1. First Lady Melania Trump appeared to make a tone-deaf fashion choice on Thursday, when she wore a jacket that read on the back in capital letters “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U??” while visiting immigrant detention centers. While spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham insists “there was no hidden message” in the wardrobe choice, many critics on Twitter disagreed. President Donald Trump addressed the controversy on Thursday night by tweeting, “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”
2. An African-American man from Saco said he is upset and shaken – and may pursue legal action – because a manager at the Shaw’s in Saco refused to sell him groceries and banned him from the store after he questioned the store’s enforcement of its alcohol ID policy and raised the issue of race. Although the no-trespass order was later lifted and two Shaw’s executives apologized, Rory Ferreira, 26, said the incident has made him question whether he is truly welcome in a Maine community he loves, and may be an example of implicit bias and the defensive reaction some white people have when they are confronted with issues of race and racism.
3. The Supreme Court has ruled that states can require online businesses to collect sales tax, even if that store doesn’t have a physical presence in any particular state. This has been the law in Maine for a few years now. Experts predict $8-13 billion in revenue could be gained from this nationwide tax, but some smaller online companies worry about the impact of calculating taxes for so many jurisdictions.
4. The 36th annual La Kermesse Festival kicked off in Biddeford yesterday. The celebration of French culture continues through the weekend with food, rides, entertainment, craft tables, and more. The weekend events will be at St. Louis Field located on the corner of Prospect Street and West Street.
5. Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day Weekend) Hot 104.7 is throwing a party at the State Theatre! #HOTSHOW starring Lil Jon tickets are ON SALE HERE. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall box office Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM or online at Hot1047Maine.com.
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