News from August 12, 2013

August 13, 2013

Suit filed in collision between horse, car

A Searsport woman hurt in the accident two years ago says a Windsor farmer was negligent.

August 13, 2013

Schnitzel at the fair: On a stick, as a burger

Johanna Franz has brought her homemade food trailer and cooking heritage to the Skowhegan Fair.

August 13, 2013

Ex-Kennebunk prostitute to fight having to testify in alleged client's trial

 Alexis Wright, now in jail, is on the witness list as the first case of one of her alleged 'johns' goes to trial.

August 12, 2013

Manchester N.H. YWCA acknowledges threats preceded shooting

Muni Savyon fatally shot his 9-year-old son and then himself in a custody dispute in New Hampshire.

August 12, 2013

Vermont legislator's bill aims to put damper on fires

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy's plan would give tax credit for installation of sprinklers in old buildings.

August 12, 2013

Joe Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

Democratic activists and donors say the signals are all too clear when a two-time presidential candidate who is openly entertaining a third run makes the trek to early primary states.

August 13, 2013

Judge throws out race-based claims in Paula Deen lawsuit

Lisa Jackson, who is white, was found to have no legal standing to sue for what she said was poor treatment of black workers at a restaurant that Deen co-owns with her brother.

August 12, 2013

Key events in the life of James 'Whitey' Bulger



August 12, 2013

A look at the 19 people Bulger was accused of killing

Jurors find him guilty in 11 killings, say the state didn't prove his involvement in seven and couldn't agree on one.

August 12, 2013

Congress Square activists claim momentum as talks continue

The city is soliciting ideas and reactions to the planned development until September 5.

August 12, 2013

California governor signs transgender-student bill

It becomes the first state law to allow students to choose sex-segregated activities and restrooms based on their self-perception regardless of their birth gender.

August 12, 2013

Maine aims to address growing gun permit backlog

A flood of applications and limited staff have made it impossible to process the applications as quickly as the law requires, a state police spokesman says.

August 12, 2013

Eight Maine hospitals sue chief of federal agency

They argue that Kathleen Sibelius, the head of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, arbitrarily ruled against them in a dispute over payments to care for elderly, poor and disabled.

August 12, 2013

Boy, 15, killed while riding dirt bike in Carthage

The victim became entangled in a rope while staying with friends.

August 12, 2013

Some donors shift from Cutler to Michaud in Maine governor's race

This year's early defections underscore what some Democrats hope will be a broad shift to unify behind Mike Michaud next year to defeat Gov. Paul LePage.

August 22, 2013

Maine gets waiver on some 'No Child Left Behind' requirements

The state will get flexibility, for example, on a rule that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014, but must continue publishing A-F report cards for all schools.

August 13, 2013

South Portland native Brett Brown accepts offer from 76ers Several photos included in this story

The Philadelphia 76ers are banking on the former Boston University star to develop a young team.

August 12, 2013

Rescued teen returns to California with father

Hannah Anderson was reunited with her father on Sunday at a hospital in Boise hours after FBI agents rescued her and shot and killed her abductor.

August 12, 2013

Standish man dies in Scarborough raceway accident

Gregory Rowe was catching a ride on the back of his team's pickup when the accident occurred, police say.

August 12, 2013

Rodeo lawyer: Anti-Obama clown went rogue

The weekend rodeo act at a fair in Missouri has been criticized by both Democratic and Republican officials as disrespectful of Obama.

August 12, 2013

U.S. judge says NYPD's stop-frisk policy violates rights

'The city's highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner," writes U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin.

August 12, 2013

Owner: Mike's Restaurant closing because of pro-life protests

Mike Fink says he couldn't find a buyer for the business. 'Nobody wanted to open a restaurant where people hold signs of dead babies out front.'

August 13, 2013

Fatal Port Clyde car accident turns a vacation into tragedy

The driver says she can't recall how she sped onto a wharf and hit a family, killing a child.

