Things You Need to Know: Poland Spring Lawsuit + Van Attack in Barcelona
Here are the things you need to know today......
Gov. Paul LePage spoke at Cianbro’s new workforce training facility. According to centralmaine.com he said please to see the vocational hands on training and mentoring. He also said “Because teachers are a dime a dozen, mentors are what we really need in our system to prepare the next generation to take over”.
Jake Demore, 25, of Belgrade was charged after Skowhegan suspicious box incident Wednesday. Centralmaine.com reports he charged with felony terrorizing and with raising a false alarm.
From the Associated Press:
New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush. For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn: There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves _ largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars _ look healthy. Yankee Magazine's annual forecast being released Friday predicts a particularly "strong and vibrant" display.
A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains "100 percent natural spring water" that hails from Maine. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut claims that parent company Nestle Waters North America is bottling common groundwater that doesn't meet the federal definition of spring water. A Nestle Waters representative says the water meets all relevant federal and state regulations for spring water. Nestle Waters settled a 2003 Connecticut lawsuit claiming Poland Spring's water was not sourced deep in the Maine woods. The lawsuit comes as the Stamford, Connecticut-based company embarks on an expansion in Maine amid rising demand for bottled water. Nestle is seeking state approval to source water from a public water district well in Lincoln.
The chairman of the Maine Democratic party says Republican Gov. Paul LePage's comments about deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "unhinged" and "ill informed." Chairman Phil Bartlett says LePage's comments that both sides are to blame for the Charlottesville violence echo those of President Donald Trump. He says both men are doubling down on a "shameful and embarrassing" perspective.
A right whale found dead in waters near Cape Cod this week has been identified as a frequent visitor to the area that was first spotted off the Cape in 1992. The Cape Cod Times reports the 26-year-old female whale named Couplet was identified Thursday through photos in a database at the New England Aquarium. It was at least the 13th North Atlantic right whale to be found dead this year.
Police in Maine have captured an escaped inmate who walked away from a prison earlier this week. The Portland Press Herald reports Rockland police apprehended 26-year-old Jacob Carney, formerly of Surry, near the Breakwater Marketplace in Rockland late Wednesday. According to Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick, a prison fugitive recovery team formally arrested Carney. Officials say Carney walked off from the Bolduc Correctional Center Wednesday. Carney was sentenced to 30 months in prison in March 2016 for the felony theft of an iPhone from a high school student. Carney had been scheduled to be released in March 2018. Fitzpatrick says Carney will likely be charged with escape.
French officials say 25 French nationals were among the dozens injured in a van attack in Barcelona, and Australia says one of its citizens is unaccounted for. Spanish authorities previously said the dead and injured are from 24 countries. The attack involved a van that veered onto a busy promenade in downtown Barcelona and struck pedestrians. Thirteen people were killed and 100 injured.
President Donald Trump isn't backing away from the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials, even lashing out at members of his own party. Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons - bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture." And he berated critics who have denounced his initially slow and then ultimately combative comments on the racial violence at a white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Virginia college town where a weekend rally of white nationalists descended into deadly chaos is an island of progressivism in an otherwise conservative part of Virginia. For more than a year, the Charlottesville city government has also been doing public soul searching over its Confederate monuments. That's all part of why white nationalists descended on the city of 47,000.
The rise of a new consumer culture is transforming Kim Jong Un's North Korea. Buy-two-get-one-free sales, 120 varieties of May Day Stadium ice cream, the first Miniso Japanese-Chinese brand shop. The growing consumerism is in line with Kim's two-track policy focusing on development of both nuclear weapons and the economy. But like Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons, it comes with a big risk. Prices of some goods are soaring and North Korea's economy may be in a bubble that could soon burst.
The Navy says poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between a Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors. The captain of the USS Fitzgerald will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished. The Navy's 7th Fleet says the Fitzgerald's collision with the ACX Crystal was avoidable, and both ships showed poor seamanship.