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    What do we make of these tragic events?

    See Jeff Spoffords column on page 4

    Indictments in Dittmeyer case expected next week The victim at left; see the story, page 6

    High school lacrosse event tonight doubles the fun See the story in Sports, Page 16


    After a banner 2010 season, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport has shared in the May mal-aise of seemingly non-stop rain.

    "As you can imagine, it's defi nitely keeping our public use way down," said Andy Hutchinson, park manager. "We're gearing up for a busy season coming

    up on Memorial Day weekend, but this time of year can be fairly busy too when the weather is nice, but when it's not, we can be very slow."

    Slow has been the case at the Freeport park.In 2010, the park recorded 2,602,097 visitors, a

    10 percent increase from 2009 and the most public use on record, he said. The park's 75th anniversary and new passport program to encourage park visi-tation helped boost attendance, but weather was a clincher, Hutchinson said.

    Habon Khalid, 11 (left) and Leticia Iteka, also 11, till up the earth at Reiche

    Community School Thursday, part of an effort to install raised beds at the

    school. The fth graders were working where United Way volunteers removed

    sod. On Saturday at 9 a.m., an hour before the WestFest community festival in the West End, the school will host its

    Garden Day, when the public can help develop the gardens. The school plans

    to involve the gardens in classroom instruction and curriculum, school staff

    noted. Students will grow vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and greens.

    Watch Our Garden Grow is the slogan for an ongoing fundraising effort to add

    fencing and irrigation. Partners such as Lowes helped pay for the beds. For a story about the Saturday work party,

    see page 15. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

    Two Maine artists and a Washington, D.C.-based design fi rm lead the fi eld of candidates vying to create unique seating options along Portlands new Bayside Trail.

    The Portland Public Art Committee reviewed the resumes and work of a half dozen artists before narrowing down the list to four front-

    runners during the committee's monthly meeting on Wednesday.

    The leading candidates for the bench design project include, in no particular order, Main-ers Aaron T. Stephan and Celeste Roberge, Gary Haven Smith of New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. design fi rm Skye Design Studio, Ltd.

    Artists chosen to render Bayside bench concepts

    Wolfes Neck state park neck deep in May drizzleRapture forecast trumps weather as topic of online interest. See the story on page 7


    Gary Haven Smith of New Hampshire creates benches from 10,000-year-old boulders found in landfills and excavation sites. Smith has expressed interest in designing a bench for one of the three sites along the Bayside Trail, and was chosen by the PPAC to make it to the next round of inter-views. (COURTESY PHOTO)


    see BENCHES page 9

    Reiche school welcomes help with building new gardens

    see RAIN page 15

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    DIGESTHairstyle draws thieves notice

    SAYWHAT...Theres many a man has more hair

    than wit.William Shakespeare

    (NY Times) The thieves pulled the iron bars out of the windows, outsmarted the motion detector that would have triggered a bur-glar alarm and did not give the safe or cash register a second look.

    Instead they went straight for what was most valuable: human hair. By the time the bandits at the My Trendy Place salon in Houston were nished, they had stolen $150,000 worth of the shops most prized type, used for silky extensions.

    The break-in was part of a recent trend of thefts, some involving violence, of a seem-ingly plentiful material. During the past two months alone, robbers in quest of human hair have killed a beauty shop supplier in Michigan and car-ried out heists nationwide in which they have made off with tens of thousands of dol-lars of hair at a time.

    I heard about it from a couple of different supply companies and customers who said: Guard your inven-tory. Theres a rash of this going on, said Lisa Amosu, the owner of My Trendy Place. Whoever did it knew exactly what they wanted. They didnt even bother with the synthetic hair.

    Once stolen, the hair is typically sold on the street or on the Internet, including eBay, shop owners and the police say.

    The most expensive hair type and the one in high-est demand by thieves and paying customers alike is remy hair, which unlike most other varieties is sold with its outermost cuticle layer intact. This allows it to look more natural and to last longer with-out tangling. Remy hair from Indian women is the most popular.

    But remy hair extensions can cost as much as $200 per package and the average person requires at least two packages.


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    BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) The Syrian government condemned on Wednesday American sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and six of his top offi cials over the ferocious crackdown on antigovernment protesters that human rights activists say has killed at least 850 people.

    The Syrian state news agency said that the sanc-tions were one in a series of sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration against the Syrian people as part of the U.S. regional policies serving Israel. The report added that the move would not affect Syrias independent choices and steadfastness.

    The American imposition of sanctions on Tuesday represented an escalation of pressure on Mr. Assads government, which has detained thousands and deployed the army in at least four towns and cities across the country to crush dissent.

    Syrias response came hours before President Obama delivered a much-anticipated speech on the Middle East during which he warned Mr. Assad that Syria would face increasing isolation if he did not address his peoples calls for a tran-sition to democracy. Mr. Obama, however, did not explicitly call for Mr. Assads removal.

    The condemnation came as Syrian Army troops shelled Tall Kalakh, a town adjacent to the Leba-nese border, killing at least eight people and bring-ing the death toll since the assault on the town began last Saturday to 34, according to activists.

    We heard gunfi re early this morning coming from the Syrian side of the border, a resident in Wadi Khaled, a Lebanese border area, said by phone. Residents who fl ed Syria today said that all houses of those who fl ed in the past four days have been destroyed.

    Syria condemns U.S. sanctions on Assad

    WASHINGTON (NY Times) In the fi rst comprehensive state report on the 2010 coal mine disaster in West Virginia, an independent team of inves-tigators put the blame squarely on the owner of the mine, Massey Energy, concluding that it had made life diffi cult for miners who tried to address safety and built a culture in which wrongdoing became acceptable.

    The report, released Thurs-day by an independent team appointed by the former West Virginia governor, Joe Manchin III, and led by the former fed-eral mine safety chief Davitt McAteer, echoed preliminary fi ndings by federal offi cials that

    the blast could have been pre-vented if Massey had observed minimal safety standards. But it was more pointed in naming Massey as the culprit, using blunt language to describe what it said was a pattern of negli-gence that ultimately led to the deaths of 29 miners on April 5, 2010, in the worst American mining disaster in 40 years.

    The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris, the report concluded. A company that was a tower-ing presence in the Appalachian coalfi elds operated its mines in a profoundly reckless manner, and 29 coal miners paid with their lives for the corporate risk-taking.

    In a