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(5TYNTK) Friday, February 3, 2023


  1. A Cumberland County civil jury awarded $6.5 million to the family of a 25-year-old man who died from Lyme disease in 2017 after an incorrect diagnosis. The family of Pete Smith sued NorthernLight Mercy Hospital of Portland and one of its physicians, Dr. John Henson, after Henson failed to recognize the symptoms of Lyme Disease. On June 25, 2017, Smith was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. He died eight days later. (WMTW)


  1. U.S. health officials are advising people to stop using over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. Disease investigators have linked the infections to EzriCare Artificial Tears. EzriCare stopped distributing the eye drops and is urging consumers to stop using them. (ABC)


  1. Fire crews responded to the Gifford’s ice cream plant in Skowhegan Thursday morning. Flames broke out around 9:30 a.m. in the processing room of the plant, according to a post on the official Gifford’s Facebook page. Emergency responders were able to contain and extinguish the fire within the hour, and everyone who was inside the building was able to get out without injury, Gifford’s said. (NCM)


  1. Some of the coldest temperatures seen in years in parts of Maine are in store  tonight. We’ll be below zero in many locations by the middle of the afternoon. Wind chills will also get progressively colder- starting out between -10 to -25 in the morning, dropping to -20 to -40 by the evening. This could lead to frostbite in minutes. You’ll want to stay inside or at least be completely bundled up if you do have to venture outside. (WGME)

5. Robert Kraft wants to give Tom Brady a one-day contract so he can officially retire as a New England Patriot. The quarterback played for the New England Patriots for 20 seasons and then on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last three seasons. During an appearance on CNN on Thursday, Kraft was asked if he would offer Brady a one-day contract so he could end his career with the team. “I’d do it tomorrow,” Kraft said.  (CBS)

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