News from February 17, 2014

February 18

Propane’s promise as Maine fuel in jeopardy Several photos included in this story

Even if this winter’s tight supply is overlooked, industry changes threaten to keep prices high and stall the alternative to heating oil.

February 17

Study: Darkening Arctic trapping more heat

Melting means there’s less ice to reflect the sun’s rays back into space, adding to the warming of the Earth.

February 18

Saliva test could identify male teens likely to suffer depression

Researchers say high levels of a stress hormone coupled with symptoms of mild depression can signal risk for major depression.

February 17

“Ice missile’ law hits some Conn. drivers with high fines

The state is gaining revenue by ticketing those who do not remove ice an snow from their vehicles.

February 18

Baby boomer health care sign-ups booming

People ages 55-64, many facing obstacles in finding jobs with coverage, make up 31% of new enrollees – and feel great relief.

February 18

Navy plans to deploy first laser aboard ship Several photos included in this story

And the Zumwalt, under construction at BIW, is the only ship with enough power to run an electromagnetic rail gun.

February 18

Maine refrain: 6 more inches of snow expected

Snowfall rates could reach an intensity of 1 to 3 inches per hour Tuesday night in Portland, the National Weather Service says.

February 17

U.S. wins first Olympics ice dance gold

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who have been together for 17 years, turn in nearly flawless performances.

February 17

Portland among tops for affordable health care, magazine says

Livability.com cites the city’s ratio of doctors to residents and ‘good access to hospitals.’

February 17

U.S. two-man bobsledders speed to a bronze Several photos included in this story

The gold goes to the Russians, who win by a wide margin.

February 17

Maine state employees raise $275,000 for charity

The governor’s office says the group has raised $8 million total in its 34 years of fundraising.

February 17

Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

The derailments spill a significant amount of crude, which underscores a lesser-known danger of America’s oil boom.

February 17

Maine, casinos to offer help to problem gamblers

The state is now participating in a program that has only been available at the casinos.

February 17

U.S. women coast past Sweden 6-1 in ice hockey, head for final Several photos included in this story

The U.S. will play for the gold against the winner of the semifinal between Canada and Switzerland.

February 17

Tears flow as U.S. fails again in curling

‘I just wish we could start all over again,’ says player Debbie McCormick.

February 17

UMaine to examine climate change’s effect on maples

A researcher hopes to help the industry anticipate how climate trends could shape syrup production.

February 17

Maine-N.H. bridge to close at night for repairs

The closures will begin at 11 p.m. Monday and continue through Friday.

February 18

Passengers felt they were ‘falling’ on hijacked flight

They describe being terrified for hours on an Ethiopian jet after a co-pilot locks himself in the cockpit.

February 17

Bode Miller defends ‘crazy emotional’ interview

NBC gets heat for the questions asked and its airing of Miller’s tearful response.

February 18

Diver springs back for shot at state title

A Cheverus High senior whose early career was sidetracked by addiction gets his first and only chance to be No. 1 on Monday.

February 17

Local & State Dispatches



February 17

UAW to regroup after key vote loss in Chattanooga

The rejection at a foreign-owned U.S. car plant means the union may need to woo other types of workers, a labor expert says.

February 17

Many Maine towns pass on brine, keep salting roads

While experts say pretreating roads with brine does less damage to the environment, officials in Maine towns raise questions and largely resist the change.

February 17

Kerry: Syria to blame for peace talks stalling

Talks with the opposition ended after the Assad regime refused to discuss a transitional government.

February 17

Tick-borne disease with subtle signs on rise in Maine

The number of cases has grown quickly, possibly due to more testing by doctors.

February 17

Yemeni politician denies terrorist designation

He also says U.S. drone strikes in Yemen are doing more to stoke terrorism than defeat it.

February 17

Romney: Lewinsky case won’t be issue for Hillary Clinton

Mitt Romney also says he will not be a candidate for president in 2016.

February 17

‘Survivor’ winner’s new pursuit? Setting up yurt camps in forest Several photos included in this story

Crafty Bob Crowley buys an old horse farm in Durham, runs the camping business with his family and eyes a bevy of other projects.

February 17

Falmouth's Hurricane Ski Slope in 1966 — Flashback

Three photos, originally published in the Feb. 28, 1966, Portland Press Herald, show a busy sunny day at a long-lost ski area in Falmouth.

February 17

South Portland cinema screens 'Lego Movie' for kids with autism

About a half-dozen families attend the showing at Cinemagic Grand.

February 17

State House Notebook: Maine DHHS argument against Medicaid expansion pivots from Alexander study

Also: Republicans charge House Speaker with conflict of interest.

February 17

When Maine’s snowplows get in a scrape Video clip included

Collateral damage to vehicles and property during storm cleanup costs cities thousands of dollars.