Police: Speed caused Harpswell crash

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said excessive speed is to blame for a single-car crash Thursday evening that sent two people to the hospital.read more

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The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said excessive speed is to blame for a single-car crash Thursday evening that sent two people to the hospital.

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Alphabet’s Nest Wants to Build a ‘Citizen-Fueled’ Power Plant

Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc’s Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping alleviate potential energy shortages in the region followin…

Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc’s Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping alleviate potential energy shortages in the region following a massive gas leak that has restricted supplies. Nest, which supplies digital, wireless thermostats, is partnering with Edison International’s Southern California Edison utility to get households enrolled in a state-established energy conservation program. The company wants to attract 50,000 customers through next summer that could shrink their total demand by as much as 50 megawatts when needed, Ben Bixby, Nest’s director of energy businesses at Nest, said by phone. “We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant,” he said.

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Freeport’s Gideon calls for governor’s resignation

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FREEPORTAssistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, today called for the resignation of Gov. Paul LePage.A statement issued by the House Democratic Office said…

Staff and wire reports

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Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, today called for the resignation of Gov. Paul LePage.

A statement issued by the House Democratic Office said the call was made “in the wake of his violent threats directed at a state lawmaker.”

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Dropbox Is Urging Users To Reset Their Passwords

Dropbox is forcing a number of users to change their passwords after the cloud storage company found some account details linked to an old data breach. “The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. We proactively init…

Dropbox is forcing a number of users to change their passwords after the cloud storage company found some account details linked to an old data breach. “The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. We proactively initiated this password update prompt for Dropbox users who meet certain criteria,” the company writes on its website. Fortune reports: The popular cloud storage said the move was related to the theft of an old set of Dropbox credentials, dating back to 2012. So the users the company has contacted are those who created Dropbox accounts before mid-2012 and have not updated their passwords since that time. Dropbox disclosed in July 2012 that some users were getting spammed, and the cause appeared to be the theft of usernames and passwords from other websites. As is often the case, some people reuse their usernames and passwords across different web services. (If it still needs saying, you really shouldn’t reuse your passwords, ever.)

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[video] A bike ride in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

On the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — Wednesday, Aug. 24 — I was assigned by my editors at the BDN to travel north and explore the new national monument by mountain bike with BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre. Here’s …

On the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — Wednesday, Aug. 24 — I was assigned by my editors at the BDN to travel north and explore the new national monument by mountain bike with BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre. Here’s …

Concert Review: Donny McCaslin Quartet brings jazz magic to Blue

The tenor saxophonist played two David Bowie songs and others inspired by him.

Donny McCaslin was already an established musician when he got the call that took him into a world that few jazz artists ever visit. He was tapped by David Bowie to back the mega-pop star on what turned out to be his last album, released just days before his death.

Now back to a jazzman’s reality of life on the road, McCaslin brought his high-energy quartet to the intimate confines of Blue on Thursday night. His head and heart were still very much full of Bowie’s musical magic.

The tall tenor saxophonist from California offered two songs by Bowie and one inspired by him during the 75-minute performance. The expressiveness and complexity of jazz was still front and center, but the lyricism and drama within the late Englishman’s art also came through loud and clear.

Bowie’s “Warszawa” opened with a thoughtful electric bass solo by Nate Wood before the others joined in. McCaslin led a slow build with flourishes reminiscent of the work of John Coltrane in its spiritual intimations. Another Bowie tune was given an intensity that, while preserving the melody, moved it beyond mere tribute, suggesting rich new veins of musical gold for jazz players to explore.

McCaslin took an idea from the Bowie sessions to craft his “Beyond Now,” the title piece from his own forthcoming album.

Beginning in a low-key fusion style, hinting at a Miles Davis influence, the number soon geared up to a remarkable intensity. Ethereal runs from Kevin Hayes’ electric piano became jabs of sound, engaging with the hard-hitting drumming of Mark Guiliana (another alum of the Bowie sessions). Rhythmic permutations built the momentum of the piece to a point where McCaslin’s shouts and cries on sax took things over the top, while Wood played, smiling and dancing, behind him.

Hayes also had some fine moments on McCaslin’s “Bright Abyss,” creating an edgy assemblage of synthesizer sounds that periodically derailed the harmonic structure of the piece in favor of squawking and squabbling improvisations. Order was restored on a funk/soul base, established by Wood and Guiliana, which lead to a climbing-to-the-top line from the saxophonist.

McCaslin graciously acknowledged the proprietors of Blue for their ongoing efforts to bring big-name jazz to town and went on to praise the city, particularly for its abundance of record stores.

The audience enthusiastically let all four musicians know they liked hearing both the elements of the past and the future that were delivered in the moment on Thursday night.

Steve Feeney is a freelance writer who lives in Portland.

A bike ride in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre explore the north end of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by mountain bike on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563 national monument, which is located east of Baxter State …

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre explore the north end of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by mountain bike on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563 national monument, which is located east of Baxter State …

Robot Babies Not Effective Birth Control, Australian Study Finds

An anonymous reader writes: Girls given imitation babies to look after in an effort to deter teenage pregnancy could actually be more likely to get pregnant, according to a study. Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expec…

An anonymous reader writes: Girls given imitation babies to look after in an effort to deter teenage pregnancy could actually be more likely to get pregnant, according to a study. Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expecting by the age of 20, compared with 4% of those who did not. The number of girls having at least one abortion was also higher among girls given the dolls: 9% compared to 6%. ‘Baby Think It Over’ dolls were used in a Virtual Infant Parenting (VIP) programme which began in 57 schools in Western Australia in 2003. During the three-year study, published in The Lancet, 1267 girls aged 13 to 15 used the simulators — which need to be fed and changed, while 1567 learned the normal health curriculum. The idea originated in the United States and is used in 89 countries. Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia are now warning that such programmes may be a waste of public money.

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Jogger seriously injured in vehicle crash in Harrison

The Florida man is taken to a Lewiston hospital in a LifeFlight helicopter.

A jogger from Florida suffered life-threatening injuries in a vehicle crash in Harrison on Friday morning.

William Fuller, 34, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment of traumatic injuries, according to a news release by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Fuller was injured on Haskell Hill Road in a crash at 8:49 a.m. involving a Nissan Maxima driven by Brianna Smith, 24, of Otisfield.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the sheriff office’s reconstruction team.

Rita Y. (Couturier) Thivierge (1941 – 2016)

VAN BUREN, Maine – Rita Y. (Couturier) Thivierge, 75, died peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2016, after a long illness, in a Scarborough hospice facility. She was born in Hamlin on March 25, 1941, the daughter of Joseph & Alphonsine (Levasseur) Couturier. Rita was raised in Van Buren and educated in …

VAN BUREN, Maine – Rita Y. (Couturier) Thivierge, 75, died peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2016, after a long illness, in a Scarborough hospice facility. She was born in Hamlin on March 25, 1941, the daughter of Joseph & Alphonsine (Levasseur) Couturier. Rita was raised in Van Buren and educated in …