Being a father to school-aged daughter 'makes men less sexist'

Author of LSE research says findings show scope for ‘changing attitude later in life’

Being the father of a school-aged daughter makes men less sexist, according to a new study.

The team behind the work say the findings support the idea that men become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see the female experience of life up close through their offspring – something dubbed the “mighty girl” effect.

Maine’s remote schools are struggling to fill their sports schedules. Here’s how they plan to fix it.

Fielding teams and generating athletic schedules can be a challenge from year to year for smaller high schools in more isolated parts of Maine.

Dan Campbell was greeted with that dilemma five years ago when he became the athletic director at Jonesport-Beals High School.

“Our baseball team that year started with nine players, dwindled down to seven, and by the time we had our first game, I had five kids from the high school who were playing,” said Campbell, who ultimately received school board approval to add eighth-graders to fill the team’s roster and play its schedule.

‘I felt like an impostor’: a mixed-race American in Africa

‘Passing for white’ was a complicated feeling at home in Ohio. In Chad, it was a whole different experience again. By Alexander Hurst

Every time I crossed the courtyard, walked past the well in the corner and slipped out of the baby blue gate nestled into the high brick wall that surrounded my Chadian host family’s house, I instantly became nasara. It’s a Ngambay word that means both “foreigner” and “white person” at the same time. A little pack of children would follow me down the red-dirt street, chanting “nah-sa-rah, nah-sa-rah” and laughing.

Ukraine-Russia tensions reach Greece’s holy Mount Athos

Orthodox church’s decision to make Ukrainian branch independent of Russia causes schism and predictions of violence

In the chilly pre-dawn gloom one recent morning, Father Makarios hurried to his chapel, one of dozens of churches and cathedrals across Mount Athos, to perform morning liturgy. A two-hour marathon of biblical recitations and sonorous chanting, it would be just one of many services that day.

It’s time for Maine to take brook trout protection seriously

On Wednesday night, anglers and fisheries personnel gathered in Augusta for the first of two informational meetings that may help change the way people think about brook trout management in the northern section of Maine.

At that meeting, officials from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife explained why they are considering changing the “general law” for that North Zone to prohibit the use of live fish as bait. Live fish could still be used on waters where a special code amends the general law requirement.

LePage still plans to sign Bangor psychiatric facility contract after watchdog faults funding

It’s unclear how Gov. Paul LePage’s administration plans to pay a contractor to run a new psychiatric facility in Bangor after a former Maine Supreme Court chief justice called it into question this week. But the administration still plans to move ahead and sign a contract with Correct Care Recovery Solutions, the Tennessee company that would run the facility for the state.

Told he would never finish high school, this Bangor man won 2 races on Election Day

It was a routine orientation session for the Bangor School Committee, with a lawyer advising the seven committee members on policies and protocols.

The committee’s newest member, 36-year-old John Hiatt, was full of questions. He asked about transparency, and he asked whether the protocol of communicating with the public exclusively through the committee’s chair conflicted with his position as both a school committee member and the Penobscot County treasurer.

An hour into the Dec. 6 workshop, he apologized for asking so many questions, but he didn’t stop asking them.

Freshman cornerback chases his dream with a heavy heart as UMaine football enters national semifinals

ORONO, Maine — Katley Joseph will have plenty of motivation on Saturday when the University of Maine plays Eastern Washington in the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals.

His grandmother’s funeral is this weekend.

“I know she would want me to go out and battle with my teammates. She would want me to keep chasing my dream,” Joseph said. “This game will mean a lot to me.”

New owners of shuttered Old Town paper mill chosen for $12 million in tax credits

As the company that purchased the shuttered Old Town paper mill in October tries to get it back online, its efforts are getting a boost from a state tax credit program that is meant to attract investment to low-income areas.

On Thursday, the Finance Authority of Maine announced it had selected the mill’s new owner, ND Paper LLC, to receive about $12 million in tax credits over the next seven years through the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program.

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