Daily Archives: January 8, 2010

Facebook fans help Auburn Police solve crime, again

(Here’s the top of a story about how the social networking site Facebook helped Auburn, Maine, police make an arrest in a theft. I’m somewhat conflicted on this. On one hand, it is definitely great that the community was involved. We need to be more involved. But … I am somewhat uncomfortable. Will the next step be having neighbors spying on neighbors? I don’ know. – KM)

Submitted by Sun Journal on Fri, 01/08/2010 – 10:05

Staff Report

AUBURN, Maine — Their fans on the social networking site Facebook are being credited by the Auburn Police for helping the department solve another crime.

Fan tips made it possible to summons a theft suspect within 24 hours of the crime, Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen said in a prepared statement Friday.

“Facebook is a ‘force multiplier’ for us,” Moen said in a prepared statement. “It is turning out to be a valuable tool for law enforcement. Instead of knocking on one door at a time, our staff can reach out to our entire community – and beyond – to gather information that can help solve a crime.”

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.

University of Maine lands $12.4 million grant for wind research

(Here’s the top of a story by the Bangor Daily News’ Jessica Bloch on a significant grant to help in the research of offshore wind in Maine. There is a link at the bottom of this entry to the rest of the story. — KM)

By Jessica Bloch

Bangor Daily News, Jan. 8, 2010

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine’s offshore wind testing efforts got a huge boost Friday from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which announced it had awarded $12.4 million for construction costs for the Advanced Nanocomposites in Renewable Energy Laboratory (ANREL) at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, said the grant may be the largest ever awarded UMaine for a laboratory research building.

“This is exciting news for the whole state,” Dagher said Friday morning. “… It’s going to allow us to truly strengthen our leadership role in the area of offshore wind. Without this research facility, we can’t do the research we need to do.”

The grant will be officially announced Friday afternoon at a press conference on the UMaine campus.

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.