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Understand, I am always trying to figure out why people care so much about their guns.

I think back to an evening in a rural Pennsylvania college town, our AirBnb scattered with take-out Chinese that tasted like nothing except MSG. My friend’s dad had a fear of silence in the house; the news was always on or he was always talking or both.

When he would wake up at 5 a.m., we’d hear CNN blaring through the thin doors, the same morning announcers’ privilege-driven voices repeating the same two words over again: Parkland Shooting.

GORHAM, Maine - The Maine Department of Public Safety says an elderly man was killed in a fire at his mobile home in Gorham.
Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the 82-year-old man will not be identified until investigators notify his family. The fire was reported early Wednesday night and was brought under control around 7 p.m.
McCausland says firefighters were initially able to rescue the man from his mobile home, but were unable to revive him.

So many issues in the news today center on the question of what age counts as an “adult,” from purchasing a gun to smoking to voting. We explore what factors lead to determining that a young person is an “adult,” including brain development, legal precedents and social mores.

BRIAN BECHARD / Maine Public

Maine's Department of Education has proposed new rules that would make it easier for some people to become teachers. Instead of having to take a teacher prep program through a college, they could qualify by having enough "related" work experience. Opponents, including some professors in Maine's teacher preparation programs, say the new proposed rules could bring under-prepared teachers into the classroom and eventually cost districts more money.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that would require state authorities to be alerted when prohibited individuals fail a national background check.

The Republican Senator said that Maine and 36 other states aren't automatically alerted when someone who's prohibited from buying a gun because of a felony conviction or domestic abuse tries to make a purchase. The bill would require a notification within 24 hours.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is opposing a bill that critics claim could lead to a massive cruise ship pier in Bar Harbor.

Tuesday LePage vetoed a bill to allow local voters to decide whether to create a port authority in Bar Harbor. The House and Senate strongly supported the bill.

LePage called the idea "unnecessary municipal bureaucracy" that deflects accountability from the town. He said such autonomy can create "serious safety concerns."

Photo: Caroline Losneck / Maine Public

The legislature’s Education Committee has unanimously endorsed a bill that would allocate $1 million per year to firefighter training facilities.

Maine is one of the few states that has no central fire training facility, which would offer trainees experience in fighting all types of fires.

Lyman and Dayton fire chief Roger Hooper says the profession requires hands on training.

“We don’t get there by watching TV and movies,” says Hooper. “We get there by having a place where we can go and practice these skills and get and competent and proficient at it.”

Bangor Doctor Offers To Prescribe Narcan To Any Mainer Who Asks

Mar 7, 2018
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

Frustrated and out of patience with bureaucratic stalling in the midst of the opioid crisis, Dr. Noah Nesin, medical director at Bangor-based Penobscot Community Health Care, recently announced that he will personally write a prescription for the life-saving drug naloxone for any adult in Maine who asks for one.

Beth J. Harpaz / Associated Press

It’s the tenth anniversary of Maine Restaurant Week. We’ll learn about different culinary centers in the state, emerging food trends, and what makes Maine such a center of foodie culture.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

For more than a century, Maine has offered its own version of “school choice” called “town tuitioning”. If a student lives in a district without a public school at a certain grade level, the town and district will pay a specific rate to send that student to the public or private school of their choice.

Students Can't End School Shootings Without Help

Mar 6, 2018

There have been enough school shootings in America to understand there is a gun violence issue in this country. We’ve all heard the stories and seen the headlines. School shootings have taken over the media. How many tragedies have to happen before a lesson is learned and changes are made? School is supposed to be a safe and positive learning environment. 

Lately there has been a growing eruption of conversation around gun control. I was having a conversation with my teacher after the Parkland shooting and she asked me “What are some things we can do as a community to prevent school shootings before they happen?” That was when I realized the answer is not something that can be defined by our community alone.

Every school has steps to take in order to be the most positive and safe institution as possible for students to learn and grow. Although a good community is the first step in ending school violence, without proper gun control the problem would still persist. 

NEWFIELD, Maine - Police in Maine say they charged a man with criminal threatening after he threatened his daughter and her boyfriend with an AR-15 rifle during a domestic dispute.
Police say a caller told them her father, 51-year-old Grant Lane, was arguing with her and the boyfriend on Monday when he made the threat. The caller, boyfriend and the caller's children then fled to contact the sheriff's office.
Police say Lane was cooperative when he was detained and arrested on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. 

What Do We Learn From The Consequences of Failure?

Mar 6, 2018

I asked a handful of people on the street to answer a quick question: “Can discomfort and failure be used as learning tools?” Generally their answer was yes, and focused heavily on failure; discomfort was merely its side effect. This got me thinking about a few things: Do most people know that failure is a positive thing? If so, why is it still so hard as a society, and as an individual, to accept failure?

Is discomfort giving us a negative outlook on failure? I’m conflicted about this assumption, but I think others are too. Discomfort, being an unpleasant emotion, is hard to handle when it arises. But if we were to fail without it, would we have the incentive to learn from what we did wrong?

Personally, my recovery and growth that stems from failure is because of my desire to not fail like that again. And even though I know that we need to fail, I still don’t want to. I want to avoid those negative emotions. What if we were to embrace discomfort, similar to how we should be embracing failure? If it were to become an expected tool to help identify flaws, would that remedy that initial rejection of failure? Even if it did fix the failure dilemma, how do we embrace discomfort, how are we to be “comfortable” with discomfort?

CASCO, Maine - The driver of a truck that rolled over into a power line and cut power to most of a Maine region claims a sneeze caused the crash.
Casco police say the unidentified driver told them he was driving in Casco around noon when he sneezed and lost control of his truck. WGME-TV reports the truck crashed and rolled over onto a utility pole, causing nearly 2,000 homes to lose power throughout Casco, Raymond and Naples.
The driver was not seriously hurt in the crash.
Power has since been restored to the region.

Judy Harrison / Bangor Daily News

A member of the Penobscot Indian Nation has been awarded $40,000 in damages in his lawsuit against Day’s Jewelers over demeaning remarks the owners made about his heritage.

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy found last month that Day’s Jewelers and its owners subjected Jason Brown of Bangor to “unwelcome harassment based on race,” following a jury-waived trial in October at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.