Poor, elderly Mainers owe $2.7 million because of DHHS errors

Some Mainers face reductions of up to 10 percent of their food stamp benefits, seizure of their income tax returns or garnishment of up to 15 percent of their Social Security benefits.

Some Mainers face reductions of up to 10 percent of their food stamp benefits, seizure of their income tax returns or garnishment of up to 15 percent of their Social Security benefits.

Pittsfield Hooked on Fishing Event on Sat., May 28, 2016 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Manson Park

HOOKED ON FISHING – Outside Recreational Opportunity for Youth Come join Pittsfield Police & Other area officers to become hooked on fishing! Saturday, May 28, 2016 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Manson Park (lower area past parking lot) *Free Hotdogs & Hamburgers* (while supplies last) What to bring: Fishing …

HOOKED ON FISHING – Outside Recreational Opportunity for Youth Come join Pittsfield Police & Other area officers to become hooked on fishing! Saturday, May 28, 2016 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Manson Park (lower area past parking lot) *Free Hotdogs & Hamburgers* (while supplies last) What to bring: Fishing …

I Remember Captain Donald Cook

If you have never been to the Vietnam Memorial in our nation’s capitol, I highly recommend you go.  If at all possible, go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming.  The contrast of black granite against soft white and pink is worth seeing. The Wall, as it is …

If you have never been to the Vietnam Memorial in our nation’s capitol, I highly recommend you go.  If at all possible, go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming.  The contrast of black granite against soft white and pink is worth seeing. The Wall, as it is …

Researchers Teaching Robots To Feel and React To Pain

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany are developing what they call an “artificial robot nervous system” that would allow robots to “feel” pain and react accordingly so they can avoid potential damages t…

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany are developing what they call an “artificial robot nervous system” that would allow robots to “feel” pain and react accordingly so they can avoid potential damages to their components. According to IEEE, the system uses a “nervous robot-tissue model that is inspired by the human skin structure” to measure different pain levels and move the robot in a way that prevents damaging interactions. [The model transmits pain information in repetitive spikes if the force exceeds a certain threshold, and the pain controller reacts after classifying the information into light, moderate, or severe pain.] Johannes Kuehn, one of the researchers, argues that in addition to avoiding potential damages to their components, robots will be protecting humans as well, since a growing number of them will be operating in close proximity to human workers. Kuehn, who worked on the project with Professor Sami Haddadin, reasoned that if our biological mechanisms to sense and respond to pain are so effective, why not devise a bio-inspired robot controller that mimics those mechanisms?

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Sea Dogs pitcher walks in Senators’ winning run

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Adrian Sanchez drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, giving the Harrisburg Senators a 2-1 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs at FNB Field. Luis Ysla (1-3) took his second loss of the …

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Adrian Sanchez drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, giving the Harrisburg Senators a 2-1 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs at FNB Field. Luis Ysla (1-3) took his second loss of the …

Cavaliers crush Raptors to take 3-2 series lead

Cleveland is a win away from a second straight trip to the NBA Finals after a 116-78 rout.

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Back on their home court following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed while taking a 3-2 series lead.

They can clinch their second straight conference title and trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 on Friday night in Toronto.

The Raptors, who came in with momentum and confidence after winning Games 3 and 4, left Quicken Loans Arena shaken and one loss from having their deepest playoff run stopped.

James had eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter with the Cavs up 37. He spent the fourth quarter resting on the bench while Cleveland’s reserves finished the romp.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points and he, James and Love outscored the Raptors 43-34 in the first half. Cleveland has won its three games in the series by a combined 88 points.

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 for the Raptors, who were overwhelmed from the start. Bismack Biyombo had just four rebounds after getting 40 the past two games. The only positive for Toronto was center Jonas Valanciunas, who returned after missing eight straight games with a sprained right ankle. He scored nine points in 18 minutes.

Playing defense as if every possession was the game’s last, Cleveland held Toronto to just 34 points in the opening half while building a 31-point halftime lead – the largest in conference finals history. Since their expansion arrival in 1993, the Raptors had never been down by 30 points before in any game – regular or postseason – at halftime but they have rarely seen a defense like this either.

The Cavs were all over the court, swarming and stifling DeRozan and Lowry, who combined for 67 points in Game 4.

