he will find a way to get the message across to you no matter how you need to hear it. He has the ability to sit down, one-on-one, and find your best way for you to learn the material and connect with you. He and Mark are both great educators.”

The Tomahawks have posted two straight winning seasons (including eight victories last year) and are off to a 3-0 start in 2016 after Friday’s 34-7 win over North Middlesex.

Mark said Dan would advise and definitely encourage him and Taylor in their love of coaching kids. “He’d be behind us 100 percent,” Mark said.

Mark and Taylor Allen remember their dad the way he lived, by the Golden Rule. They are carrying on his legacy.

“When somebody reaches out with a quick story or about how he impacted them and how they’re using that in their lives today,” Mark said, “it hits home because it’s what we want to do now as coaches, have a positive impact, today and 15 or 20 years down the road.”

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Massachusetts House leader giving new taxes a look Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:44:12 +0000 BOSTON — Could taxes be on the menu when the Massachusetts Legislature begins a new two-year session in January?

As state revenues have fallen below estimates – making additional budget cuts possible – tax proposals that have been off the table in recent years may enter the conversation next year as lawmakers look for a more permanent fix to the state’s fiscal woes.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, in a recent interview with WBZ-TV, said he would listen to opinions from economists about the possible need for new revenues, though he also made note of his disdain for broad-based tax hikes.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other top Senate Democrats have been more open to the idea of new taxes, but DeLeo’s refusal to consider them during the state’s annual budget negotiations made the question essentially moot. Under the state’s constitution, tax bills must originate in the House.

DeLeo’s willingness to hear the views of economists is a long way from an endorsement, and the last thing most legislators facing an election opponent in November want to talk about right now is taxes. But it could be a signal that even Democrats who consider themselves fiscal conservatives are wondering whether the state can simply manage its way out of chronic budget shortfalls.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker would almost certainly veto any tax increase that might reach his desk. His administration has tried, with varying degrees of success, to push reforms that reduce spending in areas including the state’s $15 billion Medicaid program.

Democrats are virtually assured of keeping supermajorities in both chambers in the next session, so a Baker veto could be easily overridden if such a scenario plays out.

The next couple of weeks will provide further insight into the state’s fiscal condition. The Revenue Department will report next week on tax collections and whether they hit benchmarks established before the start of the July 1 fiscal year. Revenues came in $36 million below benchmark in July and August, continuing what state Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan called “adverse trends” in recent months.

Baker must then notify lawmakers by Oct. 15 if the administration intends to revise downward the current $26.2 billion fiscal year tax revenue estimate. That estimate was already downgraded by more than $600 million back in June, prior to passage of the current state budget.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group, has recommended that revenue estimates be adjusted downward even if September collections are close to being on target.

The state’s jobless rate is at a 15-year low, and an estimated 61,000 jobs have been created in Massachusetts since the start of the year, leaving some economists and state officials struggling to explain the apparent contradiction between a growing economy and slumping tax revenues.

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Europeans pull within a point at Ryder Cup Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:42:06 +0000 CHASKA, Minn. — A sprint to the finish by Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello enabled Europe to creep a little closer Saturday morning in the Ryder Cup.

The Spaniards looked to have no chance in the final foursomes match against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who made six birdies in 12 holes to build a 4-up lead. It looked for the longest time as though the morning session would be split, and the Americans would keep a two-point lead.

And then it changed without notice, as it so often does in this event.

Garcia and Cabrera Bello won four of the next five holes to square the match, and Reed had to make a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole to escape with a halve.

Going into the Saturday noon session of fourballs, the Americans clung to a 61/2 to 51/2 lead. The Ryder Cup concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday. Europe is going for its fourth straight victory.

“Big putt by Patrick to salvage half a point, although still disappointing for us,” Spieth said.

That’s the way it has gone for the Americans ever since they began the Ryder Cup with a sweep of the opening session.

They still had the lead. It just didn’t feel that way.

Rory McIlroy, who ended the first day by making an eagle and bowing to the raucous American crowd, teamed with Thomas Pieters in the first match Saturday morning and they rolled to a 4-and-2 victory over Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood never trailed in a 1-up victory over Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, a match that became tighter than it needed to be when Rose went for the green on the par-5 16th with a 2-up lead and put it in the water.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, who won the only American point in fourballs Friday afternoon, were back at it in foursomes. Snedeker holed big putts, his whole body shaking as he pumped his fist, and they dispatched of Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick.

But the Americans gave away a victory at the end. Reed hit a few errant shots, including one drive so far out of position that Spieth thought his only chance was to skip it across the pond guarding the left side of the 15th green. It skipped across the water, but rolled back down the bank.

The Spaniards played the last four holes in 2 under.

“It’s the Ryder Cup. It’s as simple as that,” Garcia said. “It was tough out there. They played so good. We just kept telling each other, ‘Keep at it, keep at it, keep at it, keep putting pressure and hopefully, at some point they will slow down a little bit. And we managed to do that.”

For McIlroy, it was personal.

He had lost in all three previous matches involving Mickelson, and he was happy to see he and Pieters get Lefty and Fowler in the opening session. Fowler made a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole, and the Americans stood to the side as thousands cheered for the longest time. Pieters had to wait for the cheers to subside before he sank a 20-foot putt to match the birdie.

Europe was on its way. McIlroy made a 12-foot birdie on the next hole, and Europe stretched the lead to 3 up when Fowler shanked a shot out of the bunker behind the green on the par-3 fourth, and then hit a drive so far to the right on the fifth hole that Mickelson had to play his second right-handed shot of the week.

Mickelson kept them in it. He holed a 60-foot par putt on No. 8 to halve the hole, and after McIlroy missed a short par putt on No. 9, Mickelson made a 20-foot putt on the 10th to cut the deficit to 1 down. Fowler, however, missed a par putt on the 14th, and Pieters birdied the next to regain control.

U.S. captain Davis Love III went against his model from Medinah four years ago, when every player sat out at least one match to keep them fresh. Spieth and Reed were sent out for the fourth straight match, making them the only Americans that will play all five matches.

European captain Darren Clarke sat rookie Andy Sullivan all of Saturday. He has five players that will go all five matches – McIlroy, Pieters, Garcia, Stenson and Rose.

McIlroy said the Mickelson match was especially personal because of his 0-3 record against him.

“When I saw the draw last night I was like, ‘Yes, I get to have a go at him again.’ I maybe wanted it a little bit more just for that reason,” McIlroy said.

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Philippine president says he’d be ‘happy to slaughter’ 3 million drug users Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:19:25 +0000 MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts.

Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders and ways for their governments to fight transnational crimes, including illegal drugs.

Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users. But his latest remarks took that crime-busting approach to a different level.

He said he had been “portrayed or pictured to be a cousin of Hitler,” without elaborating.

Moments later he said, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews … there’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

He was referring to a Philippine government estimate of the number of drug addicts in the country. Historians say 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis under Hitler before and during World War II.

During the presidential election campaign earlier this year and during the three months he has held office, the tough-talking Duterte has threatened to drown drug suspects to fatten the fish in Manila Bay. He also threatened to execute drug traffickers by hanging – because he didn’t want to waste electricity on them – until their heads were severed from their bodies.

While Hitler’s victims were innocent people, Duterte said his targets are “all criminals” and that getting rid of them would “finish the (drug) problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”

Germany’s government slammed Duterte’s comments as unacceptable, and called in the Philippine ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over the matter.

“It is impossible to make any comparison to the unique atrocities of the Shoah and Holocaust,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer in Berlin.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said Duterte’s remarks were “revolting” and demanded that he retract them and apologize.

“Drug abuse is a serious issue. But what President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heartbreaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country,” Lauder said in a statement issued from Jerusalem, where he was attending the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres.

The U.S. State Department, which is looking to sustain its longstanding alliance with the Philippines, called the comments “troubling.”

“Words matter, especially when they are from leaders of sovereign nations, especially sovereign nations with whom we have long and valued relations with,” spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. He repeated U.S. calls for Philippine authorities to investigate any credible reports of extra-judicial killings.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was more blunt.

“It is reprehensible and frankly disgusting that a democratically-elected leader is talking about the mass murder of his own people, with Hitler’s Holocaust as his inspiration no less,” he said in a statement.

Philippine Rep. Teodoro Baguilat wondered if the president was suggesting that “it’s open season now for all addicts, no more rehabilitation, just kill them systematically like what the Nazis did with the Jews.” He expressed fears that Jewish businesspeople might boycott the Philippines.

Also critical was Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch, who said it was baffling why anyone would want to compare themselves to “one of the largest mass murderers in human history.”

Robertson said that in today’s context, Hitler would be accused of crimes against humanity.

“Is that what Duterte wants? Does he want to be sent to the international criminal court? Because he’s working his way there,” Robertson said.

Amnesty International said Duterte “has sunk to new depths” and urged governments around the world to condemn his “extremely dangerous outburst.”

A spokesman for Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based world center for Holocaust research and commemoration, declined to comment on Duterte’s remarks.

Duterte’s campaign promise to end corruption and crime, especially illegal drugs, within six months of taking office on June 30 carried him to an overwhelming victory in May’s presidential election.

Since the vote, more than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed and nearly 700,000 others have surrendered in his crackdown. Duterte has asked for a six-month extension to finish the job.

His supporters and many Filipinos exasperated with widespread crime have welcomed his tough approach, but a growing number of critics, including U.N. officials, the European Union and the United States, have voiced concerns over the widespread killings and human rights violations.

He reacted Friday by calling critics from the European Union a “group of idiots in the purest form.”

Duterte lashed out at the U.S., his country’s longtime treaty ally, and the E.U. for finding fault with his methods, saying European countries were hypocrites for not doing enough to help the large numbers of refugees fleeing from the violence in the Middle East.

“There are migrants escaping from the Middle East. You allow them to rot and then you’re worried about the deaths of about 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 (people in the Philippines),” he said.


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People really want third-party candidates. Just not these ones. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:35:11 +0000 A new Gallup poll shows nearly 6 in 10 Americans would like to see a third major party in American politics — a new high for a presidential election this century.

What people don’t appear to want, though, is the actual third-party candidates that are running in 2016.

First: The desire. Gallup shows 57 percent want a major American third party, while 37 percent say the existing two parties do an adequate job and that a third party isn’t needed.

The number calling for a third party is up significantly, from 46 percent in 2012 and 47 percent in 2008. Gallup didn’t poll this question in 2004, but in 2003, just 40 percent wanted a major third party.

And the desire for a third party isn’t even due to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being the most unpopular presidential nominees in modern history. It actually spiked in 2013 and has remained steady, between 57 percent and 60 percent, ever since.

Given this and the unpopularity of the two major-party nominees, it would seem a very good time for the likes of Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who are running as the Libertarian and Green Party nominees, respectively. And both of them have polled reasonably well, compared to past third-party candidates.

But neither is threatening to make the debate stage — which would require 15 percent in the polls — and both have actually seen their support drop off some in recent weeks. In other words: Despite this pining for real third-party alternatives, they’re not capitalizing.

In national polls of a four-way race, Johnson is at 7.2 percent and Stein is at 2.3 percent in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. That’s the lowest Johnson has been since late July and the lowest Stein has been since before the summer. (And those numbers should drop further, if history is any indication, my colleague Philip Bump notes.)

Part of the reason neither has caught on is that people just don’t seem to like either of them.

Johnson, of course, has had some pretty bad gaffes recently, most notably when he didn’t appear to know what Aleppo was in a Sept. 8 interview. And polls suggest he might have paid a price. A Bloomberg poll last week showed his favorable rating at 24 percent, with 39 percent of people disliking him. Back in August, his split was an even 21-21 in the same poll.

Another poll last week, from Franklin Pierce University, showed his favorable-unfavorable split at 22-32 — after it was 24-16 just before his “Aleppo moment.”

Stein doesn’t have a similarly high-profile moment, and she isn’t as well-known as Johnson. But she too has poor numbers. Bloomberg put her split at 16-38, while Franklin Pierce had her at a less-terrible-but-still-negative 14-25. Not one poll since early August has had her favorable rating higher than her unfavorable rating.

This is actually not all that unusual, though; third-party candidates have often fallen out of favor after being around for a while. Ross Perot was moderately popular when he ran in 1992, but by 1996, Gallup had his numbers at 35 percent favorable and 52 percent unfavorable.

Ditto Ralph Nader, who was in positive (though still somewhat anonymous) territory in 2000 but had a 33-48 split when he ran again in 2004.

Johnson and Stein both also ran for president in 2012, though neither made nearly the splash that Perot or Nader did in their first runs. But both Perot and Nader had to contend with allegations that they were playing the role of spoiler, as Johnson and Stein have.

So it’s not clear whether people don’t like Johnson and Stein because they simply don’t like them or because they are potential spoilers or for some other reason.

But for however much Americans say they like the idea of third-party candidates, they sure don’t seem to like the execution of them.

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Manchester bank robbery suspect arrested in Connecticut Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:55:01 +0000 The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of a bank in Manchester was apprehended early Saturday morning in Connecticut, Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon said.

Clinton Richard Damboise, 40, of Belgrade, was arrested without incident at a hotel in Southington, Connecticut, by local authorities working with a Maine Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Investigator, the sheriff said in a news release.

A warrant for Damboise’s arrest on charges of felony theft and robbery was issued Friday afternoon after he was identified as the suspect in the robbery of the Camden National Bank at the intersection of Western Avenue and Pond Road in Manchester.

Damboise allegedly approached a bank teller, said he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of money. Bank employees told police that the suspect left the bank on foot headed toward a nearby karate studio, but it wasn’t clear Friday whether he had a vehicle.

Reardon said in a news release Friday that Damboise was known to visit Connecticut frequently. He was arrested on several warrants in place prior to the alleged bank robbery and will be held in Connecticut until an extradition proceeding occurs.

After authorities were aware of Damboise’s possible presence in Southington, he was found at a hotel, which was partially evacuated. With the help of a SWAT team, Connecticut officers entered the hotel room and apprehended Damboise without incident.

Reardon said Kennebec deputies were aware of threats Damboise had made against law enforcement and said he was not planning on going back to jail, which is why the SWAT unit was used.

The investigation into the robbery in Manchester is ongoing, Reardon said, and authorities are considering the possibility that Damboise was working with an accomplice. Reardon said some leads still are being followed, and he encouraged the public to contact the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office with any information about the case.

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Falmouth family has a personal stake in Maine Marathon Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Last June, John and Josephine Marr of Falmouth and their five adult children donated $2 million to launch a fund for Alzheimer’s research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

It was a sizable gift by any standards, but in the field of biomedical research, even a sum like $2 million only goes so far. They needed a way to keep adding to it.

So in October 2015, the Marrs recruited a large group of extended family and friends to run in the Maine Marathon. All 73 runners pledged to give the money they raised to the Alzheimer’s research fund that is named for John and Josephine Marr. They set a goal of $100,000 and exceeded it by $40,000.

For this year’s marathon on Sunday morning, the Marrs have a team of 90 runners who will participate. A goal of $150,000 could be in sight.

“It feels like there is a lot of momentum right now with Alzheimer’s research, but a lot of what is being done is done with private money,” said Abby Psyhogeos, 51, of Weston, Massachusetts, the youngest of the five Marr children. “We’re fortunate to be able to do this.”

Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, speech, balance and motor functions, has emerged as one of the defining illnesses of this generation. It’s the leading cause of death for people age 65 and older. An estimated 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, including at least 37,000 in Maine.

One of them is Josephine Marr.

The 82-year-old matriarch had an ebullient, life-of-the-party personality before the disease attacked her brain. She still lives at home with her husband of 60 years, but she can no longer speak and needs sustained care.

Psyhogeos knows the current research that her family is helping fund won’t save her mother. But it could help her one day.

“Of course I think about it,” Psyhogeo said about the possibility that she, too, may develop Alzheimer’s. “I think you have to balance your life. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, but there is only so much control you have.”


The beneficiary of the Marrs’ generous initial donation and subsequent fundraising efforts has been the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Dennis Selkoe is the center’s co-director and a renowned researcher in the field. He has been studying Alzheimer’s since the 1980s and was among the first to draw a link between the disease and a build up of amyloid protein in the brain.

Selkoe and his team have spent approximately $850,000 from the Marr fund so far. A big chunk of that went to purchase a special instrument – one of only two in the world and the first in the U.S. – that analyzes amyloid cells in blood. Without the instrument, Selkoe and his team would be forced to study only spinal fluid, which requires a painful spinal tap.

The fund also has allowed 21 individuals to participate in a clinical trial that allows researchers to study their brain with PET imaging. The researchers hope to increase that number to 50 by the end of this year, by lowering the minimum age to participate from 50 to 65.

“To be frank, this work doesn’t get done without philanthropists like the Marrs,” Selkoe said in a phone interview Friday. “I’ve never been this excited and hopeful about Alzheimer’s research.”

One of the big benefits of the Marr fund, Selkoe said, is that researchers have been able to use it right away. Grant funding often takes a long time to come through.

“And grants don’t let us do cutting-edge work,” he said.

For instance, PET scans for patients under the age of 65 who are asymptomatic likely would not be funded with public dollars.

Much of the Alzheimer’s research has been focused on treating the disease, not preventing it, but that changed in 2013 with the creation of the A4 study, which stands for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s.

The study and subsequent clinical trials involving a drug designed to break up the protein have expanded to more than 60 hospitals across North America, but the project started at Brigham & Women’s.

Selkoe’s colleague, Dr. Reisa Sperling, who directs the hospital’s Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, has led the A4 study and also directs the trials through the Marr fund.

Their goal is to isolate patients who have amyloid buildup consistent with the disease and then treat them with a drug that would halt its progression.

John Marr said his only caveat when he decided to collaborate with his children on the initial $2 million donation last year was that the money be put to use immediately.

“I couldn’t be happier with what they are doing,” he said of Selkoe, Sperling and their team.


Psyhogeos said it’s hard to visit her mother, who is so different now from the mother she knew. Her own children, who are 12 and 13, only know their grandmother as she is now.

Still, Psyhogeos said she’s moved that her children and their many cousins have invested in the cause as well. She shared a letter that her 13-year-old daughter, Mary, sent to people asking them to sponsor her during the race.

“You may remember that my grandmother, Josephine Marr, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than 10 years ago,” she wrote. “I was about 2 years old and I sadly do not have many memories of her before her illness.

“While a cure now will not benefit my grandmother, it will prevent this disease from affecting people in my parents’ and my generation. Because Alzheimer’s is a genetic illness, many members of my family are at risk for it and a future cure or treatment would hopefully prevent them from being affected.”

Mary raised more than $5,000.

John Marr, who is 84, spends most days with his wife at their home. It wasn’t how he imagined his retirement, but he’s grateful that she has been able to live at home. Nurses help out most of the day but they leave after dinner.

Sometimes the couple sit out on their screened porch overlooking a nicely manicured lawn.

On Sunday, the lawn will be filled with family and friends for a post-race barbecue.

He said it’s too bad that his wife won’t be able to understand that everyone will be there because of her.

“She ran the show,” he said. “Any credit for this family, she deserves.”


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Ballots go out as absentee voting gets more popular in Maine Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Maine Democrats had requested more than twice as many absentee ballots as Republicans by the end of September, according to figures from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Registered Democrats accounted for 11,152 of the 23,178 absentee ballot requests – nearly 50 percent – submitted with clerks’ offices statewide as of Sept. 29, according to the latest tally. Registered Republicans, by comparison, had submitted 4,866 absentee ballot requests, while unenrolled voters had requested 6,440 ballots. Green Independent and registered Libertarians – a new official party in Maine – accounted for 720 ballot requests.

Early voting has grown in popularity in Maine and across the country, driven in part by the convenience for voters and organized efforts by campaigns or political parties to lock in votes before Election Day. In 2012, more than 190,000 Maine voters used absentee ballots to vote by mail or in person before Election Day, representing roughly 26 percent of all votes cast during that presidential election.

City clerks in southern and central Maine said Friday they were seeing steady demand for absentee ballots, and they expect those numbers to rise in the coming weeks.

In Maine, voters can vote absentee for any reason and can begin requesting ballots three months before Election Day, although clerks’ offices do not physically receive the ballots until one month before the election.

The Maine Democratic Party recently began spreading the word to its supporters about absentee ballots through email blasts as well as in this week’s Democratic radio address. Party Chairman Phil Bartlett said the party regards absentee voting as “a key measure of enthusiasm” for the upcoming campaign.

“We’re thrilled,” Bartlett said. “There is clearly a lot of enthusiasm among Democrats to make sure they weigh in on this race as early as possible. And at this point, this is really organic” for the party.

Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage acknowledged that Maine Democrats have been more likely to vote by absentee ballot in the past, but said that Republicans are starting to vote early in growing numbers.

“Our program is about to launch,” Savage said of the Republican public push on absentee ballots. “In 2014, we effectively closed the gap and I think we are going to be pretty competitive this year.”

Nationwide, early voting appears to be surging in this election despite strong voter dissatisfaction with the two leading presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The Associated Press projected that, based on preliminary data, roughly 40 percent of all votes nationwide this year could be cast before Election Day.

The AP also suggested that early indications in critical states such as North Carolina and Florida suggest that Clinton could be benefiting from the heightened interest in early voting.

In Maine, several clerks reported steady demand for absentee ballots so far this year.

“For a presidential election, this is pretty much spot-on for what we’d expect to have,” said Lisa Goodwin, city clerk in Bangor, whose office expected to crest 1,100 total absentee ballot requests by the end of Friday. Goodwin predicted that her office would hand out about 7,000 absentee ballots before the election.

In Biddeford, City Clerk Carmen Morris suggested that 19 proposed charter revisions – in addition to six ballot questions plus presidential, congressional and legislative races – are likely driving up demand for absentee ballots this year. In 2012, the city processed 1,848 absentee ballots.

“We have over 1,000 (requests) now and we’re still a month away from the election,” Morris said.

Lewiston City Clerk Kathleen Montejo described the 840 requests so far as “a little on the high side,” which she said is not surprising given the dynamics of the presidential race.

Other towns, however, were reporting lower interest. Augusta, for instance, had received 390 absentee ballot requests as of Friday, compared to 527 requests as of Oct. 1, 2012.

Voters can request absentee ballots from their clerk’s office until Nov. 3 – with exceptions for some special cases – and have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to submit those ballots with the local clerk’s office. However, officials are urging voters to take into account the slower pace at which mail is being delivered in Maine because of changes at the U.S. Postal Service to ensure their ballots arrive on time.


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Former ‘American Idol’ judge, hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi of York has passion to help others Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 YORK — Kara DioGuardi’s fame as a writer on some 50 hit songs, including many about love, nearly pulled the plug on her own Maine romance 10 years ago.

DioGuardi had become smitten with Maine building contractor Mike McCuddy. The two met when McCuddy was building a house next door to a vacation property DioGuardi owned in Prospect Harbor. The pair hit it off and things seemed to be going well, until a mutual friend told McCuddy that he should look up DioGuardi’s website. He saw the names of celebrity pop stars DioGuardi worked with – Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to name a few – and was stunned. He couldn’t imagine himself, from the tiny western Maine town of Phillips, having a serious relationship with someone who works with such glitterati.

“I called her up and told her I didn’t think it was going to work,” said McCuddy, 42, who had taught art in Orono schools for five years. “The whole thing seemed so foreign to me,”

“I read him the riot act for judging me, thinking he knew all about me from a website,” said DioGuardi, 45.

As it turned out, DioGuardi would gain fame for being a judge herself. In 2009 and 2010, she judged singers on the hit TV show “American Idol.” By then, McCuddy had long forgotten his reservations. He moved to Los Angeles to be with DioGuardi, and the couple married in 2009. They settled in York in 2010, to be close to McCuddy’s daughter from a previous marriage. They have a 3-year-old son, Greyson.

DioGuardi is putting her judging skills to work in her adopted home. She is one the organizers, and one of the judges, for an Oct. 11 event called New England Sings, at the 700-seat Ogunquit Playhouse. The event is a fundraiser for several groups and causes, including the Ogunguit Playhouse, Enough Abuse Campaign, York County Family Fund, My Breast Cancer Support and First Parish of York Outreach.

