The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:18:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tom Hayden, famed 1960s anti-war activist, dies at 76 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:40:00 +0000 SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Famed ’60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden, whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife actress Jane Fonda, has died. He was 76.

He died on Sunday after a long illness, said his wife, Barbara Williams, noting that he suffered a stroke in 2015.

Hayden, once denounced as a traitor by his detractors, overcame his past and won election to the California Assembly and Senate where he served for almost two decades as a progressive force on such issues as the environment and education. He was the only one of the radical Chicago 7 defendants to win such distinction in the mainstream political world.

He remained an enduring voice against war and spent his later years as a prolific writer and lecturer advocating for reform of America’s political institutions.

Tom Hayden, who was a co-founder of the SDS, and Jane Fonda talk at the home of a friend in London in this 1972. Associated Press

Tom Hayden, who was a co-founder of the Students for a Democratic Society, and Jane Fonda talk at the home of a friend in London in this 1972. Associated Press

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised Hayden. “A political giant and dear friend has passed. Tom Hayden fought harder for what he believed than just about anyone I have known. RIP, Tom,” Garcetti said Sunday night on his Twitter account.

Hayden wrote or edited 19 books, including “Reunion,” a memoir of his path to protest and a rumination on the political upheavals of the ’60s.

“Rarely, if ever, in American history has a generation begun with higher ideals and experienced greater trauma than those who lived fully the short time from 1960 to 1968,” he wrote.

Hayden was there at the start. In 1960, while a student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, he was involved in the formation of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), then dedicated to desegregating the South. By 1962, when he began drafting the landmark Port Huron Statement, SDS and Hayden were dedicated to changing the world.

Hayden was fond of comparing the student movement that followed to the American Revolution and the Civil War.

In 1968, he helped organize anti-war demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that turned violent and resulted in the notorious Chicago 7 trial. It began as the Chicago 8 trial, but one defendant, Bobby Seale, was denied the lawyer of his choice, was bound and gagged by the judge and ultimately received a separate trial.

After a circus-like trial, Hayden and three others were convicted of crossing state lines to incite riot. The convictions were later overturned, and an official report deemed the violence “a police riot.”

Thomas Emmet Hayden was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Royal Oak, Michigan, to middle-class parents. At Michigan, he took up political causes including the civil rights movement. He wrote fiery editorials for the campus newspaper and contemplated a career in journalism. But upon graduation, he turned down a newspaper job. As he wrote in his memoir, “I didn’t want to report on the world; I wanted to change it.”

He joined the fledgling Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, went freedom-riding during civil rights protests in the South and was beaten and briefly jailed in Mississippi and Georgia. He married a fellow activist, Sandra “Casey” Cason.

Yearning for a more influential role, Hayden returned to Ann Arbor, where he was enlisted by the SDS to draft the Port Huron Statement, a call to action he hoped would spread to the rest of the country.

In 1965, Hayden made his first visit to North Vietnam with an unauthorized delegation. In 1967, he returned to Hanoi with another group and was asked by North Vietnamese leaders to bring three prisoners of war back to the United States.

Firmly committed to the anti-war movement, Hayden participated in sit-ins at Columbia University, then began traveling the country to promote a rally in Chicago for the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

In the interim, a single event galvanized him — the 1968 assassination of his friend, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, in Los Angeles. “I went from Robert Kennedy’s coffin into a very bleak and bitter political view,” Hayden told the Associated Press in 1988.

In 1971, Hayden met Jane Fonda, a latecomer to the protest movement. After he heard her give an eloquent anti-war speech in 1972, Hayden said they connected and became a couple. He was divorced from Cason. Fonda was divorced from director Roger Vadim and had a daughter, Vanessa Vadim.

Hayden and Fonda were married for 17 years and had a son, Troy.

With heavy financial support from Fonda, Hayden plunged into California politics in the late 1970s. He formed the Campaign for Economic Democracy and was elected to the Assembly in 1982.

Tom Hayden talks about his new book, "Reunion," during a 1988 interview at his office in Santa Monica, Calif. Associated Press/Lennox McLendon

Tom Hayden talks about his new book, “Reunion,” during a 1988 interview at his office in Santa Monica, Calif. Associated Press/Lennox McLendon

In 1992, Hayden won election to the state Senate advocating for environmental and educational issues. By then, he and Fonda were divorced.

Hayden went on to marry actress Barbara Williams, and they had a son, Liam.

In 1994, Hayden was defeated in a run for the state governorship, and he lost a bid to become mayor of Los Angeles.

After leaving public office, Hayden wrote and traveled extensively, lecturing, teaching and speaking out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also an advocate for animals, and in 2012 he lobbied Gov. Jerry Brown to preserve a piece of legislation known as Hayden’s Law, which he had authored to protect shelter animals from premature euthanasia.

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Maine towns move to enact moratoriums in order to consider local restrictions Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Maine cities and towns are moving to enact moratoriums on marijuana social clubs and retail stores in anticipation of the passage of referendum Question 1 on the ballot in November.

Although other states have legalized marijuana, Maine could become the first state to establish clubs where people can consume recreational marijuana in a social setting. That dynamic, as well as regulating where marijuana should be sold, is what towns are debating, since they have no existing rules or zoning ordinances.

The town of Gray last week adopted a six-month moratorium, retroactive to Sept. 20, that would allow the town to establish regulations on clubs and other retail establishments where marijuana could be sold or consumed. The City Council in Brewer also voted unanimously this month to enact a six-month ban.

And the city of Westbrook and town of Cumberland will each discuss similar moratoriums at meetings Monday.

Eric Conrad, spokesman for the Maine Municipal Association, said the organization doesn’t keep any list of what towns adopt or discuss. He did, however, say that the association’s legal department has fielded a number of questions from municipal officials across the state about Question 1, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Maine and also has provisions for marijuana to be sold at retail outlets and consumed at clubs.

“Question 1 provides municipalities with a fair amount of control over marijuana availability and siting of various establishment,” he said. “If it passes, we believe towns and cities that want to will take advantage of those provisions. We expect a lot of action on the local level if Question 1 passes.”

Supporters of legalization aren’t concerned about the potential impact of local regulations.

“We welcome the discussion that towns are having regarding regulating marijuana,” said David Boyer of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group supporting Question 1. “This initiative has a strong local-control component to it, something the Maine Municipal Association has acknowledged. We are leaving it up to towns to decide if they think marijuana should be sold by licensed legal businesses or on the black market. We hope towns see the benefits of regulating marijuana, which has worked in other states.”

One of the major reasons for including language to allow social clubs is to appeal to tourists. Colorado, which has seen an increase in tourism since it legalized marijuana, does not have social clubs, and many who travel there to consume marijuana don’t always have a place to do it. However, since its law passed, private, members-only clubs have sprung up in the state.

Scott Gagnon, spokesman for Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, the group opposing Question 1, said he’s still working to persuade Mainers to vote “no,” but that he’d be “derelict” not to consider the possibility that the referendum will pass. He said there will no doubt be many towns that don’t want that kind of tourism.

“We will certainly provide support to municipalities that want to create local restrictions, and we have heard from a number of municipal folks who are interested in talking to us about that,” Gagnon said.

Towns are not yet moving to establish outright bans on marijuana clubs or stores; they are only considering moratoriums to allow time to discuss whether local restrictions make sense. In some cases, that might mean allowing clubs or retail shops in certain zones. However, towns will be permitted to pass outright bans, although private marijuana use and possession would still be allowed. Towns generally have flexibility to place reasonable restrictions on where certain businesses can be located.

Conrad said Question 1 addresses municipal approval for clubs and retail stores, but the language is ambiguous.

“But we believe that means that towns and cities that want to regulate, or not allow social clubs and retail sales at all, must take action in those regards,” he said. “That is what we’re advising members when they contact us, as several have. In other words, if a town does not take action, the presumption will be that marijuana clubs and sales are legal within its boundaries with few restrictions.”

Westbrook City Manager Jerre Bryant, explaining why the matter is on the council agenda for Monday, said the city wanted to be prepared if Question 1 passes.

“If indeed the state referendum on recreational marijuana passes, where does that leave us from a regulatory standpoint?” he said.

In an Oct. 3 letter to Cumberland Town Manager William Shane, attorney Alyssa Tibbetts said many towns will likely consider moratoriums if the referendum is approved.

“We would be happy to draft something for the town; however, it would not need to be enacted until after the November 8 election if there have been no inquiries or proposed applications made that include retail marijuana use,” Tibbetts wrote.

Cumberland town councilors will discuss the matter Monday, but they doesn’t mean they will vote.

Boyer said towns don’t need to rush, because it’s likely that the full implementation of marijuana legalization, particularly the establishment of retail shops and social clubs, won’t happen for at least nine months because the state needs to establish a licensing process.

Scarborough Town Manager Thomas Hall said in an email Friday that his staff is prepared to lead a discussion about local regulations if Question 1 passes, but there will be sufficient time for that after Nov. 8. He said there has been interest from people in town about leasing space for a retail operation.

Conrad said some towns may want to enact moratoriums as a way to “send a broad message that marijuana in general is not welcome in that community.”

A Portland Press Herald poll of 505 likely voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center last month found that 53 percent were in favor of Question 1 while 38 percent were opposed.

Recreational marijuana is legal in four states – Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska – and eight additional states, including Maine, will vote on legalization this year.

The rush to adopt emergency moratoriums on marijuana clubs and stores is in some ways similar to how towns responded to the 2011 passage of a law that lifted the ban on fireworks in Maine. Many communities have since passed local ordinances that prohibit the use of fireworks, leading to confusion among some, especially tourists, about where they can be set off.


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Maine ATM network slow to embrace chips Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 The deadline has passed for ATM operators in the MasterCard network to install microchip readers in their machines or accept future liability for fraudulent activity involving chip-embedded cards.

But a Portland Press Herald analysis of MasterCard network ATMs in Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, Augusta and Bangor found that just over 11 percent of machines have been outfitted with the more secure chip readers.

That low percentage leaves too many Mainers vulnerable to ATM card “skimmers” and other methods of ATM fraud, a consumer watchdog group said.

“The 12 percent of Portland ATMs that are now chip-enabled is right in line with other cities around the country – but that is an unacceptably low number,” said Edgar Dworsky, founder of Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog service Consumer World. “Bank customers deserve to have this highest level of security at every ATM they use.”

The slow changeover to chip-enabled ATMs reflects a backlog of orders for the hardware to convert ATMs and the accompanying software upgrades, according to a representative of Maine’s banking industry. Until they are converted, if a bank, retailer or other ATM operator within the MasterCard network fails to install a chip reader, and a fraudulent withdrawal is made using a chip-embedded card, it’s the ATM operator that suffers the loss.


There are two major card processors for ATM transactions in the U.S.: Visa and MasterCard. Visa network ATMs are labeled with the Visa and Plus brands, and MasterCard network ATMs are labeled with the MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands.

MasterCard set an Oct. 1 deadline for ATM operators in its network to upgrade their machines with chip readers or accept liability for future fraudulent transactions involving chip-embedded cards. Visa set its deadline for a year later, in October 2017. The card processors set a similar deadline for retailers to upgrade their point-of-sale systems to chip readers in October 2015.

Historically, Visa and MasterCard have accepted financial responsibility for ATM fraud in their respective networks, but they have argued that it is unfair in situations involving lax security on an ATM owner’s part.

A Press Herald analysis found that:

Among the 815 Portland-area ATMs in the MasterCard network, only 96 are equipped with chip readers. That works out to 11.8 percent.

 The Lewiston-Auburn area was slightly better than Portland, with 13.9 percent of MasterCard-network ATMs containing chip readers.

 Only 8.8 percent have chip readers in the Augusta area, and 7.8 percent have them in the Bangor area.

Percentages for the Visa network are harder to gauge, although the Press Herald did determine that there are 70 Visa ATMs in the Portland area with chip readers, 39 in Lewison-Auburn, six in Bangor and none in Augusta.

The most prevalent form of ATM fraud involves devices called “skimmers.” According to cybersecurity expert and blogger Brian Krebs of, a skimmer is a device that is affixed to the card slot of an ATM that surreptitiously reads and records sensitive data from the magnetic stripe of any card inserted into the slot.

A skimmer generally is used in combination with a tiny camera placed somewhere on the ATM that is pointed at the machine’s personal identification number pad. With the card data and the PIN acquired, the thief has everything he needs to make a dummy card and use it to withdraw the victim’s cash.

In June, three men were arrested by investigators from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly skimming and cloning credit card information around southern and midcoast Maine.

It can take weeks or months for victims of ATM fraud to recover their stolen cash, because card processors generally do not reimburse a victim until after the theft has been fully investigated by law enforcement. That’s a stark contrast from credit card fraud victims, who usually are reimbursed quickly.

However, skimmers don’t work if the card has an embedded chip and the ATM has a chip reader, Dworsky said. Consumers can’t necessarily tell if an ATM has a chip reader just by looking at it, but there are locators on both the Visa and MasterCard websites for finding chip-reading ATMs in any city or town.

“With so many reports of criminals using skimmers to steal ATM card numbers, it is surprising that banks have been so slow in completing upgrades to their systems, whether or not required by the card networks,” he said.

Financial institutions in Maine are working as fast as they can to install chip readers in all of their ATMs, but the process takes time, said Chris Pinkham, president of the Maine Bankers Association.

Chip readers at retailer checkout aisles are relatively simple and inexpensive to install compared with those inside ATMs, Pinkham said. The machines must be opened up and special hardware and software installed by a qualified technician. All of that must occur while security personnel are on hand to ensure no one uses the opportunity to steal money from the disassembled ATM, he said.

Right now, there is a long waiting list for ATM operators in Maine to have their systems upgraded, Pinkham said.

“They’ve ordered them, and they’re in the queue, because of the giant volume of replacement,” he said. “You’ve got a software component and a hardware component, and the back-order is real.”

While the upgrade process continues, consumers in Maine still will be able to use any ATM regardless of whether it has a chip reader installed, Pinkham said.

“That’s a liability standard and not an accessibility issue,” he said.

