Premature birth, premature death: The sad, tragic life of a Maine child

Maddox Williams, born to parents battling drug and alcohol addictions, didn’t live to age 4. His mother is charged with his murder.

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Opioids: A continuing epidemic, within a pandemic

Maine lost 18,000 years of life last year to opioid overdoses. That’s what Oliver Bradeen, executive director of Milestone Recovery in Portland, calculates based on average life expectancy and the ages of the 504 Mainers who died of an overdose in 2020. “I don't think...

Chasing Maine: The Air Show

The Great State of Maine Air Show returned to Brunswick Executive Airport on Sept. 4 and 5, attracting 17,500 aviation fans for the weekend. Headlined by the Blue Angels, plus a number of dramatic aerobatic flights, the event also elicited a small protest about fossil...

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Unsafe Homes: Children in Peril

Two Maine babies and two toddlers died during May through August of 2021 due to suspected abuse by their parents. In fact, the four child homicides in three months set a state record. Barbara Walsh explores the recent homicides in a new series.

Defenseless

An investigation by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders. Defendants paid the price.

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Chasing Maine: The Oasis

Though humble in size, volunteer-run Casco Days fair is a display of pride and generous community spirit.

Chasing Maine: The Rewind

Chasing Maine: The Rewind

Take a look back at our favorite moments from the first 10 months of Chasing Maine — a 2021 New England Emmy nominee.