It’s part of a busy schedule DioGuardi keeps that includes continued work in music, for which she travels at least once a month. A song she helped write for Kelly Clarkson, “Heartbeat Song,” went to No. 21 on the Billboard singles chart last year. She has her own music publishing company, where she helps develop the careers of other songwriters, and she teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

“I didn’t know anything about her when we met, but I quickly saw that she had a passion for using the gifts given her to help others,” said the Rev. Anna V. Copeland, senior pastor at First Parish Church of York, where DioGuardi attends services. “She’s a really grateful person. She knows she has much to share and she’s grateful for that.”


DioGuardi’s living room, which has two banks of windows and glass doors looking out at the tidal flats of the York River, has few trappings of her music career on display, aside from a piano in one corner. On a recent afternoon, she had just finished a meeting at her home to discuss details of the New England Sings event, and her laptop was still open to audition videos. She walked into the living room softly singing a little of the 1974 Redbone hit “Come and Get Your Love,” but she had no idea why.

She said she’s excited about New England Sings because of the causes it will raise money for, and because she’s passionate about helping develop young talent. Growing up in a “type A” household in the suburbs of New York City, DioGuardi said she suppressed her own drive to create music. She said she knew she could sing but was afraid to sing in front of people. And she was constantly creating melodies in her head. But she focused on getting good grades and “trying to be like everyone else.”

Her father, Joseph DioGuardi, was a partner at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and served as a Republican representative from New York from 1985 to 1989. Her parents favored Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, opera and church music, while DioGuardi was turning up the volume on Aretha Franklin records as loud as she could. She loved soul and rock, hits of the ’70s and ’80s, and anything by Prince.

She went to college at Duke University and was miserable. She became depressed, and by the time she graduated in 1993, she knew she had to change her life. She moved back to New York, eventually joined a garage rock band, and started writing songs in hopes of getting her band signed to a record deal.

“Part of going through the depression was taking a look inside myself, and for me, writing songs was a way to learn about myself, it allowed me to look at my own emotions and express them,” said DioGuardi. “It was the best therapy I never paid for.”

While trying to break into music in New York, she also worked at Billboard magazine. She eventually landed in the sales department. She worked all day at the magazine and worked on music at night.


By the late 1990s, DioGuardi was writing full time. She soon found that other musicians could relate to what she was writing, and she started recording her songs. She lived off money she saved while at Billboard. That was important, she said, because unlike other struggling songwriters she didn’t need to sell the publishing rights from her songs to support herself. Instead she retained the rights to her songs.

Her first big break came when British singer Martine McCutcheon recorded one of her songs, “I’ve Got You,” which became a top 10 single in England. That lead to other musicians and songwriters listening to her songs. Singer Paula Abdul heard a tape of DioGuardi’s songs (before either one of them was an “American Idol” judge) and wanted to write with her.

DioGuardi and Abdul then worked together to write “Spinning Around,” which was later recorded by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. Other writers on the song included Ira Shickman and Osborne Bingham. The song won Best Pop Release at the Australian music awards in 2000.

Kara DioGuardi sits at her piano in her York home. She credits her stint as a judge on "American Idol" in 2009 and 2010 with building her confidence and giving her some name recognition, which she hopes to put to good use. "If I hadn't been on 'Idol' you might not be here now letting me tell people about New England Sings," she said, of the upcoming benefit event. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Kara DioGuardi sits at her piano in her York home. She credits her stint as a judge on “American Idol” in 2009 and 2010 with building her confidence and giving her some name recognition, which she hopes to put to good use. “If I hadn’t been on ‘Idol’ you might not be here now letting me tell people about New England Sings,” she said, of the upcoming benefit event. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Then DioGuardi’s songwriting career took off. She worked on songs that were recorded by Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Celine Dion and Spears. The songs she writes lyrics for range from bouncy dance hits to more introspective ballads.

Some 50 songs she’s worked on have been charted radio hits. Several of the songs she worked on, always with at least one co-writer and sometimes more, made it to the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart. Those include: “Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson in 2004; “Rich Girl” by Stefani in 2005; and “Ain’t No Other Man” by Aguilera in 2006. She’s worked on No. 1 country hits, too, including “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood in 2010 and “This” by Darius Rucker in 2011.


DioGuardi says she mostly works on words and melodies when she writes as a part of a team. Ideas and specific lines come from her own life, what she’s feeling and thinking. She wrote some of “Heartbeat Song”, a No. 21 hit for Clarkson last year, about her son.

DioGuardi had tried to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization several times, with no success, before she and her husband decided to use a surrogate. Several lines in “Heartbeat Song” come from her own thoughts about the surprising feeling of having a tiny baby to care for, though she was never pregnant: “You, where the hell did you come from? You were a different, different kind of fun. And I’m so used to feeling numb.”

DioGuardi says most of the songs she works on are the result of a session with other writers and sometimes the singer. Among her most memorable sessions was one with Pink. She and the singer had tried writing together previously, but it went poorly.

“I think I talked too much. I probably should have shut up and listened to her,” DioGuardi said. “So when I got a call a year later and they said she wanted to work with me, I said ‘Are you sure she wants me?’ ”

To prepare for the second session, DioGuardi said she listened to “every Pink song I could get my hands on” to get into the singer’s “head space.” The two got along much better this time and shared a couple glasses of wine.

“I proceeded to get very drunk. I don’t drink that much and I had like two glasses on a somewhat empty stomach,” DioGuardi said. “I remember thinking I may throw up on her.”

But she didn’t, and the two ended up writing a song Pink later recorded. It was called “Sober,” though it had nothing to do with the wine drunk at the session. Pink had the title, and the last line of the song written, when she met with DioGuardi.

DioGuardi said she likes songs to come out of conversations about everyday life. She and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics wrote “Taking Chances” for Dion after talking about taking a chance together to form a band. (They called it Platinum Weird, and made one album together.)

DioGuardi and Underwood wrote “Mama’s Song” while talking about weddings. Underwood had recently met her husband-to-be and DioGuardi was about to get married. They both lamented that, while the bride’s father gives her away and gets the first dance, what recognition does the mother get during the wedding? She should have a song, they agreed.

Her songwriting success lead to DioGuardi being asked to be a judge on “American Idol” for two seasons. She called the time on the show “a wild ride” and still marvels at how much makeup she was made to wear. She also wishes she could have given the singers constructive advice before they sang, instead of just after. But overall she said the experience gave her a lot of confidence to speak publicly and some name recognition, which she hopes to use to good effect.

“If I hadn’t been on ‘Idol’ you might not be here now letting me tell people about New England Sings,” she said.


DioGuardi wants to get more involved in causes she feels are important. Her main issue right now is child sexual abuse. She says she was molested by a family friend when she was 11 and he was 18. She said it happened once and, even though “there were after effects, I’ve had a great life and I feel really good.” But because she’s spoken about her experience and because she’s well-known, advocates for child sex abuse victims have helped her learn about the scope of the problem.

“Until these groups started coming to me, I had no idea how much of an epidemic this is,” she said. “These groups have reached out to me, to speak, and it’s helping me learn.”

DioGuardi said she’s taking a course through a Harvard Law School extension program that deals with international law and children.

The New England Sings event will benefit Enough Abuse Campaign, as well as several other local charities and the Ogunquit Playhouse. DioGuardi said that her pastor, Copeland, first suggested doing some sort of show at the church. But DioGuardi didn’t want to be judging other church members. So she proposed making it a bigger event and wanted to get other causes involved.

“I want to celebrate talent, but I also want to get young minds to realize there are a lot of great organizations doing great things,” DioGuardi said.


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Religion calendar Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Baked bean supper. Homemade baked beans, brown bread, salads, pies, rolls, coffee and punch. Windham Friends Meeting House, 374 Gray Road, Windham. 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday.

November ballot issue discussions: Sunday, ranked choice voting; Oct. 9, marijuana; Oct. 16, minimum wage; Oct. 23, education. Allen Avenue Unitarian Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland.

Dances of Universal Peace. Chants from world spiritual traditions with simple circle dances. All dances taught. All are welcome. $5-$15 sliding scale. Creating Space Yoga Studio, 1717 Congress St., Portland, 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Blessing of Animals on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-8396, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hallowell Buddhist Meditation, learn the principles of meditation. This is not a religious class. All are welcome. Class will begin with a short lecture, followed by guided meditation, group discussion and more meditation. $8 suggested donation. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 20 Union St. 201-805-8683, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Prayer, Promises, Hope and Faith. Bible study every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. St. Augustine Anglican Church, 656 Route 1 in Scarborough, where the parish shares worship space with the West Scarborough United Methodist Church. The group meets in the library, which is in the white building adjacent to the church.

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Reflections: We must respond in some way to what is intolerable to us Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 When I was a child, in the ’50s, there seemed to be a universal conspiracy of parents telling their children to clean their plates because there were starving children in China. China might as well have been Mars as far as I could tell. I never could make the connection to how what I ate or didn’t eat could have any impact on those nameless starving children. Now I wonder if my parents’ generation wasn’t desperately trying to instill empathy in a generation that, by the world’s standards, had everything.

Though I didn’t get the lesson then, I had the experience later in my childhood of living in Venezuela for three years and witnessing real and totally incomprehensible poverty at the same time that I was living in a community of wealthy Americans. That lesson stuck with me like no nameless Chinese child did. I remember the feeling of absolute helplessness in the face of what appeared to be totally random inequity.

The first precept of Buddhism is that life is suffering. As a young adult, I wouldn’t have believed that. My generation set out to change the world and truly believed that all we needed was love. We thought it was as simple as naming the problems and protesting the wrongs. We did not realize that the demons lived within us.

Now, some 40 years later, I know that the Buddhists were right about suffering. Of course, they do not leave it at that, but offer a way to transcend, as does every religion in the world. But the suffering the Buddhists talk about is not just the obvious of children starving or war or any number of tortures taking place around the world. I learned that no one escapes.

It is the friend struggling with cancer, the horror of senseless violence, the bigotry and hatred that seems to rise up anew in every generation. It is the terrible grief of losing one you love. It is children in your own town who go hungry and suffer abuse. And it is the demons inside us that prevent us from knowing and experiencing in every moment the incomprehensible unconditional love we are all made of.

I made a commitment almost 40 years ago to take a look at those demons and ask for healing from God and a number of amazing people. It has been an all-consuming and miraculous journey. Along the way I felt like I was able to share some of that healing with a number of people, whom I hope were helped in some way.

My gratitude for what I have been given knows no bounds and yet I seem to struggle sometimes with what I am not doing, which is basically not saving the world. Yes, I know that sounds ridiculous and kind of pompous to think one could save the world, but I think that those of us who have worked hard to heal wounds and allow ourselves to be truly sensitive to the suffering within us and around us have a very difficult time with just what our role is in the alleviation of that suffering.

I do believe we are not just sent here to transform suffering in ourselves, but that our institutions and power structures can also be transformed to reflect a more compassionate way. I have only to look to Gandhi and Martin Luther King for inspiration. These two men gave their lives to teach us a way to say no to injustice without violence. And they did change the world. They were not the only ones, of course, but they are perhaps the most well known.

Then again, having such role models can be fairly intimidating for us mere mortals. It brings up that helpless feeling I had as a child. Where does one begin in the face of the magnitude of the problems in our world or even in our city or town? There are no easy answers to that question.

If we look at Gandhi and King, we see that while both had a passion for justice, neither set out to change the world. They simply responded in whatever way they could to what was intolerable to them. We also know that everything they did came from their compassion for others and a devotion to prayer and meditation in their own lives. For them, every decision no matter how big or how small was brought to God.

Again, it was not something they set out to do, it was something that was given to them, and at great personal sacrifice they said yes.

Using this example, each of us can ask ourselves what is ours to give. No matter how big or small, through prayer and meditation we too can discover what part we can play in the healing of our planet. As Gandhi said, “We must become the change we want to see.”

I once heard a young man speak about the day he tried to kill himself. He said that if just one person on the street had smiled at him that day he wouldn’t have tried it. It was a great reminder to me that even something as simple as my smile freely given can change the world.

The Rev. Cathy Grigsby is an interfaith minister who teaches at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and is the co-founder and coordinator of the Interfaith Ministers of New England. She can be contacted at:

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Letter to the editor: Ranked-choice voting works, merits support Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Tired of the angry, divisive, nasty campaigning this year? Then I urge you to vote “yes” for ranked-choice voting, Question 5 on the November ballot.

