Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 60s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–A communications official at Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor mistakenly emailed the confidential names of 300 patients with prescriptions for Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder, to an editor at the Bangor Daily News last week.
The blunder reflects the ongoing vulnerability of sensitive patient information in a digital age, even with rules in place to secure its privacy. It could lead to an audit of the hospital’s privacy and security protocols, and expose it to lawsuits from affected patients.
The owner of a sanctuary for 300 rescued animals is fighting with town officials over property taxes
–Daniella Tessier, who runs Peace Ridge Sanctuary in the Waldo County town of Brooks, has sued the town as part of an ongoing dispute over property taxes, nonprofit status and treatment by selectmen that she described as belittling and misogynistic. Lawyers for the town said that mediation options appear to have been exhausted and that the case will likely wind up in court.
Angus King slams Trump for ‘reckless judgment’ while other Maine members of Congress study Mueller report
–U.S. Sen. Angus King said special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed “numerous examples of reckless judgment” by President Donald Trump and his advisers. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, said in Augusta on Thursday that “it’s important that the American people have the opportunity to review the report,” but she wouldn’t comment further until she read it.
–The vice chairman of the Hermon Town Council publicly confronted a resident during last week’s council meeting, making what multiple observers said was a threat to knock the man’s teeth out after the man previously accused the councilor of lying to the public. You can watch the video of the meeting here.
–Starting next month, if you plan to use public parking in downtown Bar Harbor, you will need one of two things: a permit or your wallet.
–Maine saw 15 percent fewer drug overdose deaths in 2018, marking the first year since 2011 that the total number of those deaths dropped in Maine. However, the number of fatal overdoses still averaged out to almost once-a-day in 2018, and state officials were quick to point out that more must be done to overcome the crisis.
–If you haven’t heard yet, the 53rd Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is this weekend. In anticipation of the event, we’ve compiled a roundup of some of our favorite photos of people wiping out in Six Mile Falls. We’ve also put together a map of all the spots that both paddlers and spectators should know ahead of time, from the new finish line location to the best rapids.
Aside from the canoe race, Citizen Cope plays in Portland Friday night, Adam Babcock plays at Nocturnem in Bangor on Saturday and “The Wizard of Oz” is playing at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth all weekend. See the full list of weekend events here.
In other news…
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