News from April 25, 2013

April 26, 2013

Ortiz has fully healed; Clay again is rock solid

And Boston sets a franchise record by winning its eighth straight series opener.

April 26, 2013

Laptop delay stalls Maine school plans

As the Governor's Office holds off on approving the large purchase, districts are facing budget deadlines and training uncertainties."

April 25, 2013

Money woes threaten Biddeford neighborhood center Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Without additional financial support, its executive director says, the Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center will have to close in June.

April 26, 2013

Senate approves end to air traffic controller furloughs

The Senate Thursday night approved legislation that will end air traffic controller furloughs. The bill will now go to the House for a vote.

April 25, 2013

Offensive tackles Fisher, Joeckel top picks in NFL draft

It's the first time since the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL that offensive tackles went 1-2.

April 26, 2013

Neighboring Westbrook company reaches deal with Pike

Artel will not continue its appeal of a consent agreement regulating a rock quarry on Spring Street.

April 25, 2013

Lawmakers vote to keep handgun data private

The House and Senate approve the bill, which goes to Gov. LePage.

April 25, 2013

Bill Nemitz: The charade unravels for Mr. Dazzle and Deceive



April 25, 2013

Susan Collins opposes study of Canada border crossing fee

Other members of Congress from the Northeast join in the effort to squelch a study of charging people who enter the United States by land.

April 25, 2013

No job cuts in $33 million Cape budget

The Town Council will hold a public hearing Monday, followed by a vote on the proposal.

April 25, 2013

Twinkies ovens will fire up in four plants, refilling shelves

Four former Hostess snack cake bakeries – in Illinois, Kansas, Georgia and Indiana – are scheduled to re-open within eight to 10 weeks.

April 25, 2013

Obama consoles families, survivors of Texas blast Video clip included

A crowd triple the size of the small town's entire population gathers to mourn the 14 first responders who died last week in a fertilizer plant explosion.

April 25, 2013

Gov. LePage signs suicide prevention bill

The new law will require suicide prevention awareness training for all school personnel and advanced training for some.

April 25, 2013

House votes to restore funding to Maine's Drugs for the Elderly program

The bill, which passed 93-55 Thursday, would restore about $7 million in funding cuts over the next two years.

April 25, 2013

Rowing team finds body of Brown University student missing since March

Sunil Tripathi was identified through a forensic dental exam, but a cause of death has not been determined.

April 25, 2013

Maine legislative panel to consider probe of unemployment controversy

The oversight panel could approve an independent review of a lunch meeting between Gov. Paul LePage and unemployment hearing officers.

April 25, 2013

Humpback whale that died had been tracked for 37 years

Istar, who washed up in Long Island, N.Y., migrated yearly between Maine and the Caribbean.

April 25, 2013

Boston bombing suspects' parents insist sons are innocent

Their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, says the decision to immigrate to the United States was a big mistake.

April 25, 2013

Study: New bird flu jumped directly from chickens to humans

Chinese authorities have shut down live poultry markets in many affected regions, which seems to have slowed down the virus.

April 25, 2013

Police: Man being investigated in poisoned letters case is missing

According to a law enforcement official, the FBI had Everett Dutschke under surveillance but he slipped away on Wednesday.

April 25, 2013

Bushes and Clintons together evoke unique bond, ongoing rivalry

The subtext to the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential center is the question of whether a member of both families will run for president in 2016.

April 25, 2013

Boston victims face huge bills; donations pour in

The 15 people who lost limbs will face some of the biggest expenses. Artificial legs can cost more than $50,000 each. And they have to be replaced at least every few years.

April 26, 2013

Officials: Boston bombing suspects targeted Times Square next

New York City officials say the suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs they intended to detonate.

April 25, 2013

No word from widow of bombing suspect on funeral

Katherine Russell has switched to using her maiden name.

April 25, 2013

Maine Senate enacts bill shielding gun permit records

Opponents warn that the bill weakens open-records law, but supporters say it protects the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

April 25, 2013

Maine lawmakers kill right-to-work, union dues bills

House GOP Leader Kenneth Fredette said the two bills would have brought jobs to Maine by making the state more attractive to businesses.

April 25, 2013

Lance Armstrong is asked to detail cycling panel's alleged role in doping

In France, the Senate holds hearings on ways to fight doping in the sport.

April 25, 2013

LePage challenges cities, towns to offer budget solutions

 In a letter to Maine municipal leaders, the governor says he welcomes "any suggestions town officials have to cut elsewhere in the state budget, but it is time for everyone to set complaints aside and offer solutions."

