Visualizing Maine’s serial drunken-driving offenders

7,267 distinct individuals have been convicted five or more times for drunken driving in Maine since 1980. That’s roughly as many people as the entire population of Rockland.

Since 1980, 7,267 motorists have been convicted five or more times for drunken driving in Maine.

That’s roughly as many people as the entire population of Rockland.

In the charts below, each emoji represents one driver who’s been convicted multiple times of drunken driving, and each emoji represents one conviction.

169 people

have been convicted ten or more times for drunken driving:

An additional

180 motorists

have been convicted nine times for drunken driving:

405 more motorists

have been convicted eight times for drunken driving:

Another 865 motorists

have been convicted seven times for drunken driving:

1,827 motorists

have been convicted six times for drunken driving:

3,821 motorists

have been convicted five times for drunken driving:

8,938 motorists

have been convicted exactly four times for drunken driving since 1980.

That’s roughly as many people as the entire population of Presque Isle.

16,410 motorists

have been convicted exactly three times for drunken driving since 1980.

That’s roughly as many people as the entire population of Waterville.

And

48,974 motorists

have been convicted exactly twice for drunken driving since 1980.

That’s more than the entire population of Auburn and Biddeford combined.

Making new album an emotional roller coaster for Mary J.

Mary J. Blige says, ‘This album … (was) written from the perspective of me fighting for my marriage.’

LOS ANGELES — Mary J. Blige may be spitting fireball lyrics about her soon-to-be ex-husband on her new album, but the songs didn’t start from a place of anger and hate.

It began with hope.

“This album … (was) written from the perspective of me fighting for my marriage. And then when it all blew up in August, I had to start rewriting songs,” Blige said in an interview this week.

The Grammy-winning icon said she spent months releasing her emotions and heartache on “Strength of a Woman,” out Friday, which features a number of details about her very public breakup and ongoing court battle with her former manager and husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs.

“There was no moment where I felt like I was going to keep this in because it was way too much for me to handle on my own,” said Blige, best known for her sad and painful songs. “These are things I needed to get out. I needed to express myself and so it hurt, but it’s good. It’s good.”

On her 13th studio effort, the New Yorker does not mince words as she details the emotional ending of her nearly 13-year marriage and makes claims of lies and infidelity. Blige filed for divorce from Isaacs last July, citing irreconcilable differences. She also asked a court to deny Isaacs spousal support.

“There is no happy ending right now because we’re in the thick of it,” said Blige of her divorce settlement. “We’re in the midst of all this foolishness and until the divorce is final, this is where we are. But I’m going to smile and have people make me smile and love myself and not give up.”

Grammy-nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan, who has written for Blige, Jennifer Hudson and other R&B stars, said writing for Blige’s new album was an emotional rollercoaster because as Blige’s life changed, so did the songs they were crafting.

“The first single (‘Thick of It’) was different the first time I wrote it. She called me, she was in a different state and then as things started to change in her life, she had to call me again and kind of fill me in, and we had to make some changes to the song so it could fit where she was at that point,” she said. “It actually started as kind of a happy, uplifting song because she was fighting for her marriage and trying to make it work, so it came from that point of view. Some months later she said things had changed, so we had to change the lyrics.”

As with most heartache, Blige moves on to the revenge phase with songs like “Glow Up,” where she teamed with Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled and Quavo from Migos to fire a warning shot: “You had this one coming,” she sings. “You made me cry. Now it’s your time.”

In the deceptively smooth “Set Me Free,” Blige sweetly croons, “There’s a special place in hell for you. You gon’ pay for what you did to me.”

“I needed that moment. You know, I’m angry. I’ve been had,” she said. “My music is therapeutic to me as well.”

It’s not all darkness and rage. Blige sings about finding love after heartbreak in “Smile” and teams with Kanye West for the empowering anthem “Love Yourself.” And as the album title suggests, Blige certainly finds her strength through uplifting tracks like “Indestructible” and “Survivor.”

