News from February 16, 2014

February 16

Snowstorm left 1.8 inches in Portland, up to 20 Down East

Hancock and Washington counties had the highest snowfall totals, the National Weather Service says.

February 16

Charity makes out in Planet Dog’s kissing contest Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Pet owners show dogged endurance at the Planet Dog Foundation fundraiser in Portland.

February 16

Shapleigh man charged with OUI at ice-fishing derby

The man, 19, allegedly rammed his pickup into a snowbank and then hit the vehicle of someone who tried to help him.

February 16

Egypt bombing rips tourist bus

At least four people are killed when an explosion tears through a bus of South Korean sightseers.

February 16

Austin Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

The grandson of team owner Richard Childress takes the pole with a lap of 196.019 mph.

February 16

Kickstarter says hackers got customer data

The online fundraising site recommends users change their passwords.

February 16

Davis and White of US lead Olympic ice dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are one performance away from a gold medal.

February 16

Sweden, Canada qualify for men’s curling semis

The U.S. men lose to Canada, which will be the No. 2 seed in the semifinals.

February 16

Injured Russian Olympic skier airlifted to Germany

Maria Komissarova heads to a clinic in Munich that specializes in spine injuries.

February 16

Craigslist suspect claims 23 killings Several photos included in this story

The 19-year-old says she’s in a satanic cult and only takes out ‘bad people,’ the latest one in Pennsylvania.

February 16

Maine Great Outdoor Weekend has a little bit of winter for everyone Several photos included in this story

Thousands attend winter activity events in Freeport and across the state.

February 16

New England hit with another winter blast

In Maine, Eastport, the easternmost city in the U.S., got 16.7 inches

February 16

Maine State Prison inmates find redemption through hospice care

A band called Sounds of Comfort formed by hospice volunteers will perform the first public concert inside the prison this week..

February 16

Red Sox pitcher Dempster won’t play this season

The former Portland Sea Dog is leaving for physical reasons and to spend more time with his family.

February 16

Biathlon race at Olympics postponed due to fog

The race is rescheduled until Monday.

February 16

A.J. Burnett guaranteed $22.5M over 2 years by Phillies

The former Sea Dog would make $33.5 million over two seasons if he makes 30 starts or more in both years.

February 16

Sweden joins Canada in women’s curling semifinals

If Canada beats South Korea on Monday, it will become the first women’s team to go through an Olympic round-robin campaign undefeated.

February 16

Some sponsors compose Olympians’ tweets

Sponsorship deals are now starting to specify how many tweets, how many Facebook mentions and even Instagram photos they must post.

February 16

Versatile Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep in speedskating

Ter Mors sets an Olympic record in winning the women’s 1,500 meters.

February 16

US wipes out Slovenia, 5-1

Phil Kessel scores three goals as the US earns an automatic spot into Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

February 16

Portland woman charged with robbery of Walgreens pharmacy

The suspect, 34, was arrested when she came back to the store at 340 Allen Ave. for a second time Sunday morning, police say.

February 16

Roger Katz, Hannah Pingree start TV show in Maine

The assistant Republican leader and former Democratic House speaker Hannah will discuss a wide range of topics.

February 16

Maine seeking nominations for teacher of the year

The public can nominate a candidate for the first time.

February 16

A day a medal mattered to Bode

Bode Miller shows strong emotions after sharing the bronze medal in the super-G.

February 16

In Indonesia, Kerry blasts climate change deniers

The U.S. Secretary of State says climate change may be the world’s most fearsome’ weapon of mass destruction.

February 16

Dog-smooching contest on Sunday

The winner of the longest pup-to-person kiss gets a $75 gift package at The Planet Dog Company Store in Portland.

February 16

Bad luck continues for American Jacobellis in snowboard cross Several photos included in this story

Gold goes to skier from Czech Republic after U.S. favorite crashes and fails to make medal round.

February 16

Weibrecht takes silver, Miller shares bronze for U.S. in super-G Several photos included in this story

Bode Miller becomes the oldest Alpine skier to medal in the Olympics at age 36.

February 16

Syria peace talks make no progress



February 16

Veterans showcase creative talents at Togus festival

Saturday’s event could send the work of more than 30 local first-place winners to national judges.

February 16

U.S. skies humming with drones

A ban on flying them for business purposes is largely ignored and barely enforced. When rules do emerge, it may be too late.

February 16

Rare earthquake jolts Georgia, the Carolinas

No damage or injuries are reported, though 911 centers are flooded with calls.

February 16

Rodman says alcohol rehab stint wasn’t for drinking problem

He used his three weeks in the facility to ‘sort things out’ after his trip to North Korea.

February 16

Massachusetts girl headed to national Brain Bee

She breezes to a win answering questions on neuroscience at a Boston competition.

February 16

Outrage greets idea of killing second giraffe



February 16

NSA spying breeds distrust of U.S. in Germany



February 16

China fossil shows prehistoric marine reptile being born

Scientists believe the little icthyosaur and its mother were buried in a landslide.

February 16

Massachusetts group aims for sustainable future in the Philippines

A church group sends medical and veterinary experts to help the country recover from a typhoon.

February 16

California has another prolific wine-grape year

Wine aficionados will find plenty of bargain bottles on the shelves after 2013’s $3.16 billion bumper crop.

February 16

Bill Nemitz: Feds ride to rescue of Maine towns too stingy to update fire department

Buxton gets a grant that will pay for four full-time firefighters for two years. So, then what?

February 16

Feature obituary: Dr. Louis Ciampi, 81, physician and volunteer who touched many lives

The lifelong Portland resident was also an ‘amazing’ father of six.

February 16

Local & State Dispatches

LePage says Medicaid cannibalizes state agencies / Nominations sought for business award

February 16

Kids gobble up farm-based education at charter and other schools

Schools find success with hands-on projects that teach academic skills and shape healthy attitudes.

February 16

Access to dental care in rural Maine center of dental therapists debate Several photos included in this story

A mostly nonpartisan issue in the Legislature has divided hygienists and dentists who argue about the root of the problem: poor access or poor funding.

February 16

Landowners cash in on timber they don’t cut

Two Maine groups are being paid to manage their forests for carbon dioxide reduction that will offset pollution by industry.

February 16

Maine landlords must have radon tests on their rental units by March 1 Several photos included in this story

But many of them say they won’t meet the deadline because of backlogs with registered testers.

February 16

Maine farmer, seed curator forms new grass-roots group Several photos included in this story Video clip included

After a rift in the community of seed-savers, Will Bonsall takes matters into his own hands to continue protecting hundreds of varieties of potatoes and other plants.

February 16

Washington Notebook: Maine shipyard’s nemesis conspicuously missing in Coast Guard cutter race

Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding of Newport News, Va., did not make the cut.