August 12, 2013

Gas prices continue to fall in Maine

A price-monitoring website says the average retail cost of a gallon of gas has fallen 4 cents in the past week.

August 12, 2013

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort villa Video clip included

All residents were evacuated safely from the 24-unit building at a resort near Walt Disney World.

August 12, 2013

Two planned doughnut shops spark Augusta opposition

Some residents say the proposed Dunkin' Donut restaurants will cause more congestion.

August 12, 2013

Driver in fatal Biddeford crash appears in court

David Labonte is charged with being drunk when he struck a family of three out on a bike ride, resulting in the death of the father.

August 12, 2013

'Whitey' Bulger guilty of 11 killings, other gangland crimes Video clip included

The former Boston crime boss, who is 83 and faces life in prison, shows no emotion upon hearing the verdicts.

August 12, 2013

Inaccurate cellphone GPS complicated N.H. search

Conservation officers eventually found the two lost hikers shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

August 22, 2013

Maine food pantries go to school

 The BackPack Program will expand serve about 200 children from eight elementary schools along the midcoast, and eight schools statewide will host food pantries.

August 12, 2013

Chance encounter in Idaho wilderness led to rescue

16-year-old abductee Hannah Anderson was rescued in rugged backcountry after a sharp-eyed former sheriff passed along his suspicions to investigators.

August 12, 2013

Maine flags to be at half-staff for four-star general

Gen. John R. Dean Jr. led a 40-year military career in which he retired as a general in charge of the Army Material Development and Readiness Command.

August 12, 2013

New Gloucester man dies in ATV crash

Police say 32-year-old Brock Thompson was pulling out of a driveway and onto the road Sunday when he lost control and hit a tree.

August 12, 2013

Climate change bus tour comes to Maine

The 'I Will Act on Climate' bus tour stops in Portland's Monument Square to call for local and federal action to address the widespread impact of climate change.

August 12, 2013

Photos: 29th Annual Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway

More than 380 cyclists rode 25, 50 or 75 miles with a goal of raising $350,000.

August 12, 2013

Farmington church plans homeless shelter

The newly formed Western Maine Homeless Outreach says a need exists in Franklin County.

August 12, 2013

Maine furniture conservers doing a Capitol job

20130807_Furniture The Brunswick couple will work on-site in the Senate wing, then move some pieces to their studio.

August 12, 2013

Grizzly bear show at Skowhegan State Fair gives crowd pause

 Hundreds of spectators find the performance entertaining, educational and 'awesome.'

August 12, 2013

Couple's political face-off piques national interest

 They didn't expect the hoopla but hope it will spark interest in community involvement.

August 12, 2013

Pro-Morsi encampments anticipate siege

Egyptian officials approve 'all necessary measures' to disperse the dissidents.

August 12, 2013

Legislators to rethink tax breaks, exemptions

Incentive programs deemed ineffective or unnecessary could be cut to fill a budget gap that leaves few other options, they say.

August 12, 2013

Maine firm awaits green light to make absinthe

Tree Spirits of Oakland uses all locally grown ingredients, including their own apple-based alcohol, in a traditional recipe from 1800s France.

August 12, 2013

Proposal to save herring left high and dry

The plan to put observers aboard trawlers lacks funding, the Northeast's top federal regulator says.

August 12, 2013

Master blacksmith vows to forge ahead Video clip included

 Sam Smith, a purist who toils in a historic Portland workshop, faces an uncertain future following a waterfront real estate deal.

August 13, 2013

Dispatches

Woman escapes injury in car crash / Fisheries scientist wins award / Car overturns on turnpike exit ... and other news from around the state

August 12, 2013

Maine native banned from Bahrain was a critic of king

 Erin Kilbride accused the country of repressing protesters in an editorial before she was deported.

August 12, 2013

Vehicle strikes, kills boy on Port Clyde wharf

A driver loses control of her vehicle and crashes into several cars and passers-by.