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Snowe announcement spurs political shuffle as candidates jockey for position — See page 14

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A school lunch appraisal See page 6 Portland Public Services crews load sanding trucks Wednesday night in preparation for the overnight snowstorm. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Like totally ahead of the linguistic curve (NY Times) — Whether it be uptalk (pronouncing statements as if they were questions? Like this?), creating slang words or the incessant use of “like” as a conversation filler, vocal trends associated with young women are often seen as markers of immaturity or even stupidity. But linguists — many of whom once promoted theories consistent with that attitude — now say such thinking is outmoded. Girls and women in their teens and 20s deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends and popular slang, they say, adding that young women use these embellishments in much more sophisticated ways than people tend to realize. “A lot of these really flamboyant things you hear are cute, and girls are supposed to be cute,” said Penny Eckert, a professor of linguistics at Stanford University. “But they’re not just using them because they’re girls. They’re using them to achieve some kind of interactional and stylistic end.” The latest linguistic curiosity to emerge from the petri dish of girl culture gained a burst of public recognition in December, when researchers from Long Island University published a paper about it in The Journal of Voice. Working with what they acknowledged was a very small sample — recorded speech from 34 women ages 18 to 25 — the professors said they had found evidence of a new trend among female college students: a guttural fluttering of the vocal cords they called “vocal fry.” A classic example of vocal fry, best described as a raspy or croaking sound injected (usually) at the end of a sentence, can be heard when Mae West says, “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me,” or, more recently on television, when Maya Rudolph mimics Maya Angelou on “Saturday Night Live.” Not surprisingly, gadflies in cyberspace were quick to pounce on the study — or, more specifically, on the girls and women who are frying their words. “Are they trying to sound like Kesha or Britney Spears?” teased The Huffington Post, naming two pop stars who employ vocal fry while singing, although the study made no mention of them. “Very interesteeeaaaaaaaaang,” said, mocking the lazy, drawn-out affect.


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Reserve North Korea agrees Federal chairman sees to curb nuclear work modest growth WASHINGTON (NY Times) — North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would suspend nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex, a step that raised the possibility of ending a diplomatic impasse that has allowed the country’s nuclear program to continue with no international oversight for years. Although the Obama administration called the steps “important, if limited,” they nonetheless signaled that the country’s new leader, Kim Jongun, is at least willing to engage with the United States, which pledged in exchange to ship tons of food aid to the isolated, impoverished nation. The United States and other nations have been watching closely to see whether Kim’s rise to power

would alter the country’s behavior following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, late last year. North Korea also agreed on a moratorium on launchings of long-range missiles, which have in the past raised military tensions in the region, but joint statements released by the State Department and North Korea’s official news agency omitted direct references to relations with South Korea, which remain tense. North Korea has agreed in the past to halt its nuclear program only to back out, demanding more concessions or accusing the United States of reneging on its obligations. And the statement Tuesday from the North’s official Korean Central News Agency included a caveat, saying the country would carry out the agreement only “as long as talks proceed fruitfully.”

Syria moves forces around besieged area in Homs BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) — The Syrian military tightened its deadly vise on a besieged neighborhood of Homs on Wednesday, pounding the area from four sides with mortar and rocket fire, moving new tanks into the vicinity, and raising fears of possible preparations for a ground assault, activists in the city said. Communication with those in the Baba Amr neighborhood, the epicenter of a government bombardment that has lasted more than three weeks, was severed for several hours, and there were

conflicting reports throughout the day over whether the longexpected assault on the area had already begun. But a few activists in the city reported that there was no invasion. Fear of a final assault had been reinforced by the sudden disappearance of checkpoints around the city. But activists later speculated that the checkpoints might have been moved as a precaution when the tanks moved in closer and intensified their fire, said Omar Idlib, a Lebanon-based activist with the Local Coordinating Com-

mittees, an opposition group. Tank reinforcements had rumbled into the area around Baba Amr overnight from the Damascus highway, activists said. “It was a very aggressive attack on Baba Amr today,” Mulham al-Jundi, an activist who was in a nearby neighborhood, said Wednesday. He said he doubted the army would try to enter Baba Amr with tanks. “I don’t think they want to enter it anyway; they want to destroy it completely by shelling it from adjacent villages and neighborhoods.”

WASHINGTON (NY Times) — The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said on Wednesday that the Fed retained its modest expectations for the American economy this year, despite some evidence of stronger growth. Bernanke told the House Committee on Financial Services, that the recent rise in oil prices had not affected the Fed’s view that the economy would expand from 2.2 to 2.7 percent this year, about the same rate as during the second half of last year. He acknowledged that higher oil prices were “likely to push up inflation temporarily while reducing consumers’ purchasing power.” But the Fed expects the overall pace of increases in prices and wages to remain “subdued,” Bernanke said. Some economists see evidence that the pace of growth is increasing. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said Wednesday morning that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 3 percent during the last three months of 2011, somewhat higher than its initial estimate of 2.8 percent. The unemployment rate has declined to 8.3 percent in January from 9.1 percent last July. But the Fed has remained cautious, and Mr. Bernanke reiterated Wednesday a familiar list of reasons for that stance, including the depressed condition of the housing market and continued economic turbulence in Europe. The Fed also has overestimated the pace of recovery several times in recent years. “The recovery of the U.S. economy continues, but the pace of expansion has been uneven and modest by historical standards,” Bernanke said.

Storm system crushes Midwestern towns KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NY Times) — A powerful storm system tore through parts of the Midwest on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and leaving pockets of devastation across several states, marking the acceleration of another deadly tornado season. Howling winds tore off roofs, downed power lines, tossed mobile homes and sent people to the hospital from Kansas to Kentucky. The storm system continued to cause

problems as it pushed farther east and north. The damage appeared to be most significant in Harrisburg, a small city in southern Illinois, where at least six people were killed in the storm, according to a spokesman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Blocks of houses and businesses were reduced to rubble. “Everything in the path was completely wiped out, just destroyed,” said Nick

Sumner, who ran for cover after waking to tornado sirens. “It’s indescribable,” he added. “It’s surreal. Nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s something you’d see on a movie. Complete devastation.” The storm system, which originated from the Rocky Mountains, also killed at least three people in southern Missouri, according to state officials.

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Police find body of missing Fla. firefighter BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Maine authorities discovered the body of a missing Florida firefighter Wednesday and say the man suspected of killing him owed the slain firefighter $3,000, according to an arrest affidavit. Police found the body of 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo a day after arrresting a 24-year-old Bangor man for his murder. Daniel Porter was arrested Tuesday after police found blood drops and Perdomo a piece of skull or bone in a Jackson home rented by Porter's father, according to court records. Porter told authorities the two men were playing pool at the residence when the firefighter began making threatening remarks toward him and his family.

"(Porter told police) that Jerry Perdomo is dead and he told his father the location of Perdomo's body and the gun," reads Porter's arrest affidavit. The affidavit notes that Porter did not tell police the location of Perdomo's body, and that the accused killer's father "did not want to say either." The body was discovered in woods in Newburgh at about 9:30 a.m., according to Steve McCausland, a Department of Public Safety spokesman. The property is owned by Porter's relatives. "A team of 35 Game Wardens and searchers began a search effort in that area about 8 a.m.," McCausland said in a statement. "The body had been concealed." McCausland said earlier in the week that the murder is drug related. Perdomo was reported missing on Feb. 16 by a Maine woman described in court documents as his girlfriend. The investigation into his disappearance began three days later. Earlier this week, in an interview from her home


in Orange City, Fla., Perdomo's wife, Tonya, told the Associated Press that her husband was "a dedicated dad ... (who) helps people out a lot." Perdomo's children are 10 and 3, according to published reports.

