Presidents of Ten Maine Schools Sign Letter About Gun Control

Following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut over 300 college presidents, including several from Maine, have signed a letter urging congressional leaders to enact new laws restricting the purchase of certain types of guns.
 
The letter, organized by officials from two Georgia colleges, urges congress to ban high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault weapons, in addition to requiring background checks of anyone buying firearms at gun shows.  Presidents of ten Maine schools signed the letter, including Clayton Spencer of Bates College, Ronald Cantor of Southern Maine Community College and Robert Clark of Husson University. 
 
Moving forward, Clark says topics like second amendment rights and mental health must be considered when dealing with issues relating to gun safety.

James Cameron In Court Today

PORTLAND - A former drug prosecutor convicted of downloading child porn will make an appearance in a Portland courtroom today.

City Ordnance says Landlords Responsible for Tenants Actions

BANGOR - The City of Bangor may soon be cracking down on landlords, holding them more responsible for their tenants. This, as one city councilor says enough is enough, now in search of a way to prevent problematic tenants from renting in the queen city.
 
It's all part of a draft city ordinance supported by councilor Ben Sprague who believes it's high time to do something about the crime we see in certain Bangor neighborhoods, starting with the people who live in them.
 
Sprague says there are some landlords who have shown some opposition to this plan, but he believes it wouldn't effect most of them.
 
The main problem he sees is when a landlord leases to a tenant who is likely involved with drugs or other crimes to some fashion.  Sprague hopes this ordinance will hold landlords accountable for leasing to someone they never should have in the first place; hit with penalties if their tenant acts.
 
This ordinance would also create a database that will help landlords know when their tenants don't follow the rules.
 
The ordinance will be brought forth to a vote as early as Monday.  Sprague says he is optimistic about this plan and believes it is a step in the right direction.
 
 

SUV Collides with School Bus in Dixmont

DIXMONT - A group of students in Dixmont are safe tonight after the school bus they were on this afternoon was hit by an SUV on western avenue.  Two people were taken to the hospital, though.  They were in that SUV.
 
There were 13 children on the bus at the time. Police say the driver had just stopped to drop children off at a home when the accident occurred.
 
The wreck backed up traffic for quite some time.  Authorities say the bright sun played a major role in this accident, blinding the SUV's driver, who could not see that the bus had come to a stop.  At this time it's unclear whether the bus's red lights had been flashing.

Lobster Industry Meetings Re-Scheduled

Augusta - Several lobster industry meetings hosted by the Maine Department of Marine Resources to discuss the state of the lobster industry originally scheduled for January 3rd and 4th have been postponed.
 
The meeting originally scheduled for January 4th at the Gouldsboro Community Center will now be held on Thursday, January 24th at noon. The location will remain the same.
 
The January 3rd meeting at the Machias Memorial High School will now take place January 24th at 5:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Science Building at the University of Maine, Machias.
 
The January 3rd meeting at the Jonesport Fire Station has been re-scheduled for January 25th at noon, and will still be held at the station.
 
Information about the meetings and a full schedule can be found on the Department of Marine Resources' website.
 
Meeting times and dates could change due to weather or flu season.

New Baseball and Softball Training Facility Near Completion in Brewer

Though the start of baseball season is still a ways away, players across the state will be able to play ball as early as next month, thanks to Sluggers in Brewer. The new facility is on deck for a grand opening the first weekend of February.
 
Karl Ward, who is both the owner of Sluggers and the Pesident and CEO of the construction comany on the project, says they've expidited the process, working at about three-times the normal speed, to have players in by winter, and ready for the spring season.
 
Aamong other amenities, the facility will include an indoor field, batting cages, and an interactive pitching simulator. Sluggers will have a stacked line-up of coaches, including Terren Hall, former standout softball captain for the Black Bears.
 
For more information, visit MaineSluggers.com.
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