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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:30

Play ball! A 2013 MLB preview

Written by Allen Adams

It's that time of year once again. The snow is melting and the grass is showing through. That whiff of spring is in the air.

Time for baseball.

The start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner and there's plenty of intrigue out there. Some teams went all-out in attempts to get over the hump (Blue Jays, Dodgers). We even saw a team switch leagues for the first time since realignment (Astros). And we saw the San Francisco Giants win their second title in three years. Last year, we saw the first Triple Crown winner in over 40 years with Miguel Cabrera and perhaps the greatest rookie season of all time with Mike Trout. How will they follow history?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:52

Bellator MMA offers up new competition to UFC

Written by Alex Downing

The UFC has been the king of mixed martial arts since its first event in the United States back in 1993. Former MMA promotions such as EliteXC, StrikeForce, Pride Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefighting all tried competing with the UFC, only to fall in the end. While all these companies ultimately failed, the UFC has been growing with large pay-per-view buys, record fan attendances, and a huge television deal with Fox. 

The UFC might be at the top of its game, but that hasn't stopped the founder and CEO of the second largest MMA promotion in the USA Bellator. Bjorn Rebney founded Bellator MMA in 2008 and has been pushing his company through the uniqueness it brings of being completely tournament-based. This means that every fighter must win a series of matches through a tournament to become eligible for a title shot. 

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:53

On a mission

Written by Katy England
Local church teams up with non-profit to bring fresh water to those in need

Christ has no body now, but yours.

No  hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.

-Theresa of Avila

BANGOR If you live in Bangor, chances are you've seen All Souls Congregational Church on the corner of State Street and Broadway. It's an impressive stone church, and provides one of the three steeples that reach up over the skyline that can be seen from many a vantage point in and around the city.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29

Getting down and derby

Written by Katy England
Roller Derby: forming lasting bonds

Roller Derby is a sport of contradictions: a full-contact sport just for women; a demanding sport that requires good cardio and hardcore dedication, but also one that anyone can play; a sport where you are crashing into a woman in a bout and then hanging out over drinks afterwards. It's a sport with theatrical roots but grounded in physical prowess, endurance and skill. In other words, it's pretty awesome.

'I like that it's contradictory. It's an aggressive, full-contact sport, but it's a women's sport. It's tough but it's a big sense of family. It's tough but with expressions of femininity,' said Wined Up, a member of Central Maine Derby, who is a professor of sociology at the University of Maine when she isn't cutting up the derby track. 'I love anything that challenges our normative ideas of femininity of what women are and what they should be. I love the contradiction.'

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:30

Thanking the Academy: 2013 Oscar predictions

Written by Allen Adams

It's that time again, time for the Hollywood elite to roll out the red carpet and give themselves a few pats on the back. That's right - it's the Academy Awards.

As someone who spends a lot of time at the movies, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Awards such as the Oscars are great because they inspire conversation who do you think will win, who do you think should win, which movies did you see, which movies did you like, which did you hate and on and on and on.

So I'm once more putting my prognostication skills on the line. These are my picks for some of the big awards come Sunday night. Again, these aren't necessarily the people and films that I think should win. They're the ones I think will win. Sometimes, they're the same. More often, they're not.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:14

Memories of The Mecca'

Written by Allen Adams
A look back at some memorable tournament moments

BANGOR After 57 years and countless breathtaking moments, the Bangor Auditorium is hosting its final high school basketball tournament. Starting next year, the new Cross Insurance Center will be the home to the tourney, with the old auditorium scheduled to become a parking lot.

Soon, the Mecca of Maine high school basketball will be no more.

The Auditorium has been an iconic part of the Bangor skyline since 1955; the quirky and beloved structure has played a huge part in making high school memories for thousands of Maine kids over the years. To play in the Auditorium is to be a part of the state's sporting history.  

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:30

Across the universe

Written by Katy England

Take a tour of the vastness of space at the Jordan Planetarium

ORONO The night sky has sparked the imaginations of philosophers, dreamers, scientists and explorers. Learning about the vastness of space is something that many people, young and old, leap at the chance to do. And you can, right in our own back yard.

"Being as small as we are and couched in the bosom of the University it can be difficult to get noticed," said Alan Davenport, the planetarium director and observatory coordinator at the University of Maine's Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium located at Wingate Hall. "The planetarium is quite old. It's been running for 30 years plus now. We've updated a lot of what's inside the planetarium, but it's difficult to go beyond a certain point."

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:21

Breaking down the Big Game

Written by Allen Adams
A look ahead at Super Bowl XLVII

The Super Bowl has arrived.

For the 47th time, hundreds of millions of people from around the globe will be focused on the game of football. This year's game will be played in the New Orleans Superdome, where the AFC's Baltimore Ravens and the NFC's San Francisco 49ers will vie to see which team gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the champions of the NFL.

The overriding storyline behind this year's game revolves around the Harbaugh brothers. John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Ravens and 49ers respectively, are the first brothers to coach against each other in the Super Bowl. This has led many in the media to refer to the game as the 'Harbaugh Bowl' or 'Har Bowl' or other variations on that theme.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:26

Sandwiches!

Written by Katy England
Best thing since sliced bread

There is an elegant simplicity in sandwiches. A sandwich can be a slice of cheese between pieces of bread, or it can be an extraordinary combination of flavors that make you swoon and it can be both at the same time. Sandwiches are comfort food. Soul food. Lunch food.

Sandwiches have been around in some form since Biblical times. Bitter herbs were placed between two pieces of unleavened bread at Passover by Hillel the Elder. More recently, there's the anecdote about the Earl of Sandwich, who asked for his meat to be served between two slices of bread so he could eat and continue to play cards. After that, everyone was asking for 'the same as Sandwich.'

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:33

SnowCon 2013

Written by Katy England
Five years of fun and games

ORONO For the fifth straight year gamers from across Maine, New England and the United States will gather at the Black Bear Inn to crawl through ancient dungeons, cast arcane spells, try to evade insidious madness and barter for sheep or lumber. SnowCon is back.

This is a weekend of live gaming, as opposed to video gaming. It's people around a table rolling dice, playing cards or moving pieces, whether it's role playing games (RPGs), strategic board games or various card games (think of everything from 'Magic: the Gathering' to 'Apples to Apples').

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