Police warn Brighton Ave. residents of prisoner release BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Authorities took to warning residents of a Brighton Avenue neighborhood about the release of a prisoner with a history of indecent conduct and assaultive behavior, police said. The Portland Police Department leafleted homes near the 900 block of Brighton Avenue this week and notified two schools that 47-year-old Steven Ricci was returning to the area Tuesday. Ricci was released from the Cum-

berland County Jail after he was arrested in August and later convicted for masturbating in front of a woman on a trail in the Fore River Sanctuary, police said. Ricci is not a registered sex Ricci offender, though authorities say patterns of his violations warranted a neighborhood notification.

"He's likely to reoffend," said Lt. Gary Rogers. "That's why we're leafleting." Ricci's criminal history and diagnosis of mental illness are contributing factors to the likelihood he will reoffend, Rogers said. In 2006, Ricci pleaded guilty to indecent conduct and violating conditions of release after he attempted to lure a teenage girl into his vehicle, according to police. He has also been convicted of indecent conduct and engaging a prostitute.

Authorities distributed more than 100 fliers in the area and notified administrators at Hall Elementary School and Breakwater School. The PPD rarely distributes leaflets to a neighborhood notifying residents about high-risk reoffenders, Rogers said. "It doesn't happen very often, maybe once a year or something like that," he said. Ricci is on probation for one year and must obey a dusk-to-dawn curfew, according to the flier.

Public forum tackles framework for pedestrian, biking transit BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

A draft proposal that would lay the groundwork for bicycle byways, rate city sidewalks and set up a framework for pedestrian and biking transit in Portland will be the focus of a public forum today. The city’s Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee will host the event in order to roll out the proposal and hear additional insight or feedback from residents. The draft recommendations will be discussed before a pedestrian and bicycling element of the Portland Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the committee and full council. “I think it’s pretty exciting,” said Christian MilNeil, chairman of the Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a resident group established to advocate for bicycle and pedestrian transit issues. “This plan is about having sort of minimum standards,” he said, adding, “We’re hoping that this sort of sets up a good framework for future work.” MilNeil explained that, under the proposal, quality standards and measurements for improvement for sidewalks and trails, for example, would be would

be setup for the first time in Portland for nonmotorized transportation. The standards MilNeil described could mirror those already in place for roads and vehicle traffic, he said. MilNeil also said that he and other residents intend to call on councilors at the public hearing to support finding a permanent funding source for whatever proposal is added to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “One thing I’d like to talk about is the city being more proactive,” he said, explaining that as is, the proposal would be a blueprint for future development as projects come together. In order to begin seeing somewhat immediate changes and improvements, the pedestrian and bicycle plan would need a funding source, MilNeil said. “If they can approve the plan and approve a source of funding for the plan, then that would make it a lot more useful and a much better investment,” he said. The draft proposal was developed by city staff from multiple departments, as well as members of

Healthy Portland, a coalition that promotes exercise and improved physical health. A $1.8 million federal grant aimed at fighting obesity helped support the proposal, said Mike Bobinsky, director of Portland Public Services. “The overall draft plan is providing guidance for city officials on future elements of pedestrian and bicycle transportation improvements,” Bobinsky said. “What’s key in it, I think, is that it identifies goals and objectives.” At least one council member said he hopes the public forum and presentation of the draft plan will draw a decent size crowd. “We’ve been working on this for a while,” said Councilor Dave Marshall, chairman of the Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee. “We need some more public input on it so we’re opening it up in kind of a less formal environment,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the event and it should be a good presentation.” The forum is slated for today at Merrill Rehearsal Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (For updates on weather cancellations, visit

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Stories on Brunswick rail facility failed to detail study Editor, The Sun recently published two articles about the proposed commuter rail layover facility near Pleasant Street in Brunswick, including “Rail Authority: Bringing Train to Brunswick to Test Noise Levels ‘Complex.’” Both articles engaged in enough “he said — she said” controversy to leave the reader entirely uninformed. This project will use federal funds. Therefore it must comply with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). NEPA requires that environmental documentation be completed on this project. Your reporter might have noted that the rail authority (NNEPRA) completed an environmental screening for the facility — Downeaster Layover Facility Siting Report (8/11) (see NNEPRA website). If he was doing his job he might have even read the report. A Final (screening) Report was also completed, but it appears illegible on my computer. Based upon the original screening, an apparent Categorical Exclusion (CE) will be prepared which will state that the project will not individually or cumulatively have a “significant” environmental effect. This will legally wrap-up environmental work on the project. The necessity for environmental mitigation is entirely absent from the environmental screening. So, I suppose that no mitigation will be required. A review of the Noise and Vibration Screening (pp. 20-22), leaves several questions unanswered including: why wasn’t an ambient (background) noise level for Brunswick West established; why was there no discussion of ‘quiet zones’ at intersections where train horn-blowing would be unnecessary; where see LETTERS page 5

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Westbrook woman finds way to help elderly stay at home Life is full of twists and turns. Part of the journey is to be open to the possibilities of the turn and ask: Is there something more I should be doing here? For Marcia Carr, of Gray, there was. Job loss, a severance package, and a lived experience brought her to where she is today. She’s happy making others happy. And the industry she is in is booming. Marcia grew up in a tightknit family in Westbrook. Her father wanted to remain in the family home where he considered himself to be independent. At age 92 he fell on the attic pull down stairs, breaking his hip, he landed in the hospital first, and then was rehabilitated at the Gorham House. Eventually, he was able to get back to his home. When a neighbor spotted him up on a ladder fixing a window a year later, she contacted Marcia. By this time, her father had been living alone for a decade. He knew what had to be done, and he did it; never recognizing his own limitations and risks. But the family did. Marcia and her siblings got together, divided up the responsibilities, and found other caregivers to step in when work,

Karen Vachon ––––– Better with Age family, and vacation schedules conflicted, or they just needed more sets of hands. When her father passed away at age 95, the family was happy that the assistance they provided with the help of caregivers had granted his wish: he died at home on Easter Sunday, 2010. By March 2011, nearly a year following her father’s passing, Marcia lost her job as sales manager of a medical supply company. She helped her husband recover from a major surgery; and was beginning to see a trend in what she was being called to do: Caregiver! Armed with her severance package, she took the summer to plan her new business, and launched For her, owning her own business has provided an opportunity to do the things she loves. She has

become a stress reduction specialist that helps people master balance in their lives as they face the challenges of granting aging parents their wishes. Each day is different. Some days she’s preparing meals or baking cookies. Other days, it’s the errand run of picking up dry cleaning, going to the post office, bank, hair or medical appointment, grocery store and then, perhaps out to lunch or the movies. She re-arranges the furniture, decorates for holidays, changes the light bulbs, laundry, ironing, and beds. Then she hits the books — from checkbook, to reading a book, she walks the dog, cleans the kitty litter, waters the plants, and weeds the garden. She’s a true home companion, there to make everyday life function, preserving dignity, keeping loved ones safe, independent, and happy at home. Her success and genuine care comes from her lived experience. She built her company utilizing the many resources that she found along the way. She became certified by the State of Maine as a Personal Support Specialist, received her Basic Life Support and First Aid Certification, is see VACHON page 5

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There be dragons In medieval times, areas known to be dangerous or uncharted were often labeled on maps with the warning: “Beware, here be dragons.” That is surely how mapmakers would be labeling the whole Middle East today. After the onset of the Arab awakenings, it was reasonable to be, at worst, agnostic and, at best, hopeful about the prospect of these countries making the difficult transition from autocracy to democracy. But recently, looking honestly at the region, one has to conclude that the prospects for stable transitions to democracy anytime soon are dimming. It is too early to give up hope, but it is not too early to start worrying. Lord knows it is not because of the bravery of the Arab youth, and many ordinary citizens, who set off these

