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In ‘Vacationland,’ John Hodgman Writes About The ‘Inner Wry Chuckle’ Of Maine Humor

John Hodgman is known for a variety of things — he was a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he has written several books of funny fake facts and hosts the podcast “Judge John Hodgman,” as well as writing a Sunday New York Times Magazine column as Judge John Hodgman.

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On Saturday, a limousine driver plans to launch himself on a mile-long flight over the Mojave Desert in a rocket of his own making.

His name is "Mad" Mike Hughes, his steam-powered rocket is built of salvaged metals, his launch pad is repurposed from a used mobile home — and he is confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat, after all.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Labor has rescheduled a vote on a proposal by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that would force workforce development agencies to spend a larger portion of their money directly on worker training.
 
Mike Bourret, executive director of Coastal Counties Workforce, tells the Portland Press Herald the move would force agencies like his to cut staff and locations just to meet the threshold.
 

BERWICK, Maine - A tiny pest insect barely the size of a pinhead has been devastating Maine hemlock forests and forcing landowners to adapt to the pest's presence.

The ever-widening use of artificial lights is making the nighttime Earth glow increasingly brighter, with the amount of global light growing about 2 percent each year.

That worries advocates for the protection of dark skies, who say that artificial night glow can affect wildlife like migrating birds and keeps people from connecting to the stars. What's more, they say, all that wasted light sent out into space is effectively wasted money.

Industry experts say more New Englanders will probably travel this holiday weekend than last.

"Weather is good, the economy remains solid, gas prices are relatively affordable," says Maine Turnpike Authority spokesperson Erin Courtney.

Courtney says while Wednesday is bringing some clouds and rain to the turnpike, there are no major impacts to travel expected.

Organizers of a referendum effort aimed at guaranteeing access to home care for all seniors and those with a disability say they collected more than 40,000 signatures on Election Day.

Mike Tipping, of the Maine People's Alliance, says he's pleased with the progress made so far and is confident that the Home Care for All initiative will make the 2018 ballot.

Amid allegations of improper contact with foreign women and breaking curfew, three members of the White House Communications Agency have been reassigned. The Washington Post describes the personnel as Army non-commissioned officers who were on a team to ensure secure communications on President Donald Trump's November trip to Asia.

Maine Hunters for the Hungry is once again asking hunters to donate some of their deer, moose and bear meat, to help feed hungry Mainers.

The state program takes donated meat from hunters and other sources and gives it to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters around the state.

Jason Hall directs the program. He says it's easy for hunters to donate - they just bring their field-dressed animal to a local processor.

Lawmakers in Augusta will consider a bill aimed at restricting how banks impose overdraft charges. 

The measure, proposed by Democratic state Sen. Mike Carpenter of Houlton, would prohibit banks from changing the order of transactions in order to maximize the amount of overdraft fees. 

Carpenter says there are reports of some banks in other states that use this practice, called resequencing.

Dr. Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor and USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting or assaulting more than 100 girls and women, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces decades in prison.

This state criminal case involved seven of his accusers. There are other criminal charges pending, and many more girls and women have sued Nassar in civil cases.

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