News from August 13, 2013

August 14, 2013

Consultant: Add 10 administrative jobs in Portland schools

An analysis, to be used in restructuring, also says the organization of the Portland district has fallen behind 'best practices.'

August 13, 2013

Scarborough voters approve school budget changes

The 999 to 472 vote approves a budget will provide some tax relief to residents.

August 14, 2013

Couple arrested in Parsonsfield domestic dispute

A couple involved in a domestic violence incident a week ago became violent again Tuesday, leading to the arrest of both, police say.

August 13, 2013

Booker, Lonegan win NJ special US Senate primaries

A rising star in the Democratic Party and a Republican former mayor won their parties' primaries on Tuesday to set up a campaign of political and stylistic contrasts.

August 13, 2013

'Whitey' Bulger convicted, but much still unresolved

His attorneys say he still has secrets to tell about corrupt law enforcement, and he still faces murder charges in Florida and Oklahoma.

August 14, 2013

Maine man killed in I-95 rollover crash

A 65-year-old Solon man was killed Tuesday when the van he was driving rolled over at exit 112A in Augusta.

August 13, 2013

Woman passes out, arrested by S. Portland police

Amy Marmanick, 24, had an outstanding warrant and is arrested after she regains consciousness.

August 13, 2013

Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

The commander of Global Strike Command says security prevents him from being specific about the the exercise it failed.

August 13, 2013

Maine man pleads not guilty to burning wife's home

Michael Callahan is accused of setting fire to his estranged wife's mobile home and trying to run down a sheriff's deputy with his car.

August 13, 2013

Australia travel firm to use Maine company's product

WEX expands its presence in Australia with a new contract.

August 14, 2013

Legislators push for quick solution on rides for Maine's poor

A lawmaker who has received some of the 2,000-plus complaint calls says they are 'heartbreaking.'

August 13, 2013

Manny Ramirez released by Texas Rangers

The 41-year-old slugger has been released from his minor league contract because the team didn't have a spot on its MLB roster to accommodate him.

August 14, 2013

Michaud to formalize gubernatorial bid Thursday in Lewiston

The six-term congressman, who has been fundraising since June, will kick off his campaign at a noon appearance at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

August 13, 2013

Cigar blamed as cause of fatal Windham fire

Victim Parker Blanchard died after a fire started just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday in his third-floor apartment at 13 Main St. in Windham.

August 14, 2013

Facing deficit, Maine Med cuts 225 jobs

Fifty workers will be laid off and 175 vacancies eliminated as a downward trend in revenue takes a toll at hospitals.

August 13, 2013

Cape Elizabeth sets eight-artist limit at Fort Williams

A new ordinance sets also creates an official area for vendors to sell their wares.

August 13, 2013

Brazil says it needs answers on NSA surveillance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defends the program, saying it had been approved by all three branches of the U.S. government.

August 13, 2013

Father: Son shot during Boston bomb probe 'a very good boy'

Ibragim Todashev was killed in May while being questioned by FBI agents and police at his Orlando apartment.

August 13, 2013

Trying to get pregnant? There's an app to help with that

Glow predicts a woman’s chances of conception on a particular day based on personal survey the user takes each day.

August 13, 2013

Man shot, three injured during brawl in Maine town

Police say three others required hospitalization following a fight in downtown Guilford Monday night.

August 14, 2013

Maine-based venture chosen for talks to restart ferry Video clip included

Groups are pleased that the Portland-Nova Scotia service may resume in summer 2014.

August 14, 2013

Bat that bit Cape Elizabeth man tests negative for rabies

The man captured the bat afterward in a glass jar and turned it over to police.

August 13, 2013

Boy killed in Carthage dirt bike accident identified

Tyla J. Thibodeau, 15, was killed Sunday night when a coil of rope he was carrying became entangled in the rear wheel.

August 13, 2013

Okla. prosecutor undecided on trying Bulger

The convicted mobster faces first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges in the 1981 shooting death of a Tulsa businessman.

August 13, 2013

Steep Falls woman dies of crash injuries

Mona Lee Kelley was thrown from her car after it overturned on I-295 last week.

