News from April 24, 2013

April 25, 2013

Flaws found at online education provider wooing Maine

A Florida probe questions the company's unqualified teacher assignments and says it had inaccurate student rosters.

April 24, 2013

Biden, thousands, gather to honor MIT police hero

 The flag flew overhead as the victim's brother said, 'He was born to be a police officer....'

April 24, 2013

Maine Senate also OKs hiding gun data

Personal information on permit holders will be confidential, but general statistics will be available.

April 25, 2013

Papi provides punch in a 6-5 Red Sox win Several photos included in this story

David Ortiz is 8 for 16 since returning from the DL, including two hits in a win over Oakland.

April 24, 2013

Nine companies blamed in fatal Maine plane crash

 A lawsuit says negligence led to an engine problem, which led to the pilot's death and the destruction of a house.

April 25, 2013

Maine's Collins: Boston missteps 'troubling'

The CIA added the name of the dead Boston bombing suspect to a 745,000-person terrorist database in 2011, but it didn't help stop the attacks.

April 24, 2013

Regulators hold firm on slashing fish catch limits

They reiterate that scaling back the cuts would be illegal.

April 24, 2013

Officials: Suspect unarmed when arrested in boat

Authorities originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for more than an hour, but that appears to be untrue.

April 24, 2013

In first speech, Angus King pleads for bipartisanship

Maine's newest U.S. senator says the country's greatest accomplishments 'were based on ... grudging compromise,' not obstruction or one-party domination.

April 24, 2013

Poison letters investigation shifts to new suspect Several photos included in this story

 A celebrity impersonator suspected of sending ricin letters is freed as the probe turns to his rival.

April 24, 2013

R.I. close to becoming 10th state to approve gay marriage

After Senate approval Wednesday, the measure needs one more procedural vote, after which the governor will sign it.

April 24, 2013

Cost estimate to replace Maine-N.H. bridge is reduced

A team working on the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge finds $12 million in savings.

April 25, 2013

Developers' goal: Transform Congress Square Plaza Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Renovators of a nearby hotel now want to turn city-owned space into an event center and a smaller, friendlier park.

April 24, 2013

Maine lawmakers unanimously reject lobster bycatch bill

The bill would have allowed local fishermen to keep some lobsters caught in drag nets, but lobstermen vehemently objected.

April 24, 2013

Murder suspect arrives in Portland

Anthony Pratt is accused of killing Margarita Fisenko Scott, whose body was found in January near a Motel 6.

April 25, 2013

Branding campaign created for Portland

Mayor Brennan tells a business expo the campaign 'will put Portland on the map.'

April 24, 2013

Web campaign to replace boat where bombing suspect hid gains traction

In two days, the crowdfunding efforts triples what it has raised toward its $50,000 goal.

April 25, 2013

Press Herald parent accuses former CEO of misusing more than $530,000

Richard L. Connor gave himself unauthorized salary increases and used company funds to pay for personal expenses, including credit card bills, a new SUV and vacation home rentals, according to a memo released to company employees by Lisa DeSisto, MaineToday Media’s current publisher.

April 24, 2013

Report: Boston, Bridgeport among cities with worst traffic

Los Angeles is the worst, the INRIX report says.

April 24, 2013

Bar Harbor market owner disarms would-be robber

Owner Richard Simis wrestles the man to the floor and holds him until police arrive.

April 24, 2013

L.L. Bean donates $150K to fund for marathon victims

CEO Chris McCormick says "our hearts go out to the victims, families and the community as a whole."

April 24, 2013

Mysterious energy discovered in thunderclouds

Scientists are calling it "dark lightning." The phenomenon occurs high in the atmosphere at nearly the same altitude as airline flights and the radiation it produces is about 100 times more potent than an X-ray.

April 25, 2013

Suspect stopped talking after Miranda warning, officials say Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, investigators question the brothers' parents, while Joe Biden calls the suspects 'perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis.'

April 24, 2013

State files complaint against Kennebec Arsenal owner, wants site returned Several photos included in this story

The state Attorney General’s office has filed a court complaint against would-be developer Tom Niemann because the owner of the historic Kennebec Arsenal property has failed to make major improvements to it after five years.

April 24, 2013

Maine unit attends service for MIT officer Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Sean Collier was shot dead in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 24, 2013

Maine Senate passes bill to shield concealed-gun data

The measure passes 27-8, giving it the two-thirds recommendation necessary for the bill to take effect upon Gov. LePage's signature.

April 24, 2013

'The Merrimack Bandit' charged in federal court

The man is linked to many Massachusetts bank robberies and to one Saturday in York, Maine.

