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  • This mayor wants to publicize who’s on welfare and where they live

    09/25/2015 3:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Washington Post's PostNation ^ | September 24, 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    If you receive government assistance in the state of Maine, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald thinks the public has a right to know about it. In a Thursday column for the Twin City Times, Macdonald said a bill will be submitted during Maine’s next legislative session “asking that a Web site be created containing the names, addresses, length of time on assistance and the benefits being collected by every individual on the dole.” He added: “After all, the public has a right to know how its money is being spent.” Proposals to target welfare recipients and reform assistance programs have become...
  • Exclusive: Small Town America Transformed By Somali Migrants

    09/14/2015 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Family security Matters ^ | July 16,2010 | by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
    This problem is crystallized by the present situation is Lewiston, Maine, where African Muslims, many from the Bantu tribe, began arriving in 2001 at the rate of 100 a month. Mohammed Maye, the president of the African Community and Refugee Center in Clarkston, Georgia posted a map of Lewiston on the wall of his office. “Go to Maine,” he advised the Somali immigrants. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the president of the Somali Community Development Organization in Clarkston, upheld this advice by telling his fellow countrymen that, unlike Georgia, Maine has terribly cold winters, but “the welfare system is better.” Lewiston, indeed, was...
  • USGS Retracts Three ‘Ghost’ Earthquakes, Blames Northern California Sensors

    05/30/2015 7:06:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    l a times ^ | Ben Welsh
    In the past two days, malfunctions in the network of sensors that detect earthquakes in Northern California have issued three false alarms, forcing the U.S. Geological Survey to make a series of embarrassing retractions.. Just after midnight Friday morning, a magnitude 6.7 quake struck off the coast of Alaska. When its waves reached sensors operated by the Northern California Seismic Network, they were mistakenly interpreted as a 5.1 temblor near the Oregon border in Lewiston, officials say. ... The error occurred again Saturday morning after a magnitude 7.8 quake struck off the coast of Japan and the same Northern California...
  • Lewiston, Maine mayor under fire for comment (Somali Muslim immigrants)

    10/07/2012 12:55:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    NECN ^ | September 26, 2012 | Amy Sinclair
    Historically a city of French Canadian immigrants, Lewiston, Maine is now also home to some 6,000 Somalis, including shop owner and father of five Mohamed Heban, who moved to Lewiston in 2002. But in a recent BBC documentary, Lewiston's mayor, Boston native Bob Macdonald, sounded less than welcoming. "When you come here, you accept our culture and leave your culture at the door," he said in the documentary...
  • Man Rolls a Severed Pig's Head into a Mosque

    05/06/2011 9:02:35 PM PDT · by Windflier · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 5, 2008 | Unknown
    Men at middle of praying at an Islamic center in LEWISTON, Maine were shocked when a man tossed a a severed pig's head into the mosque.
  • Myths Realities Gangs in Bangor? With one teen dead and another [Maine]

    05/07/2010 12:17:21 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 837+ views
    (BANGOR DAILY NEWS) via FIND ARTICLES.com ^ | February 6, 2010 | by ERIC RUSSELL
    Note: This is a 4 page article. Read it all. Page 2: SNIPPET: "Gang history in Maine Portland Police Chief James Craig said publicly last month that one of his primary goals for 2010 is to dismantle two established gangs in Maine's biggest city - one made up primarily of young Somali men and the other composed of young Asians. Similarly, Lewiston has seen gang activity recently from a group of young Somali men. The crimes have been petty thefts and strong- arm robberies, but the attacks appear to be at least somewhat organized and often involve sticks or rocks...
  • Family Believes Missing Mom Was Stalked With Texts, Phone Calls

