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The May 2nd Issue of The American

Payback’s a bummer. For centuries schools have been sending out report cards and getting kids grounded, scolded and, very occasionally, praised. The tables were turned by the LePage administration Wednesday as it released report cards on the state’s schools. Graded on a Bell curve, elementary and high schools received grades A through F. We’ve got the list for Hancock County schools ... check it out.

And we’ve got a pretty good idea of what grade the judge is going to give the fellow from Ohio who is charged with causing havoc in Tremont and Brewer during an exceptionally hectic 24-hour period. The incidents, as reported, do not constitute a strong endorsement of alcoholic beverages. Page 1.

We don’t know how you feel about your auto mechanic, but the folks in Blue Hill love Peter Clapp. He’s retiring after 50 years under the hood and everyone came out Tuesday night to wish him godspeed. Page 1.

Did someone say speed? The late, great Ken Jordan is being honored posthumously for helping us speed into space. He and a colleague invented a power source that has been in use for 40 years ... and is still in use. You’ve heard about rocket science? This is it.

And this week’s edition carries within our award-winning Health Quarterly section with fascinating updates on sleep research, cancer drugs, food addiction and exercise.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year of London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations — in short, the first world’s fair. From 1851 until the New York World’s Fair in 1939, world’s fairs were “the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living and democratizing design as never before,” according to the Carnegie Museum of Art, which last year mounted an exhibit, “Inventing the Modern World,” that showcased “200 examples of the most extraordinary works of furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewelry produced by leading international artists and firms representing the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements of their time.”

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