News from April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

Portland manager's budget challenged by councilor

 Mark Rees' proposal is $10 million more than the current budget and would increase property taxes 3.3 percent.

April 4, 2013

Industry group: Maine enviros not telling truth

The crude oil in a pipeline that ruptured last week in Arkansas didn't come from oil-sands deposits in Canada, the Petroleum Council says.

April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert's cancer returns

"I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review," says the always upbeat film critic.

April 3, 2013

Police drop case against Westbrook firefighter

They still believe Rachael Welsh filed a false assault report. An attorney says her name has been tainted.

April 4, 2013

Readfield man gets 7 years for home invasion robbery

Kenneth Joseph Maker II, 26, must also pay his share of $12,000 taken from the victim the night of the robbery.

April 3, 2013

Poll: LePage wins several 3-way race scenarios

A new poll has Republican Gov. Paul LePage winning several three-way race scenarios featuring Eliot Cutler as an independent.

April 4, 2013

North Korea says it will launch 'merciless' nuclear attacks on U.S.

"The moment of explosion is approaching fast," North Korea's state news agency KCNA declared.

April 3, 2013

Want a business that lasts? Start one with family Several photos included in this story

Some family businesses are more resilient during downturns because of a focus on the long term as well as a commitment to their customers and employees.

April 4, 2013

'Mini Maine' video creating a stir

A two-minute film that uses special effects to present Portland as a miniaturized toy-like town has local social-media circles buzzing.

April 3, 2013

Man survives 20 hours pinned under snowmobile in ditch

Maine game wardens say they struggled to find the 64-year-old Mass. man due to heavy winds and snow squalls.

April 4, 2013

Stephen Drew to play for Sea Dogs on Thursday

Drew, 30, who signed a $9.5 million one-year contract with Boston, missed most of spring training after suffering a concussion.

April 4, 2013

Father of dead Maine inmate points to medical care

Garrett Brewer, 35, who died in his cell Wednesday, had expressed concerns about his diabetes treatment, his dad says.

April 3, 2013

In budget gesture, Obama to return 5 percent of salary

Obama's decision grew out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making, said a White House official.

April 3, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty in Fla. firefighter's death

A Maine man has pleaded guilty to killing a Florida firefighter and drug dealer in a dispute over money.

April 4, 2013

Officials shaping solution on Maine elver standoff Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Passamaquoddy and state officials find a 'middle ground' as they work to resolve a heated licensing dispute.

April 3, 2013

About 100 charged in New England drug raids

More than 700 officers executed scores of warrants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island, officials said.

April 3, 2013

Wing named Deering HS head basketball coach

Todd Wing has been an assistant with the program for five years.

April 4, 2013

Bar public from concealed-guns data, Maine panel says

Legislators back keeping information on individual permit holders private, but more general statistics may still stay public.

April 3, 2013

Poll: Mainers favor background checks on gun buyers

Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group says 90 percent of those surveyed support mandatory background checks on all potential gun buyers.

April 3, 2013

Hagel: Pentagon must make deep, new spending cuts

The defense secretary says the military must reevaluate the size of its management and command structures, which continue to grow even as overall force numbers decline.

April 3, 2013

Marijuana advocates plan protest of Wellness Connection

The Hallowell rally on Friday will protest the company's use of pesticides and its treatment of workers.

April 3, 2013

Legislature kills GOP-backed capital-gains tax break

The Democratic majority rejects arguments that lowering the tax would stimulate economically beneficial investments to offset lost revenue

April 3, 2013

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show,' Fallon to take over

"Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time," says Steve Burke, chief executive officer of NBC Universal.

April 3, 2013

Youth tanning ban goes to LePage; veto expected

Democrats say the ban is a public health issue, but Republicans say it removes parental discretion.

April 3, 2013

Endangered Biddeford turtles ready for warmer waters Video clip included

 Five of the endangered loggerheads are going to Florida to be released into the ocean.

April 3, 2013

NY man accused of killing Westbrook woman

 Police say a 19-year-old shot Margarita Fisenko Scott, 29, whose body was found weeks later outside a Portland motel.

April 3, 2013

Damage to Maine-NH bridge still being assessed

Maine's Department of Transportation withdraws a preliminary repair estimate of $500,000.

