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Portland Police Demonstrate Cold Temperatures By Turning Water To Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An officer of the Portland, Maine, Police Department tested the air temperature on Feb. 24 by throwing a glass of water outside, only for it to freeze as it came into contact with the bitter air.”

 

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Captain Kevin Wentworth At Stone Pier

 

 

 

 

Chebeague Island

Chebeague Island, ME

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” Captain Kevin Wentworth of the Chebeague Transportation Company shared this amazing video out at Stone Pier. Amazing stuff! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election Results 2014: Republicans Take Control Of Governorships In MD, AR, IL, MA

 

 

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” Republicans, now projected to take control of the Senate and build on their House majority, also made a strong showing in gubernatorial races around the country. GOP candidates in Maryland, Arkansas, Illinois and Massachusetts all took control of governor’s seats that were previously held by Democrats. The only upset Democrats were able to pull off was in Pennsylvania.

Maryland

  In a major upset, Republican candidate for Maryland governor Larry Hogan is now projected to win the state’s highest office, according to ABC News. Hogan, a businessman, will replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, representing a party switch for the state. In the last 45 years in the state, Robert Ehrlich Jr. was the only Republican to serve as governor and for only one term from 2003-2007.

Massachusetts

  Massachusetts’s highest office is now projected to switched party hands again. According to ABC News, Republican Charlie Baker will likely defeat Democrat Martha Coakley, and take over for outgoing Deval Patrick, a Democrat. The last serving Republican governor in the state was Mitt Romney, who was elected in 2002. Baker is a Massachusetts native from Needham, just outside Boston. He ran on a centrist platform, highlighting his previous business and management experience as both a former healthcare CEO and former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Governors Weld and Cellucci in the early 1990s. Coakley, a two-term attorney general, also lost a statewide race for Senate in 2010 to Republican Scott Brown. Coakley and Baker came down on opposite sides of several key initiatives on the Massachusetts ballot this year, including a repeal of an incremental gas tax increase, a 5 cent plastic bottle deposit, and expanded requirements for paid sick leave.

Illinois

  ABC News can project that Republican Bruce Rauner has defeated Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, in a campaign that doubled fundraising records in President Barack Obama’s home state. Rauner threw millions of his own fortune into the race, running as a socially moderate anti-corruption businessman. “

 

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Saco Family Of Five Killed, May Be A Murder-Suicide

 

 

 

” A family of five was found fatally shot in a Saco apartment on Sunday afternoon, and police said late Sunday they are considering the possibility that the deaths of the man, his wife and their three children were a murder-suicide.

  Police said the shootings in a second-floor apartment at 35 Water St. could have taken place around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, when neighbors reported hearing a sound like “firecrackers” going off.

  But the bodies of the family members were not discovered until Sunday afternoon in bedrooms in their apartment. A preliminary examination by a deputy state medical examiner indicated that each person had been shot to death.”

   The victims include three children ages 12 , 7 , & 4 , all found shot to death in their home along with a gun and the bodies of their mother and father . The Portland Press Herald has the details .

Rare Two-Toned Lobster Caught Off The Coast Of Maine

 

 

Two-Toned Lobster

 

 

” A Maine fisherman caught an uncommon crustacean last week, but he was forced to throw it back because its length was less than legal.

  Lobsterman Ben Murdock caught a rare two-toned lobster near Monhegan Island, but he tossed it back because it was too short, his little brother told the Huffington Post. “No matter how rare, a good lobsterman throws back an illegal lobster,” Kyle Murdock said.

  Last year, the Bangor Daily News reported that officials at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute said that “split-colored lobsters are estimated to occur only once out of every 50 million or more.” According to the institute, white-colored lobsters are the rarest of the rare and only make up one out of every 100 million of the crustaceans.”

 

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Broken ATM At Maine Bank Spits Out $37,000

 

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” Police in Maine are investigating after a malfunctioning ATM at a bank spit out $37,000 in cash to man who requested $140.

  South Portland police tell WGME-TV that they responded to the TD Bank branch at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use. 

  Responding officers found the man stuffing cash into a shopping bag.”

 

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119 MPH Gust Off Maine Coast? Weather Service Takes Second Look

 

 

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” A powerful storm produced hurricane-force winds off the Maine coast, but scientists aren’t sure whether a 119 mph reading off Jonesport was accurate..”

