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Aliens didn't create this weird swirling disk in a Maine river. Here's what did.

A huge, spinning disk of ice that formed on a river in Maine this week has some people online joking that it was made by extraterrestrials — possibly as a landing site for their spacecraft. "Oh no! The world is coming to an end," one commenter said on Facebook.


SWAT team deployed for drug investigation in South Portland

The Southern Maine Regional SWAT team was deployed in Ferry Village in South Portland on Tuesday night to assist in an ongoing drug investigation. The call for assistance came from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency around 5:30 p.m., and required the use of an armored personnel carrier, said South Po


Ed Asner misses Maine (but not our weather)

Emmy winning actor Ed Asner shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 89. He’s still touring the one man show “A Man and his Prostate,” which brought him to the Gracie Theatre at Husson University for two performances last October.


What are ice disks?

To many, the massive and mysterious disk of ice seen floating and spinning atop the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, in January 2018 might have looked like winter's version of a crop circle.


Federal courts in Maine to run out of money this week

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal courts are expected to run out of money by week’s end in Maine, but trials, hearings and new cases will proceed during the partial federal government shutdown, a judge said.


Portland Police Beat: Jan. 16

1/6 at 1:44 a.m. Shawn T. Currier, 41, of Portland, was arrested on Pine Street by Officer Michael Walton on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 1/6 at 1:58 p.m. Dustin L. Cole, 40, no address listed, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Blake Cunningham on an outstanding warrant from anot


Coffee By Design To Close Their Washington Ave Location Next Month

Owning a coffee shop in Portland that isn't a Dunkin' or a Starbucks is a big deal. Going up against the big dogs for some is a losing battle. But some coffee shops in Portland have had longevity even if they're right next to a big chain coffee house. For example, Arabica on Free Street has been the

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

PORTLAND — A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.


Giant Rotating Ice Disk Draws Attention, Visitors

WESTBROOK, Maine—Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide.


Maine man accused of killing girlfriend expected in court

BANGOR (WGME) -- A Maine man who is accused of killing his girlfriend is expected in court on Wednesday. Maine State Police say the victim was found shot to death inside the home the two shared in Clifton.


Here's what causes giant spinning ice discs like the one in Maine

People are flocking to the tiny town of Westbrook, Maine, to see a huge spinning circle of ice. The ice is estimated to be about 100 yards across and is slowly spinning on the Presumpscot River.


Newly released list of priests accused of sex abuse includes 9 with Maine ties

NEW YORK — The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.


SP hockey coach reaches milestone

Joe Robinson, coach of the South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete boys’ hockey team, won his 100th game with the program Saturday evening with an 8-2 victory over Windham/Westbrook. Robinson, South Portland Class of 1994, has led the Red Riots since the 2007-08 season.


WinterFest returns in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth are partnering for the seventh year to present the annual WinterFest celebration.


Westbrook family is shadowed by tragedy, losing 3 members in a week

The death of Constantine Kapothanasis two weeks ago was a blow to Portland’s Greek community and to the chain of auto service shops he founded decades earlier. It also was the beginning of a week of unimaginable loss for his family.


The Wrap: Get ready, Maine, for a life of pie – or at least 2 days of it

Two Fat Cats will host a pie-tasting buffet at both of the bakery’s locations next Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate National Pie Day. Customers can choose three different “taster slices” for $6.50, which comes with a cup of locally roasted coffee. The mouth-watering choices will make you want to m


Gov. Mills says shutdown is negatively impacting Maine families

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Governor Janet Mills is calling for an end to the government shutdown, saying it's having a negative impact on Maine families. To help, the state is now making next month's food stamp benefits available early.


VIDEO | Fast food on Maine lake: Eyeing eagle snatches catch of the day

WINDHAM, Maine — Nicholas Batchelder was ice fishing on Little Sebago in Windham on Friday, Jan. 16, when he and his friends felt the intense glare of a nearby eagle perched in his nest high above them.


Tea tasting nears at Brick Store Museum

KENNEBUNK — In conjunction with the Brick Store Museum’s colorful “Tea Time” exhibition, showing through February, is a new winter activity: a tea tasting at the museum.


More videos: As Westbrook’s ice disk turns, scientists wonder: why?

It’s aliens. It’s magic. It’s an ice moon. It’s a metaphor for life, and the drab winter days that follow New Year’s. Of course it is none of those things, objectively speaking. It is frozen water, and it’s spinning on top of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.