News from August 1, 2013

August 1, 2013

More than climate seen threatening Maine fisheries

Scientists at a Portland symposium say further study is needed to determine what is causing problems in the ocean.

August 2, 2013

Holy Nava! Red Sox complete epic comeback, 8-7

The Red Sox scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped by a Daniel Nava walk-off blast off the centerfield wall.

August 1, 2013

Peavy ready to help Red Sox contend

Jake Peavy last appeared in the postseason in 2006. He's hoping that slump is about to end.

August 1, 2013

Severe NFL injuries rose every season from 2009-12

The number of injuries that force a player to miss at least eight days is seemingly jumping every year.

August 2, 2013

Scarborough investigated for liability in plover killing

While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looks into the case, the town weighs possible changes to its ordinances governing when dogs can be on beaches.

August 1, 2013

Violent crash on Maine Turnpike slows traffic

The crash occurs when a New York man changes his mind and re-enters traffic from an off-ramp.

August 1, 2013

Excerpts from Ohio kidnapper's sentencing

"People are trying to paint me as a monster, and I'm not a monster," Ariel Castro says.

August 1, 2013

Man charged in stabbing death of woman found in Boston park

Edwin Alemany, 28, also faces charges of attacking two other women last week in South Boston and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

August 1, 2013

Walmart scraps planned expansion that closed Falmouth cinema

An attorney blames high construction costs, while a former town councilor expresses frustration that the town lost its only movie theater.

August 1, 2013

Police: No sign of crime in death of Cumberland County inmate

Karyn Victoria Kundishora-Nowlin, 30, died at a Portland hospital after staff at the jail's medical unit found she had low blood pressure Wednesday.

August 1, 2013

Maine man charged with murdering accountant

Richard Bellitieri may have been missing for a year before his skeletal remains were found near his home, police say.

August 1, 2013

Sales strong for Rolling Stone with bomb suspect on cover

People bought more than 13,000 copies of the issue, more than double the magazine's average sales for previous years.

August 2, 2013

Bulger defense releases photos showing softer side Several photos included in this story

The prosecutor complains that Bulger is trying to salvage his public reputation by showing himself 'holding all sorts of animals.'

August 1, 2013

Jury convicts N.H. man in $13 million mortgage fraud

Michael Prieto was accused in a scheme that included straw buyers and falsified mortgage applications, and targeted homeowners in distress and mortgage companies anxious to bundle and sell mortgages.

August 2, 2013

Bowen says he'll keep pushing for controversial education reforms

Maine's education chief reaffirms his support for the ideas of Tony Bennett, who stepped down as Florida's education commissioner amid scandal on Thursday.

August 1, 2013

Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

The law imposes fines on individuals accused of spreading 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' to minors. Gay pride rallies also are banned.

August 1, 2013

LePage to send lobster baskets to nation's governors

During an appearance at the Maine Lobster Festival, the governor also touts a new law that will pump more money into marketing Maine lobster.

August 1, 2013

Testimony: Lewiston fire suspect mentally 'impaired'

Psychologists and others testify in the competency hearing for one of the four people accused of arson, who has an IQ of 55.

August 1, 2013

Sanford police release sketch in alleged abduction attempt

Police also distribute a flier as they seek information.

August 2, 2013

Senate Republicans kill Collins-backed transportation bill

Congress heads out of Washington this week for a five-week vacation, leaving the mess to be dealt with in the fall.

August 1, 2013

Two Lewiston hospitals ranked highest for surgery safety

 The Consumer Reports survey ranks Maine Medical Center in Portland the lowest among six Maine hospitals for surgery safety.

August 1, 2013

Search ends for five missing bodies in Canada train derailment

The coroner's office says it has identified 38 bodies in the crash that killed 47 and will work to identify the rest.

August 2, 2013

Insufficient brake fluid cited in Bangor parade fatality Several photos included in this story

The braking system in an antique fire truck failed during the Bangor/Brewer Fourth of July parade.

August 1, 2013

Portland police close Dartmouth St. after report of fight, gun

Police blocked off the area and had detained the person who allegedly had the gun.

August 1, 2013

Report: Maine workers among least productive in U.S.

But rather than blaming the workers themselves, the report says it is employers who are not taking full advantage of workers’ abilities.

August 1, 2013

After shark report, search off Wells turns up nothing

Lifeguards kept a close eye on waters around the beach Thursday but again saw no sign of any shark.

August 2, 2013

Cleveland kidnapper: 'I'm not a monster' Several photos included in this story Video clip included

As he's sentenced to life without parole, Ariel Castro blames his three kidnappings on a sex addiction, his former wife and even the FBI.

