News from August 28, 2013

August 29, 2013

Carp's pinch-hit single lifts Red Sox over Orioles Several photos included in this story

Xander Bogaerts Boston rallies for two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to beat the Orioles for their fourth straight win.

August 28, 2013

Maine teacher charged with possessing child porn

The man, who also faces a sex-related charge, is on administrative leave from Lawrence High School.

August 29, 2013

Three arrested in protest on Auburn railroad tracks

The protest against oil trains is quickly broken up by Auburn police.

August 29, 2013

Maine's sales-tax burden is fairly low

An analysis of combined statewide and local sales charges finds the state's 5% rate is third-lowest.

August 28, 2013

Patriots, Giants regulars could get meaningful snaps Thursday

The teams with two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL need to solve their offensive problems Thursday night as the regular season looms.

August 28, 2013

Drug use suspected as break-ins surge in Manchester, N.H.

Police schedule a community meeting to address the problem.

August 28, 2013

Bill to reopen Maine state office likely dead

Gov. Paul LePage opposed the bill and threatened to rescind the special session Thursday to consider a $150 million bond proposal if lawmakers considered reopening a revenue services office in Houlton.

August 28, 2013

Brewer police captain gets suspension, demotion for OUI

Christopher Martin, who pleaded guilty to driving drunk, will be suspended for 60 days without pay and demoted to lieutenant.

August 28, 2013

Winslow Homer's Civil War to be focus of Portland exhibit

The artist created works during several trips to the Union front in Virginia in 1861 and 1862.

August 28, 2013

Education, business leaders tout Maine borrowing proposal

Top Democrats join a group promoting nearly $150 million in bonds that include spending on roads and higher education.

August 28, 2013

Newly released photos show Boston Marathon bomb suspect's surrender

The images, taken by a state police sergeant, include more shots of Tsarnaev coming out of the boat, his head bloody and a red laser trained on his head.

August 28, 2013

Biddeford man indicted in R.I. in dumbbell attack

28-year-old Prince Benjamin of Biddeford is accused of assaulted and robbing a woman in her home in June.

August 29, 2013

Sabattus man who wrote Obama slur may lose town roles

 Town selectmen will meet on the committee status of David Marsters after his racially charged, anti-Obama post.

August 28, 2013

Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of U.S. cities

Thirty-four cities had unemployment rates below 5 percent, nearly double the 18 in July 2012.

August 29, 2013

Rail fears: Fatigue, crew size, retrofitting

In the wake of the deadly Quebec derailment, a federal panel hears concerns on railroad safety.

August 28, 2013

Woman injured in Port Clyde crash released from hospital

Allison Gold was injured and one of her sons killed when they were hit by a car near the Monhegan Boat Line dock.

August 29, 2013

University of New England dental school opens its doors

The College of Dental Medicine in Portland has 64 students in its inaugural class, and plans to treat thousands of patients each year.

August 29, 2013

Fifty years after MLK, calls to finish dream Video clip included

Obama urges Americans to be the new marchers for racial harmony and economic justice for all.

August 29, 2013

Obama: Syria used chemical weapons on civilians

Russia attempts to stop intervention, but the president says the U.S. could act alone if the United Nations can't break its gridlock.

August 28, 2013

Top Maine consumer complaints: car sales, lottery scams

The Maine Office of the Attorney General handles and mediates complaints and released its top 10 list today.

August 28, 2013

Fort Hood gunman sentenced to death for 13 murders

Maj. Nidal Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century.

August 29, 2013

SD 19 winner Vitelli to join majority Democrats in state Senate

Eloise Vitelli, 64, won nearly 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election, and will join the full Legislature when it convenes in special session today to vote on bonds.

August 29, 2013

Woman in Falmouth turnpike crash had just fixed flat tire

The crash, which seriously injured the woman, happened at about 10:30 a.m.

August 29, 2013

Fairfield woman who fled with kids appears in court

A diary entry says BethMarie Retamozzo had thoughts about killing herself and her children.

August 29, 2013

Portland charter school gets permit, will open on time

After two failures, Baxter Academy passes its third inspection, meaning it will open with 135 students next week.

August 29, 2013

Official: Polar bear fence too mangled for clues

He says the bear that attacked a Mainer on July 24 destroyed the electric fence so it can't be determined if it was working properly.

August 28, 2013

Firefighters respond to house fire in Lyman

The fire was reported at about 8 a.m.

August 28, 2013

Police cite alcohol, speed in late-night Naples crash

Grady Doherty, 17, of Casco and Cody Plummer, 22, of Naples were both taken to Bridgton Memorial Hospital with injuries.

