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There’s a nationwide push to require labels for foods that contain genetically modified organisms, and Maine is at the forefront. Early last year, Maine became the second state to adopt a law requiring that packages of food with genetically modified organisms carry labels indicating the product was “produced with genetic engineering.” Maine joined Connecticut in passing a label requirement, and Vermont followed suit soon after. But in Maine and Connecticut, the label requirements won’t take effect until four other states adopt similar requirements. Under Maine’s law, the four other states must be contiguous, meaning the route to a label requirement winds through New Hampshire and three other bordering states. That’s the point of contention in the Maine Legislature this year for advocates of GMO labeling. They are pushing legislation with bipartisan support, LD 991, that would repeal two parts of Maine’s 2014 GMO label law: the provision that keeps the requirement from taking effect without similar laws in four other states and another provision that repeals the law on Jan. 1, 2018, if it hasn’t taken effect. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Man Without Shirt Arrested

Matthew MansirBRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick man has been indicted on charges that include aggravated assault after police say he threatened a group of people at his home, cut an 18-year-old woman with a 10-inch butcher knife and assaulted another man. Matthew Mansir, 24, of Brunswick was arrested early in the morning of Feb. 14 after police went to his home for a report Mansir had stabbed someone on the hand. Five people who were with Mansir at the home reported he had “just gone off” after a minor disagreement and threatened them, then used a 10-inch butcher knife to cut the hand of an 18-year-old Lisbon woman, Brunswick Police Sgt. Paul Hansen said at the time. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Aaron Hernandez Grateful to Get Life in Prison Instead of Being Traded to the Raiders

aaron hernandezFALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, who had been considered one of the top tight ends in professional football, shook his head, pursed his lips and sat down after the jury forewoman pronounced him guilty in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict. Hernandez, his eyes red, mouthed to them: “Be strong. Be strong.” Lloyd’s mother also cried. Jurors deliberated for 36 hours over seven days before rendering their decision, which also included convictions on weapons charges. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Medical Marijuana Activists Confused As Maine Starts Regulating Marijuana Like Medicine. They Thought They Could Just Grow it Out by the Cement Pond

Granny Clampett's Rheumatiz medicine, AKA medical marijuana. Maine news from The Rumfrod MeteorAUGUSTA — Medical marijuana advocates are raising questions about a new state inspection program that they say hasn’t been fully developed and may not have been implemented legally. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services signed a one-year, $167,000 contract with the Maine Sheriff’s Association in March to hire four inspectors to investigate complaints about any of the 1,700 caregivers scattered throughout the state who grow marijuana for patients. The patients must be directed to caregivers by doctors who sign a certificate, similar to a prescription, saying the patient needs marijuana to help treat a medical condition or alleviate the symptoms of a condition. The caregivers, many of whom cultivate the marijuana at their homes, can treat up to five patients, growing no more than six plants for each patient. While the state’s existing rules don’t outline an inspection process, there are rules on their operations and DHHS said the new inspectors will be used to investigate any complaints from the public that growers – primarily caregivers – are violating the rules, according to David Sorenson, the department’s spokesman. Paul McCarrier, a caregiver advocate and president of Legalize Maine, a group working on legalizing marijuana, said the inspection program doesn’t appear to have been adopted through the normal rule-making process, raising questions about its validity. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Electrician Fined for Wiring a Stripmall Marijuana Farm Without a Valid Electrician’s License. Later He’ll Visit a Land Where Everyone’s Short, and Then Another Where Everyone’s Tall

gullivers travelsGARDINER, Maine — A Waterville man has been ordered to pay penalties of $8,250 for electrical work he did last year for a marijuana-growing facility in a Fairfield strip mall, the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation said Wednesday. Craig Shores was found on March 20 by the Electricians’ Examining Board to have violated laws that prohibit doing electrical work without a license. His work presented a threat to public safety and property, the board found. The board found that Shores, whose license was suspended in 2009 after 65 code violations were found at a house he’d worked on in Belgrade, had been working for more than five years without a license. The work in Fairfield was described as “haphazard, messy and dangerous” by a state electrical inspector. The inspector also found that Shores’ shoddy work created “a serious fire hazard.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Ted Kennedy Center Dedication Expected to Feature Open Bar Despite Its Mortgage Being Underwater