April 25, 2013

U.S. says Assad used chemical weapons Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Chuck Hagel The White House informes members of Congress that intelligence agencies believe Assad's regime has used sarin, a nerve agent, 'on a small scale in Syria.'

April 26, 2013

Collins aids deal to end air-traffic control cuts

The U.S. Senate sends to the House a bill to allow the FAA to shuffle funds so it can stop furloughs and flight delays.

April 25, 2013

Missing man with Maine ties found dead in Maryland

Timothy Fowler, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, walked away from an adult day-care center and died of natural causes, police say.

April 26, 2013

Chairs worthy of five presidents Several photos included in this story

Thos. Moser, the Maine producer of high-end furniture, built the seating used at the Bush library dedication.

April 25, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from Bush center dedication



April 25, 2013

3 generations of Wyeth paintings coming to auction

Christie's auction house says it is one of the largest collections of Wyeths it has ever sold.

April 25, 2013

Skakel slams trial attorney in Conn. murder appeal

Michael Skakel, who is serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 bludgeoning of Martha Moxley, says his attorney failed to track down a witness who supported his alibi and others who could rebut a claim he confessed to the crime.

April 25, 2013

Boston suspects' father says he's returning to U.S.

"I am going there to see my son and bury my older one," Anzor Tsarnaev said Thursday in an emotional meeting with journalists.

April 25, 2013

Barbara Bush on Jeb run: 'We've had enough Bushes'

However, George W. Bush on Wednesday told CNN he thought Jeb Bush should run.

April 26, 2013

Presidents past and present join to help dedicate Bush library Video clip included

Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter take the stage together Thursday to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

April 25, 2013

NY man indicted in connection with Bangor stabbing

Akeem Harris, 23, is charged with murder in connection with the April 9 stabbing death of 30-year-old Thomas Taylor.

April 25, 2013

NH House sings 'Sweet Caroline' at end of session

The tune has become a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

April 25, 2013

Maine girl, 14, charged with making bomb threat at school

The Wales girl allegedly wrote the word "bomb" Monday afternoon on a middle school bathroom mirror, triggering an evacuation and a search with an explosive-sniffing dog.

April 25, 2013

Vt. man accused of trying to get police to shoot him

Police responding to a report of a suicidal person say the 71-year-old man came out of his home and threatened troopers with a "shootout."

April 25, 2013

Maine woman gets 6 months for stealing from nonprofit

Prosecutors say Terri Arsenault of Mechanic Falls a group home's credit card to buy gas, groceries and other household goods, and to take her daughters on an outing to Boston.

April 25, 2013

Guided tours of Bangor area starting in June

The four walking and four bus tours will take guests through a part of Bangor's history with a different focus.

April 25, 2013

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse reaches 194

Hundreds of rescuers worked through the night and into today amid the cries of the trapped and the wails of workers' relatives gathered outside the building.

April 25, 2013

Fuel barges explode, causing large fire in Ala. Video clip included

Three people identified as workers with Oil Recovery Co. are in critical condition with burn-related injuries.

April 25, 2013

Stonyfield Farm founder to give Bates graduation address

Gary Hirshberg also will receive an honorary degree at the May 26 event.

April 25, 2013

Report: Use of heating oil down in Maine

The report also finds oil consumption is down in the commercial sector by 20 percent, and in the industrial sector by a significant 40 percent, since 2007.

April 25, 2013

Portland hotel renaming to include a bit of misdirection

Imagine this: A bag-toting tourist walks into a Portland bar: "Where do I find the Westin Hotel?" . . .

April 25, 2013

Penalties increased for illegal harvesting of Maine elvers

"This was a necessary step ... after the selling price for elvers changed and this gold rush mentality developed," says one state senator.

April 25, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man sentenced for beating baby / Store owner recounts subduing armed robber / Fee for registering vehicle due to rise if bill passes ... and more news from around the state.

April 25, 2013

Wathen advises asking if Mom would approve

The chairman of the board of the Maine Turnpike Authority speaks out at an ethics symposium.

April 25, 2013

Feature obituary: Anne Emerson, 88, delivered countless babies, embraced life

 Ms. Emerson was also an accomplished artist and musician. Until six months ago, she played the euphonium in the Casco Bay Concert Band.

April 25, 2013

Marijuana advocates see cloudy message from White House

While the administration maintains its opposition to pot, proponents of legalization remain hopeful.

April 30, 2013

Sign-ups for first Portland charter school falling short

 Baxter Academy still expects to enroll the 140-plus students projected in its request to open, but has only 105 now.

April 24, 2013

Jamaica: Lottery scammers to be sent to U.S. for trials

The U.S. ambassador says she's been assured the nation will extradite those held for bilking Americans, including hundreds of Mainers.