August 28, 2013

Zimmerman's wife pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury for misleading a judge about how much money she and her husband had for her husband's bond.

August 28, 2013

Artist who painted Putin in underwear flees Russia

Authorities removed four satirical depictions of Russian politicians on Monday and shut down the exhibition.

August 29, 2013

Visitation supervisor charged in Waterville fleeing mom case

Jennifer Dore, of Benton, who was supervising a visit between a Fairfield woman and two of her children, has been charged with two counts of endangering the life of a child.

August 28, 2013

Randolph church robbed of electronics, collection plates

The United Methodist Church was recently burglarized, and thieves made off with $1,500 in electronics and even raided the refrigerator.

August 29, 2013

States experimenting to lower health care costs

States, insurers and medical groups are experimenting with a variety of programs to contain costs under the Affordable Care Act without undermining care.

August 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from SARS-like virus

Clusters of cases of the new virus have been sprung up in the MIddle East and Europe. About half of those affected have died.

August 28, 2013

No charges for driver in Orono paving worker death

Richard Thibodeau was struck and killed on Forest Avenue in Orono in May.

August 28, 2013

California fire prompts emergency air alerts in Nevada

Schoolchildren were kept inside, people went to hospitals complaining of eye and throat irritation and officials urged people to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013

Lewiston arson suspect to undergo 3rd psych exam

Brian Morin 'has severe mental health problems' and is 'hallucinating and hearing voices,' according to his attorney.

August 28, 2013

Mass. senators, Boston mayor to urge tougher gun laws

The rally today at Faneuil Hall will call on Congress to pass stricter background checks for gun buyers.

August 28, 2013

Radio jamming imperils flights at Norridgewock airport

'It's very dangerous,' says Kris Wallace, operations manager of Central Maine Regional Airport.

August 28, 2013

NYPD designates some mosques as terrorism organizations Video clip included

The designation allows the NYPD to send undercover officers into mosques, and legally record and spy on imams.

August 28, 2013

Man accused of N.H. break-in, taking $1, gift card

The suspect told police he was looking for an open apartment because he needed money for cigarettes.

August 28, 2013

When to strike: Syria timing is complex for Obama

There are few good options for when to attack.

August 28, 2013

Vermont nuclear plant will close, but waste will remain

A long-debated federal proposal to entomb the high-level waste at a Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada has gone nowhere.

August 28, 2013

Maine first lady welcomes veterans to new camp

The center, which opens for the first group of veterans this week, offers sports such as skiing, golf, tennis and volleyball for disabled veterans and their families.

August 29, 2013

Green crabs overtaking Maine's clam flats

But a bitter winter would stop them cold, say experts who led a count of the crabs this week.

August 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Mother accused of fleeing with her children returns / Man ordered to pay for security system for couple / Driver hits police cruiser, gets charged with OUI . . . and more news from around Maine.

August 28, 2013

Maine report-card grading system may not last

Because it's not written into law, the A-F system could be vulnerable if either Mike Michaud or Eliot Cutler defeats Paul LePage in Maine's gubernatorial race.

August 28, 2013

School overcrowding continues in Windham

Four volunteer to attend Raymond Elementary, but without redistricting, enrollment is unbalanced.

August 28, 2013

UMaine system paying agents to recruit international students

The agents' company gets 80 percent of each student’s first-year tuition: about $20,000. Advocates say it increases diversity and tuition streams, but critics say the system is ripe for abuse.

August 28, 2013

Quimby Family Foundation announces 57 grant awards

The grant hope "to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts" in Maine.

August 28, 2013

Waterville teens charged with stealing ropes course equipment

The 17-year-olds allegedly broke into a shed behind the school and stole more than $1,000 worth of ropes, a soccer net, an 8-foot step ladder and other equipment.

August 28, 2013

More dam relicensing slips past Maine's DEP

The agency misses deadlines and loses its say on five water-control projects, but says the impact will be 'zero.'

August 28, 2013

Maine to help find beds for 34 discharged from care unit

20130827_SJManor Slots for MaineCare recipients will be hard to find as St. Joseph's closes its assisted-living space to make upgrades.

August 28, 2013

Feature obituary: Paul Ladakakos Sr., served in Old Orchard Beach government, dies at 73

 Mr. Ladakakos, known by many people as 'Chubby,' also served as chairman of the town's Community Garden Committee.

August 28, 2013

Cumberland Ave. housing project wins approval

The Portland Planning Board acts over neighbors' objections to the development's limited parking.