John Murphy, president and CEO of the Maine Credit Union League, said credit unions in Maine are making significant progress toward upgrading their ATMs with chip readers. In addition, they have been installing anti-skimming devices to thwart fraudsters, he said.

“Over half of our 255 ATMs have already been upgraded and I anticipate that all planned upgrades will take place prior to the October 2017 (Visa) compliance date,” Murphy said.


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Two challenge suspended probate judge in York County Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Embattled York County Probate Judge Robert Nadeau, who is currently suspended from the bench, is facing two challengers in a race for the part-time elected position.

Attorneys Bryan Chabot of Wells and Bernard Broder of Old Orchard Beach say they are challenging Nadeau because they each want to restore dignity and respect to the busy court, which oversees wills and the distribution of estates. The race will be decided by York County voters on Nov. 8.

In July, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ordered Nadeau be suspended from the bench for 30 days for improperly using his judicial position to try to influence the outcome of a personal legal case in which he was seeking a protection from harassment order against his former girlfriend. Nadeau wrote a threatening letter to the ex-girlfriend’s attorney in that 2013 case, mentioning his position as a judge and that things could “become very bad for your client, you and your law firm.”

The justices of the high court cited the discipline that Nadeau received in two prior cases as part of the reason for the new public censure and suspension. He has been publicly reprimanded multiple times in the past and was suspended from his judicial duties for 30 days in 2007 for lying about campaign opponents.

Nadeau also has faced complaints that he changed the probate court schedule last year to hear fewer cases after the York County commissioners refused to give him the raise he requested. He has denied those accusations.

The county commissioners did give Nadeau a raise last year, voting to pay him $54,206 a year for working two days per week. They rejected, however, his proposal to work three days per week for $90,000 or five days per week for $120,000.

Nadeau was ordered to begin serving his latest suspension on Oct. 3 without pay, which allowed York County officials to use the salary he would have received from the part-time position to hire a substitute judge to do the work.

Nadeau was first elected York County probate judge in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. He was defeated in 2008 after his earlier suspension, but was elected again in 2012.

Nadeau, 61, of Biddeford, says he is seeking another term because the probate court needs an experienced judge with the patience, compassion and responsiveness to hear sensitive cases and handle a busy docket. He has served roughly 20,000 people in his career, he says.

“The ability to deliver meaningful, effective, efficient public service to the children, families and incapacitated adults who depend on the York County Probate Court requires experience, compassion, hard work and the courage to deal with county politicians who know very little about the probate court and are so fiscally tight that they are unwilling to properly fund badly needed judicial time, thereby doing more harm than good,” he said. “I treat everyone who comes to court with attention, respect, care and clear solutions.”

Nadeau said his current suspension involves a matter of private litigation in his personal life and had nothing to do with any cases or decision he handled as a judge. He said his first suspension in 2007 was related to a 2004 campaign ad and resulted in no lost court time.

Chabot, 37, is a lifelong resident of York County and works as an attorney at a private practice in Sanford. He said he is running for the judge position to restore integrity to the probate court.

“I really feel the residents of York County aren’t being served in the way they should be,” he said. “This is a busy election season and this is a race that flies under the radar. It has huge consequences. It deals with sensitive cases. Those are intimate issues and they need proper attention.”

Chabot, who served in Bosnia and Iraq with the Army, says he has handled felony jury trials and appeared in district, superior and probate courts. He said that experience and his character make him the best candidate for the job.

“To me, there are three things a judge needs to have: education, trial experience and character,” he said.

Broder, who has a private law practice in Gorham, said he believes it’s time for a change in the probate court given Nadeau’s current suspension.

“I believe his ethics and qualifications are in question and the people deserve better than that,” he said. “It’s creating delays in people’s access to the court.”

Broder, 58, said he believes his education and experience lend themselves well to the probate judge position. Throughout his career, he has focused on public service work, including involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also has worked with people with substance abuse issues. If elected, Broder said he will close his private practice to dedicate more time to the probate court.

Each of the state’s 16 counties has its own probate court with an elected register of probate and judge of probate in each one.

All other state judges – in District Court, Superior Court and the Supreme Judicial Court – are nominated by the governor and then vetted by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee before being appointed for seven-year terms by the state Senate.

The Judiciary Branch does not oversee the state’s probate courts, except in appeals and in disciplinary matters such as Nadeau’s.

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Grief, guilt and the power of addiction: Aide to addicts agonizes after sibling’s overdose Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Jaime Higgins had spent the past few years learning about the harshest aspects of drug addiction, driven to understand and help her brother Devon free himself from heroin’s grip.

As a coordinator of Operation HOPE at the Scarborough Police Department, she had helped hundreds of other addicts get into rehabilitation programs. Still, she was unprepared for the call she got on the morning of Sept. 27.

Devon Higgins had been found dead on the kitchen floor of his Portland apartment after an apparent heroin overdose. A friend had gone looking for him when he didn’t show up for work. It had been more than a year since he got clean, and just two weeks since he graduated from Drug Treatment Court and the strict supervision and support it had provided for 12 months.

A co-worker at the police department drove Jaime Higgins to Portland. Police officers wouldn’t let her into her brother’s apartment because it was a crime scene. So she stood on the sidewalk, sobbing, surrounded by friends. Cars passing by on Cumberland Avenue slowed as drivers stared at the commotion.

“I was a mess,” Higgins recalled. “I was begging them to let me into the apartment because I didn’t believe it was him. When they finally let me inside, my foot slipped where they had cleaned the floor. That’s when I was like, ‘This is really happening.’ ”

But she didn’t really believe Devon was dead until she viewed his body later at the funeral home.

“I wasn’t prepared to see him like that,” she said. “My brain didn’t want to accept that it was him. I touched him and he was so cold. Then it was like a switch flipped inside me. All of a sudden I was numb. The crying went away and it’s like I’m living someone else’s life.”


Nearly a month after her younger brother’s death, Jaime Higgins is wrestling with grief and guilt that are rooted in everything she knows about the disease of addiction and everything she didn’t know about the choices Devon Higgins was making during his last days. She believes he died after using heroin for the first time in 16 months. She also believes it was laced with carfentanil, an animal tranquilizer that’s 10,000 times stronger than morphine.

“I feel like Devon would have known that his tolerance was down and he would have used the tiniest amount,” said Higgins, who is a crime analyst for the Scarborough department.

Her brother’s death comes as Maine officials anticipate a record number of overdose deaths in 2016. There were 272 overdose deaths statewide in 2015, with the vast majority related to heroin and prescription opioids, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Through the first six months of 2016, 189 people died from overdoses, up from 126 in the same period in 2015. At that pace, Maine could have 378 overdose deaths this year, a record number.

Devon Higgins’ death rocked the recovery community in Greater Portland, not only because Jaime Higgins had been working hard to help addicts through the year-old police intervention program, but also because Devon Higgins appeared to be a potential success story. He had even volunteered for Operation HOPE and helped to place its 150th person into a drug treatment program.

But after he graduated from drug court on Sept. 14 and forged on without its regular counseling and drug testing, the glow of sobriety quickly faded under the strain of everyday living, his sister said. In recent weeks he had moved out of his mother’s house in Scarborough, where he had converted the garage into his living space, and he was planning to start his own masonry company with a friend.

He also was dealing with a difficult breakup with a girlfriend and with the passing of his 85-year-old grandfather, Kenneth Morse, who died July 27, exactly two months before his grandson. His sister believes it was a combination of factors that led her brother to ignore the healthy coping skills he had learned in recent months and sent him down familiar paths to addictive and dangerous behavior.

“I think it was too many losses and too many changes at the same time,” Higgins said. “He was really struggling and he didn’t share that as much as he should have. I think he was ashamed to tell me he’d already started drinking and had relapsed. He had the resources. He had the support. He should have been able to stay sober.”


But at 29 years old, Devon Higgins had been a drug user for about half of his life. He started using drugs as a teenager who had attention deficit disorder, depression and anxiety, his sister said. He eventually graduated from marijuana and alcohol to oxycodone.

“He told me once that he immediately loved oxy because he didn’t have any pain,” she said.

He dropped out of high school, got his general educational development diploma and went to work as a commercial fisherman, an industry where substance abuse is common and illegal drugs are easily accessible, his sister said. Through his early 20s, his family saw little of him, in part because of his job. Then she spotted him about five years ago on the Portland waterfront.

He looked sickly, with acne on his face and scars on his arms. His usually muscular frame, built from years of hauling traps and pulling lines on fishing boats, was noticeably thin.

“What’s going on with you? You look terrible,” she said with a sibling’s frankness. She asked him if he was using heroin. He denied it.

“I knew he was into something, but I didn’t know (before then that) he was into heroin,” Higgins said. “At that time, I was so mad at him for putting himself in that situation. I didn’t want people to know he was an addict. I didn’t understand it was a disease.”

A few months later he called her, admitted that he was hooked and said he was ready to get clean. He stopped using and got on the waiting list for the St. Francis Recovery Center, a residential rehab facility in Auburn. But when a spot opened six weeks later, he declined it.

“He said he was doing fine on his own,” his sister said. She knew better, but she had to wait and hope that he would come back around.

In 2013, he was arrested for drug trafficking, she said. A New York dealer was selling drugs out of her brother’s Portland apartment and giving him free heroin. The sentence included several weeks at the St. Francis center. He returned home, got a job, tried to stay clean, but he eventually slipped up, violated his probation and wound up in drug court, a diversion program that favors treatment over punishment.

For a year, Devon Higgins thrived with one-on-one counseling and group therapy, as well as random drug testing and visits from his probation officer.

“That amount of structure and supervision was really good for him,” Higgins said. “He couldn’t leave Cumberland County without permission.”

It wasn’t easy. His development into adulthood had been stunted by drug use, so when he got sober, he was still a kid in many ways, his sister said. He had to learn how to tie a tie, iron clothes, open a bank account and take on many other grown-up responsibilities.

“In the beginning, it was frustrating because he hadn’t been part of the real world for a long time,” Higgins said.


When Devon Higgins graduated from drug court, the weight of those responsibilities increased without the constant support and supervision. His sister learned later that in the weeks before his death, he had started going to a strip club with a friend, then started drinking, then started using cocaine.

“I think shame kept him from asking for help,” Higgins said. “But there is no shame in this disease. It’s everywhere, and for people to say they don’t want to pay for (rehabilitation programs), we’re already paying for it. And we’re going to keep losing people if nothing changes.”

Higgins compared her experience with her brother’s death to losing someone to suicide.

“There’s some anger,” she said. “I’ve yelled at him a few times, ‘Why the hell did you do this?’ But it’s become more a feeling of guilt, not that I really could have done anything, but that I should have checked in more, that I should have paid more attention. But he had been doing so well, I really didn’t think I had to. That’s the thing, though, you can’t really ever let your guard down.”

There’s also a feeling that, because she works in law enforcement, “this stuff isn’t supposed to happen to me, but that’s just not true. No one is immune.”

Higgins said she’s tired of some politicians who are doing just enough about the drug crisis to keep people off their backs, and others who seem to believe addicts deserve what they get.

“I don’t know how Maine came to this,” she said. “We’re better than this. When a police department has to open its doors to help people get drug treatment, something is wrong with your state.”

Higgins has been working part time as a crime analyst after undergoing major abdominal surgery in July. She anticipates returning to full-time duty in November, and hopes to resume working with Operation HOPE soon.

“It’s really hard to do that work now,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll get back into it eventually, but I feel like if I couldn’t help my brother, I shouldn’t be helping anyone right now.”


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Democrat Talbot Ross running unopposed in House District 40 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Only one candidate is running for House District 40 in Portland, although two names will appear on the ballot.

Democrat Rachel Talbot Ross is unopposed in the race to represent District 40, which includes portions of the East Bayside, West Bayside, Parkside and Oakdale neighborhoods. Ross is the longtime head of the Portland chapter of the NAACP and formerly served as Portland’s director of equal opportunity and multicultural affairs until her abrupt departure last year.

She won a three-way Democratic primary race in June to fill the seat of Rep. Benjamin Chipman, a Democrat who is running for Senate District 27.

The Republican candidate in District 40, Carol Taylor, withdrew from the race Sept. 30. However, Taylor’s name will still appear on the ballot because her withdrawal came less than 70 days before the election.


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Rep. Richard Farnsworth running unopposed in House District 37 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Rep. Richard Farnsworth, D-Portland, is running unopposed for a fourth nonconsecutive term in House District 37.

Farnsworth, the former executive director of Woodfords Family Services in Portland, sits on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

He said he’s running because he has “grave concerns” about the current administration in Augusta, such as “oppressive policies” for citizens living below the poverty level, the underfunding and elimination of services for people with substance abuse problems, and the reduction of state employee numbers to the point where state agencies struggle to fulfill their missions. He also said he wanted to continue working to establish pre-K programs.

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Rep. Denise Harlow running unopposed in House District 36 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Rep. Denise Harlow, D-Portland, is running unopposed for a fourth term in House District 36.

“I would like to continue the work I’ve done for six years to protect the environment and advocate for my constituents,” said Harlow, who serves on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee.

Harlow works in customer service at L.L. Bean and has a small pet care service. She was an Olympic marathon trials qualifier and is a board member and treasurer of Riverton Community Association.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University.

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Democrat Mark Dion virtually uncontested for Senate District 28 seat Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Democratic state Rep. Mark Dion of Portland is running a virtually uncontested race for the District 28 seat in the Maine Senate, representing the western portion of the city and part of Westbrook.

Republican Karen Usher of Westbrook is listed on the ballot as Dion’s challenger, but the 49-year-old declined to be interviewed for this story, describing herself as a “placeholder candidate.”

Dion is a 61-year-old lawyer and former Cumberland County sheriff who has been an outspoken proponent of legalizing marijuana. He supports background checks for private sales of firearms and increasing the minimum wage.

He believes the state should lower, but not eliminate, income taxes by expanding the list of goods and services eligible for the sales tax.

Regarding the opiate crisis, he thinks the state is focusing too many resources on law enforcement and not enough on treatment.

