News from April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013

WBACH coming back on Portland airwaves

The radio station will have the same format of classical music it had before it went off the air in September.

April 8, 2013

Kennebunk man arrested after crack-cocaine raid

Drug agents find crack cocaine, cash and a loaded weapon in Shaun Barry's room.

April 8, 2013

Buckfield man allegedly shoots girlfriend in neck

The victim is expected to survive, according to Maine State Police.

April 8, 2013

NH's $236M suit against Exxon Mobil to go to jury

ExxonMobil "This is a case about ... hind-sighting, scapegoating, second-guessing and muddling," Exxoon Mobil's lawyer tells the jury.

April 8, 2013

Sea Dogs stumble in ninth, lose 7-4

Sea Dogs righthander Matt Barnes, the top-rated Red Sox pitching prospect, struggled in his short Double-A debut.

April 9, 2013

Casco man accused of strangling, assaulting girlfriend

Matthew Peterson, 38, surrenders without incident.

April 8, 2013

AG's office gets more sexual complaints about NH chief

The New London police chief resigned last week after he allegedly told a woman he'd drop charges against her in exchange for nude photographs.

April 8, 2013

Report: Virgin America best U.S. airline in 2012

 Carriers achieve their second best result in the 23 years that quality of service has been rated.

April 8, 2013

Reagan, Thatcher forged a close, lasting bond

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan drastically changed the economic and political landscapes in both of their countries.

April 8, 2013

Maine spiritual counselor charged with unlawful sexual advance

Police say the 65-year-old man unlawfully touched a 30-year-old woman to whom he offered spiritual counseling at his home.

April 8, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Red Sox beat O's in Fenway opener



April 8, 2013

Nava's 3-run blast lifts Red Sox to win

A second brilliant start by Clay Buchholz. A clutch homer by Daniel Nava. And suddenly the Red Sox are 5-2, their best start in seven years.

April 8, 2013

Thatcher, even in death, divides world opinion



April 8, 2013

Portland police investigate robbery at trading card store

The owner of Don's Sports Cards Center suffers cuts to his head while scuffling with the suspect.

April 8, 2013

Suit against Hannaford over data breach won't be class action

The lawsuit stems from the theft of Hannaford customers' credit card and debit card data.

April 8, 2013

Support wanes for upfront payment for Maine liquor contract

The upfront payment of $200 million to repay hospitals has now fallen out of favor with Democrats and Republicans.

April 8, 2013

Trial begins in Maine death of Greek port captain

The widow of the man crushed by machinery sued the operator of the Portland marine terminal.

April 9, 2013

Maine mayors say state must step up as economic development partner

The mayors said more state investment is needed to spur the economy, create jobs and maintain the state’s crucial infrastructure.

April 8, 2013

N.H. hospital to join MaineHealth system

Memorial in North Conway is the first hospital outside Maine to joint the group.

April 8, 2013

Actress Annette Funicello, famed Mouseketeer, dies at 70 Several photos included in this story

She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls.

April 9, 2013

Offshore wind enters deeper Maine testing

Two multimillion-dollar projects off the Maine coast begin new phases in a fledgling industry that is already aiding the economy.

April 8, 2013

New era greets fans on Fenway Park's opening day

Loyal fans returned to Fenway on Monday to welcome a new team, a new manager and a new era following a stretch of disappointing seasons.

April 8, 2013

Budget woes force USM into new wave of layoffs

The School of Music is hit with big cuts, angering students, as officials try to save $5 million.

April 8, 2013

Lawmakers reject LePage plan for $1M charter school defense fund

Paul LePage The Education Committee votes 10-2 against the proposal, which would have taken $1 million from public schools.

April 8, 2013

Victim of fatal Portland fire was homeless

 Brian Barbour, 53, was in a tent off Commercial Street when he died Saturday from smoke inhalation, officials say.

April 9, 2013

Man allegedly had $61,000 of illegal eels in Maine

With fishermen getting $2,000 a pound for their catch, the case underscores the large amounts of money that are changing hands.

April 8, 2013

Vote allows Portland charter school to proceed

Parents and prospective Baxter Academy students are thrilled, but several hurdles still remain.

