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What impeachment means and how the process works

What impeachment means and how the process works

Impeachment is a constitutional process under which an elected official, including the president, is charged with an offense or offenses warranting removal from office. To impeach is a term meaning to charge or to accuse, and articles of impeachment are in effect an indictment.Unlike other elected officials, who can be charged with crimes and removed from office if convicted in a court, a president cannot be charged with a criminal offense under current Department of Justice guidelines, something Democrats have argued should be changed through legislation.What are impeachable...

September 25, 2019
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Portland’s Old Port Half Marathon & 5K canceled

Portland’s Old Port Half Marathon & 5K canceled

ShareRunners take off at the start of the half marathon at the 2019 Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K in Portland.The popular Old Port Half Marathon & 5K, scheduled for June 6 in Portland, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus outbreak.and more than 4,600 finishers – 3,100 in the half marathon and 1,500 in the 5K – making the event the second-largest road race in Maine, next to the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth.Race director Erik Boucher said Wednesday he is trying to work with the city of Portland to see if the event can be held at a later date, but “right now the...

April 15, 2020
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Maine’s economic fallout from coronavirus could be nation’s worst

Maine’s economic fallout from coronavirus could be nation’s worst

ShareAs the global economy hurtles into what may be the worst recession in generations, some models suggest Maine is especially vulnerable to dire economic consequences from the coronavirus pandemic.One analysis puts Maine in the No. 1 spot among states likely to experience severe economic fallout from the pandemic because of its demographics and economic makeup. Another study ranks Maine sixth in the U.S. for highest share of “contact-intensive occupations” likely to be impacted in the transition to a low-touch economy dominated by social distancing requirements.Here are the major the...

April 26, 2020
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When can Maine reopen? The answer’s complicated

When can Maine reopen? The answer’s complicated

ShareDiners filled Lazzari in downtown Portland on the night of March 6, just days before the coronavirus forced the shutdown of much of Maine’s economy.Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday that she agrees with the conclusions of many public health experts that widespread coronavirus testing, tracing, reduced cases over a sustained period and adequate protective gear are crucial conditions to be met before society can safely reopen.But when questioned about , Mills stopped short of committing to definite conditions that would have to be met before she would move forward with relaxing restrictions...

April 17, 2020
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Mainers on the front lines

Mainers on the front lines

ShareThey say they’re just doing their jobs. Crystal Smith, 34, of Dayton cares for patients suffering from COVID-19 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. “I try to think of what it would be like to wake up in that situation, not really knowing … what’s happening,” she said.“My name is Crystal. I will be taking care of you”When a COVID-19 patient wakes up in the special care unit at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, disoriented and breathing with the help of a ventilator, he might hear the voice of  nurse Crystal Smith.“My name is Crystal. I will be taking care of you,” Smith...

April 19, 2020
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Mills administration held secret meetings on pandemic with state lawmakers

Mills administration held secret meetings on pandemic with state lawmakers

ShareGov. Janet Mills’ administration repeatedly flouted Maine’s open meetings and public records laws in the past few weeks as members met secretly with lawmakers and others to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.Mills and members of her cabinet held multiple online or telephone briefings with large groups of state lawmakers, divided by party affiliation, as they attempted to answer questions and concerns about the spread of the virus.On Thursday, after the Portland Press Herald discovered that the meetings had been held and questioned their legality, the administration canceled additional...

April 17, 2020
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Lewiston hospital revises coronavirus sick leave policy under pressure from employees

Lewiston hospital revises coronavirus sick leave policy under pressure from employees

ShareSt. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on Monday dropped a policy that had required employees to use their own sick and vacation time if they needed to be quarantined for 14 days for coronavirus exposure.Nurses from the Lewiston , contending it was unfair to require they use their earned time – a combination of sick and vacation time – if forced to quarantine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. As of Monday, Maine had 499 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 92 hospitalized.The hospital’s new policy says employees who are quarantined for coronavirus exposure that is...

April 6, 2020
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Veteran marches in one-man Memorial Day parade in Portland: See the photos

Veteran marches in one-man Memorial Day parade in Portland: See the photos

Share1 of 7Retired 1st Sgt. Richard Cobb, a 20-year Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient, marches down Congress Street in Portland on Monday. With Memorial Day events canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cobb held a one-man parade, marching from Longfellow Square to Monument Square.Portland’s Memorial Day parade was unprecedented.Like so much of life’s new normal, Monday’s annual event was retooled for the age of the coronavirus. Instead of the usual pomp of marching bands, banners and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, this year’s parade was pared down to a single man – retired Army...

May 26, 2020
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Mills expects to announce reopening plan Tuesday, as Maine records one more death

Mills expects to announce reopening plan Tuesday, as Maine records one more death

ShareGov. Janet Mills signaled Monday that she will likely extend the statewide stay-at-home order set to expire on April 30 but that she may also unveil details of her plan to gradually reopen the state’s economy on Tuesday.Mills did not give a timetable for any reopening or that must be met before relaxing the severe restrictions on businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the governor said her administration will likely move away from the essential and non-essential classifications currently used.ICU beds: 330 total, 139 availableVentilators: 315 total, 298 availableAlternative...

April 27, 2020
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Window washer charged with stealing N95 protective masks in Bangor

Window washer charged with stealing N95 protective masks in Bangor

ShareA man hired to wash windows at Bangor City Hall has been charged with stealing 80 facial masks that were intended for use by the city’s first responders.Jonathan McCueJonathan McCue, 31, of Bangor, was charged with theft and taken to Penobscot County Jail where he was held without bail, according to Bangor police.Police were notified Thursday morning by city employees that approximately 80 type N95 facial masks were missing from Bangor City Hall. The masks were to be given to city first responders, including firefighters and police.First responders and health professionals rely on the...

April 4, 2020
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