“It’s about knowing you’re worthy and it’s a process,” she said. “I haven’t come out the end yet. Not yet. Every day you have to remember to love yourself. … I’m in the like myself (stage) really heavy. But to love yourself is (a) process, but I’m getting there.”

Blige, 46, will take fans behind-the-scenes of the album when “Strength of a Woman: An Album Documentary” debuts May 2 on VH1.

The singer said her harrowing journey through pain and self-discovery has not left her without hope for the future. However, she may think twice before walking down the aisle.

“I haven’t given up on love, but I definitely gave up on marriage for a while. I think I’m good on marriage for a while,” she said.

Bird resigns as Pacers president of basketball operations

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird will step down from his position with the team, according to multiple reports Friday. The 60-year-old basketball legend is expected to continue on as a consultant with the team, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. No reason for Bird’s departure was given. General manager Kevin Pritchard …

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird will step down from his position with the team, according to multiple reports Friday. The 60-year-old basketball legend is expected to continue on as a consultant with the team, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. No reason for Bird’s departure was given. General manager Kevin Pritchard …

UMaine softball team edges UMass Lowell in eight innings

Kristen Niland’s run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the University of Maine softball team a 5-4 America East victory over UMass Lowell at Kessock Field in Orono on Thursday afternoon. It was the seventh straight win and the 13th in its last 14 …

Kristen Niland’s run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the University of Maine softball team a 5-4 America East victory over UMass Lowell at Kessock Field in Orono on Thursday afternoon. It was the seventh straight win and the 13th in its last 14 …

Hermon rallies in eighth inning for win over Old Town

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Hermon High School softball team hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield through six innings against hard-throwing Old Town High School junior right-hander McKenna Smith during Thursday’s clash of Class B North powers. But Katie Windsor’s two-out, run-scoring single in the top the seventh …

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Hermon High School softball team hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield through six innings against hard-throwing Old Town High School junior right-hander McKenna Smith during Thursday’s clash of Class B North powers. But Katie Windsor’s two-out, run-scoring single in the top the seventh …

Citing new tariff, Jackman lumber mill to add jobs, second shift

Pleasant River Lumber company is expanding its Jackman sawmill in anticipation of increased demand for American lumber amid the U.S. government’s plans to levy tariffs on Canadian softwood.

Pleasant River Lumber company is expanding its Jackman sawmill in anticipation of increased demand for American lumber amid the U.S. government’s plans to levy tariffs on Canadian softwood.

King tides are back this week, along with a coastal storm

Minor coastal flooding is possible Tuesday and Wednesday during high tide.

They’re back. Those big tides we saw for several months last fall are returning this week. Astronomically high tides are nothing new; they have been occurring for millennia. Recently, these big tides have been branded as “king tides” because they are some of the greatest tides of the year. As the Moon orbits the Earth, its effect on our tides varies daily, weekly and monthly. Every month of the year has a maximum tide cycle, but during some months these tides are higher than others.

Tides will reach over 11 feet this week in Portland Harbor. NOAA

This week, the highest tide will happen on Thursday and Friday, but Tuesday and Wednesday’s tides will also be very large. This, combined with a nor’easter in the same time period, will bring an increased chance of shore road flooding.

This isn’t going to be a major flood, but some of those vulnerable roads will see the water cover them and I expect some road closures as well. This is the type of situation where Commercial Street can get a bit of water on it, but it won’t be major. The continued easterly wind will pile up the water against the shoreline Tuesday and Wednesday. This is also the time when flooding will be most prevalent. The storm may also be accompanied by minor beach erosion.

Easterly winds will bring some minor coastal flooding Tuesday night and perhaps early Wednesday at high tide.

King tides are useful for another purpose. These highest tides give us a window into the future, as climate scientists estimate our tides will be 1 to 2 feet higher by the beginning of the next century. While 12-foot tides are the exception today, as sea levels rise, they could become more routine.

