Articles from Bangor Daily News

5 coastal Maine towns defy their waste contracts so their garbage doesn’t end up in landfills

Rather than have their solid waste dumped in a landfill, five coastal towns have chosen to violate their contracts and instead send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.

The rogue decision was made earlier this month by a committee of residents who decide where the waste from Blue Hill, Surry, Sedgwick, Brooklin and Brooksville is disposed. The five communities share a transfer station and create a collective 4,000 tons of waste a year, said Blue Hill Selectboard member Jim Schatz, who confirmed the towns’ decision.

‘It’s easy to shut addicts out. Instead, find help’: Dispatcher who heard her son’s overdose call brings message of hope

Shelly Yankowsky knew her son Adam was in trouble when her fellow Maine State Police dispatcher told her to leave the room as a call for an overdose victim came in on Aug. 1.

“That was the first time Adam died,” Yankowsky said when telling the story of her 25-year-old son’s eventual death last summer.

Unity Raceway inactive as lessee recovers; OPS, Wiscasset Speedway opening Saturday

Two of the state’s stock car tracks, Wiscasset Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway, are opening for the season on Saturday but Unity Raceway will not have any racing this season as George Fernald Jr., who is leasing the track from Ralph and Nancy Nason, continues to recover from a serious brain infection that kept him out of work for seven months.

Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway will open on Saturday, May 5 and Hermon’s Speedway 95 will hold its first race card on Saturday, May 12.

Judge: Trump lawyer must make sworn statement to slow suit

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer must declare in writing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination may be jeopardized if legal proceedings aren’t delayed in a lawsuit filed by porn actress Stormy Daniels, a judge said Friday.

Los Angeles federal Judge S. James Otero said there were “gaping holes” in Michael Cohen’s request for a delay and it was not enough for his attorney to file a statement on his behalf. He gave Cohen until Wednesday to do so himself.

Southwest Airlines gives $5,000 to passengers on fatal flight

Southwest Airlines is providing $5,000 checks and $1,000 travel vouchers to passengers who were on a flight this week when an engine broke apart, killing a woman on board.

“We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity to restore your confidence in Southwest,” Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in a letter to the customers. “In this spirit, we are sending you a check in the amount of $5,000 to cover any of your immediate financial needs.”

‘This epidemic should have stopped with us,’ Columbine survivor tells student protesters at U.S. Capitol

Salli Garrigan was in music class when the sound of bullets reverberated through the halls of her high school.

She ran. Out of class, down the stairs, past the shattered front doors of Columbine High.

She survived. But 12 of her classmates did not.

Garrigan, now 35 and an Arlington, Virginia resident, stood Friday before a crowd of D.C.-area students gathered on the U.S. Capitol lawn and told them when she was their age, she didn’t know how to make her voice heard.

North Korean leader suspends nuclear and missile tests, shuts down test site

TOKYO – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.

The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a precursor to a historic summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame inductions set Sunday

The 2018 class of the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame will be inducted Sunday during a ceremony to be held in Lewiston.

Membership in the hall of fame will be extended to Gina Mancini, Emily Caras Snyder and to Jason Thomas, who will be inducted posthumously.

Mancini was a three-time high school All-American during her career at Falmouth High School earning. She earned that distinction in the 50-yard freestyle (23.9 seconds) in 2003 and was honored again in 2004 with a 23.8 in the 50 free.