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Friday, November 24, 2017
Houston, Texas. August 28, 2017. Communal sleeping quarters at a Red Cross Mega Shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey struck. (Photo: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)
Houston, Texas. August 28, 2017. Communal sleeping quarters at a Red Cross Mega Shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey struck. (Photo: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:07 AM
She had a day off from her job as an emergency dispatcher and was rocking out at an outdoor concert with her co-worker when the 22,000 people in the audience started falling, bleeding, screaming and running in every direction to . . .
  • Disaster Relief: Public Safety at California’s Wildfires
    Stephen Johnson, who runs private boat tours on Bert & I out of Stonington, decided this was his year to volunteer. There had been a lot of national disasters, with more on the way. Johnson’s wife, Roberta, had been a Maine Red Cross . . .
  • Disaster Relief: Maine Volunteers Respond to Storms, Fires and Shootings
    Since September, 117 Mainers have gone to help out in disaster areas across the nation as volunteers for the American Red Cross. They’ve gone to the hurricane-struck Gulf Coast, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, North Carolina . . .
  • Disaster Relief: Lost and Found in Puerto Rico, Kentucky
    The American Red Cross was started in 1881 by Clara Barton, a Civil War nurse. She led the organization for 23 years, working on the frontlines of disasters across America and taking the humanitarian effort overseas to Turkey, Cuba . . .
  • Volunteers Step In to Help a Nation in Need
    After storms slammed the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the American mainland, fires ran wild in California and angry men started shooting in Las Vegas and Texas, Americans stepped up to respond. . . .
  • The FEMA Corps Wants You
    In 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teamed up with AmeriCorps, a national service program, to launch FEMA Corps, a volunteer national service program designed to train a future disaster corps. . . .
  • Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against CMP’s Parent Company for Inflating Electric Prices
    Last week, the Boston-based law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in a U.S. District Court against Central Maine Power Company’s parent company, Avangrid, and Eversource Energy for allegedly . . .
  • Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) opened a lottery on November 15 to allow at least seven new elver licenses to be issued for the 2018 season. The lottery, authorized during the past legislative session, is open to Maine . . .
  • In the aftermath of last week’s storm, Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa reminds Maine residents whose property has been damaged by weather that the Bureau of Insurance is a resource for people with questions . . .
  • Residential customers of Central Maine Power (CMP) who receive standard offer supply service can expect to see an increase of about 8% in their monthly bill beginning January 1, 2018. The new prices, which are effective . . .
  • Health Care Cost Watch: Costs Vary by $20K for Knee Replacement, Depending on Location
    Health care costs vary a lot from one hospital in Maine to another, according to recent data released from two state agencies and available for public scrutiny at CompareMaine.org. Knee replacements are a common operation . . .
  • Health Care Cost Watch: Having a Baby in Maine Costs Between $5,000 and $29,000
    The cost of maternity care is unlikely to be the first thing that comes to mind when a woman is expecting a child, but it won’t be long before sticker shock sets in. The median cost for maternity care in Maine for a straightforward birth . . .
  • “After a train wreck, investigators scrutinize the causes.” That’s the opening line in “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis,” a 33-page report just released by a group of progressive Democratic political organizers and research analysts. . . .
  • Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), Consumers for Affordable Health Care, and The Opportunity Alliance have joined together to remind Mainers that the 2017 Marketplace open enrollment period began November 1 . . .
  • Passenger Rail Service from Rockland to Boston Could Return in May
    It’s been nearly 60 years since a passenger train ran from Rockland to Boston, but the Amtrak Downeaster is tentatively scheduled to restart the service in May, according to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA). . . .
  • Slab City Gets Fish-Happy Culvert
    After completing construction of a culvert in Lincolnville, representatives from Trout Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, federal natural resources agencies and local engineering firm Gartley & Dorsky had representatives . . .
  • After a month and a day of being closed, the bridge crossing the Weskeag River at South Thomaston reopened last Friday after being completely rebuilt. Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) had the option of doing the rebuilding . . .
  • Inequality can change the balance of nations, according to political scientist Thomas Remington, a retired Emory University professor who is now at Harvard. “We are returning to an era of a high percentage of income at the . . .
  • Dear America: Don’t Go After the Man, Go After the Failing System
    In the 1970s, Roelf Meyer and Ebrahim Rasool were on opposite sides of the Apartheid struggle in South Africa. Meyer was Deputy Chief of Police for the Apartheid government when Rasool was arrested for his anti-Apartheid work. . . .
  • Middle-Class Americans Need to Wake Up, Take Back Their Future
    "We all have that feeling that it’s not a fair game, anymore,” Eric Liu told the Camden audience at the annual October PopTech conference on social innovation, technology and ideas. Liu, a White House policy advisor and speechwriter . . .
  • Mainers Approve Medicaid Expansion in a Landslide
    During the recent referendum campaign, Gov. Paul LePage and his Republican allies pulled out all the stops to scare voters into rejecting Medicaid expansion. They ran blatantly false ads claiming it would cause hunting and fishing fees . . .
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