News from April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013

D-League Playoffs: A lone star not enough for Red Claws Several photos included in this story

 Josh Selby's 23-point final period couldn't overcome a poor start and now Maine must win twice in Texas.

April 11, 2013

Vermont weeds out its offensive words

State lawmakers look at removing outdated terms from the books in favor of more respectful language.

April 11, 2013

Collins says White House dinner talk was 'substantive'

Maine's Republican senator and some colleagues are the latest invited to join President Obama at dinners aimed at easing a way through budget talks.

April 12, 2013

Father, disabled son inspire many as marathon partners Several photos included in this story

 They do triathlons too – 1,092 races in all that have cemented their bond and their celebrity.

April 11, 2013

Threat from North Korea hints at missile poised for launch Several photos included in this story

U.S. intelligence shows North Korea is probably able to arm a missile with a nuclear warhead.

April 11, 2013

Patriots re-sign WR Julian Edelman

The 26-year-old former seventh-round draft choice caught 21 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns.ts

April 11, 2013

OOB recall petitions submitted

A group of residents says each of the petitions to oust four councilors holds nearly 1,000 signatures.

April 11, 2013

Bowdoin art professor wins Guggenheim fellowship

Michael Kolster's photographic project includes images of the Androscoggin River.

April 11, 2013

South Portland girls' basketball coach resigns

Under Mike Giordano, South Portland has qualified for the state tournament the last 13 seasons.

April 12, 2013

For Mainer, run on 'Survivor' was thrill of a lifetime

Contestant Michael Snow, who was eliminated in this week's episode, still counts himself lucky for the experience – even the shipworms.

April 11, 2013

Claim: Biddeford police failed to stop killing of teen

The parents of Derrick Thompson, 19, intend to sue because they say officers knew of threats but left before the shooting.

April 11, 2013

Staff cuts at USM met with criticism

Faculty say that cutting academic positions hurts the university immediately and in the long run.

April 11, 2013

Tanker that hit Maine-NH bridge is cleared to leave port

The oil tanker struck the Sarah Long Bridge on April 1 after breaking away from a pier.

April 12, 2013

Repeal of Maine gun permit law sought by dozens

No one testifies in favor of keeping the requirement for concealed weapons, but it's still likely to remain.

April 11, 2013

Nearly 3.4 million vehicles, mostly Japanese, recalled for defective air bags

High-pressure gas can launch plastic and metal parts from the air bags into the passenger areas.

May 30, 2013

NOM makes final appeal to keep donor names secret Video clip included

An attorney argues in Maine that the National Organization for Marriage is not a political action committee.

April 12, 2013

Lawyers to AG: Investigate LePage for obstruction

Lawyers who represent workers say LePage has been interfering with the federally governed unemployment process, but LePage staffers deny the charges.

April 11, 2013

Standish fire destroys lakeside cottage

Firefighters from five surrounding towns respond to the Bog Alley property, which was deemed a total loss.

April 11, 2013

Conviction stands in topless coffee shop arson

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejects an appeal by convicted arsonist Raymond Bellavance Jr. 52, of Winthrop.

April 11, 2013

Collins, King vote to continue gun debate

The proposals pending in the Senate include new rules on gun trafficking and background checks.

April 11, 2013

Millionaire artist Marsh indicted on teen sex-assault charges

Stanley Marsh 3, best known for his "Cadillac Ranch" art display along an Texas Panhandle interstate, faces up to 20 years in prison.

April 11, 2013

Widow settles lawsuit over Greek port captain's Portland death

The captain's widow had sought punitive damages, plus slightly more than $1.2 million to cover medical expenses and $202,000 in lost wages.

April 11, 2013

General Dynamics in Saco to lay off 110 workers

Demand for the heavy weapons made there has fallen as the U.S. scales back forces in two wars.

April 11, 2013

Breakthrough implant helping to treat chronic heartburn

In a study of 100 patients who got the implant, quality of life improved substantially for 92 percent, and within one year, 86 percent no longer needed acid-lowering medicines.