With ranked-choice voting, voters rank candidates from most to least favorite. If one candidate receives at least 50 percent, that person wins. If not, the candidate with the fewest first choices is dropped and his or her second choices go to the remaining candidates. This is repeated until one candidate gets at least 50 percent.

Ranked-choice voting has been used successfully in Portland to elect mayors. Voters can vote for whom they really want, without their votes being “wasted.” It encourages politicians to be civil to each other, to appeal to many voters and be their first or second choice. It discourages aiming at a narrow minority of their base.

Let’s do something positive to make our politics reflect our Maine values of courtesy and working together!

Susan Payne

Cape Elizabeth

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Letter to the editor: Tolerating free speech can present challenge Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Phillip Hoose’s recent Maine Voices column (Sept. 26) reminded me of the difficulty of expressing our constitutionally defined free speech rights when they clash with traditional cultural symbols like the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.

I grew up in Iowa in the 1950s and ’60s, and well remember the social tensions brought about by the Vietnam War in my small city in the southeastern part of the state.

Thanks to the bravery of John and Mary Beth Tinker, as outlined in Phillip Hoose’s column, paving the way for a conversation about the war, I was able, only four years later, to write an op-ed in the local paper in opposition to the war, which barely generated a response. By then, many Americans had begun to question the validity of the war, and why we were sending young men to fight and die in southeast Asia.

As much as we all, as Americans, value this great country, it’s good to have reminders now and then of the challenge of actually tolerating free speech. It’s not always easy, and often generates a heated emotional response.

Our Founding Fathers fought for our right to speak our minds. I honor the right of all Americans to do so, even when I disagree with what they are saying.

Tom Rumpf


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Letter to the editor: On Nov. 8, we must chose to follow Trump or Jesus Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 The author of a Sept. 17 letter to the editor (“Are the ‘deplorables’ more like the ‘The Incredibles’?”) expressed dismay that Hillary Clinton had suggested that Donald Trump supporters were “deplorable,” but the letter’s author did not denounce Trump’s actions and positions.

Vulgar comments, inciting physical assaults, ridiculing disabled people and inciting racial and religious intolerance are “deplorable.” Those who don’t denounce these actions and positions become tainted by them. Trump has unleashed a Pandora’s box of ugly speech, hate and actions.

Trump’s hateful, denigrating messages and actions conflict with Jesus’ uplifting message to love God and our neighbors, no matter who or where they are (Mark 12:28-34). To do the first, we must do the second!

Come November, we need to decide who we will follow: Jesus, who gave His life on the cross for us, or Trump, who appears to focus only on himself. Jesus offers eternal life. Our time on this on earth is brief; eternity is endless.

You decide!

Richard “Dick” Boislard


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Letter to the editor: Question 3 results from lawmakers’ inaction on guns Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 State Rep. Patrick Corey, in his Sept. 23 op-ed, takes issue with the wording of Question 3: a citizen initiative requiring background checks for the transfer of firearms. Corey anticipates that if Question 3 passes, the innocent transfer of firearms between family or friends would then be a criminal offense.

Corey’s piece is, in fact, an indictment of his own inaction on this issue. If the Legislature and, in particular, those who would object to the passage of Question 3 had acted on the issue of unregulated personal or gun show sales by drawing up legislation with language that closed the loophole without criminalizing friends swapping guns in deer camp, they would not be confronted with the prospect of bad legislation.

This is not about gun control. This is about citizens who are tired of waiting for the Legislature to act and are doing it themselves, as is their right.

That it is not a perfect piece of legislation is no surprise. This is not the result of the debate and compromise that used to be a part of lawmaking in Maine. But people are tired of foot-dragging in Augusta.

So, quit your whining and do your job, or the people of Maine will do it for you.

Kurt Woltersdorf


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Letter to the editor: Keep 3 feet from bicyclists, frequent Windham bike commuter reminds drivers Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 As a professional who, whenever possible, chooses to commute by bicycle from Windham (10.5 miles to Portland and 14.5 miles to Scarborough), I continue to celebrate the majority of motorists who afford me the required 3 feet and more.

I write today to call out those drivers who do not keep 3 feet between their vehicle and me! I also write because I believe some folks don’t get it.

I can name at least three respected people who were surprised when I explained it like this: “When you come to a bicyclist and there is not 3 feet for you to pass, the law requires that you slow down until there is 3 feet to pass.” No, really? Yes, really! You are wielding a deadly weapon.

Finally, on roadways like Forest and Brighton avenues in Portland and Route 1 in Scarborough, where there are double lanes of traffic but no breakdown lane, it is perfectly legal for a bicycle to take the right-hand lane! Please use the other lane to pass with the required 3 feet and refrain from honking.

Let’s all share the road. Thank you.

Patty Bruce


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Another View: Iraqi forces could take Mosul, but then what? Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 An assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Mosul, the largest stronghold of the Islamic State, is expected within weeks – far sooner than seemed likely a few months ago. Unfortunately, the acceleration is not good news. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is rushing the operation forward even though it lacks a strategy to secure and govern the multiethnic city of roughly 1 million people once the terrorists are driven out. It is recruiting sectarian militia forces that have a record of abusing civilians and seizing territory for themselves. Plans for protecting refugees, who may number in the hundreds of thousands, are sketchy.

In short, the Mosul offensive is setting the stage for a potentially catastrophic Day After problem. Though the United States has painfully experienced what such poor preparation can lead to, in Baghdad in 2003 and Libya a decade later, it is pushing the Abadi government to move still faster.

Military experts are more concerned about the aftermath than the fight itself. Brig. Gen. William Mullen, who was deputy commander for U.S. operations in Iraq until June, predicted last week that Islamic State defenses in Mosul could collapse quickly. “And then what?” he asked at a forum at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Iraqi government’s plan, he said, amounts to “chips will fall and we’ll sort it out when we get to that.”

“That’s not a good plan,” Mullen said. “This is going to be ugly.”

It’s not hard to foresee where the ugliness will come from. Though the Mosul attack is expected to be led by U.S.-trained Iraqi counterterrorism units, Abadi has said Shiite militia forces also will participate. Iraqi Kurdish units may also move in from the north. Controlled by Iran rather than the Baghdad government, several of the Shiite militias were accused of atrocities during and after operations in the Sunni cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. There is ample reason to fear similar abuses against Sunnis in Mosul.

Once the Islamic State is vanquished, the various forces may turn on one another. Kurdish and Shiite fighters already have sparred in nearby Diyala province. Turkey has threatened to intervene on behalf of ethnic Turks in the city. Though a Sunni police force is being trained, it is a fraction of the size needed to prevent human rights abuses and factional fighting.

Plans for governance are equally threadbare. Iraqi leaders reportedly want to restore the former provincial governor and council, but that could be contested by another former governor with his own Sunni force. More important, the Baghdad government has taken no serious steps to resolve longstanding disputes with Sunni and Kurdish leaders over territory, revenue and the delegation of powers to local governments.

Though the absence of such political solutions facilitated the rise of the Islamic State, President Obama’s administration is not pushing for them. It is not using its considerable leverage – U.S. air support will be vital to liberating Mosul – to insist on better political preparations or the exclusion of Shiite militias.

Instead, eager for the operation to begin before Obama leaves office, it has been encouraging Abadi to speed up the Mosul offensive, while leaving the Day After problem to the Iraqis. That is a highly risky course.

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First chance to vote for president comes with disenchantment Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — I learned many lessons growing up about how to behave. These lessons can be attributed to parents, teachers and other influential adults – not mention a variety of cartoon animals whose sole purpose was preaching values to unsuspecting children.

Regardless of the source, though, I have held on to these lessons. I was taught not to lie and not to cheat. I was taught not to hide the crusts of my peanut butter sandwich under the couch cushions. I was taught to be respectful of others and to think before I spoke. I was taught to shake hands and look people in the eye and to keep my mouth shut if I couldn’t formulate anything pleasant to say.

As I sit now, in the infancy of my third decade of life, these lessons have held stronger than any multiplication tables or state capitals. These are the lessons that I still apply every day, the ones that have allowed me to gracefully move through the world to where I am today.

In first grade, we held a schoolwide mock election mirroring the presidential election taking place that year. I came in late, after my classmates had already cast their ballots, and was quickly rushed to the front office to fill out my own before we were to file into the cafeteria for lunch.

I remember standing in the miniature voting booth, all strung up with red, white and blue banners and American flags, and staring down at my ballot for a long time. I stared down at the paper for so long, in fact, that eventually the office secretary peered over the curtain to make sure I was all right.

“I’m just not sure,” I remember saying. She took the pencil from my hand and said, “Look, just pick this one,” as she pointed to the first name. “Or this one,” moving the pencil down to the other. “Or write in your own. It’s not that difficult.”

All of a sudden, that elementary student-sized voting booth felt even smaller. The secretary stood impatiently, the privacy curtain now flung open so as to leave me feeling rather exposed, my pencil still in her hand.

I wasn’t showing any inclination toward making a choice anytime soon. “How about this one?” she said finally, using my pencil to mark the seemingly more popular candidate. Before I could answer, she had already placed the ballot in the hands of the older student vote collector and ushered me out of the office.

I suppose I had felt the weight of that decision before it really mattered. I had been rushed in, offered a choice and then told who to pick by someone supposedly older and wiser.

Like many of my peers, this year marks the first presidential election in which I am eligible to vote. This is the year we have talked about and counted down to since those first-grade mock elections. This is our first chance to have an impact on the process that we’ve been watching our parents participate in our entire lives. It is so easy to think that we don’t make a difference.

This election season I have watched, with the rest of the world, as grown adults violate all of the rules about life I have been taught for as long as I can remember. I have looked at the screen incredulously as I see a lifetime of values and nursery rhymes about loving everyone thrown out the window.

These are the people who are supposed to be guiding our country, the people we are supposed to look to as symbols of strength and righteousness, and the people we are trusting to teach the next generations the same principles we have been taught.

A big part of growing up is realizing that adults are not the superheroes our childhood imaginations made them out to be, but this year I find myself watching with knots of panic deep in my stomach. What is our country going to be like if it is led by someone who can’t act within the confines of acceptable behavior for even the youngest members of society? What does it say about us as a nation for letting it get this far?

Someday I am going to tell my own children about the first presidential election I could vote in. I will be explaining this at the same time I am trying to instill in them the same lessons that were instilled in me. I will be trying to teach them about kindness and love as I remember the way that the nation gathered around televisions and computer screens to watch as our prospective leaders tore into each other like freshly killed prey.

While I know the decision that I am going to make on Election Day, it doesn’t make me feel any more confident in the country I call home. The choice that I am making isn’t between two fair-minded individuals. It isn’t between two role models who are using their opportunity in the spotlight to touch on the issues that could make a difference for the nation. It is between people who can’t seem to understand the lessons we are taught at 5 years old.

I will vote and continue to call the United States of America my home, but the disenchantment of watching the election season unfold won’t soon leave me. As I mark my very first presidential ballot, and begin a lifetime of participation in the democratic process, I do so with a heart full of sadness for the lessons that I have been forced to learn.

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Commentary: When Facebook identity theft happens, know who your friends are Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 I was hacked. Fiends assumed my Facebook identity. I have no idea what they imagined they’d get by chopping up my account. Perhaps they were trying to sell me for parts. Whatever their goal, they shoplifted my photograph and set up an imitation Gina Barreca profile.

Do you remember the television game show “To Tell the Truth”? A panel of celebrities had to decide which of three contestants was the real person and which were impostors.

Basically, that’s what I spent most of last week doing, except instead of performing in front of Orson Bean, Don Ameche and Kitty Carlisle, I was trying to convince a series of nameless Facebook team members that I was myself.

I spent days sending detailed emails to a generic Facebook address essentially explaining “I Gotta Be Me.” They didn’t care, and it didn’t work.

Facebook said I didn’t have a problem. Apparently pretending to be somebody else and sending out greetings under that person’s name while posing under that person’s face “doesn’t go against our community standards.”

I bet the internet predators thought my life was filled with limos, private jets and Fra Angelicos (the Renaissance painter – not Frangelico, the liqueur, which I am far more likely to have). Maybe they didn’t know it’s taken 59 years for the real me to save money toward retirement, settle my debts with Visa and pay off my student loans.