April 8, 2013

Belfast Republican says he's running for Congress

Blaine Richardson of Belfast says he's going to run in next year's primary and already has a campaign committee in place.

April 9, 2013

Self-defense, public safety argued during gun hearings

Witnesses debate the merits of some of the 20-plus weapons-related bills before lawmakers.

April 8, 2013

NH marks 10 years since Old Man fell Several photos included in this story

The image of the Old Man has been a symbol of New Hampshire for generations, appearing on the state quarter, highway signs, and license plates.

April 8, 2013

Clinton office hostage taker found, arrested in NH

Leeland Eisenberg spent about two years behind bars for the November 2007 siege at Hillary Rodham Clinton's Rochester campaign office.

April 8, 2013

Queen expresses sadness over loss of 'Iron Lady'

Buckingham Palace said Monday that the queen will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.

April 8, 2013

Rutgers commissioning review of basketball scandal

University President Robert Barchi says he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.

April 8, 2013

Gunpowder company owner under indictment in Maine

Craig Sanborn is accused of fraudulently obtaining $300,000 in grants for a munitions plant in Brownville.

April 8, 2013

Quotes from Margaret Thatcher's life in politics

The former British Prime Minister died Monday at age 87.

April 8, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady



April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher, 'Iron Lady,' dead at 87 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain over 11 remarkable years in power.

April 8, 2013

US general: Taliban likely to be long-term threat

There are now about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. That number is to drop to about 32,000 by February 2014, and the combat mission is to end in December 2014.

April 8, 2013

Full flights, small seats make passengers grumpy

Private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance say it's not surprising that passengers are irritated.

April 8, 2013

Maine gas prices down almost 6 cents per gallon

Maine prices are now more than 33 cents lower per gallon than at the same time last year.

April 8, 2013

Trial begins over baby food lead warning

Lawyers for the food companies say the FDA tested products targeted in the lawsuit, and decided levels were below the standards that require a warning.

April 8, 2013

S. Korea: 'Indication' N. Korea prepping for nuke test



April 8, 2013

Final arguments set in Rockefeller impostor case



April 8, 2013

Maine museum to exhibit N.C. Wyeth paintings

The paintings span four decades of Wyeth's work and include early western paintings and paintings that were used as illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson classics.

April 8, 2013

Former Sen. Alan Simpson to speak at Colby

Simpson served in the Senate from 1979 to 1997. More recently, he was co-chairman of President Barack Obama's commission to reduce the federal deficit.

April 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Flagpole dedicated to honor lives lost in Thresher sinking / Panel to hold public hearing on lobster by-catch proposal / Park officials to close trails to protect peregrine falcons . . . and more news from around the state.

April 8, 2013

Briefs



April 8, 2013

Give Blood



April 8, 2013

Military Notes



April 8, 2013

Births



April 8, 2013

Recycling saves the environment, money

Residents' extra effort pays off for municipalities as they sell commodities to pay for a recycling center.

April 8, 2013

Sappi Fine Paper gives $100K for scholarship



April 8, 2013

Senators get closer to deal on gun checks

A bipartisan plan could give Obama the breakthrough he is looking for, but some are threatening a filibuster.

April 8, 2013

Rutgers case sparks extortion probe

Mike Rice, Tim Pernetti The FBI wants to know if a former program director sought money not to make public a video of a coach.

April 8, 2013

Hearings to get Maine's gun control debate off with a bang

Polls show broad support for stricter gun control, but the vocal gun-rights supporters wield a lot of influence.

April 8, 2013

Fatal fire shows risk to Portland's homeless

20130103_NewFireChief The discovery of a 53-year-old man’s ‘badly burned’ body prompts calls for outreach, as more homeless people forgo shelters to camp outside.

April 8, 2013

'Honor flight' takes aging Maine vets to visit D.C. war memorials Several photos included in this story

 Eighteen of the 19 veterans involved in Sunday's trip were World War II veterans. And it didn't take long for the other visitors to notice the crew from Maine.

April 7, 2013

Portland's Rwandans remember genocide

 An event marks the 19th anniversary of the start of an upheaval that left more than 800,000 Tutsis dead.