A ban on students wearing bracelets that drew attention to breast cancer by using the word “boobies” has been lifted.On Friday, Medomak High School in Waldoboro called off the ban after several students had been suspended for refusing to take off the bracelets that say “I (heart) boobies.”Superintendent Susan Pratt lifted the ban because officials did not want to make a bigger deal out of the issue than it really is.School policy says students cannot wear anything with sexual connotations, but Pratt says the students weren’t suspended for wearing the bracelets: they were suspended for not taking them off when asked.According to the Bangor Daily News, all students who were suspended for bracelet-related reasons will have their suspensions erased from their school records.
Demolition is under way on a building that once housed the YMCA in Augusta.The owner of the 30,000-square-foot building received a permitto demolish the 1914 building in 2008, but waited in hopes that other uses for the building could be found.The contractor says the building will be gone in a week and the site cleaned up within two weeks.
Two men are facing drug trafficking charges after police say they found more than 100 marijuana plants in Passadumkeag.According to police, 30-year old William Tash of Passadumkeag was arrested last week after the plants were discovered on the Caribou Road.Police say the owner of the property, 45-year old Daniel Pattershall, turned himself in and was arrested the next morning.
A law that makes penalties for dealing and using bath salts much tougher is also on the agenda for lawmakers today.Currently, trafficking and possessing the synthetic drug is only a misdemeanor.Governor Lepage proposed legislation to give that law some teeth.That bill made its way out of committee yesterday.Republican Rep.
A South Berwick man found guilty of manslaughter for a hit and run in orono that killed a UMaine student was back in court Tuesday morning, asking for a new trial.23-year-old Garrett Cheney was convicted in July for a drunk driving hit and run that killed Jordyn Bakley of Camden in January of last year.Cheney’s attorney, Bill Bly, is asking the judge to allow him to interview members of the jury.Bly says there was a point in the trial where a person told the jury “Don’t make this a Casey Anthony verdict” during lunch.Bly believes that comment could have influenced the jury’s decision.But District Attorney Chris Almy says a hearing took place after the court was notified and both parties and the judge agreed to proceed with the trial.The jury reached a verdict after 2 and a half hours of deliberation.
An organization that helps others learn to read is looking for volunteers.Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering a training program for anyone interested.From October 4-27, they’ll offer an english tutor program every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m.It’s an eighteen hour course that teaches volunteers how to create lesson plans and tutor adults who are learning english as a second language.The course costs $35.00.To register, call Literacy Volunteers at 947-8451.
A man from Orrington is facing felony drug charges after police say they found more than two pounds of pot in the trunk of his car.Orono Police say they approached the vehicle of 21-year old Joshua LaPointe in the Pine Street parking lot in Orono early Friday morning when they noticed his trunk was partially open as he was backing up.Police say they searched the vehicle after they smelled marijuana coming from the car.
Here’s a way to enjoy an evening of fine wine and art while helping the Bangor Humane Society.Sprague’s Nursery of Bangor is teaming up with Winterport Winery to host art in the Garden Cocktail Party Friday, October Seventh.The works of 40 artists from throughout the state will be on display.Melissa higgins of sprague’s nursery says this is the perfect time for folks to get one of a kind gifts for their someones special.Tickets are $25.This is the final week to buy them…you have until Sunday.You can get tickets at Sprague’s Nursery, the Bangor Humane Society or Winterport Winery.
Acadia Hospital in Bangor is looking for actors.The hospital’s making a film dealing with teen anxiety and depression.An open casting call for actors will be held from 2pm to 4pm Sunday afternoon at Hermon High School.Teen boys and girls are need…so are adults.To try out call 282-5598 or e-mail Project Aware at maine.rr.com.The film will be shot over five days next month, mostly weekends, beginning October 8th and ending October 16th.
A new law calls for a $100 fine for texting while driving.It takes hold wednesday.Other new laws going into effect this week include laws that require landlords to disclose their smoking policies, ease gun and medical marijuana restrictions and expand elder abuse protections.
When the hundreds of millions of Facebook users logged in last week, a different kind of home page appeared.The website rolled out a number of changes that left users scratching their heads.”Number one, it’s a free application so if you don’t like it, don’t use it.
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says they found marijuana plants, morphine pills, and other drug related items during a search of an athens home Friday.Authorities have charged 58 year old Charles Avery with trafficking and possession, among other charges.During the search, police also found several dogs living in unacceptable conditions and turned the animals over to Athens Animal Control.