Or maybe the hackers thought my Facebook friends would simply assume I’d deliberately split myself into the nascent personalities I’d previously kept in check via diligent mental health care, and that they would agree to start sending these new personalities wads of small, nonsequential bills or major organs on ice.

Here’s the good news: The smart cookies who are my Facebook friends discovered Fake Gina before I did and alerted me to what was happening. That’s the sort of watching-out-for-each-other I expect from “The Tribe of Loud Smart Funny Women and the Men Who Laugh With Us,” as I refer to my friends.

They make up for the bad behavior of the scoundrels, but I’m not sure they make up for Facebook’s laissez-faire attitude.

Instead of relying on Facebook’s experts, I turned to my tribe for help.

Susan Kastan, a pal from college, became my electronic guardian angel by walking me through the steps I needed to protect myself and my group.

“Change your password immediately,” she counseled. “Tell your friends to report the false profile to Facebook.”

Brave souls had already done this, and they’d notified me as well. “Did you just send out a new FB friend request, or did your account get hacked?” they asked. A Victorianist who specializes in the Gothic novel put it this way: “Were you compromised during the night?”

Even braver companions had engaged with the hacker to see whether they could track down useful information, accepting the “friend requests” sent out by Evil Fake Gina.

Yale’s John Squeri did the computer equivalent of wearing my colors into battle. John agreed to join a conversation with Evil Fake Gina via Facebook message. As soon as he got a message saying “helo! u r amazing,” he reported the account to Facebook as “pretending to be” someone he knew.

Obviously, John is amazing, but he’s also correct in knowing I wouldn’t offer any compliment by writing “u r” something. Or anything. Ever.

None of my friends has sent money or body parts, so apparently nobody has been hurt.

Eventually, Evil Fake Gina took down the stolen photo and replaced it with a silhouette of a person wearing a pageboy haircut.

But my tribe knew that, even if I were appearing anonymously in disguise as part of the witness protection program, I would never choose to display myself in a pageboy.

My tech friends tell me Evil Fake Gina is probably a robot, that such identity theft happens all the time on Facebook and that I shouldn’t take it personally.

Fine. But if you get a friend request from an English teacher who can’t spell “helo” and who chirps “u funny,” please don’t accept it.

This is Gina Barreca, and I have approved this message.

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The humble Farmer: Writing class gets important life tips but very few writing tips Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 From time to time, one of my longtime radio friends asks me to inspire and delight his class of writing scholars.

Being reimbursed for this exercise does not detract from the enjoyment I get from doing it.

This year, however, I had just been diagnosed with Lyme disease and my right knee was about the size of a battered softball. Unable to wave my arms in the air and run wildly about the room, as is my wont, I settled back in a padded chair and could add emphasis only by pounding my crutch on the floor.

There are many kinds of writing, so we could touch on only two or three.

One of the most popular exercises is imitating the writing found in the J. Peterman clothing catalog, which you probably know is called an “Owner’s Manual.” The Peterman Owner’s Manual does not describe the dress or jacket but elaborates on what the Duke of York says to you in the regal milieu in which you wear it.

One year, advertising psychologist Gar Roper went with me and told the kids about writing copy that sold nicotine patches – and converting a squeaky, wimpy Mickey Mouse into a hipster. We then wrote ads that would make people willing to steal from their poor old blind grandmother so they could buy our products.

This year, guitar virtuoso Denny Breau accompanied us as we sang “Dippin’ Copenhagen Snuffed Out My Old Flame.” Denny then sang one of his original songs, and students followed up by writing the lyrics to a song of their own.

If you look for the “Dippin’ ” song, you will find only one published copy of it. Bed-and-breakfast guest Alton Lawson from North Carolina sang what he could remember of it, and I put it up on YouTube. Up until a recent date, it has not gone viral.

Although it is a writing class, in between exercises I feel obligated to pass along a scrid of wisdom.

 No. 1: When election time comes around, pay particular attention to the first crop of posters to appear. There will be dozens, if not hundreds of them, promoting some bond issue or candidate. The vast number of signs indicates that someone with a lot more money than you have desperately wants your vote.

If, for example, you see dozens of these colorful early posters urging you to vote “yes” on No. 16, you can bet that when you get home and look up No. 16, you will quickly discover that it will be to your social or economic advantage to vote “no” on No. 16. After a few years, when you find that these posters are as reliable as the tides, early posters can save you much time in unnecessary research.

 No. 2: Because 50 of my 80 years were spent as a single man, I offer my advice on marriage only on a for-what-it’s-worth basis. Many Maine men my age have been married for over 60 years, and you should listen closely whenever one of them has a chance to speak.

One of the greatest lies passed along to young people is that “you have to work at a marriage.”

The fact of the matter is that in any craft, someone has to be the skipper: Were two captains to set a course, many ships would run aground. Should two captains waste the time it takes to flip a coin, many ships would founder. Young people should understand that this is why many marriages end in divorce and why very few Maine captains put ships up on the rocks.

My observations are predicated on the fact that your average intelligent man marries a woman who is smarter than he is. This is why a wise husband never argues with his wife.

For example, he might want to spend their winter vacation in Fort Kent running a snow-making machine for the dogsled races, and he gives his reasons. She says they are going to spend that $15,000 on smartphones for their 13 grandchildren, and that’s that.

Having been down this road before, he smiles, nods and says nothing, because he knows that within five minutes, his wife will change her mind. It really doesn’t matter to her what they do – as long as she is the one making the decision.

We ended the class with an editing exercise that entailed two sheets of paper stapled together. Last month I printed out my Portland Press Herald column on a similar two sheets, stapled them together and gave it to my wife, Marsha, to edit. It gave her fits. I had inadvertently stapled the second page on top.

Oh, there can be so much more to a writing class than writing.

The humble Farmer can be seen on Community Television in and near Portland and visited at his website:

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Friday’s football roundup: Wells, Cape Elizabeth keep pace in Class C South Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:42:28 +0000 WELLS — Riley Dempsey rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and Wells raced out to a big halftime lead on the way to a 54-7 win over Yarmouth in a Class C South football game Friday night.

Evan Whitten added a pair of touchdowns, and Deandre Woods, Tyler Bridge and Chad Fitzpatrick each scored one touchdown for Wells (5-0), which lost to Yarmouth in last year’s regional final.

After Yarmouth (3-2) fumbled the opening kickoff, the Warriors scored on the first play from scrimmage – a 28-yard pass from Owen Berry to Woods.

Wells led 34-7 at halftime.

CAPE ELIZABETH 45, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 9: James Boeschenstein hooked up with Marshall Peterson for a pair of 18-yard touchdown passes in the third quarter as the Capers (5-0) pulled away from the Falcons (2-3) in Rumford.

Cape Elizabeth opened a 17-3 halftime lead, thanks to a 52-yard punt return by Brett McAlister and a 67-yard touchdown run by Ben Ekedahl.

McAlister added a 28-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter.

WESTBROOK 60, NOBLE 33: Miece Loureiro rushed for three of his six touchdowns in the second quarter as the Blue Blazes (3-2) used a 34-point outburst to pull away from the Knights (0-5) in Westbrook.

Loureiro finished with 175 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries and also had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Westbrook quarterback Bailey Sawyer completed 12 of 24 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, one to Hamza Hanifi and one to Nicholas Batchelder.

Noble fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but tied the game on a 90-yard kickoff return by Kasey Rogers.

Rogers also caught a pair of touchdown passes, and quarterback Hil Keisker threw for three touchdowns.

SOUTH PORTLAND 42, BANGOR 21: The Red Riots (2-3) took the lead for good on a touchdown pass from Matt Crockett to Zack Johnson just before halftime and pulled away from the Rams (0-5) in the second half at Bangor.

South Portland extended its lead to 28-7 on touchdown runs by Crockett and Finn Zechman and ended the third quarter with a 35-14 lead after a touchdown pass from Crockett to Johnson.

Zechman added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

SANFORD 22, LEWISTON 14: Ethan Belanger scored two touchdowns in the first half, and the Spartans (3-2) used a ball-control offense to hold off the Blue Devils (1-4) in Lewiston.

Sanford opened the scoring late in the first quarter when Belanger got open deep and caught a 69-yard pass from Frankie Veino.

Lewiston answered with a 17-yard touchdown run by Roman Dennis to make it 7-6, but Belanger scored on a reverse on fourth-and-15 to give Sanford a 14-6 halftime lead.

The Spartans then capitalized on a fumble on the second-half kickoff to score what turned out to be the winning touchdown.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 35, FREEPORT 0: Jason Chisari scored on runs of 25 and 33 yards to lead the Raiders (3-2) past the Falcons (2-3) in Fryeburg.

Fryeburg’s defense limited the Falcons to 39 yards.

Cody Gullikson scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards. Jeremiah Schrader finished 5 for 5 on extra-point attempts.

WINTHROP/MONMOUTH 29: OAK HILL 22: Alec Brown dove in from the 1 for the tiebreaking touchdown with 4:27 remaining, and the host Ramblers (5-0) ended the state’s longest winning streak at 24 games.

Brown finished with three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as the Ramblers erased a 22-15 deficit.

Steve Gilbert had a pair of touchdown runs for Oak Hill (3-1), including a 77-yard run in the second quarter.

BREWER 36, CONY 20: Ray Wood rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Witches (5-0) past the Rams (1-4) in Augusta.

Cony quarterback Taylor Heath completed 20 of 38 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Anthony Sousa, Jordan Roddy and Elijah Dutil.

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Football: Windham pulls away for 27-6 win over Edward Little Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:30:08 +0000 WINDHAM — Desmond Leslie ran in a pair of touchdowns and threw for two others to lead Windham past Edward Little 27-6 in a Class A North football game Friday night.

Leslie got some help from Blake Houser, who led the Eagles (3-2) in receiving with three grabs for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

The pair connected on the game’s first score with 31 seconds left in the first quarter. Houser caught a pass on the right side, broke a tackle and scampered up the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown.

“That was Blake,” said Leslie. “I just had to throw a little swing pass and he had to break a tackle. He did all the work. The blocking was great tonight, too.”

The score remained 7-0 until late in the second quarter. Leslie rolled out to his right to see Houser streaking down the sidelines uncovered. Leslie tossed a beautiful pass and Houser took it the rest of the way for a 70-yard touchdown with 1:22 remaining.

Windham failed on the 2-point conversion and carried a 13-0 lead into halftime.

Edward Little (2-3) scored its lone touchdown with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter on Grant Hartley’s 17-yard pass to Tyler Blanchard.

The point after was blocked but the touchdown cut Edward Little’s deficit to 13-6.

“That (blocked point after) was a big play,” said Windham Coach Matt Perkins.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Leslie took off up the middle on a quarterback draw for a 10-yard touchdown. The point after was good to give Windham a 20-6 advantage.

Leslie then put the finishing touches on the win with a 33-yard touchdown run with just over six minutes remaining.

He finished 10 of 16 for 177 yards passing while adding 111 yards on the ground to go with his four total touchdowns.

“(Leslie) had a great game,” said Perkins.

Hartley attempted 22 passes in the first half for the Red Eddies, and finished 24 of 41 for 207 yards with the touchdown and an interception.

“(Throwing a lot) is their M.O.,” said Perkins.

Windham put a lot of pressure on Hartley and got to him consistently, generating three sacks.

“(Putting pressure) on (Hartley) was part of our game plan tonight. That was something we had to do,” said Perkins.

Windham had lost its past two games after starting the season 2-0. The Eagles hope this victory can get them back on track.

“A lot of people think Thornton Academy is the best team in the league and we played them tough,” said Perkins, referring to Windham’s 17-13 loss on the road against the Trojans last week.

“This definitely got us back in the winning way,” said Leslie. “It’s a nice place to be.”

Windham will look to keep momentum rolling next week when it hosts Bonny Eagle.

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Ortiz delivers another homer, Red Sox rally to beat Blue Jays, 5-3 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:10:44 +0000 BOSTON — Opening his final weekend with yet another winning homer, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

The AL East champion Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed one game ahead of Cleveland in the race for home-field advantage for the playoffs.

The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL’s final postseason berth.

