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‘A Part Of History’ — Some Maine Democrats Side With Trump On Confederate Monuments

It didn’t take long for Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks about the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville to hit national media outlets and become a trending topic on Twitter.

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On Thursday afternoon in Barcelona, Spain, the tranquility of a tree-lined pedestrian pathway was shattered by a bloody vehicular attack that killed more than a dozen people and prompted a manhunt. The driver's whereabouts were still unknown as of early Friday local time, police say.

A white van drove into a crowd of people on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard, killing at least 13 people and injuring at least 100, according to the Catalan government.

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A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Connecticut claims that Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of Poland Spring, has been perpetuating a colossal fraud against American consumers.

The suit alleges that, rather than containing 100 percent natural spring water, as the label says, Poland Spring products contain ordinary groundwater collected from wells.

It’s Thursday and so we turn to Maine politics in this week’s edition of the Across the Aisle. Keith Shortall spoke with Cynthia Dill, a Portland attorney who served in the Legislature as Democrat, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

The largest expansion of educational benefits for veterans in a decade is being hailed by the University of Maine System as a major step forward in providing educational services to Maine veterans and their dependents.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the Forever GI bill into law. UMaine spokesman Dan Demeritt said the bill will assist veterans and their families by removing the 15-year time limit for receiving educational benefits.

On Aug. 21, a 70-mile-wide ribbon from Oregon to South Carolina called the "path of totality" will experience a total solar eclipse. Large swaths of farmland in the Great Plains and Midwest will be plunged into darkness for 2 1/2 minutes, and temperatures will drop about 10 degrees in the middle of the day.

But as millions of people look up at the sky, many Midwest scientists will turn their eyes and cameras toward the plants and animals on the ground. And they're not sure what will happen.

LEWISTON, Maine - Sen. Susan Collins says GOP President Donald Trump should've spoken forcefully against racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism "from the very beginning.''
 
The Maine Republican also said she's surprised that the president suggested both sides were responsible for violence surrounding a rally featuring white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Collins spoke to reporters Thursday in Lewiston, Maine, where she was attending an L.L. Bean event.
 

WHITING, Maine - The Maine Warden Service says a Machias man drowned after his kayak overturned on a lake in rural eastern Maine.
 
The service says 48-year-old Allen Devericks was kayaking with his 22-year-old daughter Brandi on Indian Lake in Whiting on Wednesday evening when his kayak overturned. Brandi's kayak also capsized when she attempted to help.
 

President Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, unloads on white nationalists, China and some of his administration colleagues in an interview with the liberal magazine The American Prospect.

Bannon — who successfully harnessed the so-called alt-right, a term used to describe white nationalists, as executive chairman of Breitbart News and later as an architect of Trump's unlikely election victory — dismissed white nationalist ideology as a "fringe element" that appeals to "losers" and a "collection of clowns."

Thirteen years ago, Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada, was weeding on the family farm when she lost her diamond engagement ring — dating back to 1951.

Grams searched "high and low" but couldn't find it, she told the CBC. She gave up on ever finding the treasured jewelry. And she never told her husband, "because I thought for sure he'd give me heck or something."

This week, the ring reappeared — pinched tight around a malformed carrot.

This Aug. 21, 2016, photo shows the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity anchored just outside Nome, Alaska. The ship made a port call as it became the largest cruise ship to ever go through the Northwest Passage, en route to New York City.
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The western side of Mount Desert Island is closer to becoming a cruise-ship-free zone after more than a hundred Southwest Harbor residents unanimously voted Tuesday night to impose a 180-day moratorium against the use of any town facilities by cruise ships.

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