Articles from Bangor Daily News

‘He took that all away from me’: Maine firefighter says arsonist ended his career

When Eric Hardy read about the emotional suffering of Kathy Fury, mother of submarine arsonist Casey Fury, he thought about himself and many others hurt by the fire.

“I’m sorry Mrs. Fury is having a hard time,” Hardy said, during the two hours it took the former Portsmouth Naval Shipyard firefighter to summarize the impact the fire had on him, his family and other firefighters.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Capitol Hill: ‘It was my mistake, and I’m sorry’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will express contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being “too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference” during the U.S. election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Maine again looks at changing its graduation requirements

Parents, teachers and students packed the seats of a legislative hearing Monday to voice their opinions about two bills that would drastically change — or even repeal — Maine’s move toward proficiency-based diplomas.

Six years ago, legislators passed a law saying that for students to receive a diploma in Maine, they must reach proficiency in up to eight content areas ranging from English and math to health and art. This year’s freshmen are expected to be the first to graduate with the diplomas.

Portland approves lease for The Cat ferry

PORTLAND, Maine — The City Council voted Monday to rent terminal space to the company that runs the ferry between Portland and Nova Scotia, alleviating months of uncertainty over whether The Cat ferry would be back this year.

The councilors unanimously approved renewal of Bay Ferries Ltd.’s lease of the Ocean Gateway Terminal for 2018, further ensuring the ferry’s return to Maine later this spring.

Suspect in Connecticut shooting sentenced on Maine drug charges

A Connecticut man under investigation in connection with a shooting in his home state has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in a Maine prison for trafficking narcotics in Wiscasset.

Hertis T. Scott, 41, of New Britain, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to Class B unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, a felony, March 27, according to court documents.

The trafficking charge was reduced from Class A to Class B and a charge of Class D falsifying physical evidence, a misdemeanor, was dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Police looking for suspect who robbed Unity pharmacy

Police in Waldo County are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a Unity pharmacy, getting away with an undetermined amount of prescription medication Monday afternoon.

A man wearing black clothing and a mask walked into Unity Pharmacy on Plaza Drive at 1:30 p.m. and passed a note to a female employee demanding prescription drugs, according to a Waldo County Sheriff’s Office news release.