Thomas Friedman ––––– The New York Times awakenings, in search of dignity, justice and freedom. No, it is because the staying power and mendacity of the entrenched old guards and old ideas in these countries is much deeper than most people realize and the frailty or absence of democratic institutions, traditions and examples much greater. “There is a saying that inside every fat man is a thin man dying to get out,” notes Michael Mandelbaum, the

foreign policy expert at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “We also tend to believe that inside every autocracy is a democracy dying to get out, but that might not be true in the Middle East.” It was true in Eastern Europe in 1989, added Mandelbaum, but there are two big differences between Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Many Eastern European countries had a recent liberal past to fall back on — after the artificially imposed Soviet communism was removed. And Eastern Europe also had a compelling model and magnet for free-market democracy right next door: the European Union. Most of the Arab-Muslim world has neither, so when the iron lid of autocracy comes off they fall back, not on liberalism, but Islamism, sec-

tarianism, tribalism or military rule. To be sure, we have to remember how long it took America to build its own liberal political order and what freaks that has made us today. Almost four years ago, we elected a black man, whose name was Barack, whose grandfather was a Muslim, to lead us out of our worst economic crisis in a century. We’re now considering replacing him with a Mormon, and it all seems totally normal. But that normality took more than 200 years and a civil war to develop. The Arabs and Afghans are in their first decade. You see in Syria how quickly the regime turned the democracy push there into a sectarian war. Remember, the opposition in Syria see FRIEDMAN page 6

State legislatures are promoting ‘age in place’ initiatives VACHON from page 4

bonded and fully insured, and is in business! Her slogan is: “With a smile and a hand, I’m here to help.” And she is! The population is rapidly aging. The population of Americans age 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years — caused by a combination of increased life expectancy and aging boomers. State legislatures are promoting “age in place” initiatives to help older adults remain active in their homes

and communities for as long as possible. And by all accounts, it is proven that seniors age better at home in a comfortable and familiar setting. Since Maine is the oldest state in the country, caring for Maine’s aging population has the potential to be our biggest industry! Marcia’s story is simple and real. In my profession, I see so many who have lost their jobs, have exhausted their unemployment, and don’t know what to do. Spending time with her, I realized she works hard doing simple and really meaningful things that mean

so much to others. She pledges a promise to treat her clients with dignity and respect, honoring confidentiality, she works closely with family members, treating loved ones as she would treat her own family. There are many agencies in the area that are answering the needs of aging seniors. This is life. This is love. This is Maine — the way life should be. (Karen Vachon is a resident of Scarborough. She is a licensed insurance agent, and an active volunteer in her community.)

Professional opinion: ‘Noise and vibration screening is wholly inadequate’ LETTERS from page 4

was there no discussion of special track-work such as crossovers which require a noise penalty during analysis and are especially important to a rail yard; was the required 5 dB penalty assessed to late night and early morning operations; where is the link to the technical documentation? After having spent 9 years at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) doing technical review of rail noise and vibration analysis, it is my professional opinion that this noise and vibration screening is wholly inadequate, and standard noise and vibration study using FTA Guidelines should be completed. While there may be no “significant’ noise and vibration impacts due to this project, this environmental screening has not sufficiently demonstrated that “significant” impacts will not occur. Simply stating that ... it is safe to speculate that such train-generated noise levels would not pose significant noise impact conditions [on the] community ...” should not warrant the preparation of a CE in a residential area. Jim Barr Portland

Sworn duty is to the Constitution, not to the Pledge of Allegiance Editor: During February we celebrate the birthdays of our two greatest presidents, Washington and Lincoln, neither of whom ever said the Pledge of Allegiance. One nation under God? It is time for the people to learn about religious freedom and why our great Constitution says nothing about God. As a patriot and wartime veteran it is my sworn duty to protect the Constitution — not the Pledge of Allegiance. It is the Constitution that will save us —

not the Pledge of Allegiance. I propose that the Pledge of Allegiance be replaced in the schools by a once a month reading of the first words of the Constitution: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to our-

selves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” I hope my three representatives in Washington pay attention and do their sworn duty. Our freedom is threatened. Lee Kemble Portland

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The dead hands of the past try to strangle the future FRIEDMAN from page 5

began as a largely peaceful, grass-roots, pan-Syrian movement for democratic change. But it was deliberately met by President Bashar al-Assad with murder and sectarian venom. He wanted to make the conflict about his Alawite minority versus the country’s Sunni Muslim majority as a way of discrediting the opposition and holding his base. As Peter Harling and Sarah Birke, experts on the Middle East who have been in Syria, wrote in a recent essay: “Rather than reform, the regime’s default setting has been to push society to the brink. As soon as protests started ... state media showed staged footage of arms being found in a mosque in Dara’a, the southern city where protests first broke out, and warned that a sit-in in Homs ... was an attempt to erect a mini-caliphate. This manipulation of Syrians meant the regime was confident that

the threat of civil war would force citizens and outside players alike to agree on preserving the existing power structure as the only bulwark against collapse.” You see the same kind of manipulation of emotions in Afghanistan. U.S. troops accidentally burned some Korans, and President Obama apologized. Afghans nevertheless went on a weeklong rampage, killing innocent Americans in response — and no Afghan leader, even our allies, dared to stand up and say: “Wait, this is wrong. Every week in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, Muslim suicide bombers kill other Muslims — holy people created in the image of God — and there’s barely a peep. Yet the accidental burning of holy books by Americans sparks outbursts and killings. What does our reaction say about us?” They need to have that conversation. In Egypt, every day it becomes clearer that the Army has used the Tahrir uprising to get rid of its

main long-term rival for succession — President Hosni Mubarak’s more reform-minded son, Gamal. Now, having gotten rid of both father and son, the Army is showing its real hand by prosecuting American, European and Egyptian democracy workers for allegedly working with “foreign agents” — the C.I.A., Israel and the Jewish lobby — to destabilize Egypt. This is a patently fraudulent charge, but one meant to undermine the democrats demanding that the Army step aside. The Arab/Muslim awakening phase is over. Now we are deep into the counter-revolutionary phase, as the dead hands of the past try to strangle the future. I am ready to consider any ideas of how we in the West can help the forces of democracy and decency win. But, ultimately, this is their fight. They have to own it, and I just hope it doesn’t end — as it often does in the land of dragons — with extremists going all the way and the moderates just going away.

A school lunch critique from someone in the know I was asked by my good friend Natalie Ladd (Wednesdays “What It’s Like” columnist for The Portland Daily Sun, featuring hospitality topics) to write about my school lunches. I’ll be talking about popular school lunches for Harrison Lyseth Elementary School. One very good side is tater tots. People like to eat them with ketchup and everyone wants seconds of tater tots. There are always two full trays of tater tots so usually people get seconds. The other good food is breakfast there is only French toast and pan-

cakes. They always serve them with syrup. The sides are usually eggs and the very good tater tots with ketchup and syrup. The meat is good like the hot dogs and hamburger there both good with ketchup and mustard they serve them with French fries usually. Some people like grilled cheese I know I do. Almost everyone loves the chicken nuggets with ketchup and fries they’re good and tender. I like the fish sticks with ketchup the fish sticks come with sweet potato fries they’re like chicken nuggets but fish.

