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News from October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Lewiston bottling facility is sold

Beam sells the plant to a unit of Sazerac and will lease the plant back for now.

October 16, 2013

Maine investors stay the course

While Wall Street rallies on a debt-ceiling deal, local financial advisers say their clients are frustrated, but aren’t panicking.

October 17, 2013

Civic center starts filling void left by Pirates

So far, a monster truck event and concerts have been booked to replace lost hockey games.

October 17, 2013

Racial discrimination suit against Maine egg farms settled

Homero Ramirez accused his former employer, Austin ‘Jack’ DeCoster, of treating Mexican-American workers as ‘virtual slaves.’

October 16, 2013

Apple hires Burberry executive to run its stores

Her addition should help the company deflect any criticism about the lack of women in its upper ranks.

October 16, 2013

Twitter will list its stock on NYSE

The decision deals a blow to the Nasdaq exchange, which bungled the IPO of Facebook last year.

October 16, 2013

Slimmer seats boost bottom line for airlines

The changes enable airlines to carry more passengers and spend less on fuel, while claiming you won’t notice.

October 16, 2013


October 16, 2013

Man injured in 2010 chairlift collapse sues Sugarloaf

Michael Katz seeks unspecified damages, claiming that the Maine resort’s out-of-state parent overlooked safety hazards.

October 16, 2013

Portland restaurant inspector was paid to quit, clam up

Michele Sturgeon, criticized for giving too many eateries failing grades, got $18,600 and agreed not to ‘speak ill’ of city officials or services.

October 16, 2013

Seafood processing plant inspections in Maine delayed

The government shutdown suspends safety checks of the facilities, which include about 40 plants in the state.