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Thousands Of Mainers Vie For 11 Licenses To Fish Baby Eels

Jan 19, 2018

More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery.

While reporters and cameramen wait for big names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Danny Amendola to appear in the Patriots locker room, an undersized offensive lineman sits about 40 feet away and goes quietly about his business.

It’s practice player James Ferentz. And by way of introduction, he says, “I’ve been kicking around, trying to hang on, and chasing the dream.”

That dream is a spot on the active roster of an NFL team, a chance to play in packed stadiums on Sunday afternoons.

But the Patriots practice squad comes pretty close.

Only days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would pay for dozens of hurricane evacuees to stay in a Harford hotel until mid-February, state officials were told by FEMA on Thursday there had been an error, and that several of the families had to vacate their temporary housing. 

When people say politics is like making sausage, kielbasa maker Danny Morris just smiles.

On this workday, the longtime employee runs 20 pounds of pork butt through a grinder and into a pig intestine — no preservative, and definitely no politics.

“We sell this for $5.99 a pound,” Morris says as he guides the kielbasa out of the machine. “I just went out and bought hot dogs wholesale that were like $6 a pound, and that’s not natural. But this here, you know what you’re gonna get.”

A view of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2010.
Leonardo Dasilva / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/leonardodasilva

A development boom in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the state's second largest city -- may indicate a comeback. 

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the State Supreme Court decision on the state’s landmark education funding case should not stop policymakers from continuing to look for ways to close the achievement gap.

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, seen in file photo, has issued the organization's support for Enfield, Conn., in its bid to become the second national headquarters for Amazon.
File photo / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

A bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Enfield, Connecticut, fell short. The two-state plan was backed by Rick Sullivan, head of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

Boston, Massachusetts.
Shelby L. Bell / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/vwcampin

There were 26 locations in Massachusetts vying to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters but only one, perhaps the obvious one, made it onto the internet giant's shortlist: Boston.

New York and Connecticut have sued the Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to protect the two states from “downwind” ozone pollution from several Midwestern and Appalachian states.

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