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Maine Legalizes Pot for Recreational Use

Opponents may demand a recount

(Newser) - Maine residents have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state, the AP reports. The final results of the referendum were tabulated on Thursday. The count took nearly two days because of how close the race was, within a fraction of a percentage point, and the AP made... More »

Maine Gov. Accused of Trying to Discourage Student Voters

ACLU wants LePage investigated for voter intimidation

(Newser) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage should be encouraging first-time voters in his state, not trying to scare them off, says the ACLU, which wants the Republican to be investigated for alleged voter intimidation. When LePage was asked Monday about fliers that appeared on a college campus over the weekend falsely claiming... More »

Why Election Day Is a Big Deal for Pot Legalization Efforts

Green light for recreational pot in Maine, Mass. could mean major changes nationwide

(Newser) - Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults. Supporters believe "yes" votes in New England... More »

Cops in Maine Arrest a Talking Tree

Asher Woodworth accused of impersonating an evergreen

(Newser) - If Florida has its own special sauce of crime , then Maine might, too. Police in Portland arrested a man dressed as a tree on Monday, reports WMTW . More specifically, cops say Asher Woodworth, 30, covered himself in evergreen branches, walked into an intersection, and proceeded to block traffic. Responding officers... More »

Is One State About to Legalize Pot for Kids?

Maine AG Janet Mills says there's a loophole in state's referendum

(Newser) - Supporters of a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational use have touted the proposal as applying only to adults 21 and older, but it could actually legalize marijuana for everyone—even children, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills warned. The AP reports the interpretation by the state's top prosecutor, a... More »

People Are Furious Over Guy's 'Black Rifles Matter' Sign

Creator says Black Lives Matter should be 'flattered'

(Newser) - A Maine town's chamber of commerce has been receiving complaints from tourists regarding a large, hand-painted sign on a private lawn that reads "Black Rifles Matter," reports the AP . Linc Sample, the sign's creator, tells NECN that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights,... More »

Maine Gov. Tells Press He'll Never Speak to Press Again

Paul LePage also won't resign or seek 'professional help'

(Newser) - Gov. Paul LePage isn't going anywhere, the Boston Globe reports. Nor will he be seeking "professional help." The embattled Maine governor announced on the radio Wednesday his plans to stay in office and seek "spiritual guidance" along with his family. "I'm not an alcoholic,... More »

Maine Governor: 'Maybe It's Time to Move On'

Paul LePage says he's mulling a resignation, but he hasn't made any final decisions

(Newser) - Paul LePage may have more free time to partake in 1825-style duels soon if he steps down as Maine's governor, floating the latter idea Tuesday on a local radio station while addressing reaction to recent inflammatory statements he's made, per the Portland Press Herald . "I'm looking... More »

Maine's Vaunted Blue Mussels Are Vanishing

Probably thanks to warmer waters, overfishing, predatory species

(Newser) - New England is running out of mussels. The Gulf of Maine's once strong population of wild blue mussels is disappearing, scientists say. A study led by marine ecologists at the University of California at Irvine found the numbers along the gulf coastline have declined by more than 60% over... More »

Governor Leaves Lawmaker 'Bizarre,' Vulgar Voicemail

'You little son-of-a-bitch, socialist [expletive]'

(Newser) - The governor of Maine left what TPM calls a "bizarre and threatening"—not to mention foul-mouthed—voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker he believes called him a racist. "I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker," Gov. Paul LePage said... More »

A 'Slice of Roadside Americana' Is Nearly Gone

The second-to-last Howard Johnson's restaurant is closing

(Newser) - A "slice of roadside Americana" is almost gone forever, as the second-to-last Howard Johnson's restaurant is slated to close Sept. 6, the AP reports. The restaurant in Bangor, Maine, opened in 1966 as part of the more-than-800-strong franchise of orange-roofed eateries. But come September, this once "dependable... More »

Burt's Bees Founder Sees a Dream Fulfilled in Maine

Land she donated becomes a national monument

(Newser) - President Obama on Wednesday created a new national monument in northern Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the co-founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the AP reports. The Katahdin Woods and... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

America's 10 Least Violent States

New England is the place to be

(Newser) - Looking for a safer neighborhood? Consider a move to Maine. The state is the least violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking that took into account the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, estimated small-arms ownership, and the rates of violent crime, murder, and... More »

Long-Lived Lobster Saved From Pot at Last Minute

Some think 'Larry' is more than a century old

(Newser) - Larry the Lobster lives another day, thanks to a group of rescuers who saved the 15-pound crustacean from ending up on Florida diners' plates, the Miami Herald reports. Even more astounding: Although figuring out a lobster's age is an inexact science, the owner of the restaurant that acquired Larry... More »

Callers to Maine EBT Number Get Sex Hotline Instead

Typo on EBT cards gives new meaning to 'friends with benefits'

(Newser) - Maine's slogan is "The Way Life Should Be," but that probably wasn't meant to suggest that residents calling to check the balance of their state-sponsored benefits would be better off being patched through to a sex hotline instead. That's how some locals were redirected when... More »

Wife of US' Worst-Paid Governor Is Waiting Tables

Ann LePage is saving up for a Toyota RAV4

(Newser) - Ann LePage bounded with a cup of chowder and a plate of fish and broccoli, in her first double shift at McSeagull's, a bustling restaurant touting double-wrapped bacon scallops and views of Boothbay Harbor. The wife of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage had kept a low profile for the... More »

F. Lee Bailey, OJ Simpson's Attorney, Files for Bankruptcy

He owes more than $5M to the IRS

(Newser) - Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, whose legion of high-profile cases includes the OJ Simpson murder trial, has filed for bankruptcy in Maine in an effort to discharge an IRS debt of more than $5 million, the AP reports. Debts to the IRS aren't normally discharged in bankruptcy proceedings,... More »

Man Falls to His Death While Taking Photos of Sunset

Mark Simon's wife was waiting in the car

(Newser) - A 68-year-old New Jersey man appears to have fallen to his death Monday while trying to photograph the sunset, according to officials at Maine's Acadia National Park. The Bangor Daily News reports Mark Simon was visiting the park with his wife, who waited in the car in a nearby... More »

Journal Reveals Lost Hiker Survived for Weeks

'When you find my body, please call my husband George'

(Newser) - A lost hiker in Maine starved to death after waiting for rescue and then accepting her fate, heartbreaking journal entries have revealed. Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old from Tennessee, disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine on July 22, 2013, and the newly disclosed journal shows that she survived for... More »

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