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Maine town declares itself food sovereign, then outlaws urban farming

Lloyd Cowan is not sure what he’s going to do with his small flock of chickens, two ducks and three goats.

He lives in the small town of Madison, population 4,700, where urban farming was permitted until the town abruptly passed an ordinance banning it at the June 11 annual town meeting. The new law didn’t grandfather residents like Cowan, who’ve raised animals in their backyard for decades.

The Madison “backyard” farmer said he is among those caught up by the newly passed town ordinance banning any livestock — including horses, donkeys, cattle, oxen, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, emu, ostrich, turkey, ducks …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News


LePage: Maine National Guard to deploy helicopter to southern US border

Gov. Paul LePage’s office announced Wednesday that the Maine National Guard will deploy a helicopter to assist federal security officials along the country’s southern border.

The announcement came several hours after LePage told reporters that he was “absolutely” willing to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border — breaking with other Republican governors in New England who said they would withhold troops over the Trump administration’s policy of s eparating children from their migrant parents.

The announcement that Maine will send a helicopter and two pilots to Arizona comes amid turmoil over the Trump administration suddenly backing away from …read more

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Janet Mills is Democrats’ choice in race to succeed LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine — Attorney General Janet Mills won Maine’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination after unofficial ranked-choice counts from the state were released Wednesday, defeating attorney Adam Cote and five others after last week’s elections.

It took eight days for the winner to be declared by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office after the voting method approved by Maine voters in 2016 was used in a statewide election for the first time in U.S. history in four different races.

While Republicans picked businessman Shawn Moody for governor in a landslide on Election Day, Democrats had to wait for Mills of Farmington …read more

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Proposal could create ‘retail hubs,’ sprawl in Maine woods

Officials who oversee development in the state’s Unorganized Territory were urged Wednesday to not make rule changes that critics say could create sprawl in the Maine woods and undermine development in northern municipalities.

Approximately 100 people attended a public hearing Wednesday in Brewer by the Land Use Planning Commission to solicit comment on a proposal that would change the commission’s development restrictions in the state’s Unorganized Territory, which comprises more than 10 million acres of land, mostly woods, that lie outside the boundaries of Maine’s cities and towns.

Currently, the commission requires that all commercial and subdivision development be within …read more

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Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli prime minister, charged with fraud

Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, is charged with fraud.

She is accused of misusing $100,000 in state funds for catering services at their Jerusalem residence. The charge represents the latest development in corruption scandals dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The prime minister was not named in the case.

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Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Mail-order weed? You betcha!

With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

And yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that’s illegal in the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that marijuana will be legal nationwide on Oct. 17. In the meantime, Canada’s provinces and cities are working …read more

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Friday, June 22, 2018: Collins toes party line, Trump bashing, Sessions bullies children

Collins toes party line

As a mother and a human being, I find the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents horrifyingly cruel. The Trump administration is turning America into a country that explicitly endorses traumatizing children for political and corporate gain. (The GEO Group, a major Republican donor, stands to profit handsomely from this policy.)

Despite numerous reports of inhumane treatment and abuse in these facilities, despite the persistent and vocal outcry of not only her constituency, but also of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, the United Nations, Pope Francis and other religious …read more

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Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.

[Trump says he’ll sign executive order to end family separations]

“Whenever …read more

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Minnesota Twins overcome strong Red Sox pitching, claim 4-1 win

Facing a run of starting pitching that included two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Chris Sale and David Price, the Minnesota Twins could have seen their fledgling playoff hopes fade toward another long summer.

Instead, Minnesota’s been rejuvenated by beating some of the best pitching in the American League.

Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler homered to back an effective start by Lance Lynn as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Grossman led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and Kepler added a two-run shot off Boston starter David Price (8-5). Brian …read more

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