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What's in EPS

Both special education and bus transportation are included in EPS. For a complete description of what's included, try this report: http://www2.umaine.edu/mepri/sites/default/files/EPS2011.pdf

The comparison I used was not part of the school district's presentation, but it can be found here:
http://www.maine.gov/education/data/ppcosts/2012/ppocfy12bysau.pdf

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Good question

The Uniform Crime Report information is actually collected and reported by the FBI. Here's what's reported, according to Wikipedia:

"Each month, law enforcement agencies report the number of known index crimes in their jurisdiction to the FBI. This mainly includes crimes reported to the police by the general public, but may also include crimes that police officers discover, and known through other sources. Law enforcement agencies also report the number of crime cases cleared."

Remember, the statistics are per 100,000 population, which equalizes data for large and small states. There are some large states that have relatively low reported crime rates and small states which have high rates.

Thanks for your questions and comments.

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Byline

I'm told that a day-side reporter started the story, Chris Williams, and a night reporter, Andrew Cullen, finished it. We don't usually put bylines on shorter stories like this. Sun Journal employees and family members get the same treatment in criminal matters as anyone else.

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OPEGA report

Thanks for the page number, Bob.

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Coverage

As Kevin points out in the first post, there are more than 2,000 bills filed. There are basically four newspapers covering state government. That means a handful of reporters covering hundreds of hearings on hundreds of bills. It doesn't help when multiple news outlets all cover the same hearing, especially when it's about whoopie pies.

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Donations

Hi Bob,
Have you seen a list of the donations made by Turnpike officials? Maybe you can point me to that.
We have been highly critical of the Turnpike Commission over the years. Does this editorial sound like we are unwilling to upset the apple cart?
Rex

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Lutherans

"Just up Main Street once stood a small Lutheran church, which was torn down to make way for an expansion at Central Maine Medical Center."

Just to clarify, this congregation moved to 757 Summer St. in Auburn where it continues to meet.

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Commenting rules

I want to thank everyone for the feedback on the new commenting rules, and I would like to add one observation on the safety issue. My name has appeared in newspapers for more than 35 years and online for about a dozen years. My real name. My address has also been in the local phone book for nearly all of that time. I have written columns, editorials and news stories, some of which no doubt angered some people. Yet, over all of those years, I have never had an angry person come to my home or try to hurt me. I do not believe this has happened to anyone on our staff, either. Thousands of people have written letters to the editor over the years, all bearing their real names. I am not aware of anyone ever having been injured by someone they offended. Among the risks we face in our lives, like driving a motor vehicle, felling a tree, swimming in a lake or climbing a ladder, the risk you are talking about here has to be statistically miniscule.