Articles from Bangor Daily News

New murder trial ordered for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel

HARTFORD, Connecticut — In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction and ordered a new trial in connection with a 1975 killing in wealthy Greenwich.

The court issued a 4-3 ruling Friday that Skakel’s trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to present evidence of an alibi. The decision reversed the high court’s previous ruling in December 2016 that reinstated Skakel’s conviction after a lower court ordered a new trial, citing mistakes by Sherman.

Sports briefs for May 4

UMaine men’s basketball team adds recruit

The University of Maine men’s basketball team added a seventh recruit to its roster with the announced signing on Friday of forward Stephane Ingo of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, via Gould Academy in Bethel.

Ingo averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per contest at Gould last winter while shooting 50 percent from the field. He earned All-NEPSAC Class AA honorable mention recognition.

Trump salutes 2nd Amendment, urges NRA members to vote GOP

DALLAS — President Donald Trump on Friday linked the sanctity of the Second Amendment to his party’s prospects in the 2018 midterm elections, telling supporters at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention that “we’ve got to get Republicans elected.”

Trump struck a tough tone months after he briefly strayed from the NRA’s message in the days after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. He vowed that the Second Amendment will “never ever be under siege as long as I am your president.”

UMaine, Penobscot tribe to sign pact about tribal resources

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine says it’s signing a memorandum of understanding with an American Indian tribe to help steward the tribe’s heritage and history.

The university says it will sign the agreement with Penobscot Nation on May 10. University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter and Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis will be among leaders planning to attend a ceremony at Hudson Museum in Orono.

Kentucky Derby day kicks off 135th season of harness racing at Bangor Raceway

BANGOR, Maine — The 135th season of racing at historic Bangor Raceway gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a day of events leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Live racing starts at 2:30 p.m. and a full slate of nine races is scheduled. Hollywood Casino will be offering prizes for the best hat and attire.

Coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be on display under the grandstand with opportunities to place wagers before the Derby post time of 6:46 p.m.

Regular folks have better things to do than hate each other

For some reason a song by Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was running through my mind this morning. Folks may recognize Henry by his other name, John Denver, and the song echoing in my thoughts was “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

The song reminded me that, while we are a country of people with origins from many nations and religions, we share universal experiences that we all love.

Florida airline to start serving Bar Harbor Airport on July 1

A Florida-based carrier will be Bar Harbor Airport’s next seasonal airline, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation selected Silver Airways of Fort Lauderdale on Thursday to supplement Cape Air, an airline that serves the airport year-round, according to the Trenton-based airport’s manager, Bradley Madeira.