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Daily News Headline 11/21/17

posted Nov 21, 2017, 10:58 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today – an editorial. This Thursday is Thanksgiving, the traditional holiday celebrating the supposed breaking of bread between Native Americans and early British settlers to the New World, a meal that celebrated the harvest. We should not give thanks for our bounty just one day out of the year. Find someone or something for which you are thankful, every day of the year. It is such a simple, but important gesture. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Daily News Headline 11/20/17

posted Nov 20, 2017, 4:54 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news yesterday, the 2017 American Music Awards took place last night in Los Angeles. It was a show of unison during a year dominated by natural disasters, violence and divisive politics. Lady Gaga performed from her concert in Washington, D.C. and said “If you feel different … don’t you dare give up on who you are.”

Daily News Headline 11/17/17

posted Nov 17, 2017, 5:27 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the last change in the United States tax code took place in 1986. Yesterday, the House of Representatives in Washington passed a long awaited and controversial tax cut bill. It now goes to the US Senate for consideration. The Senate is considering a different version of a tax cut bill. In order to become law the two houses of Congress have to vote for the same bill before it goes to the President for approval. 

Daily News Headline 11/16/17

posted Nov 16, 2017, 5:00 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, a painting considered the last of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings was sold at auction for $450 million dollars. It is one of only sixteen surviving paintings of da Vinci. In 1958, it was sold for 125 dollars. At the time, it was considered a forgery. However, restoration of the painting over six years proved that it was an original da Vinci. This is the largest sum ever paid for any painting by a collector.

Daily News Headline 11/15/17

posted Nov 15, 2017, 7:01 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the opening of the Sarah Long Bridge from Kittery to Portsmouth has been moved to December 1. Curbing on the Kittery side and paving the entrances to the bridge remain to be completed. The construction company Cianbro faces a $1000 fine for every day the bridge has not been open since the original September 1 deadline. 

Daily News Headline 11/14/17

posted Nov 14, 2017, 4:34 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the allegations of sexual harassment that began with the public firing of media mogul Harvey Weinstein, have reached Congress. Today the Committee on House Administration will convene a hearing on harassment in Congress.  It seems that under Federal law, the process for a victim to report and address grievances of sexual harassment are burdensome and encourage victims not to come forward. Interviews with over 50 people by the New York Times reveal that sexual harassment in Congress has a long history.

Daily News Headline 11/13/17

posted Nov 13, 2017, 7:38 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, President Trump caps a 12 day trip to Asia that included Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and lastly the Philippines. It is the longest trip to Asia by a US President in over 25 years. He ends his trip today in the Philippines, meeting with President Duterte, a national leader who has actively supported extra-legal killings of drug traffickers and drug users. This has led to over 7,000 deaths.

Daily News Headline 11/9/17

posted Nov 9, 2017, 4:55 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the journal Nature reported that doctors in Germany had successfully grown sheets of skin and grafted them on to 80 percent of a boy’s body suffering from a rare skin disease. Healthy skin cells were taken from the boy and altered to correct a genetic flaw, then grown into sheets of skin for grafting. The boy was close to death until this experimental procedure saved his life. After two years he has returned to normal life, even playing soccer. 

Daily News Headline 11/8/17

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:10 AM by Nancy Berry

It is the day after election day and the results are in, except in Kittery. The citizens of Maine overwhelmingly defeated Question 1 by an almost 5 to 1 margin. The question would have allowed one developer to build a casino in York County. Supporters of Question 1 spent almost 9 million dollars on the referendum while those opposed spent only $700,000.  Kittery results were not available early this morning.

Daily News Headline 11/7/17

posted Nov 7, 2017, 4:47 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news, it is election day across the country. In Kittery, there are three candidates vying for two open School Committee positions. And, voters will declare their preference for one of three plans for the Rice Public Library.  The options are: leave the two buildings as they are with minor renovations, add an addition to the Rice building, or construct a new building on the grounds of the Kittery Community Center.

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