News from April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013

Developer again eyes Congress Square Plaza

The park near the Eastland Hotel is linked to an 'event center' plan; critics say preserve and upgrade it instead.

April 18, 2013

Texas mayor: Up to 40 people killed in plant explosion Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Workers continue to search the rubble strewn throughout a four- or five-block radius around the West Fertilizer Co.

April 17, 2013

Newtown families disappointed by Senate vote

Emotionally drained and weary family members of the Newtown shooting victims say they're disappointed but will continue to fight.

April 18, 2013

Terms for traffic circles cause confusion, as Maine roundabouts increase Video clip included

 Roundabouts, which are smaller, slower and thus safer than rotaries, are the way to go, experts say.

April 17, 2013

Celtics, Raptors offer tribute to marathon victims

Although the Celtics' return to the court was in Toronto, the stadium scoreboards flashed, "Tonight we are all Boston fans."

April 18, 2013

Maine senators mourn defeat of gun compromise

Susan Collins 'We had a bipartisan bill supported by 90 percent of the American people,' Angus King laments.

April 18, 2013

Hermit joins other legends in folk song spotlight Video clip included

After the Hermit's capture, local songwriter Stan Keach rushed to make a music video about his neighbor.

April 17, 2013

Cape Elizabeth names new middle school principal

Michael Tracy is currently an elementary school principal in Massachusetts.

April 17, 2013

Ricin is readily available, highly toxic

However, it's not easy to convert the substance into a useable poison.

April 17, 2013

Obama blasts senators: 'Shameful day'

Visibly angry, he tells the nation, 'all in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.'

April 17, 2013

Lifeflight helicopter still stuck in Cumberland field

So far mechanics have been unable to determine what caused an engine warning light to come on.

April 17, 2013

3 children still critical after Boston bombings

The children were among more than 170 people injured in Monday's bombing. Three people were killed.

April 17, 2013

Federal courthouse in Boston evacuated for bomb threat

A bomb threat occurs during confusion over whether a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was in custody.

April 17, 2013

Winslow man gets nine years for child porn

Police said the 60-year-old man shared the images from his home computer.

April 18, 2013

Feds look into charge targeting LePage

Auditors view unemployment files in response to complaints of undue pressure by the governor.

April 18, 2013

Store video focus of search for Boston bomber Several photos included in this story

A man is discovered dropping a bag near the bomb site, raising hopes on a frenzied day.

April 17, 2013

Restitution fund set up to pay Hermit's victims

Christopher Knight "very much wants to make things right," his lawyer says.

April 17, 2013

Cyclist taken to hospital after crash in South Portland

Police were dispatched at about 12:30 p.m. to the area of Broadway and South Kelsey Street.

April 17, 2013

Pirates, Civic Center agree to new lease

The new lease announced Wednesday is the longest ever between the arena and the team, which is the Civic Center’s prime tenant.

April 17, 2013

N.H. Sen. Ayotte to vote against background checks

Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, meanwhile, took to the Senate floor this morning to explain why she plans to support the proposed expansion.

April 18, 2013

Poison mail suspect described body-parts conspiracy Several photos included in this story

A man in Mississippi has been arrested for allegedly sending letters with ricin poison to President Obama and a U.S. senator.

April 17, 2013

Rare pink diamond sells for $39M at NYC auction

The gem nicknamed the Princie Diamond was discovered 300 years ago in the Golconda mines in India.

April 17, 2013

Holiday sales bill called boost for Maine biz

The bill would allow stores with less than 10,000 square feet of interior selling space to be open on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

April 17, 2013

Records: Ex-official's wife says husband killed Texas prosecutors

Eric Lyle Williams was convicted last year of stealing county computers in a case handled by two slain prosecutors.

April 17, 2013

Portland to host Republican Liberty Caucus convention

The caucus describes itself as a volunteer grass-roots wing of the Republican party.

April 17, 2013

Diplomats: Iran ups nuke technology

The Islamic Republic insists it has no interest in nuclear weapons and says it's enriching uranium only for nuclear power and other non-military applications. I

April 17, 2013

Britain's Iron Lady laid to rest with full pomp Several photos included in this story

Spectators lining the route broke into applause – and scattered boos – as the carriage passed by, escorted by young soldiers, sailors and airmen.

April 17, 2013

American expects flights to return to normal

American Airlines is promising to run a near-normal operation today, and that would be just fine for the tens of thousands of passengers who were stranded by a mammoth technology meltdown.

April 17, 2013

Boston investigators recover pressure cooker lid Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, a doctor at Boston Medical Center said two patients, including a 5-year-old, remain in critical condition there. Dozens of others have been released from hospitals around Boston.

April 17, 2013

Chinese marathon victim remembered as bright, 'bubbly'

Lu Lingzi was a graduate student studying mathematics and statistics at Boston University before Monday's bombings.

April 17, 2013

Mark Sanford's ex-wife says he trespassed

The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted the former South Carolina governor leaving her home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cellphone for a flashlight.

April 17, 2013

11 homeless following Fairfield apartment building fire Several photos included in this story

The building is considered a total loss and although no one was injured many pets were still unaccounted for Tuesday evening, said Fairfield Fire Chief Duane Bickford.

April 17, 2013

Analysis: Contemplating chaos in a nation of 'soft targets'

The world's foremost economic and military superpower is also a nation of "soft targets," full of opportunities for those who want to do it harm.

April 17, 2013

Crews installing energy-efficient bulbs on Maine interstates

The new LED bulbs will save the Department of Transportation $135,000 a year in electric costs.

April 17, 2013

Maine Indian treatment panel hires director

The Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission is seeking to uncover how Maine's system affected the lives of Wabanaki children and families through past policies.

April 17, 2013

Officials urge Mainers to be alert after tragedy

The bombings in Boston serve as a reminder of the realities of living in a post-9/11 world, authorities say.

April 17, 2013

‪Impact of bombings on security for Maine race unclear‬

‪Those involved with Beach to Beacon say safety has been a concern since the start in 1998 but it’s not ‘fail-safe.’‬

April 17, 2013

Not on scale of 9/11, but anxiety, sorrow, memories to linger Video clip included

The event will resonate for years, especially in New England, said Luisa Deprez, a sociology professor at the University of Southern Maine.

April 17, 2013

AG’s office will take over probe into fatal Berwick crash Several photos included in this story

The York County district attorney makes the request because the teen driver is related to her family.

April 17, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Two friends honoring courage display theirs

John Mixon and Carlos Arredondo were nearby when the bombs went off Monday, and ran directly into the carnage as most were running away.

April 17, 2013

Documents: Hearing officer felt pressured by LePage

These are 'dark times' for those who prefer keeping political pressure and bias out of quasi-judicial processes, the officer wrote.

April 17, 2013

Senate blocks expanded gun background checks

A majority of the senators approve the bipartisan legislation, but fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance it, in a victory for the National Rifle Association.

April 17, 2013

Mainer brews up plan to help Boston bombing victims

Six Maine breweries will donate beer at a Wednesday fundraiser for victims of the attack.