News from February 11, 2014

February 11

Who I Met, With Greta Rybus: Sarah Lapine, floral designer

Sarah Lapine seems to find meaning in flowers, the way a sculptor does with clay.

February 13

One driver killed, another injured in Maine crash on Route 1

The accident shuts down a stretch of the road in Woolwich for four hours Tuesday night.

February 12

House votes overwhelmingly to restore full military pensions

The bill now heads to the Senate amid discussions of how to cover the $7 billion cost of the measure.

February 12

Death of 6-year-old Maine girl spurs outpouring of support

Evalise M. McLean, a Berwick first-grader, apparently died of bacterial meningitis, which, officials assure other parents, is not contagious.

February 11

Republicans forgo battle as House votes to increase nation’s debt limit

Maine’s representatives join other Democrats in voting for the bill and avoiding another fiscal crisis.

February 13

Maine Legislature vote results for summer food program: VoteTrac

The bill requires schools that hold activities in the summer and where more than half the students qualify for free or reduced lunch to offer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Services Program, which reimburses school districts for the entire cost of the food.

February 11

Maine Senate roll call vote results for early voting: VoteTrac

The bill would amend the Maine Constitution to give cities and towns the option of allowing in-person voting before Election Day, but it looks like it will fall short of passage.

February 12

Bath Iron Works makes final three in cutter design competition

BIW is still in the running as the Coast Guard continues to narrow the field from the eight submissions.

February 11

Maine Senate roll call vote results for early voting: VoteTrac



February 13

Maine Legislature votes on revenue sharing: VoteTrac



February 12

Maine high court hears appeal over HoltraChem plant cleanup

St. Louis-based company Mallinckrodt argues that the DEP’s order to clean up the former plant in Orrington overstepped its legal bounds.

February 12

Maine smoked trout makes it to White House state dinner

The delicacy by the Ducktrap company in Belfast is served as an appetizer at a dinner for French leader Francois Hollande.

February 12

Deering High chorus practices for performance with Foreigner Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The teens will sing 'I Want to Know What Love Is' with a band many of their parents love.

February 12

Maine House passes bill to allow military recruiters into schools in uniform

The bipartisan bill cruises to the Senate behind a 138-4 vote Tuesday.

February 11

Maine lawmakers advance hotly debated bill to avoid municipal aid cuts

Republicans say the bill to restore $40 million in revenue sharing puts politics over sound fiscal policy, but most join Democrats to support it.

February 12

Deal between civic center, Time Warner puts Class A title games back on TV Several photos included in this story

The traditional airing of high school basketball battles for a Gold Ball trophy were at risk before Time Warner and the civic center resolved their dispute.

February 11

Obama speaks out on Iran, Syria struggles

Obama made the remarks at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, a key partner in both the Syrian and Iranian efforts.

February 12

Century Tire, a landmark Portland business, to close after 88 years Several photos included in this story

Loyal customers lament the departure of owner Dick Aronson, 78, and his family-run company.

February 12

Navy updates fire safety policies based on ‘lessons learned’ from USS Miami blaze

The arson aboard the Miami caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, prompting the Navy to scrap the nuclear-powered sub.

February 11

American Erin Hamlin claims bronze in Olympic luge

It’s the first singles luge medal ever for a US slider.

February 12

Brunswick council hastens departure of resigning town manager

A 5-4 vote effectively ends the five-year tenure of Gary Brown.

March 11

Senate overrides LePage veto to expand summer food program for schoolchildren

The bill would require certain schools to offer a federal program, which reimburses districts for the cost of food.

February 11

NBC’s Costas sitting out with eye infection

Taking his place in Sochi will be “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.

February 12

Maine Senate backs early voting, but likely not enough to send measure to voters

The bill to expand in-person voting before Election Day would require a constitutional amendment, which must first be approved by voters.

February 12

Maine Medical Center gets state OK for $40 million expansion Several photos included in this story

The project will expand existing operating space and add new operating rooms.

