Articles from Bangor Daily News

Southern Aroostook girls seek 3rd straight D basketball state title

The last time the Greenville High School girls won a state basketball championship, Jimmy Carter was the President, gas prices were around 65 cents per gallon and the No. 1 song that year was “‘Shadow Dancing’’ by Andy Gibbs.

It was 1978, when Greenville was a Class D North team that beat South champ Buckfield 51-29 in the state final.

The Class D South Lakers (19-2) look to snap 21-0 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook’s two-year reign as state champion in a 1 p.m. Saturday game at the Augusta Civic Center.

Why I’m voting for Mayor Pete

Pete Buttigieg seems to have lived a charmed life, but as the saying goes, what seems like luck often involves a lot of hard work. From going to Harvard, winning a Rhodes scholarship, serving in Afghanistan and becoming the two-term openly gay mayor of the city he grew up in, it’s obvious he is driven. This controlled and sustainable passion of Pete’s stands out in today’s political climate of grievance and righteous anger. That’s what I want from the next president of the United States, not righteous anger that constantly starts fights, but an unwavering focus on results.

Apology to readers

The Bangor Daily News has published the comic strip Close to Home daily for several years. The content of the Feb. 21 strip, which showed an especially ugly version of the bigoted Lone-Ranger-and-Tonto imagery, was racist. It offended many of our readers and us. We apologize for publishing it.

The BDN will review its screening process of comics and be more sensitive.

Woman who survived Down East shootings that killed 3 released from hospital

A Machias woman who survived a Feb. 3 shooting spree that claimed the lives of three other people has been released from a Portland hospital.

Regina Long, 49, has been treated and discharged from Maine Medical Center in Portland, a spokesman at the hospital said Thursday. Patient privacy laws prevent him from disclosing the day she was discharged, he said.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz selling baseball mementos

WESTON, Massachusetts — Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is cleaning house, and you might be surprised by what he’s selling.

The man known to Red Sox fans as Big Papi is, of course, selling tons of memorabilia from his baseball career at an estate sale scheduled for Saturday at his home in the affluent Boston suburb of Weston. But he is also selling other odds and sundry, including a neon Rolls Royce sign, a backyard composter and a stone owl sculpture.

Lawmakers have a chance to improve Maine’s recycling programs

Trash is big business. And it’s costly. As an Orono town councilor, I know that we budget for curbside waste and recycling removal at approximately $200,000 per fiscal year. Areas of concern and challenges in budgeting at the municipal level are always the increased stress on finite resources. Orono is also challenged with one of the highest mill rates in the state.

Harvey Weinstein verdict show prosecutors have made amazing progress on sex crimes

Kudos to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and particularly to lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon and her team, on getting a guilty verdict in the Harvey Weinstein case. As we all recognize, the case was a major challenge.

Placing this verdict in historical perspective makes it even more significant. Until the early 1970s, virtually no sex crimes case could be prosecuted because of onerous legal roadblocks, specifically corroboration requirements. Three elements — identity, force and penetration — had to be corroborated by additional evidence.