News from February 18, 2014

February 18

Bird count confirms Arctic owl migration

Thousands of volunteers join in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count to help track movements.

February 18

Furnace problem likely cause of 3 deaths in New Hampshire

A fourth carbon monoxide victim is hospitalized.

February 18

Maine Snowfall Feb. 18, 2014: SnowTrac

Snowfall amounts from the latest storm as reported by the National Weather Service as of 8:29 p.m. Tuesday.

February 18

Smart gun is a new leader in high-tech arms race

A smart gun being sold in California sparks talk of a new gun market as well as safety concerns

February 19

N.H. businesses urge Medicaid expansion for poor adults

Business leaders tell a Senate panel the expansion would ease rising premium costs for insurers.

February 18

Maine Senate vote results for 'religious freedom' bill: VoteTrac

The bill would enable a person to sue the government if they believe it has abridged their freedom of religion, unless the government can show that its actions are the least restrictive way to accomplish a major public good.

February 19

LePage administration opposes change to Maine wind project evaluations

A Maine bill calls for restrictions to keep regulators from using criteria not specified by law to thwart turbine projects.

February 20

Maine Legislature vote results for 'religious freedom' bill: VoteTrac

LD 1428, sponsored by Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, had the backing of faith organizations as a means to prohibit the government from infringing on the right to worship. Opponents have claimed that the bill could allow some to circumvent other laws or discriminate under the guise of religious freedom.

February 19

Maine wind project wins support of conservation groups

They drop opposition after the company proposing the project creates a $700,000 land fund.

February 18

Mass. woman gets life in prison for killing friend, cutting baby from womb

Julie Corey's conviction will automatically be appealed.

February 19

Emergency vehicles in Sanford damaged in slip-slide

While first responders look after a patient, a parked fire truck, cruiser and ambulance manage to crash into each other.

February 19

Maine snowfall Feb. 18, 2014: SnowTrac



February 18

Ukrainian riot police move against Kiev protest camp Video clip included

The violence is the deadliest in nearly three months of protests that have paralyzed the nation’s capital.

February 18

Maine man gets prison time for stealing ‘71 Chevy Malibu

Police say the 63-year-old Boothbay Harbor man was free on federal supervised release when he drove the vehicle to Missouri.

February 18

Boosting minimum wage would raise pay for 16.5 million, report says

But it also would cut employment by roughly 500,000 workers, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

February 18

Ex-operator of Maine youth camp gets 40 years in child sex case

The Manchester, N.H., man was convicted in November of child sexual exploitation and possessing child porn.

February 18

Mainer to compete in Paralympics in Sochi

Lindsay Ball will compete on the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team in the giant slalom for the visually impaired.

February 19

Tossed-out confession prompts Maine prosecutor to dismiss child arson case

In a second major blow to prosecutions in three fires in Lewiston last spring, the DA’s office decides it does not have enough evidence to make the case against Brody Covey.

February 18

Wise wins on halfpipe for another American gold

The 23-year-old American scored a 92 on his first run through the halfpipe.

February 19

Gubernatorial candidate Michaud to outline plan for Maine economy

It’s aimed at sparking discussions with voters on how to move the state forward, a spokeswoman for the Democrat says.

February 19

Maine Senate rejects ‘religious freedom’ bill

In a party-line vote, the Democratic majority opposes a measure that supporters said would reaffirm constitutional protections.

February 18

Convicted Maine killer loses bid for more DNA tests

Jeffrey Cookson was convicted of the 2001 killings of 20-year-old Mindy Gould and 21-month-old Treven Cunningham in Dexter.

February 18

Injured Olympic skier has surgery in Germany

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova fractured her spine during a training session Saturday.

February 18

Guatemalan in Maine with false ID pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

Sergio Suhum still faces a federal trial later this month on two counts in connection with stealing the identity of a Texas man.

February 18

Snowstorm forces more basketball postponements in Portland, Augusta

The Western Class B girls will play their quarterfinals Wednesday, and two Western Class C girls games are also postponed.

