News from February 14, 2014

February 15

Bowdoin College disputes that Brunswick house for sale is where Stowe penned ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

Bowdoin officials say the classic novel was written at a different house owned by the college.

February 15

UMaine beats Merrimack 2-1 on the ice

Maine men’s hockey team got a needed win over last-place Merrimack on Friday.

February 15

Huge thermal plant opens in California as solar industry grows Several photos included in this story Video clip included

To generate power, nearly 350,000 computer-controlled mirrors roughly the size of a garage door reflect sunlight to boilers atop 459-foot towers.

February 15

Obama: U.S. must rethink water as climate changes

Obama draws a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change.

February 15

Government lets banks, marijuana sellers do business

Guidance issued by the Justice and Treasury departments is the latest step by the federal government toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry.

February 14

Two special Maine couples renew wedding vows: A video

The event is replete with music, flowers, decorations, friends and a lot of love.

February 14

Bath police use Taser to subdue man wielding bat

The 22-year-old man smashed a mirror on a cruiser and threw the bat at an officer, police say.

February 14

U.S. Olympic speedskaters want more zip in their suits

The team is ditching new high-tech suits after a disappointing start at the Winter Games in Sochi.

February 14

Maine jury convicts N.J. man in narwhal tusk smuggling

He was part of a ring that drove the whale tusks from Canada into Maine in a secret compartment in a trailer.

February 14

Sen. King on trip to Middle East to study Israeli peace process

A member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, he plans to visit Israel and the West Bank.

February 14

Scenic Maine in the snow: A slideshow

From gulls on the beaches to ice on the beeches, Maine offers beauty no matter the weather.

February 15

Maine man pleads not guilty to robbing Augusta pharmacy twice

Ryan McLaughlin’s appearance in federal court in Bangor this week coincided with new, unrelated charges that he broke into a moving company and a home.

February 14

Airlines cancel record number of flights this winter

Plus, airlines have been cutting unprofitable flights and packing more passengers on each flight, so rebooking can take days.

February 15

Portland rejects claims made in lawsuit over Bayside development

The city says meeting recordings were inadvertently erased, and since then, officials have provided the Keep Portland Livable group with all the remaining pertinent records.

February 14

Attorneys general switching sides on gay marriage

They say that the legal case against gay marriage is crumbling and that it would be improper for them to argue positions that are clearly unconstitutional.

February 14

American Pikus-Pace wins silver in Olympic skeleton

U.S. medalist raced after suffering concussion-like symptoms and will now retire.

February 15

Maine’s new Catholic bishop greets faithful Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley is installed as the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Portland.

February 14

$200,000 bond for NYC man arrested amid Hoffman probe

Robert Vineberg, 57, is charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell it.

February 14

Scarborough makes magazine’s list of happy places

Coastal Living is holding online voting for the seaside town that is tops.

February 14

Man pleads guilty to robbing Maine bank dressed as woman

Michel D’Angelo, who is also known as ‘Karma,’ claimed to have a bomb when he took nearly $1,300 from Kennebunk Savings Bank in 2012.

February 14

Westbrook police make arrest on domestic violence warrant: Photo

The U.S. Marshals Service aids with the arrest.

February 14

Savvy Olympians ride wave of social media to bigger payoff

Athletes who share pictures, thoughts and stories from the games strengthen their hands to woo new sponsors or squeeze more money from existing ones.

February 15

BIW releases rendering of Coast Guard ship design

The Bath shipyard was one of three chosen to develop the design for the U.S. Coast Guard’s next-generation Offshore Patrol Cutter program.

February 15

Three boys briefly escape from South Portland youth center

The juveniles are accused of attacking an adult worker at the Long Creek Youth Development Center and causing damage before being captured.

February 14

Photos: The Valentine's Day Bandit covers Portland in hearts

No storm could keep a true bandit away, and the evidence of Portland’s Valentine’s Day phantom is all over downtown. View the bandit's work courtesy of MaineToday.com.

February 14

Musicians face longer wait for airline rules to protect instruments Video clip included

Musicians have long complained that airlines frequently require that instruments be checked as baggage, with the result that they are often damaged or lost.

February 14

Trucks, dozens of cars crash on Pa. turnpike; at least 30 injured Video clip included

Speed restrictions put in place during the storm had been lifted at 6 a.m., but rush-hour motorists said the roadway was very slick, calling into question whether it had been adequately treated.

