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Tuesday July 22, 2014

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 9:23 am

    Sand Hill- Franco-Americans in Augusta

    A walking tour of Augusta Maine’s Sand Hill neighborhood, tells a snippet about the Franco-American immigration experience in New England. A thesis by Julia Schulz of Rockland, ME supports this history. Augusta City Councilor Patrick Paradis grew up on Sand Hill, where he attended the St. Augustine parochial school, before he graduated from high school in Bucksport, ME.                   Paradis led me […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 6:34 am

    Great vacation weather this week, with minor interruptions

    This certainly hasn’t been a July like last year. July 2013 was a very hot month. The temperature last July averaged 2.5 degrees above normal, making it one of warmer months on record. In Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut a year ago, July would turn out the hottest month ever recorded. This year is very different. I’ll give you some statistics for Portland, but you can assume they are […]

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    Harmless Error - Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Lawyered to death: why California’s death penalty is unconstitutional

    In 1995 Ernest Dewayne Jones was sentenced to death in California. He exhausted all his state appeals and lost at every turn. In 2009 Jones applied for federal Habeas Corpus relief claiming that his sentence violated his federal rights. On Wednesday, federal district court judge Cormac J. Carney finally ruled on the petition and held that Jones’ sentence is unconstitutional. His decision was not based on the idea that it’s too harsh […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 9:13 am

    Acadian Roots: Images of the St. John Valley ready for CMA 2014

    A literary immersion into French-Acadian culture, history, language, folk lore, legends and facts about the Upper St. John Valley, are showcased in ACADIAN ROOTS: Images of the St. John Valley, by Dottie Hutchins with color photography by Paul Cyr. In the bilingual color publication are information about the beauty and culture of this special region of northern Maine and surrounding area. Historical facts and regional information include a series of […]

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    Harmless Error - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 7:03 am

    Your Genome is less protected than your iPhone, except in Vermont

    Many states have laws mandating DNA collection from people who get arrested. Once analyzed, the arrestee’s DNA profile can be added to a database for use in future investigations. Last term, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Maryland v. King and held that these compulsory DNA sampling laws are constitutional. Maine has a DNA testing law but it only requires samples from people convicted of certain crimes. Vermont’s new DNA protections Last week, Vermont’s Supreme Court decided State […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 | 9:51 am

    More torrential rain in the forecast

    The good news is I don’t see the weather being as severe as yesterday. The bad news, we don’t really improve with the weather until tomorrow. Yesterday a line of severe storms pushed through Maine, with the town of York sustaining the heaviest damage. So far we don’t have any confirmed reports of tornadoes, but there were reports of funnel clouds. The winds that caused so much tree damage in […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 9:09 pm

    Flood watches for many areas, may be modified overnight

    Cold weather in the Midwest this week is part of the reason why we have so much rain in the forecast for the next 48 hours here in New England. The jet stream is taking quite the dip across the center of the United States with the return flow up the coastline. This pattern is similar to what we saw in January, but in July when cities have a temperature […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Summer warmth brings back the monarch butterflies, but there’s trouble with this Maine favorite

    Summer temperatures bring a lot of great things to Maine and even with rain in the forecast, the warmth continues. I recently took a sunset walk and noticed some milkweed growing along the side of the road. I was happy to see this weed as it’s the primary source for one of the most recognizable butterflies in the United State, the monarch. I have a special place in my heart […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Franco-American culture in a mural, folk art and quilt

    Three creative examples of Franco-American history, expressed through art demonstrate how local efforts are exhibiting pride in the culture. A panoramic colorful historic art mural is a focal point and backdrop of the main floor and banquet room’s stage, at the Franco-American Le Club Calumet on Old Belgrade Road, in Augusta. A series of four panels stretching 33 feet across the stage and 10.5 feet high, realistically portrays life in […]

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