News from August 16, 2013

August 17, 2013

Yankees pound sliding Sox, 10-3 Several photos included in this story

Stephen Drew Boston loses it's third straight, and its AL East lead over Tampa Bay is cut to one game.

August 16, 2013

Maine child-rape suspect ruled competent to stand trial

The testimony of a neuropsychologist is key in the judge's determination.

August 17, 2013

Waterville boy's pesto pasta wins him trip to White House Several photos included in this story

 The highlight of the young vegan's visit is a fist bump from President Obama at a party for contest winners.

August 17, 2013

Chaos engulfs Egypt as street battles rage

 Residents furious with the Muslim Brotherhood protesters attack them with rocks, bottles and bullets.

August 17, 2013

Theft of 840,000 quarters sends meter-man to prison

From the moment parking meter mechanic James Bagarozzo began his scheme to steal from the machines, his life became overrun with quarters . . .

August 16, 2013

Tax evader, 82, sentenced in Navy kickback scheme

Ralph Mariano was sentenced Friday to two years of house arrest for his role in a kickback scheme that cost the U.S. Navy $18 million.

August 16, 2013

Endangered blue butterfly makes comeback in N.H.

The summer's count is expected to come close to reaching the federal recovery goal of 3,000 Karner blues in New Hampshire.

August 17, 2013

LePage, legislative leaders reach $150 million bond agreement

The compromise package includes a borrowing plan for roads and bridges and education improvements.

August 16, 2013

Police officer: Fort Hood suspect kicked gun from her hand

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, asks no questions of Kimberly Munley after she identifies him as the man who shot her.

August 16, 2013

Judge: Manning's release to WikiLeaks was 'heedless'

Closing arguments in the sentencing phase of the trial are scheduled for Monday.

August 16, 2013

Oscar Pistorius to be indicted on charge of murdering girlfriend

The double-amputee Olympian would face a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

August 17, 2013

Police: Waterville children abducted by mother Several photos included in this story

Police say Joslyn and Joel Retamozzo were taken by their mother Thursday and may be headed out-of-state.

August 16, 2013

Mother injured in Port Clyde crash upgraded

 One of Allison Gold’s sons, Dylan Gold, 9, died when a car crashed into the family. Her other son was also injured.

August 16, 2013

CIA acknowledges Area 51 – but not UFOs or aliens

A Maine woman who runs a support group for people who believe they've had alien interactions says this is a first step toward the government acknowledging space aliens on Earth.

August 16, 2013

Standish man wounded by gunshot while driving

Investigators with the sheriff's office do not believe the shooting was random, but decline to elaborate.

August 17, 2013

Agreement outlines plan to buy Congress Square Plaza

Reactions to the proposal are mixed. Opponents say the $524,000 price for part of the Portland park insults those 'who know the value of this space.'

August 17, 2013

Maine psychiatric facility could lose $20 million

A federal agency says Riverview Psychiatric Center is not complying with guidelines.

August 16, 2013

Wells man charged with possessing heroin

Police stopped Justin Tully's vehicle on suspicion of driving under the influence and say they found a variety of drugs.

August 16, 2013

Former Gardiner teacher, coach faces new criminal charges

Matthew Dineen, former boys hockey coach of the year at Gardiner High School, has been arrested on domestic violence charges.

August 16, 2013

Fundraiser to benefit boy who inspired Bush head-shaving

The Kennebunkport Historical Society, which has an exhibit capturing the life and times of the Bush clan's time in Maine, will donate Saturday's admission proceeds to help the boy.

August 16, 2013

Health care center to expand in Gorham

Martin's Point Health Care hopes to start construction on the $5 million project in November.

August 16, 2013

Report: Maine among top states for nursing home care

A nonprofit group ranks and grades states on eight federal quality measures.

August 16, 2013

RNC votes to block CNN, NBC from hosting debates

Friday's vote is a response to network plans to air programs about possible Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.

August 16, 2013

LePage signs order seeking drones policy

 The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine wants a law requiring warrants for drone use.

