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IN THE WEATHER:

SUNRISE: 4:59 a.m. SUNSET: 8:26 p.m.

At 9 a.m., it was 61 degrees in downtown Portland.

The
rain covers the state and parts south like a blanket. Some places are
more heavily laden than others.  This radar shot should give you an
idea of where it is really coming down (the red is pouring, yellow is
coming down and green is just steady rain)

So,
as you can see, unless you are in far Aroostook County right now, you
are wet.  And, I am sorry to say, you will be, all weekend.

This
system is a turtle and will take a looooooong time to move over our
state.  Expect some periods of non-driving rain through the weekend.
But it doesn't really start clearing until Monday. 

Don't forget: Sunday is Father's Day AND the first day of summer.

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THE SUNRISE HERALD WEATHER WATCHERS REPORT:

  • Bill in Rockland says:  Very damp and very gray here at
    5:30 this morning, but no actual rain right at the moment. It has
    rained and I have no doubt that it
    will rain again, just not at 5:30. The slight breeze is from the
    northeast and the temperature is 54 degrees. Looks like a good day
    and perhaps weekend for some improving indoor fun.
  • Jim in Cape Elizabeth says:
    Good News and Bad News: First the the bad.  It is a raw 58 degrees at 
    0615 with a Southerly breeze blowing.  We have had over 0.62" of rain 
    overnight
    and still it falls.  Good News is that it is finally  FRIDAY!  Let's
    hope it clears up some for the weekend but I am not  optimistic.  In
    any event, have a great weekend one and all!
  • Mark in Brunswick says: Warm, but very wet here in Brunswick with 60 degrees and a steady rain.

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ON THE ROAD:

There is a bright side to all this rain: It certainly puts a damper on road construction. Crews
will probably stay off the roads this weekend, as you just can't lay
hot asphalt when it is pouring. But long-term lane closures remain in
place.

If you'd like to know where those lane closures are, visit either of these links:

Keep
in mind, too, that there are some VERY DEEP tire trapping puddles out
there. It is easy to hydroplane in lanes where the water is pooling
(which I found out the hard way this morning). Drive carefully.

 

 

 

 

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ON THE OCEAN:

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As
wet in the air as it will be under the boat, today is not a day for the
maiden summer sail of your boat. Eastern winds blow 10 to 15 knots,
with seas building 4 to 7 feet this afternoon. Limited visibility - 1
to 3 nautical miles.

IN PORTLAND: High tide at 8:20 a.m. and 8:37 p.m. Low tide at 2:18 p.m.

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IN THE NEWS:

CORNISH
- A motorcyclist was seriously injured last night when the bike he was
riding crashed. But as of this hour, few details are available.

An
emergency communications dipatcher says the crash occurred around 10:30
p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Routes 25 and 5.  The motorcycle was
the only vehicle involved.

A dispatcher with Sanford regional
communications said any other information about the crash would have to
come from a supervisor, and one has not been reached as of this hour.

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AUGUSTA
-- A former physician's assistant from Gardiner was found guilty by
jury trial of a number of crimes, including soliciting sex from his
female patients in exhange for drugs.

Attorney General Janet
T. Mills said in a statement that a Lincoln County jury found former
physician’s assistant Richard “Dik” Brackett, 66, of Gardiner, guilty
of a number of counts that include unlawful trafficking in scheduled
drugs, violations of privacy, engaging a prostitute and theft by
deception. The guilty verdict on those counts came after a jury heard
five days of testimony and spent three and a half days in deliberations.
 
The
prosecution was able to prove that during the time Brackett worked as a
physician’s assistant at his Urgent Care clinic in Boothbay Harbor from
1997 through 2006, he had been offering his patients narcotics
prescriptions in exchange for sexual favors. 

In June 2006, the
Healthcare Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Office opened an
investigation. During that investigation, officers recorded a phone
call, in which Brackett offered a female patient 10 Vicodin pills in
exchange for sex.

Investigators in July 2006 also discovered
that Brackett had installed cameras hidden in clock radios in a
bathroom and three apartments rented to tenants in the upstairs of the
clinic. Images of the tenants’ beds and the toilet in the bathroom were
transmitted to a computer monitor in Brackett’s exam room.

Finally,
the investigation also revealed that Brackett was defrauding MaineCare
by charging the State for drug deals as if they were legitimate office
visits.
 
Brackett is free on bail pending his sentencing, which will be scheduled later in the summer. 

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BIDDEFORD -- Maine Drug Enforcement and Biddeford Police suspect a Biddeford woman arrested this week has been selling substantial amounts of crack cocaine in recent months.

Delvina Snyder, 42, of 31 Raymond Street (in the photo at right) was arrested Monday afternoon in her apartment.

Snyder is charged with aggravated trafficking of cocaine and she
made her first appearance in York District Court Wednesday.  Seized
from her apartment was 40 grams of crack, with a street value of
$4,000.

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HAPPENING TODAY:

PORTLAND
-- Fishermen with old, derelict and unusable fishing gear will have a
better option for disposing their junk after today.

The city
will anounce today a program called: Fishing for Energy. Through the
program, fishermen will be able to cut out the expense of disposing old
gear which will in turn, and in theory, encourage them not to cast it
aside in the ocean.

Collection bins will be installed at the Fish
Pier to collect this equipment, which will be converted into clean,
renewable energy at a Covanta Energy-from-Waste Facility.

It
is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
Covanta Energy Corporation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and Schnitzer Steel.

Later
today, Portland Mayor Jill Duson will be joined by Terry Alexander,
president of Associated Fisheries; Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel; and
representatives from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Covanta Energy to
announce the details of the program.

The announcement is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Fish Pier.

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A BIT 'O GOOD NEWS:

thumbs upAn occasional Sunrise Herald feature,

combating the harmful rays of too much bad news.

The first black woman elected to public office in Maine will add another honor to her list.

The
University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity
will present its third annual "Catalyst for Change Award" to Sallie
Chandler of Lebanon (file photo at right).

In addition to being
the first elected official of color, she also was the first woman
president of the NAACP, Bangor Chapter. The presentation of the award
will take place in a ceremony this fall.

The award honors Chandler as a citizen of Maine who works to support diversity, equality, human and civil rights in the state.

She
was Town Clerk of Lebanon from 1995-2000, appointed to the job in
September 1995 and re-elected twice. She also served on the York County
Budget Committee.  In 2004, she ran a unsuccesfull bid for a Democratic
seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

Originally from Queens, New York, Chandler has lived and worked in Maine since 1970. 

Join me in giving Chandler a big "hip-hip-hooray." 

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ONLY IN MAINE:

Remember the moose hunting permit lottery I mentioned yesterday?

Well,
if you weren't among the 500 or so people who went to the University of
Maine at Fort Kent yesterday to watch the name drawing, you can still
find out if you were picked by clicking this link.

All 3,105 names of people who will get a moose hunting permit in the fall are listed on that webpage.

Either way, the drawing held last night was a festive event ... for humans (not moose).  This was the first time the annual drawing was held in far northern Maine.

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