News from February 1, 2014

February 2

D-League: Red Claws reward sold-out crowd with a win

Maine gets ‘a really good team win’ over Erie.

February 1

Pirates still winless at home in 2014

Binghamton puts a beating on Portland.

February 2

Snowmobile, ATV accidents leave two dead

The fatalities occurred in the Oxford County towns of Byron and Dixfield.

February 1

W.Va. police: 3 die when cell towers collapse

A crew was doing maintenance to strengthen the tower’s support when the accident occurred.

February 1

Manning extends record with 5th AP NFL MVP

Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, ’04, ’08 and ’09.

February 1

Amanda Knox debate: A tale of two justice systems

Divergent views of the case turn on different perceptions of justice in Europe and the U.S

February 1

After long wait, Guy becomes first punter in Hall of Fame

Ray Guy, drafted in the first round in 1973, turned punting into a useful defensive weapon.

February 1

At least 14 killed in new eruption of Indonesian volcano

Most of the 14 victims died in a village less than 3 kilometers (1.85 miles) from the peak of Mount Sinabung.

February 1

GOP ponders scandal’s toll on Christie’s future

Some Republicans said the accusations could derail hopes of Christie running for president in 2016.

February 1

New York man held for allegedly threatening former President George W. Bush

Officials found a loaded rifle, machete and container of gasoline inside the man’s car.

February 1

Knox’s judge says he suffered over guilty verdict

Judge Alessandro Nencini also suggested that the decision of Knox’s ex-boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, not to testify may have worked against him.

February 1

Bruins shut out Oilers, 4-0

Chad Johnson makes 22 saves for the shutout.

February 1

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hospitalized

Daley, 71, was feeling disoriented on a Friday evening flight back from a conference in Arizona.

February 1

Maine bill would ban replica guns in schools

Sponsored by Sen. Dawn Hill, D-York, the bill would make it a crime to have replica firearms on school property – and will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday.

February 1

Atlanta mayor defends using emergency lanes in jam

Kasim Reed says he did not interfere with stranded motorists on the way to do an interview with The Weather Channel.

February 1

Mass mobs filling pews, lifting spirits at Roman Catholic churches

Organizers use social media to summon crowds of worshippers to attend en masse.

February 1

Former staff and students collect memories from Nathan Clifford School

Developers Collaborative, which is turning the historic former elementary school into apartments, invites former teachers, staff and students to take away anything that isn’t nailed down.

February 1

Punxsutawney Phil’s day coincides with Super Bowl

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club expects about 20,000 revelers to gather early in the early morning, long, long before the Seahawks play the Broncos.

February 1

Warmer weather draws outdoor enthusiasts to South Portland WinterFest

With the Arctic air finally losing its grip on the region, hundreds of people show up for a winter carnival in South Portland.

February 1

Fire victims in Quebec village memorialized

About 900 people, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, packed into the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in L’Isle, Quebec.

February 1

Kerry: Ukraine should be free to align with Europe

The crisis in Ukraine began after President Victor Yanukovych backed out of an agreement to deepen ties with the European Union in favor of getting closer to Russia.

February 1

Music a big focus in Super Bowl ads

The focus on music comes as many advertisers look for ways to engage the 108 million viewers who are expected to tune in during the Super Bowl.

February 1

Welker doesn’t dwell on costly drop

The former Patriots receiver says he doesn’t even think about the drop that could have clinched a Super Bowl title two years ago for New England.

February 1

Sochi organizers: Only 6 of 9 media hotels ready

The accommodation for athletes, however, has not been affected.

February 1

Silver replaces Stern as NBA commissioner

Adam Silver had been the deputy assistant since 2006.

February 1

Communists stage 1st Sochi protest

The peaceful rally in a remote location attracts seven protesters.

February 1

Maine film office OKs 16 productions in 2013

The productions approved last year are spending more than $4.7 million in Maine, increasing from $1.5 million spent in the state the year prior.

February 1

UN says more than 733 Iraqis killed in January

The U.N. also says at least 1,229 Iraqis were wounded in attacks across the country last month.

February 1

Syrian forces launch new Aleppo strikes

The Syrian government forces try reassert their dominance over the city, which has been divided into government- and opposition-held areas since mid-2012.

February 2

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Schell won his Oscar in 1961 for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

February 1

Facial hair fest planned in Portland

Most of the events are being held at the Ocean Gateway from March 26-30.

February 1

Maine gets $5.4M for heating assistance program

The program supplies heating assistance to about 50,000 Mainers.

February 1

Authorities: Smugglers sent illegal workers to Brewer restaurants

Federal officials indict 32 allegedly involved in supplying undocumented Latin workers to Chinese eateries.

February 1

Westbrook school officials don’t release report on student suspensions

The 26-page report looked into a decision by Westbrook High officials to lift the suspensions of student athletes who were allegedly at an underage drinking party.

February 1

Maine man extradited in child sexting case

Charged with Internet sexual exploitation of a child, Shane Pelletier is en route to Colorado.

February 1

Feature Obituary: Lou Trempe, 72, found joy in music, providing for family

Lucien “Lou” Trempe was a well-known auto parts salesman and musician in southern Maine.

February 1

Maine farmers hope Oakhurst sale changes nothing but the owner

For decades, the family-owned business has rewarded its milk producers for quality.

February 1

Relatives of Maine road-rage victim still in dark on details

Theresa Allocca, the mother of Timothy Davison, is frustrated by police silence on the investigation into her son’s slaying.

February 1

Prosecutors, defense disagree on Maine 12-year-old’s competence to stand trial

The girl is charged with manslaughter in the death of an infant in Fairfield in July 2012.

February 1

Maine task force to focus on prosecution of elder abuse cases

Attorney General Janet Mills plans to build on work of other agencies calling attention to challenges posed by state’s rapidly aging population.

February 1

CDC data show Maine whooping cough in decline

There were 737 cases in 2012 but just 332 in 2013.

February 1

Augusta shooting suspect held on probation violation charge

Paul Coyne of Augusta is held without bail while prosecutors decide if they should file other charges.

February 1

Extradition of Knox difficult but not impossible

The U.S. treaty with Italy provides a strong legal basis for honoring a request for Amanda Knox’s return.

February 1

Maine family steps up to find cure for Dad’s cancer Several photos included in this story

Nate Poulin gets ready to call attention to the cause by speeding to the top of the Empire State Building.

February 1

Former aide says Christie knew of bridge closures

The official who set up a traffic jam as political retribution disputes the New Jersey governor's account.

February 1

Money gap widens in Maine 2nd District primary races

Both Republican and Democrat financial statements show a growing disparity.