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Hockey defenseman leaves UMaine to turn pro in Sweden

The University of Maine hockey team will have a new look on defense next season.

Defenseman Alexis Binner has left the program after his sophomore season to return to his native Sweden, where he is embarking on a professional career.

He will be replaced by incoming freshman Adrien Bisson, according to UMaine head coach Red Gendron.

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Binner appeared in 33 of 36 games last season and registered two goals and nine assists. He had a plus-5 rating, which was second on the team behind Rob Michel’s plus-12.

Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed new charges Wednesday against Michael Avenatti, accusing the prominent lawyer of defrauding his most famous former client, adult-film star Stormy Daniels, in connection with her book deal.

Two indictments were unsealed against Avenatti.

One accuses him of identity theft and fraud in the Daniels case. Though she is not named in the document, people familiar with the matter identified her as the alleged victim. He is charged with diverting some of the book’s proceeds and spending it on his personal and business expenses.

Portland’s biggest seal gets a fresh coat of paint

PORTLAND, Maine — Slugger the mascot made his first on-field appearance at a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game on May 7, 1994. That was near the start of their first season in town. The following spring, on April 5, 1995, the team unveiled an eight-foot fiberglass statue of him outside Hadlock Field on Park Avenue.

It’s been there ever since.

Husband and wife to retire from town jobs after 4 decades of service each

YORK, Maine — Police Chief Douglas Bracy and Senior Center Director Brenda Bracy have dedicated approximately 40 years each to the town.

They both will retire this summer, Town Manager Steve Burns announced at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

“It’s really exceptional to see a couple of people who work that long in one place and have done so well,” Burns said. “It’s just wonderful and I congratulate you both.”

Doug Bracy submitted his intent to retire July 31. Burns said Brenda Bracy will retire July 1.

Attorney says Maine is illegally detaining 13-year-old

A Maine attorney says her 13-year-old client is being illegally detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center.

Sarah Branch has petitioned the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in the case, arguing that the teen has been ordered to undergo mental and behavioral health treatment in order to gain competency to stand trial. Branch says the detention center is not the appropriate setting.

My client struggles,” said Branch. “He has always struggled. And to expect a different result with incarceration, it seems cruel.”

Friday’s high school state singles tennis tournament moved indoors

The forecast of overnight rain on Thursday into Friday and wet, windy conditions on Friday morning has led the Maine Principals’ Association to change the site of the state singles tennis championship.

The first and second rounds of the competition have been moved indoors to Apex Racket and Fitness, 2445 Outer Congress St., Portland. All of Friday’s 64 scheduled matches will be played indoors.

Play begins at 8:30 a.m. but, because of the change in venue, the reporting and match times for many of the players has changed.

Neighbors in North Carolina suing over pig fumes spur ‘right-to-farm’ push

Agriculture interests this year have successfully lobbied for a host of new state laws to protect farms from litigation over foul smells, loud noises and declining water quality.

The push comes after years of nuisance lawsuits the agriculture industry blames for decimating some livestock producers. All 50 states already had a “right to farm” on their books, but the new laws will make it even more difficult to bring such lawsuits against farmers.