Potholes and deficits What a winter! Even the potholes have potholes. Some bemoan Trump’s 2017 tax cut for corporate interests, saying that $1.9 trillion over the next decade might have been more wisely used to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Not me: I happily endure every bone-rattling jolt, secure in the knowledge that any day now untold benefits will “trickle down” from the sky like manna from heaven.

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  • Russia probe report finds no evidence of political bias
    WASHINGTON — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, despite “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a highly anticipated report Monday. More
  • Social worker tells court she saw bruises on Marissa Kennedy days before her death
    Update: Read the latest story from Sharon Carrillo’s murder trial here. BELFAST, Maine — The case manager who was likely the last social worker to see Marissa Kennedy alive at her home testified on Monday that she had seen bruises on the girl in the days leading up to her death, but had not documented any domestic violence against the mother who’s now on trial for her role in Kennedy’s murder. More
  • Janet Mills will allow $1M in additional nursing home funding to move forward after delay
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Janet Mills told lawmakers on Monday that she would allow a measure providing $1 million in additional nursing home funding over two years to go into law after a months-long squabble with legislative Republicans over the issue. More
  • Read the BDN’s 1980 profile of Big Bird performer Caroll Spinney
    The following article appeared in the BDN on Saturday, May 24, 1980. It was the interview for this article that started a nearly 40-year relationship between Caroll Spinney, who died Sunday after a career playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street,” and Shaw. PORTLAND, Maine — “Now who did you wish to speak with?” asks the stately gentleman with the flowing white beard. More
  • This Bangor man got Christmas cards from Big Bird for nearly 40 years
    As tributes poured in from around the world for Caroll Spinney, the man who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch alive for nearly 50 years and who died on Sunday, one Bangor resident recalled his very personal connection to the beloved puppeteer. More


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