Dion won a competitive three-way Democratic primary in June. He would replace Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell, who is retiring from politics.


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Three seek to succeed Sen. Alfond in District 27 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Democratic state Rep. Benjamin Chipman is being challenged by a moderate Republican and a self-described socialist to represent the eastern part of Portland in the Maine Senate.

Republican Adam Pontius said he is running to give voters an opportunity to cast a ballot for someone unencumbered by ideological and personal battles with Gov. Paul LePage, who has taken aim at Maine’s largest city over its welfare programs.

Green-Independent and self-described socialist Seth Baker said he is running with the hope of creating a movement that will eventually lead to a $15-an-hour minimum wage and single-payer health care system.

Chipman said he will help tackle Maine’s opiate epidemic, while also protecting state funding coming to the city. Neither Baker nor Pontius has run for political office before and Chipman said his experience will make him a more effective senator.

None of the candidates supports LePage’s goal of eliminating the state income tax. They all support legalizing marijuana and background checks for privately owned firearm sales in Maine. And they don’t believe the state is doing enough to combat the opiate epidemic.

The District 27 seat is currently held by Justin Alfond, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.


Baker said the most important issue of his campaign is addressing the cost of living in Portland, as well as other communities.

He supports a ballot question to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020, but he doesn’t think it goes far enough. He believes the minimum should be $15 an hour – an idea that was rejected by Portland voters in a citywide referendum last year.

He would also use his position as a state senator to persuade local municipalities to adopt some form of rent control, especially in Portland.

“I want to be a bully pulpit for everyday working people in Augusta,” he said.

He believes the only way to rein in health care costs is through a signal-payer system, which would eliminate insurance companies. Absent a change nationally, he pointed to Colorado as an example of a state trying to adopt a single-payer system.

Baker said the state needs to change its approach to drug addiction. In addition to increasing funding for treatment, rehabilitation and needle exchange programs, the state should remove all penalties for drug use and possession, he said.

Regarding income taxes, Baker believes that the state needs a more progressive system that provides relief to the middle class by taxing higher-income earners at a higher rate. Income tax should be eliminated for people making under $30,000, while a higher rate should be adopted for incomes above $100,000, he said.

“I strongly believe higher-income earners should pay more of the tax burden and starting the top bracket at six figures makes sense for Maine as it’s approximately double the median income,” he said.

So far, Baker has raised $570 for his campaign.


Chipman said his top priority is combating opiate addiction by expanding MaineCare.

LePage has vetoed five previous attempts to expand the MaineCare program, prompting advocates to begin collecting signatures for a statewide vote on the issue. However, Chipman hopes the Legislature will be able to muster enough support in the next session to overturn another LePage veto. If there is not enough support for a full expansion in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, he would like to see a limited expansion that would extend coverage to uninsured people struggling with addiction.

“I think we need more facilities and more beds,” he said. “We need to make sure everyone has the coverage they need to get into treatment centers.”

Once people kick their addiction, the state should help them find a sober living environment to reduce the chances of a relapse, he said.

“Sometimes it’s something as simple as helping them with a security deposit so they can live in a sober house,” he said.

Chipman also believes that schools should focus more of the anti-drug curriculum on the dangers of opiates.

Although he would like to work with the governor, Chipman said he is skeptical that can occur. Instead, he is looking to circumvent the governor by working on issues that affect rural and urban areas.

Chipman said he would continue fighting to make sure that the city of Portland, which contributes more income and sales taxes to the state than any other community, receives its fair share of state funding for education, revenue sharing and social services.

Having experience as a legislator is important, especially during this election, he said.

“We’re losing both senators at the same time as well as members of the House,” he said. “I’m the only one in the race who has that experience. I think we need that in order to be successful.”

Chipman is a publicly funded candidate under Maine’s Clean Election Act, which limits private contributions and provides $20,000 to $60,000 in matching funds to candidates for the Senate.


Pontius said tax reform and economic development, as well as tackling the state’s opioid crisis, would be his top priorities.

Although he agrees that Maine’s budget relies too heavily on income taxes, Pontius believes that LePage’s call to eliminate the income tax goes too far.

He thinks the state should increase the sales tax on tourism-related industries, such as dining and lodging, in order to reduce the income tax. That would bring in more revenue from the 33 million tourists who visited Maine in 2015, using the roads, parks, public transportation and other services, he said.

As senator, he would encourage other legislators in Greater Portland to look at economic development on a regional level, as well as encouraging neighboring communities to consider regionalizing services, which could lead to lower costs. Improving public transportation from Portland to surrounding communities is also needed, he said.

“This is absolutely the most economically dynamic part of the state and that’s what I would try to focus on when talking with the governor and other members of my party,” he said.

Pontius said he opposes the state ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020, calling it “too far, too fast.” He fears it will hurt small businesses and possibly lead to the elimination of tipping at restaurants, which could hurt wait staff.

So far, Pontius has raised no money for this election and hasn’t really been knocking on doors. That’s because he is working full time on a statewide ballot initiative to bring ranked-choice voting to Maine.

Pontius, who worked on independent Eliot Culter’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign, believes that ranked-choice voting would improve the political dialogue, especially when it comes to primaries, which have been increasingly dominated by the more extreme ideologies and personality conflicts in both parties.

“It’s not a panacea, but it’s certainly a part of that solution,” Pontius said.


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Two compete for House District 39 seat left vacant by Diane Russell Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 A former Peaks Island council member is facing off against the local Republican Party chairman for the open House District 39 seat left vacant by Diane Russell, who lost a hotly contested Democratic primary for an open Maine Senate seat in June.

Republican Peter Doyle, who has run for state office three times, faces Democrat Mike Sylvester, a former Peaks Island council member and owner of Mike’s Carts on Peaks Island.

Sylvester, who said he has 20 years of experience organizing workers in labor unions, said he is driven by the belief that the government should serve the people.

“I live in a district with some of the wealthiest and some of the poorest people in Maine,” he said. “After 20 years advocating for workers, negotiating with some of the biggest companies in the world, I want to find solutions to problems that are being ignored.”

Sylvester is a publicly funded candidate under Maine’s Clean Election Act, which limits private contributions and provides $5,000 to $30,000 in matching funds to candidates for the House.

He said he supports the initiatives to raise the minimum wage, legalize marijuana for recreational use and background checks for privately sold firearms in Maine.

Sylvester said he doesn’t think the state is doing enough to respond to the spike in overdoses and address addiction.

“Treatment is the answer. I want to see more public health clinics like India Street, not less,” he said.

Doyle, who is traditionally financing his run, said he’s running to “make some measurable improvements” in making government work for specific communities. He is chairman of the Portland Republican City Committee.

“For example, I’d like to see what kind of reforms I could work towards to allow older folks to be able to stay in their homes and connect them with the necessary government services to support that decision,” he said. “I’d also like to apply thoughtful, intelligent, and creative (rather than knee-jerk and impractical) solutions to the problems we face. I think my analytical and sensible approach will help move that ball forward.”

Doyle said he did not support the ballot initiatives for legalizing marijuana use, raising the minimum wage or having background checks for privately sold firearms in Maine. He said he could support some form of background checks, however.

“If it could be done in a way that doesn’t criminalize the ordinary transfers between otherwise law-abiding gun owners (e.g., while lending a firearm while going hunting or moving the contents of their homes), I’d be open to it,” he said.

He said the Maine Legislature has taken some positive measures on treating addiction, such as adding law enforcement and increasing beds in treatment centers.

“This is a really tough issue not only in Maine but in other states that have been grappling with this tragedy,” Doyle said. “I think we need to continue to move in that direction and take our cues from our own and other states’ successes. In short, find out what works and do more of it.”


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Maine Voices: Higher minimum wage will benefit food service workers Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 When my wife and I opened Vena’s Fizz House, an Old Port bar and restaurant, in 2013, we made each other a promise: We promised that we would pay our bartenders and servers a fair wage, instead of the current sub-minimum wage for tipped workers of $3.75.

We made this pledge for a couple of reasons: first, we have both worked in the restaurant industry for many years before we became teachers, so we understood the precarious and stressful nature of relying on tips for income.

Second, we strongly believe in the simple fact that if you pay a decent wage, you will retain employees who will feel valued, work harder, be more invested and, ultimately, save you time and money.

As former teachers who taught for nearly two decades each, we know exactly how it feels to work hard, love what you do, but never be paid fairly for your investment in your work. We knew that if we were going to ask our employees to invest their time and energy in our business, we would have to invest in them.

Our soda-makers, bartenders and servers – traditionally tipped positions – all start with a base wage of $9 per hour, and every employee has the opportunity to move up through the ranks. Our head bartender has been with us for about 19 months and already earns $11 per hour plus tips. And we will happily raise our employees’ starting wage to $12 and beyond as the state minimum wage increases.

We hope you will join us in supporting Yes on Question 4 on Nov. 8. It would raise the statewide minimum wage from the current $7.50 an hour to $9 next year and then by $1 per year until it reaches $12 in 2020.

More importantly for our industry, it would raise the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers from the current $3.75 to $12 by 2024. Going forward, the minimum wage would increase along with the increase in the price of goods.

One Fair Wage – where all working people are guaranteed the same minimum wage by their employer – is in place in seven states, and the restaurant industries are thriving there. So is tipping.

Some of the greatest eating cities in this country, places like San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas, have One Fair Wage, as do rural states like Montana and Alaska. All the data suggest we can have a fair wage system and great, thriving restaurants. The National Restaurant Association’s own projections say the seven states with One Fair Wage will have stronger restaurant industry growth in the years to come than the national average.

All of my employees know they will always make at least the true minimum wage hourly, so their tips – the value of which has not changed with a higher base wage – are truly a gratuity to supplement fair pay. The servers, bartenders and soda-makers all readily share their tips after each shift, instead of fighting for tables and customers, because they know when they work together, they will all do better and things will run more smoothly.

Vena’s Fizz House is a relatively new addition to the Old Port – we opened just over three years ago – but we have quickly gained a reputation for our attention to detail and personalized service. My wife and I are extremely proud to have been featured in Food & Wine magazine, as well as to have been recognized by The Food Network’s Alton Brown as one of his Top 8 list of national stops and by the Portland Food Map.

None of that would have been possible, however, without the support and dedication of our staff. They are the faces of our business and the reason why we have grown so quickly.

We’re excited that this referendum will mean we are no longer putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage in order to provide our employees with a fair wage.

How can we expect to retain the amazing talent in this city’s restaurant industry when we continually tell them they are worth less than those working in other professions? How can we continue to penalize our tipped employees – in Maine, 82 percent of whom are women – for choosing to work in our vibrant and thriving restaurant industry?

When we were teachers, we both supplemented our income with jobs in restaurants and retail and were subject to the subpar wages and subpar treatment from customers that come with making such a low wage. We hope you will join us and the owners of over 600 other Maine small businesses in voting Yes on Question 4.


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Another View: Nemitz overly optimistic about validity of Maine elections Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Citing the small number of cases of voter impersonation as proof that the elections are legitimate, as columnist Bill Nemitz claims (“No grave concerns about integrity of Maine’s upcoming election,” Oct. 20), is like saying that since hardly anyone is injured by waving sparklers, fireworks are safe for children – a bogus conclusion.

The reason voter impersonation is used is that the focus is wanted there, rather than on the real reason for the possibility of election fraud – voting machines that can be hacked into and leave no paper ballots for a possible recount.

This is why over 60 countries, from France to Finland, have outlawed these machines and have gone back to paper ballots.

In the face of this overwhelmingly negative view of these machines, why is America still using them?

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Births Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Central Maine Medical Center

Kamdyn Edward Hall, born Sept. 16 to Randall Hall and Danielle Patrie of South Paris. Grandparents are Andrew Patrie of Hartford, Spike and Buffy Ward of Waterford, and Thomas and Bonnie Hall of Oxford. Great-grandparents are Gerard and Fern Patrie of Worthley Pond, Ron and Daveen Bechard of Fryeburg, Linda Rancourt of Lewiston, and Lloyd and Beverly Billings of Milton Plantation.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Mali Piper Strickland, born Oct. 4 to Jennifer Helms and Larry Strickland of Lewiston.

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Events Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 BRUNSWICK

Strides against cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Brunswick is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, starting at the Town Mall on Maine Street.

Last year, more than 200 participants walked the 3-mile scenic route, raising more than $45,000 to help support cancer research and those battling breast cancer.

For more details, go to or call Matt Kennedy at 373-3719.


Dementia care group

A support group for families of people living with dementia has been meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the main conference room of Saint Joseph Rehabilitation & Residence at 1133 Washington Ave.

For more details, call 797-0600.


Haunted history tours

There will be four Haunted History Walking Tours of Old Orchard Beach’s downtown area Saturday evening.

The tours will start at 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m., and each half-hour walk will begin at the Atlantic Birches Inn on Portland Avenue and end at the Brunswick’s Halloween Party. Each time slot is capped at 20 people. Register today to secure your spot.

Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds from the event benefit the Old Orchard Beach Museum in the Streets project.


Halloween music at church

“Maestro” Warren King, Christ Church’s music director, and flutist Diana McNulty will perform a concert of Halloween music at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 6 Dane St.

The music will include “Night on Bald Mountain,” Bach’s “Toccata in D Minor” and the theme song from “The Addams Family.”

Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students and free for children under age 12.

A trick-or-treat intermission will be included and those who attend in costume get $2 off admission. For more details, call 985-4494 or go to


Youth basketball signups

Advance, discounted registrations are being accepted through Saturday for a number of youth basketball programs to be offered by the Kittery Recreation Department this fall and winter.

Basketball for students in grades 3 through 8 will run from November through February, with boys and girls divisions.

Volunteer coaches, scorekeepers, referees and concession stand workers are also needed.

Basketball for kindergarten through second grade and Pee Wee Basketball for ages 3 and 4 will meet Saturday mornings from Dec. 3 through Feb. 4. Volunteer coaches also are needed for these age groups.

The fees are $45 per child, per program, before Saturday and $65 after, if spots are still available. All will be held at the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road.

For more details, call Kyle Cook at 439-3800.


