1. Last night we saw the 3rd Republican Presidential candidate debate. 14 Candidates addressed economic plans and spending. The biggest cheers came when candidates claimed media bias against the GOP.
2. Maine health experts clarified what the WHO recently reported, linking processed meat to an increased risk of colon cancer. Karen Schilling, an oncology dietitian at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute said the findings from the report are not new. She said doctors have known the risks behind processed meat with nitrates in it for years, but that this report finally brought it to the public’s attention. The report said that eating 50 grams of processed meat daily — the equivalent of two slices of bacon — can raise a person’s risk of colon cancer by 18 percent.
3. Quite the rain we had, right? The National Weather Service on Wednesday night was forecasting heavy rain, strong wind gusts and coastal flooding for southern Maine, but said the brunt of the storm would occur when most of us are asleep. Wind gusts early Thursday were expected to reach 50 mph and rainfall to total 2 to 3 inches, said James Brown, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Gray office. Because of the storm, thousands of Mainers have been left without power.
4. Maine has made no significant progress toward replacing or repairing structurally deficient bridges in the last year, according to a national transportation trade group. TRIP, the Washington, D.C., nonprofit that analyzes the condition of bridges around the country, said 15 percent of Maine bridges are structurally deficient, a percentage unchanged from last year’s report.
5. It was Black Cat Day just this week and now today is National Cat Day! (Who comes up with these “holidays”?) Well Colleen Paige, a strong animal welfare advocate, created this one. This day is meant to bring attention to the plight of the domestic cat! Enjoy your fine feline friends!