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A group of New Hampshire college students is walking 130 miles from Maine to their campus in the state to raise money for charity.

Maine First District Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has signed on to a resolution that calls for President Trump to be censured for what the resolution says is the President’s failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for acts of domestic terrorism last week-end in Charlottesville, Virginia and for re-asserting that “both sides” were to blame.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates – including in Maine – are under fire from some of their own supporters. The staunch defender of free speech and other constitutional rights is taking flack for the legal support it gave to a white nationalists group’s bid to rally in a Charlottesville park.

Around the country and on the Facebook page of the Maine chapter of the ACLU, members are speaking out. Portland resident Ella Mock asked the ACLU, “When will the Nazi Rally in Portland be? When will you fight for one of my friends to be killed?”

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine woman has finished the longest horse race in the world.
 
The Sun Journal reports that 26-year-old Amanda Herbert, of Poland, crossed the finish line of the Mongol Derby in Mongolia eight days after it began on Aug. 9.
 
A company filming the race described Herbert as having "kindness and grace under pressure.''
 

PITTSFIELD, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has criticized traditional education during the unveiling of a new vocational school, describing classroom teachers as "a dime a dozen.''
 
The Morning Sentinel reports that the Republican governor made the comments Thursday at a Cianbro company workforce development center, called the Cianbro Institute.
 
The new center in Pittsfield offers classes such as shop and home economics.
 

JAY, Maine - Police say a Maine woman used her 2-year-old as a shield during arrest.
 
Officers say the episode unfolded after they responded to a dispute between neighbors in Jay.
 
Police say they arrived Tuesday evening to find a 30-year-old woman screaming obscenities at the person who made the call.
 
Officers attempted to arrest the woman, and they say a 31-year-old man tried to block them. The woman then tried to use the child as a shield.
 

BOSTON - A right whale found dead in waters near Cape Cod this week has been identified as a frequent visitor to the area that was first spotted off the Cape in 1992.
 
The Cape Cod Times reports the 26-year-old female whale named Couplet was identified Thursday through photos in a database at the New England Aquarium.
 

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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.

'Spectacular' Autumn Foliage is Forecast for New England

Aug 18, 2017

BOSTON - New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush.
 
For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves - largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars - look healthy.
 
Foliage experts say all that suggests an optimal season for leaf peeping seems to be shaping up.
 
Yankee Magazine's annual forecast being released Friday predicts a particularly "strong and vibrant'' display.
 

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage is supporting President Donald Trump’s call to stop the removal of Confederate monuments in the wake of last weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. LePage’s comments issued today on a Portland radio station are stirring some controversy.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland school board has rescinded a new policy that would have required students to behave in class in order to be eligible for sports and other extracurricular activities.

WARREN, Maine - Police in Maine have captured an escaped inmate who walked away from a prison earlier this week.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that Rockland police apprehended 26-year-old Jacob Carney, formerly of Surry, near the Breakwater Marketplace in Rockland late Wednesday. According to Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick, a prison fugitive recovery team formally arrested Carney.
 
Officials say Carney walked off from the Bolduc Correctional Center Wednesday.
 

ROCKWOOD, Maine - Residents of a Maine village packed a community meeting to say proposed wind farms would destroy their community.
 
The meeting was held in Rockwood Wednesday over a new plan to add wind turbines in the Moosehead Lake region. The Morning Sentinel reports that the proposal is part of a series of energy projects in New England to help them meet the states' clean-energy goals and fight climate change.
 
The project was proposed by NRG, a large renewable energy producer.
 

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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.

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.

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