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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

6/29/09

Monday, June 29

KENNEBEC RIVER THIS MORNING
Coast & Geodesic Survey Web Cam

Kennebec Journal - Maine was one of 20 states to earn a failing grade on a recent report card that measures financial disclosure rules for state lawmakers. The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C., ranked Maine 41st in the country for its disclosure practices.

The House has passed legislation
that would require the Pentagon to transfer unwanted bases - such as the Brunswick Nala Air Station - to community use provided there is an economic benefit. For the past eight years, DOD has required communities to pay for such properties.

Fairpoint Communications is
threatening the possilbity of bankruptcy if it doesn't get more time to pay the interest on $530 million in loans.

POLICE BLOTTER

Colin Hickey, Morning Sentinel, ME - Police early Sunday morning arrested a 20-year-old man after he allegedly broke into and vandalized a North Riverside Avenue home only to leave his pants, shirt, sneakers and wallet at the scene. Christopher Edgecomb, of Mariaville, faces charges of burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and possession of alcohol by a minor. Waterville Police Sgt. Jeffrey Bearce said Edgecomb, who was intoxicated and covered with a pink substance believed to be Pepto-Bismol, later tried to escape while being booked at Waterville Police Department. . .

Bearce said police were first alerted to troubles on North Riverside Drive when a resident of the street reported a young man dressed in only his underwear jumping on the hood of a Volkswagen car at 25 North Riverside Drive, where a party was taking place involving about 30 young people, all but a few them minors. . . "In the living room, they had set up a sawhorse with an eight-foot piece of plywood over it that was covered with (alcoholic beverages)," Bearce said. He described the party as out of control when police arrived. . . Bearce said when police initially entered the Sawyer home, many of those at the party were hiding in closets or bathrooms.

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