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Outspoken governor LePage

serves up beer for a good cause

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The governor is now truly a politician you could get a beer with.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage drew a packed room as he served drinks as a celebrity bartender Monday evening at the Quarry Tap Room in Hallowell, outside Augusta. LePage, dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, grinned as he leaned against the bar and took customers’ orders.

“I’m a little rusty, but I’m getting used to it,” said LePage, who said he used to bartend during his college days.

One dollar for every drink sold went to a foundation to help wounded veterans set up by former soldier Travis Mills, who lost his limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Mills lives in nearby Manchester with his wife and daughter. His in-laws, Craig and Tammy Buck, said the family appreciates all that the LePages have done for him and other veterans.

“We’ve become friends, and we can’t thank him enough for all he’s done for us,” Craig Buck said.

In 2014, Mills went skydiving with first lady Ann LePage to raise money for a veterans center and museum in Fort Kent.

Judge won’t release Mexican

man jailed near Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge upheld a decision not to release a Mexican man arrested near Seattle, despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

In the decision Friday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said “many questions remain regarding the appropriateness of the government’s conduct” in the arrest of 24-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina. But the judge said he should challenge his detention in immigration court, a separate legal system run by the U.S. Justice Department.

The order upheld a previous decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue.

Immigration agents arrested Ramirez Feb. 10 at a suburban apartment complex where they had gone to arrest his father, a previously deported felon. Agents said Ramirez acknowledged affiliating with gangs.

Ramirez, who is being held at a federal detention center in Tacoma, denies the claims. He has no criminal record and twice passed background checks to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the country and work.

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