News from December 8, 2013

December 9, 2013

Thai PM dissolves Parliament, calls elections

The announcement came as thousands of government protesters prepared to march through Bangkok in 'final showdown.'

December 9, 2013

Little dinosaur planter evolves into big job for its Portland creator

A Portland artisan busily fills orders for her gilded reptiles after magazines discover them.

December 8, 2013

Fire closes a section of Holmes Road in Scarborough



December 8, 2013

Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms

Six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, signs of corporate support for gay and transgender rights are reaching workers, according to report.

December 9, 2013

Mix of rain, sleet and snow headed to Maine

Precipitation will hit the Portland area by sunrise Monday.

December 9, 2013

Pirates break skid with 4-2 win over Providence

A wrap-around goal by Andy Miele in the third breaks a 2-2 tie.

December 8, 2013

Susan Boyle says Asperger’s diagnosis was a relief

The singing sensation, who came from a small Scottish town, said she had learning difficulties as a child and was bullied by other children in school.

December 8, 2013

Senators: Put cameras on train tracks, engineers

Lawmakers are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to require installation of audio and video recording cameras in locomotives and cabs.

December 8, 2013

Patriots win with remarkable comeback

Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes in final 64 seconds as the Patriots stun the Browns, 27-26.

December 8, 2013

Sleet, ice, deep freeze hit large swath of US Several photos included in this story

The slow moving storm is headed to the Northeast.

December 9, 2013

Maine meeting on elver season postponed

Monday’s meeting will be rescheduled because of possible snowy weather.

December 8, 2013

Vonn shows progress in 3rd race of comeback

Vonn finishes an unofficial fifth through 45 racers in a World Cup super-G.

December 9, 2013

NBA Roundup: Celtics embarrass Knicks, 114-73

Boston posts the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season.

December 8, 2013

Owens’ Olympic gold medal sells for record $1.4M

SCP Auctions says Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia.

December 8, 2013

Billy Joel, 4 others receive Kennedy Center Honors

Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine are also honored.

December 8, 2013

Antifraud requirement delays heating help for Mainers

Applicants seeking federal fuel assistance are required to show Social Security cards, which is holding up the process.

December 8, 2013

Friend: Mandela not on life support in final hours

Bantu Holomisa, a former deputy minister in Mandela’s Cabinet, says, “I’ve seen people who are on their last hours and I could sense that he is now giving up.”

December 9, 2013

Police seek man after girlfriend shot in Gardiner

The woman is recovering from the shooting at a Lewiston hospital as authorities search for her boyfriend in connection with the incident.

December 8, 2013

Massive anti-government protest breaks out in Ukraine

The rally denounces President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn away from Europe and move toward Russia.

December 8, 2013

Iran opposes foreign presence in Afghanistan

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tells Afghan President Hamid Karzai that foreign forces generates tension.

December 9, 2013

Portland group reviving a 'passion' for temperance

The Prohibition-era Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is mounting a comeback.

December 8, 2013

Mujica, Red Sox finalize $9.5M, 2-year deal

Mujica gives the Red Sox some protection if closer Koji Uehara, who turns 39 in April, cannot repeat his 2013 performance.

December 8, 2013

Conn. suspect in 3 deaths lets baby go, kills self

Police have not released names of all involved.

December 8, 2013

Two youngest US senators seek to lower college costs

The bill calls for schools to lose federal funding if they don’t meet the affordability and quality standards developed under the legislation.

December 9, 2013

Scarborough man recovering from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Everett Boynton accidentally shot himself in the abdomen at the Scarborough Fish & Game Club Saturday.

December 8, 2013

Presidents, royalty expected for Mandela memorial

The South African government says a total of 53 heads of state, government and ministers have confirmed they will be attending the service on Tuesday.

December 8, 2013

Conn. Gov. calls for bells to toll Dec. 14 for Newtown

On the one-year anniversary of the school shootings, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges people to donate to a charity, volunteer in their communities or appreciate time spent with friends and family.

December 8, 2013

Maine seeks to revive sea urchin fishery

Members of Maine’s Marine Resources Committee are reviewing a bill carried over from last session that some say could help the fishery rebound.

December 8, 2013

Maine residents donate 930 coats to seniors

This year’s donation through the Coats for Seniors project is up from 600 coats donated last year.

December 8, 2013

Feature obituary: Liz Cook, 54, outdoorswoman, L.L. Bean catalog layout designer

She was fashionable, social and upbeat.

December 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man, 77, shoots himself in abdomen at firing range / Lewiston woman gets 10 years in prison for selling cocaine ... and more

December 8, 2013

Student would like to lift son’s spirits

She has little money for ‘wants.’

December 8, 2013

Maine native awaits news on Super Bowl ad

Winslow High School graduate Lucie Amundsen’s Locally Laid egg business is a finalist in the competition for air time during the big game.

December 8, 2013

Many elves, lots of Claus to celebrate Several photos included in this story

Southern Maine gets into the spirit – and spirits – with a Santacon pub crawl, along with some surfing and traditional caroling.

December 8, 2013

Maine trooper shot teen in arm, knee and head

But the issue is whether the officer felt an imminent threat, not where the bullets landed.

December 8, 2013

Farmington parades pride in earmuffs Several photos included in this story

But honoree Chester Greenwood would find it harder to patent earmuffs today than he did in 1877.

December 8, 2013

Pop-ups purvey crafts, ‘Skowhegiana’

A jail-turned-gristmill in Skowhegan is home to retailers who rent space for as little as a single day.

December 8, 2013

Red Barn restaurant gets in trouble for being charitable

The warning kick-starts a plan to form a nonprofit to handle the Augusta company’s charity efforts.

December 8, 2013

Washington Notebook: Maine’s air quality has stake in two pollution cases

They will pit business interests against public health advocates and test the scope of the federal government’s regulatory reach.

December 8, 2013

Vermont fails to meet goal on emissions

While the state is using less heating fuel, no one should applaud warmer winters, an expert says.

December 8, 2013

Health care: Dirigo led the way – lessons will follow

With Maine’s decade-long attempt at reform ending and Obamacare starting, comparisons are inevitable.

December 8, 2013

Tomie dePaola, N.H. children’s author, has magic touch

At 79, the creator of Strega Nona, keeps producing – like the pot of pasta in his story.

December 8, 2013

Tears come with answers about hero uncle

In Italy, a Massachusetts man finds a witness to the last moments of one of the few teen fighter pilots in World War II.

December 8, 2013

Massachusetts lawyer’s appointment delays murder trial

A Princeton man is accused of stabbing another at a Worcester party.

December 8, 2013

Loss of shrimp season hits the pocketbook hardest Several photos included in this story

The Gulf of Maine has been closed to shrimping for 2014 after last year’s low harvest.

December 8, 2013

Gunshots fired in West Paris changed lives Several photos included in this story Video clip included

When troubled Maine teen James Reynolds and respected trooper Jason Wing crossed paths last June, three .45-caliber bullets tore through the air – and tied their fates to an unsettling trend.

December 8, 2013

Bill Nemitz: A convenient truth about global warming dawns on LePage

Maine’s governor gets religion about climate change.