With his image mowed into the grass in center for the final regular-season series of his career, Ortiz hit his 38th homer of the year – and No. 541 of his career – to help Boston rally from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the seventh. It was extra-base hit No. 1,192, tying Ken Griffey Jr. and Rafael Palmeiro for eighth on baseball’s all-time list.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits for Boston, and Brad Ziegler (2-3) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

Devon Travis had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Jose Batista homered for Toronto.

Ortiz singled in the first to give Boston a 1-0 lead, but Toronto went ahead 3-1 in the fifth against Rick Porcello. The major league wins leader failed in his attempt for his 23rd victory, but he avoided the loss when the Red Sox rallied against Joe Biagini (4-3).

Andrew Benintendi led off the seventh with a double and Dustin Pedroia dribbled one to the third base side. Catcher Russell Martin’s throw went past first baseman Justin Smoak; the ball got trapped under the tarp down the right-field line and time was called.

Benintendi took off for third, and Pedroia scrambled back to first. Toronto manager John Gibbons came out to argue, but things got worse when the umpires awarded Pedroia second base; after some more arguing, Benintendi was pointed home.

One out later, Mookie Betts singled to make it 3-3, and then Brett Cecil came in to face Ortiz. The crowd, which sat through a 25-minute rain delay to see him honored before the game and play one of his last three regular-season games, rose to its feet chanting “Papi!”

After working the count to 2-1, Ortiz lined the ball past the Pesky Pole to send Fenway into one more frenzy. The chants waned before Ortiz popped out of the dugout for a curtain call.

Biagini allowed three runs and four hits in 11/3 innings.

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Sports Digest: UMaine falls to Quinnipiac in women’s hockey Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:08:12 +0000 COLLEGES

UMaine falls to Quinnipiac in women’s hockey game

Maine scored four unanswered goals, including a pair in the third period by Morgan Sakundiak, but fell to host Quinnipiac 5-4 on Friday in a non-conference women’s hockey game.

The Bobcats (2-0) scored four goals in the first period and extended their lead to 5-0 in the second frame.

Catherine Tufts opened the scoring for Maine (1-2) late in the second period. Tereza Vanisova brought Maine within 5-2 early in the third period before Sakundiak tallied twice.

Mariah Fujimagari and Carly Jackson shared time in the Maine net, stopping 23 shots.

FIELD HOCKEY: Maine got first-half goals from Madison Cummings, Samantha Wagg and Danielle Aviani and held on to beat host UMass Lowell 4-3.

Sydney Veljacic scored what proved to be the winner goal in the second half.

Maine improves to 8-3 and 1-0 in America East while the River Hawks fall to 3-6, 0-1.

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Zoe Adams rumbled for five tries to lead the offense for University of New England (3-1), which dominated Castleton (0-5) 91-0 at Biddeford.

The Nor’easters build a 36-0 halftime lead on the on a pair of Kaitlin Drumheller tries, Kassidy Town added six conversions for UNE.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Emily Berzolla goal in the 54th minute gave host MIT (8-3-0) a 1-0 win over Bowdoin (6-2-0).

CIAA: The Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association said it will move eight of its 10 conference championships set for North Carolina – but not its two basketball tournaments – because of a state law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

NCAA: North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel Oct. 28 in the case tied to its academic scandal.


INTERNATIONAL SKI FEDERATION: After two seasons away from the World Cup, alpine ski great Bode Miller, who turns 39 on Oct. 12, is poised for a comeback.


WUHAN OPEN: Former champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the final.

SHENZHEN OPEN: Defending champion Tomas Berdych defeated Czech countryman Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.


WNBA: Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve is the WNBA coach of the year and Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is the league’s defensive player of the year.


WADA: The World Anti-Doping Agency has released its 2017 list of prohibited substances for athletes, adding a drug used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and eating disorders to its catalog of banned stimulants.

The substance, known chemically as lisdexamfetamine, is part of a family of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system.


LPGA: Mi Jung Hur eagled two of the last three holes for a 10-under 63 and a share of the second-round lead with Brooke Henderson in the Reignwood Classic in Beijing.


NHL: Ryan Spooner scored 34 seconds into overtime, and Anton Khudobin made 34 saves in the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 victory over the host Detroit Red Wings.

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Friday’s high school roundup: Gorham pulls away in girls’ soccer Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:57:50 +0000 SACO — Hallie Shiers broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half Friday and Gorham went on to a 3-0 victory against Thornton Academy in an SMAA schoolgirl soccer game.

Jenna Cowan assisted Shiers for the Rams (8-0-1).

Emma Forgues extended the lead two minutes later from Meghan Perrin.

Michelle Rowe made it 3-0 from Brittany Desjardins.

Abbi Cook and Dana Sirois of Thornton (4-5) combined for 12 saves. Emma Smith stopped six shots for the Rams.

CHEVERUS 4, BONNY EAGLE 2: Emma Gallant and Emily Turner scored in the span of 1:46 late in the first half to give the Stags (6-2-1) a 2-1 halftime lead before defeating the Scots (4-5) at Portland.

Keelin Sweeney opened the scoring for Bonny Eagle on a scramble in front with 8:37 to play in the half. Gallant answered in the 34th minute after a through ball from Mackenzie Johnston and Turner scored from Abby Cavallaro at 35:46.

Gallant and Turner added second-half goals.

Cassidy Koons converted a free kick in the second half for the Scots.

WATERVILLE 3, OCEANSIDE 0: Anika Elias scored three goals, all in the second half, to lead the Purple Panthers (10-0) over Oceanside (6-1-2) at Rockport.

T.T. Brandon made 10 saves for Waterville. Rachel Joyce had four for Oceanside.

BRUNSWICK 4, BREWER 0: Rian Sachs and Lea Scrapchansky each collected one goal and one assist as the Dragons (6-3) beat the Witches (4-5) at Brewer.

Maeve Arthur and Bailey Hartill also scored, and Kira Wolpow collected two assists.

Beth Labbe made eight saves to record the shutout. Libby Hewes had 17 saves for Brewer.

MARSHWOOD 2, SANFORD 1: Natalie Herbold and Casey Perry scored first-half goals for the Hawks (7-1-1) against the Spartans (6-2-1) at Sanford.

Nathalie Clavette finished with nine saves for Marshwood.

DEERING 2, NOBLE 1: Ewa Varney scored from Meghana Clere to give the Rams (4-5) the lead after five minutes and the Rams went on to down the Knights (1-6-2) at Portland.

Candy Odhiambo made it 2-0 after seven minutes of the second half off a corner kick from Clere.

Raegan Kelly stopped 14 shots for Noble. Tina Dang had seven saves for the Rams.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, WESTBROOK 0: Meghan Graff scored from outside the penalty area 13 minutes into the first half as the Red Riots (3-5-1) beat the Blue Blazes (0-8-1) at South Portland.

Emma Jones extended made it 2-0 before halftime off a pass from Juliana Selser. Sophie Chase completed the scoring, finding the left corner of the net midway through the second half. Nyagoa Bayak made 13 saves for Westbrook.


PORTLAND 2, SCARBOROUGH 1: Alex Millones set up Quinn Clarke for the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes left as the Bulldogs (6-2-1) beat the Red Storm (5-3) at Portland.

Justin Perry put Scarborough up 1-0 after 13 minutes off a scramble in front. Alex Frank tied it eight minutes into the second half from Millones. Rowan Dalligan made seven saves for Portland.

WATERVILLE 6, OCEANSIDE 0: Justin Wentworth and Ben Danner each scored twice to spark the Purple Panthers (5-4-1) over Oceanside (3-6) at Waterville.

DEERING 7, NOBLE 0: Pedro Lusogandio scored twice and added an assist as the Rams (8-0-1) cruised past the Knights (3-5) at North Berwick.

Iessa Ramadan, Nick James and Lusogandio scored as the Rams took a 3-0 halftime lead. Deering added three goals in the first five minutes of the second half.


TRAIP ACADEMY 3, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Molly Humiston had a pair of second-half goals as the Rangers (9-1) defeated the Panthers (5-4-2) at Yarmouth.

Kaira Perez also scored.

FALMOUTH 6, FREEPORT 2: Devon Sarazin had four goals and one assist for Falmouth (11-2), which scored five goals in the second half to pull away from the Falcons (4-6-1) at Freeport.

Kate Kelley and Stone Carmichael also scored for Falmouth. Natalie Anderson and Bailey Coffin answered for Freeport.

WESTBROOK 1, SANFORD 0: Avery Tucker scored off a cross from Lizzy Barlow with 12:50 left as the Blue Blazes (7-2-1) beat the Spartans (2-8) at Sanford.

Amber Singleton had seven saves for Sanford.

KENNEBUNK 2, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Christine Jarowicz scored on a rebound off the keeper’s pads with 11 minutes left, giving the Rams (9-2) the lead for good against the Raiders (4-6-1) at Fryeburg.

After Brittany Gregoire scored an unassisted goal with one minute left in the first half for Kennebunk, Janelle Wiesemann tied it from Bridget Tweedie with 18:30 to play.

YORK 6, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: Lily Posternak scored five goals as the Wildcats (11-0) cruised over the Capers (4-6) at Cape Elizabeth.

Bailey Oliver added a goal for York, which led 3-0 at halftime. Katie Zajkowski scored for Cape.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2, MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY/WAYNFLETE 1: Mikayla Grier and Eric Leclerc scored to lift the Seagulls (2-8-1) over the Lions (0-10) at Portland.

Ruth Connelly answered for the Lions.


NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 3, BRUNSWICK 0: Maggie Larson had six aces, five kills and three assists as the Panthers (7-1) swept the Dragons (0-9) at Yarmouth.

Tessa Quattrucci had eight aces and two assists, and Jordan Ackerman had four aces and five kills for the Panthers, who won the match, 26-24, 25-13, 25-10.

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Trump’s antics put Republicans on edge Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:44:31 +0000 Republican leaders and strategists are unnerved by Donald Trump’s erratic attacks on a Latina beauty queen and other outbursts this week, increasingly fearful that the GOP nominee is damaging his White House hopes and doing lasting damage to the party in the campaign’s final stretch.

Party officials said they are newly embarrassed by Trump’s impulsive behavior and exasperated by his inability to concentrate on his change message and frame the race as a referendum on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to interviews with more than two dozen of them.

Senate and House candidates are ducking questions about Trump and distancing themselves, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has refused to talk about him. And few elected leaders are counseling him.

“Maybe every two weeks,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told a crowd about how often he speaks with Trump.

Trump went into the first presidential debate Monday night in Hempstead, New York, with swagger, ahead or tied in some national and battleground-state polls and, momentarily at least, relatively disciplined on the stump. But his performance was widely panned and revealed his thin skin. In the days since, he has become distracted by old grudges and picked new fights, often involving female or minority targets.

Trump plunged into a feud with Alicia Machado, a Miss Universe winner he mocked and humiliated for her weight gain two decades ago. Also this week, Trump raised former president Bill Clinton’s past extramarital affairs as a campaign issue, delivered his most direct attack yet on Hillary Clinton’s health and waged war with news organizations over alleged bias.

Reflecting upon Trump’s actions, Matt Borges, the Republican Party chairman in battleground Ohio, said, “Can this thing just end – please?”

“My God,” he sighed, “what a nightmare.”

Borges said he has personally urged Trump to run “a very disciplined, different kind of campaign,” although he remains confident that Trump will carry Ohio regardless.

Former Virginia congressman Thomas Davis, for decades one of the GOP’s top national campaign tacticians, said there is mounting concern that Trump’s lack of restraint is an anchor on him and the party.

“You’ve got the nomination of the party, and you’ve got a certain responsibility to the party to try to win this thing, but he gets sidetracked very easily,” Davis said. “He goes off on personal vendettas, and it’s just not helpful if you want to win. The tragedy is he has every opportunity to win.”

Polls show Clinton pulling away in several states, with seven-point leads in Michigan and New Hampshire. A Fox News national poll released Friday showed her ahead, 43 percent to 40 percent, in a four-way race, with Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

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Football: Brunswick keeps rolling, improves to 5-0 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:33:45 +0000 SKOWHEGAN — After beating its first four opponents by an average of nearly 42 points per game, Brunswick won by only 23 points Friday night.

