News from April 15, 2013

April 16, 2013

Bill aims to compel districts to offer all-day kindergarten

The measure requires school districts that offer kindergarten to have a full-day program by 2017.

April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon blasts put world's cities on alert

Worries reverberated across the Atlantic, where an already robust security operation was being beefed up for Wednesday's ceremonial funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

April 15, 2013

8-year-old among dead in Boston blast, source says

A person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect the family's privacy confirmed the death of an 8-year-old boy.

April 15, 2013

Loved ones seek word on Boston runners after blast

Google stepped in to help family and friends of runners find their loved ones, setting up a site called Google Person Finder.

April 16, 2013

Hermit told police he had stolen belt, jeans

Those items resulted in two more burglary and theft charges filed against Christopher Knight.

April 15, 2013

FBI takes the lead in Boston probe

The FBI said it had set up a phone line for members of the public to call with information about the explosions.

April 15, 2013

Security beefed up in NYC after Boston explosions

Officials said there was no report of a specific threat to New York, but city residents were urged to be vigilant as police took both highly visible and unseen precautions.

April 15, 2013

On screens, familiar images of terror flash

Whoever was responsible for the bombs made sure it was not only horrific but well-documented. The Boston Marathon finish line is a place certain to be filled with cameras held by professionals and amateurs alike.

April 15, 2013

Statement from Boston Athletic Association

The B.A.A. has managed the Boston Marathon since the late 19th century.

April 16, 2013

Store near first Boston Marathon blast owned by former Hall-Dale student

A former Hallowell area resident whose sports store is directly in front of the site of first Boston Marathon blast on Monday told a Portland TV station he knows exactly where the first device was placed.

April 15, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from the explosions at the Boston Marathon



April 15, 2013

Mainers aid marathon wounded

Two men associated with Run for the Fallen in Maine were across the street from the first explosion.

April 15, 2013

Downeaster running on schedule

Passengers entering North Station are being screened by police.

April 15, 2013

Maine's Senators issue joint statement on Boston Marathon blasts

"Like all Americans, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the deplorable and heinous act of violence that occurred at the Boston Marathon today," say Senators King and Collins in a joint statement.

April 15, 2013

Obama: 'We will find out who did this' Video clip included

Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.

April 15, 2013

Cellphone companies say service still functioning in Boston

Officials with Verizon and Sprint Nextel deny an earlier report that service had been shut down to prevent any remote detonations.

April 15, 2013

Boston police treating 3rd explosion as related to Marathon blasts

The third blast occurred an hour later at the JFK Library. Police urge people to stay indoors, not congregate in large groups.

April 15, 2013

FAA orders no-fly zone over Boston explosion site

A no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been declared over the blast site at 811 Boylston Street.

April 15, 2013

Celebratory scene at marathon finish quickly turns tragic

The sunny and celebratory scene at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon quickly turned tragic after two blasts killed two and injured dozens more.

April 15, 2013

Obama contacts Boston officials, pledges federal support

After the Boston blasts, the Secret Service shuts down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House.

April 16, 2013

Central Mainers grateful for safety after Boston Marathon explosions

Central Maine residents near the scene of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, and their family members, say they're safe and grateful for that safety.

April 15, 2013

Joan Benoit Samuelson and family safe, locked down in Boston hotel

Samuelson was also in lockdown at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, seated on a lobby couch between son Anders and daughter Abby, with husband Scott standing nearby.

April 16, 2013

3 killed, more than 144 injured in blasts near Boston Marathon finish line Several photos included in this story

Witnesses report a grim scene with many people suffering dire injuries, including severed limbs.

April 15, 2013

Maine runners, spectators recount scenes of horror Several photos included in this story

'It was absolutely like a war scene,' says the organizer of Run for the Fallen in Maine, who was at the finish line.

April 15, 2013

Bipartisan support for background checks remains uncertain

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement saying that she would vote for the Manchin-Toomey compromise, which would expand background checks to cover transactions at gun shows and the Internet.

April 15, 2013

Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Jeptoo win in Boston

Lilisa Desisa outsprinted two other East Africans down Boylston Street to win the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds.

April 15, 2013

Yamamoto wins Boston Marathon men's wheelchair

Yamamoto's won Monday's race in a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 33 seconds, well ahead of runner up and nine-time champion, Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa.

April 15, 2013

Future looks bleak for landmark Auburn church



April 15, 2013

The Doors' John Densmore coming to Scarborough

Densmore will launch a book tour with a stop at Scarborough's Bull Moose store to help celebrate Record Store Day.

April 15, 2013

Portland demonstration to treat taxpayers with slices

Members of the Maine People's Alliance plan to hand out slices of pizza to show how loopholes shrink the slice of revenue that comes from corporate taxes.

April 15, 2013

Ski season takes turn for the better

 Ski areas say they've had a strong season as big storms still have customers on the slopes.

April 15, 2013

Trio of schools take leadership roles on carbon emissions

Colby College became the fourth carbon-neutral college in the nation.

April 15, 2013

Democrats brand A-F grading system a 'scarlet letter' for schools



April 15, 2013

Dispatches



April 15, 2013

Habitat for Humanity goes green in Oakland

The nonprofit is building the group's first solar-powered home in New England.

April 15, 2013

In $40,000 cocktail, ruby delivers bling



April 15, 2013

School districts face vast disparity in insurance rates

Some districts are being hit hard by insurance hikes while others have been pleasantly surprised.

April 15, 2013

Gun rights group splits with NRA, backs deal

A bill to expand background checks has some 'wins' for the gun lobby, the endorsement shows, heartening supporters.

April 15, 2013

Bail increased for North Pond Hermit Video clip included

Authorities say it's for his own protection, citing a long-distance marriage proposal and a stranger who tried to post his bail.