News from April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013

All 18 cabs in NH's largest city pulled off road

Police sidelined Manchester's entire taxi fleet for failing inspection or failing to show up for inspection.

April 3, 2013

Maine's small catch ready for star turn Several photos included in this story

The state's 400 licensed eel fishermen are being filmed for a show called 'Eel of Fortune.'

April 2, 2013

Michelle Obama praises new Jackie Robinson movie

The First Lady said the new film, "42," left her and the president "visibly, physically moved" after they saw it over the weekend.

April 2, 2013

House Democrats determine fate of two Maine tax bills

The state's earned income tax credit for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers would double under a bill approved Tuesday.

April 3, 2013

NRA study: Train school employees to use guns

But critics say the report "misses the point" by not endorsing universal background checks for gun buyers.

April 2, 2013

2nd Republican senator announces support for gay marriage

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois said Tuesday, "Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle."

April 2, 2013

Ex-Patriots coach Chuck Fairbanks dies at 79 Several photos included in this story

Fairbanks won back-to-back Sugar Bowls in 1971-1972, before taking over the Patriots and winning a then-franchise record 46 games.

April 2, 2013

Fayette woman winner of $2.3 million jackpot

Bethany Struck will be nearly $1 million richer after claiming the winning jackpot ticket from the March 23 Megabucks Plus drawing.

April 2, 2013

Bruins obtain Jagr from Stars to spark offense

The Boston Bruins have traded for Jaromir Jagr, hoping the 10th-leading scorer in NHL history can improve their shaky offense.

April 3, 2013

Maine man gets 18½ years for cocaine distribution

Pelletier pleaded guilty to traveling to New York on multiple occasions and picking up crack, which was then distributed in York County.

April 3, 2013

Maine Medicaid debate: Cost vs. benefits

Backers and skeptics make their cases on a bill seeking to have Maine cover more people under Obamacare.

April 2, 2013

W.Va. sheriff: Carbon monoxide killed 'BUCKWILD' star

Twenty-one-year-old Shain Gandee, his uncle and another passenger were found dead Monday in Gandee's 1984 Ford Bronco.

April 2, 2013

Portland to hold 'Green Space Gathering' Thursday

The effort aims to introduce residents to city parks and educate them about upcoming projects.

April 2, 2013

South Berwick woman to be honored at White House

Ann Lee Hussey is one of 12 Rotary International members who will be honored as "Champions of Change."

April 3, 2013

Bookmobile brings books, Internet to Portland neighborhoods

The city's library unveiled a sleek, colorful van that can carry 1,500 titles to neighborhoods that don't have library branches or easy access to services.

April 2, 2013

El Rodeo restaurant to open in S. Portland

It will be the Mexican-themed chain's first foray into Maine.

April 3, 2013

Maine official: Passamaquoddy defiance imperils elver fishery

The Passamaquoddy are violating state law by selling more than its allotted number of elver fishing licenses, officials say.

April 2, 2013

Controversial $40 million Searsport plan tanks

A Denver company scraps its proposal to build a 14-story propane storage facility that became the focus of intense public outcry.

April 3, 2013

Maine Senate approves hike in minimum wage

The bill would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016 to catch up with cost-of-living increases, but Gov. LePage may veto it.

April 3, 2013

Maine-NH bridge out for 2-4 weeks after tanker crash

Four steel beams on the span were damaged in Monday's accident; Maine, N.H. will seek reimbursement for repairs.

April 2, 2013

As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

That's something many users are asking themselves as they wade through endless posts, photos "liked" by people they barely know and spur-of-the moment friend requests.

April 2, 2013

Sea Dogs' opening roster has some familiar names

Expect to see the Nos. 1 and 3 Red Sox prospects, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and pitcher Matt Barnes. The other big name coming back is reliever Daniel Bard.

April 2, 2013

MAMM Slam band competition announces six finalists

The contest is organized by The Maine Academy of Modern Music. Each band includes students from high schools around southern Maine.

April 2, 2013

Possible human remains found in new 9/11 debris

The last sifting effort ended in 2010. This time, crews were able to dig up parts of the trade center site that were previously inaccessible to workers.

April 2, 2013

Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan

The legislation, which includes a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines, is hailed as "a message that should resound in 49 other states and in Washington."

April 2, 2013

Ga. city council votes to require gun ownership

The Nelson, Ga., city councilman who sponsored the measure said he knows the ordinance won't be enforced but he still believes it will make the town safer.

April 2, 2013

Pittston man in critical condition following dirt bike crash

Police say the 22-year-old man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

April 2, 2013

North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

The declaration will boost fears in Washington about North Korea's timetable for building a nuclear missile that can reach the U.S.

April 2, 2013

Maine man guilty of manslaughter in beating death

Peter Robinson beat a construction company owner to death in a property dispute.

April 2, 2013

Bill would change Maine moose permit system



April 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Fire destroys Falmouth Country Club home / Kittery man who caused car crash found guilty on 3 charges . . . and more news from around Maine.

April 2, 2013

Bill would require Maine to tell communities about group homes

The proposal comes after Augusta was not notified about a new home for mental health patients.

April 2, 2013

New England Dispatches

Farm that lost 20,000 quails will start over / Crime lab chemist faces new drugs charges / Early Monet painting gets rare showing ... and more news from around the region.

April 2, 2013

Council pushes firm to clarify Portland Fire analysis

 One councilor rejects hiring 40 firefighters to cut overtime and others criticize the report. Now city staff will try to decipher it.

April 2, 2013

Arkansas spill highlights pipeline risks

 Experts say Alberta's tar-sands oil poses a greater corrosion risk than conventional crude.

April 2, 2013

White supremacists suspected in slayings of Texas DA, wife

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is now believed to have more than 4,000 members in and out of prison who deal in a variety of criminal enterprises, including prostitution, robbery and murder.

April 2, 2013

Portland budget includes tax hike

A plan that has a 2.9 percent tax increase doesn't account for a potential drop in state aid.

April 3, 2013

Passamaquoddies say governor made threats over elvers

 A tribal spokesman reports LePage threatened reprisals as the tribe and state clash over who regulates the valuable fishery.

April 2, 2013

Committee tables bill to promote Maine lobster

The proposal is expected to face the full Legislature after details about how to fund the deal are decided.

April 1, 2013

Principal won't fight to keep her job at Bonny Eagle High

The SAD 6 board votes 10-2 to accept Beth Schultz's resignation.