    04/28/2010 10:35:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 896+ views
    (KREM.com) via NWCN.com - NORTH WEST CABLE NEWS ^ | Posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:37 PM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "CLARKSTON, Wash. -- The family of a missing Clarkston woman says Rachel Anderson, 40, was stalked for weeks by an unknown caller to her cell phone. Clarkston Police believe Anderson's disappearance is suspicious." SNIPPET: "The last time anyone saw her was the evening of Friday, April 16. Detectives traveled to Moscow, Idaho and searched a building where Anderson was last seen. Detectives were in touch with Anderson well before she disappeared because she had filed several harassment complaints with police. Her family says for months someone was texting her strange messages, calling her, and then hanging up. They fear...
  • Police investigate Somali attacks

    12/24/2009 7:17:43 PM PST · by myknowledge · 26 replies · 1,322+ views
    Sun Journal ^ | December 17, 2009 | Mark LaFlamme
    LEWISTON — In the early evening on the first day of summer, a large group of Somali boys approached a woman on the corner of Ash and Pierce streets. According to police reports, they intimidated the woman and slapped her in the back of the head before scattering into the downtown. Five days later, shortly after midnight, a man was accosted by a group of Somali boys outside the Big Apple on Main Street. Police reports say several members of the group punched the man and took money from him. They then fled in a car. Later that night, a...
  • Muslim advocacy group files complaint with Lewiston School Department

    11/21/2009 3:32:27 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,198+ views
    sunjournal.com ^ | Nov. 21, 2009 | Judith Meyer
    LEWISTON — A national Muslim civil rights organization has filed a formal request with the Lewiston School Department to allow a middle school student to pray on school property. The group also wants Lewiston to modify existing policy and provide "constitutionally protected religious accommodation," such as a designated prayer room. The group has also requested the school department institute diversity training for school staff, and to ensure the middle-schooler won't face retaliation because of her request to pray at the Lewiston Middle School. According to the Washington, D.C.,-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, seventh-grader Nasra Aden had been routinely "praying discreetly...
  • Lewiston Will Miss Grocers [Mn, More Small Business Failed by Democrat's Stimulus Bill]

    06/22/2009 9:05:25 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies · 1,053+ views
    The Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 6/20/2009 | By John Weiss
    Nearly all the 24 Malt-O-Meal bins were empty, refrigerated dairy cases had but a few gallons of milk, and many shelves of Wiens Food Center were bare Friday. "It's going to be a sad day tomorrow," Lisa Stephan said as she shopped for food for her family's upcoming vacation to Branson, Mo. At 6 p.m. today, the only grocery store in Lewiston will close. Scott Wiens, who owns it with his wife, LouAnn, said he can't get enough business with the store at its present size and can't afford to expand to compete with bigger stores nearby. Any remaining food...
  • Somali refugees in Maine

    08/26/2008 12:23:59 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 13 replies · 1,726+ views
    mainestategop blog ^ | 8/26/08 | mainstategop
    Awhile back I got an email from one of my readers who asked if I would write about the Somali Refugees of Lewiston Maine. In the late nineties the Somalis came to our state in search of services. Before that most of them had been relegated to Big cities such as New York and Boston. A larger concentration lived in Atlanta. They were unhappy with raising their families in neighborhoods with high crime rates and where hip hop culture turned other African Americans to immorality. In Somali culture, they would send scouts to find fertile land to raise cattle...
  • Maine a leader in providing food stamps

    10/15/2007 5:16:37 PM PDT · by cp124 · 15 replies · 216+ views
    Maine Today ^ | 10/15/07 | cp124
    Maine is one of the top four states when it comes to providing federally-funded food stamps to people who qualify. U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding Maine with a bonus of nearly $684,000, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced today........ http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/017225.html
  • Lewiston(Maine)Named 'All-America City' (City with Nation's Largest Percentage of Somalis)

    06/10/2007 7:44:13 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies · 1,226+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | June 10, 2007 | AP
    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Maine's second-largest city has earned some new bragging rights. Lewiston was one of 10 municipalities designated this year as an All-America City. The selections were made Friday night during an award ceremony in Anaheim, Calif., in the competition sponsored by the National Civic League. "My head is just spinning right now," Dottie Perham-Whittier, Lewiston's community relations coordinator, told the (Lewiston) Sun Journal. "I think we pretty much just leaped up on that stage." During its presentation the day before, the delegation from Lewiston talked about various city initiatives, including the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council, the Lots to...
  • Maine School Seeks to Punish Ham Sandwich Prankster

