Maine students are turning their laptop computers into musical instruments and performing an original musical competition as part of an annual student laptop computer conference.About 1,000 students and 200 teachers are gathering Thursday in Orono for the ninth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative conference.The event brings together students to share how the Maine Learning Technology Initiative – which puts laptops in the hands of all seventh- and eighth-graders and most high school students – is being used in schools across Maine.The musical performance includes 12 live musicians on stage and two New World Symphony members from Miami.
A New Hampshire man is scheduled to plead guilty in the disappearance and death of a Maine mother last year.Attorney General Michael Delaney says Anthony Papile will enter a guilty plea and be sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court.Papile is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland, Maine.Dittmeyer’s car was found idling in the parking lot of a North Conway ski area in April 2011 with her 14-month-old baby unharmed inside.
An Augusta man who went on a drug-fueled, nine-day crime spree last year has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison and pay more than $21,000 in restitution to his victims.Ricky Allen Lane pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to participating in an armed home invasion in Manchester, a pair of convenience store robberies, two home burglaries and two break-ins at a taxi company between August 28 and Sept.
A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard has injured four people.Fire crews responded Wednesday to the USS Miami SSN 755 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on an island in Kittery, a town near Portsmouth, N.H., popular with tourists.The shipyard says four injured people have been treated and released.
The Bangor City Council may soon be looking into regulations surrounding blasting and quarries.On Wednesday night, the Business and Economic Development Committee heard from concerned neighbors of a new quarry site off of Union Street.
The Bangor City Council is considering relinquishing city control over certain properties, including the Freeze’s building.That was discussed in a council workshop session Tuesday night.The council is taking a hard look at the city budget with a sharp eye last night on the parking, general funding and executive portions of the budget.City-controlled real estate was front and center too.The council will continue to overview budgets for one more week before making any decisions.
Senator Susan Collins is praising the response by the crew on board flight 787.She’s the ranking republican on the Homeland Security Committee She says the nine crew members followed the appropriate protocol in keeping the passengers safe.Collins says surgically concealed devices are a method al-Qaeda is using to attack us, â€œIt is the reason that airlines received a directive from the Department of Homeland Security to be alert to passengers who may have had recent surgery and may be posing a threat because of the concealment of an explosive device”Last year, a terrorist from Yemen targeted a Saudi Arabian minister with a concealed explosive device.The device wound up killing the terrorists instead of the target.
With hopes of rebuilding a deer herd that’s shrunk in parts of Maine to worrisome levels, Governor Paul LePage has signed new legislation that implements multi-pronged strategies laid out in a bill that passed last year.The new laws, signed Monday by LePage, are aimed principally at two areas: restoring all-important deer yards that help the animals survive Maine’s winters and controlling coyotes where they are the biggest threat to deer.Wildlife officials say one of the best ways of protecting deer yards is through cooperative working agreements with large timberland owners to leave those areas intact.The legislation adds $100,000 to the fish and game department’s predator control program.
School students in Belfast are getting some hands on learning when it comes to their overall health.Last month, the high school opened a wellness room.Volunteer licensed practitioners from the community come in to provide massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, and other forms of alternative health care.The idea is to help the students relax, but more importantly, teach them how to manage stress in their own lives.The sessions are done during study hall or free time and parental permission slips are required.Teachers are also welcome to take advantage of the wellness room.Camden Hills Regional High School has a similar program.
A man from Bradley was sentenced to eight months behind bars Wednesday for sexually abusing a child in 2009.44-year old Timothy Damien pleaded guilty in a Bangor courtroom Tuesday to two counts of unlawful sexual contact.The incidents took place between January and April of 2009.Prior to sentencing, Damien, who is deaf, used an interpreter to address the court.