Things You Need to Know Today: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Visits New Katahdin Monument + 2 New Books with Central Maine Ties
Here are the things you need to know today......
A couple of new books look at central Maine history. According to centralmaine.com ‘Kindling’ uses the fires in the Madison are in 1986 as its framework and another looks at evolution of the central Maine kids summer camps and lakes.
From the Associated Press:
A Maine state senator says legislative leaders are considering whether to hold a special session to censure the governor following recent controversial remarks. Republican Sen. Amy Volk told her constituents in a Facebook post Sunday that she shares their "deep concerns" regarding Gov. Paul LePage's behavior. The governor apologized to the people of Maine for leaving the voice mail.
The University of Maine is welcoming the largest incoming class in its history this fall. The Orono university's new class will have 2,300 students, and their fall semester begins on Monday.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior visited Maine and spoke at a ceremony for the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument created last week by President Barack Obama. The Portland Press Herald reports Sally Jewell spkoe Sunday at a Millinocket ceremony for the monument after a weeklong tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe. Sweden says the European Union should ban imports of live American lobsters into EU nations because 32 of the crustaceans were found in Sweden's waters earlier this year. The European Union's Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species is expected to issue its opinion on Wednesday.
A tropical depression in the Florida Straights is expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain on the southern half of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm was last tracked 60 miles south of Key West and is expected to head into the Gulf of Mexico overnight. Another storm, Hurricane Gaston, is getting stronger as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic, but forecasters say it poses no threat to land.
Hundreds of travelers at Los Angeles International Airport were sent running outside following the reports of shots fired Sunday night. But police say they found no gunman and no shots were fired, only loud noises.
Rescue workers in central Italy are pressing on with the task of recovering bodies from rubble after last week's powerful earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks. At least 290 people have been confirmed dead after the quake flattened three medieval towns. Authorities are promising to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes led to the high death toll.
A new study suggests that continuing to play sports with a concussion doubles the recovery time and also can lead to worse short-term memory function than those immediately removed from playing. The study was small. It involved 69 teens treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic. The study is in the Monday issue of the journal Pediatrics.
An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to declare American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe. Sweden says the European Union should ban imports of live American lobsters into EU nations because 32 of the crustaceans were found in Sweden's waters earlier this year. The European Union's Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species is expected to issue its opinion on Wednesday.