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PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine System trustees are moving closer to naming a president of its flagship university.
 
Trustees are expected to go into executive session Monday to hear Chancellor James Page's recommendation for the job. But there will be no announcement until a contract is signed.
 
System officials have been searching for a replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, the first woman to serve in the role. She's due to retire this summer.
 

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A Maine university is beginning a series dedicated to discussion of controversial topics with an event about the work of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson.
 
Peterson is a provocative cultural critic affiliated with the University of Toronto who is popular with some right wing activists because of his attacks on subjects such as "politically correct'' culture and feminism. The University of New England is hosting the event on Monday at 6 p.m. on its Biddeford campus.
 

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FALMOUTH, Maine - Human rights advocates in Maine say no one should be too surprised that a play at the Falmouth Footlights Theatre has garnered a number of hateful calls for its subject matter. 

Historical Inn Destroyed in Fire

Mar 17, 2018

Forest rangers say a fire leveled a century-and-a-half-old inn in northern Maine.

Firefighters and Maine forest rangers say they responded Saturday morning to a fire that destroyed the Chesuncook Lake House.

The inn was built in 1864 as a farmhouse and boarding house supplying logging operates in northern Maine. It was listed in the Federal Historic Register.

Maine forest rangers say the cause of the fire is unknown.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ Experts from the University of New Hampshire are teaming up with several New England health care providers to offer education and support in rural areas for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine resident wants to overturn his city's new regulations against short-term rentals on websites such as Airbnb.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools Wednesday in remembrance of the 17 victims of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and to protest for stricter gun laws. A major snowstorm delayed many school walkouts in Maine until Thursday. Some students were punished for their protests, but said they still felt empowered to take action.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Among those speaking out in Maine Thursday about gun violence and proposals to arm school teachers were several hundred teachers, administrators, parents and students who gathered in the cold and wind in front of Portland City Hall.

Several were members of a group called Maine Educators United Against Gun Violence, formed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. 

Teachers at Waynflete School in Portland played a key role in forming the group. Lindsay Kaplan teaches French at the private school.  She told rally-goers that the time to talk about guns is now.

WATERBORO, Maine - Jesus Christ, who lives in Maine, says she didn't know Oprah Winfrey was asking for a sign from God about running for president when she sent a letter to the television magnate.
 
WGME-TV reports 83-year-old Jesus Christ in northern Waterboro says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace after legally changing her name. Christ says she sent the letter to Oprah because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention.
 

The Irish in Maine

Mar 16, 2018
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On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, we discuss the Irish in Maine. Irish immigrants came here at a time of economic and social change in the United States, working as longshoremen, factory workers, brewers and more. By the end of the 19th century, the Irish were an integral part of the Maine social fabric. Our guests include the executive director of the Irish Heritage Center and a well-known historian of the Irish diaspora in Maine.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Residents from three Maine communities have voted to dissolve their combined school district.
 
Waterville, Vassalboro and Winslow residents passed the referendum to terminate the district 386-133 Tuesday. Turnout for the vote in each community suffered due to a snowstorm that caused poor road conditions.
 

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A new book, “Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine” by Douglas Rooks, explores the story of the Democratic Party in Maine — how it suddenly rose from irrelevance in 1954 with the election of Gov. Ed Muskie and successfully challenged the ruling Republican Party over the next two decades.

The founding director of the Maine Legislature's government watchdog agency says she is leaving the position this summer.

The Bangor Daily News reports Beth Ashcroft is leaving the job in August. The agency, Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA), is in the midst of an investigation into Maine's child welfare system.

What a Teacher Knows Keeps Children Learning

Mar 14, 2018

In my desk drawer there are snacks. There are over 250 books on my shelves, and wooden letters on the windowsill that are supposed to say “READ” and “TEACH” but often say “THE CAT,” “KITTEN,” or if someone is feeling really snarky, “CHEAT.”

I coined ‘High Five Friday’ in November after, at the bell one Friday morning, a student came to my desk and asked for “one good one” to take with her before she left. Sometimes their hands and arms are so tangled around books and binders I might get an elbow, a foot, or yes, at times a forehead -- but everyone gets a high five from me -- a hand to guide them through the weekend. 

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