News from December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Armed robbery suspect arrested in Biddeford

Police allegedly found computers and iPhones in Reed’s home that had been stolen in burglaries that occurred in Saco and Scarborough.

December 11, 2013

George W. Bush writes letter of support to maligned Alabama kicker

The former president tells him ‘you will be a stronger human with time.’

December 11, 2013

Revenge porn site suspect arrested

Police say he charged fees to have explicit photos sent in by former lovers removed from the site.

December 13, 2013

Gun control groups hold on to hope a year after Newtown

The groups are sending dozens of paid staff into key states and enlisting thousands of volunteer activists.

December 12, 2013

Decision on charging Old Orchard hunters ‘under review’

A recently elected town councilor and a local developer are accused of firing shots too close to a woman’s home.

December 11, 2013

MLB intends to ban home-plate collisions

Safety and increased awareness of concussions are behind the decision, one GM says.

December 11, 2013

Maine’s Lincoln mill lays off 200 after boiler explosion

Gov. LePage says part of the problem is a fine levied against the mill as a result of the blast.

December 11, 2013

LePage, students discuss making Maine youth-friendly

Creating more local internships is among the ideas shared by Bowdoin College students.

December 11, 2013

Bath boy escapes possible abduction attempt by minivan driver

A 12-year-old boy says he was grabbed by a man driving near the 500 block of Middle Street.

December 11, 2013

Contaminated Windham site takes step toward Superfund status

Only a multimillion-dollar cleanup could rid the former Keddy Mill land of PCBs.

December 11, 2013

Man accused of taking Portland women to Boston for prostitution

Fritz Blanchard’s arrest follows the guilty plea of Samuel Gravely of Portland on an identical charge.

December 12, 2013

Prices, details unveiled for new Nova Scotia-to-Portland ferry

Nova Star Cruises plans to begin offering the nine-hour daily rides – which will include a casino, movie theater and spa – in May.

December 11, 2013

Portland woman, two Mass. men charged in drug bust

Police seize six pounds of marijuana, two large bags of mushrooms and more than $30,000 in cash.

December 11, 2013

N.H. blue-collar worker leaves $1 million to home, shelter

Ronald Newell, who died at age 78, was a private person who drove a truck for 18 years.

December 11, 2013

EPA names Windham’s Keddy Mill a Superfund site

About 10 tons of PCB-contaminated soil has already been removed from the site and a fence has gone up to deter trespassers.

December 12, 2013

Maine group to press to overturn Citizens United

A coalition will seek signatures for a constitutional convention to throw out the ruling giving corporations the rights of individuals.

December 11, 2013

NSA: No better way to protect U.S. than surveillance

Pleading with the Senate Judiciary Committee to not abolish the NSA bulk-collection programs, Gen. Keith Alexander says global threats are growing.

December 11, 2013

Screenings for Maine gun permits fall short

Lawmakers, told that many applicants don’t get mental health checks, consider reforms.

December 12, 2013

Eight arrested in alleged Hancock County oxycodone ring

Maine Drug Enforcement agents seize more than $40,000 in drugs and $35,000 in cash in three raids Tuesday.

December 12, 2013

EqualityMaine names new director, eyes new goals

The gay and lesbian rights advocacy group is also shifting focus after leading the initiative to legalize same-sex marriage.

December 11, 2013

FDA aims to phase out antibiotics in meat

The agency says it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing the drugs for use in animal production.

December 12, 2013

Mainers increasing insurance sign-ups

Nearly 1,800 had lined up health coverage online by Nov. 30 as fixes to the federal website kicked in.

December 12, 2013

Oil industry threatens lawsuit over S. Portland tar sands moratorium

The American Petroleum Institute says the six-month moratorium on some waterfront development violates state and federal laws.

December 12, 2013

Former Rockland Savings Bank worker gets 33 months for fraud

Shauna Quinn, 45, of Rockland, is also ordered to repay the $538,795 she misappropriated through advances on loans and credits lines that were not authorized

December 12, 2013

Loss of NECN angers Time Warner viewers Several photos included in this story

As fans of the channel complain, the company says viewership and cost were factors, and the decision is final.

