News from December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

Red Sox World Series memorabilia unveiled at Hall of Fame

Bats, gloves, jerseys and a fake beard are among the items on display at Cooperstown.

December 6, 2013

World leaders, barrier-breakers react to Mandela’s death

International, national and state leaders express their admiration for Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013

Missing N.H. teen was in contact with mother

Abigail Hernandez of North Conway disappeared on Oct. 9 after leaving school.

December 5, 2013

Beer, wine contribute millions to Maine economy, industry says

A new report by the Maine Beer and Wine Distributors Association shows the industry has created more than 2,000 additional jobs in the state.

December 5, 2013

Suspect in Vassalboro killing waives bail hearing

A mental evaluation is ordered, partly to determine whether Courtney D. Shea is competent to stand trial.

December 6, 2013

South Africans mourn, celebrate Mandela Several photos included in this story

The loss of the man who many consider the father of South Africa brought deep grief, but residents also celebrated his many momentous achievements.

December 6, 2013

Major manhunt for armed robber launched in Biddeford

Dozens of law-enforcement officers swarm the town in response to the 10th armed robbery since last week.

December 6, 2013

Mandela’s fight influenced Maine leaders Video clip included

The UMaine system was among the first universities in the U.S. to take action to divest its investments in South Africa.

December 5, 2013

Gracious and tough, Mandela was fun to cover

His very demeanor served as the rebuttal to all those who peddled fear and foretold disaster should blacks get the vote and take power in Pretoria.

December 5, 2013

Mandela inspired music, movies, poems Several photos included in this story

Artists were equally drawn to the man and to what he stood for.

December 5, 2013

LePage slams U.S. for missed referrals of MaineCare cases

But Democrats say many of the problems are of the governor’s own making.

December 5, 2013

BIW will lay off 118 workers this month

‘We absolutely hate to do this’ but the work’s not there, says a spokesman for the shipbuilder after a fourth round of job cuts.

December 6, 2013

Special section: The life of Nelson Mandela

The former prisoner and president used peace to overcome Apartheid, and in doing so set a moral example for the world.

December 5, 2013

Obama mourns death of icon Nelson Mandela Several photos included in this story

‘Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set,’ the president says.

December 5, 2013

George W. Bush pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

‘President Mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time,’ the former U.S. president says.

December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, beloved South African statesman, dies at 95 Several photos included in this story

The death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner closes the final chapter in South Africa’s struggle to cast off apartheid.

December 5, 2013

N.H. senator says state is shortchanged on rural broadband funds

Kelly Ayotte has introduced legislation to ensure that rural states get at least 75 cents for every dollar they contribute to the Universal Service Fund.

December 5, 2013

Widespread cold snap grips Northern Plains Video clip included

The Red Cross urges people to stay inside or layer up to guard against frostbite if they must go out.

December 5, 2013

States grovel before Boeing in bid for 777X jobs

The competition underscores Boeing’s commanding bargaining position in an economy where top-notch manufacturing jobs remain scarce.

December 5, 2013

Pope forms commission to advise on sex abuse

The commission was announced after a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers who are helping him reform the Vatican bureaucracy.

December 5, 2013

Industry: Beer and wine contribute millions to Maine economy

A new report by the Maine Beer and Wine Distributors Association shows the industry has created more than 2,000 additional jobs in the state.

December 6, 2013

Maine Audubon: Wind farms, wildlife can be compatible

A biologist’s report says wind farms can be strategically placed to ensure the impact is small.

December 5, 2013

Report finds highest number of Maine jobs available in health care, social work

The Maine Development Foundation’s jobs report for the third quarter of 2013 looked at 55,000 online job postings.

December 5, 2013

N.H. man who killed parents as teen earns conditional parole

Jeffrey Dingman, who was 14 when he and his brother shot their parents, must first complete counseling and learn how to live outside prison.

December 6, 2013

Maine prisoner files claim over pepper-spray incident

The prison controversy led to policy changes and a ‘teachable moment’ for prison personnel.

December 5, 2013

Maine’s next on big tipper’s road trip

A Kentucky man is fulfilling a wish by his late brother, who asked in his will that his money be given to people in need.

December 5, 2013

American teacher shot dead in Libya’s Benghazi

Ronald Smith II taught chemistry at the city’s International School, a Libyan-owned institute that follows an American curriculum.

December 5, 2013

Ethics panel delays action on Lewiston casino campaigners

Stavros Mendros and Peter Robinson are suspected of misreporting donations during their failed 2011 casino initiative.

December 6, 2013

Google's other barge probed on West Coast

An investigation looks into whether proper permits were acquired; Portland’s barge has the city’s OK for construction work.

December 5, 2013

Colby College gets $10 million for science center

The 36,400-square-foot building will house robotics and computer labs and a behavioral neuroscience research center.