February 11

Maine lawmakers working to change flawed beer alcohol-content law

Maine lawmakers have submitted emergency legislation to roll back an outdated law that makes it illegal for bars and restaurants to post the alcohol content of beers they sell. Read more at MaineToday.com

February 11

Boehner: Republicans to advance ‘clean’ debt limit hike

He says there’s not enough support for a plan to tie the hike to the reversal of military pension cuts.

February 12

Topsham teen charged with shooting through Brunswick window

Police say he fired a .410 shotgun through the window and injured a woman inside.

February 11

Shirley Temple won praise in diplomatic career Video clip included

Among her many diplomatic roles, she was ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the historic days when the Iron Curtain fell.

February 11

I-295 traffic back to normal after Yarmouth, Falmouth crashes

Two crashes in Yarmouth and one in Falmouth this morning led to delays in southbound traffic.

February 11

Shaun White fails to medal in Olympic stunner Several photos included in this story

American favorite falls to Swiss rider after dropping out of slopestyle event to focus on half pipe.

February 12

Maine driver in truck crash: ‘I saw him coming and I was terrified’

A woman whose car was crushed between a gasoline tanker truck and a pickup in South Portland escapes serious injury.

February 11

Mass. AG seeks ban on home liens by casinos

Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos place liens on homes of residents who owe the casinos money advanced for gambling.

February 11

Hundreds of flights canceled at Southern airports Video clip included

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the main hub for Delta Air Lines, led the nation in Tuesday flight cancellations with 368.

February 11

Maine to hold 2nd public hearing on Bingham wind project

The plan calls for 62 turbines in Somerset and Piscataquis counties.

February 11

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85 Video clip included

The talented and adorable entertainer was America’s top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near.

February 11

Probe of N.H. plant explosion focuses on acid

Environmental officials find no evidence of chemical contamination outside the ball bearing factory as a result of the Monday’s blast.

February 11

New group of employers gets reprieve on health-law insurance requirements

New rules also offer details on who will be covered, and who will not

February 11

Iraqi militant bomb class goes awry, killing 21

The explosion comes on the same day that the speaker of parliament escapes a bomb attack.

February 11

Portland public works edges toward move out of Bayside Several photos included in this story

Council committees will take up a plan to lease a Canco Road building, and a nonprofit likes the site that city workers would vacate.

February 11

Republican leaders seek deal on debt ceiling

Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor want to link an increase in U.S. borrowing to a reversal of cuts to military pensions.

February 11

Man sentenced to 30 years in border agent killing tied to botched ‘Fast and Furious’ sting

Guns from the embarrassing U.S. operation were found at the shooting scene. The sister of the victim calls the defendant a coward.

February 11

More Syrians flee Homs under extended cease-fire

Sectarian violence elsewhere further rattles peace talks that enter a second round in Geneva.

February 11

Westbrook Arterial plan gets zoning go-ahead

J.B Brown has proposed a commercial project on one part of the 60-acre lot and 18 single-family homes on the other.

February 11

Local & State Dispatches

Flying glass hurts woman when bullet hits television / Old Town woman, son injured in vehicle rollover / Trooper justified in using deadly force, AG rules

February 11

Nothing gets in the way of Maine’s top dog in agility Video clip included

Westminster was just the latest win for Kelso, a border collie trained by a college student from Cape Elizabeth.

February 11

Maine Supreme Court to hear case on Orrington hazardous waste site cleanup

Mallinckrodt LLC is appealing an order to spend an estimated $250 million on contamination from the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. plant on banks of the Penobscot River.

February 11

N.J. panel approves 18 more subpoenas in 'Bridgegate'

Members seek to force two key aides to Gov. Chris Christie to turn over documents related to traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge.

February 10

Old Orchard Beach man hospitalized after robbery attempt in Saco, police say

The suspect, 27, allegedly overdosed on drugs after being chased off by store owner.