News from August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013

Goat owners vs. town case reaches U.S. District Court

It's a long-running legal dispute between a Massachusetts couple and the town that's trying to make them get rid of their goats.

August 26, 2013

New Hampshire chipping away at health care costs

Several ongoing projects have helped people better understand how to manage health spending.

August 26, 2013

Foliage flap leaves Vermont laughing

 Even the tourism mag that said Arizona has better fall colors admits its claim was just a ploy.

August 27, 2013

Familiar names running for Portland City Council

At-large Councilor John M. Anton and school board members Jaimey Caron and Kate Snyder are not running for re-election.

August 26, 2013

N.H. sees high turnover in college leadership

New presidents or administrators prepare to take over at six schools and the UNH system.

August 26, 2013

Man charged with breaking into popular Maine restaurant

The man is allegedly found by police standing next to several items stolen from Beale Street Barbecue in Bath.

August 26, 2013

Fairfield burglar ordered to pay for Oakland couple's home alarm

Brandon M. Rimes, 26, of Fairfield, was ordered to spend eight months behind bars, and to pay for a couple's home security system, for burglarizing an Oakland home on Dec. 6.

August 26, 2013

In suspected chemical attack, one Syrian family lost 21 members

Waked family members consider themselves Palestinian refugees, and many of them had escaped to Syria in the aftermath of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

August 26, 2013

Norridgewock man charged in 115-mph chase from Fairfield to Augusta

James Irvin Taylor, 35, is charged with several crimes after a high-speed police chase through two counties Saturday.

August 26, 2013

Special election to fill Maine Senate seat to be held Tuesday

There are three candidates to fill Seth Goodall's seat in Sagadahoc County.

August 26, 2013

Bill would keep state revenue office open in Houlton

The state's finance commissioner decided to close the office to save $900,000 over two years.

August 27, 2013

Southwest adds nonstop flight from Portland to Orlando

Southwest Airlines says a ‘seasonal route’ to the popular destination will be offered starting March 8.

August 26, 2013

Portland police seek help in finding person of interest in burglaries

David Michael Ferrar is possibly using a bicycle and traveling along railroad rights of way through city neighborhoods, police say.

August 27, 2013

Portland finds homes for West Program, adult ed

Former school buildings in Falmouth and Portland will house the two Portland programs.

August 26, 2013

Western leaders consider their options in Syria



August 26, 2013

U.S. looks at limited bombing of Syria Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Officials want to punish the regime for using chemical weapons but not get deeply involved in the civil war.

August 26, 2013

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran Several photos included in this story

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives the nation's highest military honor.

August 26, 2013

Orders plunge for long-lasting U.S. factory goods

The big drop suggests the third quarter is off to a weaker start than some had hoped.

August 27, 2013

Portland charter school preparing for third city inspection

The Baxter Academy for Technology and Science must pass the inspection to get an occupancy permit to open next week.

August 26, 2013

Man to plead guilty to selling deadly drug in R.I.

Fourteen people in the state died between March and May after using a new synthetic opiate that resembles heroin, prompting a nationwide health warning.

August 26, 2013

UNH starts sustainable food professorship

Her main responsibility is to advance the mission of a regional network dedicated to promoting a sustainable New England food system.

August 26, 2013

Tebow safe, but veteran Koutovides among Patriots cuts

The Patriots must make two more moves before Tuesday's league deadline to get to 75.

August 26, 2013

Chinese politician blames love triangle at corruption trial

Prosecutors say they have ample evidence Bo Xilai netted $4.3 million through bribes and embezzlement, and interfered with the investigation of his wife for murdering a British businessman.

August 26, 2013

Maine Development Foundation chief stepping down

Edmund Cervone had been interim president since June 2012.

August 26, 2013

Declaration signer's property vandalized in N.H.

Thistleton Robertson IV said he was intoxicated and broke into the home because he was running away from two people, according to police.

August 26, 2013

At National Zoo, 'full-blown panic' when panda cub doesn't move

Zookeepers fear the worst, then discover that a second panda cub had been stillborn.

August 26, 2013

Researchers: Rising carbon dioxide levels harm all sea life

Among the worst affected are mollusks, corals and echinoderms, including starfish and sea urchins, as well as oysters and cod.

August 26, 2013

Brewer police captain faces OUI charge

Capt. Chris Martin is on administrative leave while the matter is investigated.

August 26, 2013

Ohio couple married 65 years die 11 hours apart

Their daughters said they believe their father willed himself to stay by his wife's side despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together.

August 26, 2013

Poliquin will seek to follow Michaud

The loyal LePage ally and ex-Maine treasurer confirms his intention to run for the 2nd District seat.

August 26, 2013

Police rule out homicide in Portland parking garage death

The man who fell to his death on Sunday is identified as David Thorne of Portland.

August 26, 2013

S. Portland massage parlor shut down

The city says the Red Stone Spa was offering at least one sexual massage service.

