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From Rockette to Maine political power broker: The amazing life of Molly Pitcher

BRUNSWICK, Maine — ​From the kick line of the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall to the Maine Senate chamber — where she “ran a tight ship” for many years as sergeant-at-arms — Mary “Molly” Pitcher was remembered Wednesday by many as “a force to be reckoned with” in whatever capacity.

Pitcher, 93, died last month at her home with her son, former state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky at her side.

UMaine’s Demby hopeful for a shot as NFL draft looms

The wait is almost over for University of Maine offensive tackle Jamil Demby.

The National Football League draft will be held from Thursday through Saturday and Demby appears to have a legitimate shot to be selected.

He worked out for six NFL teams and had visits with four others.

He said on Tuesday that he wasn’t nervous and that he is looking forward to the draft.

“I feel good. I’m not too high or not too low. I’m more excited and interested than anything to see what’s going to happen,” said the 6-foot-4, 315-pound All-American.

10 things to know in national news for Thursday

Here’s your daily look at late-breaking national news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. ‘ Golden state killer’ captured, police say

A DNA match leads to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and ’80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California.

EMHS announces partnership with Mass General

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems announced on Wednesday that it has signed a clinical affiliation agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The agreement means Mainers in the northern half of the state will have access to Mass General’s clinical resources, providing high-level medical expertise not readily available in the Bangor area to patients of Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Betts hits two home runs to power Red Sox past Blue Jays

TORONTO — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox snapped their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Boston improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1.

Bruins score four times in third period to beat Maple Leafs, advance to Eastern Conference finals

BOSTON — Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game to break a third-period tie, and the Boston Bruins came from behind to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 — again — winning 7-4 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Slain officer remembered as gentleman and skilled negotiator

Somerset County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eugene Cole was remembered by friends and colleagues as a generous, affable man who was skilled at negotiating in tense situations.

For a guy that would go into a hostile situation and be as small a man as he was, he could talk down the giant that was standing there,” said Troy Bowden, fire chief for the town of Canaan, who knew Cole, 62, for more than 20 years. “He could disarm the whole situation if he had that chance to talk, to get the conversation going.”

Morris named new Bangor football coach

Bangor High is turning to a familiar face in an effort to rebuild its tradition-laden football program with the school committee’s approval Wednesday evening of Dave Morris as the Rams’ new head coach.

Morris, a 1985 BHS graduate, replaces Alan Mosca, who opted not to pursue a fourth season as head coach after the Rams struggled to a 3-23 record over the past three years — including 0-8 marks in 2016 and 2017.

Maine law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty

Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole appears to be the 85th law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in Maine, according to state records dating back to the early 1800s.

He is the first to die from gunfire since the March 31, 1989 death of Maine State Police Detective Giles Landry, who was gunned down in his cruiser outside a mobile home in Leeds while investigating a child abuse case.

The first Maine officer to die in the line of duty was Ebenezer Parker, who was killed in 1808 while working for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the records show.