News from August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Report: 10 times more Lyme cases than reported

New research suggests Lyme disease is a bigger problem than realized in states such as Maine.

August 19, 2013

Feature Obituary: Parker Blanchard, 25, had promising future in science

 A USM student, Parker Blanchard died in a house fire in Windham.

August 19, 2013

Maine's farmers wary of new food safety rules

They tell federal officials that new rules aimed at reducing foodborne illness could hurt small farms.

August 20, 2013

UMaine professor loses leg after tractor-saw accident

Nathan Godfried, who has taught history at the Orono campus for 17 years, was struck by a mowing blade hanging from a passing truck while bicycling along Route 2.

August 19, 2013

Portland police investigate report of an armed man on Eastern Prom

By the time officers arrive, the man, who was reported to be holding a rifle, had left.

August 19, 2013

Guantanamo relents, adds Stephen King’s ‘It’ to prison library

'It' was the only gift refused from a donation of 70 books from a man whose father was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but the library had approved an earlier copy for circulation.

August 19, 2013

Two men die in head-on crash in Vassalboro

Police identify the local men as Kenneth Lee, 63, and Shawn Greenleaf, 32.

August 19, 2013

Obama prods regulators to enact Wall Street rules

The top banks today are bigger than they were in 2008, despite legislation intended to prevent institutions that are 'too big to fail.'

August 20, 2013

Republican lawmakers: LePage said Obama 'hates white people'

Two Republicans say the governor made the remark during a fundraiser in Belgrade last week.

August 19, 2013

Police: Mechanical problem to blame for deadly California limo fire

A catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system ignited the fire that killed five nurses in May, investigators say, and no charges are planned.

August 19, 2013

European privacy watchdogs want details on U.S. spying

They want details on how U.S. authorities access Europeans' data and the recourse that citizens have.

August 19, 2013

Photos: High school athletes begin warming up for the season

Fall high school sports teams returned to the fields today as practices got under way for the upcoming season . . .

August 19, 2013

B-1B bomber crashes in Montana; crew ejects

Two pilots and two weapons system officers survived but there were some injuries.

August 19, 2013

In mass exodus, thousands of Syrians flee to Iraq

The sudden exodus of around 30,000 Syrians amid the summer heat has created desperate conditions and left aid agencies and the regional government struggling to accommodate them.

August 19, 2013

Maine lawmakers to return to vote on bond proposal

The proposal includes $100 million for transportation, $35.5 million for education and $14 million for armory maintenance and renovations.

August 19, 2013

Benghazi aftershocks affecting U.S. policy in Egypt

The fear in Washington: Any significant cut in military aid could prompt Egypt's ruling generals to scale back their protection of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and other diplomatic properties.

August 20, 2013

Owner says recently quarantined Scarborough pet shop will close

Two cases this year of the deadly parvovirus kept Little Paws Pet Shop from selling puppies and also brought protests from Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills.

August 19, 2013

Judge bars most motive evidence in Fort Hood trial

The judge says such evidence would result in a 'confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undo delay.'

August 19, 2013

LePage ships lobster products to 49 other governors

Boxes full of prepared lobster meat, as well as bisques and spreads from Maine processors and dealers, were shipped overnight.

August 19, 2013

N.J. governor signs ban on gay conversion therapy

In a note accompanying the bill, Gov. Chris Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin – a view that is inconsistent with his Catholic faith.

August 19, 2013

Police: Man was distracted before being hit by train

Charles Hope, a 36-year-old transient, remains hospitalized at Maine Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

August 20, 2013

Seven members of Maine Republican State Committee leave party

A national committee member joins other Mainers who say that conservatives are ignored.

August 19, 2013

Backyard Farms' head grower resigns

The tomato grower said the resignation of Tim de Kok was coincidental to the company's recent crop problems.

August 19, 2013

Wright, Strong take stand – briefly – in Kennebunk prostitution case

Alexis Wright's former business partner testifies briefly at the trial of Donald Hill, one of 68 people accused of engaging Wright in prostitution.

August 19, 2013

New pregnancy book OKs coffee, wine and sushi

Author of 'Expecting Better' says data doesn't support some mainstream advice.

August 19, 2013

CDC: 10 times more Lyme disease cases each year

Previously, the CDC said the number ranged from 20,000 to 30,000.

August 19, 2013

Al-Jazeera America prepares for Tuesday launch

The network has hired many veterans of U.S. television, and is promising a meaty diet of news that it believes will contrast with the opinionated talk that dominates American news networks.

August 19, 2013

Maine woman accused of hitting child with screwdriver

Police said they were contacted by a pediatrician in June about bruises on the girl's arm and a bump on her head.

August 19, 2013

Maine posts 6.9% July unemployment rate

Maine's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 7.4 percent

August 19, 2013

Prosecutor asks judge to give Manning 60 years in WikiLeaks case

Pfc. Bradley Manning's attorney suggests that any prison term shouldn't exceed 25 years because that's when the classified status of some of the documents he leaked expires.

August 19, 2013

Shark attacks teen surfer in Hawaii

It is the second shark attack in the state in less than a week.

