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  1. Another Good Reason Not To Pee In The Pool

    09.21 / 22:00 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Waterparks can be fun, but they also can pose unexpected health risks – in this case, eye and respiratory problems. And that shower you never take before you get in the pool plays a role. In July 2015, patrons at an indoor waterpark resort in Ohio started to complain about eye and respiratory problems. Local health officials surveyed patrons and waterpark employees, who reported issues like eye burning, nose irritation, difficulty breathing and vomiting. The Centers for Disease Control and …
  2. After Massive Data Breach, Equifax Directed Customers To Fake Site

    09.21 / 22:00 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    After a cyberattack that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people, the credit reporting agency Equifax set up a website to help people determine if they had been affected, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. However, on multiple occasions over the span of weeks, the company's official Twitter account responded to customer inquiries by apparently directing them to a fake phishing site called www.securityequifax2017.com. Luckily, the fake site — blocked or flagged by many I…
  3. How To Soften The Blow From Recent Hurricanes And Earthquakes

    09.21 / 22:00 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Back-to-back natural disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean have left millions of people reeling. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday crumpled buildings and killed more than 200 people. And it hit while Mexico was still recovering from another deadly and powerful earthquake in the southern part of the country. On Thursday rescue workers were still trying to free trapped victims. On Wednesday Hurricane Maria dealt Puerto Rico a direct punch, knocking out…
  4. In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

    09.21 / 22:00 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    When filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick began research for a 10-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, they thought they knew the material. After all, Burns was of draft age in 1970, though his draft number was too high for him to be called to serve. But as they began interviewing subjects and sorting through archival footage, Burns and Novick soon came to appreciate just how complicated the war was. "We went in, both of us, with this kind of arrogance about it, and immediately had…
  5. Legislature Trying To Figure Out Who’s Responsible For Abandoned Roads

    09.21 / 21:08 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    The debate over who’s responsible for abandoned and discontinued roads continued before the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee Thursday. “We’ve decided to have MMA (Maine Municipal Association), a group of managers and other parties and our legal staff come up with something they can reach consensus on,” says Rep. Danny Martin, a Democrat from Sinclair who co-chairs the committee. The issue has been around for years. Homeowners on roads that have been abandoned or discontin…
  6. 10 Years Later, Maine Schools Still Wrestle With District Consolidation

    09.21 / 21:08 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Ten years ago, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed a law changing the structure of education across Maine, forcing districts to consolidate with schools in nearby towns as a way of saving money. But a decade later, the consolidation experiment has led to more conflict than success in many districts. Pete Webster’s Spanish class at Whittier Middle School in Poland begins quietly enough. Webster introduces a few vocab words to his students, and they repeat them back. But about five minutes in, W…
  7. Maine Ag Department Moves To Acquire Conservation Easement for State's Largest Sugarbush

    09.21 / 20:12 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is moving to acquire a $1.2 million conservation easement to protect a remote plantation of sugar maples — meaning it could soon become a stakeholder in Maine’s maple syrup ind…
  8. Is Fondant Free Speech? Chefs Show Support For Gay Marriage As Court Case Looms

    09.21 / 18:17 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Bedecked in fondant and flowers, modern wedding cakes are the centerpiece of the marriage feast – an edible form of art. But are they also an expression of free speech? That's the question the Supreme Court will consider this fall, when it hears the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple because he said it would violate his religious beliefs. "You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," muses baker Catherine George of Catherine G…
  9. In Catalonia, Thousands Protest Spanish Attempts To Stop Referendum Vote

    09.21 / 18:17 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Barcelona, protesting the Spanish government and expressing support for a planned Oct. 1 vote on Catalan independence. Spain considers the referendum to be illegal. On Wednesday, Spanish police with court-ordered search warrants seized millions of ballots and detained more than a dozen Catalonian politicians. A top treasury official is being held on sedition charges, the BBC reports. Demonstrations against the police action have been…
  10. Ideas From The CBC

    09.21 / 17:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 pm The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus Universities are supposed to be dedicated to the exchange of ideas. But according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, campuses now skew so far to the left that they've become what he calls "political monocultures" in which voices that stray too far from liberal orthodoxy are shouted down. Paul Kennedy speaks with Professor Haidt – and with other scholars who have been thinking about the c…
  11. Commonwealth Club Of California