A courtside doctor might have stopped this one in the first half.

Love found his shooting touch after it went missing during the lost weekend in Toronto, where he went just 5 of 23 from the field and was benched for the fourth quarter of Game 4. He finished 8 of 10 from the field, a confidence-boosting performance that should temporarily quiet his critics.

The Cavs made a point of getting Love the ball right away and he responded by making all four field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer late in the first quarter that pushed the Cavs to a 37-19 lead.

Cleveland’s onslaught continued in the second quarter, and when James got free for an easy two-handed dunk, Cavs fans could relax and begin making TV viewing plans for Friday night.

But while it would have been understandable for Cleveland fans, who have waited since 1964 to celebrate a championship to be nervous, James was cool.

Following the morning shootaround, the four-time MVP promised to bring a sense of “calmness” to the arena. After all, this was his 13th appearance in a Game 5 with the series tied and he wasn’t about to show any anxiety. But once he and the Cavs took the court, they were anything but serene.

These looked more like the Cavaliers who opened the postseason with 10 straight wins, obliterated the Raptors by a combined 50 points in Games 1 and 2 and given a chance to beat whomever survived in the West.

The Cavs attacked – at both ends – and knocked the Raptors out before the fight began.

Sports Digest: More state regulations coming for daily fantasy sports

FANTASY SPORTS Smart money says more state regulations coming An analyst said as many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of this year. Chris Grove of Narus Advisors said six states have passed bills to regulate daily fantasy sports and five more may do so soon. […]

FANTASY SPORTS

Smart money says more state regulations coming

An analyst said as many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of this year.

Chris Grove of Narus Advisors said six states have passed bills to regulate daily fantasy sports and five more may do so soon.

The contests allow people to deposit money into accounts, create fantasy rosters of sports teams by selecting real players and compete against other contestants based on the statistical performances of those players to win money. Proponents say it’s a game of skill, not chance, and shouldn’t be regulated the way casinos are, but many states consider them to be forms of gambling.

About 35 states have introduced legislation addressing daily fantasy sports.

SOCCER

COPA AMERICA: Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in a tuneup in Frisco, Texas.

It was just the third time in 21 tries that the U.S. has defeated a South American team since a March 2007 victory over Ecuador.

nHawk-Eye will be installed for next month’s tournament, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer’s governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The 16-nation tournament will be played at 10 U.S. sites from June 3-26.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Accountancy firm KPMG said Manchester United and Real Madrid are soccer’s most valuable clubs, worth $3.2 billion each.

The study found Europe’s leading 32 clubs have a combined value exceeding $30 billion.

U.S. WOMEN: Veteran defender Christie Rampone said that she’s not healthy enough to be part of the team’s training camp for a pair of matches early next month against Japan.

Rampone, 40, had arthroscopic knee surgery in December. She had returned to play for Sky Blue of the National Women’s Soccer League.

BOXING

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL: Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can choose his next opponent in defending his WBC title.

Wilder was scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21. But Povetkin failed a drug test and the bout was canceled.

While the WBC investigates Potemkin, Wilder has approval from the organization for a voluntary defense of the belt.

HORSE RACING

HALL OF FAME: Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, were elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the Pillars of the Turf category.

Hancock and Woodward will be inducted Aug. 12, along with horses Rachel Alexandra, Tom Ochiltree and Zenyatta; jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright; and trainer Steve Asmussen.

BASKETBALL

NCAA: Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will transfer after withdrawing from the NBA draft, and guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.

Andrew White III will return to Nebraska to play his senior season after deciding to remove his name from the NBA draft.

White, who sat out 2014-15 after transferring from Kansas, averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.

Wednesday’s Penobscot Valley Conference JV Championship meet results

Track and field HIGH SCHOOL PVC JV Championship Meet At Brewer No team scores: Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Caribou, Central, Ellsworth, Foxcroft, GSA, Hampden, Mattanawcook, MDI, Old Town, Orono, Penquis Valley, Presque Isle, Searsport, Sumner Boys 110M Hurdles: 1, Marius DeLannee, ORO, 22.41; 100M: 1, John Kenneway, OT, 12.30. 2, Steven …

Track and field HIGH SCHOOL PVC JV Championship Meet At Brewer No team scores: Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Caribou, Central, Ellsworth, Foxcroft, GSA, Hampden, Mattanawcook, MDI, Old Town, Orono, Penquis Valley, Presque Isle, Searsport, Sumner Boys 110M Hurdles: 1, Marius DeLannee, ORO, 22.41; 100M: 1, John Kenneway, OT, 12.30. 2, Steven …

Boys’ lacrosse: Westbrook beats Cheverus

The Blue Blazes use spurts off faceoffs for a 9-7 victory.