August 19, 2013

Soldiers with post-traumatic stress being redeployed to Afghanistan

The Army is trying to answer a new question: Who is resilient enough to return to Afghanistan, in spite of the demons they are still fighting?

August 19, 2013

Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention

After the detention of his partner, Glenn Greenwald says, 'I'm going to publish many more documents than before.'

August 19, 2013

Two firefighters injured in Ogunquit fire

The fire was in a building at 20 Shore Road, close to the busy town square.

August 19, 2013

Egypt's Mubarak may be released from prison

The former president has been in detention since April 2011, and was sentenced to life in prison for his failure to stop the killing of some 900 protesters in the 18-day uprising against his rule.

August 19, 2013

Maine gas prices down another 2 cents

Prices in Maine are now more than 15 cents lower than at the same time last year and almost a dime lower than a month ago.

August 19, 2013

Maine health officials battle sexually transmitted disease

The state says of the more than 450 reported cases of gonorrhea in Maine last year, about 70 percent were in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties combined.

August 19, 2013

San Diego mayor returning to job amid recall drive

Bob Filner, a Democrat, returns to louder calls for his resignation, and an even stronger fight to boot him out if he does not step down.

August 19, 2013

Egypt turmoil deepens; militants kill 25 policemen

The killings, which took place near the border town of Rafah, came a day after 36 detainees were killed in clashes with security forces.

August 19, 2013

Prosecutors: Witnesses heard woman scream, then Pistorius fired

Prosecutors allege that Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp after an argument.

August 19, 2013

Task force: Coasts should prepare for rising seas

The report by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force says coastal communities should realize that spending more now on protective measures could save money later.

August 19, 2013

Two injured in jet ski explosion in N.H.

The state Marine Patrol says a Massachusetts man suffered a broken pelvis and a passenger suffered a cut on her head.

December 27, 2013

Conn. town sends out erroneous terrorism alert

Police in Old Saybrook say the message was sent out by mistake over loud speakers around town Sunday afternoon.

August 19, 2013

Teen injured in Phippsburg ATV crash

The crash happened in an area of Devil's Highway, a series of dirt private dirt roads, shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

August 19, 2013

Maine officials hold meeting on new food rules

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb says the new rules will mean big changes in how Maine produce growers and packers operate to prevent food contamination.

August 19, 2013

Two Mass. residents unhurt in Maine plane crash

Authorities say both pilot and passenger walked away without a scratch when the single-engine plane made an emergency landing in Blue Hill on Sunday.

August 19, 2013

Acadia visitors to count migratory raptors

More than 2,500 of the birds are sighted every fall during Hawk Watch.

August 19, 2013

Dispatches

Officer fatally shoots man during armed confrontation / Sprinkler system prevents spread of fire in Falmouth building / Woman injured on rafting trip flown to hospital . . . and more news from around Maine.

August 19, 2013

N.H. hepatitis C case far from over

Most of the infected New Hampshire patients are suing Exeter Hospital and other agencies involved.

August 19, 2013

Veterans to mount new attempt for video poker

Don Simoneau Dwindling membership and falling revenues from bingo are forcing their hand, Maine veterans say.

August 19, 2013

Machine gun shoot lifts vets' spirits

Firing the same weapons they used in the service can be therapeutic for veterans, organizers say.

August 19, 2013

Massachusetts artist to exhibit in the Louvre

The native of Jamaica has a spot in an upcoming exhibition in Paris through his mix of influences.

August 19, 2013

Lewiston singer fulfills dream on TV talent show

 Abi Hodgson, 28, will perform in the 'America's Got Talent' semifinals with the American Military Spouses Choir.

August 19, 2013

Vermont utilities wage a solar power struggle

 At issue is 'net metering,' which lets customers put excess power on the grid and run meters backward.

August 19, 2013

Maine's blueberry crop depends on location

 Growers say this year's yield varies with where a farm is in the state and which direction it faces.

August 19, 2013

Lawmakers split on issue of stopping aid to Egypt

President Obama faces uncertainty as he tries to navigate volatile developments in Egypt.

August 19, 2013

Feature Obituary: Clement I. Dodd, 76, served as Secret Service officer



August 19, 2013

New look at resolving some of Guantanamo's hardest cases Several photos included in this story

 About 50 detainees held indefinitely pose one of the biggest obstacles to closing the prison.

August 19, 2013

Accused Zumba client going on trial today

Donald Hill, 53, a former Kennebunk High School hockey coach, claims that he and Alexis Wright were in a relationship.

August 19, 2013

Biddeford's bedbug battle spawns call for ordinance

Twenty-two states and a growing number of counties and municipalities have regulations outlining areas of responsibility for landlords and tenants dealing with infestations.

August 19, 2013

MaineCare ride complaint reports fail to add up

 The state questions totals reported by companies running the system.

August 19, 2013

Rail line’s bleak outlook a challenge for Maine Several photos included in this story

 With the return of service to Lac-Megantic in doubt, the state is faced with losing an important economic link.