I think the pizzas ok some people think it taste like cardboard with sauce and cheese. I forget if I missed one. I like the chicken drumsticks. Here are the not popular lunches for Harrison Lyseth Elementary School. The chili people don’t like a lot because of the tomatoes and it’s chunky. There’s a lot more people who don’t like the beef stew at school I don’t know why though is it the beef or Guest the broth or other stuff in the soup I have never tried it. I don’t like the ham and Italian but that’s just my opinion. Cheesy shells I don’t like but other people do. Their backup lunches and their pita bread with hummus that people don’t like and there’s sunflower butter and jelly that people don’t like. Some people do like this food. The sugar in the milk is high. It is about 25g in chocolate milk that’s all I know because I don’t drink the white

milk there but I think its 0g but I don’t know. There is something called the salad bar at our school. It lets you pick your sides there’s fruit, vegetables, chips, dressing, salad and more. But there is no deserts except slushes there should be pudding cups like the old days they should be in the salad bar. The drinks and the food should have some more food and drinks added like coffee Opinion milk and quesadilla and more. One food I want is pudding cups chocolate and vanilla everyone would want hot lunch if you added this food and drinks you don’t have to use these but add desert more food and drinks.

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(Hi, I’m Ethan Goodman, 9 years old in fourth grade, and I go to Harrison Lyseth Elementary School. Please read Natalie Ladd’s column in The Daily Sun.)

What should children eat at school? BY HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO THE NEW YORK TIMES

The government is set to issue new rules for what foods can be sold in vending machines at schools, to encourage healthier eating habits. What foods are available to buy at your school? What do you usually eat for lunch and for snacks during the day and after school? Would you choose healthier items if they were available? As Ron Nixon reports, people and groups disagree over government rules about what foods can and can’t be sold in schools, and some think many students won’t buy healthier

items: Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, gave the food industry credit for trying to reduce sugary drinks and fatty snacks, but said the voluntary guidelines did not go far enough. “What we have is a fragmented system where some schools do a good job of limiting access to junk food and others don’t,” she said. “We need a national standard that ensures that all schools meet some minimum guidelines.” Still, some school districts question see FOODS page 7

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Ohio offers chance for a Santorum rebound BY RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. THE NEW YORK TIMES

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Now that Mitt Romney pulled out a pair of victories on Tuesday night, the pressure is on Rick Santorum to prove he remains a viable challenger by scoring at least a handful of major wins six days from now on Super Tuesday. And his main target is Ohio, where a mix of Christian conservatives and working-class voters provide a tempting demographic mix for his comeback effort. Expectations are high: polls taken before Tuesday’s Michigan and Arizona primaries show Mr. Santorum running strongly against Mr. Romney here in Ohio, in some ways the most important state to vote next Tuesday and a crucial swing state in the fall general election. But on Wednesday Mr. Romney signaled he would not cede the state, traveling there right after his victories in Michigan and Arizona to campaign in Toledo and outside Columbus with a message tailor-made for the Rust Belt state, accusing China of “taking away our jobs” and putting “American businesses out of business” by keeping its currency artificially low and calling Mr. Santorum an “economic lightweight.”

In some ways, the contest here is a test of Mr. Santorum’s emerging appeal to voters and the G.O.P. leadership: that he can draw the working-class white voters who can tilt swing states toward the Republican column in the November elections. Indeed, surveys of Michigan voters found that he drew more support than Mr. Romney among voters who are not college graduates and who make between $30,000 and $100,000, while Mr. Romney carried most college graduates as well as voters above that income level. The battle lines in this state seem clear: Mr. Romney has support from many members of the Republican establishment, including Senator Rob Portman and the man he replaced, former Senator George Voinovich. But Mr. Santorum is riding a wave of enthusiasm among right-to-life activists, Catholics and evangelicals who have enthusiastically embraced his call for more religion in government. He also appears to be gaining strength among working-class voters with his message about jobs, energy and manufacturing. Still, Mr. Santorum’s few big-name surrogates here have been working to tamp down expectations in Ohio, anticipating a brutal television campaign

and the impact of Mr. Romney’s well-financed negative advertisements. “We’re going to have a close race in Ohio,” said Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, who abandoned his endorsement of Mr. Romney earlier this month to back Mr. Santorum. “It’s a crucial state. It’s a swing state. I think he’s going to win, but it’s going to be close.” Already, the Romney campaign and the “super PAC” backing Mr. Romney have spent more than $2.6 million dollars here, about five times as much as the combined spending of the Santorum campaign and the super PAC that supports him, according to a media strategist who tracks advertising spending. Mr. DeWine pointed out that Ohio has seven media markets, and Mr. Romney’s high-dollar advertising campaign has had a big impact in other places: “There’s been no state yet it hasn’t narrowed the gap.” He also noted that Mr. Santorum will not be able to compete for nine of Ohio’s 66 delegates because he failed to qualify for certain delegates awarded based on the vote in three congressional districts, though that will not affect the state’s overall popular vote.

Former Democratic legislator recalls ‘ghostwriting’ stint for Romney BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

In an historical quirk, former Democratic legislator Herb Adams admits he once was Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's "secret ghostwriter." In 2005, Oxford County, Adams' home county, celebrated its bicentennial. Adams wrote a congratulatory proclamation signed by Maine Gov. John Baldacci — but in 1805, Maine was still officially part of Massachusetts, so then-Rep. Adams Adams called the Boston office of

then-Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts for a sister proclamation. "Gov. Romney's staff said, 'Why don't you write it yourself and send it down?'" Adams remembered. "So I did, and Gov. Romney approved it sealed it, and signed it himself." "Gov. Romney's staff could not have been nicer. We had a big presentation ceremony on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston, and I handed the proclamation to a horseback post rider who galloped in relays to Oxford County, Maine, to hand it over to our officials. It was a big, fun, colorful deal," Adams recalled. Adams, as a legislator, had drafted many other proclamations for Maine governors Angus King

and Baldacci. Adams' words, above Romney's signature, and the Great Seal of Massachusetts — still hangs in a gilded frame in the Oxford County Courthouse to this day. "Yep, it's true; Mitt and I go way back, to 2005," Adams quipped. "Now the story is out." Adams, a self-described lifelong Democrat, said he received a telephone message inviting him to last month's Romney campaign event in Portland. The incident — an apparent mix-up by the Republican's campaign staff — caused him to reflect on his "ghostwriting" stint for the former governor. "It's a trifecta, I've written for Republicans, Democrats and independents," Adams said.

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First major storm of the season descends BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Forecasters are predicting Portland and surrounding areas could receive up to 14 inches of snow from a powerful but slowmoving storm that’s expected to hang around through this evening. Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in Gray, said the city could have as much as five inches by 9 a.m. today, while another eight inches is expected throughout the day. “We are expecting around 10 to 14 inches in Portland, so there is around a foot of snow that’s coming,” she said. Forecasters say the storm will move slowly through New England and drop up to a foot of snow throughout Southern Maine and the Seacoast Region in New Hampshire. Between four and eight inches of snow is expect across Central Maine and the Midcoast region. Public services crews in Portland laid down a layer of liquid salt yesterday to improve traction along hilly sections of State, High, and Congress streets in anticipation of the storm, city spokesperson Nicole Clegg said. Plows and other snow removal equipment were expected to operate through the night and into today, she said. The city is also preparing for possible flooding later this week that could occur during a rainstorm predicted for Saturday. “It’s coupled with the fact we are supposed to get rain on Saturday, so we need to be mindful of flooding, because the snow can block catch basins,” Clegg said. The city will make a decision early today about whether to call a parking ban for tonight. The city has called two previous parking bans this winter. Curtis, with National Weather Service, says the city has received just 29.3 inches of snow through Feb. 28, which is about 17 inches less than normal. Although firm statistics weren’t immediately available, she said February was shaping up to be among the warmest on record. “But since we are expecting a foot, that will pretty rapidly get us back to near normal” snowfall levels, she said. Through February, the city had expected about half of its $1 million snow removal labor budget, and still had about half of its 8,000-ton salt cache still available, Clegg said. “We are more than 70 percent through winter and we have expended about 50 percent of our budget,” she said, adding that any leftover salt can be used next year. Even so, Clegg cautioned that it’s too soon to know how the final numbers will shake out. “It just depends what Mother Nature has in store for us for rest of March,” she said.

