Maine news

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Many educators across Maine continue to absorb the stress of a school year that’s been unlike any other.

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Despite the surge in COVID-19 cases around the country, millions of New Englanders are expected to travel this long Thanksgiving weekend — but not quite as many as in recent years.

Caroline Losneck / For Maine Public

Many people in Maine have had difficulty deciding how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year due to the pandemic. But for some, the most difficult part of the season is just getting enough food.

What's the best advice you've ever gotten? Or given? We pose these questions to well-known figures around Maine, as well as to anyone who wants to weigh in, and gain some wisdom about how to approach life.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard has called off the search for the four-member crew of a Maine fishing boat that sank off Massachusetts.

Maine-Made Finds: Our 9th Annual 'Made in Maine' Gift Guide

Nov 24, 2020

With the economic distress that the pandemic has caused, supporting the local economy has become even more vital. Seeking out holiday gifts from Maine-based sources is one way to do that. We’ll hear from craftspeople, artists, authors, small store owners and Etsy business operators about what they produce and where to find it. These products and services reflect the depth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine.

The Harold Alfond Foundation recently announced an unprecedented grant of more than $500 million to higher education and research institutions in Maine, with the goal of fostering growth and opportunities for Maine's future. We learn about the diverse ways in which the grant recipients will apply those funds, and what they see as the best approaches to promote Maine's economy.

Greg Powell, chairman of the board, Harold Alfond Foundation

Joseph Aoun, president, Northeastern University

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A ballot question passed by Portland voters earlier this month could increase the costs of a four-school renovation project by more than $3 million.

Mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years for its role in helping people to improve their lives, from sleeping better to losing weight to reducing anxiety. It has become even more popular during the pandemic, and the other challenges of 2020, in giving people a way to manage these stressful times. We'll learn how and why mindfulness contributes to health and well-being.

October 28 marked the anniversary of Mussolini’s March on Rome, an act of political theater that took place nearly 100 years ago. It led to handing the future dictator the reins of power. Hitler watched Mussolini and learned. "Don’t Know Much About History" author Kenneth C. Davis discusses his new book and what these five dictators had in common, how they seized power, and what their stories teach us today.

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine has joined growing number of critics of President Donald Trump’s order to reduce U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

More schools in Maine are moving to remote learning, at least temporarily, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.

We talk with two celebrated Maine chefs about cooking at home during the pandemic. Chefs Cara Stadler and Ilma Lopez join us to offer advice on how to use simple ingredients in creative ways, comfort foods to make—including those from different cultures—and how to approach some of the popular pandemic dishes, like home-baked bread and fermented or preserved foods.