Monday, May 30, 2016

Can Maine make schools better by raising income tax on high earners?

One area where politicians of all stripes can usually find common ground is supporting schools, but this November’s Stand Up for Students referendum is an exception.

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New Maine midwifery rules reflect licensure drive around US

Maine's midwives will face a new set of rules designed to make homebirth safer as a result of a bill that reflects changes to the profession around the country.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cleanup of lead paint in Lewiston/Auburn could last into July

The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that its effort to clean up lead paint in the Lewiston-Auburn area of Maine could stretch into July.

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And yes they will be coming into your home.

Biddeford high, tech schools canceled Thursday because of threat

A student told school officials about the potential threat around 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the Biddeford School Department.

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Nearly A Dozen States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies

The plaintiffs include Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, the governor of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ayla Reynolds case takes new turn

One of the adults in the home the night before Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds was reported missing gave a television interview to a syndicated crime show.

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Portland lawmakers ask LePage to apologize to Deering High School

Republican Gov. Paul LePage declined Monday to apologize for comments he made about a Deering High School student repeatedly being treated with the heroin antidote Narcan.

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Maine Schools Dismiss iPads As 'Toys,' Ready MacBooks Instead

Apple has long pushed for iPads in schools, but it appears that at least in one area of the country, it’s failing class.

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Kidnapping scammer targets another Maine parent

A midcoast man received a phone call on Monday from someone claiming to have kidnapped his child and demanding money, the second time such an incident has been reported in the area within 10 days.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Ayla Reynolds’ family plans to sue caretakers

Ayla Reynolds
Ayla Reynolds

The family of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds plans to bring a lawsuit against the adults who were with her on the night she disappeared in December 2011, but one of those adults said in a TV interview Monday they believe the child is still alive “out there somewhere.”

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Portland police chief says LePage mistaken about overdose claim at Deering High

Michael Sauschuck says the incident that LePage uses to oppose more access to Narcan involved a non-student at Deering Oaks, and lawmakers want an apology.

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Regulations Drive Up Cost of Child Care in Maine

For many families with young children, especially single-parent households, child care is critical to being able work and earn a living. In 2015, an estimated 53,000 young children in Maine needed child care services outside the home. The availability of affordable child care often influences the decision to seek employment or rely on welfare.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Schools should protect bathroom privacy

Way back some 30 years ago, when I learned that collegians taking part in Outward Bound’s multi-day open longboat rowing adventure off Hurricane Island had to relieve themselves by hanging their private parts over the gunwale in the not-so-private presence of mixed genders, I thought, “Wow, that’s pretty invasive and not private.”

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EPA targeting Lewiston-Auburn to enforce lead paint removal rules

Starting next month, the federal Environmental Protection Agency will go after contractors in the Lewiston-Auburn area who aren’t following legal requirements for safely removing lead paint from residences, schools and other buildings.

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Our View: Stopping teen OUI deaths should start at home

For teenagers and their families, spring is synonymous with events commemorating life’s milestones. And the biggest celebrations center on prom night and high school graduation. But the memories of these happy occasions can be irrevocably marked when a teenager is killed in an alcohol-related car crash. Efforts to prevent such tragedies should start long before senior year, when parents model and discuss the attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol that will help their children stay happy and healthy for decades to come.

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Scam Alert: Need for foster parents for stolen babies in Maine reaches ‘crisis’ level

The only reason it has become a crisis is because the state, under LePage, cut off many of the services that helped to keep the kids safe in the home.

Oh, and I tried to comment on the first article, and although I used no bad words at all, it was flagged and probably won't go through.  All I said was that "becoming a foster parent in Maine was like letting a vampire into your house because the state will suck the life right out of you."

May has been designated as national Foster Care Recognition Month, and Peter Crovo of Community Health and Counseling of Houlton is hoping to raise awareness for the dire need of foster families in the state.

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Embattled Superintendent Resigns Amid Nepotism Complaints

Embattled SAD 6 Superintendent Frank Sherburne resigned Monday night after weeks of heavy criticism over apparent nepotism violations.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Teachers, residents say ‘the trust has been violated’ in SAD 6

Many residents of the five small towns that make up the school district are frustrated and angry about nepotism issues focused on Superintendent Frank Sherburne.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lewiston-Auburn expands fight against poisoning from lead paint

Shilo Mathieu is on the front lines in America’s decades-long struggle to protect children from lead poisoning. And what she has been seeing recently in this city known for its lead paint problem is both heartening and foreboding.

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A Maine campaign against child hunger is providing grants to six school districts to help with plans to get food to kids

A Maine campaign against child hunger is providing grants to six school districts to help with plans to get food to kids.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Siblings create Maine camp for kids surviving a loved one’s suicide

Lost. That’s how Sydney, Morgan and Isaiah Mosher felt in 2002 when their father took his own life. The siblings, who grew up in North Berwick, were devastated but suffered in silence, not knowing how to start the healing process.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

MSAD 6, MSAD 55 could lose state funding over credential violation, association says

Fewer than 24 hours after the MSAD 6 school board found that its superintendent violated the district's nepotism policy, the state's largest teachers and support staff association is expressing concern that the district could lose state funding.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Portland voters approve $103.6 million education budget

Portland voters on Tuesday approved the proposed $103.6 million education budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Maine student sexting leads to call for strict iPad policy

School officials in Sanford, Maine, will meet Tuesday after a group of parents alerted them to students’ inappropriate use of school-issued iPads.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Substitute teacher arrested on sex charges involving student


An Edgecomb man who worked as a substitute teacher at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro was arrested Friday night on charges he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit photos with a student.

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Portland superintendent rejects LePage’s story of Deering High student overdosing 3 times

Portland’s acting superintendent is disputing Gov. Paul LePage’s contention that a Deering High School student overdosed and was revived with the drug naloxone three times in a week, and went to class after being revived for the third time.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bangor police charge 12-year-old boy with stealing school bus

Bangor police say a 12-year-old boy who stole a school bus has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving without a license.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gardiner police investigate sexting report at Gardiner Area High School

Gardiner police have seized cellphones as part of an ongoing investigation into a report of sexting — sending sexually explicit photos or email on cellphones — among students at Gardiner Area High School.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Heck: LePage, lawmakers take votes hinder early childhood development

According to the headline in Sunday paper’s, experts believe Gov. Paul LePage has reached a “new level of frustration” (“Worst week ever for LePage?” May 1).

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