Articles from Bangor Daily News

Libraries hold a key to closing Maine’s digital skills gap

More than 99 percent of companies in Maine are small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, as more than half of Mainers are employed by small companies — from small manufacturing plants, lumber operations and family farms to coffee shops, breweries, innovative tech startups and home services companies.

Maine woman’s flub on ‘Jeopardy!’ led to a donation to the Ronald McDonald House

Jessica Garsed’s four-day winning streak on “Jeopardy!” last month netted the 32-year-old Augusta-based medical librarian more than $53,000 in winnings — despite the fact that she got one question wrong on a technicality.

“Jeopardy!” producers chose not to award her the points for her response of “What is Omaha Steak?” to the prompt, “Nebraska’s Alan Simon made his fortune with mailable beef from this company.” Because Garsed left the “s” off her answer, “Jeopardy!” penalized her the $1,600.

Fiona Hill, adviser with sharp eye for detail, is next up in impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON — They have heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. Now House impeachment investigators will hear from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White House adviser who was alarmed by what she saw unfolding around her.

In wake of Sondland’s impeachment testimony, no signs yet of GOP cracks

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are showing no overt signs of abandoning their support for President Donald Trump, the latest demonstration of how Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has left the two parties inhabiting different political universes.

Democrats reveled Wednesday over Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony that Trump was requiring a “quid pro quo” — specifically, a public Ukrainian commitment to investigate Democrats in exchange for an Oval Office meeting with Trump that their newly elected president badly wanted.

Mike Pence says he has no recollection of Ukraine aid concerns

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he has no recollection of a conversation described by Gordon Sondland about a link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations sought by President Donald Trump — a slight departure from an aide’s earlier statement.

Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified Wednesday that he spoke with Pence before a Sept. 1 meeting with Ukrainian officials and told him he “had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations.”

Old Town considers limiting where sex offenders can live

Old Town is considering restrictions on where in the city sex offenders can live, a move that would make Old Town one of the only larger towns in the Bangor area that limit where sex offenders can live.

A proposed ordinance Old Town’s City Council will consider next month would bar registered sex offenders who have been convicted of felony-level sex crimes from living within 750 feet of schools, public parks and other places that children frequent, including day care or recreation centers.

Good health and timing fuel MCI’s football championship run

Back-to-back games during Weeks 5 and 6 of the regular season could have left the Maine Central Institute football team believing its season inevitably would end short of the desired championship goal.

The Huskies dropped back-to-back home games to Wells and Winslow in early October, and there was no shame in either defeat.

Wells was coming off three straight state championship seasons, and the win over MCI was its 33rd consecutive victory. Winslow, meanwhile, had scored 262 points in its four straight victories since a Week 1 loss at Wells.