The margin was a mirage.

When the Dragons’ starters were on the field against Skowhegan’s first team, Brunswick couldn’t be stopped.

Ahead by 37 points at halftime, Brunswick rolled to a 65-42 win. The victory improved Brunswick – the two-time defending Class B North champion – to 5-0 and sets up a showdown with Brewer next week.

Skowhegan is now 3-2 after starting the season with three consecutive victories.

The Dragons were dominant right from the first drive. Brunswick reached the end zone on four of its first 12 plays. When Ben Palizay scored on a 6-yard run, Brunswick led 27-7 with 3:32 left in the first quarter.

The Dragons continued to roll in the second quarter. Palizay caught a 45-yard pass from Christian Jensen to push the lead to 43-14 with 5:34 left in the half. Hunter Garrett’s 28-yard run gave the Dragons a 51-14 halftime lead.

Garrett, Palizay and Jesse Devereaux each had more than 100 yards of offense in the first half. Devereaux finished with a 171 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Garrett added 174 yards rushing and three scores. Palizay also scored three touchdowns, gaining 139 yards (94 rushing, 45 receiving).

Under running time, Skowhegan opened the second half with a 10-play scoring drive, culminating with Tyler Scott’s 34-yard catch from Garrett McSweeney. After that, both teams removed their starters, but when the Indians scored on a 76-yard catch by Darrione Brown from Marcus Christopher on the first play of the fourth quarter and added a 43-yard Christopher to Kobe Houghton touchdown pass 12 seconds later, Brunswick’s lead was down to 51-36, and the Dragons put their starters back into the game.

A pair of Devereaux touchdown runs, 18 and 23 yards, quickly reestablished Brunswick’s control.

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Hackers have targeted voter registration in over 20 states Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:31:09 +0000 WASHINGTON — Hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months, a Homeland Security Department official said Friday.

The disclosure comes amid heightened concerns that foreign hackers might undermine voter confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections. Federal officials and many cybersecurity experts have said it would be nearly impossible for hackers to alter an election’s outcome because election systems are very decentralized and generally not connected to the internet.

The official who described detecting the hacker activity was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. It was unclear, the official said, whether the hackers were foreign or domestic, or what their motives might be.

The FBI last month warned state officials of the need to improve their election security after hackers targeted systems in Illinois and Arizona. FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers this week that the agency is looking “very, very hard” at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election.

Last month, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, suggested that he feared the general election “is going to be rigged.”

The FBI has detected a variety of “scanning activities” that are early indications of hacking, Comey told the House Judiciary Committee this week.

The Department of Homeland Security is offering states more comprehensive, on-site risk and vulnerability checks. Only four states have expressed interest in the assessment, and because the election is only weeks away, the department will likely only be able to conduct an assessment of one state before Election Day on Nov. 8, the official said.

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U.S. oversight over internet comes to a close Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:06:07 +0000 Forty-seven years of U.S. government authority over the internet’s most basic functions is slated to end Saturday, not with a celebration or a wake but with the quiet expiration of a contract.

The agreement essentially gives a California-based nonprofit group the sole authority to organize cyberspace’s address book. And though this entity, the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has played this vital role for years, the retreat of U.S. control has sparked charges that President Barack Obama’s administration is abandoning the final vestiges of a crucial – if rarely exercised – oversight position.

The complaints have had a decidedly partisan cast. The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has bashed the idea. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has sought to halt the move through legislation. Four Republican state attorneys general Friday unsuccessfully sought a restraining order from a federal judge.

“President Obama intends to give increased control of the internet to authoritarian regimes like China, Russia, and Iran,” Cruz said in a statement this week, after he tried and failed to add legislation to a congressional funding measure. “Like Jimmy Carter gave away the Panama Canal, Obama is giving away the internet.”

The internet, as technical experts have pointed out, is not owned by the United States and can’t be given away. Yet the symbolism of the moment is powerful. The network began as a Pentagon program during the Cold War, just months after the first moon landing in 1969. The United States is now retreating at a time when concerns over online crime and cyberwarfare are growing, and critics worry that rival nations such as China and Russia are posing a greater online threat to American national security interests.

ICANN’s executives and board of directors, who oversee the organization day to day, will now report to what the group calls the internet’s “stakeholder community” – a lightly defined mix of corporate interests, government officials, activists and experts spread across four international bodies.

The United States, for example, will have one seat on the 164-member Governmental Advisory Committee, theoretically equal in power to Barbados or Luxembourg.

The oversight exerted by the U.S. government “was more symbolic than practical,” said Christopher Mondini, an ICANN vice president. “The U.S. government and every administration since 1998 always intended for this contract to lapse.”

Supporters of ending the U.S. government’s role speak of the oversight potential of the “stakeholder community,” which while diffuse has gained more official powers in recent years in anticipation of its expanded authority over ICANN.

Advocates of this approach say that the many interests will work together to keep the internet stable and free. Most major technology and telecommunications companies have endorsed the transition. They say that fears of other nations taking control of the internet are overblown.

“There is absolutely no way that this is going to imperil freedoms. There is absolutely no way that this is going to allow Russia or Iran or anybody to take control of the internet. This has nothing to do with that,” said Matthew Shears, director of Global internet Policy for the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based advocacy group largely supported by the tech industry.

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Rain wipes out Sprint Cup qualifying in Dover Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:00:37 +0000 DOVER, Del. — Brad Keselowski says having all 16 Chase drivers start in the front of the field will be “fun to watch.”

He just won’t catch much of the action.

Keselowski has the pole after rain wiped out qualifying Friday at Dover International Speedway. It was the third straight Dover race where qualifying was canceled because of rain.

Keselowski benefited this time because Sunday’s Sprint Cup race was set on owner points. The 16 Chase drivers make up the first eight rows in the field, and it should be a battle from the start – the playoff field will be cut from 16 to 12 drivers following the race.

“I won’t get to see it, but you will,” Keselowski said. “That will be fun to watch.”

Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have already advanced to the next round with Chase victories. Truex joins Keselowski on the front row. Kyle Busch starts third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

Other Chase qualifiers are: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, and Chris Buescher.

Buescher made the Chase on the back of a rain-shortened victory at Pocono, making the rookie driver perhaps the most surprising playoff entrant in NASCAR history.

He pretty much has to win to advance to the second round.

“It’s kind of nice to be able to go into a race and just worry about doing the best you can,” he said. “It’s going to make it where we’re able to go out here and not worry about it, take some chances, try and utilize some risk, and see if we can pull something off.”

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Football: Thornton Academy tops Scarborough, 34-19 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:00:11 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — Thornton Academy held off Scarborough 34-19 in a Class A South game Friday night behind the running of quarterback Michael Laverriere and two big kick returns by Anthony Bracamonte.

Laverriere rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He also threw a touchdown pass to Bracamonte to open the scoring in the first quarter.

“We made a point, we want to win the battle up front,” Laverriere said. “Getting those tough yards is what wins games.”

Thornton (5-0), the two-time state champion, led 21-12 at the half and is 15-0 all-time against Scarborough.

Bracamonte took the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown with an assist from the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Laverriere.

“I just wanted to make a play for my boys,” said Bracamonte, a sophomore. “Michael was back there lead blocking through the holes. He’s a big boy. I just put my hand on his back and followed him.”

As it did three times, Scarborough (3-2) answered the score with one of its own. After gaining territory on an exchange of punts, quarterback Zoltan Panyi (10 of 21, 134 yards passing; 80 yards rushing) found tight end Reece Lagerquist over the middle for a 36-yard gain. Owen Garrard (15 carries, 81 yards) scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run on the next play.

“It was good that our guys didn’t give up,” Scarborough Coach Lance Johnson said. “In years past if we got down by a couple of scores our guys might not keep fighting and our guys hung in there right until the final whistle.”

After another exchange of punts – and a key third-down sack of Panyi by linebacker Cameron Houde –Thornton put together a power drive featuring 12 straight runs, capped by Laverriere from the 6.

“Mike played great and we were great on special teams,” Thornton Coach Kevin Kezal said. “They’re a good football team. It was a great game. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They’re a good football team.”

Scarborough was in position to answer back one last time, moving to the Thornton 11 when it was hit with an illegal procedure penalty and Lagerquist dropped a pass that probably would have been good for a first down on fourth-and-10. The Red Storm also were hurt by penalties in the first half.

“We’ll get better. We’ve got three more games and our guys aren’t afraid to play anybody in the playoffs,” Johnson said. “We’ve got smart kids, we’ve got good kids, they work hard, they’re tough. We’re going to get better.”

In the first half, the teams traded touchdowns on five straight possessions.

After Bracamonte’s touchdown catch, Panyi went 69 yards on a designed keeper for Scarborough. Emmett Peoples missed the point after, keeping Thornton ahead, 7-6.

Laverriere completed passes on third-and-11 and fourth-and-6 to keep the next drive alive, then finished it with a 15-yard run. Cameron Cadorette, who had two catches and an interception, knocked in his second of four PATs for a 14-6 lead.

Garrard then finished Scarborough’s 59-yard drive with a 1-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed.

Bracamonte returned the ensuing kick 54 yards. With a late-hit penalty tacked on, Thornton started at Scarborough’s 26. On second down Laverriere ran it in from the 24.

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NFL notebook: Bills’ Watkins goes on injured reserve Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:57:54 +0000 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least eight weeks resting an injury to his surgically repaired left foot after the team placed him on the reserved-injured list.

The Bills announced the move on Friday afternoon, a few hours after Coach Rex Ryan expressed “major concern” over the receiver’s injury.

Watkins had already been ruled out from playing at New England on Sunday, and missed last weekend’s game against Arizona. He’s been sidelined since a teammate stepped on his foot during a walk-through session last week.

PATRIOTS: Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were both listed as questionable on the injury report for New England’s game Sunday against Buffalo at home.

Garoppolo did not play in the Patriots’ win over Houston on Sept. 22 because of a shoulder injury he sustained against Miami on Sept. 18.

Brissett, who started in Garoppolo’s place against Houston, suffered a right thumb injury during the game.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebackers Jonathan Freeny and Dont’a Hightower, cornerback Eric Rowe, and offensive linemen Marcus Cannon and Jonathan Cooper were also listed as questionable.

COWBOYS: Dez Bryant is questionable for Dallas’ game against San Francisco, and remorseful about going AWOL on the Cowboys early in the week over fear about his knee injury.

The 2014 All-Pro receiver didn’t practice all week after sustaining a hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee in last week’s win over Chicago.

Owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday that an X-ray the night of the game revealed the hairline fracture, and Bryant missed a follow-up MRI on Monday and team meetings Tuesday because he didn’t want to get some bad news.

BROWNS: Coach Hue Jackson says the team has “moved on” from suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon.

A day after Gordon said he’s entering rehab, Jackson made it clear the Browns have ended their relationship with the 25-year-old, whose off-field troubles have kept him from building on a breakout season in 2013.

Jackson reiterated that the team supports Gordon, who was on the brink of returning from a four-game NFL suspension for his latest drug violation. Jackson said his focus needs to on “taking care of the players that are here.”

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Russell Wilson will start Sunday against the Jets despite a knee sprain. Coach Pete Carroll said Wilson made it through the week of practices with no setbacks.

 Receiver Doug Baldwin has told “60 Minutes Sports” that he’s received death threats in the wake of his decision to speak out about the need for reviewing police tactics.

“I had a few (death threats). A couple of people told me to watch my back,” Baldwin is quoted as saying in the transcript released Friday. The interview is scheduled to air on Showtime next Tuesday.

JETS: Receiver Eric Decker has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for the team’s game against Seattle.

Coach Todd Bowles called Decker “week to week” with the shoulder injury.

CHARGERS: Rookie Joey Bosa has been ruled out of his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury.

Bosa missed all of training camp during a nasty contract dispute and then hurt himself after he signed.

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Football: Greely pulls away from Morse Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:48:46 +0000 CUMBERLAND — For much of the first half, when Greely had the football, sophomore Joey Cassella paced the Rangers sideline waiting for his chance.

“I was telling people, ‘Just wait until I get in there, because I’m going to show them what I’ve got,’ ” he said.

True to his word, Cassella ran wild after the break, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Rangers to a 40-20 come-from-behind Class B South victory over Morse High of Bath on Friday night at Hutchins Field.

