A girl skates across a frozen pond, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Freeport, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 40s throughout the state, with a snowy morning mix that will turn into rain later in the day.

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

What you need to know about Maine’s next attorney general


–As Aaron Frey prepares to step into his new role as Maine’s attorney general, those who have worked with Frey often mention the lawyer’s sense of fairness. He’ll be sworn in as the state’s top law enforcement officer on Jan. 4, after working as a criminal defense lawyer based in Bangor and serving six years in the Maine House representing parts of Bangor and Orono.

But it was back in 2012, after Frey had just won his first election to a seat in the Maine House when a colleague told him “Next stop, attorney general.”

Stephen King’s newsiest moments of 2018

–Even though 2017 was arguably the biggest year in Stephen King’s illustrious career, 2018 wasn’t far behind for Bangor’s most famous resident in terms of the sheer volume of content released. Whether it was national news, or something much more local to Maine, 2018 was plenty full of King things.

Bangor residents spot coyotes in neighborhoods near Dorothea Dix


–Two Bangor residents who live just west of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center have spotted coyotes in their yards in recent weeks, exhibiting what the city’s animal control officer called “strange behavior.”

Sea goddess drama, cruise ship debates and other 2018 Knox County moments

–For communities in Knox County, a small coastal Maine enclave of about 40,000 people, 2018 was a year of rethinking traditions, re-invention and recovery.

How old-time Maine humor evolved into cartoons and rap


–Carrying Maine’s Down East storytelling tradition into the 21st century are a couple of unlikely Mainers: a hip hop rapper and a Taiwan-born animator.

“I do come from a line of communicators that don’t see Maine as a disadvantage or a detriment to success but rather an attribute and something to take advantage of,” said Spose (real name Ryan Peters), Maine’s weed-smoking, hip-hopping, f-bomb-dropping king of rap.

Portland was first with ranked-choice voting, legal pot and higher wages. What will the city bring to Maine in 2019?

–Over the decades, the city of Portland has repeatedly been the first place in Maine to implement progressive programs and policies that would later pop up in other communities — and in many cases, go statewide.

So what are some of the things Portland might bring to Maine in 2019? Here’s are the next progressive initiatives on the city’s to-do list.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide


It’s the last weekend of 2018, and New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday, so we (sort of) get a long(ish) weekend this weekend. Before then, Lake Street Dive plays two shows at State Theatre in Portland, and a Fleetwood Mac cover band will take the stage at Aura Friday night. For New Year’s Eve, check out the Downtown Countdown in Bangor or the New Year’s By the Bay celebration in Belfast.

In other news…

Bangor

Police arrest suspect in two Bangor bank robberies

Bangor council approves $100K study of Community Connector bus system

15th year of Bangor’s Downtown Countdown brings a few small changes

Business

Central Maine Power will add explanation about higher 2019 rates to bills

Maine was 1 of 3 states where economy lagged at year’s end, Fed index shows

Bath Iron Works wins contract for more work on Zumwalts

Politics

Janet Mills taps Maine broadband official as economic development chief

These Maine lawmakers will control 2019’s biggest State House debates

Maine court suspends license of unsuccessful GOP candidate for district attorney

Opinion

Some of the 99 reasons to be optimistic as 2018 comes to a close

Mills fails to fix broken system of fish and wildlife management

I grew up in poverty. Education was my pathway out.

Sports

UMaine men’s hockey sophomore returns from injury, will make season debut at Princeton

George Stevens Academy demonstrates defensive prowess in basketball victory over Calais

21 football players nominated for Gaziano Memorial lineman awards

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...