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The history of Maine in 11 popular songs, singers and composers

PORTLAND, Maine — This is the year of the state’s bicentennial. Journalists and storytellers everywhere are looking for interesting ways to tell the tale of Maine’s first 200 years. Here’s a completely subjective list of songs illustrating both the state’s timeline and the best qualities of Mainers throughout history.

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An Anthem of Praise”

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Instant replay for high school basketball should be used only in the smallest of doses

The Northern Maine basketball tournament ended in dramatic fashion Saturday night, with Parker Ponte’s 3-point shot as — or after — time expired giving Dexter a 50-48 victory over Central Aroostook of Mars Hill in the Class C boys final.

I’ve just looked at the replay at game speed several times trying to focus on the shooter and the orange lights behind the backboard that signify that time has expired and still can’t tell whether the shot was released in time or not.

Husson basketball coach joins 500-win club

Warren Caruso wasn’t sure he was fully prepared to be a head coach when Bruce MaGregor took a sabbatical from his leadership of the Husson University men’s basketball program for the 1994-95 season.

Caruso’s sudden ascension from the assistant coaching ranks went well, as the team won the Maine Athletic Conference title championship and qualified for the NAIA tournament en route to a 23-9 record.

The Fundraising Gap Is Narrowing In Maine’s Vaccination Campaign. Here’s who is behind the fundraising.

A people’s veto referendum that will determine the fate of a new Maine vaccination law is generating less campaign cash and fanfare than other recent ballot initiatives, but the sources behind the money and the messaging highlight a deep rift between the state’s leading health organizations and individuals who distrust vaccines.

Jury hears disturbing testimony in first day of trial for pig farmer accused of cruelty

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details about alleged animal abuse that may be sensitive to some readers.

BELFAST, Maine — The man who used his excavator to bury pigs on a Swanville farm nearly two years ago described a bloody, chaotic scene for jurors on Monday, the first day of Jerry Ireland’s animal cruelty trial at the Waldo Judicial Center in Belfast.

Paul LePage says he was paid $7,500 last year to advocate for CMP corridor

This story will be updated.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Gov. Paul LePage confirmed on Monday that he was paid in 2019 by a lobbying firm to advocate for Central Maine Power Co.’s hydropower corridor, which has been perhaps the hottest political issue facing his Democratic successor.