Eric Labelle, assistant director of operations for Portland Public Services, stands amid snow-removal equipment Wednesday as crews prepare for the overnight snowstorm. “We’re anticipating anywhere from 1 to 3 inches overnight and anticipating an additional 5 to 8 inches tomorrow, and that will be continuous throughout the day. We’re going to be in a full operation . ... The city manager will need to make a decision whether to move ahead with a parking ban,” he said. “On Saturday, we are expecting rain, and we have to make sure the snow is back and away from the basins so we don’t get additional flooding.” (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) LEFT: Al Trefry with Portland Public Services helps attach a flow to one of the city’s trucks Wednesday. The city will make a decision early today about whether to call a parking ban for tonight. Check at www. ci.portland. The city has called two previous parking bans this winter. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Between storms, city crews tend to parks, streets BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Prior to today, Portland's maintenance crews haven't spent much time in plow trucks, but that doesn't mean they've been idle, a city official says. "There's a lot of work we can do when there's no snow on the ground, so any work that's off street" can be done when snow isn't on the ground, said Eric Labelle, assistant director

of operations for Portland Public Services. Weeding, mulching, building barricades, clearing sewer right-of-ways, repainting equipment and patching potholes are among the tasks that city workers have undertaken in between this winter's handful of storms, he said. The National Weather Service, says the city has received just 29.3 inches of snow through Feb. 28, which is

about 17 inches less than normal. "It gave us a head start on the spring," Labelle said of the mild winter. When this storm melts away, crews will attend to sea wall damages on Peaks Island — "We're looking at that design to see what we might do internally to fix that," Labelle said. — and other upkeep. "You'll probably see us in the parks taking care of a lot of vegetation that

we can't keep up with in the summer, so we've been jumping on it early this year," he said. Yesterday, city arborist Jeff Tarling reported early blooms. "A sure sign of Spring, we have two 'Arnold's Promise' Witchhazels in bloom at Post Office Park on the Market Street side. We noticed them starting to bloom last week... about two weeks ahead of schedule," he reported.

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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll enjoy your time alone today and realize how truly comfortable you are in your own company. It will be easier to be a good friend to others when you’re first a good friend to yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To outsiders, you may appear to be easygoing, but you have a persnickety side, too. You are most discerning in matters pertaining to how you look, where you go and what you put in your mouth. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re even more powerful than usual, so be careful what you think about. Your thoughts have a way of becoming realities rather quickly. Fill your head with the outcomes you think you’d most like to occur. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Shake off the early morning’s dreamy mood, and get busy. Everyone knows that “someday” never comes -- probably because it doesn’t exist. There is only today. Make concrete plans, and act on them. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Matters of scale will have a bearing on your situation. You can’t play small for big goals. You’ll go home with the prize if and only if the size of your game matches the game you’re in. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 1). A burden will be lifted in the next four weeks. Giving credit where credit is due will bring luck. Often this will involve honoring the spiritual aspects of your life and the many ways love shows up in your world. Nature brings joy and healing through the spring. June brings an eye-opening journey. Aquarius and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 42, 35, 28 and 19.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will find yourself in less than inspiring circumstances. The lack of stimuli presents a chance to daydream about pleasant places or recall a happy memory. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just as every item you own needs a place where it belongs, every person in your life fulfills a role. You feel the roles shifting in interesting ways now. It’s as though your emotional life is getting reorganized. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Frustration is only a dead end if it causes you to quit. Don’t give up. Just because things aren’t coming together easily doesn’t mean they won’t come together at all. The next solution you try may work like a charm. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You like it when silly things happen. It makes for a good story later. There are people in your life who thrill to hear your stories, by the way. Call one of them tonight. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll give thought as to the functionality of things in your life. If they don’t serve an obvious purpose, you’ll be in just the kind of mood to lighten your load and throw them out. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Time is one of the worst things to lose or waste, because there’s no way to get it back. That’s why it’s important to think ahead, make the best arrangements you can make and bring something to do while you wait. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Responsibilities come into play. You’ll do what it takes to maintain your lifestyle and relationships. You’ll take care of the things you own, and they will work for you for many years to come.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, March 1, the 61st day of 2012. There are 305 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.) On this date: In 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa. In 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census. In 1809, the Illinois Territory came into existence. In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park. In 1912, Isabella Goodwin of New York City was appointed the first female police detective. In 1940, “Native Son” by Richard Wright was first published by Harper & Brothers. In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. In 1962, an American Airlines Boeing 707 on a scheduled flight to Los Angeles crashed after taking off from New York’s Idlewild Airport, killing all 95 people on board. The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, Mich. In 1971, a bomb went off inside a men’s room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the predawn blast. In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later. One year ago: Yemen’s embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigating the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum of his ouster (he later apologized to Washington). The GOP-controlled House handily passed legislation to cut the federal budget by $4 billion and avert a partial shutdown of the government for two weeks. (The Senate passed the stopgap funding bill the next day.) Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 86. Singer Harry Belafonte is 85. Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork is 85. Actor Robert Conrad is 77. Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 68. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 68. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 68. Actor Dirk Benedict is 67. Actor Alan Thicke is 65. Actordirector Ron Howard is 58. Actress Catherine Bach is 58. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 58. Actor Tim Daly is 56. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 55. Rock musician Bill Leen is 50. Actor Maurice Bernard is 49. Actor Russell Wong is 49. Actor John David Cullum is 46. Actor George Eads is 45. Actor Javier Bardem (HAH’-vee-ayr bahr-DEHM’) is 43. Actor Jack Davenport is 39. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 39. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 38. Actor Jensen Ackles is 34. TV host Donovan Patton is 34. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme is 31. Rhythmand-blues singer Sammie is 25. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 18.


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fensive, says he’s being picked on and generally acts like a 5-year-old. Our 23-year-old daughter is in the process of relocating, and instead of staying with us, she prefers to sleep on a friend’s sofa. Ralph is up late every night watching TV. I use earplugs, but our daughter can’t use them or she won’t hear her alarm. We even bought him a cordless headphone set for the TV, but he tried it twice and stopped. Even the suggestion of hearing aids sends him into a frenzy of denial. He reads your column. Maybe he’ll see himself. -Stressed Out from Loud TV Dear Stressed: Many people are in denial about their hearing loss. It makes them feel old and unhealthy. But it is a common problem -- even rock stars have it -- and refusing to address it won’t make it go away. You might tell Ralph that the longer he waits to deal with his hearing issues the harder it will be to adjust and the more isolated he will become (and the more irritated you will be). If you would provoke an argument by suggesting he check out the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ( or the Hearing Loss Association of America (, leave the information on a piece of paper taped to the TV. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Kansas,” who is not interested in sex with his wife because she has gained 100 pounds. My type-A husband also withheld sex from me because of my weight gain. I told him my weight was the only thing about me that he could not control. When he backed off and accepted me as I was (for better or worse), our marriage was much better, and our sex life improved greatly. I even started losing weight when I felt he loved me for the person I am instead of how I look. -- Just Sayin’

