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The passing of Queen Elizabeth II....

... has brought out differing points of view. Some about her popularity and others critical.

One never knows what the news will serve up when it comes time to write for The Ten. On this occasion, marking the passing of the U.K.’s longest serving monarch seems appropriate. The Queen that so many have only and always known.

From the Royal collection of Mark's mother. (photo credit: Nancy White)

I come from a family of royal watchers, hungrily digesting BBC programs, Netflix’s “The Crown,” and all those Lucy Worsley programs on PBS. Now we enter the reign of King Charles III- long known for promoting causes that were once on the fringe- environmentalism and organic farming, walkable communities and city planning, lower energy consumption. All very much in vogue now, so we’ll wait and report what happens next. 

In our Maine News roundup, we get an inside look at campaigning and fundraising of the LePage candidacy, lobsters on the red list, how dragonflies are a bell weather for pollution, and answering your questions about Omicron variant boosters.

Read on, we’ll be here.



Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Abortion or the economy? The top issue in Maine's gubernatorial race depends on your politics

Abortion and economic issues are dominating the political debate in Maine. But a high-profile fundraiser this week for former Gov. Paul LePage highlights how Republicans and Democrats disagree on which issue is most important to voters.

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Maine Public: How scientists are using dragonfly larvae to monitor pollution in Acadia National Park

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Maine Public: What the Inflation Reduction Act's climate investment means for Mainers

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NPR: Omicron boosters: Do I need one, and if so, when?

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WBUR: Who are we when we no longer do the thing we love? Serena is brave enough to find out

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NPR: Amputation in a 31,000-year-old skeleton may be a sign of prehistoric medical advances

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BBC Future: How many people can Earth handle?

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Maine Public: An influential seafood guide recommends not consuming lobster over danger to whales

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Maine Public: Election deniers are swamping officials with records requests - including Maine's

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NPR: Newly discovered planet may be suitable for life

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The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is celebrating its 18th year of showcasing exceptional films and documentaries here in Maine and Maine Public is very pleased to be a media sponsor of this wonderful festival. The festival includes 34 feature documentary films and 37 short documentary films. The films originate from 41 countries, are the most racially diverse slate of films in CIFF's history, and nearly half of the feature films are presented as major premieres. Maine Public members receive a special discount on passes and tickets. Go to to learn more. 


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