April 11, 2013

Maine high court hearing appeal by anti-gay-marriage group

The National Organization for Marriage says the identities of its donors are shielded by the First Amendment.

April 11, 2013

No bond for US couple accused of kidnapping kids

Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase are now with their maternal grandparents, who have legal custody.

April 11, 2013

Forest Avenue reopens after utility pole topples in accident

No one was injured in the accident near Morrill's Corner this morning.

April 11, 2013

SEAL Team Six member can be WikiLeaks witness

The witness has been publicly identified only as "John Doe" and as a Defense Department "operator." Prosecutors say he participated with SEAL Team Six in their May 2011 assault on the compound in Pakistan, in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

April 11, 2013

Goat's head delivered to Wrigley Field

The team is in negotiations with city officials and neighborhood business people about the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.

April 11, 2013

Severe storms hit Midwest with snow, ice, winds

In Minnesota, Gov. Dayton says the weather was taxing the resources of local and county governments, and he issues an executive order activating the National Guard.

April 11, 2013

Police find toddler in alleged Oakfield meth lab

Police say a 29-year-old woman is facing child endangerment charges after the child is found inside a camper where officers allegedly found materials used to make methamphetamine.

April 11, 2013

N. Korea says 'striking means' on standby

The country's "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland" says it has entered coordinates for targets.

April 11, 2013

Settlement discussed in Waterville bar shooting

Authorities say Mathew Partridge shot 26-year-old Justin Smith after a Dec. 4 altercation between two groups of men that started inside the pub and spilled outside.

April 11, 2013

Maine bill would help veterans start farms

The bill would authorize a pilot program to help veterans get the skills necessary to become farmers.

April 11, 2013

Ga. firefighters taken hostage 'relieved' ordeal over

Five firefighters answering an emergency call encounter an armed man who holds them at gunpoint, demanding that his cable and power be turned back on at his house, which was in foreclosure.

April 11, 2013

Former U.S. Sen. Simpson blasts partisanship in Colby lecture

The former Wyoming senator delivers the 2013 Mitchell Lecture, taking on national debt and health care costs, among other topics.

April 11, 2013

Beetles to fight insects in Maine state parks

In all, a total of 5,700 beetles will be released to stem the spread of hemlock wooly adelgids.

April 11, 2013

U.S. Senate ready to launch gun control debate

In an opening showdown today, senators are scheduled to vote on an attempt by conservatives to scuttle a Democratic bill before debate even starts.

April 11, 2013

Sen. Collins applauds delay of 5-day mail delivery

The Maine Republican says cutting mail delivery will only drive away customers and push the Postal Service into a "financial death spiral."

April 11, 2013

Some Obama allies in Maine may balk at his budget proposal

 A change in cost-of-living adjustments faces a fight from Democrats, senior citizens and veterans.

April 11, 2013

Feature obituary: John 'Jeb' Stuart, 62, man of the sea who achieved sobriety

 One week before Mr. Stuart died, he wrote his own obituary . . .

April 11, 2013

Farmington residents protest for jail upgrade

The sheriff tells the crowd he will make changes with or without state approval.

April 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

 Killer's home demolished as a small crowd applauds / Naval Shipyard ceremony honors Thresher's victims / York High chooses its principal ... and more news from around the state.

April 12, 2013

Maine fishing bill seeks access for big boats

The proposal aims to expand Maine's groundfishing quota while easing limits on larger vessels.

April 11, 2013

Concert Review: Bob Dylan paints masterpiece in Lewiston

The legendary musician put on a blues-tinged clinic in his latest trip to the Pine Tree State.

April 11, 2013

Snakes on legs defeat Maine 'Survivor' player

Premiere Less honest competitors prove to be Maine native Michael Snow's downfall on the reality show.

April 10, 2013

Kindergarten or security upgrades? For 2013-14, Gorham chooses security

Next year, funding for all-day kindergarten will be included in the budget "from the get-go," a school official says.