    09.21 / 17:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 pm Floyd Abrams: The Soul Of The First Amendment What makes America great? According to Floyd Abrams, it’s our exceptional protection of free speech under the First Amendment. From college campuses to cable news, the First Amendment has been at the center of many conflicts on both sides of the political spectrum. First Amendment rights, and the controversy surrounding these seemingly dry issues, have even captured the attention of President Trump on Twitter. T…
  12. Intelligence Squared

    09.21 / 17:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Monday, September 25 at 2:00 pm Unresolved: Face-Off With China Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats? In a wide-ranging evening of debate, General David Petraeus will join military historian Max Boot for a keynote conversation and broad look into the most pressing global challenges of the Trump era. Once the stage is set, four of the world's most prominent…
  13. Maine Judge To Weigh Death Declaration For Missing Toddler

    09.21 / 17:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    PORTLAND, Maine - Maine state police say they have uncovered no evidence that a missing toddler is alive after receiving more than a thousand leads about her 2011 disappearance. The toddler's mother, at a Thursday court hearing in Portland, asked that Ayla Reynolds be declared dead. An attorney for Trista Reynolds said the matter is now in a probate judge's hands. A declaration would allow a wrongful death lawsuit against the toddler's father. Ayla, who was 20 months old, was staying with…
  14. Report: Maine's Early Child Care System Failing Families, Providers

    09.21 / 16:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Maine's early child care system is failing families, children, and providers, according to a new report by the Maine Women's Policy Center and the Maine Children's Alliance. The report, called "Investing in Our Future," concludes there's a lack of availability and high costs for infant care. Claire Berkowitz of the Maine Children's Alliance says increasing state funding for Head Start is one important step that would improve the situation. "In Maine, Head Start Programs only have the…
  15. Top Stories: Tracking Hurricane Maria; The Reach Of Credit Bureaus

    09.21 / 15:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Good morning, here are our early stories: -- Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Without Power, Hits Dominican Republic. -- Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question. -- Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear You'. And here are more early headlines: Tracking Earthquake Rescue Efforts In Mexico. ( Guardian ) Why GOP Senators Are Considering A New ACA Repeal. ( Washington Post ) Myanmar Protesters Try To Block Aid To Rohingya Refugees. (…
  16. Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election

    09.21 / 15:18 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    In these uncertain times, the international community has looked increasingly to Germany and its experienced, long-serving chancellor, for leadership. That leader, Angela Merkel, looks set to return to office for her fourth term when Germans go to the polls on Sunday. But even if she does, there's no guarantee it will be business as usual. Governments in Germany are most commonly formed as coalitions, and for now, it's unclear what the country's next coalition will end up looking like — a…
  17. Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Hits Dominican Republic

    09.21 / 14:14 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Puerto Rico is trying to start the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria — and it's doing so after the powerful storm blew homes apart, filled roads with water, and tore at its infrastructure. Flash floods are persisting, and the island has no electricity service. "We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — its representative in Congress — told Morning Edition on Thursday. González-Colón spoke from Carolina…
  18. Puerto Rico Energy Infrastructure Is 'Completely Down,' Governor Says

    09.21 / 11:17 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Thursday Hurricane Maria has damaged Puerto Rico's power infrastructure in ways that, in a worst-case scenario, could take months to repair, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN late Wednesday. "Our telecommunications system is partially down," he said. "Our energy infrastructure is completely down." Rosselló said that the island's energy infrastructure is "a little bit old, mishandled and weak," and towers carrying high-voltage lines may have been toppled by the storm. T…
  19. Cumberland County Sheriff Says He Won't Detain Released Inmates for Immigration Authorities

    09.21 / 11:17 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    The Cumberland County Sheriff is no longer complying with requests by federal immigration authorities to detain people who are being released from jail. It’s a move applauded by immigrant and civil rights advocates, but condemned by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce says his longtime policy has been to honor requests from ICE to detain inmates who were being released from the county jail after serving time on nonimmigration offenses. The p…
  20. These GOP Senators Could Block Republicans' Obamacare Repeal

    09.21 / 11:17 news.mpbn.net News.mpbn.net - Maine (ME)
    Republicans' complex health care calculations are coming down to simple math. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 of the chamber's 52 Republicans to vote for a bill that aims to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and drastically reshape the Medicaid system. McConnell's office is planning to bring the bill up for a vote next week. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has made clear that his vote is unattainable on the latest and last-ditch proposal by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South…