August 26, 2013

Trump defends his 'university' against fraud allegation

Donald Trump says the AG is upset that Trump didn't donate more to his election campaign, and that Trump University is 'fantastic.'

August 26, 2013

Hernandez associate scheduled to appear in court

Ernest Wallace was indicted last week on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

August 26, 2013

Egyptian Islamist groups seek truce

The groups do not speak for the Muslim Brotherhood, but the initiative is a new sign of flexibility from the pro-Morsi alliance of mostly Islamist groups.

August 26, 2013

Wardens, state police join search for missing Skowhegan man

The Maine Warden Service and state investigators have joined the search for Vaughn Giggey III, 40, of Skowhegan, who has been missing since Friday night.

August 26, 2013

Giant pumpkins tip the scales at Windsor Fair Several photos included in this story

Giant squash, lumberjack contests and harness racing can be found at the 125th annual Windsor Fair, running through Labor Day.

August 26, 2013

Snipers fire at U.N. vehicle near Damascus Video clip included

The U.N. vehicle belonged to a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons, and world leaders have suggested that an international response to the attack is likely.

August 26, 2013

Fort Hood jury hears from soldier shot in head, grieving relatives

Victims and their families testify during the sentencing phase of the trial of the Army psychiatrist who opened fire on unarmed American soldiers.

August 26, 2013

Maine libraries collecting books to donate to Lac-Megantic

Farmington Public Library Director Melanie Coombs launched the effort to help rebuild the Quebec town library destroyed by a runaway train in July.

August 26, 2013

Maine's average gas price drops slightly to $3.67

The average retail cost of a gallon is now nearly 11 cents lower than a month ago.

August 26, 2013

Blaze destroys Bucksport apartment building, displacing 20 residents

All the residents are accounted for and none are believed hurt, but a firefighter suffers a minor injury battling the Main Street blaze.

August 26, 2013

Augusta police conduct stings to curb underage drinking

Augusta police have conducted a number of details to get adults to buy liquor for underage people.

August 26, 2013

Afghan leader in Pakistan to discuss peace talks

Pakistan is seen as key to the peace process because of its strong historical ties with the Taliban.

August 26, 2013

Special election to replace Goodall in Maine Senate

Seth Goodall resigned in June to serve as New England chief of the Small Business Administration.

August 26, 2013

Maine lawmakers to return for special session

The Democratic-controlled Legislature will return Thursday to vote on the $149.5 million bond package slated for the November ballot.

August 26, 2013

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August 26, 2013

Proposed farm rules resisted

They’ll slow the growth of the local food movement, critics say, but others note that small farms are exempt.

August 26, 2013

Salinger’s Holden Caulfield will return, biographers say

They predict writings to be released will include more about the protagonist of ‘Catcher in the Rye.’

August 26, 2013

Maine library wins Harry Potter party

A librarian’s winning essay gains Potter-themed gifts and books for Lawrence Public Library in Fairfield.

August 26, 2013

Witnesses of King's speech reflect on how far we've come ... and the long road ahead



August 26, 2013

Jetport's passenger numbers looking up

20130821_AirTravel A 1.4% rise through June indicates 2013 may end a four-year slump, spurred by a terminal expansion.

August 26, 2013

The Farmers' Almanac predicts bitter cold

Sandy Duncan, Peter Geiger The annual publication of folksy wisdom warns a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time of the Super Bowl.

August 26, 2013

New rules would streamline tribe-recognition process

The change could bolster land claims and open the door to a tribal-owned casino.

August 26, 2013

Dispatches

Man apprehended after attempt to flee / Last Mass at St. Louis Church scheduled / Seven game wardens graduate from training

August 26, 2013

Students to find better security at many Maine schools

Projects too big to do after the Newtown shootings were done during the summer break.

August 26, 2013

Maine remembers March on Washington at 50 Several photos included in this story

Four attendees recount why they went, the upbeat atmosphere and the Dr. King speech that changed history – and their lives.

August 26, 2013

Maine civil rights figure recalls prom protest

In 1971, Una Richardson appealed to her classmates – unsuccessfully – that the Deering High School class of 1971 should not hold their prom at the whites-only Elks club.

August 26, 2013

Disc golf is flying high in Greater Portland Several photos included in this story

 Four courses have opened in the last year as interest grows in a sport that costs little and draws scores of enthusiasts.

August 26, 2013

Percentage of students tested key to Maine's school grading system

The state's new A-F report card for schools gives too much weight to test participation, some educators say.

August 26, 2013

Developer of Press Hotel capitalizes on building's history Several photos included in this story

 The newspaper's former Congress Street home will become a 110-room boutique hotel under its future owner, Jim Brady.

August 26, 2013

Wildfire closing in on SF Bay area's water source Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The fire continues to grow and, at 234 square miles, covers more ground than the city of Chicago.

August 26, 2013

Portland Evening Express: Seven bone-tired greater Portlanders will never forget Washington March

From the archives: Maine participants in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom recall their experiences upon returning to Portland in the Portland Evening Express of August 29, 1963.