News from August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013

Syrians claim to have brought down New York Times website

The cyberattacks come at a time when the Obama administration is trying to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria.

August 27, 2013

Players union files grievance on behalf of Aaron Hernandez

They say the ex-New England Patriots tight end earned an $82,000 bonus before being accused of murder, and they must protect his rights.

August 28, 2013

$38 million Portland project 'starting to gel'

Planning Board members give favorable reviews to the ambitious Bayside plan for apartments and retail space.

August 27, 2013

Motorcycle crash slows Portland traffic on I-295

The crash took place near Fitzpatrick Stadium and the Deering Avenue overpass.

August 27, 2013

NFL Preview: After rough offseason, things looking up for Patriots

The development of a young receiving corp and the ability to create a pass rush are key to New England ending its eight-year title drought.

August 28, 2013

Gowen Marine, a Portland waterfront landmark, sold

Phineas Sprague, who recently sold the Portland Company Marine Complex, purchased the business as part of his plan to reshape the city's working waterfront.

August 27, 2013

Maine call center to add 200 jobs

The international financial services company Barclaycard focuses on banking, credit cards and investment management.

August 27, 2013

Strong turnout in Maine Senate District 19 special election

Voters are filling the seat vacated by Democrat Seth Goodall, now with the Small Business Administration.

August 27, 2013

Sen. King to speak at ceremony marking civil rights march

Angus King was in the crowd on Aug. 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 27, 2013

Poll: Michaud leads gubernatorial race

Public Policy Polling data show the Democrat leading overall and in favorability and approval ratings.

August 27, 2013

N.H. man who posted pot-growing videos sentenced

Police say Kyle Berry posted the anonymous videos on YouTube, but his face was reflected off a shiny surface and a package showed his name.

August 28, 2013

Panel told LePage's Riverview bill just a small fix

The bill would establish a mental health unit at the state prison where some of Maine's psychiatric patients would be sent.

August 27, 2013

Tebow survives Patriots roster cut to 75

The third-string quarterback faces another hurdle when all NFL teams must reduce their rosters on Saturday to the regular-season limit of 53.

August 27, 2013

Barclaycard to expand, add 100 jobs to Maine call center

Barclays says the jobs are full time and include benefits such as health and dental insurance.

August 27, 2013

Some schools nix new healthier lunch program

One school said it saw as much as a 12 percent drop in lunch sales, and said keeping the program was unsustainable financially.

August 28, 2013

Local official rebuked for offensive Obama Web post

David Marsters, who is running for Sabattus town selectman, wrote the statement: 'Shoot the ...' followed by a racial slur.

August 27, 2013

NOAA: Virus likely causing dolphin deaths

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 333 dolphins have been stranded between New York and North Carolina since July 1.

August 27, 2013

Brunswick airport gets federal aid for upgrades, repairs

The money will be used to repair a hangar roof, design a snow equipment building and improved drainage.

August 27, 2013

Richmond man charged with OUI after hitting police cruiser

Police say Geoffrey Dow, 53, drove into a parked police car during a traffic stop.

August 27, 2013

Maine gets $80K for low-income students to take AP exams

Officials said the amount should be enough to cover all but $10 of the cost of each exam.

August 27, 2013

Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38,000 users

Facebook and Twitter have become organizing platforms for activists and, as such, have become targets for governments.

August 28, 2013

No foul play suspected in death of missing Skowhegan man Several photos included in this story

The body of Vaughn Giggey III, 40, was found about noon Tuesday near Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

August 27, 2013

Hernandez to be arraigned in Superior Court next week

Hernandez has previously pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd.

August 27, 2013

FairPoint to extend broadband to 44 Maine towns

The work will span three years with about a third of the communities coming online each year, FairPoint said.

August 27, 2013

North Pond Hermit enters not guilty plea

He makes his first response in court to theft charges, but his fate after jail could delay a resolution.

August 28, 2013

Questions raised by release of Maine DUI suspect

Police say the man charged with hitting three bicyclists while driving drunk appears to have had help with bail.

August 27, 2013

Consumer confidence nears five-year high in August

After hitting bottom at 25.3 at the depths of the Great Recession in February 2009, the index has bounced back. But it has yet to get back to the 90 reading that signals a healthy economy.

August 27, 2013

Woman who fled with children to S.C. back in Maine

Police say Bethmarie Retamozzo was supposed to take her children to a park for a supervised visit but never showed up.