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Lawmakers are scheduled to hold a work session at 1 p.m. today on controversial legislation that creates a process for landowners to receive financial compensation when state regulations diminish the value of their property. "It does need tweaking," said Rep. Joan Nass, R-Acton, Judiciary Committee co-chair, of the socalled "regulatory takings" legislation, which has sparked opposition from groups as diverse as the Maine Organic Nass Farmers and Gardeners Association and Maine Audubon. A hearing on the bill was held last Tuesday. The Maine Farm Bureau Association is among the groups supporting LD 1810. "For us, it's a question of fairness," said Jon Olson, executive secretary for the Maine Farm Bureau. "We don't think it's fair to take land out of production, sometimes land that has been farmed for generations, in order to protect environmental qualities, without paying for it." Nass said, "We can't just keep taking people's land without compensation. There has to be a balance between the environment and people's rights." "The bill proposes the determination of a regulatory taking based on evidence, supported by an appraisal, of a diminution in the fair market value of real property of 50 percent or greater caused by (the) regulation," according to the legislation. Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said the bill would create a mare's nest of liability and legal uncertainties. "This is a radical piece of legislation that the state of Maine absolutely should not pass. The legislation is unlike anything that exists on the books in any state in the country and has very serious fiscal, budgetary, policy and environmental consequences," he said. Representative Charles Priest,

“We don’t think it’s fair to take land out of production, sometimes land that has been farmed for generations, in order to protect environmental qualities, without paying for it.” — Jon Olson, executive secretary for the Maine Farm Bureau

“They didn’t hear from the public, they didn’t get expert testimony, it was pretty superficial treatment.” — Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and advisory committee member

D-Brunswick, and Didisheim presented an advisory committee’s minority report and urged lawmakers to not proceed with the legislation, but they were outvoted, 11-2. Nass pointed to the study committee's lopsided vote as evidence that the bill had support. Didisheim said the outcome was predictable. "The study committee was stacked," he said. "They didn't hear from the public, they didn't get expert testimony, it was pretty superficial treatment," he said. States where similar bills have passed wrestle with inequities, and the biggest beneficiaries are "special interests" and their lawyers and appraisers, Didisheim said. "This is a pay or waive scheme where if the state doesn't have the money to pay the landowner ... then the law would be waived for that landowner," he said. The law could affect the state of Maine's decisions on casinos, neighborhoods in flood zones and myriad other land-use issues, Didisheim said. Forty-three Maine attorneys, including five former Maine AGs, wrote a letter urging defeat of the legislation, Didisheim said. Gov. Paul LePage's deputy counsel testified in support of the bill, but "they have not had a highly visible presence in the process," he said of the LePage administration. Nass said she bought a farm to "protect the land," and that environmental groups are less interested in her conservation practices than in her political philosophy. "I live in a rural town. We have farmers who are counting on giving that land to their kids," she said.

Olson said the law would apply only to new land-use regulations and only those initiated by the state. "For us, it's very, very simple. If you take land out of production, land that has been farmed for several generations, then it needs to be compensated," he said. Didisheim said testimony in favor of the bill consisted of a "parade of anecdotes" to support the contention that property rights are being violated. "This is not a state that is blocking people from pursuing economic activity on their property," he said. But Olson said farmers deal with wetland regulations and other restrictions. "There has been land taken out of farming production to protect vernal pools and to protect wading bird habitat," he said. Nisha Swinton, Maine organizer with Food & Water Watch, said, "This legislation is known as a 'takings bill' because it would require that Maine taxpayers pay corporations to obey the law. It could force us to pay industry for the 'inconvenience' of having their land use activities regulated or restricted on behalf of public safety or environmental protection." MOFGA Board President Sharon Tisher said, "Development practices that destroy wetlands, overpopulate waterfront property, result in contamination of our soils and groundwater, and drive up the price of real estate, will directly adversely impact the quality of life in Maine, and our ability to continue the practice or organic farming and gardening in Maine." To read LD 1810, visit www. bills/bills_125th/billtexts/ HP133401.asp.

Pre-kindergarten enrollment opens in Portland Public Schools DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Portland parents who would like to enroll their children in pre-kindergarten for the 20122013 school year may apply to the Portland Public Schools’ free pre-kindergarten program, the school district reported Tuesday.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Oct. 15 to be eligible for the program. Applications are posted at http:// The deadline for applications is March 16. If the number of applications exceeds classroom capacity, students will be

selected by a lottery. After March 16, applications will be accepted and placements made as space allows. Kindergarten classes currently are located at Riverton Elementary School, Portland Arts and Technology High School, East End Community School and Cliff Island School.

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High profile candidates lining up for congressional, senate seats Snowe announcement spurs shuffle BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Some of Maine's best known politicians were among those who filed paperwork yesterday to run for U.S. House and Senate seats that until late Tuesday seemed all but settled. The manuervering suggests candidates from both parties are covering their bases while waiting to see who will try to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, who announced on Tuesday that she was not seeking re-election. As of yesterday afternoon, 1st District Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and 2nd District Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud had both begun collecting signatures to run for Senate. Former two-term Democratic governor John BalSnowe dacci has also taken out papers to run. Another two-term former governor, independent Angus King, is also considering a senate bid, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, has no interest in running for Senate, his press secretary Adrienne Bennett said yesterday. With Pingree and Michaud showing interest in a Senate run, at least nine people filed paperwork to run for their congressional seats, should they become open. State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, and State Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland — both of whom previously announced plans to run for U.S. Senate — were among the seven people who pulled petitions to run for Congress in District 1, Maine Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn said yesterday. Others who took out papers yesterday to run in District 1 were: State Sen. Jon Courtney, R-Sanford; Portland attorney Wellington Lyons; former Democratic Secretary of State Markham Gartley; former Maine Treasurer and Democratic state legislator David Lamoine; and David Costa, whose LinkedIn profile says he is a concierge at Portland Harbor Hotel. Maine House Minority Leader Emily Cain, D-Orono, and State Sen. Deb Plowman, R-Hampden, have taken papers to run for Congress in District 2, Flynn said. Under state law, candidates for Senate have until March 15 to collect at least 2,000 signatures to appear in the June 12 primary ballot. Congressional candidates need to collect at least 1,000 signatures to appear on the primary ballot. Contrary to some reports, LePage is not planning to submit a bill to the Republican-controlled Legislature to move back the filing deadline beyond March 15, Bennett said. Ahead of what could become a bruising Democratic primary, University of Maine political science professor Mark Brewer predicted that Michaud could be a stronger Senate candidate than Pingree, citing her potential weakness in the more rural second district.

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Brewer also warned against underesti- “Baldacci is an interestmating Baldacci, ing wild card. He’s been who’s been working elected statewide, he for the U.S. Department of Defense in represented the second Washington since congressional district for leaving office in 2010. a number of years, and “Baldacci is an interesting wild card. although he didn’t leave He’s been elected offi ce terribly popular ... statewide, he repit would be hard to bet resented the second congressional dis- against the guy.” — Unitrict for a number of years, and although versity of Maine political he didn’t leave office science professor Mark terribly popular ... it Brewer would be hard to bet against the guy,” he continued. District 1 covers all of York, Cumberland, Knox, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties, and most of Kennebec County. The Second District covers the rest of the state. Snowe, considered a moderate Republican, announced Tuesday evening that she was not seeking a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate, citing an increasingly partisan atmosphere. She predicted she would have easily won a fourth term. But so much still unknown about who will run and who will stay on the sidelines, several potential candidates are waiting to see what Pingree and Michaud do before making a decision. Dill released a statement yesterday saying that she was keeping her mind and her options open while deciding whether to run for U.S. House or Senate. “If it appears in the best interests of our great state to step aside ... we will take the prudent course and re-evaluate our campaign for the U.S. Senate,” she said. “Today, at this hour, we are not at that point.” Hinck said the likely entry by either Pingree or Michaud forced him to reconsider a Senate run. “Certainly when I started my campaign months ago, our plans did not include battling either of these dedicated Democratic incumbents in a primary. Given my respect for both Mike and Chellie, I will not join such a race,” he said in a statement. Pingree made clear that she, too, was caught off guard by Snowe’s announcement. “Running for the Senate isn’t something I had been thinking of,” she said in a statement, adding, “I’ve been honored by the outpouring of support from around the state and around the country and am carefully considering if I should run for the Senate from Maine.” Political observers expect more Republicans to declare for a Senate run, although it remains anyone's guess who will actually run. Brewer predicted State Senate Majority Leader Kevin Raye, Cianbro President Peter Vigue, UMaine Athletic Director and former candidate for governor Steve Abbott, Maine Turnpike Authority Director Peter Mills, among others, would consider running. Scott D’Amboise, a former selectman from Lisbon Falls, is the only declared Republican in the senate race. A Tea Party-backed candidate, D’Amboise filed papers last year for what he thought was a primary challenge against Snowe. Independent Andrew Ian Dodge, a science fiction writer from Harpswell who left the Republican Party last month, is also running for Senate. Eliot Cutler, another independent who narrowly lost to LePage in the 2010 governor's race, told the Bangor Daily News he's been asked to run and will take some time to consider it. Although the seat was considered solidly Republican with Snowe in the race, it’s now become wide open. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report now considers the race a “toss up.”

From left, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz of the late-’60’s band, the Monkees. (The New York Times/via Reuters)

Davy Jones, Monkees heartthrob, dies at 66 BY JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Davy Jones, the singer for the Monkees perhaps best known for his vocals on “Daydream Believer,” died on Wednesday at his home in Indiantown, Fla. He was 66. The cause was a heart attack, according to the medical examiner’s officer there and a spokeswoman for the singer. Mr. Jones, a former jockey and stage actor, was an important member of the first and arguably the best of the pop groups created for television to capitalize on the success of the Beatles. Though they were not taken seriously at first, the Monkees made some exceptionally good pop records, thanks in large part to the songwriting of professional songwriters like Neil Diamond and Tommy Boyce. Mr. Jones was born on Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England, the son of a railway fitter and a homemaker. He dropped out of school after his mother’s death from emphysema in 1960 and began a career as a jockey, but later quit to pursue acting, appearing in television shows like “Coronation Street” and “June Evening.” He landed a contract with Colpix Records after he appeared in the musical “Oliver!” and performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He was 20 when his first album, “David Jones,” came out. In 1965, he auditioned for the TV comedy series dreamed up by Columbia Pictures executives who were inspired by the Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night” and landed the part, along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. Though they didn’t play instruments at first, the group’s debut album the following year yielded the hit single “Last Train to Clarksville”; two more big hits, “I’m a Believer” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” were on the second album. The show was broadcast until 1968. After the Monkees disbanded in the late 1960s, Mr. Jones pursued a solo career as a singer, recording the hit “Rainy Jane.” He also made a series of appearances on American television shows, among them “Love American Style.” He played himself in a widely popular “Brady Bunch” episode, which was shown in late 1971. In the episode, Marcia Brady, president of her school’s Davy Jones fan club, promises she could get him to sing at a school dance. By the mid-1980s, Mr. Jones teamed up with Mr. Tork, Mr. Dolenz and the promoter David Fishof for a reunion tour. Their popularity prompted MTV to rebroadcast “The Monkees” series, introducing the group to a new audience. In 1987, three of the Monkees (excluding Mr. Nesmith) recorded a new album, “Pool It.” Two years later, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the late 1990s, the group filmed a special called “Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees.” Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica.

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Portland Deputy Fire Chief Terry Walsh; Portland Police Chief Michael Saschuck; Susan Ward, administrative assistant to Portland’s school superintendent; Lee Goldberg, a Hall alumnus and WCSH6 sportscaster; Crusher, mascot of the Maine Red Claws; Tricia Duchesneau of Bangor Savings Bank, Hall’s business partner; Sarah Long, a meteorologist for WGME13; Portland Superintendent James C. Morse Sr.; Mary Preveda, head children’s librarian at the Portland Public Library; Erin Ovalle, WMTW morning anchor; Dave Eid, sports director for WGME13; Cynthia Remick, Hall’s assistant principal; and Ron Adams, director of food services for the Portland Public Schools.

Thursday, March 1 Wren Saunders, bassoon, and Nicole Rabata, flute noon. Wren Saunders, bassoon, received a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in bassoon performance. While at New England Conservatory she studied with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Richard Svoboda. Nicole Rabata, flute, has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician. Rabata has performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival and has performed and presented a lecture at the National Flute Conventions in both San Diego and New York City. She has adjudicated and coached chamber music at the Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program, and recently spent a month teaching and performing in India, coaching chamber music at the Gandhi Ashram school in the Himalayan foothills. She currently serves on the faculty at Colby College, where she maintains an active flute studio and is principal flute in the Colby Symphony Orchestra. Nicole is a founding member of the Bayside Trio and Harlequine Ensemble, Ensemble-in-Residence at Bowdoin College. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Concerts are free and open to the public. For information call the Portland Conservatory of Music at 775-3356.

‘Raising Rufus’ at the Portland Public Library noon to 1 p.m. Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, author of “Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story.”The Friday Local Author Series is held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5. Portland Public Library. The Portland Public Library will host a book talk by this award-winning Brunswick author as part of their Friday Local Author Series. Books will be available for signing and light refreshments served. “Verdino-Süllwold’s novel, ‘Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story,’ was released in November by Weiala Press, an independent publisher in Brunswick and is being distributed to booksellers by Independent Publisher Services in Chicago.”

First Friday Art Walk at Constellation 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “The Constellation Gallery will be welcoming visitors with a wide range of original art and reasonably priced prints provided by our resident artists and invited contributors. Check out ‘Show Boat,’ our March show celebrating the beauty, danger and excitement of life on and near the sea. On exhibit in our main gallery. Light refreshments provided. All are welcome.” 511 Congress St.

USM Art Gallery photo exhibit 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Art Gallery in Gorham will display a photography exhibit, “The Myths,” from Friday, March 2 through Wednesday, April 4. Curated by Director of VoxPhotographs Heather Frederick, the exhibit consists of 36 pieces encompassing a range of innovative and historic techniques by seven New England photographers: Sharon Arnold, Bev Conway, Jesseca Ferguson, Cig Harvey, Rose Marasco, Abigail Wellman, and Amy Wilton. An opening reception from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 1 will begin with a panel discussion from 4:15-5:30 p.m. on the evolving role of women as photographers and subjects. Panelists include Portland Museum of Art Senior Curator Susan Danly, who will provide opening remarks; “The Myths” exhibit curator Heather Frederick; USM Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Rebecca Lockridge; USM Distinguished Professor Rose Marasco; and exhibiting artist Cig Harvey. The snow date for the opening reception and discussion is 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 8.

