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Tomalley Trouble

With warnings about tomatoes and then jalapeno peppers tainted with salmonella, food safety has been a concern this summer. So it is not surprising that a federal warning against eating lobster tomalley quickly led to fears about the crustaceans, resulting in a short-lived ban on lobster shipments to Japan.

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Hiring In-Justice

A second report has found political views were improperly considered, and in some cases the top consideration, in hiring decisions at the Department of Justice. While it is helpful that Attorney General Michael Mukasey wants to ensure such a situation doesn’t happen again, much more is needed.

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A shower never felt so good

If it rains enough, I can bathe. I am staying in the house of Adela Garcia Martinez, a 73-year-old matriarch in the rural Mexican village of Charahuen. A little town of 60 families, Charahuen has no running water and no sewage system.

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Blethen papers attract group from Maine

Blethen Maine Newspapers, owner of the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, announced Thursday that the company is negotiating for the sale of its publications to Maine Media Investments LLC, an investment group headed by Bangor native and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.

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Group wants speedier cleanup

An organization of community activists called on state officials Thursday to pick up the pace developing a cleanup plan for vast amounts of contamination still left at the former HoltraChem factory in Orrington.CREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACER

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Pittsfield Bossov Ballet grads to perform

PITTSFIELD, Maine – It’s easy to tell when Bossov Ballet’s summer students are in town: Clusters of rail-thin girls, walking with the trademark turned-out feet and ramrod-straight backs of a ballet dancer, can be seen visiting the local ice cream parlor or just getting some air at the town parks.