 

 

Weather Buoy Jonesport Maine

 

” Rich Norton from the National Weather Service said the reading at a buoy off Jonesport could be accurate but that it’s under review because it was out of line with other readings. For example, the storm whipped up gusts of 70 mph at Matinicus Rock. On land, the storm produced gusts approaching 60 mph.”

 

 

   These previous observations from the Jonesport buoy show hours of winds in excess of 50 knots continuous and periodic gusts over 100 knots so it would not seem out of the range of possibility that there was a recorded gust of 119 mph considering the fact that 103 knots equals 118.53 mph and even the lower 99 knot readings correspond to wind guts of nearly 114 mph .

 

 

 

Wind Gusts Jonesport Me

 

 

 

” To the east, Canada also had some big wind readings: 106 mph off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and 114 mph off Newfoundland.”

 

 

 Any way you look at it , it was no day to be at sea .

 

 

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‘Gun’ Tattoo Mistakenly Brings Heavily Armed Police To Maine Man’s Home

 

 

 

” Michael Smith went outside shirtless after being awakened Tuesday morning, yelling at tree removal workers to get off his property. The workers thought they saw a gun in his waistband and called police..

  Smith, who had gone back to bed, was awakened again minutes later – this time by Maine State Police at his front door, backed up by a group of troopers with assault rifles in his driveway. They were asking him via a megaphone to come out of his house.”

 

 

 

 

” Smith did have a gun. It was tattooed on his stomach. No charges will be filed against Smith. Several police standoffs with armed men have occurred in central Maine in recent years, some of them deadly.”

 

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New Sharon Bridge Eventually Collapses After Explosion Fails

 

 

New Sharon Bridge Demolition

 

 

” A century-old bridge came crashing down just after 5 p.m. Thursday, three hours after an initial blast of explosives failed to collapse the structure into the Sandy River and an excavator had to finish the job.

  But when the truss eventually fell into the water, it landed upright instead of on its side as the contractor had anticipated.

“ It just collapsed perfectly,” said Project Manager Andy McPherson, of CPM Constructors. “It went straight down so we can actually use the bridge itself to get into the water.”

  McPherson said the explosive charges initially did not knock the bridge down as planned because the company did not know about steel beams in the abutments, which were not listed in the bridge plans.”

 

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Environmental Causes Suffer Defeats Across The Country

 

 

” Environmental causes across the country saw defeat last night as voters from Maine to Colorado rejected anti-fossil fuel policies such as hydraulic fracturing restrictions and tar sands oil import bans.

Anti-fossil groups did see some victories on Tuesday night as three cities in Colorado passed restrictions on fracking and an Ohio city also voted to limit fracking. Other environmentalist attempts to harm the fossil fuel industry across the country, however, were stymied.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Dr Proves Cutting Healthcare Costs Can Be Done Without Government Intervention

 

 

 

 

” A Portland, Maine, physician announced on April 1 that he would cut the middle man and deal directly with his patients, no longer accepting insurance in any form.

“I’ve been able to cut my prices in half because my overhead will be so much less,” Dr. Michael Ciampi told the Bangor Daily News. Before, Ciampi charged an existing patient $160 for an office visit addressing one or more complicated health problems. Now, he charges $75.

Ciampi lost a few hundred of his 2,000 patients who had insurance and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of paperwork for reimbursement, but he expects to make up the loss by attracting the self-employed, the young and others without insurance or with prohibitively high deductibles.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The student debt crisis continues to grow larger and more dangerous with each passing school year. The skyrocketing price for a college degree is causing an epidemic with student loans as more people rack up unsustainable amounts of debt to further their education. Using debt to obtain a degree can be beneficial if done properly, but there are certainly some states worse off than others when comparing debt to earnings .

 

With lenders handing out loans like candy, the amount of student loan debt in America has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $550 billion in late 2007 to $986 billion in the first quarter of 2013. In fact, two-thirds of recent graduates have student loans, with an average balance of more than $27,000, according to a new report from the Joint Economic Committee.”