A king tide cycle combined with a storm is what urban planners of the future need to worry about. Imagine a winter coastal storm and astronomical high tides. If the storm remained stalled for days and you had big tides, coastal flooding would reach catastrophic levels. This is precisely what happened in the blizzard of 1978. That storm took down the Old Orchard Beach pier and there’s no reason to think that type of damage couldn’t happen again.

You can follow Dave Epstein on Twitter @growingwisdom

Enjoy the sun today; we won’t see it for a while

More rain is on the way, some of it heavy in the coming days.

As April days go, Monday brings some of the nicest weather we’ll see and Tuesday and Wednesday will bring some of the nastiest. Spring weather is highly variable, and dramatic shifts often occur in just a few hours. We’ve had relatively dry springs the past few years and we are finally starting to make up for some of those deficits.

In the big picture, a spring nor’easter is headed up the Eastern Seaboard. The moisture from this storm is already gathering along the East Coast. Notice two areas of white, corresponding with moisture around the Carolinas. The area off the coast has a tropical connection and is part of the reason for the heavy downpours in the forecast.

Energy is moving up along the coast and will bring rain to Maine Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. NOAA

Rain will break out across the area late Tuesday, but Tuesday’s rain won’t be heavy. The morning commute will be dry. I expect the rain to become more widespread and heavier south of Portland as the afternoon progresses. The evening commute will be wettest farther south. North of Portland, you might stay dry as you head home, but it will be close. There’s no doubt the morning and evening commutes Wednesday will be wet. The rain will taper late Wednesday during the evening. Outdoor field practices are questionable Tuesday and unlikely Wednesday.

Rain will increase in intensity overnight Tuesday. Tropical Tidbits.

Temperatures will be low on Tuesday before the storm. Highs likely will stay in the 40s all day.

Temperatures will be below seasonal averages Tuesday. Dave Epstein

Tides will be astronomically high this week. This will bring some minor coastal flooding during high tide on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Winds won’t be excessively strong, but noticeable, mainly along the coastline. In these situations, some shore roads may be affected for a couple of hours. I expect to see some beach erosion, but nothing too major.

Tides will be astronomically high this week. NOAA Data

How much rain are we talking about? This storm will bring 1 to 2 inches of rain in a two-day period. This is enough to create some minor flooding on small streams and poor drainage areas. This isn’t enough rain to create major problems.

Coastal southern Maine will see the most rain from the upcoming storm. NOAA

Expect one to two inches of rain from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. (NOAA)

After this storm the remaining areas of abnormally dry and drought conditions will shrink further, but we won’t have that data until early May. This is because the drought measurements are taken on Tuesday mornings and that will be before the rain.

Clouds will likely dominate through Thursday, with some brief sunny breaks. Friday is also a rather cloudy day. Temperatures will be much higher at the end of the week, reaching and exceeding 60 degrees for many.

The upcoming weekend appears dry and seasonable, but the pattern is active now and this could change, so keep in touch with updates to the forecast.

Dave Epstein is on Twitter @growingwisdom

Senators take command of series with Bruins

BOSTON — Special players tend to do special things at special times. Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is a special player. Wednesday night, Karlsson shot a puck intentionally wide to the right of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bobby Ryan, in behind rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy, took the puck off …

BOSTON — Special players tend to do special things at special times. Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is a special player. Wednesday night, Karlsson shot a puck intentionally wide to the right of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bobby Ryan, in behind rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy, took the puck off …

Moreland sparks Red Sox to win against Rays

BOSTON — It has not taken Mitch Moreland very long to get comfortable in a Red Sox uniform. Moreland’s two-run single in the seventh inning gave Boston the lead for good in a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Easter Sunday at Fenway Park. On the season, the …

BOSTON — It has not taken Mitch Moreland very long to get comfortable in a Red Sox uniform. Moreland’s two-run single in the seventh inning gave Boston the lead for good in a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Easter Sunday at Fenway Park. On the season, the …