Lucie Bonneville (left) and Jessica Stewart, both juniors at the University of Maine, escape the cold at the Nest coffee house in Orono on Thursday.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the teens throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about today.

A tribute song in memory of Maine’s great black hawk

–The great black hawk that had been suffering from frostbite since its rescue from a Portland Park during a snowstorm has been euthanized. In honor of the fallen bird, BDN’s resident banjournalist Troy R. Bennett penned a tribute to remember the hawk who flew into Maine — and into our hearts.

Collins brings in most money of her career after Kavanaugh vote

–After she delivered a pivotal vote that helped seat Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, Maine Sen. Susan Collins had the best fundraising quarter of her career, shattering her previous best with the help of a flood of out-of-state money.

A new events space in downtown Bangor is decked out to evoke a 1920s vibe


–The founders of Top of the Nine want to capitalize on their event rental space’s panoramic view atop 9 Central St. in the center of downtown Bangor. Top of the Nine will feature a combination of in-house programming and rental space for visual arts, dance, music and culinary events. Its grand opening is next week, Feb. 7.

Mainers should celebrate the new female DIF&W commissioner

–Judy Camuso was approved by the Senate on Thursday as Maine’s Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In becoming the first woman to hold the position, she will oversee a department that is catering to an increasing number of female anglers and hunters across the state.

Colby College’s plan for a downtown Waterville hotel just got bigger


–The college now intends to build a hotel with 50 rooms at the site of a former clothier on Main Street. If all goes as planned, guests could begin renting rooms in 2020.

There’s a new twist in the tale of a proposed fish farm in Belfast. Shocking, we know.

–As state environmental regulators request new information about potential waste discharge routes, the developers behind plans to build one of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms asked that the Board of Environmental Protection, a citizen oversight panel, take on added jurisdiction.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide


–You may have heard, but there’s a little football game going on Sunday that’s got New England buzzing. There’s also a David Bowie laser music show set for 9 p.m. each Friday in February at the Jordan Planetarium at UMaine and New England Fights’ annual Winter MMA night at the Cross Insurance Center, set for 8 p.m. Saturday.

In other news…

Maine

Maine prisoner accused of killing cellmate scheduled for first court appearance

Waterville factory expected to be in full operation 4 weeks after fire

Maine girls among the first in the country to join Boy Scouts

Bangor

Stephen King has had a new TV series and novel announced, both in the last 24 hours

Brewer man denies pirating ‘tens of thousands’ of movies

ESPN SportsCenter features record-setting performance by UMaine men’s basketball player

Business

Firm abandons plan to help endangered salmon in Maine river

Waterville seeks developers for riverfront property

Maine-based internet provider expanding service into The County

Politics

Maine changes ‘Open for Business’ sign to ‘Welcome Home’

Susan Collins has plenty of money for a re-election bid

Democrat from Bath to give up Maine House seat

Opinion

Ending gross metering a good first step for solar development

Rural hospitals face many challenges in Maine and across the country

Rural economies aren’t dead, but they do need help

Sports

10 Maine schools approved for 8-player football this fall

Husson goes big with its 1st men’s basketball recruit of 2019

Lebanese player pursuing his basketball dream finds a home at UMaine

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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...