 

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STEPHEN KING GIVES TO MAINE GUN CONTROL COALITION

 

 

 

” Stephen King and his wife have made a donation to a Maine group advocating for stricter gun control laws.

The Coalition for a Safer Maine says King is a gun owner and a defender of the Second Amendment who supports expanded background checks on gun sales and a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. It says the “substantial contribution” from the “Salem’s Lot” author and fellow author Tabitha King will help fund its advocacy efforts.”

 

 

HT/ Guns Save Lives

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Senate Endorses Bill To Seal Handgun Permit Data

 

 

 

 

” State senators on Wednesday agreed with their counterparts in the House of Representatives and passed a bill that will shut down a set of public records that have been open for more than 30 years.

In a 27-8 vote, the Senate approved LD 345, which makes confidential most of the information on concealed-handgun permits in Maine.

The Maine House on Tuesday approved the measure 106-40. Both bodies have achieved the two-thirds majority the measure needs to take effect as soon as Gov. Paul LePage signs the bill.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Hermit Living in Wild for 27 Years Arrested

 

 

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” A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the central Maine woods, who may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, has been captured, authorities said.

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a youth camp in Rome, state police say in a court affidavit.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believed Knight — known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore— has lived for 27 years.

Residents of the town with a year-round population of about 1,000 say they’ve been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins that have occurred. Some have spotted him walking along the side of the lake known as Great Pond and others have seen his living quarters, which include a tent covered by tarps suspended between trees, a bed, propane cooking stoves and a battery-run radio.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Kwikie becomes the $%&*@!” … LOL

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

CursingAs first reported in today’s Bangor Daily News, and since picked up by several news outlets, who apparently wanted to make Mainers look as ridiculous as possible, the Maine State Lottery has received a great deal of backlash for wanting to name its new scratch off games “Kwikie”.

The Lottery has bowed to pressure and agreed to change the name, which some were quick (pun intended?) to point out was slang for a sexual encounter.

Lottery“We’ve heard the complaints, and we’ve changed the name,” Joey Cunningham, the Sate Lottery spokesman told a gathering of reporters.  “The new name is $%&*@! and anyone who has a problem with that can go $%&*@! themselves!”

Judging by the silence that came over the room, I gathered no one had a problem.

Lottery tickets bearing the new name should be available next week.

 

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Want A ‘Kwikie’? New Name For Lottery Ticket Sparks Concern In Maine

 

 

” Convenience-store owners in Maine are concerned that the state lottery wants to rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets as “Kwikies.”

“That’s going to be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say, ‘Hey, give me a Kwikie,’” David Welch, owner of Village Market in Fairfield, Me., told the Bangor Daily News after receiving a letter from the Maine State Lottery informing him of the plan.”

 

 

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Tenther News 03-17-13: The Nullification Movement Goes Local

 

” Last week in Southwest Utah, the Iron County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in passing an Iron County 2nd Amendment Protection Resolution. This is the second Resolution passed in the county, the first being the Cedar City 2nd Amendment Resolution passed by the City Council in February.

The Resolution makes it clear that the county does not recognize any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, executive orders, or regulations that violate the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. It also requires the sheriff to take a stand to protect the right to keep and bear arms. It reads, in part:

“it shall be the duty of the Sheriff of Iron County to take all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower is fully on board with the resolution. He said, “I will not allow anyone to come into this county and violate the Constitutions of the United States or Utah. If I have to stand in the street and stop that from happening I would do it.” He further said, “I have refused to sign any agreements or contracts with Homeland Security or any other federal department and no one can come in and preempt the local control of our law enforcement. The US Constitution will not be violated on my watch.”

In Maine, the town of Millinocket also passed a 2nd Amendment resolution last week. Town Councilors Jimmy Busque and Michelle Anderson both explained the importance of this Resolution to those present. Busque explained the importance of the resolution and why its passage was required, followed by Anderson discussing the history of nullification. The resolution passed by a vote of 5-2.

A similar resolution is being considered on Monday night in Upper Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania. It would 1) Condemn federal overreach and infringement upon the Right of the Individual to Keep and Bear Arms; 2) Express support for, and urge immediate passage of PA House Bill 357 and 3) Reserve the right of the Township to take measures necessary to prevent enforcement of federal acts regarding the Right of the Individual to Keep and Bear Arms.

