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    February 10, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: I’m just going to go ahead and punt

    Polar vortex is back Oh, look. We’re calling it the “polar vortex” again. Why do you gotta be all fancy about it, weather people? Back in my day, we called that “cold air from Canada.” And we rolled our eyes when we said it, as though the Canadian people were directly responsible for this outrage. […]

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    February 5, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: Caught on camera: Things and stuff!

    I was pretty excited the day I got a camera for my car dashboard. “This is going to be great,” I told whomever was sitting in my passenger seat that day. “Street brawls, explosions, naked people doing weird stuff, probably a UFO sighting or two and the Turner Yeti is bound to make an appearance. … […]

  • Published
    February 3, 2019

    Final answers with 'Millionaire' contestant Lisa Karahalios

    A funny thing happened as Lisa Karahalios went for it all on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The host, Chris Harrison, had just asked her a question. Lisa gave her answer, having no idea that events on the other side of the globe would completely overshadow her moment in the hot seat. “It was […]

  • Published
    January 31, 2019

    Woman struck and killed on Route 4 in Turner

    (Update: The woman has been identified as Catherine Gauthier, 36, of Turner.) TURNER — A woman was killed late Thursday after being hit by a vehicle on Route 4. Police, fire and rescue crews were called to an area near Lower Street at about 9 p.m. for a report of a pedestrian who had been struck […]

  • Published
    January 30, 2019

    Viewers react to ‘Criminal Minds’: The Lewiston episode

    Actor Joe Mantegna as David Rossi in a “Criminal Minds” episode, titled “Sick and Evil,” which aired Wednesday night (Photo courtesy of CBS) A Lewiston police officer, right, as depicted in “Criminal Minds,” which aired Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of CBS) The show opens with an aerial shot of a city that is definitely not Lewiston. […]

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    January 30, 2019

    ‘Cute but ferocious’: When weasels invade Sabattus, New Gloucester

    SABATTUS — John W.L. Berry had nothing against the weasel personally. “It was cute,” he said. “But it was in my house.” The weasel, a pure-white creature with a black-tipped tail, got into Berry’s house early Wednesday, but it was not there long. The ermine was caught and killed by Berry’s cat, Polly, a coon […]

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    January 29, 2019

    Street Talk: Bigfoot, Sizzler and the unfortunate gnu incident

    I wish I could just come out and report it: Bigfoot has been spotted running amok and terrorizing town folk in the wilds of Turner. Or possibly Greene. We’re talking about the legendary, hirsute biped out there uprooting trees, slaughtering livestock and eating slow-moving hikers like they were pork rinds. Or possibly Funyuns. I’d like […]

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    January 25, 2019

    Ties to Maine: Missionary in trouble with Brazilian government

    Steve Campbell and his family as seen on the Greene Baptist Church website. ( A Christian missionary linked to a church in Greene has been accused of entering the territory of an isolated tribe in western Brazil and possibly exposing the natives to foreign germs. A Brazilian government agency said Steve Campbell could face charges […]

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    January 22, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: The belt, the boot and a dog with no name

    In the video, the dog’s eyes gleam in wide-eyed fright as the belt comes down over and over. It is a short clip and not easy to follow. The camera pans from the apparent whipping to piles of poop in and around a Timberland work boot. In the background, a young woman can be heard […]

  • Published
    January 20, 2019

    Snowbirds! Love ’em or hate ’em, they’ve stopped Maine winters cold

    Readers are sleeping in their trucks, couch surfing and buying new homes in order to find warm-weather refuge in the South.