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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Book World — A Q&A with Richard Russo
    “Trajectory,” the new book by Richard Russo, features four long stories about various professionals in crisis. But in his novels, Russo often depicts blue-collar folks struggling to live in towns like the place . . .
  • On Wednesday, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) released its list of finalists for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards, which honor books published during 2016, as well as adult and youth manuscripts in . . .
  • Warmer weather is on the way, and with it ticks will become more active. May in Maine is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, a good time to remember to be “tick smart” and protect yourself against . . .
  • According to a nationwide poll conducted in 2006 by Harris Interactive, 1.4 percent of Americans are vegan. Vegans avoid all types of meat, fish, and animal-derived products such as eggs and dairy. . . .
  • All the Rage with Paul LePage: LePage Threatens to Ban Nips
    Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll ban 50-milliliter liquor bottles if the Legislature passes a law to place a 15-cent deposit on them. In initial votes last week, the Maine House and Senate voted 111 to 34 and 32 to 3 to . . .
  • Eye on Augusta: Mayhew Drafts Request to Strip Health Care Coverage Away from Thousands of Mainers
    As the Republican health care reform remains stalled in the US Senate, the LePage administration is going ahead with a plan to throw thousands of low-income Mainers off of Maine’s Medicaid rolls. . . .
  • Eye on Augusta: Legislature Votes More Funding for Head Start
    The Maine House and Senate have passed a bill to use $2.6 million in federal funding to support Head Start, which provides pre-school programs as well as health, nutrition and social services to low-income . . .
  • Eye on Augusta: Legislature Passes Bill to Compel LePage to Release Housing Bonds
    This week, the Maine Legislature passed a bill (LD 832) to force Gov. Paul LePage to release $15 million in bonds to fund the construction of housing units for low-income seniors. However, with 57 House Republicans . . .
  • Eye on Augusta: Roll Calls on ERA, DAPL Divestment, Recycling & Naloxone
    Republican lawmakers have successfully blocked a proposed constitutional amendment to ban sex discrimination from receiving the 2/3 votes necessary for passage. If passed the measure would have been sent to . . .
  • Collins, King, Pingree, Poliquin Respond to Trump-Comey News Reports:
    Ed. Note: On Monday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump revealed sensitive classified information to Russian officials. On Tuesday, the New York Times cited a memo written by former FBI Director . . .
  • Writing something coherent about the future of Donald Trump’s presidency, as it enters its fifth month, is like guessing the ending of a newly discovered Shakespeare comedy after reading the first act. . . .
  • It’s only human to want what we have not: apples are abundant in New England, but I would sell my soul for a honey mango any day of the week. Potatoes are a staple crop of the Northeast, but I could eat sweet potatoes . . .
  • Collins on Mueller Appointment
    “The Deputy Attorney General made an excellent choice in selecting former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel. He has sterling credentials and is above reproach. Because of his experience leading . . .”
  • King on Mueller Appointment
    “The appointment of a Special Counsel is an encouraging step forward. Mr. Mueller now has before him a serious and solemn charge, which will require him to operate in an independent manner, beholden to . . .”
  • Pingree on Mueller Appointment
    "It's reassuring to see the Department of Justice respond to the crisis embroiling the investigation into President Trump's Russian ties. However, in order to have full confidence in the investigation . . ."
  • The marine forecast did not make it particularly clear whether our ferry would make the round trip from Rockland. Matinicus Island ferries are mercurial beasts — erratic and irregular, occasional things . . .
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