Greely improved to 3-2 to remain in playoff contention. Morse fell to 2-3.

“My spot was on the line,” said Cassella, coming off a one-game suspension after getting ejected late in a 26-0 victory over Noble.

On Friday, Cassella returned the opening kickoff 62 yards but touched the ball only once more until late in the third quarter, when he ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run to pull Greely into a 20-20 tie.

It remained tied into the fourth, when Cassella carried 11 times and scored on runs of 3, 25 and 24 yards in a little less than five minutes. He finished with 140 yards on 24 carries.

“What it really came down to was the great blocking from the offensive line,” Cassella said. “They really set me up for success.”

Morse scored on the opening drive of the second half to open a 20-14 lead on a short run by Raz Balthazar, his second touchdown of the game. Greely scored the final 26 points and thwarted any Shipbuilder comeback attempts thanks to four sacks and a fumble recovery by defensive end Paul Buchanan, who also knocked down a pass.

“It helped that we knew they were passing,” Buchanan said. “We had a specific call for (a blitz) and it worked out really well. They didn’t see it coming.”

Morse quarterback Connor Upham completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times and had to fall on several wild snaps.

“We’ve got kids who have great heart and grit and resolve,” Morse Coach Jason Darling said. “We just have to put it together for 48 minutes or we’re going to be on the short side.”

The score was tied at 14 at the half. Cassella’s long return set up a 17-yard scoring drive capped by Tim Coyle’s 1-yard run. Will Schumacher added a PAT run for an 8-0 lead.

Morse responded with a long scoring drive culminating in a 17-yard touchdown pass on fourth down from Upham to a wide-open Tyler York.

Greely went ahead 14-6 when quarterback Nick Gauvin hit a streaking Shane DeWolfe in stride for a 47-yard strike late in the first quarter.

The Shipbuilders pulled even late in the second quarter after a short Greely punt gave them field position at the Rangers 29. A fourth-down conversion of 11 yards on a slant pass from Upham to tight end Arius Eich paved the way for a 1-yard scoring plunge by Balthazar.

Eich made it 14-all by pulling in a deflected two-point conversion pass from Upham.

Coyle, originally a tight end, finished the game with 53 yards on 14 carries and spent much of the fourth quarter blocking for Cassella.

“At halftime, all we said to the kids was it’s up to you,” Greely Coach David Higgins said. “They came out a little flat in the third but they answered the call. It was just a beautiful thing. The kids matured a lot tonight.”

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Forum planned next week on York County fluoride referendum Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:33:39 +0000 A group that promotes oral health will host a forum next week about an upcoming vote on fluoride in drinking water in seven York County communities.

Residents of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, Arundel and parts of York and Biddeford will vote Nov. 8 on whether to continue adding fluoride to drinking water. The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District, which serves those areas, has been adding fluoride to the public water supply since 2004.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smiles – a group made up of York County residents – will host the forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kennebunk Town Hall. The forum will focus on scientific information and the benefits of community water fluoridation.

A local group, The Campaign to Reconsider Water Fluoridation, gathered enough petition signatures to put the question on the ballot in the communities served by the district. The water district has taken a position against continuing to add fluoride to drinking water.

Speakers at the forum will include Myron Allukian, a dentist and associate professor at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, and several other dentists. A representative of The Campaign to Reconsider Water Fluoridation has also been invited to participate in the panel discussion.

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Football: Bonny Eagle fights off Deering Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:30:36 +0000 STANDISH — Deering High may not be among the top Class A football contenders, but it got the attention of powerful Bonny Eagle by playing the Scots to a 7-7 halftime tie Friday night.

“They’re a really good football team and we struggled in the first half,” Bonny Eagle lineman Kirby Morrell said. “We had something to fight for.”

And the Scots fought, striking for two third-quarter touchdowns to beat Deering, 21-7.

Bonny Eagle remained undefeated at 5-0. The Rams dropped to 2-3.

Nick Sprague ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and Cam Day rushed for 88 yards and threw for 56, including a 42-yard scoring pass to Cam Theberge for Bonny Eagle.

Deering quarterback Nate Richards rushed for 73 yards and threw for 92. His 10-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Dacey was the lone Rams score. Joe Pelletier also took snaps at quarterback and passed for 43 yards.

Deering drove into Bonny Eagle territory three times in the second half but failed on fourth-down conversions each time.

“We were right there. We just couldn’t seem to pull it off,” Deering Coach Jason Jackson said. “I’m proud of my guys. We had opportunities.”

The Rams stayed in the game with defense, containing the Scots’ dual running threat offense of Sprague and Day.

“They had a good plan to attack us,” Bonny Eagle Coach Kevin Cooper said. “They were giving us a lot of linebacker pressure that we had trouble dealing with. We haven’t seen that in a while.”

On its second drive, starting at its 49, Bonny Eagle had third-and-1 at the Rams 42. Sprague got the ball, burst through the right side of the line, then broke to daylight on his left for a 42-yard score.

“They have a certain system and if you don’t read their keys, they’re going to hurt us,” Jackson said. “It’s bound to happen a couple times a game.”

The teams exchanged turnovers – Keith Hoffses’ interception for the Scots and Vail Blaize’s fumble recovery for Deering. The Rams then drove 77 yards, keyed by a third-down 42-yard Richards pass to Mason Kaserman.

On fourth-and-3 at the Scots 10, Richards passed to Dacey for the tying touchdown with 9:07 remaining in the half.

Bonny Eagle received the second-half kickoff and drove 62 yards in 12 plays, almost all runs by Sprague or Day. Sprague ran in from the 9 and Bonny Eagle led 14-7.

“We didn’t make a huge amount of adjustments,” Cooper said. “We wanted to go back to what we do. That got us a pretty good drive to start the second half.”

On their next possession, the Scots used a play-action pass, with Day finding Theberge open downfield.

Christian Napolitano’s third extra point made it 21-7 with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

Deering drove to the Bonny Eagle 10, but on fourth-and-7, Morrell sacked Richards.

The Rams reached the Bonny Eagle 18 on their next drive. On fourth-and-3, Napolitano tackled Richards for no gain.

Deering next got to the Scots 41 before stalling on a fourth-down incomplete pass with three minutes left. Bonny Eagle ran out the clock.

The Scots will play at Windham next Friday, while Deering will be home against Oxford Hills/Buckfield.

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Pitts reach temporary custody agreement, sources say Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:18:11 +0000 LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached a temporary custody agreement that will allow the actor to visit with his six children, sources said Friday.

Two sources familiar with the agreement but not authorized to speak publicly said the agreement will be in place for three weeks. It calls for Pitt’s first visit with his children to be monitored by a therapist, but that may not be a requirement for subsequent visits.

The sources say both actors have agreed to undergo individual counseling.

Calls to the offices of Pitt’s attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie Pitt’s attorney, Laura Wasser, were forwarded to recorded messages stating their firms do not comment on clients.

Jolie Pitt filed for divorce on Sept. 19, and her attorney said the following day her decision was “for the health of the family.” Her filing sought sole physical custody of their six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15.

The temporary agreement has not been filed with the court, and Pitt has not yet responded to the case.

The FBI has said it is gathering evidence about allegations Pitt was involved in a dispute on a private flight with his family on Sept. 14, although the agency has not opened a formal investigation. Sources familiar with the allegations have said they center on the actor’s treatment of his 15-year-old son, Maddox.

Several news outlets have reported that the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.

They were one of Hollywood’s highest-profile couples.

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Football: Biddeford remains undefeated Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:09:50 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Biddeford High’s early-season football success has been largely fueled by the bullish runs of fullback Brady Crepeau. Friday night the Tigers gave their remaining opponents something else to prepare for.

Joey Curit threw three first-half touchdown passes and the Tigers ran for 305 yards to pull away from York in a 42-19 win at Waterhouse Field to remain unbeaten in Class B South.

“When everybody thinks about Biddeford, they think just about the fullback,” said Curit, a senior. “Today it was great to get the running backs involved, get the pass game involved and show people that we can do other things.”

Crepeau still led the Tigers with 111 rushing yards. But he suffered a foot injury on a 32-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Austin Dutremble and Cam Lantagne picked up the offense. Dutremble rushed for 96 yards and caught four passes for 72 yards – including two of Curit’s touchdown passes – while Lantagne rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s the focal point of our offense, everything starts with him,” Dutremble said of Crepeau. “It was nice to see other guys coming in and stepping up.”

“We have a lot of weapons,” said Brian Curit, the Tigers’ head coach. “I thought (assistant coach) Bob Beaulieu called a great game. This gives you an idea of how great a player Austin Dutremble is and Joey got going passing and running the ball.”

The victory lifted the Tigers to 5-0, while York fell to 2-3.

Joey Curit’s touchdown passes – of 10 yards to Colin Lavigne and then 23 and 32 to Dutremble – helped the Tigers to a 21-6 halftime lead. But York came out with an impressive drive to start the third quarter, capped by a 21-yard screen pass from Trevor LaBonte to Andrew Rodrigues, who went untouched into the end zone. LaBonte’s PAT kick made it 21-13.

The Tigers responded late in the third, going 75 yards in seven plays, with Crepeau running the final 32. But he hobbled off the field and didn’t return.

Biddeford got the ball right back when Lavigne forced a fumble on York’s first play after the kickoff and Curtis Forcier recovered it at the 17. Joey Curit threw 16 yards to Dutremble, setting up a 1-yard run by Lantagne on the first play of the fourth quarter and it was suddenly 35-13.

York got another touchdown, a 2-yard run by Ryan Daley set up by a 63-yard pass from LaBonte to Rodrigues, but the Tigers responded with a 19-yard scoring run by Lantagne, who gained 52 yards after Crepeau left.

Even though the loss was York’s second in a row, Coach Randy Small was pleased with his team’s effort.

“As disappointed as I was last week, I was ecstatic this week,” he said. “We had opportunities to score, had a couple of breakdowns defensively that cost us but … that team is undefeated for a reason and this was fun.”

The Tigers are certainly embracing this undefeated start.

“There’s a great tradition here in Biddeford and we’re proud to represent our city and show that Biddeford football is back,” said Dutremble.

“These kids have embraced the history and they haven’t been scared by the ghosts,” said Brian Curit. “They’ve been brought up listening to it. But now this is their chapter.”

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Maine vs. Bryant college football preview Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:01:53 +0000 WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.


ALL-TIME SERIES: Maine leads, 3-1

LAST MEETING: Won by Bryant, 13-10 on Sept. 13, 2014

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: The Black Bears have shown signs of opening up the offense, but are still only averaging 14.7 points per game. They want to establish the running game and have leaned on Darian Davis-Ray (124 yards) in the last two games. But look for quarterback Dan Collins to take shots downfield with Micah Wright and Jaleel Reed, who returns after a one-game suspension.

WHEN BRYANT HAS THE BALL: The Bulldogs have some nice balance, using a power running game (122.3 yards per game) to set up their passing game (288.7). Look for some rollouts and screens to negate any pass rush Maine might have. Quarterback Dalton Easton has thrown for 1,138 yards (fifth in the nation) and 10 touchdowns. Hunter Taute has three rushing touchdowns.

KEY STAT: Minus-5. That’s Bryant’s turnover ratio. The Bulldogs have thrown seven interceptions and have lost two fumbles.

OUTLOOK: This could be a very physical game, with both offenses looking to run the ball first to set up explosive plays in the passing game. Maine’s defensive ends and linebackers will be tested, but the secondary can’t sleep on Easton, who is nearing Bryant’s all-time passing record. Maine’s Collins threw three interceptions last week and has to be careful against Bryant’s secondary, which starts four seniors. But look for him to test the Bulldogs with Wright and Reed deep and Jared Osumah underneath.

OF NOTE: Maine has lost seven consecutive games dating back to Oct. 24, 2015. Bryant has never won a game in Orono. Bryant head coach Marty Fine has 99 career victories, including 77 at Bryant. Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak is looking for his first career win.

THEY SAID IT: “We need to take the next step. Even though we might be up at the half or into the fourth quarter, that doesn’t mean we won the game. We need to learn to perform our best in the fourth quarter.” – Maine sophomore linebacker Sterling Sheffield, on protecting fourth-quarter leads.

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