February 14

Another messy morning in winter-weary Northeast with at least 24 dead Several photos included in this story

In New York City a baby is delivered by cesarean section after the mother is struck by a plow and killed.

February 14

Maine trailer manufacturer expanding to S.D.

Alcom LLC expects to create 180 positions in the next three years.

February 14

Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer in $825 million deal

The men’s clothing company has been pursued for purchase by rival Men’s Warehouse.

February 14

Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years Several photos included in this story Video clip included



February 14

Defending champ Bode Miller misses another Olympic medal

Sandro Viletta of Switzerland is the surprise winner of the super-combined after Miller and Ted Ligety have rough races.

February 14

Mainers advised keep snow shovel handy Several photos included in this story

Yet another storm could drop 6 to 10 inches on the region Saturday, though it should be a lot lighter.

February 14

Indonesia volcano erupts; 2 killed, 100,000 evacuated Several photos included in this story

Ash and grit fell to earth in towns and cities across the region and lay 2 inches deep in some places.

February 14

EPA to review 27 Superfund sites in New England

The agency will evaluate cleanup work to determine whether it continues to protect health and the environment.

February 14

House Democrats plan to use minimum wage tactic

They see the issue as a political winner in Congress.

February 14

Deadly storm travels up I-95 corridor

Hundreds of thousands lose power in the frozen South, mostly in Georgia and the Carolinas.

February 14

Maine corrections chief says state should take over county jails

County officials sharply criticize what he calls bold action to fix a broken and inefficient system.

February 14

Mass. toddler who died in crib had medical conditions

He was the son of substance abusers, officials say.

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Sanford man arrested in bank robbery / Roofer burned when pants catch fire / Farmington lawyer pleads not guilty to new terrorizing charge ... and more

February 14

Same-sex survivor fights Alabama law

Paul Hard battles to be considered the surviving spouse after his partner was killed in a car crash.

February 14

Police charge Bingham man with robbing two banks

Investigators also find the hammer believed to have been used in the crimes near a road 20 miles away.

February 14

New research suggests: Talk to babies without the baby talk

How much and how well parents talk with babies and toddlers help to tune youngsters’ brains to build language and vocabulary skills.

February 14

N.H. Senate unanimously passes domestic violence law

Named for a 9-year-old 
boy who was killed by his father, Joshua’s Law defines the crime.

February 14

Belgian euthanasia law extended to kids

The law empowers children with terminal ailments to ask to be put to death by their doctor if their parents agree.

February 14

Miami at heart of shipping as flowers get to loved ones

A whopping 738 million roses and more go through the airport into a system that keeps them fresh.

February 14

Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable likely to be bad for consumers, analysts say Several photos included in this story

They expect higher prices and more service problems, and so do current cable customers in Maine.

February 14

Sarcophagus, mummy uncovered in Egypt

The find dates to 1,600 B.C.

February 14

N.H. man won’t face retrial in fire fatalities

After a mistrial, a man charged with four counts of second-degree murder in a 1989 blaze goes free.

February 14

Massachusetts gets health sign-up extension

The state needs to deal with a troubled website and thousands of unprocessed applications.

February 14

Maine nears health care sign-up goal at fast pace

The state was 44 percent ahead of its target as of Jan. 31, better than most states, and data starts to flesh out the categories of people getting insurance.

February 14

NSA staffer resigns, admits to aiding Snowden

Authorities say it was a breach of procedure but not collusion.

February 14

Poll: Pessimism prevails about American dream

Americans see an economic system that demands working harder than ever to get ahead and a political system that is unresponsive to their needs.

February 14

Snow days aren’t just for kids, even in Maine

Advances in technology allow adults to pass up slow and snowy commutes and work from home during nasty weather.

February 14

Two couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day by renewing their vows at an assisted-living home in Westbrook Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Ann and John Zerillo and Barbara and Leon Fogg have collectively been married more than 123 years.

February 14

Bill Nemitz: South Portland’s tar sands committee set to do it right

The next effort to draft a waterfront ordinance starts with a qualified group and a commitment to transparency.

February 13

Man in ski mask robs Old Orchard Beach Rite Aid

The suspect flees the store with bundle of prescription drugs.

February 13

Vermont college panel backs keeping tuition at current levels

A 3 percent increase had been recommended by the chancellor.