April 24, 2013

Maine Democrats defeat two right-to-work bills

The proposals to prohibit mandatory union membership now go to the Senate.

April 24, 2013

House OKs hike in Maine motor vehicle fees

The bill to allow an increase in the licensing and registration service fees collected and retained by municipalities now awaits final Senate action.

April 24, 2013

Hospitality, retail job fair at Maine Mall today

The job fair will be held in the Maine Mall's Center Court from noon to 6 p.m.

April 24, 2013

Powerful brotherly bond examined as possible key in Boston bombings

The Tsarnaev brothers' relationship may have intensified when both parents left the country within the past year or so, leaving Tamerlan as Dzhokhar's dominant family member.

April 24, 2013

Maine senators say military should buy US athletic shoes

The senators say U.S. footwear manufacturing jobs could be increased if the military applied the same policy to athletic footwear that it uses when buying combat boots and other uniform items.

April 24, 2013

Lawmakers ask who knew what about bombing suspect

"There still seem to be serious problems with sharing information, including critical investigative information ..." said Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

April 24, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty to pension fraud

Federal prosecutors say 68-year-old Gerald E. Bailey of Pittston received $83,398 he was not entitled to.

April 24, 2013

Maine man gets 18 months for assault on infant

Police say Scott Peavey struck the girl several times in the face in a car in the parking lot of St. Joseph's Hospital. Police say he was drunk at the time.

April 24, 2013

Newtown voters reject budget with extra school security

The school and town budgets included an extra $1 million to hire extra police officers and security guards for each of the town's seven schools.

April 24, 2013

Arraignment delayed again for Maine man accused of raping 4-year-old

Eric Bard, 23, of Sidney has yet to enter a plea more than eight months after he was charged.

April 24, 2013

Governments may push workers to health exchange

Observers say the shift seems to run counter to the intent of the new health care law, and threatens to affect the federal budget and the pocketbooks of some part-time workers.

April 25, 2013

At least 149 dead, more trapped after Bangladesh factory collapse Several photos included in this story

 Despite structural damage, the garment facility had been deemed safe.

April 24, 2013

Poll: Aging U.S. in denial about long-term care need

In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all.

April 24, 2013

Maine lawmaker wants to tax contributions to PACs

Rep. Terry Hayes' bill would impose a tax on 5 percent of the amount contributed to political action committees.

April 24, 2013

Paddlers depart on 740-mile journey from N.Y. to Maine

The two women will be traveling without cellphones, computers or GPS. They'll be communicating via postcards with students at two schools in Maine.

April 24, 2013

Virus causing deformities in Maine turkeys

The meat is still safe, but hunters are asked to turn in any feathered frights for study.

April 24, 2013

Train station maintenance to cost Freeport $102,450

It represents the largest increase in the $4.85 million budget proposed for the next fiscal year.

April 24, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Lobbying for tar sands oil is pretty slick

Ask, as the saying goes, and you shall receive. But push, and Triss Critchfield will push back . . .

April 24, 2013

New England Dispatches

Rhode Island Senate to vote on legalizing gay marriage / Integrity and intellect count for N.H. judicial nominations / Casino referendum not on Massachusetts ballot June 25 ... and more news from around the region.

April 24, 2013

Summit makes key deals with central Maine gas buyers

A pair of businesses agree to use natural gas from Summit as service enters Augusta and Waterville.

April 24, 2013

Hotel promises 'balance' in proposed Portland park design Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130423_Eastland Developers want to buy a portion of Congress Square Plaza from the city and turn it into an 'event center.'

April 24, 2013

Portland schools' 55 staff cuts bemoaned

The school board OKs spending that seeks a tax hike while hoping for relief from the Legislature.

April 24, 2013

Ayotte says online sales tax bill 'tramples' N.H.

Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte The senator believes the bill would force online business owners to become tax collectors.

April 24, 2013

Should Maine require labeling for genetically modified food? Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Hundreds gather in Augusta to debate consumer awareness of bioengineered farm products as lawmakers try to decide.

April 24, 2013

FAA urged to call back controllers amid flight delays

 Republicans say the FAA should have made less impactful cuts, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, calls the situation 'a manufactured crisis.'

April 24, 2013

Woman punished for blowing whistle on Old Orchard finances

A Maine Human Rights Commission report notes that former employee Kelly Roy 'had reasonable cause' to see irregularities.

April 23, 2013

Fund for bomb victims has $20 million in donations

"Never underestimate the charitable impulse of the American people," says One Fund Boston's administrator, Kenneth Feinberg.