February 19

Maine supreme court denies appeal of child sex abuser

Nicholas Gladu, 30, had appealed his 2012 conviction on 68 counts related to sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and photographing the assaults.

February 18

Obama orders new fuel standards for trucks

He says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy, help combat climate change and result in savings for consumers.

February 18

Ethiopian pilot was distraught over death in family

A family member says 31-year-old co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera was in emotional distress over the past month following the sudden death of ‘a very close’ uncle.

February 18

Snowfall: Another way Maine is way above average Several photos included in this story

Many communities declare parking bans so crews can clean up after Tuesday’s storm.

February 19

Body found on Congress Street; suicide suspected

Portland police are searching for witnesses and checking security camera footage in the surrounding area.

February 18

Supply ship departs space station after 5 weeks

A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning.

February 18

Artist smashes $1 million Ai Weiwei vase in protest

The South Florida painter tells police he broke the vase to protest the Miami museum’s lack of local art and because it ‘only displayed international artists’ art.’

February 18

Maine sex offender faces more charges

Police say the charges relate to alleged contact with nine children.

February 18

Slovenian Tina Maze wins Olympic giant slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin placed fifth in her Olympic debut, missing a medal by just 0.23 seconds.

February 18

Marijuana for kids with seizures worries Colorado doctors Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A strain of marijuana bred not to make users high – called Charlotte’s Web – has attracted an influx of families with seizure-stricken children from states that ban the drug.

February 18

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to set up visiting writers program

They’ll engage with students and faculty at Gould Academy through classroom visits and workshops.

February 18

2 members of punk group Pussy Riot released

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained by police in Sochi, but no charges were filed.

February 18

I-95 interchange work in Waterville may start next year

The project for exiting and entering Interstate 95 near the Sidney town line has been years in the making.

February 18

Steve Solloway: Out of Boothbay team’s dark time come shining moments

Town support and player dedication endure despite the alcohol-related suspensions of six athletes before the playoffs.

February 18

Developer asks permission to build South Portland waterfront concert venue

The Liberty Ship Pavilion would overlook Portland Harbor.

February 18

Computer whizzes brainstorm for cash at hackathons

The formal, marathon group brainstorming sessions are focused on everything from developing lucrative apps to using computer code to solve the world’s problems.

February 18

Habitat home spells security for immigrant

A teacher’s assistant who grew up in Sudan and her family are moving into a new complex in Freeport.

February 18

Students will hunt ghosts at Skowhegan theater

A group from Portland Arts and Technology High School plans to explore the paranormal.

February 18

Feature obituary: John W. Milton Jr., 89, businessman, WW II veteran

Mr. Milton served in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star.

February 18

Pope, cardinals to discuss church teachings rejected by Catholics

The talks follow surveys that showed many faithful shun policies on premarital sex, divorce, contraception and more.

February 18

Penn State names FSU’s Barron its new president

Penn State trustees unanimously approve the selection at a special meeting.

February 18

Monmouth Academic Decathlon team immersed in WW I

The team has spent a year preparing for the March 1 event in Portland.

February 18

First night for ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon

The venerable TV institution returns to New York after four decades based on the West Coast.

February 18

Recalling a Maine shipwreck that time nearly forgot Several photos included in this story

The RMS Bohemian struck a ledge off Cape Elizabeth in February 1864, and 42 died just as they were about to arrive in America.

February 18

Local & State Dispatches

Collision closes Route 26, sends two to hospitals / Maine State Police identify man who killed himself / UMaine researcher studies climate change and maples . . . and more news from around the state.

February 18

Portland Yacht Services using contest to find young workers

Sixteen Maine high school juniors and seniors will compete at the Maine Boat Builders show for $10,000 in scholarships.

February 18

Attention, Walmart walkers: Fitness laps in store are free

The Sanford store’s new program promotes midwinter exercising amid the toys, clothing and dairy products.

February 18

What can unite liberals and tea party? Snooping by NSA

Edward Snowden Those outside the political mainstream often think alike in their objections to surveillance, a survey finds.