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The Portland Daily Sun, Friday, January 14, 2011

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011 VOL. 2 NO. 245 PORTLAND, ME PORTLANDS DAILY NEWSPAPER 699-5801

    Portland Trails plans a big celebration

    See Events Calendar, page 13

    LePage whiffs on rst pitch

    See Bob Higgins on page 4

    Funeral held for 9-year-old killed in Tucson shooting

    See the story on page 2

    FREE

    Bob Gordon, a resident on North Street, clears a sidewalk Thursday in the wake of the midweek noreaster. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

    Snow daze

    A state representative from Portland has intro-duced a bill that would require the states gover-nor to be elected by a majority of state voters via a ranked choice system.

    Diane Russell, a Democrat who represents the

    120th District that includes Munjoy Hill, said this week that regardless of party, it is important that the leader of our state be able to fully execute their work knowing they have the support of a majority of Mainers.

    Russell was a national program director with the ranked-choice advocacy group FairVote before get-

    ting elected to the state legislature and has been working on ranked choice voting, or instant runoff voting, for Maine since 2007.

    The move comes as Maines new governor, Paul LePage, a Republican who won Blaine House with 38 percent of the vote, enters his fi rst month of

    Law would elect gov by ranked choice votingRussell introduces bill to apply Portlands mayoral system to gubernatorial races

    BY CURTIS ROBINSONTHE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

    see RANKED CHOICE page 3

    Florida, the only state in the country without snow in the wake of a midweek noreaster, was also the place to fl y at the height of the storm on Wednesday.

    It was not quite Armageddon but it was pretty bad yesterday, said Gregory Hughes, spokesman for the Portland Jetport, talking about the rampant cancellations on Wednes-day. Florida went. Nonstop to Orlando is pretty good, it fl ies over this stuff.

    But fl ights to New York, Phila-delphia, Baltimore and those by Air Canada had to be cancelled.

    The storm dumped 13 inches of snow on Portland, according to the Gray National Weather Service sta-tion.

    Post-storm, life returns to normal

    BY DAVID CARKHUFFTHE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

    see STORM page 7

    The NAACP Portland branch will hold its 30th annual celebration dinner this Sunday in remembrance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., one of several observances that range from childrens shows to community discussions.

    The dinner will take place the night

    before the national King holiday, leaving Monday wide open for civil rights-oriented events, including a community conversation on poverty, a March for Justice and family activi-ties.

    The Sunday night dinner includes a keynote address, recognition of com-munity leadership and an interactive exercise to learn about specifi c ways

    in which people can fi ght against pov-erty.

    Two high school senior students will serve as MCs of the program in order to encourage youth participation and leadership in the human rights move-ment.

    Special guests for the dinner include Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil

    and Human Rights and The Leader-ship Conference Education Fund.

    Henderson is known for his exper-tise on a wide range of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues and is the author of numerous articles on civil rights and public policy issues, according to the NAACP.

    see EVENTS page 6

    BY MATT DODGETHE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

    March for Justice, dinner, other events highlight MLK Day

  • Page 2 THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN, Friday, January 14, 2011

    Touring Camelot

    from home

    SAYWHAT...A man may die, nations may rise

    and fall, but an idea lives on.

    John F. Kennedy

    BOSTON (NY Times) The John F. Kennedy Library here has long offered visitors the opportunity to see the bar tab from Robert F. Kennedys bachelor party and to decipher John F. Kennedys Oval Office doodles. Now, those artifacts and a trove of others will be on display to anyone in the world.

    Nearly 50 years after Ken-nedy pledged to make presi-dential documents commonly available through scientific means of reproduction, micro-films and all the rest, nearly 250,000 documents and 200 hours of audio and video from the librarys archives are to be made available online Thurs-day, free of charge. It is the first release in a $10 million effort to digitize his presidency.

    Until now, if people wanted to see the documents they had to come to Boston, go to our research room and wed pull out boxes, said Thomas J. Putnam, director of the library. Now anyone with access to a computer with an Internet connection could replicate that experience.

    This release is to be the fi rst of many, Mr. Putnam said, and the library started with the fi les most used by researchers, including Kennedys offi ce fi les, personal papers and cor-respondence. Also included are recorded telephone calls between Kennedy and heads of state.

    Literally these were the pieces of paper that went across his desk, that have his handwrit-ing on it, his speech drafts, his doodles, Putnam said.

    Mr. Putnam said it was impossible to digitally archive all 48 million pages of docu-ments the library holds, but the goal is to get about eight mil-lion pages online. He hopes the next release will include national security files, more television video and documents relating to civil rights. The digital archives are searchable. Enter-ing inaugural address, for example, brings up a draft by Theodore C. Sorensen, Ken-nedys speechwriter, and video of the event. Telephone calls include one between Kennedy and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the Cuban missile crisis.

    Caroline Kennedy said the goal of the project was to make her fathers presidency and legacy accessible to a genera-tion raised on computers.

    I know from watching my own children grow up, that if something isnt available online, it might as well not exist, Ms. Kennedy said in an e-mail. In our polarized political climate, it is important that students and the public have access to the actual documents, record-ings and correspondence that make up the authentic histori-cal record so that they can see what goes into making difficult decisions, and how many people are involved to make a presidency successful.

  • THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN, Friday, January 14, 2011 Page 3

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    PARIS Wednesdays storm sent vehicles sliding off roads across Oxford County.

    In Paris, a Coca-Cola tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 119 near the Hebron town line at around 11 a.m. The road was closed and traffi c was diverted for about four hours until the truck could be moved.

    According to Lt. Michael Dailey of the Paris police, the driver reported that another car had cut him off, caus-ing him to have to stop quickly. The trailer then swung around across

    the road. The driver was not injured, Dailey said.

    Traffi c was redirected down to East Oxford Road.

    Dailey said a heavy-duty tow truck was able to pull the semi straight and up a hill. Hopefully

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