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Questlove arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The founder of the hip-hop group The Roots wants to find the woman who bought a turntable and records for him when he was 5. He posted about his quest on social media over the weekend. He wrote that he was in Portland, Maine, in 1976 when he made friends with a stranger. He said he knew talking to strangers was a no-no but says “my instincts paid off.” Now he's hoping to find Ellie. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Questlove's quest: To find woman who bought him a turntable

Oct. 26, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ahmir Thompson, founder of The Roots and drummer for the “Tonight Show” band, wants to find the kind stranger who bought him a turntable and several records at the tender age of 5. Thompson — better known as Questlove — posted on social media that he was...

DOJ boosts Maine efforts to tackle addiction crisis

Oct. 26, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Public agencies in Maine have received more than $1 million in federal money to help fight the state's addiction crisis. Almost $900,000 of the money is slated for Cumberland County, while the rest is going to the Maine Department of Public Safety. The money is from the U.S....

Cross Insurance's late founder honored by chamber

Oct. 24, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has honored the late founder of Cross Insurance. There was a tribute to the life and legacy of the late Woodrow Cross during a gathering of the business community Thursday evening. Cross died in July at 103. “His can-do philosophy combined...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3, 2020, election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash in 4th debate in US Senate campaign

Oct. 22, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins seized the opportunity as she spoke from Washington during a debate Thursday to point out that she’s hard at work while Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has been unable to get the Legislature back into session since March....

Church outbreak grows; Mills spars with GOP on Pence rally

Oct. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BROOKS, Maine (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak centered around a church in a small town in Maine has grown to more than 40 cases and could spread significantly, public health authorities in the state said Tuesday. The outbreak began at Brooks Pentecostal Church in the small Waldo County town of Brooks, Maine...

Man arrested in California stemming from 2016 Maine killing

Oct. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said a 23-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with a 2016 shooting death in Portland. Aristotle Stilley, formerly of South Portland, was arrested in Sacramento, California, early Tuesday morning, Portland police said. A Cumberland County grand...

City officials against social ballot referendums in Portland

Oct. 17, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’s no backing from most elected officials in Portland City Hall for a series for referendums on minimum wage, affordable housing, construction practices, rent control and short-term rentals. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and seven members of the City Council all have come...

Man sentenced to 28 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Oct. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge imposed a 28-year sentence Wednesday on a Portland, Maine, man who described the longtime girlfriend he killed as “my best friend, the love of my life, the girl of my dreams.” Gregory Vance, 62, pleaded guilty in November to murdering Patricia Grassi, who was 59...

A Metro bus driver wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus while while working on a rainy day, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State health officials reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and no additional deaths. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine increases limits on indoor seating ahead of winter

Oct. 13, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine businesses are dealing with a new set of guidelines designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on Tuesday in preparation for the cold winter months. The state has increased its limit on indoor seating to either 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, according to the...

UNE to move its College of Osteopathic Medicine to Portland

Oct. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation will help the University of New England move the College of Osteopathic Medicine from the main campus in Biddeford to a 100,000-square-foot building in Portland, the university announced Tuesday. The $30 million grant also will be used to...