WESTBROOK — The plan for the Westbrook High boys’ lacrosse team Wednesday night was to score against Cheverus, then trust faceoff specialist Noah Oliver to get the ball back and build momentum.

Oliver did his part and the Blue Blazes went on to a 9-7 victory against the Stags.

The Blue Blazes (7-3) scored two goals in less than a minute four times, largely due to Oliver’s prowess at midfield.

“Noah Oliver is one of the best faceoff guys in the state,” said Curtis Knapton, the Westbrook captain. “We’ve been saying that all year. We know if we score a goal, we know we can get it back. He really gets us rolling.”

Oliver won 13 of a possible 17 faceoffs to allow the Blazes to control the ball in the Stags’ end for a large portion of the game.

“Winning the faceoffs, which Noah always does, is really helpful,” said Westbrook Coach Pete Lyons. “It leads to transition goals. We had a couple man-up opportunities where we were able to finish, too.”

Added Cheverus Coach Bill Bodwell: “Their faceoff guy is very good and we were in the box a ton. We had some penalties that were unreleasable. That was one of (the situations that Westbrook scored twice in a minute). We just can’t take that many penalities.”

With Oliver taking care of the faceoff duties, it was Knapton who shouldered the bulk of the offense for Westbrook. He finished with a game-high four goals and also contributed an assist against the Stags (6-4).

After a scoreless first quarter, Knapton pushed the Blazes to a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the second. His final goal put Westbrook ahead for good with just 3:15 remaining to break a 7-7 tie.

“He’s the man out there,” said Lyons.

“He makes great decisions, he controls tempo, he controls pace and he’s able to finish. He’s finishing with his left, with his right. He’s a great player.”

Added Bodwell: “Not many high school teams have a crease guy like him. He can really catch and finish. You just don’t see guys at this level who can catch in traffic like him. Catch, turn, shoot. Tough to stop.”

The Blue Blazes also got three goals from Tommy Kostopoulos, and a goal apiece from Grayson Post and John Tibbetts.

Goalie Alex LeBlanc made 10 saves in the win, marking the second impressive victory for Westbrook in the last week against one of the top teams in the state.

“These are the teams we want to compete with, and today we did,” said Lyons. “This is a very good Cheverus team. They’re athletic, they get up and down the field, and they have finishers. It’s a really great win for us.”

Added Knapton: “We’ve known we were capable of doing something like this all year, and we’ve been working and working, and never really turned that corner. These last two games, Gorham and Cheverus, two of the top teams in Class A in the state, we just did everything we could and we played hard for 48 minutes. This is what can happen when we play our best lacrosse.”

Mackenzie Hoglund, Max Coffin, Jesse Pierce, Frank Curran and Marco Giancotti each scored goals in the loss for the Stags.

Hermon Girls Tennis 1 at Foxcroft Academy 4

Foxcroft Acad. 4, Hermon 1 Singles: Alex Allain (H) def. Madison Fadley 8-4; Lexi Raymond (FA) def. Madi Willis 8-3; Alice Russo (FA) def. Jillian Taylor 8-4; Doubles: Sophia Kurzius-Elena Russo (FA) def. Olivia Tardie-Maddie Pullen 8-4; Hannah Vainio-Maria Cedeno (FA) def. Maddie Willey-Lacy Wiles 8-2

Foxcroft Acad. 4, Hermon 1 Singles: Alex Allain (H) def. Madison Fadley 8-4; Lexi Raymond (FA) def. Madi Willis 8-3; Alice Russo (FA) def. Jillian Taylor 8-4; Doubles: Sophia Kurzius-Elena Russo (FA) def. Olivia Tardie-Maddie Pullen 8-4; Hannah Vainio-Maria Cedeno (FA) def. Maddie Willey-Lacy Wiles 8-2