UNE event salutes two

The first Pillars of Pride benefit dinner and silent auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the University of New England.

The event will honor Roland Eon and Jim Godbout, two community partners who are known for their generosity and longtime contributions to learning.

Eon, a 1970 Biddeford alum, has worked his way up at P&C Insurance during the last 30 years. He has served on countless boards and committees, and has given financial support to the Biddeford school system for years, including for athletics, arts, music and educational initiatives.

Godbout, a local entrepreneur, also has served on many boards and committees. He has been instrumental in inspiring and teaching students at the Center of Technology.

The proceeds from the Pillars of Pride event will support the Biddeford Education Foundation, which provides resources to augment teaching, encourage academic excellence and maximize opportunities for students.

Tickets are $50 and available by calling Karen Chasse at 391-6885.


Two trail races Down East

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Frenchman Bay Conservancy will offer the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge over the next two weekends.

Registration for the 6.3-mile GPMCT Wildlands Trail Race begins at 10 a.m. Sunday in Orland’s scenic Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, with the race beginning at 11 a.m. Total climb is approximately 1,200 feet. Enter through the South Gate on Route 1, near the Route 176 intersection.

The FBC Autumn Trail Race starts at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. Run the single-track hiking trails of Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves. New this year is FBC’s extended race – roughly 8 miles on paved and dirt road and newly cut trails. The extended race is limited to 30 participants capable of completing a half marathon in under 1:40.

Please, no dogs, for the safety of all runners.

Lunch will be available at both events. Cost for each race is $20 preregistered (plus a $2 online registration fee) or $25 race day. With two family members registered, additional kids under 15 run free. Preregister for both races for $35.

Go to or or call 469-6929 to register or for more information.


Geology walk on beach

Coastal Mountains Nature Program will offer a geology walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincolnville Beach.

Stephen Norton, professor emeritus of earth and climate sciences at the University of Maine, will lead the walk while detailing the origin of the myriad rock types on Maine’s beaches and what they tell us about Maine’s geological history.

Meet at the Islesboro ferry parking lot at Lincolnville Beach.

For more information, see the calendar at For last-minute changes, call 236-7091.

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Community meals Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Wednesday

BLTs, french fries, cole slaw and dessert, 5 to 6:30 p.m. VFW Post No. 832, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland. 767-2575. $7.

Community meal, free, 5 p.m., Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook. Co-sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Wayside Food Programs. Free parking, handicap accessible.


Community meal, free, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave., Portland. Open to all, in collaboration with Wayside Food Programs.


Chicken Pie Supper, includes meat and gravy chicken pie made from scratch, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cole slaw and dessert, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. $13, $6 ages 4-10, younger children eat free. Takeout is available. 829-3644.

Harvest Supper, turkey with all the fixings, 5 to 6:15 p.m., St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. $9, $5 children, $25 families.

Chicken Pie Supper, with cole slaw, squash, baked beans, rolls, apple crisp with real whipped cream, punch and coffee, 5 p.m., East Monmouth Church Vestry, 573 Route 135, East Monmouth. $8, $4 children. 242-6949.


Scrumptious & Spooktacular Saturday Night Supper, featuring beans and hot dogs, casseroles, salads and homemade pies, 5 p.m. Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Road, Casco. $8, $5 children under 8, $21 families. 627-4282. Dress in costume and get a treat. Grand prize of a gift basket for best adult costume.

Public Supper, featuring three kinds of baked beans with red and brown hot dogs, chop suey, mac and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade pickles and relish, corn bread and yeast rolls, homemade pies, 5 to 6 p.m. West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth. $8, $5 children. 797-4066.

Turkey Supper with all the fixings, 5 p.m. Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, 31 Highland Ave., Gardiner. $8, $4 for ages 5-12; younger children eat free. 582-2303.

Baked Bean Supper, 5 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 607 Main St., Brewer. $8, $3 children under age 12. 843-0747.

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Briefs Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND

Boys & Girls Clubs get grants to promote health

Youths at Boys & Girls Clubs in Maine are getting help to get in shape, thanks to $25,000 in Triple Play grants recently supplied by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s program to promote healthy lifestyle choices during the critical after-school time.

The grants will benefit initiatives at Boys & Girls Clubs in Lewiston/Auburn, Portland, South Portland and the Waterville and Augusta areas. Each club will receive $5,000 to help with their efforts.


Volunteers sought to help plan new skate park

The town of Kennebunk is seeking members for a Skate Park Committee to evaluate locations, apparatuses (ramps, pipes, bowls, rails) and amenities (parking, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting) and recommend design/build services for a new skate park in town.

Interested residents must fill out a committee volunteer form, available in the town manager’s office, town hall lobby and online at Please submit forms no later than Nov. 4.

A short meeting is planned for 6:15 p.m. Nov. 8 on the third floor of the town hall.

All applicants should plan to attend.


Leaves can be emptied at transfer station

The Public Works Department is accepting leaves from Sanford and Springvale residents at the transfer station at 81 Rushton St.

Leaf refuse, brought in bags, must be emptied on site as only leaves will be accepted. Leaves may be disposed of at the station from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 19. For more details, call 324-9135.

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Letter to the editor: Ladd ably served Georgia and will do the same here Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 To bring a fresh voice to the Legislature, please consider voting for Republican Barton Ladd for Maine Senate in District 25 (Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Falmouth and Chebeague and Long islands, along with part of Westbrook).

For 12 years, Bart was a state representative and senator in Georgia. He created that state’s Homestead Option Sales Tax, which lowered homeowners’ property taxes while still fully funding schools and local governments.

Most impressively, he had the reputation of successfully working across party lines. Although he was in the minority, Democrats sought him out to be the prime Republican co-sponsor of important pieces of legislation.

Bart now resides in Maine; he and his wife have decided to raise their family in Falmouth. We would be fortunate to have Bart Ladd represent District 25 in Augusta. Please consider electing Bart Ladd to help ease the gridlock that seems to occur there on a regular basis.

Carolyn Murray


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Letter to the editor: Pot’s not a gateway drug and can be regulated Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 As a mother, I understand the fears about legalizing marijuana. Parents want the best for our children. We worry about addiction. But research unfailingly has shown that most users of hard drugs start with alcohol or tobacco, not cannabis. And marijuana has never caused a single death, unlike opiates or alcohol.

Parents worry about teen use. Question 1 will better protect our kids, who, everyone agrees, should not use marijuana.

From other states, we know Maine teens won’t use more marijuana if we vote “yes” on Question 1. In addition, black-market dealers do not check IDs and do not test their products, putting our kids at risk

Maine can create a legal, regulated market for adults that tests and labels products for safety, conforms to marketing restrictions, requires child-proof packaging, sells only to adults and is accountable to us.

Tammie Snow


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Letter to the editor: Real Mainers can see fallacy behind Question 3 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Take a quick drive around Back Cove in Portland. There is a “Yes on 3” sign almost every 200 feet. Meanwhile, you see very few “No on 3” signs on public property, but rather primarily on private property.

Get out of the city and take a drive. You will primarily see “No on 3” signs in front yards. Ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pumping millions of dollars into this state to try to get Question 3 to pass.

Meanwhile, you have actual Mainers doing grassroots efforts to try to combat Bloomberg’s millions: making their own signs, cutting their own decals for windows, printing T-shirts, holding fundraisers, getting out and talking to their friends and family.

This is not a Maine-backed ballot initiative. This is not about “background checks working,” as the signs say. Please educate yourself on this ballot initiative. It is not good for Maine. I’ll be voting “no” on Question 3.

Victor Ross


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Letter to the editor: Sen. Breen has proven her commitment to District 25 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 I urge my fellow District 25 voters to support the re-election of Democratic state Sen. Cathy Breen on Nov. 8.

There are numerous reasons for supporting Cathy. First and foremost, in my book, is that she supports women’s and men’s access to reproductive services.

Unlike her opponent, Barton Ladd, who worked to curtail reproductive freedoms when he served in the Georgia Legislature, Cathy will continue to work to ensure that my and your reproductive health decisions are ours alone to make.

Interference in these matters by state and federal governments is intrusive, oppressive and misogynist. Cathy Breen has worked hard for these issues in her first term. Please help make sure she can continue this vital work by voting for her on Election Day.

Layne Gregory


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Letter to the editor: Forcing the rich to pay more can be a lesson in fairness Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 The Press Herald believes it must air all sides of ballot issues. Fine. But some arguments are so demonstrably untrue, it approaches journalistic malpractice to reprint them without comment.

See Peter Anastos’ predictable screed against Question 2 (Commentary, Oct. 8), which recycles the mantras Republican ideologues regurgitate whenever a tax (gasp!) is proposed. “We can’t tax top earners! It will stifle innovation and growth!”

The inconvenient truth for Anastos? If lower tax rates for top brackets stimulated economies, Maine’s would be raging, because top earners have never before kept so much wealth. That’s what it means that wealth inequality is historically high.

Anastos claims he wants a “highly skilled” workforce and “the best possible education for our state’s children,” but his course for getting there is an imaginary, discredited trickle-down path. How about we simply invest in a skilled and educated citizenry directly by collecting more taxes from those best able to afford it?

Craig Lapine


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Letter to the editor: Read all about it: The anti-Trump bias Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 As the media throws everything they have at Donald Trump, in order to turn public opinion against him, their irresponsible liberal bias is (once again) exposed for how it manipulates otherwise unsuspecting people as puppets to do their bidding.

Meantime, the same people who voted for the worst president this country has ever known now feel as though they and their media partners in crime are somehow eminently qualified to foist upon the rest of us the person who would make a better president in 2016.

Their choice is Hillary Clinton, of course, and if you disagree, there’s something wrong with you. While the rest of us stare in wide-eyed apoplectic disbelief at their “audacity of dope,” they continue, oblivious to the state of our country and the world around them, with their closed-minded shortsightedness.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is denial – of the ability to objectively compare both candidates: to listen, to discern right from wrong, to distinguish what’s good and honorable; of facts, and of truth itself.

The bad news for these people is that their ability to live with this magnitude of denial possibly reflects just the tip of their own personal icebergs. The good news is – well, there is none. Especially for this country, if they have their way.

David Del Camp


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Our View: UMaine System graduate study center would help economy grow Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 For a while, Maine’s “one university” concept sounded like a nicer way of saying “budget cuts.”

For two painful years, it was the rationale behind the consolidation and elimination of programs needed to close a deficit in the operating budget in a time of declining enrollments. It was especially acute at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and Gorham, where the bulk of the cuts were made.

Now we are seeing the first real sign that “one university” can mean more than just cuts. It can also mean growth in new and exciting ways.

Last week, the public got a look at the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies, a developing idea to combine new investment with existing resources to deliver services that would not otherwise exist. The center would combine business, law and public policy graduate schools into a single entity, where students could do combined degrees and work on interdisciplinary projects, not only in academic settings but also in real-world collaborations with Maine businesses.

The program would get off the ground as soon as next fall, with a combined master’s in business administration program, involving faculty and students in both Portland and Orono. Eventually, the programs would be housed in a new building in Portland that would include space for conferences and facilities to help start new businesses as well as give startups what they need to grow.

If successful, this could be a catalyst for economic development in Maine that the state desperately needs. The state is aging fast, ushering more of its residents into retirement than it graduates from high schools.

Despite being a desirable place to live, Maine has not been able to fight that demographic trend because it does not have the kind of jobs that would attract younger people to move here and start their careers. And that is in part because businesses looking to move here or expand can’t rely on an educated labor pool, creating a chicken-and-egg spiral that keeps our economy stagnant while it grows elsewhere.

The exciting thing about the Maine Center is that it attacks the problem from several angles at once. The combined degree programs would attract young people to the state, and helping them develop relationships with local businesses while they are in school makes it more likely that they would choose to stay after graduation. And involving faculty and students in helping solve problems for real businesses will spur their growth, just the way the land grant colleges supported development of agriculture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Now that the cutting has been done, this is the kind of growth of the university system that could benefit all Mainers, even if they are not planning to sign up for classes. We are looking forward to seeing this new institution take shape.

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Donald Trump’s eldest to campaign in Maine Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:46:30 +0000 Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to be in Maine in a few days, campaigning for his father at stops in Lewiston, Auburn and Gray, WCSH-TV reported early Monday.

He is the oldest child of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Efforts by the Portland Press Herald to reach the Trump campaign for the details and the exact timing of Trump Jr.’s visit were unsuccessful Sunday night.

The candidate has visited Maine four times during the campaign, most recently at a rally in Bangor on Oct. 15.

Trump’s son Eric, his third-oldest child, and his daughter-in-law Lara visited Maine on Oct. 6, when they toured an apple orchard in Turner with Gov. Paul LePage, who has been vocal in supporting the Republican candidate. They also made campaign stops in Auburn and Bangor.

Both Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent an unusual amount of time and resources campaigning in Maine this election season, especially in the more rural and northern 2nd Congressional District. While the Democratic nominee appears to have a lead in the 1st District, neck-and-neck polling in the 2nd District suggests that Trump could win one of Maine’s four Electoral College votes.

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Seahawks, Cardinals battle to a 6-6 draw Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:12 +0000 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle’s Stephen Hauschka and Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro’s 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game statistically and looked to be in shape to win it after Carson Palmer’s 40-yard pass to J.J. Nelson set up Catanzaro’s short kick.

The Seahawks (4-1-1), stuffed throughout regulation by the Arizona defense, drove down the field as Russell Wilson completed passes of 31 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 27 yards to Doug Baldwin to give Houschka his short attempt.

Both kickers made field goals on their teams’ first possession of overtime.

Catanzaro had a 39-yard field goal blocked in the first half by a stunning play by Bobby Wagner, who leaped over the center.

After Catanzaro’s 45-yarder in overtime gave Arizona a 6-3 lead, Hauschka answered with a 36-yarder.

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NFL roundup: Giants pick off a win in London Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:23:48 +0000 LONDON — The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at London’s home of English rugby, a sold-out and raucous Twickenham Stadium.

Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants 15 with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass to the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off. Keenum’s intended target, Brian Quick, failed to get the quarterback’s audible and cut off his route early.