August 1, 2013

TransCanada to build oil pipeline to Atlantic Coast

The pipeline will terminate in Saint John, New Brunswick, where TransCanada and Irving Oil will build a new deep-water marine terminal.

August 1, 2013

Partridge waives right to a jury trial in shooting death of South China man outside Waterville pub

A Winslow man has been charged with murder in the death of Justin Smith, who was shot outside You Know Who’s Pub in December

August 1, 2013

Bail reduced in fatal N.H. honeymoon crash

A 43-year-old man is charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated for the July 20 crash that killed Leah Fonda of St. Paul, Minn.

August 1, 2013

Good economic news lifts stocks to record highs

The Standard & Poor's 500, the Dow Jones industrial average and the Russell 2000 index set all-time highs.

August 1, 2013

Western Avenue fire puts more than 80 people out of work Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An early morning blaze in Augusta damaged the offices of Marketing Unlimited as well as second-floor apartments.

August 1, 2013

Florida's education chief resigns amid grading scandal

Tony Bennett faces allegations he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican Party donor.

August 1, 2013

Portland firefighters respond to two morning fires

Fires broke out this morning on Whitney and Joseph avenues.

August 1, 2013

Same-sex marriage begins in Rhode Island

New England states now united in embrace of same-sex marriage.

August 1, 2013

Snowden thanks Russians for asylum approval Video clip included

Snowden's whereabouts will be kept a secret for security reasons, his lawyer says.

August 1, 2013

Ship known for 'Perfect Storm' rescue to be sunk

A nonprofit group is giving up on efforts to raise money to preserve the USS Zuni, which also is the only ship remaining from the Battle of Iwo Jima.

August 1, 2013

Renovations at NY Public Library strike a nerve Several photos included in this story

Scholars, preservationists and other critics suspect the library of masking a real estate ploy as a public benefit and say the project will turn a singular institution into 'library lite.'

August 1, 2013

West Nile virus confirmed in N.H. mosquito pool

Officials also are warning Pelham residents to wear long sleeves and use insect repellent containing DEET after dusk.

August 1, 2013

UMaine, Maritime Academy to share $1M energy grant

The grant will fund research into capturing renewable energy from the motion of ocean waves and offshore winds.

August 1, 2013

Redneck festival getting under way in Maine

The event in Hebron features lawn mower races, mud runs, bobbing for pigs' feet, toilet seat horseshoes and a greased watermelon relay race.

August 1, 2013

Calif. pot farm pollution: Too dangerous to deal with?

Marijuana farms proliferate in the high Sierra, where armed Mexican cartel operatives clear wilderness areas, divert creeks and poison wildlife.

August 1, 2013

Senate passes Collins-King resolution celebrating lighthouses

The resolution designates Aug. 7 as national Lighthouse Preservation Day.

August 1, 2013

Easing of Maine smog rules backed by paper mills

Their lobbyist agrees with a Maine DEP proposal, saying the law has no 'environmental justification.'

August 1, 2013

Message to Maine fishermen: Adapt to climate change

The Island Institute, based in Rockland, is holding a symposium on climate change and fisheries.

August 1, 2013

Modem fee sequel: Time Warner ups price by $2

Less than 10 months after angering customers with a new fee, the cable provider with a low satisfaction rating says it needs more money for upgrades.

August 1, 2013

Bipartisan immigration bill would help Maine, study says

The reforms would boost the economy and create 1,486 jobs next year, a report predicts.

August 1, 2013

Maine school funding study gets mixed reception

Suggestions include boosting the 'circuit breaker' program to ease the burden on low-income residents, which Maine recently eliminated.

August 1, 2013

George Zimmerman stopped for speeding in Texas

 Cleared in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the neighborhood watch volunteer did not get a ticket.

August 1, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Ex-Maine pastor pleads not guilty to child porn / Drivers taken to hospitals after two-car crash on Route 1 / Lobster lovers already assembling for annual party ... and more news from around the state.

August 1, 2013

Study: Creative work force growing in Portland

The city stacks up well in a new analysis, but officials still see room for improvement.

August 1, 2013

Health insurance rates call for higher bills in rural Maine regions

Proposed plans under new coverage exchanges include one annual differential of $1,000.

August 1, 2013

Samuelson praises her sport's strength in wake of tragedy Video clip included

 Superstar Joan Benoit Samuelson, a former Olympic gold medalist, returned Wednesday to her hometown, amid preparations for the 16th annual Beach to Beacon Road Race.

August 1, 2013

In Cape Elizabeth race, a Boston accent

 Extra security is one impact of the Boston Marathon attacks on Beach to Beacon, but there will also be special touches to support the victims.

July 31, 2013

Biddeford man pleads guilty in drug ring case

He is the second one involved with a Portland podiatrist who wrote prescriptions in exchange for cash and drugs.