Upcoming Blood Drives in Central Maine

    Monday, September 26

  • Augusta Elks, 397 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, 12:30 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 27

  • American Legion Post 202, 79 Foreside Road, Topsham, 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM
  • East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Ave, Auburn, 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 28

  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM
  • Bowdoin College, Morrell Lounge BLDG., Brunswick, 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 29

  • Belfast Boat House, 34 Commercial St., Belfast, 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Friday, September 30

  • Quirk Ford of Augusta, 7 Water St., Hallowell, 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • American Legion Post 20, 1 Columbus Drive, Brunswick, 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM

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Search for suspect is underway after three people shot at Pennsylvania amusement park

Three people were shot at a popular Pennsylvania amusement park on Saturday night following an altercation between two groups of teenagers.  According to Allegheny County Police, the shooting took place at Kennywood amusement park in West Mifflin. Three people — two 15-year-old boys and one 39-year-old man — were reportedly injured from gunshot wounds Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, Kennywood alerted on Twitter that the park was closed for the night and that “all guests have exited” after the shooting took place on what was the first night of the park’s Phantom Fall Fest.  Allegheny County Police shared in a Sunday news release that the shooting followed an altercation in front of the park’s Musik Express ride, and that multiple agencies responded around 10:49 p.m. One 15-year-old was shot in the thigh and is still at a hospital; the 39-year-old was hit in the leg and released following treatment and the other teen is hospitalized with a graze wound and in stable condition. Others were reportedly treated for “trample” injuries following the events at the amusement park.  Police say they recovered a handgun inside the park, and the search for the suspect is ongoing.

The park later issued an official statement: “We are greatly saddened by the violence that occurred last night. Our thoughts are with those who were injured as a result of the incident, as well as all guests and team members affected by what happened. …We are closely collaborating with police as they investigate. Our entry security protocols include a state of the art weapons detection system put into place at the start of this season, video scanning, and bag checks. We regularly supplement our park security staff with officers from the Allegheny County Police Department and West Mifflin Police Department, who were contracted to support our teams during operating hours, including Saturday evening. We will continue to cooperate with authorities throughout their investigation.

The park is closed Sunday, September 25. We will reopen as scheduled on Friday evening, September 30, and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.”

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Statewide emergency declared in Florida as Tropical Storm Ian is expected to strengthen to hurricane

As Tropical Storm Ian heads towards Florida and is expected to become a hurricane Sunday night, reaching major hurricane strength early next week, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued statewide state of emergency, citing the risk of a major hurricane making landfall on Florida’s western coast.

Currently located in the Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph and higher gusts, forecasters predict that Ian is expected to become a major Category 3 hurricane by Monday or Tuesday.  According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is 540 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba and could approach the Florida Keys and the southern and central area of the Florida peninsula beginning Monday through to Wednesday morning

The potential hurricane is expected to bring 2 to 6 inches of rain to the Keys and peninsula and heavy rainfall to northern and western Florida, as well as to other states in the southeastern U.S. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These rains may produce flash and urban flooding across the Keys and the peninsula through midweek.

Over the weekend, President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Florida as the state faces a potential major hurricane from the current storm, the White House said. Biden’s approval of a Florida emergency declaration orders authorized federal aid.

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Kelsea Ballerini teams up with Carly Pearce & Kelly Clarkson for the collaboration “You’re Drunk, Go Home”

Kelsea Ballerini has teamed up with Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson on her brand new collaborative track, “You’re Drunk, Go Home,” which appears on her just-released new album, Subject To Change.

The 29-year-old Ballerini teased the collaboration by posting a video on Instagram that had her naming her duet partners as well as announcing the title of the track, saying:  “So, y’all have been asking for months now if there’s a collab on the album, and I’ve hinted that there is, and I did post a little sneaky picture — and you guys are spies. You did guess that it is indeed my girl Carly Pearce,” Ballerini begins in the clip on Instagram. “But but but, friends, I did fool you because it is not just Carly Pearce, we have a trio. Y’all, It’s Kelly Clarkson.”

“You’re Drunk, Go Home” is one of 15 tracks included on Ballerini’s brand-new studio album, Subject to Change, and also features recent releases, “The Little Things,” “What I Have,” “Love Is A Cowboy” and lead single, “Heartfirst.”