Also in Maine, the town of Brooksville held a public referendum in support of a Food Freedom Ordinance, which nullifies unconstitutional overreach from the FDA. The ordinance exempts “producers and processors” of local foods in town from state and federal licensure and inspection, so long as they leave the middleman out and sell their produce, baked goods, dairy and meat directly to customers. It passed by a vote of 112-64.”

READ THE REST HERE:http://news.tenthamendmentcenter.com/…

 

 

 

[Video] Law Student Open Carrying Teaches Uninformed Officer a Few Things About Rights

 

Portland Me Law Stud Schools Cop

 

” In the below video a Portland, ME law student teaches a local police officer a few things about rights.

The officer illegally stops the man, seizes his firearm, sweeps him with the loaded gun in the process, and refuses to return his gun for almost three minutes until his supervisor shows up and immediately says the student is free to go.

For those that aren’t aware, courts have ruled that the mere presence of a gun is not enough of a reason to stop and detain someone.”

NRA Targets Democratic Senators Up in 2014 With Local Newspaper Ads

 

 

 

” The National Rifle Association will launch a print advertising campaign targeting mostly Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, according to sources close to the group.

On Thursday, full-page ads are scheduled to run in local newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia. They will be supplemented by digital advertising in these states and 10 others, including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Additionally, the group has scheduled full-page ads to run Feb. 25 in regional editions of USA Today, reaching parts of 15 states.”

Police Chief Calls Out Newspaper Over Request For Carry Permit Info; Gets Them To Drop Request

 

 

 

” A police chief in Maine took to Facebook to warn residents of his town that a newspaper had requested all permit data through an open records request.

The chief wanted to warn residents that the paper was asking for the material, but said he was legally bound to give them the information under the law.”

Hacker Warns Of Zombie Apocalypse

 

 

Zombie Apocalypse Hacker

 

 

 

” A hacker apparently got into the emergency alert system in Maine and issued a warning of dead bodies rising from graves and attacking the living. People in the area called the police to make sure it wasn’t real, lol.

This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency,” the station said. “Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.” ”

 

Related:

 

RT report:
http://rt.com/usa/news/zombie-apocalypse-emergency-warning-973/

Winnipeg free press:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/tv-stations-emergency-alert-system-hacked-viewers-warned-zombies-rising-from-their-graves-190770721.html

 

A STATE-BY-STATE LOOK AT THE NORTHEAST BLIZZARD

 

 

 

 

 

”  A state-by-state look at the Northeast blizzard
A look at effects in states and provinces in the path of the storm sweeping across the Northeast and southern Canada:

 

CONNECTICUT

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed a travel ban Friday on the state’s highways and deployed National Guard troops around the state for rescues or other emergencies.

A coastal flood warning was posted for southern Fairfield County, saying Friday evening’s high tide could be 3 to 5 feet higher than normal in western Long Island Sound.

The state’s two biggest utilities planned for the possibility that up to 30 percent of their customers _ more than 400,000 homes and businesses _ would lose power. As of early Saturday, more than 35,000 had no service.

Nonessential state workers were ordered to stay home Friday. Schools, colleges and state courthouses were also closed. All flights after 1:30 p.m. at Bradley Airport near Hartford were canceled. Connecticut Transit ceased all bus service by 6 p.m. Friday.

Some gas stations ran out of fuel Thursday night during the rush to prepare for the storm.

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MAINE “

Sheriffs To Lawmakers: Target Mental Health, Not Gun Supply

 

 

 

“If lawmakers want to curb gun violence, they must begin not with laws aimed at limiting the use of weapons, but with the state of mind of the people who use them.

That was the message many state legislators took away Thursday from a Maine Sheriff’s Association training session held at the Senator Inn & Spa. The session aimed to provide an overview of issues at the heart of the ongoing gun control debate.

Randall Liberty, Kennebec County’s sheriff and the association vice president, singled out mental health — not guns — as the key to reducing violence related to shootings.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, who held and examined a variety of rifles and guns with other legislators, said after the training that the Legislature must get beyond discussion about the danger of particular firearms to improve safety.

“The harder work is to take a hard look at our mental health system and see if we’re really getting at the root,” Katz said. ”