April 3, 2013

Maine House votes to override LePage veto, but Senate one vote short

The moves come a day after the governor's veto of a bill that would require state and federal agencies and private companies to honor payment agreements with county registers of deeds.

April 3, 2013

Rutgers fires coach after abuse video goes viral

The video shows Mike Rice firing basketballs at players, kicking them, shoving them and yelling obscenities and gay slurs at them.

April 4, 2013

Maine official: I was harassed for not shredding public documents

A CDC division director says she was assaulted by senior managers for refusing to shred documents that showed funding-awards corruption.

April 3, 2013

Raymond oil resolution calls for 'due diligence'

Selectman Charles Leavitt says the resolution doesn't contain political rhetoric, but acknowledges that Portland Pipe Line has expressed an interest in having its pipeline carry the oil.

April 3, 2013

Rolling Stones plan Boston tour date

The nine-city tour, called "50 & Counting," will open in Los Angeles and wrap up in Philadelphia on June 18.

April 3, 2013

Kerry to travel to Mideast this weekend

Kerry will try to build on the rapprochement between Turkey and Israle and discuss regional concerns, including Syria and the Mideast peace process.

April 4, 2013

State senator raises concerns about Brunswick Amtrak facility

Democrat Stan Gerzofsky fears the $12 million layover building will bring noise and air pollution, health risks and decreased property values.

April 3, 2013

Obama heads to Colorado to press for gun measures

The president is stepping up his call for universal background checks as well as his demands for Congress to at least vote on an assault weapons ban and limits on large-capacity magazines.

April 3, 2013

Stanford to join Harvard, MIT in online education

Stanford already has a platform for delivering open online courses, but the university has decided to suspend work on it in favor of the software developed by the two East Coast universities.

April 3, 2013

It's official: Sanford facing Colbert Busch in S.C.

Republican former Gov. Mark Sanford faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, in a special congressional election on May 7.

April 3, 2013

Will Zumba instructor sell her steamy story?

From the start, the case against Alexis Wright read like the TV Guide synopsis for one of those steamy Lifetime made-for-television movies.

April 3, 2013

Man injured in Pittston dirt bike crash dies

Michael Lund, 22, of Richmond, died Tuesday from injuries sustained after crashing a dirt bike on Troop Road in Pittston Sunday.

April 3, 2013

A rare Republican, Sen. Collins remains optimistic

Her nuanced positions attract critics on the right and the left, but recent polling indicates that Collins is popular among Maine voters in both parties.

April 3, 2013

Manchester man dies in Augusta crash

Patrick Culleton, 21, died Tuesday when the car he was driving crashed into a tree near Western Avenue in Augusta.

April 3, 2013

2 Fla. residents arrested on oxycodone charges in Maine

The MDEA says it began investigating the pair nearly six months ago and arrested them after an undercover agent bought drugs from them at an Ellsworth motel.

April 3, 2013

N. Korea refuses to let S. Koreans enter joint factory

The move to block South Koreans from going to their jobs at the Kaesong industrial complex is the latest sign of deepening tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

April 3, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Jury finds Bradford man guilty in beating death / Six bands earn spots in high school music competition / Rotarian headed to the White House for honor . . . and more news from around the state.

April 3, 2013

Feature obituary: George 'Joe' Hutchins, 85, businessman, gave to others

 Mr. Hutchins was the founder and longtime owner of Hutchins Trucking Co. and was active in numerous service organizations.

April 3, 2013

South Portland school budget to get discussion, vote

The school board will vote on its budget tonight while the City Council will hold a public hearing.

April 3, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Fugitive rapist's arrest hits many nerves

What happened during those 35 years on the lam? Did Gary Irving get to Maine and somehow switch off his animalistic switch? Or are there other victims we don't know about?

April 3, 2013

Students issued warning after brawl in Maine cemetery

Police say the fight was prompted by a dispute between a Waterville student and a Lawrence student on a social media website. One student filmed the fight and posted it on YouTube.

April 4, 2013

Panel delays decision on review of Portland charter school

The Legislature's oversight committee is waiting until state regulators consider the school's licensing.