Keenum, who was 32 of 53 for 291 yards and one touchdown, has thrown an interception on the Rams’ final offensive play in three straight games. That likely will fuel debate on a potential quarterback change to overall No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff.

The win kept the Giants (4-3) in good shape in the NFC East, where no one has a losing record. The Rams (3-4) lost their third straight.

CHARGERS 33, FALCONS 30: Josh Lambo’s 42-yard field goal in overtime gave San Diego (3-4) its first road win of the year as the Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit.

San Diego, which trailed 27-10 in the second quarter, had lost 11 of its previous 12 road games.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman’s interception of Matt Ryan’s pass for Julio Jones set up Lambo’s tying 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perryman’s fourth-and-1 stop on running back Devonta Freeman gave San Diego the ball at Atlanta’s 43, setting up the winning field goal.

CHIEFS 27, SAINTS 21: Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, and Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown as Kansas City (4-2) won its ninth straight at home.

Brees got the Saints (2-4) within 24-21 with his touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the onside kick went out of bounds. Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes.

RAIDERS 33, JAGUARS 16: Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and Oakland (5-2) gave Coach Jack Del Rio a road victory against his former team.

The Jaguars (2-4) dropped their third straight home game and added more speculation about the future of Coach Gus Bradley. Jacksonville is 14-40 during Bradley’s four seasons.

LIONS 20, WASHINGTON 17: Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left, and Detroit (4-3) extended its winning streak to three games.

Visiting Washington (4-3) had won four straight.

Kirk Cousins scored a go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run with 1:05 left.

BENGALS 31, BROWNS 17: A.J. Green’s one-handed 48-yard touchdown catch in the middle of an end zone scrum at the end of the first half highlighted a day full of big plays for Cincinnati (3-4).

Jeremy Hill had a 74-yard touchdown run as part of his 168-yard effort, the best by a Bengals back in seven years.

The visiting Browns (0-7) extended their worst start since 1999, when they were a first-year expansion team.

COLTS 34, TITANS 26: Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put visiting Indianapolis (3-4) ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival.

Luck finished with 353 yards passing and three TDs, the last after Tennessee (3-4) went up 23-20.

JETS 24, RAVENS 16: Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the Jets (2-5) on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two interceptions against visiting Baltimore (3-4).

Fitzpatrick entered in the second quarter and directed a go-ahead drive capped by Matt Forte’s 13-yard touchdown catch. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards as the Jets snapped a four-game losing streak.

Joe Flacco started for Baltimore (3-4), loser of four in a row, after being questionable because of a sore shoulder.

BUCCANEERS 34, 49ERS 17: Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 154 yards as visiting Tampa Bay (3-3) dealt San Francisco (1-6) its sixth straight loss.

Colin Kaepernick struggled in his second start of the season for the 49ers, going 16 of 34 for 143 yards and turning the ball over twice.

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NHL roundup: Oilers top Jets in outdoor game Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:08:26 +0000 WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Cam Talbot made 31 saves and Mark Letestu scored the first of three second-period goals, lifting the Edmonton Oilers over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday in an outdoor game delayed almost two hours by sunlight melting the ice.

The Heritage Classic victory extended Edmonton’s winning streak to three in front of 33,240 at Investors Group Field. Fans wore both Jets and Oilers jerseys to the league’s 19th outdoor game.

ISLANDERS 6, WILD 3: John Tavares had two goals and an assist, Johnny Boychuk scored for the second straight game and New York won at home.

Calvin de Haan, Alan Quine and Thomas Hickey also scored to help New York get its highest scoring total of the year and win for the third time in four home games after opening with two road losses. Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for his first win in two starts this season.

RANGERS 3, COYOTES 2: Dan Girardi scored 1:55 into the third period and New York beat Arizona in New York.

Josh Jooris and J.T. Miller also scored for New York, which has won consecutive games to improve to 4-2-0. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 stops.

DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 2: Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 8:36 to play, captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists and Anaheim finally opened its home schedule with a victory over Vancouver.

Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who have won two straight after a four-game winless start.

John Gibson made 17 saves in the Western Conference’s final home opener, thanks to a schedule that forced Anaheim to play in five teams’ home debuts this month.

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Augusta shop owner left store’s trove with his church before he died Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:25:04 +0000 For a salesman, Levi “Sonny” Chavarie, who died Oct. 13 at the age of 91, sure liked to give things away.

Generous to the end and beyond, Chavarie, owner of Sonny’s Museum and Rock Shop in downtown Augusta, left the contents of his store to his church, Manchester Community Church. While the details still need to be worked out, the Rev. Donald Davenport said Chavarie, an active and outgoing church member and an honorary deacon, made it clear to him that it was his intention to leave to the church the contents of the store, which include a huge assortment of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, figurines and other collectibles.

Davenport said he’s not sure what the church will do with the unique array of items, but it would likely sell them in some way with the money going to the church in Chavarie’s name.

“There is a personal desire to use some of the money to help people, because that’s what he did,” Davenport said of the Winthrop resident. “He was very generous. If I needed to get boots or a jacket or something for a child, he’s the guy I went to and he always came through. He was a compassionate giver. He helped a lot of people, including the church.”

Among his donations to the church was a new set of granite steps, which he donated in memory of his late wife, Priscilla.

Chavarie, in a previous interview, also indicated to a reporter and told his landlord Richard Parkhurst and others that his plan for the store’s inventory was to give it to his church, which those who knew him said was not at all out of character for him.

“He liked to give things away. He told me, ‘When you give things away, they come back to you double or triple,'” said Bill Pettitt, president of Kennebec Rocks and Minerals Club, of which Sonny and Priscilla were founders. “He was very generous to the club. He donated door prizes for (an annual club) show. And he always donated in Priscilla’s name.”

Janine Collins of Winthrop bonded with Chavarie after she came into his store about five years ago, for a time doing his financial books for him. She said she was glad she could be with him when he passed.

“I just loved the man. He was like a father to me,” she said. “He had such a generous nature. He gave everybody who came into the store a wishing stone. He wanted them to smile, even if they didn’t purchase anything from him.”

She said she would love to see the Water Street store continue to operate, but she doubts that will happen.

Chavarie had tried to sell the store and its contents for at least a year but found no takers.

“It would have made him happy to see it go on, to see his legacy go on,” Collins said. “The thing that is sad, the stories that go with the stuff that is in that store, those will be gone.”

Parkhurst, who Chavarie had said gave him a very good lease deal on his street-level retail space, said Chavarie was running the shop right up until about a week before he passed away. He said the two had talked in September about renewing his lease for another year, but had not yet done so.

He said he hasn’t heard anything about what is going to happen to the shop.

“I believe he left everything to his church,” Parkhurst said. “I haven’t heard from them. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their space as long as they want to keep it.”

Parkhurst said Chavarie “was a great guy. I loved him.”

He said if the rock shop never reopens and its inventory is moved out, he’s got other potential retail tenants interested in the Water Street space.

For many years Chavarie’s late wife, Priscilla, who died in 2010, ran the former Winthrop Mineral Shop on U.S. Route 202, first with her previous husband, Stearns J. Bryant, until his death in 1973 and then with Chavarie until the shop burned in 1988.

Priscilla was a rock-collecting enthusiast and renowned expert in the field. Sonny got into rocks after he met her. They both shared their knowledge and passion for minerals with children.

“An era has gone by, that’s how I feel with Sonny and Priscilla gone,” said Pettitt, who knew them both for years and has his own small store, Pettitt’s Picks, in New Sharon. “They set the example about educating people about minerals. I try to do things I think Priscilla or Sonny would have done in my store. When I first met him, I was bringing rocks to show Priscilla, when she couldn’t walk to mine anymore. They got along really good for such different personalities like that.”

In a November 2015 interview, Chavarie said Priscilla loved to buy rocks, fossils and related items, and he liked to sell.

He opened Sonny’s Museum and Rock Shop in 2011 and decorated much of the front of the store with photographs and newspaper articles about Priscilla.

In 2012 a lawsuit was filed by members of his late wife’s family, claiming he didn’t have the right to sell the items he was selling at the shop because they belonged to her estate, not him.

An out-of-court agreement signed by both parties about a month after the lawsuit was filed stipulates that the inventory of the store was Chavarie’s to sell.

Services were held for Chavarie last week at Manchester Community Church. He will be buried at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, receiving an honorable discharge.

Pettitt said Chavarie used to tell him that after Priscilla died, he was just hanging on waiting to rejoin his wife.

“I’d talk to him and tell him, ‘Sonny, Priscilla would like you to keep doing what you love,'” Pettitt said of Chavarie continuing to run his shop. “The store kept him going until he could join Priscilla.”


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Ballot selfies: Allowed or not allowed? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:22:37 +0000 Secrecy in the voting booth has become a thing of the past for those ready to share their views and daily lives on social media, but laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters are allowed to take pictures of themselves voting and their ballots. How states handle the question:


CONNECTICUT: No law bans ballot selfies, according to Secretary of State Denise Merrill. But election moderators have discretion to prohibit activity “that threatens the orderly process of voting or the privacy of another voter’s ballot.”

MAINE: The secretary of state discourages ballot selfies because there’s a ban on making unauthorized ballot copies, but there’s no law against voters posting photos of their marked ballots.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston last month upheld a decision that a ban was unconstitutional, saying it suppresses a large swath of political speech and there was no evidence to support the state’s concerns.

RHODE ISLAND: The Board of Elections adopted new rules in time for November’s election that allow for selfie-taking inside polling places. The updated regulations allow voters to take photos as long as they don’t show another person’s ballot.

VERMONT: No rules regarding photos in polling places. Clerks are encouraged to adopt specific rules for their polling places to maintain order, according to Jim Condos, a spokesman for the secretary of state.


MASSACHUSETTS: Taking a photo of a completed ballot in a polling location is banned in Massachusetts. But the state’s top election official, Secretary William Galvin, says there’s little the state can do to prevent it. Photos of mailed ballots are also banned.

NEW JERSEY: Law prohibits voters from showing their ballot to others. A pending legislative measure would allow voters to take photos of their own ballots while in the voting booth and share them on social media.

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Indians remain confident in role as underdogs Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:05:54 +0000 CLEVELAND — Any other year, against any other team, the Cleveland Indians would be the sentimental choice in this year’s World Series.

You know, because of that long championship drought and all.

But not against the Chicago Cubs.

The lovable Cubbies, who captured the nation’s heart by exorcising curses and winning their first NL pennant since 1945 on Saturday night and are aiming for their first Series title since 1908, are a popular pick.

The odds makers in Las Vegas have pegged the Cubs as heavy favorites going into Game 1 on Tuesday night.

Heck, even First Fan Barack Obama, a die-hard White Sox supporter, said he was happy to see the North Side of Chicago rocking.

Well, all the love toward the NL champions has left the Indians as underdogs – a role they’ve embraced this October.

“We believe in each other,” first baseman Mike Napoli said Sunday before the Indians held a workout and simulated game at Progressive Field. “We believe that if we go out there and play the game the right way, play as a team like we’ve done, we can win a game on any night. We’ve shown in the past two series we can’t be taken lightly. We play as a team.

“We’re a confident group.”

And that assuredness has only grown. Cleveland wasn’t supposed to beat Boston, but the Indians swept Big Papi into retirement and the Red Sox into their offseason sooner than expected. Cleveland’s pitching staff followed that by whittling Toronto’s big bats down to toothpicks in the AL Championship Series.

Now on deck are the Cubs, who won 103 games during the regular season, have three aces at the top of the rotation, a flame-throwing closer and seem to have a date with destiny.

The Indians, though, know they can match up with anyone.

“They’re a good team from top to bottom,” said supreme setup man Andrew Miller, who has spent the postseason toying with hitters. “They have three guys that might be Cy Young (winners). We’re going to be going against a good team, that’s not a surprise. If you want to count us out, that works for us.”

Many of the Indians watched Chicago’s historic win, which was followed by a street party outside Wrigley Field that nearly lasted until dawn.

As it unfolded, Napoli found himself pulling for former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and the Cubs. The more he thought about a Cleveland-Chicago series the more he liked it.

“I was rooting for them,” Napoli said. “I thought it would be one of the coolest World Series to be a part of.”

The Indians are looking to end their own 68-year title drought, and they spent the past few days resting while the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers finished their series. The down time has allowed Cleveland to get healthier, but Manager Terry Francona revealed a new injury for his team, which has spent much of the 2016 season dealing with sprains, strains and even a few stitches.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis hurt his left ankle following Game 5 in Toronto.

“Some of the guys had a tough time getting through the celebration,” said Francona. “He went over to embrace (shortstop) Frankie (Lindor) and he rolled his foot on Frankie’s foot. So he’s got a low ankle sprain. The good part is it’s not a high ankle sprain. You hear that all the time and I never know what it means, but it doesn’t sound good. He’s going to be OK.”

Kipnis took grounders as head athletic trainer James Quinlan watched. Later, Kipnis didn’t appear to favor his ankle while hitting against several Cleveland pitchers during the simulated game, which included crowd noise being pumped into the ballpark.

Nothing could replicate Tuesday’s anticipated ambience when fans in both cities will hang on every pitch, knowing that each win moves their club closer to a coveted championship.

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Vikings suffer first loss Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:02:53 +0000 PHILADELPHIA — Josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, Carson Wentz outplayed Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota 21-10 on Sunday, handing the Vikings their first loss of the season.

The Eagles (4-2) snapped a two-game losing streak, while the rested Vikings (5-1) hardly looked like an unbeaten team after having a bye.

“I thought we played embarrassing in two phases,” Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer said. “I’m very disappointed in the performance.

Bradford returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his trade to Minnesota eight days before the season opener paved the way for Wentz to start. He was 7-7 in his only season with the Eagles and won his first four starts for the Vikings.

But the Eagles pressured and harassed their former quarterback all game, sacked him six times and forced his first three turnovers this season.

“I thought he missed some throws that he normally makes, but he got hit a lot,” Zimmer said. “It’s probably hard to evaluate his performance when (the line) looks like a sieve.”

Wentz threw two interceptions but led the Eagles on a couple scoring drives, including a 5-yard TD pass to Dorial Green-Beckham in the third quarter for an 18-3 lead.

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Clinton campaign looks toward helping Democrats in close races Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:00:49 +0000 DURHAM, N.C. — Newly confident and buoyant in the polls, Hillary Clinton is looking past Donald Trump while widening her mission to include helping Democrats seize the Senate and chip away at the Republican-controlled House.

Though Trump’s campaign insisted Sunday it was premature to count him out, it’s Clinton whose path to winning the White House has only grown wider in the race’s final weeks. Even longtime Republican strongholds such as Utah and Arizona suddenly appear within her reach on Nov. 8, enticing Democrats to campaign hard in territory they haven’t won for decades.

The shifting political map has freed Clinton and her well-funded campaign to spend time and money helping other Democrats in competitive races. Clinton said she didn’t “even think about responding” to Trump anymore and would instead spend the final weeks on the road “emphasizing the importance of electing Democrats down the ballot.”

“We’re running a coordinated campaign, working hard with gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates,” said Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager.

And for good reason.

After a merciless two-year campaign, the next president will face the daunting task of governing a bitterly divided nation. If Clinton wins, her prospects for achieving her goals will be greatly diminished unless her victory is accompanied by major Democratic gains in Congress.

“We’ve got to do the hard and maybe most important work of healing, healing our country,” Clinton said Sunday at Union Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina.

Campaigning in North Carolina, where Democrats hope to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr, Clinton’s argument appeared to rest on the hopes that voters offended by Trump would vote against Burr, too.

For Democrats, there’s another reason to try to run up the score. With Trump warning he may contest the race’s outcome if he loses, Clinton’s campaign is hoping for an overwhelming Democratic victory that would undermine any attempt by Trump to claim the election had been stolen from him.

In a rare admission of fallibility by the typically boastful Trump, his campaign acknowledged he’s trailing Clinton as Election Day nears.

“We are behind. She has some advantages,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said. Still, she added, “We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.”

Conway laid out in granular detail Trump’s potential path to winning: victories in Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio, to start. If Trump prevents Arizona and Georgia from falling to Democrats and adds in some combination of Colorado, Virginia, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, he could reach the 270 electoral votes needed, Conway said.

It won’t be easy. A current Associated Press analysis of polling, demographic trends and other campaign data rates Virginia as solidly Democratic, while Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania are all leaning Democratic. Arizona, remarkably, is a toss-up.

If Clinton wins, Democrats would need a net gain of four Senate seats to retake the majority. House control would be much harder, considering Republicans currently enjoy their largest House majority since 1931. Democrats would need a 30-seat gain, a feat they haven’t accomplished in roughly four decades.

Clinton’s nascent focus on helping fellow Democrats comes with an inherent contradiction. For months, she deliberately avoided the strategy employed by other Democrats of trying to saddle all Republicans with an unpopular Trump. In August, she said Trump represented the “radical fringe,” rather than the mainstream of the Republican Party.

“We have not run this campaign as a campaign against the GOP with the big broad brush – we’ve run it against Donald Trump,” Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, said in a weekend interview.

Painting Trump as beyond the typical Republican Party was a strategy intended to help Clinton win over voters who identify as Republicans but dislike Trump. Yet it’s been a major sore point for Democratic campaign groups, illustrated by an internal Democratic National Committee email in May that was hacked and later disclosed by WikiLeaks.

“They don’t want us to tie Trump to other Republicans because they think it makes him look normal,” top DNC official Luis Miranda wrote under the subject line “Problem with HFA,” an acronym for Hillary For America.

Andrea Bozek of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, said Clinton’s last-minute push to aid Democrats was insufficient to make up for her party’s shortfalls in recruiting competitive candidates this year.

“Democrats have relied on political gravity from the presidential race to carry them across the finish line,” Bozek said.

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Rhode Island women march in defense of yoga pants Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:39:44 +0000 BARRINGTON, R.I. — Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yoga pants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous.

Alan Sorrentino said the response to his letter to the editor, printed in The Barrington Times on Wednesday, has been “vicious” and that he’s received death threats. He maintained the letter was meant to be humorous.

But organizers said even if Sorrentino’s letter was meant to be a joke, the message is clear.

“Women are fed up with the notion that we have to dress for people’s visual pleasure,” said Jamie Burke, parade organizer.

The so-called yoga pants parade wasn’t a protest against Sorrentino specifically but part of a bigger movement against misogyny and men dictating how women should dress, organizers said.

More than 300 people – many of them women and young girls – came out for the social media-driven event in the affluent, coastal town of Barrington, wearing yoga pants of different styles and colors.

Participants also collected personal hygiene items for the Sojourner House, a local domestic violence organization. Marchers ended with a group yoga session.

Sorrentino, in his letter, described yoga pants as the worst thing in women’s fashion since the miniskirt. He argued that they belong in the yoga studio and that women over age 20 shouldn’t wear them in public.

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Dolphins stop Bills’ streak Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:34:53 +0000 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As the NFL’s newest rushing star, Jay Ajayi is carrying the Miami Dolphins toward respectability.

Ajayi tied a league record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, helping Miami rally past the Buffalo Bills 28-25 Sunday.

Ajayi rushed for 214 yards on 29 carries after totaling 204 yards a week earlier in a win over Pittsburgh. He scored on a 4-yard run and busted a 53-yarder when the Dolphins were pinned at their 3 and trailing in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins (3-4) used an extra lineman much of the time to clear big holes for Ajayi, who tied the record for consecutive 200-yard games held by O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

“It’s surreal to me,” Ajayi said. “The backs I’m in company with – that’s huge. Those are Hall of Fame guys, guys I look up to.”

Two weeks ago the Dolphins appeared strong contenders for the No. 1 draft pick in 2017, but the discovery of a ground game has revived their season under first-year coach Adam Gase.

“I know this – every time No. 23 kept getting the ball, he was popping a run,” Gase said. “I was leaning on him.”

Miami overcame an 11-point deficit with 16 minutes left to end a four-game winning streak by the Bills (4-3) and beat them for only the second time in their last seven meetings.

“We got outplayed, we got outcoached, we got outeverythinged,” Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan said. “They were the more physical team today, there’s no doubt about that. They controlled the game.”

With Ajayi briefly sidelined by cramps, Damien Williams carried half the Bills’ weary defense into the end zone on a 12-yard run that put the Dolphins ahead with 3:56 to go. On their next possession, Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills for a 66-yard score that made it 28-17.

Tyrod Taylor threw long to Marquise Goodwin for a 67-yard touchdown that put the Bills up 17-6 midway through the third quarter. The Dolphins responded with a 75-yard drive for their first touchdown.

Ajayi, a second-year pro from Boise State, is the only NFL rusher with a 200-yard game this year. He ran for 187 yards as a rookie and totaled 117 in Miami’s first five games this year before his breakout.

“The kid made some good runs, ran through some tackles,” Ryan said. “He did a great job bouncing and cutting it back.”

While Miami’s ground game clicked, Bills running back LeSean McCoy left in the third quarter after he aggravated a left hamstring injury.

McCoy, ranked second in the NFL in rushing, was questionable after hurting himself in practice Wednesday.

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NFL notebook: Vinatieri breaks record for consecutive field goals Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:34:53 +0000 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Indianaplis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri set an NFL record for consecutive field goals made as he kicked a pair of field goals Sunday to extend his streak to 43.

Vinatieri’s 33-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans broke the record set by former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who made 42 straight between 2002 and 2004.

Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player at age 43, hasn’t missed a field goal since Sept. 21, 2015, against the Jets.

BROWNS: Cody Kessler suffered a concussion during the second quarter of a 31-17 loss to Cincinnati, forcing Cleveland to use its sixth quarterback in seven games this season.

Kessler was replaced by Kevin Hogan, an undrafted rookie from Stanford.

“The luck’s just not swinging our way,” Coach Hue Jackson said. “We’re not getting those breaks right now.”

GIANTS: Annie Apple, the mother of rookie cornerback Eli Apple, took the team and its co-owner to task in an article for on Sunday over their handling of domestic abuser Josh Brown.

In the post titled “Why I cannot stay silent after John Mara’s callous comments about domestic violence,” Apple detailed an abusive relationship with Eli Apple’s biological father, which ended before Eli was born.

“The comments made by John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, were insensitive, dismissive and callous,” Apple wrote. “How are you a so-called champion of domestic violence but lack basic compassion for a victim? Yes, this man signs my son’s checks as I’ve been reminded on Twitter. Mr. Mara owns the New York Giants. He doesn’t own Annie Apple. Wrong is wrong. And Mr. Mara’s comments were unapologetically wrong and hit at a raw place.”

She was referring in particular to Mara’s statement in a radio interview Thursday after newly released documents showed that Brown admitted to abusing his wife, Molly, over a period of years. In the interview, Mara said the Giants were aware that Brown was abusive before re-signing the kicker in the offseason.

“He admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past,” Mara said. “What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

The article, coupled with a Twitter rant against Mara and the Giants earlier in the week, could make things awkward for the Giants’ first-round pick. Annie Apple has a large social media following and is a contributor to both Sports Illustrated and ESPN, so there was always a danger of her commenting on something regarding the Giants or her son. Eli Apple seemed prepared for that.

“I know she’s very vocal about that type of situation and that topic is very important to her, so I can understand where she’s coming from,” Eli Apple said after the Giants’ 17-10 win over the Rams.

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Skowhegan will vote on elected versus appointed town officials Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:26:22 +0000 SKOWHEGAN — Voters will decide in a referendum vote Nov. 8 whether they want to continue electing their town clerk, town treasurer and road commissioner, or whether they want to have them appointed by the town manager.

Selectmen voted 5-0 in February to present the question on the November ballot and not the town meeting voting ballot in June, when fewer people tend to go to the polls.

Some residents, selectmen and town officials have suggested that Skowhegan voters are smart enough to pick their own officials in town-wide voting, but others said it is time to plan for the future and structure town government in a more orderly fashion by having officials appointed and therefore more accountable.

Board Chairman Donald Skillings said earlier this year that he was asked to bring the issue to the board, noting concerns that in future elections a person who is not qualified could unseat Greg Dore, the elected road commissioner, or Gail Pelotte, the elected town clerk and treasurer.

Some say that from a managerial aspect, it is easier for a town manager to manage an appointed employee versus an elected one.

Dore, 60, has been Skowhegan’s elected road commissioner for 23 years. He has been challenged for the job every three years but has prevailed each time.

Pelotte, 55, was re-elected unopposed for a three-year term in 2015. She is in her third three-year term.

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Authorities fire on drone at Dakota pipeline protest Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:15:11 +0000 MANDAN, N.D. — Law enforcement officials fired at an unmanned aircraft and a group of Dakota Access pipeline opponents twice blocked a North Dakota state highway Sunday, capping a weekend of protests.

A helicopter helping monitor a protest against the four-state pipeline Sunday was approached by a drone in a “threatening manner,” the Morton County Sheriff’s Office said. An officer in the helicopter told law enforcement on the ground that the pilot and passengers were “in fear of their lives” and that the unmanned aircraft was going after them. Less-than-lethal ammunition damaged the drone, which was then landed by its operator.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said drones flying near protests and near where hundreds have been camping out in protest of the $3.8 billion pipeline are not being operated according to federal regulations and their investigations will be sent to the states attorney’s office for possible charges. Two people operating drones during the protests have already been charged.

Also Sunday, protesters put up two roadblocks on State Highway 1806. The first, which went up about 2 p.m., was made of barbed wire, cars and later hay bales, tree stumps and logs. Law enforcement authorities spoke with protesters, and the blockade came down before 5 p.m. A second roadblock, made with vehicles, campers and a state Department of Transportation message board, was still up as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is building the $3.8 billion pipeline, which crosses through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Opponents worry about potential effects on drinking water on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and farther downstream on the Missouri River, as well as destruction of cultural artifacts.

Sunday’s demonstrations come after 127 people were arrested Saturday during a large protest at a pipeline construction site.

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Newcomer hopes to help Celtics take next step Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:39:27 +0000 BOSTON — From afar, Al Horford has always had respect for the history of the Boston Celtics.

He made his first visit to the Garden as a rookie in 2007 and found himself drawn to the championship banners that hung above the court.

That was the same season that Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce to form the Big 3 and went on to win Boston’s 17th NBA championship.

As the Celtics biggest free agent signing since then, Horford – with his four-year, $113 million contract – is now the centerpiece of the franchise as it chases banner No. 18.

He enters the 2016-17 campaign no longer the wide-eyed rookie that arrived in Atlanta nine years ago. He’s now a veteran four-time All-Star that team president Danny Ainge believes can provide leadership to a young core led by Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. The immediate goal is to help Boston advance past the first round of the playoffs for first time since 2012.

“I know that I’m gonna help our team be better,” Horford said. “I’m gonna try to come in and try to gel as fast as I can and just make sure that we’re playing at a high level, and that we’re working every day. And we’ll see what happens.”

There’s no denying that Horford joins a team that has been on the upswing under Coach Brad Stevens. Boston won just 25 games his first season in 2013-14 but have improved to 40 and 48 wins the past two, which have included back-to-back playoff berths.

But each of those postseason appearances ended in first-round exits, including a 4-2 loss to Horford’s Hawks last season.

That loss was marred by a hamstring injury to Bradley in Game 1, as well as nagging injuries which dogged Crowder and center Kelly Olynyk.

With all of that behind them, Thomas is anxious to see what this group can accomplish when healthy and with some extra star power.

Aside from providing some help defending the rim and rebounding, Horford’s shooting ability also should open up the floor more for a scoring point guard like Thomas, and improved shooter like Bradley.

The expectation is that Crowder will also be freer to operate with Horford drawing attention in the paint.

There is also No. 3 overall draft pick Jaylen Brown, whose athleticism should fit right in with a group that loves to run the floor.

