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Brewer Deputy Mayor Thomas Morelli resigned on Wednesday after local police concluded that he wrote racist social media posts, then falsely claimed that his online accounts had been hacked.

State and local police are preparing for protests — and counterprotests — at President Donald Trump’s visit Friday to Puritan Medical Products in the Piscataquis County town of Guilford.

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

The death of George Floyd and other similar cases of racial injustice and police brutality have prompted outrage and protests across the country and in Maine. We talk with community leaders, protesters, law enforcement and others about what the core issues are, and whether there are ways to seek meaningful change.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

A prisoner at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren has filed a federal lawsuit against the Mills administration for withholding unemployment benefits from him and other prisoners in a work release program.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

What began as a large but peaceful protest Monday night in Portland gave way to violent confrontations with police and 23 arrests.

A defining element of the coronavirus pandemic is grief—not only for the loss of loved ones who have died of COVID-19, but for loss of: livelihood, relationships, milestones, security. Now, added to the pandemic, are the feelings of grief and pain over the deaths due to racial injustice that are propelling protests nationwide. We will discuss how grief affects people, ways to handle grief—and ways to support others who are grieving.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has fired a Maine priest who was criticized by a judge who said he "inflamed" events that led to a woman's murder in 2018.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Chanting "I can't breathe," an estimated 1,000 demonstrators gathered Monday near the Portland Police Department and staged a "die-in" to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, while hundreds more protested in Bangor and elsewhere in Maine.

An African asylum seeker who helped found an organization that brings together immigrant communities in Greater Portland to collaborate and share resources is being remembered. Alain Nahimana, 49, died on Sunday from complications of diabetes.

Keith Shortall / Maine Public

Several Maine libraries, including in Brunswick and Limerick, are opening the week of June 1 for curbside pickup, while others, including in Belfast, will open for limited services inside. The Portland Public Library has also announced it plans to open for curbside pickup on June 8.

As Maine's Bureaus of Motor Vehicles begin opening up by appointment only, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap joins us to address how registrations, licenses and other issues will be handled. He'll also talk about the upcoming primary election, absentee ballots, U.S. Census, postal concerns, the CMP corridor — and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting how these matters are proceeding.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in the streets of Portland near the Portland Police station to protest police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting four new deaths of patients who had COVID-19, and an additional 56 cases in the state.

Maine’s Secretary of State will reopen the Department of Motor Vehicles offices for in-person service on June 1, by appointment.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news of the past month, including: controversy over re-opening Maine's economy; how Governor Mills and Maine CDC are handling the response to the epidemic; widespread job loss and unemployment fraud; what's happening with the U.S. Census; and more.