News from August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Blue Jays edge slumping Red Sox, 4-3

Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, handing first-place Boston their fourth loss in six games.

August 15, 2013

Pedestrian struck by Jeep in South Portland

Speed or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, which occurred shortly before 7 p.m.

August 15, 2013

White House 'strongly condemns' Egyptian crackdown Several photos included in this story



August 14, 2013

Two Maine men arrested on heroin charges Several photos included in this story

Police find more than $3,600 in cash and $8,000 worth of heroin after a car chase ends in Amherst.

August 15, 2013

Bulger's once-powerful brother lies low

William Bulger ruled the state Senate for nearly two decades with a razor-sharp wit and legislative arm-twisting, but was not seen during his brother's summer-long trial.

August 14, 2013

Crumbling castle for sale on Lake Winnipesaukee

 The property comes with a commanding view, restrictive covenants and the threat of being razed.

August 14, 2013

Louisiana hostage-taker was high school football star Video clip included

The behavior of the 20-year-old man, whose former classmates describe as outgoing and funny, baffles those who knew him.

August 14, 2013

At WikiLeaks hearing, Manning apologizes for hurting U.S.

The Army private accused of leaking classified government secrets pleads with a military judge for a chance to go to college.

August 14, 2013

Lewiston considers panhandling restrictions

Possible rules could impose fines on people who ask drivers for donations or who use profanity or block people on city streets who say 'no.'

August 14, 2013

2 Maine men guilty of illegal elver fishing

Poaching has been a problem in Maine the past two years after elver prices skyrocketed to $2,000 a pound.

August 15, 2013

Study: Sugar makes life shorter (and not so sweet) for mice

Sugar-fed females died twice as quickly as control mice, while sugar-fed males had trouble competing for mates.

August 14, 2013

City: Performing arts tenant coming to Thompson's Point

The mayor and developers will announce details Thursday about what they say is a 'one-of-a-kind performing arts tenant.'

August 14, 2013

Two-alarm fire damages Grant Street apartment building

All residents of the 19-unit apartment building escape unharmed, fire officials say, and damage is heavy.

August 14, 2013

Portland athletic directors, coaches to save teams

They will volunteer time or reallocate funds to preserve seventh-grade sports in Portland schools.

August 14, 2013

76ers introduce Maine native as head coach

Brett Brown of South Portland will take over a team that hasn't won a championship in 30 years.

August 15, 2013

Tom Brady's MRI negative after scary fall

A person with knowledge of the injury says Brady likely has a left knee sprain and is day-to-day.

August 14, 2013

LePage expands program to refurbish transit buses

The Maine Military Authority, which refurbishes military vehicles, will begin overhauling regional transportation buses for nonprofit agencies.

August 14, 2013

Gun-control groups organizing against online sales

The groups tailor their message to what they see as the most glaring legal loophole: the largely unregulated private firearms market on the Internet and at gun shows.

August 14, 2013

A difference this Obama vacation: No daughters yet

They are older now – Malia is 15 and Sasha is 12 – and increasingly leading lives more independent of their parents and with hectic schedules of their own.

August 14, 2013

Tensions high, expectations low as Israelis, Palestinians start talks

The meeting is the result of months of intense diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

August 14, 2013

Gun used in street brawl found in Maine river

A gunshot victim and three other people were hospitalized Monday night following the brawl in Guilford between people armed with baseball bats, knives, a Rottweiler and a gun.

August 14, 2013

NYC officials cool to judge's order for police body cameras

A federal judge ordered a pilot program of the cameras and other major reforms to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy this week.

August 14, 2013

Pentagon to permit benefits for same-sex spouses

The benefits will be made available to same-sex spouses as long as the service member provides a valid marriage certificate.

August 14, 2013

Police: Woman on Mackworth Island wasn't harassed

A woman reports that she was chased by two young men Tuesday afternoon, but police say no crime occurred.

August 14, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, both sentenced to prison

The former congressman gets 30 months for scheming to spend campaign funds on personal items, and his wife gets one year for filing false income tax returns.

