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Burt Shavitz, the Face of Burt's Bees, Remembered as 'Mentor, Muse'

He was known as the "bee man" and the "buccaneer of buzz." But Burt Shavitz, who died over the weekend in Bangor at the age of 80, is most famous for being the face of Burt's Bees, the natural personal care products line he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby back in the 1980s in the back of a pickup truck in Guilford, Maine.
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Thousands Gather for Bernie Sanders Rally in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — He's had unexpectedly large turnouts at recent rallies in Michigan and Iowa, and Monday night here was yet another example of how Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is energizing voters.
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HERMON, Maine - Authorities say a 9-year-old boy is dead and a 10-year-old girl is in critical condition following a fire in Hermon, Maine.

The Maine Fire Marshal's Office says Wyatt Parker of Levant was spending the night with two cousins when a fire swept through the mobile home Tuesday morning. His body was found by firefighters in the living room.

Officials say Ashlyn Parker was rescued from her bedroom by firefighters and was being treated at a hospital. The other child, 8-year-old John Parker, was able to escape to flag down motorists for help.

PORTLAND, Maine — The City Council voted last night to increase the city's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour on New Year's Day.

"This is good news for those who hope to get ahead by working hard," says Councilor Jon Hinck, one of six who voted for the increase. "Some of the toughest jobs there are are minimum wage jobs."

Greg Dugal, who heads the Maine Inkeeper's Association and the Maine Restaurant Association, said he was disappointed at the vote.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A very unusual lobster has turned up in Maine.

The Press Herald reports an orange-brown lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op in Scarborough. It is not yet known who caught it.

According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chance of finding a split-colored lobster is one in 50 million.

The institute reports that only the albino lobster is rarer, with the chances of catching it at one in 100 million.

Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.

But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.

So a few months ago, he packed up his knives and his spices at his home in Detroit and started crisscrossing the U.S. by Greyhound bus.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The owner of a Maine carnival company has been charged by the state's fire marshal's office in connection with two ride accidents that injured four people.

Jeannette Gilmore, owner of Smokey's Greater Shows in Waterville, faces a civil, non-criminal charge of improperly training an employee.

Officials say a woman fell off a swing ride seat last month while the ride was still in motion. Three children had suffered minor injuries the day before when a roller coaster came apart.

LEWISTON, Maine — Fire officials in Lewiston have responded to two separate accidents in which cars have run into buildings.

Officials say the first crash occurred at around 3 p.m. Monday when a car drove into a building on Pleasant Street. The driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

WMTW-TV reports that another car crashed into a restaurant four hours later. Fire officials say the car hit a grill inside the Golden City Restaurant, causing hot oil to splash on an employee.

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When Jennifer Glass goes to Sacramento on Tuesday to deliver testimony in favor of the California End-of-Life-Options Act, the trip will require some complex logistics.

GUILFORD, Maine — The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement officials are converging on Guilford after a confirmed sighting of murder suspect Robert Burton.

Officials say Burton was seen wearing full camouflage and a black backpack on Monday before he stole a canoe or kayak at Davis Pond. The new search area is five miles north of downtown Guildford.

The 38-year-old Burton has been on the run for about a month after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ginn Gebo.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Court System is getting a new Code of Judicial Conduct on September 1.

This is the second major rewrite and update of the code since it was first adopted in this state in 1974, each version coming after actions by the American Bar Association to adopt or revise its judicial guidelines.

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has apologized to users of the popular website reddit, citing a "long history of mistakes" that resulted in an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections to protest the dismissal of a key figure in the site's popular r/IAmA section.

Here's part of Pao's apology that was posted on the site Monday: