"I know they were racing from one end of the pool to the other, and I guess, apparently, she got to the other side of the pool and grabbed a hold of the cord of the light. That’s all I know. The next thing you know, I got the worst phone call you could ever have,” said McKenzie’s father, Cliff Kinley. … [Read more...] about Girl, 9, drowns after electrocution in Calif. swimming pool
You often hear that in these polarized times, Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked on almost everything. But the real scandal is what both sides agree on. The best example of this might be the defense budget. Last week, the Democratic House, which Republicans say is filled with radicals, voted to appropriate $733 billion for 2020 defense spending. The Republicans are outraged because they — along with President Trump — want that number to be $750 billion. In other words, on the largest item of discretionary spending in the federal budget, accounting for more than half of the total, Democrats and Republicans are divided by 2.3%. That is the cancerous consensus in Washington today. Fareed Zakaria America’s defense budget is out of control, lacking strategic coherence, utterly mismanaged, ruinously wasteful and yet eternally expanding. Last year, after a quarter century of resisting, the Pentagon finally subjected itself to an audit — which itself, in true … [Read more...] about Fareed Zakaria: US defense budget out of control
During a recent television interview, a Portland reporter appeared surprised to hear that African asylum seekers had been arriving in Lewiston for years. He was also unaware of the fact that during the past four years, African asylum seekers made up, on average, about 83% of all new immigrant arrivals processed by Social Services. Phil Nadeau Though both Lewiston and Portland have experienced increases in African asylum seeker arrivals, both cities have been unable to answer what has contributed to these increases beyond the U.S. border. Though I have retired from public service, my interest in looking deeper into the Maine African asylum seeker numbers produced the following perspective. Much has been published locally about Portland’s 300 asylum seekers from San Antonio. The New York Times reported that both San Antonio and Customs officials have knowledge of Portland and Maine’s policy to lend support to asylum seekers and reported the speculation that this may or may … [Read more...] about Phil Nadeau: African migrants and the US/Mexican border
Peter Earle Conant LEWISTON – Peter Earle Conant, 73, of Lewiston Maine, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2019, following years of illness. He was born in Lewiston on Aug. 16, 1945, to Donald and Eleanor Conant. Formerly of Auburn, Peter was a 1963 graduate of Edward Little High School where he played clarinet in the school band. Following graduation, he attended Tufts University. For more than 40 years, Peter worked at Hahnel Bros. Co. alongside his grandfather, father, and son. He was also a member of Ancient Brothers Lodge. A man of many interests, Peter had a talent for drawing, macramé, leather work, and was an avid reader. He also enjoyed playing rousing games of cribbage with his father, brother, and uncles. Although he was active in softball, tennis, and golf, Peter’s real passion was fishing, which he carried on through his life. Peter is survived by his wife, Jean; his son, Christopher Conant and wife, Darlene of Auburn; his daughter, Kimberly Gombes and … [Read more...] about Obituary: Peter Earle Conant
Verlin E. Green Jr. LEWISTON – Verlin E. Green Jr., 65, of Lewiston passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at CMMC. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 25, 1954, to Verlin E. Green Sr. and wife, Eva. Condolences and fond memories of Verlin may be shared with her family at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11 a.m., at Blake Street Towers. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 70 Horton St., Lewiston, 784-4584. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation in Verlin’s name be made to: The Greater Androscoggin Human Society at 55 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240 « Previous Obituary: Judy W. Hascall Next » Obituary: Peter Earle Conant … [Read more...] about Obituary: Verlin E. Green Jr.