Articles from Bangor Daily News

Can a Ford really drive a Chevy?

When you are given the name Ford, as my oldest son was when he was born 17 years ago, you can expect certain things in your life: Onesies with the Ford emblem on them. Every Matchbox car that looks like an F-150. Ford T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and socks. And every variation of “Built Ford Tough” comments. You can also expect, when you’re old enough to buy your first car, that it will be a Ford.

We named my son Ford because the Ford Motor Company has played a large role in both my family and my husband’s.

Police resume search for missing Skowhegan woman

State police resumed searching an area of Skowhegan Tuesday where a missing local woman was last confirmed seen more than a year ago.

Tina Stadig, 40, has been missing since May 28, 2017. She was reportedly spotted at a Bangor homeless shelter last July, but the sighting was never confirmed, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Fort Knox fans mourn the loss of longtime leader

Last Saturday night, a group of Maine ghost hunters packed up their night vision cameras and other pieces of equipment and headed to one of their favorite destinations, Fort Knox.

On a normal night for 207 Paranormal, a non-profit group of paranormal investigators, they would roam the cannon batteries and granite corridors of the state historic site, perched majestically over the Penobscot River in Prospect, and search for any spirit that happened to wander by.

After years as a lobbyist, Betsy Sweet now runs as foe of ‘big money in politics’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet has a long money trail in Augusta, rivaling some of the most prolific and powerful lobbyists in the state.

She has brought in $762,500 to her firm, Moose Ridge Associates, since 2008, making her the 12th highest-paid lobbyist of the last decade, by Ethics Commission records. At the same time, she’s running with public funds to get the influence of big money out of politics.

Two UMaine baseball players selected in top five rounds of major league draft

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Jeremy Pena arrived at the University of Maine with a major league pedigree as the shortstop from Providence, R.I., is the son of former big-league player Geronimo Pena.

On Tuesday, the slick-fielding infielder took the next step in following his father’s footsteps.

Pena was picked in the third round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. The 6-foot, 179-pounder was the 102nd chosen overall.

Maine is moving backward on children’s behavioral health

Disability Rights Maine and its many partners vehemently disagree with Jenna Mehnert’s recent assertion, made in an OpEd published in the June 3 Bangor Daily News, that investing scarce resources into the creation of a psychiatric residential treatment facility is needed to address the failures of Maine’s children’s behavioral health system. Maine no longer leads; in fact, it is moving backward.

Maine’s duty to serve kids with mental health needs

Of all the sensitive, complex systems that state government is responsible for, few are as important as the one that makes sure children, many of whom live in poverty, get help for their mental and behavioral health diagnoses.

These are children with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities, depression, extreme anxiety, histories of trauma and neglect, conduct disorders, post-traumatic stress, and a number of other disorders who need help getting to school, learning to communicate, and dealing with the challenges that life has dealt them.

Company with ‘Zombie Cinderella’ trademark faces new legal fight

BOSTON — A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company’s trademark claim to the name Rapunzel.

Suffolk University’s Rebecca Curtin is asking federal trademark officials to reject an application from United Trademark Holdings, saying the fairytale character belongs to the public.

The Beverly Hills company makes dolls and other toys based on children’s stories. It applied for the rights to Rapunzel for dolls in November.

Bath police searching for teen missing since Monday night

Police are searching for a 14-year-old Bath boy last seen at 10 p.m. Monday at a Bath shopping center.

Dakota Parker reportedly left home after an argument with a family member, Bath police Lt. Robert Savary said Tuesday. His mother then made contact with him and Dakota said he was on his way home, but never arrived.

He was last seen wearing a camouflage hat, a black L.L.Bean pullover, tan Carhartt pants and tan work boots. Dakota is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

ACA premiums going up, but by less than expected

Insurance companies in Maine that will offer individual health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year are proposing premium increases from about 5 to 9 percent.

Maine-based independent health policy consultant Mitchell Stein says that’s better than projections from the Congressional Budget Office, “which estimated that some of the actions of the administration would add at least 10 percent to the rates for this year.”

The Trump administration eliminated the mandate that individuals purchase insurance. The elimination goes into effect in 2019.