A male hairy woodpecker searches for insects in a dead birch tree on Dec. 9, at Richardson Tract, a 160-acre preserve in Orrington. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will range from about 15 to 30 degrees, with mostly sunny skies throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The man whose house police blew up before they shot him wants $120 million

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–Michael Grendell wants that much in compensatory and punitive damages. Lawyers for the 62-year-old Dixmont man sent a notice of claim Monday to law enforcement agencies and officers involved in the 20-hour June standoff that led to Grendell losing his house and having to spend two months in the hospital. The notice is the first step in a lawsuit.

Keep your hands on the wheel, stay calm and answer the officer’s questions

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–That’s what you’re supposed to do if you’re driving and a police officer pulls you over. And that’s what a new initiative, called Operation Hands On, aims to teach Bangor-area drivers. It’s a partnership between a Bangor-area organization and Beal College’s driving academy.

Expect to pay higher electricity prices next year

–The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Monday to raise the standard offer for delivery of electricity to Central Maine Power customers. Coupled with an earlier decision to hike the standard offer for Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro service area, it means most Maine residential and small business customers can expect to pay more for electricity next year.

Indonesian student at Foxcroft Academy emerges as football standout

–Sekton Wandikbo had never seen American football prior to his arrival in Maine in 2016. He developed a passion for the game and helped propel the Ponies to the Class D North title this season.

Winter tour features sweeping views of Bangor at 110 feet

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–The final Thomas Hill Standpipe tour of 2018 drew a few hundred visitors who wanted to see the 121-year-old structure and expansive view of Bangor that it provides.

Do this: Saving energy and money is as easy as changing a light bulb

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–Switching your old light bulbs for new ones could be the easiest way for you to reduce your household energy consumption and save money, according to energy efficiency experts.

“It’s so simple; no one talks about it,” said Andy Meyer, residential program manager for Efficiency Maine.

In other news …


Rising shipping costs hurt Maine wreath makers

It’s already cost more than $2 million to keep Aroostook’s roads clear of snow. The season has only begun. 

Three Maine communities get federal funds to improve water systems


Catholic priest who knew Hampden murder victim takes leave of absence

She thought a rat invaded the ceiling of her Bangor apartment. It was an ermine.

Orono mourns the death of its one-eyed town cat


Final ‘stealth’ destroyer hits the water at Bath Iron Works

Dairy Queen to open new Grill & Chill restaurant in Ellsworth

Lobster restaurant chain to build new Portland location


LePage settles suit over blocking Facebook posts

How these Democratic leaders hope to fix what they believe LePage broke

Kavanaugh joins liberals, Roberts to reject Planned Parenthood case 


Maine is one school away from ending offensive team names and mascots

Reduced life expectancy is the real ‘American carnage’

Offshore drilling will make climate change worse


What was Bill Belichick thinking on the final play of the ‘Miami Miracle’? Even his ex-players don’t know.

Former UMaine player in NFL apologizes for ‘inexcusable’ racist and homophobic tweets

10 boys to watch during the boys high school basketball season

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