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: Probably the Celtics’ biggest loss this offseason was the departure of swingman Evan Turner to Portland in free agency. Aside from being a productive sixth man, he also at times triggered their half-court sets when he was in the game. “That’s a big loss,” Stevens said. “A big loss because of the way he handled the ball, the big shots that he made late in the game, his positional versatility defensively, his everyday workman-like attitude in the gym.”

MINUTES FOR ROZIER: The Celtics were dealt a small blow to their second unit when Marcus Smart suffered a left ankle sprain in their preseason finale. The silver lining is that while he’s out, it will almost certainly mean increased playing time for second-year point guard Terry Rozier. Rozier had his best moments as a rookie on the defensive end, but showed a lot of improvement in his shooting during the preseason.”

INJURY WATCH: Olynyk sat out the entire preseason recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in May. After not being cleared for contact in time to appear in any preseason games, it’s possible he could miss a good chunk of games early in the season. It will mean one less body to relieve Horford, but will give the Celtics opportunities to play smaller at times.

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Blount, Brady pull away from Steelers Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:53:57 +0000 PITTSBURGH — Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount were too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger or no Ben Roethlisberger.

Blount ran for 127 yards and two scores while Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots pulled away for a 27-16 win on Sunday.

Steelers quarterback Landry Jones played capably while filling in for Roethlisberger, who watched from the sideline after undergoing left knee surgery last week.

Making just his third career start, Jones threw for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception but undermanned Pittsburgh (4-3) lost its second straight when its defense failed to keep Brady under wraps.

New England (6-1) remained perfect since Brady returned from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, emphatically responding to a push by the Steelers with a pair of second-half touchdowns. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter then used another 37-yard catch and run by Gronkowski to set up Blount’s second touchdown run that put New England up 11 with just under 12 minutes to go.

Brady improved to 9-2 against the Steelers, throwing for 26 touchdowns and three interceptions. Most of those came against far more intimidating versions of a Steelers defense than the one he faced Sunday.

Pittsburgh came in hurting with Roethlisberger and defensive end Cam Heyward both out. The Steelers pushed the Patriots at times behind Jones, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Bell finished with 149 yards of total offense and Brown caught seven passes for 106 yards, but too often Pittsburgh settled for field goals (or field goal attempts) when touchdowns were required.

Mistakes that could hardly be blamed on Jones didn’t help. A second-quarter touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey was called back because of a holding call, one of 10 flags against the Steelers. Pittsburgh fell to 11-10 in games not started by Roethlisberger since 2004.

Blount, facing Pittsburgh for the first time since the Steelers cut him when he walked off the field with the clock still running in November 2014, hurt the Steelers after halftime. He ran for 74 yards following the break, including consecutive runs of 11 and 25 yards that set up Gronkowski’s eighth touchdown in five games against the Steelers.


The 39-year-old quarterback who once ran the 40-yard dash at the combine in a not-so fleet 5.28 seconds can still run away from the bad guys. Brady ran for three first downs in the first half, mashing his way on a quarterback sneak and twice escaping pressure and outrunning defenders a decade or more younger for the necessary yardage.


New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a regular season extra point during his rookie year in 2006 and then didn’t miss another one until last week against Cincinnati, an NFL record streak of 479 attempts between misfires (though there was that costly missed kick in last year’s AFC championship game). Gostkowski didn’t have to wait nearly as long until watching a second one go astray. Gostkowski misfired on a third-quarter extra point that kept the Steelers within seven.

Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell had his issues. He sent a 42-yarder in the second quarter wide right and missed a 54-yarder with the Steelers down two scores in the fourth quarter.


Patriots: visit Buffalo next Sunday. The Bills beat the Brady-less Patriots 16-0 in New England on Oct. 2.

Steelers: off next week then visit AFC North rival Baltimore on Nov. 6.

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Sprint Cup: Two favorites eliminated as Chase field whittled to 8 Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:49:52 +0000 TALLADEGA, Ala. — When an engine failure Sunday knocked title favorite Martin Truex Jr. from NASCAR’s playoffs, the rest of the top contenders got a little bit of breathing room.

Then Brad Keselowski suffered the same cruel elimination when his engine failed at Talladega Superspeedway.

There was suddenly a wide-open competition to earn the final spots into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon raced a tense final two laps in overtime to fill the bracket. With each pushing for every last point, it was Hamlin who advanced into the round of eight on a tiebreaker.

Joey Logano won the race and Hamlin edged Kurt Busch by .006 seconds for third place and the one point he needed to tie Dillon in the standings.

Dillon was ninth, but lost the right to move into the next round based on average finish over the last three races.

Hamlin told his Joe Gibbs Racing team not to give him points updates, and that lack of knowledge forced him to scramble through the final turn as he was undecided on how aggressive he needed to be.

“I wasn’t sure whether I needed to finish third,” he said. “I told them I didn’t want points updates. But that’s almost when I probably should have got one to figure out what I was going to do. (Dillon) is in the middle of the pack. He’s fighting and getting positions. He could change two positions in the last hundred yards.

“So you can’t really predict it. I knew I just had to try to finish as good as I could.”

With Truex and Keselowski out of the playoffs before the checkered flag, the suspense came down to final finishing order. Logano was not in a must-win situation, but the victory sure didn’t hurt.

Dillon, on a frantic dash over two overtime laps to gain as many spots as possible, called the outcome “heartbreaking.”

“It sure stinks to lose it on a tiebreaker,” Dillon said.

Chase Elliott was also eliminated, while Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Logano and Hamlin advanced. There are four Toyotas remaining in the field, all from Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart-Haas Racing has Kurt Busch and Harvick – but the two had a heated exchange after the race over alleged contact on the last lap – while Hendrick Motorsports has Johnson for three Chevrolets in the field. Logano is the only Ford driver.

“Feels good to win on a clutch moment like that with the pressure on,” Logano said. “I think we ran like a champ.”

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About 100 gather for emotional dedication of Canaan Veterans Memorial Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:40:59 +0000 CANAAN — About 100 people gathered outside the Canaan Public Library on a chilly Sunday afternoon to celebrate the dedication of the new veterans memorial in this small Somerset County town.

Townspeople, veterans, American Legion members and members of the Elks Lodge came together to celebrate the new monument, which was installed just a few weeks ago, according to the veterans memorial committee.

“We hope we made a memorial that the town of Canaan, our veterans and everyone else can be proud of,” said committee member and veteran Dale Burrill. “To all of you, the town and this committee want to thank you.”

The Canaan Veterans Memorial includes names of people who lived in Canaan when they were drafted or enlisted in the military and goes as far back as the Revolutionary War. A 30-foot flagpole stands next to the memorial site.

The first speaker, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Larry Burrill, Dale’s younger brother who now lives in Philadelphia, said he returned to his hometown for the dedication because he wanted to do his part.

Larry Burrill told the crowd about how he had heard gunshots while taking a walk on Notch Road while back in town, and how he had realized he felt no fear.

“That’s not the way it is around the world,” he said. “The people listed on this memorial enlisted to protect these freedoms.”

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Susan Horsman, now a certified registered nurse anesthetist and member of the local Elks Lodge, asked the audience to think back to the past. She talked about what it means to see names from the Civil War and world wars on the memorial.

“Did someone who went to school here serve at Iwo Jima? In the conflict we call the Vietnam War?” Horsman said to a teary-eyed audience. “They may have worked the land or in the mills, but they all raised their hands to pledge allegiance to this nation.”

Horsman talked about how war has changed, how there is no longer a “front line” or trenches, and how the enemy is harder to identify. But, she said, “men and women from Canaan still answer the call to protect us in these times.”

At the end of her speech, Horsman called on the town to remember all veterans, whether they died serving their country or were back in their hometowns.

“Remember those who are fallen, say thanks to those who are still here and say a prayer for those who still serve overseas,” she said.

When the speakers finished, Dale asked all the veterans in the audience to raise their hands, and the audience clapped in gratitude.

“Thank you for your service, all of you,” Dale said.

Ron Page, the past post commander of American Legion Post 39 in Madison, officially dedicated the memorial.

Everyone who attended was invited to coffee and snacks after the ceremony.

The Canaan Veterans Memorial was first thought of nearly 25 years ago, and a committee was formed and raised about $12,000, said Maureen Olson, chair of the revived veterans memorial committee.

Olson said the committee is excited that the memorial is finally completed.

“I think it’s important for the town to have (the memorial) for the recognition of the veterans finally,” she said. “We may be a small town, but we had a lot of people go in (to the service).”

Last fall the town voted at a special town meeting to give $11,000 to the committee from its capital reserve account. The committee also received about $4,500 in donations and about $6,000 from fundraising events and raffles, Olson said. The committee also received in-kind and labor donations for site work and installation.

The total cost of the memorial, which was installed by Elias Monuments in Madison, was $25,000.

The committee is also selling engraved pavers to those who do not meet the requirements to be put on the memorial. The money from pavers will help pay for future maintenance costs, Olson said.


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Tyler Perry outperforms Tom Cruise at weekend box office Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:37:43 +0000 LOS ANGELES — Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend.

Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” opened in the top spot with $27.6 million, edging Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It’s the third best opening for a “Madea” movie, behind “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Madea’s Family Reunion” and a sign of the character’s longstanding appeal to audiences.

To market the film, which reportedly cost $20 million to produce, Lionsgate leveraged the social media audiences of Perry and his cast as well as promotional videos like one featuring Jimmy Fallon as Trump alongside Madea that ended up going viral.

“Tyler Perry is a movie star. Tyler Perry is a mogul. The Madea character has provided box office dividends for years. It’s a perfect combination, Madea and Halloween right before Halloween,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

That timing, along with the promising A CinemaScore, should bode well for the film’s second weekend over Halloween.

“A Madea Halloween” proved to be the strongest of the slew of sequels this weekend, topping even the star power of Tom Cruise, whose “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” took in $23 million for Paramount Pictures.

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Trump team acknowledges it trails, but says it can still win Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:37:30 +0000 WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s campaign bluntly acknowledged Sunday that the real estate mogul is trailing Hillary Clinton as the presidential race hurtles toward a close, but insisted he still has a viable path to win the White House.

With barely two weeks left and early voting underway in most of the U.S., Trump’s team said “the race is not over” and pledged to keep campaigning hard – even in states like Virginia and Pennsylvania that polls show are now trending Clinton’s way. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway laid out a path to the requisite 270 electoral votes that goes through make-or-break states Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.

“We are behind. She has some advantages,” Conway said Sunday. Yet she argued that Clinton’s advantages – like a slew of bold-name Democrats campaigning for her – belied her lack of true support. “The current president and first lady, vice president, all are much more popular than she can hope to be.”

Added Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: “We expect to win.”

Yet even as Clinton appeared to be strengthening her lead, her campaign was careful not to declare premature victory.

“We don’t want to get ahead of our skis here,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. He said the “battleground states” where both candidates are campaigning hardest “are called that for a reason.”

As part of his closing message, Trump was laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days as president. Yet he undermined his own attempt to strike a high-minded tone on policy issues when he announced in the same speech that he planned to sue the numerous women who have accused him of groping and other unwanted sexual behavior.

“All of these liars will be sued once the election is over,” Trump said Saturday during an event near the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg. He added: “I look so forward to doing that.”

Asked about Trump’s remarks, Clinton told reporters between rallies Saturday in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia that she was done responding to what her Republican opponent is saying as Election Day nears and would instead focus on helping elect other Democrats.

A day earlier, Clinton attacked Pennsylvania’s Republican senator, Pat Toomey, saying in Pittsburgh that he has refused to “stand up” to Trump as she praised his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. Noting Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants and his attacks on a Muslim-American military family, she said of Toomey: “If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump after all of this, then can you be sure that he will stand up for you when it counts?”

Clinton rejected Trump’s allegation, offered without evidence, that the dozen or so women who have come forward are being prompted by her campaign or the Democratic National Committee. The accusers emerged after the former reality TV star boasted of kissing women and groping their genitals without their consent.

“These accusations are not coming from our campaign,” Mook said.

On Saturday, an adult film actress said the billionaire kissed her and two other women on the lips “without asking for permission” when they met him after a golf tournament in 2006. Trump has denied that all the other allegations, while insisting some of the women weren’t attractive enough for him to want to pursue.

“He’s been waterboarded by these issues,” said former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Trump supporter, lamenting the “oppression” of her candidate in the media.

Though mostly a recap of policies he’s proposed before, Trump’s speech included a few new elements, such as a freeze on hiring new federal workers and a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for immigrants who re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported a first time. In a pledge sure to raise eyebrows on Wall Street, he said he’d block a potential merger between AT&T and media conglomerate Time Warner.

Throughout the GOP primary, Trump was criticized for shying away from detailed policy proposals. But his speech, which aides said would form the core of his closing argument to voters, underscored how the billionaire has gradually compiled a broad – if sometimes vague – policy portfolio that straddles conservative, isolationist and populist orthodoxies.

Mook and Brewer spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” and Priebus on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Conway spoke on “Fox News Sunday” and on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


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University trustees support ambitious Maine graduate center Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:20:52 +0000 The University of Maine System trustees voted unanimously Sunday to support a first-stage $15 million plan to create a new graduate center for business, law and public policy in Portland.

The vote, taken at a special meeting in East Millinocket, authorizes the system chancellor to ask for additional funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation, which has been the driving financial force behind the $150 million initiative.

Over the past two years, the foundation has provided $2.25 million for early-stage development.

The proposed center would house the University of Maine School of Law, a new MBA program that combines the current graduate business programs operating at the University of Southern Maine and UMaine in Orono, and the graduate programs in public health and in public policy and management that now operate at the Muskie School of Public Service at USM. It also would house the Cutler Institute for Health and Policy, which is the research arm of USM and part of the Muskie School on the Portland campus.

If the multi-year first stage is successful, the trustees will be asked to authorize a second stage that includes raising funds to build a $94 million building somewhere in Portland to house the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies. A location has not yet been identified.

A business plan outlining the proposal was released last week.

“We’re building something that will be beneficial to the entire state,” board chairman Sam Collins said. “I am very much in support of it because of how we have structured it and minimal risk and what it can mean to the state of Maine.”

