News from April 22, 2013

April 23, 2013

Marathon bombings class topic in Maine schools

 Portland-area teachers toss out their lesson plans and discuss last week's attack with their students.

April 22, 2013

South Portland police say TD Bank robbed at gunpoint

No shots are fired but the robber escapes with an undisclosed amount of cash.

April 22, 2013

John Lackey throws well in rehab start for Sea Dogs

The pitcher, who is recovering from a biceps injury, throws three shutout innings and part of a fourth.

April 23, 2013

In Chechnya, elder brother didn't fit in, aunt says

Tamerlan Tsarnaev seemed more American than Chechen and "did not fit into the Muslim life" in Russia's Caucasus, she says.

April 22, 2013

Celtics plan more Garnett, and Knicks expect it

The Celtics never could have accomplished so much over the last six years with as little as they got from Kevin Garnett on Saturday in their playoff opener.

April 22, 2013

Mosque: Bomb suspect had 2 outbursts in last year

He objected to mosque speakers who praised Martin Luther King Jr. and encouraged Muslims to embrace American holidays, the Islamic Society of Boston says.

April 22, 2013

Bombing case might provide leads in 2011 slaying

Authorities in a Waltham say they will investigate if any links turn up between one of the Boston bombing suspects and an unsolved 2011 slaying.

April 22, 2013

A talented artist and now, accused bomber's wife

Federal authorities have not said they think she is involved in the bombing plot but have asked to speak with her.

April 23, 2013

Portland council OKs higher towers for $38 million Bayside project

Miami-based developer Federated Cos. can submit plans for the first of four 15-story towers.

April 22, 2013

Woodstock icon Richie Havens dies

The folk singer was the first performer at Woodstock and was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs.

April 23, 2013

Maine detective aided in bomb investigation

Leonard Bolton of the state police got involved because of his expertise in cellphone analysis.

April 22, 2013

Police: 2 arrested in al-Qaida linked Canada plot

A passenger train is believed to have been the target of an al-Qaida-linked plan.

April 22, 2013

Maine, others may soon get to tax Web sales

 A bill that could mean millions in revenue for Maine gains support, backed by the state's two senators.

April 22, 2013

Gorham school wins sustainability contest Video clip included

The middle school receives $2,000 for taking first place in contest, for coming up with a plan that includes a 'junk swap' to reduce the quantity of items that are thrown away.

April 22, 2013

Doctors: All Boston bomb patients likely to live

As of today, 51 people remained hospitalized, three of them in critical condition and five listed as serious.

April 22, 2013

FBI: Bombing suspect used cellphone before blast

The FBI affidavit also says one of the bombers told a carjacking victim, "Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that."

April 22, 2013

N.H. governor seeks review before any tar sands oil flows

Gov. Maggie Hassan asks Secretary of State John Kerry for a tough federal permitting process.

April 22, 2013

Obama to attend service for Texas blast victims

In West, Texas, school resumes as investigators work to determine what caused the fertilizer plant to explode.

April 23, 2013

Bomb suspects: Motivated by religion; apparently acted alone Several photos included in this story

The surviving suspect is charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction, which means he could face the death penalty.

April 23, 2013

Maine panel may craft 1 or 2 gun bills out of about 20

Meanwhile, the panel votes 6-6 in a work session on a bill to limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds each.

April 22, 2013

Mourners remember bombing victim as 'fun, lovely' Several photos included in this story

A funeral is held for Krystle Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager who was at the Boston Marathon to cheer on a friend finishing the race.

April 22, 2013

Shelter seeking puppy that may have been stolen

Walton, a 4-month-old puppy, went missing from the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk on Sunday afternoon.

April 22, 2013

LePage calls for minute of silence for bombing victims



April 22, 2013

Monday fire destroys Monmouth mobile home Video clip included

A mobile home at 81 Back St. in Monmouth was destroyed by a fire Monday morning.

April 22, 2013

Fire at Old Port watch shop causes $100,000 damage Several photos included in this story

The building also houses The Grill Room restaurant and is known for its distinctive outside mural.

April 22, 2013

Miss. River still closed after barges hit bridge

The Coast Guard says 233 barges are waiting to move northbound and 119 barges are waiting to move southbound.

April 22, 2013

Feds ask to interview wife of suspected Boston bomber

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev did not speak to federal officials who came to her parents' home in North Kingstown, R.I., where she has been staying since her husband was killed during a getaway attempt early Friday.

April 22, 2013

Scientific buoy to send Maine pond's data worldwide

The first of its kind in Maine, the buoy is armed with sensors that will begin sending a continuous data stream describing real-time conditions in Great Pond to a global network of scientists.

April 22, 2013

Maine gas prices down nearly a nickel per gallon

That's almost 22 cents lower than a month ago.

April 22, 2013

Moment of silence held for Boston marathon victims Several photos included in this story

At 2:50 p.m. — exactly one week after the bombings — many bowed their heads and cried around the city.

April 23, 2013

Federal cuts expected to slow flights into Maine

 Major airports are seeing delays of up to two hours as 1,500 traffic controllers are furloughed daily.

April 22, 2013

Witherspoon 'deeply embarrassed' after arrest Video clip included

A court hearing for the Oscar-winning actress is scheduled for this morning. She is charged with disorderly conduct.

April 22, 2013

Police: 5 dead in shootout south of Seattle Video clip included

Officers responding to an emergency call Sunday night at an apartment complex in Federal Way encountered a chaotic scene, with bullets flying.

April 22, 2013

Maine climate change on conference agenda

The forum at USM's Portland campus will address risks from sea level changes and severe weather events, among other topics.

April 22, 2013

Maine man gets 16 years for killing Fla. firefighter

Daniel Porter, 25, killed Jerry Perdomo, 31, over a drug debt.

April 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Georgetown motorist killed in single-vehicle accident / Man found inside vehicle died of natural causes / Bicycle Coalition of Maine launching weeklong ride . . . and more news from around Maine.

April 22, 2013

Authorities ask to interview wife of suspected bomber



April 22, 2013

Earlier cases could set precedent

 Although comparatively heinous acts don't always result in the death penalty, convictions are probable.

April 22, 2013

FBI on hot seat for dropping 2011 probe of older suspect



April 22, 2013

John 'Jack' Vallely, 61, enjoyed helping those in need

Vallely traveled to areas struck by disasters for work and was generous in his personal life.

April 22, 2013

N.H. seeks retailer for key spot in state park

The state hopes to find a money-making tenant for its 430-square-foot space in Hampton Beach.

April 22, 2013

Studies lacking on pot's health benefits

POT Literature on the effects of cannabis is contradictory, leaving the medical community in a bind.

April 22, 2013

Colorado avalanche deadliest in 50 years

Four snowboarders and a skier die during an event organized to promote backcountry safety.

April 21, 2013

Frank says tea party dislikes government

The former congressman from Massachusetts says gridlock is what Republicans want.

April 22, 2013

For Portland's homeless, onward to the next encampment Several photos included in this story

 Following a fatal tent fire, a crackdown on the West End's homeless has many moving to other parts of Portland.

April 22, 2013

Bluefins lure famed fishing boat captain to Portland

 Linda Greenlaw will join anglers on chartered tours chasing one of the world’s most sought-after fish.

April 22, 2013

Can state cut energy costs? The heat is on

The governor and Legislature will need to compromise to come up with sorely needed efficiencies.

April 21, 2013

Tightened policy eases crowding at Portland shelter

 Before, the homeless could stay indefinitely. Now to do that, they must be working to find housing.