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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:55

Try, try again: 2012 NFL season predictions

Written by Allen Adams

It's time once again for a feeble attempt at predicting the 2012 NFL season. My less-than-stellar track record with sports prognostication has become a bit of a running joke in these parts, but I refuse to be beaten. I am knowledgeable enough about the NFL that one of these years, I'm bound to nail it.

Will it be this year? Probably not.

Come then! Poor pigskin prognostication awaits!

*Denotes playoff pick

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:07

A few fine films for fall

Written by Allen Adams

With the shift in the seasons, we also get a bit of a shift in our cinematic offerings. After a summer that featured blockbuster after blockbuster, a season of nine-figure box office dynamos led by all-time high-grossing superhero movies such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' things are calming down a bit this fall.

That's not to imply that there aren't some potentially great films coming out over the coming months.

The fall of 2012 has an awful lot to offer. You've got the triumphant return of a great director with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master.' You've got a once-in-a-generation talent like Daniel Day-Lewis taking on the title role in the biopic 'Lincoln.' There's melodrama and intrigue, goofy animation and gritty science fiction. It looks like there could be some really good movies coming our way.

And also 'Twilight.'

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:55

Inside the Last Summer on Earth Tour

Written by Mike Dow
Featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Cracker

This Sunday night, many concert-goers on the Bangor Waterfront will be partying like it's 1995, but for the bands involved in the tour dubbed Last Summer on Earth, it has less to do with nostalgia than it does hitting the road with old friends to give the audience some serious rock and roll bang for their buck.

In addition to a full set by headliners Barenaked Ladies, the tour includes sets by three other bands that rose to prominence in the 90s: Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker.

When the tour was announced earlier this year, Barenaked Ladies' vocalist and guitarist Ed Robertson said, 'I love playing outside in the summertime. To travel and hang around with a bunch of bands, and get a chance to do some collaboration, is part of the magic of a summer tour.'

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:45

Women in law enforcement

Written by Katy England

In a field predominated by men, women in law enforcement still tend to stand out. It's a field defined by dangers and takes a toll on its ranks regardless of gender. We took the time to sit down with several women from different departments in the area about what the job involves, advice they have for women looking to get into the field and the very real challenges they face.

And though the percentage is small, there are some strong examples of women in the ranks in every aspect of law enforcement from municipal to county, state and corrections. We chatted with just a small percent of the small percent (in alphabetical order).

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:04

Johnny Baseball' steps to the plate in Orono

Written by Allen Adams
New musical offers different take on The Curse of the Bambino'

ORONO It's always a welcome surprise when two of your (seemingly) disparate interests come together in an unexpected way.

The University of Maine at Orono's Summer Music Theatre Festival is currently in the process of building one of those improbable marriages with their upcoming production of 'Johnny Baseball,' a musical created around the history of the Boston Red Sox.

That's right a musical about the Red Sox.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:23

Gregg Allman 'such a wonderful life'

Written by Mike Dow

Gregg Allman is on the phone, and he's laughing as he recalls a trip to Maine with The Allman Brothers Band in the 90s. 'We were playing there and they took us out to this island,' he remembers. 'There was a 50 gallon drum full of lobsters and man, we partied let me tell you. We had boats and it was just a very memorable time.' When I asked if he could recall the approximate date of that visit, he thought about it for a few moments. 'It was probably the early 90s no, wait a minute. It was probably the later part of the 90s because I had already gotten clean and sober and that was in 1996. Man, we had a ball.'

When The Allman Brothers Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, the ceremony was capped with the usual all-star jam session and after-party. Allman says his party began a week early technically, decades earlier. He recounts this story with vivid detail at the beginning of his new memoir 'My Cross to Bear' (William Morrow), written with journalist Alan Light.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:12

Summer (blockbuster) reading

Written by Allen Adams
5 examples of "The book was better"

One can never have too many recommendations when it comes to books. It's always nice to have a few recommendations to work from when you're picking out your next beach read. However, there are plenty of books out there that may never catch your attention because you think you already know the story.

You saw the movie, you see.

But sometimes, seeing the movie is no indication of the quality of the book. Sometimes, the story gets altered or rewritten or occasionally outright ignored. Occasionally, the only resemblance between the two will be a title.

Here are five books that warrant your attention this summer, along with the five movie versions of said books that are inferior to their source material. This is not to say that these films are all bad - though many of them certainly are that - so much as that the books that inspired them are so very much better.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:01

MIFF turns 15

Written by Allen Adams
Maine International Film Festival returns to Waterville

WATERVILLE When we think about movies in the summertime, more often than not, we tend to think of big-budget blockbusters. And with good reason: explosion-laden action epics, superhero sequels and movie star vehicles abound at this time of year.

But that's not all there is. Here in Maine, summer movies also means the coming of the Maine International Film Festival. The 15th annual festival gets underway on July 13 and runs through July 22 and features over 50 filmmakers and nearly 100 films over the course of the 10-day run.

As you might guess, a whole lot of work goes into those 10 days.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:59

Proud to be an American

Written by Jodi Hersey
Three women share their experiences of earning their U.S. citizenship

The fourth of July is a time to celebrate America's independence. It's a time when we extend our hand to thank all the service men and women who've fought to keep this country a free nation. And it's a day to show our gratitude and honor for the sacrifices made by our forefathers in order for this country to be what it is today. However, there are thousands of Americans out there who haven't been as blessed to be born and raised in America, yet these individuals have as much, if not more, love for the red, white and blue than those of us who have only ever known this way of life. Below are the stories of three different women who were once considered aliens but have sacrificed, worked and studied hard to make it to this country that they now proudly call home.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:56

A Maine summer favorite: ice cream

Written by Jodi Hersey

No one is ever too old for ice cream. From toddlers and teenagers to young couples and senior citizens, we all have a sweet spot that can only be satisfied (especially during the summer months) with an ice cream cone, banana split or milk shake. Our favorite flavors may change as we age, but ice cream is one of those universal treats we never stop enjoying.

In Maine, we are blessed to have more than a few spectacular ice cream shops that make homemade and even seasonal flavors that you just can't find anywhere else. Below is just a sprinkle (rainbow colored, please) of a few of them whose owners gave us the inside scoop on what makes their ice cream such a hit.

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