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Maine family loses second son in less than a year to drug addiction

Two months after David and Shelly Yankowsky spoke to 500 people about the death last year of their son, Adam, of an opioid overdose at the age of 25, their younger son, Sean, succumbed to his drug addiction.

Sean Michael Yankowsky, 21, died Saturday of a drug overdose at a friend’s home in Bangor, his mother said Monday.

Adam David Yankowsky died Aug. 7 at his parents’ home in Glenburn.

Lindsay Putnam | BDN
Lindsay Putnam | BDN
BANGOR, Maine — 04/25/2018 — Maine State Trooper David Yankowsky and, his wife Shelly Yankowsky, a police dispatcher, speak at an interfaith opioid healing service Wednesday …read more

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Lewiston runner turns pro after winning NCAA championship

The decision to turn professional over the weekend was a relatively easy one for Lewiston native Isaiah Harris.

Recently removed from winning the NCAA Division I championship in the 800-meter run, the Penn State junior had little left to accomplish in the college ranks.

“I definitely wanted to check that off in my collegiate career, to be a national champion, because that’s difficult to do,” Harris said during a Sunday press conference after finishing second in the 800 at the USA Track and Field outdoor championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. “It’s just as hard as winning a USA championship, …read more

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Bangor native fourth in men’s 5,000 meters at USATF national championships

Just 36 one-hundredths of a second separated Bangor High School graduate Riley Masters from his second national title of the year in Sunday’s 5,000-meter men’s final at the USA Track and Field championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The former University of Maine and Oklahoma University All-American, who now runs professionally for Nike, finished fourth in the 19-runner field in 13 minutes, 30.23 seconds.

Paul Chelimo of the U.S. Army won the race in 13:29.47.

The race, which began more than three hours after its scheduled start time due to lightning in the area, turned into a tactical event with Masters one of a …read more

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Uruguay wins; Spain, Portugal also advance after ties in group finales

SAMARA, Russia — Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each and Uruguay went on to defeat Russia 3-0 on Monday, finishing undefeated in group play and handing the host nation its first loss of the World Cup.

Uruguay, which also benefited from an own-goal in the first half, had its third straight shutout of the tournament after consecutive 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

By advancing to the round of 16 with victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia secured its best World Cup showing in the post-Soviet era.

Suarez, who seems to have put past World Cup controversies behind …read more

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New York City man acquitted in drug-related killing in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A New York City man who claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed a man in a Maine apartment that was being used as a drug den was acquitted of all charges on Monday.

The jury returned the verdict in favor of Timothy Ortiz, who claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot Jonathan Methot two years ago in Biddeford, said Luke Rioux, a defense attorney.

The defense contended Ortiz was choked before he fired three shots, with one of them hitting Methot in the face. The prosecution said the shooting was aimed at settling the score over …read more

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Former President Bush gets a service dog named ‘Sully’

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush is welcoming a new member of the family: a yellow Labrador retriever who’ll be his first service dog.

The 94-year-old and his new companion named “Sully” got acquainted Monday at the Bush family compound on the coast of Maine.

The two hit it off.

A photo sent via Twitter shows Sully lounging at the feet of Bush and former President Bill Clinton, who had been visiting on Monday.

Sully can open doors, pick up items and summon help but “more than anything else the dog will be a wonderful companion,” said an aide, Evan Sisley.

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Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Brendan Dassey, sentenced to life as a teen and featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea to intervene in the case of Brendan Dassey, whose teenaged confession to rape and murder was portrayed as coerced in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

As is customary, the court gave no reason for denying the petition of Dassey, who now is in his late 20s and serving a life sentence in prison.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Two years earlier, Dassey had confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in the rape and killing. …read more

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Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Brendan Dassey, sentenced to life as a teen and featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea to intervene in the case of Brendan Dassey, whose teenaged confession to rape and murder was portrayed as coerced in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

As is customary, the court gave no reason for denying the petition of Dassey, who now is in his late 20s and serving a life sentence in prison.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Two years earlier, Dassey had confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in the rape and killing. …read more

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Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort seeks release from jail as he awaits trial

Paul Manafort has appealed a federal judge’s order jailing him as he awaits trial on charges by the special counsel that he ran a secret lobbying campaign for Ukraine.

Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, who is being held at a Virginia jail, gave notice of the appeal in court filings Monday afternoon.

“Defendant Paul J. Manafort, Jr. hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from this Court’s order . . . granting the government’s motion to revoke Defendant’s pretrial release and denying Defendant’s motion to stay the order of …read more

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LePage floats hospital tax to pay for Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some lawmakers said Monday that Maine’s Republican governor has been floating a new tax on hospitals to pay for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau said that Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has sent word the governor is considering the idea. LePage’s office didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

But it’s unclear whether lawmakers would get behind such an idea at this stage. Thibodeau said if formally proposed, such a tax hike would typically receive a public hearing.

Maine Hospital Association Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications Jeffrey Austin said the idea would be opposed by Maine …read more

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