August 16, 2013

Egypt street battles leave at least 64 dead Several photos included in this story

The protests are larger and fiercer Friday, ignited by the outrage over the deaths of at least 638 people on Wednesday.

August 16, 2013

Wells man accused of groping undercover officer

The arrest took place after an undercover operation at the Roger's Pond rest area in Kennebunk.

August 16, 2013

Saco police identify man killed in SUV crash

The 58-year-old man was alone in the vehicle when the accident occurred about 6:46 a.m. today on Jenkins Road.

August 17, 2013

Bowen steps down as Maine education chief

He leaves Sept. 12 for a national policy post. Gov. LePage's office has no comment on a successor.

August 17, 2013

Crash injures 10 on dangerous Maine highway

Route 11 in East Lebanon is on the cusp of being considered a 'high-crash location' the state says.

August 16, 2013

Laws clash on abortion coverage for federal legislators

The health care law allows Congress and staffers access to abortion coverage, which is banned by another federal law.

August 17, 2013

Son of Red Sox broadcaster accused of killing girlfriend

Jared Remy, 34, was already facing charges of domestic violence against Jennifer Martel.

August 17, 2013

Photos: Maine balloon festival colors the sky

About 20 massive, colorful balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park on Friday to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

August 16, 2013

Hallowell three-car crash sends girl to hospital

The crash Thursday afternoon damaged a home and sent an area girl to the hospital with minor injuries.

August 16, 2013

With Egypt, Obama caught between pragmatism, ideals

The apparent inconsistency between his pledge to respect the rule of law and his practice in applying it has been evident in his response to the political change in Egypt.

August 16, 2013

Artist suggests 'edit' of graffiti on his I-95 mural

David Macaulay says leaving some of the graffiti up might actually add to his idea.

August 16, 2013

Affidavit: Victim in Bangor triple slaying pleaded for her life

Prosecutors say the two defendants killed the victims in a drug-related dispute in August 2012.

August 16, 2013

Gardiner woman pleads guilty to identity theft, fraud charges

Joann C. Rittall, 43, used the personal data of more than 20 people to fraudulently file federal income tax returns claiming refunds in their names.

August 16, 2013

Bert Lance, Georgia banker and Carter ally, dies at 82

The self-described 'country banker' was Jimmy Carter's first budget director and closest personal friends.

August 16, 2013

Hot air balloons on display at Maine festival

Organizers are expecting 21 balloons for this year's festival, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday in Lewiston and Auburn.

August 16, 2013

Maine offering free pesticide disposal program in October

Residents must register for the program by Sept. 27.

August 16, 2013

Report: UMass' marathon bombing response stellar

Students on the campus where a Boston Marathon suspect lived were never in danger, a task force finds.

August 16, 2013

Insurance help on way for Mainers

Eight offices will be set up around the state to assist with enrollment in a plan under the federal Affordable Care Act.

August 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Reality TV company to shoot pilot episode near Bangor / Texas woman sentenced in Maine bath salts case / Statue of ex-chief justice unveiled ... and more news from around the state.

August 16, 2013

Jihadists view crisis in Egypt as an opportunity

The call to arms could hurt the U.S. goal of replacing radical voices with democratic ones.

August 16, 2013

Second man admits guilt in Christmas gifts theft

The 88-year-old Oakland woman who slept through the burglary says it is still undermining her health.

August 16, 2013

Hiram soldiers gone, but not forgotten Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130815_Memorial Divided by generations, four members of the same family share a new common bond: posthumous recognition for their service in the military.

August 16, 2013

Raising sails in Casco Bay and raising money for worthwhile cause

 MS Harborfest Weekend includes a sailboat parade, sailing races, lobster boat races and a tugboat muster.

August 16, 2013

Study: Exercise can help insomnia – eventually

A study finds that it takes four months of consistent exercise before insomnia sufferers notice results.

August 16, 2013

As girl learns to use new leg, family mourns lost son

 The family of Jane Richard and a young boy killed in the Boston bombings try to balance life's sweet moments with the deep sorrow they can't shake.

August 17, 2013

Anthem's intentions worrying Maine customers

The health insurance provider wants to discontinue its current individual plans and offer other options.