December 5, 2013

QB Ben Lucas of Cony named Gatorade Maine Player of the Year

The quarterback led the Rams of Augusta to the Class B state football championship last month.

December 5, 2013

Fast-food strikes return amid push for wage hikes

In New York City, about 100 protesters blew whistles and beat drums while marching into a McDonald’s at around 6:30 a.m.

December 6, 2013

Tim Hortons closes six Maine stores

The latest restaurant to close is in Brunswick, following closures in five other communities.

December 5, 2013

Obama orders government to triple renewable power by 2020

The directive applies to all federal agencies – civilian and military.

December 5, 2013

At least 35 whales make it out of Everglades to deeper water Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An NOAA strandings official said the pods were in 12 feet of water by midday, while 11 whales are dead and five are unaccounted for.

December 5, 2013

Jackie Kennedy’s NY birth records going to Boston

The records document a 14-day stay at Southampton Hospital on Long Island.

December 5, 2013

U.S. economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd quarter

Nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles.

December 5, 2013

Art, culture a significant part of the U.S. economy

For the first time the government will release estimates on the creative sector’s contribution to the GDP.

December 5, 2013

Calif. couple conceives rare identical triplets Several photos included in this story

The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.

December 5, 2013

Mass AG: Stop new federal fishing catch limits

The complaint alleges NOAA ignored the economic impact of the regulations and using flawed science to drastically reduce the annual catch limits for cod and other species.

December 5, 2013

NY train wreck engineer suspended without pay

A spokesman for Metro-North Railroad says William Rockefeller is ‘out of service, and not being paid.’

December 5, 2013

Auburn pedestrian, 77, killed by pickup

George Cole was struck while crossing the street near a retirement community.

December 5, 2013

Car bomb hits Yemen’s Defense Ministry, killing 15

The attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida, whose chapter in Yemen is considered among the world’s most active.

December 6, 2013

LePage: Maine could benefit from an arctic sea lane

The governor’s remarks at a transportation conference echo those made in Maine this summer by the president of Iceland.

December 5, 2013

Maine rural hospitals score well in ranking

Nine of 22 hospitals on the Leapfrog Group’s 2013 Top Rural Hospitals list are in Maine.

December 5, 2013

Washington County residents have mixed reactions to plan to eliminate taxes

Maine's poorest county has struggled for years, and some wonder whether the FreeME proposal from the Maine Heritage Policy Center is the answer to overcoming poverty and boosting population.

December 5, 2013

State to Portland: Decision to move DHHS offices final

An administration official and the mayor clash at a meeting over the move out of the city and trade criticisms afterward.

December 5, 2013

Asians lead the globe on exams, but paying a price

Long hours of hard work at learning put Asians at the top of testing, but well-rounded education suffers.

December 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Reliance on natural gas could cause delivery woes / Paintings of Indian women unveiled in Maine State House / Man admits he stole copper from VA to finance addiction ... and more news from around the state.

December 5, 2013

Former Maine town clerk pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $20,000

Kathy Mattingly, 56, was arrested in June after she confessed during an interview with a Waldo County Sheriff’s Office detective.

December 5, 2013

Investigator backs Maine clerk’s claim of retaliation, discrimination

The 17-year employee of the Winthrop school system says the superintendent was demeaning to her.

December 5, 2013

Philanthropic couple provides seeds, Maine students grow

Grants from the Perloffs directly to teachers lead to hundreds of learning efforts that often become self-sufficient.

December 5, 2013

Health care website much-improved, federal official tells Portland forum

Others also report progress and answer questions on insurance at the USM event.

December 5, 2013

Rats from pig farm plaguing neighbors 
in Maine town Several photos included in this story

The town’s code enforcement officer says he is hopeful the farmer will correct the problem before officials take enforcement action.

December 5, 2013

NSA gathers cellphone data on worldwide scale

U.S. officials say that the programs aim strictly to develop intelligence about foreign targets.

December 5, 2013

Full-face transplant patients grow into their features

The successful forming of new blood vessel network is a ‘miracle’ for them and a promise for others.

December 5, 2013

Obamacare signups surge after website repairs

The new numbers give hope to the administration that the president’s health care overhaul can succeed.

December 5, 2013

Stay-at-home mom of four would like help

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

December 5, 2013

Democrat says Maine DHHS stalling on rides broker

Despite pressure to reduce missed pickups or drop the company, Commissioner Mayhew says the decision will not be rushed.

December 4, 2013

N.H. man who shot wife in front of son, 3, pleads guilty

He said that he had secretly taped her and was 'very angry' that his wife was having an affair.

December 5, 2013

Scarborough moves to form leash law committee

A day after a townwide ban on unleashed dogs is repealed, town councilors move to assign a group to find a way to protect piping plovers and keep dog owners happy.