Chancellor James Page said Sunday that if the trustees decided not to go forward with phase two, the phase one developments would “stand on their own.”

The business plan, Page told the trustees, is the foundation “for the kind of robust discussions we need to have” in the next phase. “We need to take it for what it is, build, and with your approval, go forward and create this great opportunity.”

A faculty representative to the board told the trustees that while there was broad support for the concept and need for the graduate center, the faculty had concerns about the MBA merger in particular. The graduate business departments in Orono and USM are currently in talks about the merged program, from its curriculum to governance issues for faculties at different institutions.

“The merger will only work if both Orono and USM faculty work together as equals,” said Elizabeth Turesky, a professor at USM. “I believe faculty need your assurance that their significant concerns are addressed.”

Page noted that challenge in his presentation, saying the two campuses need to be “on equal terms” as they move toward the MBA merger.

“For the first time, we’ve taken a University of Maine degree and put it in a program in the Greater Portland area. That collaboration in two of the largest campuses is enormous,” he said, noting administrative and cultural barriers to that kind of collaboration. “We are taking two major programs and asking them to coalesce and to work together.”


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Two Portland men stabbed in Biddeford Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:44:04 +0000 Biddeford police are investigating the stabbing of two Portland men at 5 York Court early Sunday.

Deputy Chief JoAnne Fisk said the men, ages 24 and 26, were in Biddeford about 5 a.m. for unspecified reasons.

Police received a report of a possible stabbing and found both men suffering from stab wounds. They were taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment.

“I cannot comment on more specific types of injury, specific weapons or what their current health status is,” Fisk said in a news release Sunday afternoon.

Fisk didn’t release the names of the men. She said witnesses were being uncooperative and detectives were trying to interview the two men at Maine Med on Sunday afternoon.

“We do not believe there is a threat to the public,” she said.

Police reportedly taped off multiple buildings on Elm Street on Sunday morning, including a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant at 222 Elm St., which is about a block from York Court. Papa John’s employees told WCSH-TV that they found blood on a window when they arrived for their shift late Sunday morning and saw a blood trail on sidewalks nearby.

Fisk had no new information Sunday evening. She said she would release further details as the investigation continues.

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Dueling droughts: Cubs, Indians set to meet in World Series Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:21:21 +0000 At long, long last, it’s true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.

The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year – next century, really – is finally here.

A classic Fall Classic, for sure.

Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona.

Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny Salazar and slugger Kyle Schwarber can play.

Oh, and did someone mention something about a drought?

Game 1 is at Progressive Field on Tuesday night, with the Cubs opening as a heavy favorite to win their first crown since 1908.

In the Cubs’ last visit to Cleveland, back in August 2015, they posted a 17-0 rout for the most-lopsided shutout ever in interleague play. It got so out of hand that two Indians outfielders wound up pitching.

But that’s ancient history.

For the Cubbies, this is their first World Series trip since 1945. They clinched their spot Saturday night at rollicking Wrigley Field as big league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for a 5-0 win in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

Favorites since opening day, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and past October aces Jon Lester and John Lackey helped the Cubs cruise to a major league-leading 103 victories.

Now, they’re ready to sweep aside the Curse of the Billy Goat and the specter of Steve Bartman. And make up for the near-misses by Cubs greats such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams.

“Obviously we know that it’s something that’s going to be talked about with the history of the organization,” pitcher Jake Arrieta said. “But it’s really not something we focus on at all. So we just kind of disregard it and go out and play.”

The Indians also have a past full of failure and frustration. Their title drought dates to Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby and 1948, trailing only the Cubs for the longest wait in the majors.

In 1997, Cleveland was three outs from winning the championship when closer Jose Mesa blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 at Florida. An error by sure-handed second baseman Tony Fernandez doomed them in the 11th.

Earlier this year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers turned Cleveland into Believeland by rallying to win the NBA title. James has been loudly cheering for the Indians to bring another championship to the city.

Steady Jason Kipnis, jolly Mike Napoli and likely Game 1 starter Corey Kluber starred as the surprising Indians won the AL Central, then breezed by Boston and Toronto in the playoffs.

The Indians did it despite a thinning rotation. Salazar hasn’t pitched since early September because of a forearm problem, Carlos Carrasco’s hand was broken by a line drive and Trevor Bauer cut his pinkie playing with a drone.

Like the Cubs with Bartman, the spectator who infamously deflected a foul ball at Wrigley during the 2003 NL playoffs, the Indians also have a prominent fan. It’s John Adams, the man who has been beating a drum at most every home game for more than four decades.

Even though the clubs hold spring training about 30 miles apart in Arizona, they don’t overlap a lot.

They’ve never played in the postseason and are just 9-9 against each other in interleague action.

Miller and Chapman, however, were teammates this season in the New York Yankees’ bullpen before they both got traded in late July.

Francona and current Cubs architect Theo Epstein spent even more time together. In 2004, they teamed up as the Red Sox ended a World Series championship drought dating to 1918 – when Boston beat the Cubs, by the way.

Soon, another city will be celebrating. Maybe next week, maybe next month, with Game 7 scheduled for Nov. 2.

A pair of big cities, one on Lake Michigan, the other on Lake Erie, waiting … and hoping to end the wait.

On deck: Great Lakes, great stakes.

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Tour bus slams into truck in California, killing 13 Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:14:12 +0000 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semi-truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said.

A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on Interstate 10 before the vehicles crashed just north of the desert resort town of Palm Springs, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele said. The work had gone on for hours without problems, he said.

Abele said the bus carrying 44 passengers was going much faster than the truck, though a trauma surgeon said the injuries he saw indicated it was slowing down at the point of impact.

“The speed of bus was so significant that the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus,” Abele told reporters. “You can see it was a substantial impact.”

It was not known if alcohol, drugs or fatigue played a role in the crash about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, but the bus was inspected in April and had no mechanical issues, Abele said. The bus driver was killed, and the truck driver received minor injuries.

The bus was coming from Red Earth Casino in the unincorporated community of Thermal and was about 35 miles into its 135-mile trip back to Los Angeles.

CHP officers had been slowing traffic to allow Southern California Edison workers to string wires across the freeway, Abele said.

Passengers told officials that most people were asleep when the crash occurred at 5:17 a.m. Abele said it appeared the 1996 bus didn’t have seat belts and likely didn’t have a black box that newer vehicles feature.

Before April, the bus also was inspected in 2014 and 2015, the CHP said. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show it had no crashes in the two years before Oct. 22 and had a satisfactory safety rating.

The front of the bus crumpled into the semi-truck’s trailer and debris was scattered across the key route through Southern California. Firefighters used ladders to climb into the bus’ windows to remove bodies, and tow trucks lifted the trailer to make it easier to reach the bus, whose front end was demolished.

Fourteen patients were sent to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, the area’s only trauma center. Five were admitted in critical condition but were stable and in intensive care by Sunday afternoon, said Dr. Ricard Townsend, a trauma surgeon. Seven others had been released.

Many suffered facial injuries, a telltale sign they were not wearing seat belts, he said. He called the injuries unusual for this type of crash.

“When you usually see someone involved in a high-speed motor vehicle crash, the thing that you see are big-time broken bones. This was not one of the circumstances we were faced with,” Townsend said, referencing the collapsible trailer. “It seemed as though most of the victims were unrestrained and were therefore flown through the air and ended up sustaining facial trauma.”

Doctors treated several spinal fractures but few other bone injuries. The wounds indicate the bus was slowing down when it struck, Townsend said.

Two other hospitals received patients with minor injuries.

CHP Officer Stephanie Hamilton told the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs earlier Sunday that the driver was one of the owners of tour bus company, USA Holiday, based near Los Angeles. The company has one vehicle and one driver, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

A phone message left for the company was not immediately returned. A Facebook message from USA Holiday said it did not have much information about the crash.

The company says on social media that it has more than 25 years of experience traveling to casinos in Southern California. It posts about trips leaving the Los Angeles area to casinos around the Coachella Valley and Las Vegas.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to California to investigate, board spokesman Eric Weiss said. Some westbound lanes of the highway have reopened, the CHP said.

The crash comes two years after a FedEx truck veered across an interstate median north of Sacramento and slammed into a bus full of high school students, killing 10 people. In August, a bus in central California hit a highway sign post that tore through the vehicle and left four people dead.

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Leading UMaine scientist killed in Antarctica while mapping ice crevasses Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:39:30 +0000 A University of Maine professor who is world-renowned as a climate change scientist died in a snowmobile crash Saturday while inspecting ice in Antarctica.

The death of Gordon Hamilton, 50, of Orono stunned his Maine colleagues and friends and other climate change and cold-climate researchers around the globe.

“He was a highly successful glaciologist and also a delight to be with in the field,” said Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, where Hamilton was a researcher.

University of Maine climate science researcher Gordon Hamilton spends time on the ice sheet in east Greenland in 2009.

University of Maine climate science researcher Gordon Hamilton spends time on the ice sheet in east Greenland in 2009.

Hamilton was working on White Island in the Ross Archipelago when his snowmobile fell 100 feet into a crevasse in the ice. He and his team, who were based at the U.S. McMurdo Station, were performing work they had done for some years, inspecting the roughly 30-mile track used by heavy transverse vehicles to haul supplies and equipment from the coast to McMurdo Station.

“There is only one place it needs to be inspected, fairly close to the starting point,” Mayewski said in a telephone interview Sunday.

He said the ice in that spot shifts and can create dangerous crevasses. Hamilton and his team, funded by the National Science Foundation, were in the midst of mapping the crevasses before bulldozers moved in to create bridges over them. The team was using radar and robots to look through the ice and identify the crevasses.

Hamilton’s team was camped in a heavily crevassed area known as the Shear Zone, about 25 miles south of McMurdo Station. The Shear Zone is a 3-mile-wide, more than 125-mile-long swath of intensely crevassed ice where the Ross Ice Shelf meets the McMurdo Ice Shelf. The ice is up to 650 feet thick in the area.

The weather was clear at the time of the accident, Mayewski said.

“His snowmobile went into one of these crevasses. They are very deep,” Mayewski said.

Hamilton’s body was recovered and was being flown to New Zealand, the jumping-off point for U.S. researchers bound for the Antarctic.

Hamilton’s team, including a University of Maine graduate student and several Dartmouth College researchers, were flown by helicopter from the accident site back to the U.S. station. Most of them were en route Sunday to New Zealand, a flight of 40 or more hours.

“They are pretty shaken up,” Mayewski said.

The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which coordinates all U.S. research on the southernmost continent.

“The University of Maine has lost one of its leading scientists,” UMaine President Susan J. Hunter said in a prepared statement Sunday. “Gordon’s glaciology research around the world – from Antarctica to Greenland – was second to none. He leaves a legacy as an outstanding scientist, and a caring mentor and well-known teacher to undergraduate and graduate students.

“He was an engaged, gregarious and beloved member of the UMaine and Orono communities that now mourn his loss,” Hunter said. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Fiona, and their two children, Martin and Calum, and his friends and colleagues around the world.”

Born in Scotland, Hamilton graduated from the University of Aberdeen there and received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in England.

He came to UMaine’s Climate Change Institute in 2000 as an assistant researcher after working at Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University and the Norwegian Polar Institute in Oslo.

Hamilton spent part of each winter in the Antarctic and each summer in Greenland. He studied the behavior of modern ice sheets and their role in the climate system and modulating global sea levels. His current research included ice and ocean interaction in Greenland and ice shelf stability in Antarctica.

He also taught undergraduate and graduate courses and was involved in high school science, technology, engineering and math education.

“He was highly successful in terms of his work and well supported by a variety of federal agencies and other organizations,” Mayewski said. “He worked with several graduate students who have been very successful. He was highly esteemed.”

Mayewski said Hamilton was also good-hearted, easygoing and friendly. He also had an operatic voice and at one point had to choose between a singing career or science.

“Why he chose science, I do not know. But he clearly loved cold weather,” Mayewski said.

“Gordon was the quintessential scientist and educator,” Jeffrey Hecker, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in a prepared statement. “His research informed his teaching and his community outreach – from schoolchildren to lawmakers and the media. He touched and changed many lives. Our thoughts are with his students – past and present, his family and his many friends and colleagues.”

Hamilton’s colleagues in the Antarctic Program and at the National Science Foundation said his death would have an impact on the small community of people in the cold-climate research field.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Dr. Hamilton. Our thoughts are with the family and entire community as we mourn this loss,” Dr. France Córdova, director of the science foundation, said in a prepared statement.

Kelly Faulkner, head of the division of polar programs at the foundation, wrote in a Facebook post that Hamilton will be missed.

“The U.S. Antarctic Program is a close-knit corps of researchers and support personnel who carry out the nation’s program of research in Antarctica, working at the frontiers of human knowledge, but also at the physical frontiers of human experience,” Faulkner wrote. “The death of one of our colleagues is a tragic reminder of the risks we all face – no matter how hard we work at mitigating those risks – in field research. Gordon will be missed by many, and our hearts go out to all whose lives he touched.”

The United States maintains three stations in the Antarctic that are manned by several hundred support staff. McMurdo is the largest. The research by several hundred scientists takes place between October and February, said Peter West, spokesman for the science foundation’s Polar Outreach Program.

The U.S. Antarctic Program is investigating the accident.


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N.H. police believe body found in river is that of missing teen Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:40:49 +0000 NASHUA, N.H. — Police have pulled the body of a young man from a Massachusetts river and say it’s likely that of a teen who apparently fell down a storm drain in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire police said officials there, along with Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, authorities recovered the body from the Merrimack River about noon Sunday.

Officials say that based on an initial investigation, clothing description and the condition of the body, they believe it is 16-year old Jacob Goulet, of Nashua, New Hampshire, who was reported missing Saturday.

Nashua police said confirmation of the victim’s identity will be completed by the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jacob’s family, friends, classmates, and the entire Nashua community at the probable tragic loss of Jacob Goulet,” the department tweeted.

Authorities had been searching the Nashua and Merrimack rivers, as well as Nashua’s sewer system since Goulet was reported missing by his parents after he did not return home from a friend’s house Friday night.

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