August 13, 2013

Maine railroad in crash shut out of Canada

The company loses its ability to run across the border because of inadequate liability insurance, which isn't a requirement in the U.S.

August 14, 2013

Car, driver examined in fatal Maine wharf crash

Police say the cause of the crash that killed a 9-year-old boy and left his mother in critical condition may not be known for days.

August 14, 2013

Lawsuit clouds $14 billion airline merger plan Video clip included

American Airlines and US Airways vow to fight back using 'all legal options.'

August 13, 2013

2 large boa constrictors escape at Mo. trailer park

The red-tailed boa constrictors are not venomous but are still considered dangerous.

August 13, 2013

Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft becomes part of president’s escort

Marine Helicopter Squadron One will receive 12 Ospreys, at $70 million apiece, to replace its collection of CH-46E helicopters.

August 13, 2013

Two brothers, father indicted in Portland attack Several photos included in this story

The victim, a 50-year-old man, was left with serious head and facial injuries.

August 13, 2013

Crews recover son's gift in Conn. plane wreckage

His mother tells authorities the 17-year-old purchased the tea set for her last week while on a tour of colleges with his dad.

August 13, 2013

Risk factors for dementia may show as early as adolescence

The study also suggests that late-life illness can be foreshadowed in youth.

August 13, 2013

Oprah 'sorry' for Switzerland flap Video clip included

Winfrey says her experience at a Zurich boutique did not require an apology from the entire nation.

August 13, 2013

Study: College students aren't having more sex than in '80s, '90s

Young adults may be more open about sex, but new evidence belies tales of the "hookup culture."

August 13, 2013

NYC mayor lambastes stop-and-frisk ruling

'I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back any time the criminals think they can get away with things. We just cannot let that happen.'

August 13, 2013

Bulger juror: Deliberations were 'stressful'

Juror Scott Hotyckey says at least two jurors were afraid of retaliation from Bulger associates.

August 13, 2013

Woman arrested on burglary, stalking charges in N.H.

Police in York, Maine, are investigating a similar break-in at the alleged victim's previous residence.

August 13, 2013

Gardiner woman rescued after jumping into stream

A 27-year-old woman who jumped into rain-swollen Cobbossee Stream Monday was rescued by police and a passer-by.

August 13, 2013

Plea deal reveals more of N.H. hepatitis tech's past

David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab and replacing them with blood-tainted saline.

August 13, 2013

Lewiston man admits to pharmacy robbery

Ryan White pleads guilty to charges connected to a Nov. 4 attempted robbery of a Rite Aid in Lewiston and a robbery the next day of a Gray Rite Aid.

August 14, 2013

Maine lawmakers wrangle over borrowing for projects

LePage and Republicans push a transportation bond; Democrats want other priorities considered.

August 13, 2013

Appeal scheduled for Maine man convicted of three murders

Thayne Ormsby's lawyers are claiming his Miranda rights were violated by police during questioning and that his confession was involuntary.

August 13, 2013

In London, ad firm spies on pedestrians

 Called a 'blatant attack on people's privacy,' the surveillance could help target ads in real time.

August 13, 2013

Missing hiker's husband clings to hope, memories

 Comforted by knowing that she was living her dream, he hopes his wife is an inspiration to others.

August 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

EEE samples detected in Maine mosquitoes / Four in Wiscasset charged with drug trafficking, heroin possession / Race team member dies after fall from pickup truck . . . and more news from around the state.

August 13, 2013

Maine has hit a rough patch on divorce rate

 The census ranks the state No. 2 in the nation, with education levels and other factors playing a role.

August 13, 2013

Expert: Mess with Maine Medicaid rides was avoidable

 A Washington-based expert on Medicaid says that federal rules would not have forced the program overhaul that has kept some poor Mainers from getting rides to health care appointments.

August 13, 2013

Portland planners consider proposal for Maine Wharf Several photos included in this story

 A fish market and a seafood restaurant are included in a plan that would rebuild the existing building closest to Commercial Street, and add two stories.