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Feb 24, 2012

Maine builds support for gay marriage referendum

Feb 24 (Reuters) – Proponents of same-sex marriage in
Maine have gathered more than enough signatures to ask voters in
a November referendum to approve gay marriages just three years
after they banned them.

As the tide of acceptance swells nationwide, gay marriage
advocates in Maine gathered more than 85,000 signatures, far
more than the requisite 57,277 signatures, Secretary of State
Charles Summers said on Thursday.

Feb 24, 2012

Maine gets enough support for gay marriage referendum

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Proponents of same-sex marriage in Maine have gathered more than enough signatures to ask voters in a November referendum to approve gay nuptials just three years after they banned them.

As the tide of acceptance swells nationwide, gay marriage advocates in gathered more than 85,000 signatures, far more than the requisite 57,277 signatures, Secretary of State Charles Summers said on Thursday.

Feb 23, 2012

Maine’s biggest lobster returned to Atlantic Ocean

Feb 23 (Reuters) – The biggest lobster ever caught in
Maine, a 27-pounder (12.25 kg) nicknamed “Rocky” with
claws tough enough to snap a man’s arm, was released back into
the ocean on Thursday after being trapped in a shrimp net last
week, marine officials said.

The 40-inch (one-meter) male crustacean, about
the size of a 3-year-old child, was freed in the waters of the
Atlantic Ocean, said Elaine Jones, education director for the
state’s Department of Marine Resources.

Feb 23, 2012

Maine’s biggest lobster to be returned to Atlantic

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – The biggest lobster ever caught in Maine, a 27-pounder nicknamed “Rocky” with claws tough enough to snap a man’s arm, will be released shortly after being trapped in a shrimp net last week, marine officials said on Thursday.

The 40-inch male crustacean, about the size of a 3-year-old human, will be freed in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, said Elaine Jones, education director for the state’s Department of Marine Resources.

Feb 17, 2012

Maine Republicans to recount votes that gave Romney a win

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Maine’s Republican Party will recount votes in the state’s Republican caucus following complaints that totals from some towns were not included in state results showing a 194-vote victory for Mitt Romney over Ron Paul.

In addition, Republicans in Maine’s sparsely populated Washington County will hold their caucus on Saturday after an earlier attempt was postponed by a snowstorm.

Feb 15, 2012

Nearly broke Providence seeks cash from Brown University

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – With the mayor of Rhode Island’s capital warning it may run out of cash by June, the city of Providence is looking to raise funds from one of its wealthiest landowners: Brown University.

As a non-profit institution, the Ivy League school is exempt from local taxes. Brown, the state’s sixth-largest employer, owns more than $1 billion of property in the city and has a $2.5 billion endowment yet makes a relatively modest “voluntary payment” to the city of $3.6 million per year.

Feb 13, 2012

Vermont man denies theft of Robert Frost writings

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A Vermont thrift
store employee pleaded not guilty on Monday to stealing letters
and holiday cards written by the poet Robert Frost and selling
them for $20,000, police said.

Timothy Bernaby was arraigned on grand larceny charges in
White River Junction, Vermont, about 100 miles (160 km) north of
Frost’s grave in Bennington, Vermont, which is marked with the
epitaph “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”

Feb 1, 2012

University of Vermont joins move to end bottled water sales

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – The University of Vermont is banning the sale of bottled water on campus, part of a growing effort at schools to reduce plastic waste and save students’ money by promoting tap water.

A dozen U.S. universities have ended sales of bottled water in the past three years, but UVM is the largest to do so. Other schools include the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Portland and Washington University in St. Louis.

Jan 20, 2012

Anti-bully bill targets New Hampshire House speaker

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The nation’s latest proposed anti-bullying law targets not schoolyard tormentors but a conservative New Hampshire House speaker who critics say was so harsh he once forced a grown legislator to cry.

A group of moderate Republicans and Democrats have taken aim at Republican House Speaker William O’Brien with a bill banning bullying of any member of the state’s House of Representatives, including behavior that causes physical harm, inflicts emotional distress or creates a hostile environment.

Jan 16, 2012

Tiny Dixville Notch upends power plan of giant utility group

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Dixville Notch, a tiny hamlet whose early presidential primary returns have helped to dash the hopes of some White House contenders, has upended the power plans of a giant utility consortium.

An environmental group has raised enough money to purchase the conservation rights to 5,800 acres of land in Dixville Notch near the U.S.-Canadian border in a deal that will block the proposed route for a $1.1 billion electric transmission line bringing power to southern New England from Quebec.