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Wednesday August 20, 2014

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    Harmless Error - Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Ferguson recap 8/19/14, autopsy, tear gas & John Oliver’s take

    When I last wrote about the Ferguson Missouri situation, it seemed that the conflict was drawing to a close. Turns out, that was super not what happened. It’s worth considering where we are now and how we got here. Last Thursday, as things looked like they were going to explode, Governor Jay Nixon ordered State Police to take over security from the Ferguson PD. Capt. Ronald S. Johnson was appointed to […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 8:42 am

    Nice weather continues into the weekend, but a bit cool for some

    As you all know, the weather has been very comfortable with a big lack of humidity this summer. One of the byproducts of this pattern is that the ground is drying out easier than it would be if we had more moisture in the air. Think about how long it would take a towel to dry on a humid day as opposed to a dry day with a gentle breeze. […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 10:51 am

    French Acadians celebrate Feast of the Assumption Mass

    Dozens of hand bells were rung by a procession of children who proclaimed the opening of the Acadian Mass, on the Feast of the Assumption, in Madawaska, at the 2014 World Acadian Congress.  The bell ringing was a chilling reminder about the reason the French-Acadians continue to congregate every five years to research their religious and historic heritages. Also, the Acadians gather to celebrate their survival in the face of […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 8:19 am

    No Heat In Sight As August Continues

    The theory of time and our daily weather are intricately tied in our minds to a point I’m not sure we fully appreciate. The month of August so far has sort of created this dissonance in my own mind because of the lack of heat and humidity. What it feels like outside this morning makes me think it’s September and this feeling has been going on for the past couple […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Portland and southern Maine not the only spots with record rain this week.

    This will be the week that millions of people remember for the big rain. I write millions because from Detroit, Michigan to Islip, New York to locally in Portland, rainfall records were set this week and some of the numbers were historical. Meteorologically, the most of us receive this time of year comes from thunderstorms. Unless there is a tropical system, which can carry a tremendous amount of moisture and […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 8:17 am

    French Acadian pride at St. John Valley fêtes

    Landscapes along the beautiful St. John River on both the Maine and New Brunswick Canada international border are brightly decorated with symbols of French Acadian pride. Town buildings are decorated with gold stars, the same five point icon adorning the red white and blue Acadian flags, a “bienvenu” to the thousands who are gathered to celebrate centuries of history, culture, religion, genealogy and the pride of belonging to the dozens […]

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  • Harmless Error - Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 6:31 am

    Sooo…this Ferguson, Missouri sitch got kinda crazy

    If you hadn’t noticed already, stuff in Ferguson, Missouri got pretty rugged for a second. The St. Louis suburb was in turmoil after the 8/9/14 police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown Jr. Eyewitnesses, including Brown’s friend and a bystander, report that an officer struggled with Brown through the window of his police car and then shot the teen as he ran away. Witnesses said that after he was hit Brown turned, put his […]

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  • Harmless Error - Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 6:37 am

    Teacher charged with “maintaining drug-involved premises,” what’s that?

    Noel Thibodeau is a former language teacher accused of allowing his home to be used for drug activity. He was arrested on August 5th and released on bail this monday. Thibodeau is charged with a federal crime that we don’t see very often called “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.” After reading the coverage earlier this week, I thought I would take a closer look at the law. The statute is 21 U.S.C. […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Wet afternoon prompts flood watches

    If you’re going to interrupt the nice stretch of weather, might as well do it in a big way. This morning we find a rather vigorous storm centered north of the region with a secondary storm developing south of the area. If this was winter I’d likely be forecasting a mess with rain, mixed precipitation and heavy inland snow. Of course it’s not cold enough for any of that (although […]

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