August 27, 2013

Sandy Hook students return to school for new year

The students are being bused to the neighboring town of Monroe, where a former middle school was renovated for them shortly after the shootings.

August 28, 2013

U.S. to release 'undeniable' proof on Syria

The report on last week's chemical attack is seen as a final step before President Obama decides on a military strike.

August 27, 2013

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to close in 2014

Entergy says its decision to close the plant is based on a number of financial factors, including low wholesale energy prices and high costs.

August 28, 2013

Democrat wins Senate District 19 seat, preserving majority Several photos included in this story

Eloise Vitelli tops a Republican and a Green for the seat vacated by Seth Goodall. She'll represent Sagadahoc County and Dresden.

August 27, 2013

Treasury says US will hit debt limit this fall

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has asked Speaker John Boehner to raise the borrowing limit so that Treasury can keep paying the government's bills.

August 27, 2013

S. Thomaston man sentenced for Rockland pharmacy robbery

29-year-old Michael Willis said he was driven by his addiction to drugs, according to his lawyer.

August 27, 2013

Boston condo owner says U.S. flag will stay despite fines

Mark DiGiovanni says the law is on his side, pointing to the 2005 federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act.

August 27, 2013

Bail at $3M for 2nd teen in death of WWII veteran

Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, was arrested without incident early Monday on a warrant for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

August 27, 2013

Sanford man held in theft of Goodall plaque Several photos included in this story

Zachary Blier, 21, told police he and a friend had been drinking, climbed the statue and the 100-pound plaque fell off.

August 27, 2013

Manning lawyer gives more details on gender change

He says Chelsea Manning does not want sex-reassignment surgery and expects to be kept with men in prison where she's serving time for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.

August 27, 2013

Gerald Ford recalls Fromme assassination attempt in video Video clip included

The former president recalled seeing a hand holding a large handgun slipping through a crowd at a Sacramento park before a Secret Service agent lunged at Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme.

August 27, 2013

Midwest heat wave prompts early school dismissals

Schools in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Illinois let out early on Monday as temperatures crept toward the mid-90s – and beyond in some places.

August 27, 2013

Maine panel to discuss fix for Riverview psychiatric hospital

The federal government has threatened to cut $20 million in funding on Sept. 2 unless problems are corrected.

August 27, 2013

Brunswick Landing touts success at former Navy base

The redevelopment authority says 214 private sector jobs have been created and 24 buildings conveyed to the private sector as of this summer.

August 27, 2013

Finding young Maine artists a cheap space to create

Creative Portland is taking on the challenge and plans a Web clearinghouse of potential studios.

August 27, 2013

Portland project's parking plans still worrying neighbors

A 'last roundup' of concerns over housing proposed for Cumberland Avenue is on tap Tuesday.

August 27, 2013

Party leaders cautious on outcome of Maine Senate race

Three candidates seek election Tuesday to the Senate District 19 seat vacated by Seth Goodall.

August 27, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man accused of stealing from popular BBQ joint / Local police captain faces drunken-driving charge / Fair's giant pumpkin title goes to 962-pound gourd ... and more news from around the state.

August 27, 2013

Maine schools putting their heads together to improve

State education experts are highlighting promising practices to use as models for other schools.

August 27, 2013

Suspected child abuser's computer high on search list

Patrik Arsenault, a Maine teacher who faces sex charges, is being investigated for possible additional crimes.

August 27, 2013

New England Dispatches

Boy, 14, shot in shoulder as his mother drives car / State police getting grant to speed DNA processing / Hernandez's friend's case likely to move to trial court ... and more news from around the region.

August 27, 2013

For Maine youths, tobacco is tough buy

A report on attempts to make illegal purchases shows that Maine is one of the two best states in America at thwarting sales to minors.

August 27, 2013

Report: Russia harbored Snowden in Hong Kong

A Russian newspaper says the man who leaked NSA information stayed at the consulate.

August 27, 2013

In Maine, kids' safety on ATVs a rising concern Several photos included in this story

 A string of recent crashes in Maine, including one that killed a 4-year-old boy, have put the focus on a growing, popular pastime.

August 26, 2013

Wardens searching for missing Skowhegan man

Vaughn Giggey III left his apartment to walk to his mother's house Friday night, but never arrived.