Articles from Bangor Daily News

Portland councilors reconsider plan for $10M homeless shelter after public outcry

Portland city councilors will consider other options after facing fierce opposition to a plan to build a new $10-million homeless shelter near the city-owned Barron Center hospital and Westbrook city line.

The three councilors on the Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday asked city staff to look again at alternative locations for the proposed 200-bed facility, as well as the prospect of placing multiple, smaller shelters at different sites around the city instead, according to one of the councilors on the panel.

Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said in a Wednesday statement that he will oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, citing “an overly rigid judicial philosophy” and a lack of transparency on his record.

The move from King, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, was no surprise. It also would have little impact on Kavanaugh’s confirmation unless two holdout Republicans — including Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins — decide to vote against him, which is unlikely.

Fine performances can’t save ‘The Graduate’ from bad script

When will Penobscot Theatre Company’s producing artistic director learn that excellent performances and fine production values can’t salvage a bad script?

Excellent and layered performances by A.J. Mooney as Mrs. Robinson and Alekzander Sayers as Benjamin Braddock, coupled with Sean McClelland’s stunning set design and Jose Santiago’s imaginative lighting plot, can’t quite overcome the banality of the script of “The Graduate” that in the second act strays far too far from the film’s iconic ending.

Fuel prices shoot up as Mainers fire up their furnaces

Shortly after this week’s cold snap had some Mainers turning up their thermostats early, the Governor’s Energy Office said Wednesday that average residential fuel prices per gallon already are creeping up this season.

The Energy Office’s weekly survey on Sept. 10 found that the average cash price for No. 2 heating oil statewide was $2.77 per gallon, up 7 cents over a month ago. Kerosene was up 5 cents to $3.26 per gallon. Propane prices have stayed steady at $2.69.

Traffic fix project will force closure of Route 1 in Wiscasset for a day

Route 1 at the Wiscasset end of the Donald Davies Bridge will be closed during the day on Sept. 24 to allow upgrades to the railroad crossing.

Southbound and northbound traffic will be detoured to Route 218 and Sheepscot Road, according to a release from the Maine Department of Transportation.

The closure comes as part of a controversial, $5 million project to address traffic bottlenecks on Route 1 — Main Street — in Wiscasset.

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough.

We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it’s something he cares deeply about — that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him,” said national security adviser John Bolton.

’60 Minutes’ chief Fager out at CBS

NEW YORKCBS News on Wednesday fired “60 Minutes” top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace.

The network news president, David Rhodes, said Fager’s firing was “not directly related” to the allegations against him, but because he violated company policy. Fager said it was because of a text message he sent to a CBS News reporter who was covering the story about him.

It’s unlikely Trump will be removed under the 25th Amendment

The anonymous OpEd in The New York Times said that senior staff officials have considered invoking the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump declared incapable of performing the duties of office. This would be unprecedented in American history.

At this point, it is highly unlikely to be used, but it is stunning that it has been discussed in the White House at all.