Today’s technology can provide powerful learning tools.About a thousand middle and high schoolers were on the UMaine campus in Orono Thursday afternoon for the annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference.MLTI has equipped Maine middle and high school students with laptops for nearly a decade.Thursday’s event featured workshops designed to pique the interest of almost any youngster.MLTI hopes to soon be able to provide every student in grade 7-12 with equipment ranging from laptops to hand-held devices.
The issue of human trafficking here in the US is a topic rarely discussed.Thursday afternoon, a woman who says she the victim of that crime spoke out.Dawn Schiller was 15 when she says she began a relationship with a 32-year-old man who quickly began abusing and controlling her with drugs and alcohol.Schiller eventually escaped from him and turned her life around, becoming a national advocate for preventing teen victimization.Schiller recently had her memoir, “The Road Through Wonderland”, released in bookstores across the country.
The stagnant state of the East Millinocket mill is a constant reminder of the area’s stale job climate.”There’s not a lot of work around.”A contrast to what you’d find inside city hall where signs of opportunity gave people like Tony Cesare a reason to be optimistic.”I’m exploring the possibility of taking this part time job that I’ve done on a full time basis to support myself.”Cesare was laid off from the East Millinocket mill with more than four hundred people in April.But he’s using that setback to his advantage by turning his passion for aviation into a full time career.”We learned from them that really was a blessing in disguise because it was a great opportunity for them.
The state has rested in the trial of a Burlington man accused in the shooting death of a couple from Webster Plantation in November of 2009.Thursday in court the prosecution played the audio recording of an interview between Maine State Police detectives and 32-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale.In the recording, Nightingale said he was broke and took a hand gun from his stepfather’s home in hopes of selling it to Michael Miller.Nightingale says he cocked the gun to show Miller that it worked then pulled the trigger.
A man from knox accused of killing his friend in Februay pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Belfast courtroom.Nineteen-year-old Luke Bryant is charged with manslaughter.Police say 19-year-old Tyler Seaney of Glenburn died of a gunshot wound to the neck.Court documents say Bryant told police in the past he’d tried to scare Seaney by pulling the trigger on an unloaded gun.But that night Bryant told police he was trying to unjam his 12-gauge shotgun when he accidentally fired as Seaney stepped out of thebathroom.Chris MacLean is Bryant’s attorney.”It’s a very difficult situation.
A new type of mooring was deployed off the coast of Rockport Thursday.The folks who designed it say it’s much friendlier on the environment than its predecessors.”So our original concept went from a large structure design for offshore application to a cast concrete structure for inshore.
Maine’s oldest marine museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary.In honor of that, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport is putting on a party tomorrow night.The reception coincides with the museum’s opening day.The event begins at 5:30 p-m in the Main Street Gallery.The museum is also recognizing its 75th season with a new exhibit called “75 for 75.” It showcases 75 artifacts ranging from marine paintings to full-size boats.For more information, you can call the museum at 548-2529 or log onto penobscot marine museum dot org.
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs will perform along the Bangor waterfront Thursday night.It’s the second stop in their summer tour across the U.S.Some roads in downtown Bangor will be closed due to the concert.Railroad Street, from Summer Street to Front Street, will be shut off to traffic, starting at 8 a.m.At noon, that closure will extend to the intersection with Main Street.Front Street, from the Sea Dog to Railroad Street, will also be closed at noon.
With no regard for what lay ahead, it charged forward, so far killing more than one hundred people who stood in its way.The destruction from the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri can be found as far the eye can see.But its long term devastation has reached well beyond city limits.”Caleb said Momma, they said Missouri.
It’s never too late to get in shape, and a national health and fitness day is sending that message to seniors in Bangor.The Hammond Street Senior Center offered a variety of health and fitness tips, Wednesday.Anyone who stopped by could hear from local businesses and professionals on ways to maintain their fitness.The Center took part in the nationwide event for the for the first time, this year.”A lot of our folks we have some that are in their nineties, so we’re trying to keep them healthy so they can live not only long, but live better,” said the Center’s fitness director, Michelle Spencer.The center says their first event was so successful they plan to host one again, next year.
Two of the three people arrested after a Bangor man told police two of them tried to rob him were indicted Wednesday by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.Matthew Gormely, Jacob Hurd, and Connie Toothaker were arrested last month.Police say a 28-year-old man told them he asked a friend for a ride, and when she picked him up, two other people attacked him.Gormely and Hurd are charged with robbery, assault and attempted theft.Toothaker is charged with violating bail and driving with a suspended license, but has not been indicted.
The Penobscot County Grand Jury indicted two men Wednesday in connection with breaking into two businesses and a home in Old Town.22-year-old Brian Corvino of Old Town is charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Wednesday was day three in the double murder trial of a Burlington man accused of gunning down a couple in Webster Plantation in November of 2009.A taped interview between Nathaneal Nightingale and Maine State detectives was played Wednesday.Detectives are heard telling Nightingale he appears nervous, to which he explains he’s a very nervous person and gets flustered easily.When asked what kind of person he thinks would commit a crime like this, Nightingale says a sick, ignorant and twisted person.He goes on to say that Valerie and Michael Miller were nice people and would do anything for anyone and says they did a lot for him.Wednesday afternoon Nightingale’s former girlfriend took the stand.She testified that on the day of the murder, she texted him and he didn’t responded until later in the day.She said later that day Nightingale told her he had something crazy to tell, which was that Valerie and Michael Miller were dead but he didn’t know what had happened.She testified she never thought Nightingale would do something like this, but then started to feel that his stories weren’t adding up.In court she said she and Nightingale went for a ride on the night of December 12th, and he admitted to killing the Millers but told her it was an accident.She also says he told her he took Michael’s wallet and a safe from the home.The trial continues Thursday.