News from April 4, 2013

April 5, 2013

Maine House: School superintendents can live anywhere

The House favors letting school boards ignore the live-in-the-district rule when choosing superintendents.

April 4, 2013

Will Maine revive plan for climate change?

An Augusta hearing attracts groups urging a restart on efforts that were dropped in 2011.

April 4, 2013

U.S. plans to stay out of dispute over elvers

It's unlikely to suspend the state's harvest over excess licensing, an official says. In Maine, talks with the Passamaquoddies continue.

April 5, 2013

Holmes psychiatrist warned police before attack

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes was a danger to the public, new documents show.

April 5, 2013

Pettitte, Rivera frustrate Red Sox

After dropping their first two games to Boston, the Yankees finally get into the win column.

April 4, 2013

Following Obama's lead, three Cabinet secretaries donate part of salary

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will voluntarily reduce their pay.

April 4, 2013

Bills to alter 2011 Maine health reforms debate

Democrats want to revive insurance rate reviews, but Republicans are opposed.

April 4, 2013

Reaction pours in to Roger Ebert's death

The death of film critic Roger Ebert has elicited a wide reaction from directors, fellow critics and others:

April 4, 2013

New charge against man accused of tattooing Westbrook girls

Joshua Grant, 35, is accused of tattooing 14-year-old Westbrook girls, unlawful sexual contact and giving them alcohol.

April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert on some classic films and movie duds

Ebert reviewed thousands of films over the years, influencing moviegoers across the country with his uncomplicated, yet intelligent reviews.

April 4, 2013

Expelled student charged in Fryeburg Academy fire

The student allegedly started a fire in the gymnasium, which was put out by other students before it could spread.

April 4, 2013

Jagr hopes to help Bruins despite diminished skill

Jaromir Jagr's skills have diminished since he scored at least 30 goals in 15 consecutive seasons. But he's fine with that, and so are the Bruins.

April 4, 2013

Sanford police arrest masked 7-Eleven robber

Police say Benjamin Lapanne, 30, was the man behind the distinctive mask that showed a gun and demanded money in February.

April 4, 2013

Maine-NH bridge will cost $2.5 million to repair

The states will seek reimbursement once they determine who is at fault for an oil tanker that crashed into the bridge Monday.

April 5, 2013

North Korea moves missile to east coast

But the missile is not capable of reaching the United States and it doesn't appear Kim Jong Un is preparing for war, South Korea says.

April 4, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Roger Ebert, American film critic



April 4, 2013

Patriots will play familiar foes in preseason

In addition to a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots will also play the New York Giants.

April 4, 2013

Suspect in Westbrook woman's murder waives extradition

Anthony Pratt is expected to be transferred from New York to Maine in several weeks, Portland officials said.

April 5, 2013

Portland Head Light to be featured on new U.S. stamps

 The iconic landmark will appear on the upcoming Forever postal series "New England Coastal Lighthouses."

April 4, 2013

Ebert, nation's best-known film critic, dies at 70

The most famous and beloved film critic of his generation has died after a recurrence of cancer.

April 4, 2013

2nd lost hiker rescued from Calif. forest

Kyndall Jack, 18, had been missing after setting out on a hike with her 19-year-old companion, Nicolas Cendoya, who was found Wednesday night in serious condition.

April 4, 2013

Laws, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves

The nation's 100 million firearms owners are driving the market for some 10 billion rounds annually, with demand and gun purchases both increasing during the past several months.

April 4, 2013

Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids

The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.

April 4, 2013

Possible deal could reduce ex-Enron CEO's sentence

Jeffrey Skilling, 59, was the highest-ranking executive to be punished for the energy giant's collapse, which put more than 5,000 people out of work, and wiped out more than $2 billion in employee pensions.

April 4, 2013

Union plans action against Portland marijuana dispensary

The AFL-CIO will rally Saturday in Portland to air its complaints about Wellness Connection.

April 4, 2013

Augusta apartment tenant charged with arson

Police say Stephen Cormier, 57, set his couch on fire, igniting a blaze that destroyed the Northern Avenue apartment building last month.

April 4, 2013

Earned-income tax break passes Senate

But the close vote suggests Democrats won't be able to override a potential veto by the governor, who likely won't see the bill until June.

April 4, 2013

House gives first OK to superintendent residency bill

The bill gives local school boards the power to override city charter requirements that superintendents must live in the city.

April 4, 2013

Fired Rutgers basketball coach due $100K bonus

Mike Rice would not be collecting the bonus if he had been fired in December when the university first saw a video of him kicking and shoving players.

April 4, 2013

Portland sets May 14 for school budget referendum

The school board will vote on the budget on Tuesday, April 9, and the city council is scheduled to vote on May 6.

April 4, 2013

Bath police charge 2 Portland men with threatening couple

Fadhil Alghazi, 51, and Ali K. Anthony, 41, were arrested following a 911 call that a couple were being threatened by two men with knives.

April 4, 2013

LePage vetoes bill to ban youth tanning

The sponsor's goal was to protect teen health, but LePage vetoes the effort as 'government run amok.'

April 4, 2013

US halfway to Obama's export-doubling goal

While economists and industry leaders still generally expect the ambitious target to be missed, impressive gains have surprised many.

April 4, 2013

N. Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tension

Hackers broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, posting a crude photo of Kim Jong Un.

April 4, 2013

Mass. boy in danger of losing arm after dog bite

The boy's father said the dog has "territorial issues" and asked that it be removed from his home and euthanized.

April 5, 2013

TV ad backs LePage hospital payback plan Video clip included

The ad urges lawmakers to support the governor's plan to repay $484 million in Medicaid payments.

April 4, 2013

Maine man gets 10 years for trying to hire killer

Authorities say 43-year-old Mark Stetson was already in jail when he offered to pay another inmate to kill his ex-wife.

April 4, 2013

Woman attacked in Lewiston apartment

Police say early reports were that the victim had recently taken out a restraining order against the man.

April 4, 2013

Conn. governor signs sweeping gun restrictions into law

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the bill hours after the General Assembly approved the measure to give the state some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

April 4, 2013

2 with gang ties sought in Colo. prison boss death

The search comes about two weeks after prison gang member Evan Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies.

April 4, 2013

New England fishing regulators eye hake quota increase

The New England Fishery Management Council says that new information indicates they can recommend a 13 percent increase in the white hake quota.

April 4, 2013

Teams to arrive for robotics competition in Maine

Pine Tree Robotics Competition at Lewiston's Colisee will feature teams from Maine and seven other states.

April 4, 2013

Feature obituary: Devon Merritt, 23, world traveler, beloved son

 Mr. Merritt, a Portland High graduate who had an infectious smile and passion for life, died Friday from a rare lung disease.

April 4, 2013

Gorham residents advocate all-day kindergarten

The School Committee also hears concerns over a proposed hours cut for ed techs.

April 4, 2013

Worker thrown from Ala. dock where cruise ship broke loose

Carnival Triumph The man was one of two people in a guard shack that blew into the water Wednesday at the shipyard in downtown Mobile, Ala., where the Carnival Triumph was moored.

April 3, 2013

Michaud, LePage spar on Medicaid

The posturing between the congressman and governor could hint of the 2014 gubernatorial race.

April 4, 2013

Ex-Maine deputy enters no plea to child sex charges Several photos included in this story

The Norridgewock man is accused of molesting three children at a day care center owned by his wife.

April 4, 2013

Portland pillow fight is for kids of all ages Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130401_PillowFight Conor Tubbs, 26, has organized the first Portland Pillow Fight Day in Monument Square, where the proverbial feathers will fly on Saturday.