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Roundup: Willis lifts Husson men past Green Mountain

POULTNEY, Vermont — Aaron Willis scored a team-high 22 points, including an important free throw with 50 seconds left, as Husson University held off Green Mountain College 104-99 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Willis’ free throw gave Husson a 100-96 lead. He also had …

24 senior citizens rescued in Old Orchard Beach apartment fire

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Firefighters rescued 24 senior citizens in an early morning apartment building fire in Old Orchard Beach. The fire chief said the fire started at the Centennial Plaza apartments on School Street around 1 a.m. Thursday. When crews arrived, the chief said several people were hanging …

UMaine men renew hoop rivalry with New Hampshire

Men’s Basketball MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor Records: Maine 2-18 (1-6 America East), New Hampshire 11-9 (4-3) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 118-67, Maine 73-69 on 3/2/14 Key players: Maine — 6-8 F Till Gloger (11.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .532 FG pct.), …

Bell sparks John Bapst girls past Bucksport

BANGOR — John Bapst jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes en route to a 58-35 girls basketball victory over Bucksport at the Cross Insurance Center. Crystal Bell headed John Bapst (13-2) with 17 points, while Maegan True and Madi Higgins provided 11 and 10 …

MDI girls cruise past Presque Isle, stay unbeaten

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The only team that has caused any misery for the Presque Isle High School girls basketball team over the last four seasons has been Mount Desert Island. That trend continued on Saturday afternoon. Sierra Tapley, Kelsey Shaw and Sarah Phelps combined for 57 points and the …

Avalanche edge Bruins in shootout

DENVER — Goaltender Semyon Varlamov had 22 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three tries in the shootout, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night. Center Ryan O’Reilly and right winger Jarome Iginla scored for the Avalanche and center Nathan MacKinnon …

Flu cases spike in Maine

Remember when I asked a couple of weeks ago if Maine’s flu season was really that bad? Well, it’s getting worse, according to new Maine CDC numbers. Learn About Tableau The number of reported flu cases spiked to 1,527 as of Jan. 17, up from 974 the prior week. Penobscot, Cumberland …

NFL-Patriots’ Brady, young at heart, eager for Super Bowl shot

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady briskly handled his news conference on Sunday after another postseason win had taken him to the Super Bowl, though a few moments later he revealed the spark that drives him. Brady let his polished guard down when he stopped to talk with former teammate Willie …

Yarmouth skater, partner take eighth at U.S. National Figure Skating Championships

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Two skaters from Maine earned an eighth-place finish on Saturday during the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Franz-Peter Jerosch of Yarmouth and his partner, Lindsey Stevenson of Southborough, Massachusetts, who represent the Skating Club of Boston, are coached by Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall. It was …

Data gathering and testing in schools: how much is enough?

Humans have a new toy – technology – which can produce remarkable streams of data about students and learning – and like children given a new entertainment console, the powers-that-be who set educational policy are enraptured. The question is, how much data is enough? Yesterday, for example, a whole district of children had the …