‘Elusive Liberty’ at Meg Perry

A garden troll welcomes visitors to “Once Upon A Time” by Pray’s Hardscapes Inc. and Skillins Greenhouses, which won Best of Show and The Pierson Nurseries Award for best use of woody plants native to America in the 2011 Portland Flower Show. This year, the Portland Flower Show starts Wednesday, March 7 and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Portland Company complex. Visit for details. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

Opening reception for ‘Show Boat’ 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Opening reception for “Show Boat” — a visual celebration of the sea and all its joys and mysteries. The public can join the Constellation Gallery artists for the opening of the March show “Show Boat” in our main gallery. “Our artists will be exhibiting pieces that explore the depths of beauty, danger, excitement and history that are equal parts of life on and near the sea. Light refreshments provided. All are welcome.” 511 Congress St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle plan forum 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The city of Portland will host a public forum in Merrill Rehearsal Hall, City Hall, Portland, to present highlights from a developing draft Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter for the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “The chapter will propose a vision for biking and walking in Portland along with goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures to promote, improve and increase bicycle and pedestrian transportation. This forum offers the public an opportunity discuss the Plan and to provide comments prior to review for adoption by City Council committees, the Planning Board, and the full City Council.” To review the draft materials, visit the city’s website at

‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 7 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed


‘The Tempest’ 8 p.m. William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Lucid Stage, through March 4. “The story of Prospero, one time Duke of Milan, now cast out and master of a dark and mysterious island. After years with only the company of his daughter and the spirits of his island, his enemies unwittingly pass with the sphere of his power, and he conjures a storm to wreck their vessel and draw them into his world. Will he punish them for having wronged him so long ago, or will he find forgiveness in his heart? You may find a different answer than you expect at Lucid Stage.” 29 Baxter Blvd, Portland. Also 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

Friday, March 2 Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Portland Public Library employees and their families will showcase their artwork on the walls of City Hall as a part of the sixth annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program. Nearly 100 employees and family members are expected to participate. Members of the public are invited to visit City Hall to view the art on display March 2-March 16, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Read Across America Day 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hall Elementary School will welcome guest readers in celebration of Read Across America Day, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Hall Elementary School is located at 23 Orono Road, Portland. Guest readers will include:

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. “Elusive Liberty” by artist G. Bud Swenson. “Nine years ago we were led into a war in Iraq, based on lies, at a terrible cost to the country: over four thousand military personnel killed and many thousands maimed both physically or psychological over one hundred thousand Iraqi civilians killed and the complete destruction of a sovereign nation that offered no threat; over a trillion US dollars spent; the implementation of torture and the erosion of our civil liberties.” For further information, call 443-2899.

‘Visual Poetry: A Painting Show’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Visual Poetry: A Painting Show” exhibition in the Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library through April 3. A new exhibit in the Lewis Gallery this month, Visual Poetry: A Painting Show, features paintings curated by four prominent art galleries in Portland: Greenhut Galleries, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Aucocisco Galleries and Gleason Fine Art. Visual Poetry is an inclusive title combining the visual with the written — the show aims to make connections between visual art and the library. The Lewis Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Main Library. A reception for the exhibit will be held at the Library on March 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk.

Madness Immemorial at the Green Hand Bookshop 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of Madness Immemorial: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, artwork by Brandon Kawashima and Michelle Souliere. The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. Friday, March 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (on display through the month of March). FMI: Contact Michelle Souliere at253-6808 or michelle. Greetings from the Green Hand Bookshop. Here is the info for this month’s First Friday opening, with sample images attached. “Instead of the usual March Madness, why not sample something darker? Brandon Kawashima and Michelle Souliere have assembled a select body of new work in tribute to their eldritch literary idol, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of his death (March 15, 1937). Crawling chaos and other treasures from the deep dark spaces of our cosmos. Accursed imagery wrought in shadows and jeweled tones brought forth for your viewing pleasure. Make your March a little more interesting!” see next page

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Lisa Dombek’s new paintings 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday opening reception, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland. Lisa Dombek’s new paintings from her Celestial Phases series and other Selected Works. Twenty percent of art sales to benefit St. Lawrence Arts. Viewing through March during scheduled events or by appointment. Call 347-3075 (Whitney McDorr, Theatre Manager) or 773-2822 for further information.

Portland Pirates 7 p.m. Portland Pirates hockey, Portland Pirates vs. Connecticut at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 7 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.”

Portland Playback Theater. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. CTN5 Studio, 516 Congress St. Portland Playback Theater Company uses improvisation to re-enact true stories from your life ... on the spot. Tell your story and see what happens, or just come to watch and experience this unique community event.

‘The Birthday Party’ by Acorn 7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions, a nonprofit company based in the Dana Warp Mill in downtown Westbrook, continues off its second season of Studio Series presentations with Harold Pinter’s first full-length play “The Birthday Party.” Long-time Acorn collaborator and veteran theater artist Michael Howard directs an ensemble of six actors in a production that will be staged in a modified arena set-up in the Acorn Studio Theater. The Birthday Party features Pinter as his most mysterious and electrifying. In the play, Stanley, a boarder away on holiday, is terrorized by two men from his past association with a shadowy organization of questionable repute. Acorn’s production

A forum about pedestrian and bicycle transit in Portland is slated for today at Merrill Rehearsal Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (FILE PHOTO) features Equity actor Harlan Baker, company members Joshua Brassard, Joe Quinn and Jeffrey Roberts, along with guest artists Elizabeth Guest, and Kat Moraros. The show runs from Feb. 24 through March 11, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased on-line at or by calling 854-0065.

Saturday, March 3 New Gloucester History Barn Open House 9 a.m. to noon. The next monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House is at Intervale Road (Route 231 behind the Town Hall). The exhibits will feature displays about New Gloucester veterans, new acquisitions and framed historic archival photographs. Admission is free. Sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in OOB 10:30 a.m. Help Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! “We’ll be reading the story the Lorax, making Truffula Tree Cupcakes, making a Lorax to take home and more!” Libby Memorial Library. FMI: 934-4351 or

Author Howie Carr at Nonesuch Books 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “New York Times best-selling author Howie Carr will be signing copies of his new crime novel, ‘Hard Knocks,’ at the Nonesuch Books South Portland store on March 3. Popular Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr has written two previous best sellers, ‘The Brothers Bulger,’ and ‘Hitman.’” Nonesuch Books & Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland. 799-2659 or

Meet Archie Comics artist Dan Parent 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Casablanca Comics will welcome Archie Comics artist Dan Parent at the store in Portland. Dan

Parent is the regular artist of Archie Comics, including the current storyline of “Archie Meets Kiss!”. In addition, he is also the writer and artist of the new series “Kevin Keller” from Archie. He will be meeting fans and signing books as part of Casablanca Comics 25th Anniversary celebration. Casablanca Comics is located at 151 Middle St. in Portland’s Old Port. The phone number is 780-1676. The website is

‘Great Maine Outdoor Weekend’ 2 p.m. Maine state parks will participate in the upcoming “Great Maine Outdoor Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, with unique activities highlighting four state parks. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park will take advantage of its clam flats to offer a fun steamer dig. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, features Wabanaki Nature Legends, 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3. A short walk on the White Pines Trail with stops for stories based on Wabanaki Legends. Winter Steamer Dig, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Try your hand at digging steamer clams! For more information about Maine state parks, go to:

Catherine McAuley High in state championship 4 p.m. The Catherine McAuley High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday night, Feb. 25, won the Western Class A Championship Basketball Tournament game against number two ranked Scarborough High School. The Lions will now go on to compete for the Class A State Championship for the second year in a row this Saturday night at 4 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The Lions will face Cony, who, like McAuley, went undefeated this season with a 21-0 record. http://

‘International Women’s Day Celebration 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join Women Around the World for Greater Portland’s third annual celebration of International Women’s Day to be held March 3 at the Woodfords Club in Portland. “Women around the World is a newly formed nonprofit organization which promotes the positive image and achievements of women locally and globally. International Women’s Day focuses the world’s attention on the economic, social, and political achievements of women. Come celebrate with international food and music and an international fashion show featuring women from over 50 different countries who now live in Maine. Admission is $15 per person. A limited number of scholarships will be available.” Contact: Margie MacDonald for tickets at 671-1164 or email to

Acappellooza 12 6 p.m. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fifth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical concert at USM’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus).

Deering High in state championship 7 p.m. Boys’ Class A State Basketball Championship, Hampden Academy vs. Deering High. Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets: Reserved Seats — $9 Adult General Admission — $8 / Student & Senior General Admission — $5.

The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, March 1, 2012  
The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, March 1, 2012  

The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, March 1, 2012