ted kennedy centerBOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned this place as being about one man,” said Victoria Reggie Kennedy, his widow and president of the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. “He saw it as being about the nearly 2,000 men and women who have served in the United States Senate and about the future senators who will be walking through those doors.” On Monday, the $79 million facility that sits adjacent to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy, is scheduled to be dedicated at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a host of current and former senators of both parties. It opens to the public on Tuesday. Kennedy, the Democratic “liberal lion” of the Senate, began to conceptualize the institute long before he became ill, with its centerpiece being a full-scale replica of the chamber where visitors can role-play as senators weighing the pressing issues of the day, family members said in recent interviews. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

There’s a Feeling Jed Gets, When He Looks to the West, and His Spirit Is Crying for Leaving

Jedediah WasilewskiRICHMOND — Police arrested a local man Tuesday night after he allegedly assaulted his band mate with a BB gun, took a sport utility vehicle and crashed it on Route 24, damaged a police cruiser and assaulted an officer as he was taken into custody. Jedediah Wasilewski, 36, of Richmond, was charged with armed robbery, operating after suspension, assault, assault on an officer, criminal mischief and violation of probation. He could be charged with operating under the influence, pending the results of a blood test, according to Richmond Chief Scott MacMaster. It all started at band practice, MacMaster said. Wasilewski was at a friend’s house in a mobile home park on Hatch Street to practice with other musicians who are in a band together. MacMaster said Wasilewski asked a friend for a ride to a residence where he was staying on Beedle Road so he could get his guitar amplifier, but the friend refused. Wasilewski then grabbed a BB gun, struck a Richmond man with it and pinned the man against a vehicle. Wasilewski then took an SUV belonging to someone else at the residence around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Soon thereafter he crashed the 2005 Ford Escape on Route 24, which is also known as River Road, near Knickerbocker Road. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Live Stiffs Remember Funny Dead Guys

snl 40Top actors, pop stars, sports heroes and veteran comics turned out in force on Sunday for a special broadcast celebrating the 40th anniversary of the seminal late night comedy program, “Saturday Night Live” during a marathon live show. The 3½-hour show on NBC, which has aired the Saturday night staple since 1975 and launched the careers of comedy stars ranging from Eddie Murphy to Martin Short, featured a series of rapid-fire clips of classic SNL bits, with the show’s veterans reprising or reinventing their most-loved sketches. Ostensibly hosted by Steve Martin, the anniversary show included appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks. Dozens of cast members from the checkered history of “Saturday Night Live” were on hand, notably first-season regulars Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris.  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Owl’s Head Man Gets Himself Arrested By Annoying Teenage Girls On Facebook. “Annoying” Works As a Verb or an Adjective In That Sentence

Sumner P. SwettA 38-year-old convicted sex offender is barred from having a computer and going online for the next year after he pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to harassing young girls by contacting them on Facebook and Instagram even after they told him to stop. Sumner P. Swett of Owls Head was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and charged with harassment by telephone or by electronic communication device. Swett pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday. The district attorney’s office agreed to a deferred disposition in which for the next year, Swett will be required to undergo counseling, agree to random searches and be barred from having a computer or using the Internet. If he adheres to terms of those conditions, Swett will be sentenced to one year in jail with all but 30 days suspended. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Portland Police Increase Their Popularity By Avoiding Criminals At All Costs

portland maine policePORTLAND, MAINE — For nearly three weeks, the faces of Portland police officers “Graham and Joe” have been all over the place — in the real world and the virtual one. In a revival of the Portland Police Department’s walking patrol, which in recent years has been dormant during the winter, officers Graham Hults and Joe Chappell have embraced the chilly duty with zeal, stopping often to listen to constituents’ stories or problems and posting prolifically about their travels on the department’s Facebook page. Signing off on each social media post as simply “Graham and Joe” with the tag #footbeat, the duo has put up pictures of themselves playing with neighborhood children, cuddling puppies and visiting business owners. Nationwide, police have been at the center of several divisive controversies in 2014, including deadly altercations in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, as well as criticisms over the amount of military equipment departments now use nationwide. Even in Maine, police have been under heavy scrutiny for their inventories of military weapons and vehicles, and for disproportionately high arrest rates of blacks. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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