News from December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

Fire causes smoke damage at Baha’i school in Eliot

The fire chief says $50,000 in damage was done in an area that was being renovated.

December 11, 2013

Portland delays decision on major Bayside development Several photos included in this story

Opponents outnumber supporters 2-to-1 at a hearing on a residential and retail project that hopes to transform the former industrial neighborhood.

December 11, 2013

Belfast man doesn’t know why he and his mother were shot

A police affidavit states that Todd Gilday claimed to have taken a large amount of drugs before he allegedly shot Mathew Day and killed Day’s mother.

December 11, 2013

Nurse warned against suspect in N.H. hepatitis C case Several photos included in this story

She threatened to contact authorities outside the VA about her suspicions of medication tampering if the medical technician’s contract were to be renewed.

December 11, 2013

Time Warner Cable's Maine customers getting Al Jazeera America

Maine customers will also lose New England Cable News. The company says the two decisions are not related.

December 11, 2013

Boston-area casino will get a second vote

Revere residents will weigh in about putting a Mohegan Sun casino on Suffolk Downs’ property.

December 10, 2013

Commercial Street crash slows Portland traffic

The two-car, rush-hour crash results in both drivers being transported to Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

December 11, 2013

Bipartisan negotiators reach modest federal budget pact

The deal would only cut about $20 billion from the nation’s $17 trillion debt, but could help avoid another government shutdown.

December 10, 2013

A look at 23 women CEOS running Fortune 500 firms

Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors on Thursday, joining a fairly small group.

December 11, 2013

Troubled MaineCare rides broker may want more funds

A document signaling that a request is in the works angers legislators already out of patience over the contractor’s service problems.

December 10, 2013

Two UMaine baseball players charged in burglary

The two are suspended from the team after being arrested as suspects in a forestry shed break-in.

December 10, 2013

Auburn firefighters pull lucky dog from icy pond

During the rescue, a firefighter falls through the thin ice, but man and dog are OK.

December 10, 2013

Psychiatric hospital staff shortage could reopen Maine group homes Several photos included in this story

A court overseer says the move would open up space for more acutely ill patients.

December 10, 2013

Hits to head still prevalent 11 weeks into NFL season

Of the penalties charted over the first 162 games of the season, the Associated Press identified 156 involving contact with the head and neck.

December 10, 2013

Woman in fatal N.H. crash was eight months pregnant

The driver who allegedly killed a young Vermont couple has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

December 10, 2013

U.S figure skating champ Lysacek out of Sochi Games

Evan Lysacek is being sidelined by a hip injury.

December 11, 2013

Senate approves Mainer to U.S. Court of Appeals

Patricia Millett, who worked for Presidents Clinton and Bush, is easily confirmed to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

December 10, 2013

Brother testifies at trial of woman accused of pushing husband off cliff

The 16-year-old was with Jordan Graham when she led authorities to her husband’s body in Glacier National Park on July 11.

December 10, 2013

New Johnny Cash album to be released next spring

Sessions recorded in the 1980s, stashed away and forgotten, are now being released in an album called ‘Out Among the Stars.’

December 10, 2013

Photo: After the freeze, a sunrise in Saco

The weather forecast calls for temperatures to drop into the teens Tuesday night.

December 10, 2013

UMaine’s Cosgrove named Co-Coach of the Year

He shares the regional honor with Fordham’s coach.

December 10, 2013

Portland Pirates get new majority owner

Ron Cain, who had been a minority investor, wants to restart lease talks with the civic center and get the team back in Portland.

December 10, 2013

Cutler hires spokeswoman; new poll gives edge to Michaud

The poll says Michaud has 37 percent of the vote, compared to 36 percent for LePage and 18 percent for Cutler.

December 10, 2013

Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro

The gesture raises hopes that Washington and Havana could be on the verge of a breakthrough, but the White House says the encounter was simply an exchange of greetings as the U.S. leader made his way to the podium to speak.

December 10, 2013

Students’ robotic arm can make you stronger

Titan Arm’s cost-efficient design has won a team of engineering students accolades and at least $75,000 in prize money.

December 10, 2013

GM names Mary Barra CEO, first woman to head a U.S. carmaker

Barra has spent the past three years as General Motors’ product chief, making cars that drive better, last longer and look good in showrooms.

December 10, 2013

Aluminum bleachers stolen from Buckfield athletic complex

A school official says two or three 16-foot benches and the seats and foot rests were taken.

December 10, 2013

D.C. area, Northeast seeing another round of snow

In Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, meteorologists predicted the snow would taper off around the time commuters headed home for the day, but roads and sidewalks were expected to remain slick.

December 10, 2013

Girlfriend wants charges against Zimmerman dropped

‘I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him,’ Samantha Scheibe wrote in a signed affidavit.

December 10, 2013

Maine panel to discuss Medicaid consultant, rides

The Health and Human Services Committee will consider the nearly $1 million contract for the Alexander Group among other issues involving the state’s health department.

December 10, 2013

Six missing adults, children found alive in northern Nevada

Authorities said they were being taken to a hospital, although all were in good condition.

December 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine clean election group says outside influence on the rise / Jet lands in Portland safely despite malfunction / Vigil in Monument Square will honor Nelson Mandela ... and more news from around the state.

December 10, 2013

'New rich’ key to economic recovery and polarization

Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives.

December 10, 2013

Study: One in five cases of lung cancer harmless

The results indicate the disease isn’t as lethal as thought, but treatment is unlikely to change much.

December 10, 2013

Maine panel gets proposals to revamp education

State lawmakers will examine a report’s findings in deciding whether to propose changes in the way schools are funded.

December 10, 2013

Maine Army National Guard’s plan for new HQ up for review

The building in Augusta would be home to joint forces operations and about 190 full-time staff.

December 10, 2013

Portland Secret Santa spreads joy with social media's help

The city’s anonymous Santa seeks online advice on where to give away $100 bills to needy strangers.

December 10, 2013

Give-and-take rules as Portland enforces anti-nuisance laws Several photos included in this story

The city’s elevated attention to codes such as unleashed dogs comes with a touch of flexibility.

December 10, 2013

NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported life

The Mars rover Curiosity finds evidence of fresh water.

December 10, 2013

$1 million Maine park-and-ride lot goes largely unused Several photos included in this story

Only a few people use the 300 spaces in Yarmouth daily. Critics say it’s a boondoggle, but the state says usage will grow over time.

December 10, 2013

LePage does not join petition for clean air

Eight Northeast governors want cuts in Midwest emissions, but he is said to focus on 'mobile' pollution.

December 11, 2013

Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela Several photos included in this story Video clip included

At a memorial service in Johannesburg, he compares the former South African president to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.