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Moderates pave way for Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Susan Collins, a Republican senator from Maine, announced she will vote for Brett Kavanaugh, making it a near certainty that he will win a Supreme Court seat in Saturday’s vote.

// Nation’s divisions reflected, deepened by fight for court

To the right and left alike, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination appears less like a final spasm of division — a sobering trauma, followed by calm resolution — than an event that deepens the national mood of turbulence.

A demonstrator holds up a sign at the entrance of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, office Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Portland, Maine, They're calling on Sen. Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)

Susan Collins’s decision reverberates in Maine

“I feel gutted,” said Catherine Perreault, a Portland resident, who added that she doesn’t know how the Republican senator will “show her face in Maine.”

Phil Clark, owner of Nauset Surf Shop, carried his new paddleboard into the shop to paint stripes on it, a shark deterrent tip he read about online.

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After fatal shark attack, surfers grapple with a return to the water

For many Cape surfers, whether to return to the water following last month’s attack is a question with no easy answers.