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Federal court clears way for Maine botanical gardens’ $30M expansion

A federal judge has approved a consent agreement in two lawsuits, allowing Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay to move ahead with a $30 million expansion already well underway.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy signed the decree Tuesday, nearly three weeks after hearing arguments by attorneys for the botanical gardens, the town of Boothbay and the Anthony family, whose property abuts the gardens and who were named as intervenors in the suit.

[Botanical gardens sues town of Boothbay over permit dispute]

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens may now complete all construction as initially approved by the Boothbay Planning Board, according to …read more

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Wiscasset selectmen vote to dismiss lawsuit against state Transportation Department

The Wiscasset Board of Selectmen voted to dismiss the town’s lawsuit against the Maine Department of Transportation without prejudice during its Tuesday meeting.

The selectmen had a full house and a full agenda for their meeting, with standing room only in the meeting room at the municipal building.

Selectman Benjamin Rines Jr. made the motion to dismiss the lawsuit against the Transportation Department without prejudice.

Selectman Katharine Martin-Savage suggested that the board wait until the town receives a decision from the Maine Business and Consumer Court regarding the town’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would require the department to abide by …read more

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Supreme Court’s conservative justices appear to back Trump’s authority for travel ban

WASHINGTON — The conservative majority on the Supreme Court seemed to agree Wednesday that President Donald Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country.

Lower courts have struck down each of the three iterations of the president’s travel-ban proclamation, the first of which was issued just a week after he took office in January 2017. But the conservative-leaning Supreme Court may be Trump’s best hope, and it gave the administration a boost by allowing the ban to go into effect in December while considering the challenges to …read more

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Friday, April 27, 2018: Maine stood up for LGBTQ youth, Fulford for Congress, Poliquin’s food stamp bill

Maine stood up for LGBTQ youth

Maine’s Senate demonstrated a commitment to protecting LGBTQ youth from the harmful practice of conversion therapy when they voted against Rep. Susan Austin’s amendment to LD 912, An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy, introduced by Rep. Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford.” Austin’s amendment claimed that “talk therapy is not considered conversion therapy.”

Any therapy that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender, whether through physical tactics or talk therapy, is conversion therapy. Talk therapy has the potential to cause shame, guilt, confusion and decreased …read more

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Manhunt for suspect in Maine deputy’s slaying enters its second day

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — A Madison man suspected of shooting and killing a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy early Wednesday morning remained at large Thursday, the second day of a nationwide manhunt to find him.

John D. Williams, 29, allegedly shot Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole sometime before 2 a.m. Wednesday, stole the officer’s marked cruiser and robbed a Cumberland Farms convenience store on Route 2 before ditching the cruiser on nearby Martin Stream Road, according to police. He is believed to have fled by foot, police said.

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Betts hits two home runs to power Red Sox past Blue Jays

TORONTO — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox snapped their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Boston improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1.

Betts got the Red Sox on the scoreboard with leadoff homer in the first — his third such shot of the season — over the left-field fence. He then put the Red Sox in front for good in the seventh, taking reliever Danny Barnes …read more

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With turkey season looming, biologist wants more Mainers to take part in hunt

Not too many years ago, hunters who wanted to take part in Maine’s spring wild turkey season had to apply via a lottery, then hope they received a permit. Nowadays, that’s not the case: A burgeoning wild turkey population has state biologists hoping even more hunters choose to take part when the season opens for youths on Saturday and for everyone else on Monday.

“Our hunt plan for the restoration period was a very conservative one. In the very beginning we used to control the number of hunters,” said Brad Allen, bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries …read more

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Local routes, local food highlight farm rides in Maine this year

Cycling enthusiasts and foodies are joining forces in Maine this summer, organizing rides highlighting some of the best routes and local agricultural products the state has to offer.

“Maine is becoming a cycling destination its own right, regardless of the theme of a ride,” said Frank Gallagher, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “But we are seeing some great rides that are tapping into the ‘farm to table’ movement that seems to be defining the restaurant and foodie sectors in Maine.”

Looking ahead to organized rides this summer, events from southern Maine to the St. John Valley will give …read more

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UMaine’s Demby hopeful for a shot as NFL draft looms

The wait is almost over for University of Maine offensive tackle Jamil Demby.

The National Football League draft will be held from Thursday through Saturday and Demby appears to have a legitimate shot to be selected.

He worked out for six NFL teams and had visits with four others.

He said on Tuesday that he wasn’t nervous and that he is looking forward to the draft.

“I feel good. I’m not too high or not too low. I’m more excited and interested than anything to see what’s going to happen,” said the 6-foot-4, 315-pound All-American.

He worked out for the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, San …read more

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From Rockette to Maine political power broker: The amazing life of Molly Pitcher

BRUNSWICK, Maine — ?From the kick line of the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall to the Maine Senate chamber — where she “ran a tight ship” for many years as sergeant-at-arms — Mary “Molly” Pitcher was remembered Wednesday by many as “a force to be reckoned with” in whatever capacity.

Pitcher, 93, died last month at her home with her son, former state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky at her side.

“She was a force bigger than life,” said Marcia Homstead, who served as a legislative staffer with Pitcher for three legislative sessions. “She knew everybody and everybody knew her.

“In my mind, when …read more

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