You can take a listen to “You’re Drunk, Go Home” – here.

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Margo Price shares the video for her single “Change of Heart” from upcoming LP

Margo Price has shared the video for her single “Change of Heart” from her upcoming fourth studio album, Strays, due out early next year on January 13. You can take a look at the video – here.

Stray, the follow-up to her 2020 album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, was produced by Price and Jonathan Wilson and recorded in the summer of 2021.  To pre-save/pre-order the LP, head here.

Price will also embark on a North American tour from November-early March 2023 with stops including Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, New York’s Webster Hall, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the 30-plus shows are on sale now. For the full list of dates below and tickets info, head HERE.

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Rihanna to headline Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show

Apple Music, the NFL and Roc Nation announced that Rihanna will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show at Super Bowl LVII, on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Last week it was announced that Apple Music as the new partner for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, replacing Pepsi which had been featured for the past decade. This marks the first year of a partnership between Apple Music, the NFL and Roc Nation. Over the coming months, fans can expect to see exclusive details and sneak peeks leading up to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show by following Apple Music on social media.

Rihanna teased the news on social media, tweeting a picture of what appeared to be her tattooed hand holding an NFL-branded football, with no other caption.

The Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show telecast will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers. Shawn “Jay-Z’ Carter said in a statement: “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

NFL Head of Music Seth Dudowsky shared: “We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. Rihanna is a once in a generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career. We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”

Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats added: “Rihanna is an incredible recording artist who is a favorite for many millions of Apple Music customers around the world. We’re excited to partner with Rihanna, Roc Nation and the NFL to bring music and sports fans a momentous show — what an incredible artist for the inaugural Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.”

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President Biden surprises Elton John with National Humanities Medal

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish were hosted by President Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as part of A Night When Hope and History Rhyme event, organized in collaboration with The History Channel and A+E Networks. President Biden surprised John by presenting him with a National Humanities Medal following a performance at the White House.

John performed several of his hits including “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocketman,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” on the White House South Lawn, before the President and First Lady surprised him by presenting him with the National Humanities Medal. John was given the medal for his singing and songwriting career, and also for his contributions to charities and humanitarian causes such as HIV/AIDS. The Elton John AIDS Foundation was launched in 1992 and has since raised over $450 million and funded programs across four continents.

John covered his face in disbelief when the medal was presented to him, saying: “I’m never flabbergasted, but I’m flabbergasted and humbled and honored by this incredible award from the United States of America  I will treasure this so much.” John was at the White House as part of an event to honor “everyday history-makers in the audience,” according to the White House. There were also teachers, military families and LBGT+ advocates in the audience. and among those in attendance were former first lady Laura Bush, tennis champion Billie Jean King, British Ambassador to the United States Karen Elizabeth Pierce, and John’s husband, David Furnish.

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First Union Contract Ratified by Maine Med Nurses

Maine Medical Center registered nurses in Portland have ratified their first-ever union contract.

The Maine State Nurses Association says the contract will provide patient care protections and strong standards to improve retention and recruitment.

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Maine Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Patrick H. Lloyd, 36, of LaGrange has been arrested in Bangor on suspicion of attempted murder.

Charges stem from a domestic violence incident in Webster, Massachusetts.

Lloyd will be extradited to Massachusetts.

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House Democrats pass police reform package involving changes to policing and public safety

On Thursday, House Democrats passed a package of new police reform bills that would fund recruitment and training for police departments across the country, including new language for police accountability. Early in the day a procedural vote on the bills narrowly passed 216-215 when a group of progressive Democrats objected to providing more funding to police departments. It now heads to the Senate.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., said: “The Invest to Protect Act will ensure that local police departments across our country have what they need to recruit and retain the finest officers, to provide necessary training, and to invest in providing mental health resources for our officers.” 

California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter sponsored one f the bills, which would create a grant program for departments to hire and dispatch mental professionals instead of law enforcement officers when incidents involve behavioral health needs. Another bill provides funding to police departments with fewer than 200 officers and also allows the funding to be used for data collection about police and community safety.

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