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News Reports on UMaine Students, Alumnus Deaths

Multiple news organizations, including ABC World News, the Washington Post and USA Today carried an Associated Press article on the deaths of two University of Maine students and a recent alumnus in an airplane crash Nov. 16 at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head. Coverage included interviews UMaine Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Dana, who said the university community is reeling from the immense loss of alumnus William “BJ” Hannigan and students David Cheney and Marcelo Rugini, all members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Other news media reporting on the incident included the Bangor Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Channel 5 (WABI), Channel 2 and Channel 7 (WVII). A Portland Press Herald article included interviews with family and friends of the men, and a second Press Herald article included comments from the airport manager and a representative from a local air service based at Owls Head. A Fox News report included comments from UMaine President Paul Ferguson, as did the Bangor Daily News, which also published a separate profile on Rugini, a UMaine dean’s list student from Brazil studying under a four-year scholarship.

Contact: George Manlove, 207.581.3756

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