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Three for Thursday: A short roundup of items

ITEM 1: Hillary's Snowe Job It turns out that the story Hillary Clinton told about when she visited Bosnia (you know, the made-up one about landing under sniper fire and running off the tarmac - the following video from CBS is the best) is true - just not for Hillary.


It actually happened to US Senator Olympia Snowe, the Washington Post reports today. Anyone else think it's odd that a Clinton Dem steals a story from a Bush Republican?


ITEM 2: College Repubs seeking revenge? Six members of the Maine College Republicans will be running for the Maine State House this fall, according to a release from that organization. No doubt they're remembering a move by a member of their own party (that's Representative Gary Knight of Livermore Falls) to prevent college students from voting in the towns where they live while going to college - an effort that failed in the last legislative session, after coming under fire from Maine College Democrats, constitutional scholars, and others around the country. What will their position on the bill be if it comes up again? No word yet. The real rules for voter residency and eligibility are here.


ITEM 3: Pianist perplexion A strange press release was the result of confusion, not snubbing, according to Portland Symphony Orchestra PR person Gillian Britt of gBritt PR. Her firm released an announcement last week that pianist Yuja Wang would not be appearing with the PSO on April 1 as previously scheduled, attributing the cancellation to "uncontrollable changes in her tour schedule." We got a query from an alert reader who asked whether that was obfuscation, because Wang had actually agreed to step in for Murray Perahia with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in Boston the following day. (Perahia has a chronic hand injury that flares up at times, forcing him to cancel some appearances.) Turns out that the press release simply left out the information that Wang had long before agreed to be a stand-in for Perahia throughout his tour, and while she was indeed canceling her Portland appearance as a result of that, she wasn't just ditching us for a chance to play that Other City to the south of us. (Stewart Goodyear will perform the April 1 show with the PSO.)
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