Articles from Bangor Daily News

Chemical company will pay former Rockland employees $695,000 for lost benefits

ROCKLAND, Maine ― FMC Corp. has agreed to pay a group of former employees $695,000 for wages they say the company failed to pay when its Rockland carrageenan plant was sold to DowDupont Chemical more than two years ago.

The settlement resolves the federal lawsuit filed by five longtime FMC employees last year and provides closure to an issue that has festered since the November 2017 sale of the plant. The terms of the settlement agreement, which was filed Friday, must still be approved by a judge.

Tourney time brings out the best in Maine

As the long lines of cars turn off Main Street into the Cross Insurance Center this high school basketball tournament week, it’s hard not to reflect on the people inside. They are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, family friends, classmates and, perhaps most significant, the plain but oh-so-reliable hometown basketball fans who cheer on the team, year after year.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020: Kevin O’Connell for District 128, criticism for the critics, vaccination rights

Support O’Connell in District 128 special election

Kevin O’Connell is running in the March 3 special election for the Maine House of Representatives in Brewer. Kevin is a lifelong Brewer resident and extremely dedicated to the city of Brewer and all of its people.

Michael Bloomberg’s counterattacks may just resonate with Democrats

I was struck by a Michael Bloomberg tweet responding to President Donald Trump on Thursday morning.

Trump tweeted: “Mini Mike is a 5’4″ mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!”

Deer Isle-Stonington boys upset defending champs Schenck in D North quarterfinals

Myles Brown scored 23 points and Coleman Brown added 22 as No. 7 Deer Isle-Stonington upended defending champion Schenck of East Millinocket 63-57 in a Class D boys North quarterfinal Monday at the Cross Insurance Center.

Coach Donald Allen’s Mariners (13-6) advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2012 and will face No. 6 Easton at 7 p.m. Thursday. Easton (13-6) upended No. 3 Van Buren 56-48 in Monday’s first quarterfinal.

No. 2 Schenck finished its season at 15-4.

Snow will follow Monday night temperatures as low as 21 below zero

Another round of snow will come Tuesday on the heels of overnight temperatures dipping well below zero for much of the state.

The snow is expected to begin mid-day Tuesday, and could create slick travel conditions for the evening commute, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

That snow could change over to rain for the immediate coast, particularly if warmer air is carried toward the state on winds out of the southeast. That could affect total snowfall for Greater Bangor and Down East Maine, the weather service reports.

Rangeley boys outlast Vinalhaven to advance to D South semifinals

The Rangeley Lakers earned a Class D North boys quarterfinal victory on Monday, beating Vinalhaven 53-46 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Second-seeded Rangeley (16-3), which beat the Vikings twice during the regular season, advances to take on Greenville in a 10 a.m. semifinal game on Wednesday.

Vinalhaven finished the campaign with a 7-12 record.

Vinalhaven got off to a hot start behind Joe Hopkins but Rangeley battled back behind the 33-point performance of Kenny Thompson to score its third win of the season over the Vikings.

Easton tops Van Buren in D North boys quarterfinal

The Easton Bears used a second-half surge to top third-ranked Van Buren 56-48 on Monday morning in a Class D North boys basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

The quarterfinal victory advances coach Brad Trask’s sixth-seeded club (13-6) to Thursday’s 7 p.m. semifinal against the winner of Monday’s second quarterfinal between defending regional champion and No. 2 seed Schenck of East Millinocket (15-3) and No. 7 Deer Isle-Stonington (12-6).

Van Buren ends its season with a 15-4 record.

How we can fix America’s primary elections

In case you haven’t noticed, the breaking news about our system for choosing presidential nominees is that our system is way beyond broken. It is also senseless to the point of being borderline bizarre. And the way it begins is just about as undemocratic as anything any democracy has ever willfully inflicted upon itself.

For decades, Americans have increasingly been shamefully outsourcing the early winnowing of our presidential candidates to two small states that have only miniscule black and Hispanic populations — the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.