    04/26/2007 6:51:28 AM PDT · by Irontank · 59 replies · 2,583+ views
    John Birch Society ^ | April 25, 2007
    A thoughtless adolescent joke is being investigated by local police as a hate crime. If you need proof that hate crimes and state-run schools are two government projects that should never mix, look no further than Lewiston, Maine. According to the Maine Sun Journal, "On April 11, a white student placed a ham steak in a bag on a lunch table where Somali students were eating." The Somali students were Muslim and believe pork to be unclean. The offender, who is now being investigated as the perpetrator of a hate crime — albeit a calloused and thoughtless one — was...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views
    woodtv.com ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Washington: Smoking Ban Crippling Local Casinos

    09/30/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 69 replies · 2,261+ views
    kirotv.com ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- Non-tribal casinos have already lost tens of millions of dollars because of Washington’s new indoor smoking ban. A new financial study, conducted by our own KIRO Team 7 Investigators, discovers taxpayers could loose millions as well. Card-rooms, charity bingo halls, and some bars and restaurants are required to report financial information to the state every year. The state hasn't had a chance to look at the figures since the smoking ban took effect. I have. It looks like "no smoking" means economic devastation for the non-tribal gaming industry. If there was ever any doubt that gamblers are also...
  • Snapshot - Smoking Ban Impact on Bars/Bowling Centrs

    09/28/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 4,018+ views
    congress.org ^ | 28 September 2006 | Darnet Dawn
    Following are actual statistics reflecting examples of the negative impact upon individual businesses following the recently instituted smoking ban ordinances, effective in Springfield, Illinois and surrounding unincorporated Sangamon County this September 15, 2006 (less than two weeks ago). When small businesses account for about two-thirds of our country's economic growth and new jobs, it is difficult to comprehend elected officials' reasoning in voting to implement an intrusive ordinance which will hurt those same business owners. A restaurant owner who does not permit smoking will see it as a violation of his property rights if a coalition uses the political...
  • Smoking ban raises problems for nursing homes

    09/26/2006 12:45:51 AM PDT · by SheLion · 196 replies · 6,066+ views
    Ft Wayne.com ^ | Sep. 24, 2006
    Delaware County's ban on smoking in most work places has become a problem for some nursing homes, which are both work places for employees and homes for the residents. The smoking ordinance does not prevent people from smoking in their homes, but it does ban smoking in most public buildings and work spaces. If a nursing home bans smoking, they could lose federal funding for failing to comply with regulations, but if they allow smoking they could face fines or a lawsuit from the county health department, officials said. Federal regulations state that if a nursing home changes its...
  • Churchill Downs: Smoking ban will hurt track

    09/22/2006 2:01:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 1,570+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | September 20, 2006 | Joseph Girth
    Churchill Downs could be hurt financially if it is forced to go completely smoke free, a company official said Wednesday. Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Inc.’s vice president for national public affairs, told a Louisville Metro Council committee considering a new, tougher smoking ban, that the race track is already facing heavy competition from Indiana and from computer and telephone betting services.And he said the company’s experience at a Florida track shows some people will stop betting when a smoking ban takes effect. But the former head of the Greater Louisville Medical Society testified that his group favors a complete...
  • Private club challenges Ontario smoking ban

    09/22/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,286+ views
    CBC News ^ | September 15, 2006
    A private smokers club in Smiths Falls challenged Ontario's indoor smoking ban with its grand opening Friday — and Ontario officials did not brave the fumes to attend. Instead, the club's founder was charged under the province's Smoke-Free Ontario act the day before it opened. Since Ontario's indoor workplace and public smoking ban went into effect, ashtrays and cigars have been illegal in bars. The grand opening of Do' Little's pub as a club for members of a private smokers association took place at noon at the Comfort Inn on Centre Street in Smiths Falls, about 65 kilometres south of...