August 14, 2013

British cat DNA database helps convict killer

A university says its database helped convict a man of manslaughter, illustrating how the genetic material of pets can be used by crime scene investigators.

August 15, 2013

'Soft rollout' of Portland panhandling ban expected

The police chief says more warnings than fines are likely to be issued to those who beg on medians.

August 14, 2013

Tar sands ban not good idea, S. Portland board says

City planners vote against a proposal to block any piping of the controversial oil.

August 14, 2013

Flight at Portland jetport reports nose gear problem, lands safely

The airport sent out fire trucks and rescue vehicles late this morning as a precaution.

August 14, 2013

Biddeford superintendent to buy condo to keep job

Jeremy Ray, who lives in Saco, must establish residency in Biddeford to comply with a city ordinance.

August 15, 2013

Portland board says yes to wharf project

The Planning Board's unanimous approval may set the stage for a fish market and restaurant.

August 14, 2013

WMTW to add hour-long 5 p.m. newscast

The newscast will feature anchor Tracy Sabol and meteorologist Roger Griswold. The station hopes to announce a male anchor soon.

August 14, 2013

Official: Crew of 18 in India sub explosion feared dead

The explosions in the submarine's torpedo compartment sent a huge fireball into the air and sent nearby sailors jumping into the sea in panic.

August 15, 2013

Breakthrough close on bonding issues, LePage says

He reports progress in talks with Democrats on borrowing for infrastructure projects, which would be presented to voters.

August 14, 2013

Lewiston discusses panhandling restrictions

The city's police chief says the city has a problem with aggressive panhandling and panhandling in traffic.

August 14, 2013

Maine man struck, killed, crossing street in Mass.

The Brownfield man had recently moved to Massachusetts to be close to his son, neighbors say.

August 14, 2013

Calif. teen says kidnapper 'deserved' to die Several photos included in this story

Hannah Anderson went online 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and fielded hundreds of questions on social media.

August 14, 2013

UPS jet crashes near Birmingham, 2 dead Video clip included

'It was on fire before it hit,' says one witness, but the pilots never made any distress calls.

August 14, 2013

Three Skowhegan women accused of home invasion, assault Several photos included in this story

Police say the three are arrested after they allegedly burst into an apartment, beat a woman with their fists and threaten her boyfriend with a baseball bat.

August 14, 2013

N.H. tech pleads guilty in hepatitis C outbreak

David Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty today to 14 federal drug charges in exchange for 30 to 40 years in prison.

August 14, 2013

First stealth destroyer to be christened in Maine

The Navy views the $3 billion, 600-foot-long ship it plans to build as central to its China strategy.

August 14, 2013

LePage to showcase refurbished bus program

The governor will speak at an event at the Capitol today hosted by the Maine Military Authority, a company that refurbishes buses.

August 14, 2013

Lewiston man's attempted murder trial starts

Cleveland Cruthirds, 27, faces attempted murder and other charges in connection with the December 2011 knife attack on Naomi Swift.

August 14, 2013

Today's poll: Ferry service

$item.summary

August 14, 2013

Maine State Prison looking to fill 20 job openings

The jobs pay an average of $34,000 a year with benefits.

August 15, 2013

Hundreds die in attacks on Egypt sit-ins Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The vice president, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, quits in protest over the assaults as military-backed leadership imposes a monthlong curfew.

August 14, 2013

Portland developer, activists still at it

 Despite opposition claims that the sale is off, developers for the Congress Square Plaza renovation project say negotiations are going well.

August 14, 2013

Friends recall a petite Maine writer's big impact

 Leslie Land, who died Saturday, earned respect for her food and garden knowledge.

August 14, 2013

Witness in Portland murder case indicted for cocaine trafficking

Christopher Jennings, 26, is not facing charges in the death of Margarita Fisenko Scott.

August 14, 2013

Rides issue frustrates MaineCare recipients

Scores of people across the state have missed appointments after the switch to a new transportation system.

August 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Dozens involved, one shot in Maine brawl that includes dog / Woman injured in Aug. 6 rollover dies / Appeal date set for man in killing of two adults, boy ... and more news from around the state.