December 11, 2013

Portland crews find water line break in Congress Street area

Congress Street has reopened, repairs to Bolton Street expected to take most of the day.

December 11, 2013

FDA’s concerns keep female libido drug in limbo

Unlike sexual problems in men, most of women’s sexual issues are psychological, not physical..

December 12, 2013

Health care sign-ups gaining steam, but still behind

Crunch time is now for Obama’s health care law, as consumers face a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline if they want to have coverage on Jan. 1.

December 11, 2013

Prosecutors: Fatal N.H. crash was ex-exec’s suicide attempt

One victim, 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, was eight months pregnant.

December 11, 2013

Charity buys Indian masks, returns them to tribes

The Annenburg Foundation bid anonymously, paying $530,000 for 24 artifacts.

December 12, 2013

Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year

‘He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way,’ says the magazine’s managing editor.

December 11, 2013

Sebelius asks for investigation of flawed HealthCare.gov website

The announcement comes as she heads to Capitol Hill for another round of grilling.

December 12, 2013

Maine man charged after standoff

Police say a Levant man barricaded himself inside his house and refused to come out.

December 11, 2013

Sign-language interpreter at Mandela memorial was a fake Video clip included

His arm and hand movements were meaningless, they say, and others wonder how he was allowed so close to world leaders, including Obama.

December 11, 2013

Man applies for job at NH store, gets arrested

The 18-year-old filled out a job application before allegedly taking off with a couple of bottles of pink champagne.

December 11, 2013

Jazz guitar master Jim Hall dies at 83

He transformed the role of the guitar in jazz with his understated melodic and minimalist approach.

December 11, 2013

NTSB: Asiana captain was ‘very concerned’ about visual landing

Interviews with the pilots who were in the cockpit indicated a nervous trainee captain, while the other two pilots recognized too late they were coming in too low and slow.

December 11, 2013

Maine lawmakers tour early education center

The Education Committee is examining a bill that would expand pre-kindergarten programs to all of Maine’s roughly 160 school districts.

December 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man wounded by own gun now in satisfactory condition / Former King staffer hired by Cutler campaign / Police believe school bleachers stolen to be sold as scrap ... and more news from around the state.

December 11, 2013

Maine slips in health rankings of states, but still in top third Several photos included in this story

Child immunization rates and air quality improved in 2012, but we're not making progress on obesity and binge drinking.

December 11, 2013

Maine education committee hopes to introduce school funding reform bill

Several lawmakers say they will push for a bill in the January session incorporating recommendations from a study on how the state funds public schools.

December 11, 2013

At memorial service, a final moment of unity for Nelson Mandela

World leaders join ordinary South Africans to honor the anti-apartheid icon.

December 11, 2013

Portland speakers: Honor Nelson Mandela by carrying on his spirit

City officials also announce a new scholarship named after the South African leader.

December 11, 2013

Obama navigates tricky diplomatic waters at service

The president has a series of encounters – including a handshake with Raul Castro – that test protocol.

December 11, 2013

Limits on cross-state pollution aired in courts

Decisions in the cases will affect EPA efforts to lower emissions from out-of-state power plants that contaminate Maine’s air.

December 11, 2013

Feature Obituary: Randall Chasse, 71, former owner of Miss Portland Diner

He donated the Miss Portland Diner to the city of Portland in 2004.

December 11, 2013

Supreme Court passes on union-organizing case

Justices will not decide a case centered on a type of agreement in which an employer remains neutral.

December 11, 2013

Suspension of 6-year-old for kissing girl’s hand sparks debate

Calling it sexual harassment goes too far, the student’s mother says, but the school considers it unwanted touching.

December 11, 2013

Man sentenced to 40 months in Falmouth feud shooting

Cory Reid, 29, faces possible deportation to Jamaica after completing his prison term.

December 11, 2013

Maine rescue trip heads for Lac-Megantic

Rotary clubs are bringing teddy bears and toys to help victims of the train disaster.

December 12, 2013

Resident of rural Maine seeks gifts for children

The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund aims to provide toys for 7,000 children in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties.