News from April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

Before her suicide, Maine girl was bullied, family says

Relatives of Kitty McGuire hold a protest in front of her middle school to call attention to the issue.

April 1, 2013

Competition shakes up car market

 Automakers offering sleek designs and luxury features have cut into the sales of the Camry and Accord.

April 1, 2013

Vermont police seeking Sasquatch sculpture

Vermont State Police are on the hunt for Bigfoot. No fooling.

April 1, 2013

In Vt., long-dead mental patients inspire crusade

 A state lawmaker found the state has no plan in place to dispose of its unwanted dead.

April 2, 2013

TBS sticking with Conan O'Brien through 2015

Although "Conan" averages just 900,000 viewers nightly, TBS says it leads the late-night pack in social media engagement and online activity.

April 1, 2013

Bay State teen births hit new all-time low

But minorities continue to have higher birthrates and worse infant mortality, a state-issued report says.

April 1, 2013

Portland lawyer named state's new public advocate

Gov. Paul LePage appoints Timothy Schneider of Portland to the post.

April 1, 2013

Tribe, state at odds over Maine elvers licenses

Officials say Gov. LePage called Chief Cleaves on Monday but was unable to persuade him to abide by state license limits.

April 1, 2013

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April 1, 2013

Firefighters battle blaze at Falmouth Country Club

There was no one at home at 18 Birkdale Road when the fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m., a dispatcher says.

April 2, 2013

Red Sox pummel Yankees on Opening Day, 8-2 Several photos included in this story

Yes, there are 161 more games, but Boston gets off to a great opening-day start by trouncing the Yankees. In New York.

April 1, 2013

'BUCKWILD' star, 2 others found dead in W.Va.

The reality-show cast member was found Monday in a sport utility vehicle along with his uncle and a third person, police say.

April 2, 2013

Public tips lead to arrest in Skowhegan burglary

Tyler James Leh, 19, of Chester County, Pa., was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking into the West Front Street Market last week.

April 1, 2013

Pope visits St. Peter's tomb under Vatican

Francis became the first pontiff to visit the necropolis – where pagans and early Christians were buried – since extensive archaeological excavations decades ago.

April 2, 2013

Maine-NH bridge supports damaged by tanker Several photos included in this story

With the bridge closed because of the collision, the Interstate 95 bridge is the only route across the Piscataqua River between Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H.

April 2, 2013

Two rebuked, as tempers flare at union bills hearing

A legislative hearing on bills to make Maine a right-to-work state turns contentious.

April 1, 2013

Bill to restore Maine Clean Election funding backed

The proposal is in stark contrast to Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to zero-fund the Clean Election program in 2014.

April 2, 2013

Maine charter school bills called 'death by cuts'

Three proposals would separate funding from public schools; critics are not happy with the plans.

April 1, 2013

Augusta man accused of OUI, groin kick

Shane Gurney, 36, allegedly crashed his truck and then kicked an emergency room physician in the groin.

April 1, 2013

Maine alewives begin a legislative run

The Marine Resources Committee unanimously supports the fish's return to much of the St. Croix River.

April 2, 2013

Fugitive rapist returns to Mass. as 'surreal' story starts next chapter Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Police recall being upset when Gary Irving disappeared, only to spend 34 years hiding in plain sight in Gorham.

April 1, 2013

Colo. prosecutors seek death penalty in theater attack

Police say James Holmes opened fire in full combat gear during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and injuring 70.

April 1, 2013

Cartels dispatch agents deep inside U.S. Several photos included in this story

Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug networks in the Midwest, South and Northeast.

April 1, 2013

Man rescued after falling through ice on Poland lake

The Poland fire chief says the man was walking back to shore in the dark when he tripped on a ridge in the ice and fell.

April 1, 2013

Maine gas prices down another 3 cents

The average price is now almost 20 cents lower than at the same time last year, but still nine cents more than the national average.

April 1, 2013

Man seriously injured in Pittston dirt bike accident

A 22-year-old man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Lewiston hospital with unspecified injuries on Sunday, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office.

April 1, 2013

Auburn man cleaning gun shoots himself

Auburn police say the man shot himself in the hand when he was attempting to remove a bullet from the chamber of his .40 caliber Glock.

April 1, 2013

Maine Turnpike opens high-speed toll plaza

Beginning today, drivers who use E-ZPass can pay their tolls electronically while driving at highway speeds at the plaza in New Gloucester.

April 1, 2013

Natural gas company to hold job fair in Maine

Summit Natural Gas of Maine is looking to fill 45 permanent, non-construction jobs at the company's Augusta office.

April 1, 2013

Deer-feeding family has following

 Harriet and Basil Powers have been feeding deer that gather in their yard for more than 50 years.

April 1, 2013

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April 1, 2013

Some good-faith giving sustains Fairfield pantry

 The Interfaith Food Pantry has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to help it move out of its current, cramped quarters and into a new home.

April 1, 2013

Noted Boston fireboat damaged by tide

A fire official says the low tide overnight trapped the 32-foot Sentinel under a pier, flooding its engine with corrosive salt water.

April 1, 2013

Legislature's oversight panel sits in glare of charter school politics

Members say they can shun the fierce debate as they decide on whether to conduct an inquiry into the financial viability of the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science.

April 1, 2013

In MECA student's sculpture, a baby lost is remembered Several photos included in this story

 An artist's project turns deeply personal when a relative's pregnancy ends.

April 1, 2013

Texas DA's killing puts other prosecutors on alert Video clip included

 DA's "are still in a state of shock" over the Saturday shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife.

April 1, 2013

More Mainers strain to put food on table Video clip included

 The need for assistance from food pantries and meal programs is called 'unrelentingly high.'

April 1, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Car strikes, kills pedestrian walking in middle of Route 1 / Distracted driving blamed for collision that injured 4 / Harpswell residents helping family of girl injured at Sugarloaf . . . and more news from around the state.

April 1, 2013

In Portland, Japanese pride grows into charitable goal

 A former Maine Mariners star and his sushi chef teammate unite to help young victims of a tsunami.

March 31, 2013

Francis pleads for peace on first Easter as pope

 An exuberant crowd of 250,000 looks on as the pontiff cradles a disabled boy in his arms.