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Hi RELIEF IN CANADA winter SPORTS PREVIEW Keith keeps music awards In perspective C3 1 Study: Dru prfees cheaper tzzzznn fieri STATE EDITION bangornewscom THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 2003 60cents 7 Voted Fes to Support My far from decided though the referendum was a bad decision for the tribe we would have gotten a little something more than we have said Penobscot tribal member Dominic Poichies referring to the defeat of the resort casino referendum question on Tuesday's ballot Story on Page D1 Despite 1A win issue faces another vote BY A HIGGINS OF THE NEWS STAFF AUGUSTA Clawing its way to the top of the heap the Question 1A property tax relief plan received the most votes on Election Day but its future was anything but certain Wednesday as both critics and supporters pondered an array of strategies Among the possibilities being discussed are: A second stand alone vote in February A second stand alone vote in June A second vote next November that could potentially be placed on the ballot with another property tax cap question An agreement by lawmakers and proponents to achieve most of the goals during the next legislative session With all 649 voting precincts reported unofficial Inslda results tabulated by the Ban- gor Daily News show Ques- County-by county tion 1A with 378 percent of Action results the vote Question IB a com- Pages A2 4 10 peting measure with 35 percent of the vote and Question 1C which rejects both 1A and IB with 27 2 percent Gov John Baldacci who campaigned for IB said Wednesday the failure of any of the choices to attain a majority reflected a certa'n reticence among Maine voters interpretation of what the people said was See Question 1 Page Dl Baldacci objects to racino approval means to save struggling harness racing industry provide new funds for the agricultural fairs and increase funding for the drugs for the elderly program may be an opportunity down that road that we may be able to review this Gov John BJJdcci dacci indicated he might try to find a way to have voters reconsider the question at a later time The governor seemed to back away from that assertion Wednesday but not entirely the proposal unfolds and the discussion continues as it is with anything there may be an opportunity down that road that we may be able to review this" Baldacci said and then declined to elaborate further on the implications of his statement want to reserve my options for down the road It Just means going to do first things first here" Among the things" the governor plans to explore is exactly hat administrative structure Maine currently has to regulate slot machine operations Baldacci faces a small explosion of slots in the state not only trom the Bangor Baldacci Dl BY AJ HIGGINS' OF THE NEWS STAFF AUGUSTA Gov John Baldacci said Wednesday he respects the will of the people even when they make choices he opposes such as Tuesday's endorsement of slot machines at the track Still the majority of voters who ignored the warnings about approving slot machines at commercial harness racing tracks in Bangor and Scarborough may have a long wait before they actually get to pull the handle of a one-armed bandit With all 649 voting precincts reporting from election balloting unofficial results tabulated by the Bangor Daily News showed 53 percent of the voters favored the Question 2 slot machine proposal The plan was advertised as a But Baldacci opposed the question on the basis that like the proposed tribal casino organized gambling enterprises are not in the best interests of the economy Late Tuesday night Bal Developer faces challenges in Bangor plan Effort to ban bear baiting off and running Petition needs 50519 signatures BY MISTY EDGFCOM OF THE NEWS STAFF Let the 2004 campaign begin Volunteers with Citizens for Fair Bear Hunting collected tens of thousands signatures on Election Day and expect to have more than enough support to get their referendum to ban bear baiting trapping and hunting with dogs on next ballot did exceedingly said the leader Robert Fisk when reached at his Falmouth office Wednesday The group which is an offshoot of Maine Friends of Animals was created in April for the sole purpose of banning the three specific bear hunting practices it considers inhumane To place a referendum on next year's ballot the group must collect 50519 signatures by February 22004 Before Tuesday volunteers had collected about 10000 signatures Then 500 people collected more See Bears Page Dl of the Maine Harness Racing Commission Last year representatives of Capital Seven LLC one of several companies owned by Scott approached the city with plans to develop a or racetrack casino at city -owned Bass Park home of Bangor Raceway and the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center The idea behind the racino is to bolster the struggling harness racing industry with revenues from slot machines Scott and his associates say the project would create hundreds of jobs and generate an estimated $75 million in annual revenue 25 percent of which would go to the state for agricultural social service and education programs Scott initially acquired 49 percent of the interest in Bangor Historic Track He is slated to exercise his option on the remaining 51 percent today Bangor attorney George Kurr said during a gathering at the raceway's office on Main Street Tuesday See Racino Page Dl As things stand Bangor Historic bangor daily news photo by john clarke russ Track Inc the privately held com- Valerie Grondin an owner-trainer at Bangor Raceway applies liniment to pany that runs city-owned Bangor Poker Time Patty one of the standard-breed pacers stabled near the track Raceway holds a conditional license Wednesday 1 think we would have won a higher percentage of the for the 2003 season Once Scott Question 2 vote If some people didn't confuse the racino issue with the becomes full owner of that company casino issue" she said is more about agriculture and tradition and which is expected to occur today he we need some subsidization" will have an edge over two other applicants if he and his company Track an applicant seeking a tions filed by the city and an Iowa-pass the background check renewal Scott's license request based competitor according to As owner of Bangor Historic would take precedence over applica- Henry Jackson executive director rja Green River Killer admits 48 slayings Index Bush signs abortion restrictions Opponents gear up for conflict over procedure Joni Avenll B4 Lottery AJ Obituaries B6-7 Sports C5-8 Spotlight AJ Style CM Tom Weber Bl TV Schedule C4 Weather B8 Amusements CJ Business A5-7 Classifieds D2-58 Comics D6-7 Crossword D6 Dear Abby D7 Dr Donohue D7 Editorial A8-9 Horoscope D6 pleaded guilty to more murders than any other serial killer in US history He struck a plea bargain that will spare him from execution for those killings and bring life in prison without parole for one of the most baffling and disturbing serial killer cases the nation has ever seen For a half hour he listened in court with an utter lack of expression as his own accounting of how he picked up each victim and where he dumped the body was read aloud In the most matter-offact way he confirmed the details responding over and over in a See Ridgway PageAlO BY GENE JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE Uttering the word 48 times with chilling calm Gary Leon Ridgway admitted Wednesday he is the Green River Killer and confessed to strangling four dozen women over two decades many women I have a hard time keeping them is what I did and I was pretty good at the 54 year-old former truck-factory employee said in papers submitted as part of a plea bargain Ridgway a short figure with glasses thinning hair and a sandy mustache Vol 115 No 121 After years of frustration legal setbacks and two presidential vetoes hundreds of anti-abortion leaders rose in applause hen Bush promised to vigorously defend the constitutionality of the law known by its supporters as a abortion" ban years a terrible form of violence has been directed against children who are inches from birth while the law looked the other way" Bush told religious leaders members of Congress and See Abortion PageAlO BY TERENCE HUNT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON President Bush signed into law the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in three decades Wednesday an emotionally charged measure already challenged in three federal courts A federal judge in Nebraska called the law and issued a temporary order blocking it from applying to four abortion-rights doctors who filed suit anrcBanenr Publishing to Penocbcats prwaflp paid at Bangor Maine M4ol 5 Puborsnan number CSPSM1U00 oi 13781 12345.

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