Articles from Bangor Daily News

Maine restaurant sets rare ‘cotton candy’ lobster free

If you’re a lobster in the Gulf of Maine, your best defense against predators might be to look pretty.

For the second time in less than a week, a strikingly colored lobster otherwise destined to be someone’s dinner at a Maine restaurant was released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Portland restaurant Scales posted on Instagram and Facebook Wednesday that the establishment got a rare “cotton candy” lobster — sort of a light pinkish blue — in its tank over the weekend, and that Chef Travis Olson took her out on his rowboat and set her free.

Oscars announce new changes to upcoming ceremonies, including a shorter telecast

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday a few changes to future Oscars telecasts: The televised ceremony will be limited to three hours; the 2020 ceremony will be bumped up two weeks to Feb. 9; and, to the disdain of many, a new category will recognize achievement in popular film.

Rafael Devers is the boyish face of baseball’s trend of youth over experience

He looks like a kid. Not when he plays, because at 6 feet and 237 pounds, Rafael Devers has a major league body that helps him blend in with teammates, all at least two years his senior. It’s in the locker room, where his face — the one that earned him the childhood nickname “Carita,” Spanish for “baby face” — often reveals a bright smile and belly laugh.

China retaliates with tariffs on $16 billion worth of US imports after Trump’s latest trade hit

BEIJING — China said Wednesday it will impose tariffs on an additional $16 billion in U.S. autos and energy products in a sign that Beijing and Washington are digging in for what could be a long and bruising trade conflict.

The move came just hours after the Trump administration confirmed plans to proceed with a previously-announced round of import taxes on a range of Chinese products worth an equivalent amount.

Is the Patriots’ dynasty coming to an end? These are the factors to watch this season.

The New England Patriots’ dynasty, barreling toward the end of its second decade, will end, likely soon. There are several reasons. The primary reason is that everything ends, and most things in sports end long before – relative eons – what the Patriots have continued doing since 2001. The secondary reasons are ample. Tom Brady is 41, Bill Belichick is 66, Rob Gronkowski openly mulled retirement in the offseason and the future of their quarterback position, once entrenched in the dashing form of Jimmy Garoppolo, is a gaping void following his trade last year to the San Francisco 49ers.

Dover-Foxcroft crash victim, 65, dies after 10 days in hospital

A Dover-Foxcroft woman died early Wednesday morning after a 10-day hospitalization following a fiery car crash last week, police said.

Jacqueline Brammer, 65, died just after midnight Wednesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor due to complications from a recent surgery, Dover-Foxcroft police Chief Ryan Reardon said. She was hospitalized July 30 with non-life-threatening injuries she received in car a serious crash earlier that day, the chief said.

Christmas Day reportedly will feature Celtics vs. 76ers, Lakers vs. Warriors

The NBA reportedly will deliver a nice little gift in its Christmas Day slate of games: a matchup that will feature LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

James will travel north to the Bay Area, according to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, where he’ll see the familiar faces of Curry, Durant and the Warriors, who have beaten LeBron and his former team, the Cavaliers, in three of the past four NBA Finals. This time, in case you had missed it or forgotten, James will be playing with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tommy John’s son wants to help kids avoid sports surgeries like the one named for his dad

For years Tommy John, son of the legendary Major League Baseball pitcher of the same name, was a personal trainer for adults with a lucrative side business: Parlaying his famous name and his own experience as a minor league pitcher, he had become a private baseball skills coach for kids.

City to use $1M from property sale to rebuild burned fire station

City government is moving swiftly to use $1 million from the sale of a public lot to make urgent repairs to a fire station that burned last fall.

On Monday, the City Council will vote on using funds from the sale of property on the Eastern Waterfront to rebuild the Portland Fire Department’s Allen Avenue station, which was damaged after a fire broke out in its kitchen last September.