News from February 19, 2014

February 19

Boston College stuns No. 1 Syracuse 62-59 in OT

Boston College, which had lost five straight, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset.

February 20

Western Class A boys’ basketball: Portland turns back Deering

The top-seeded Bulldogs pull away late and move on to the regional final.

February 19

Western Class D boys’ basketball: Valley knocks off No. 1 Forest Hills

The Cavaliers pull away in the fourth quarter, securing a spot in the regional final.

February 19

Eastern Class A girls’ basketball: Edward Little gets revenge

The top-seeded Red Eddies reach the regional final with a 61-43 win over nemesis Cony.

February 19

Casco Bay Bridge stuck open briefly Wednesday

An electrician was to examine the bridge’s operating system to figure out what caused the malfunction.

February 19

Facebook to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp

The purchase would be the biggest Internet deal since Time Warner’s $124 billion merger with AOL in 2001.

February 19

Maine man convicted of sexually assaulting girl 25 years ago

The victim, now in her 30s, testified against the Enfield man, who was her neighbor when she was a child.

February 20

Western Class A boys’ basketball: Bonny Eagle slips past Falmouth Several photos included in this story

Dustin Cole’s clutch free-throw shooting helps the Scots pull out a 62-61 win.

February 19

Feature obituary: Dr. Stanley Evans, 78, Maine’s alcohol, drug treatment pioneer

Co-workers and former patients remember a man who had a passion for helping others recover from addiction.

February 19

Maine woman faces 90 counts in burglary spree

The Wayne woman pleads not guilty to participating in burglaries in numerous Kennebec County towns over three months.

February 19

Maine authorizes hiring lawyers to defend CDC in shredding case

The state will spend up to $100,000 for private lawyers after two attorneys in the attorney general’s office asked to be recused.

February 19

Portland cites eight businesses for alleged alcohol sales to minors

Police sent college students under the age of 21 into 56 establishments Saturday.

February 19

U.S. Border Patrol agent cleared for shooting at Canadian teens

The teenagers, who led a chase through Franklin County on Route 27, were not injured, but the attorney general investigates all cases of deadly force by law enforcement.

February 19

Read summary of 'Penobscot River Mercury Study'

The study panel describes its findings.

February 20

U.S. warship deployed near Sochi runs aground

The ship should be repaired soon, and the Navy says it could still respond with another ship if Russia were to ask for help with a crisis.

February 19

Vermont police back bill to create cold-case investigator

Vermont has at least 57 unsolved homicides and more than 30 inactive missing person cases dating to 1946.

February 19

York official: To protect beach access, town should buy more shoreland

That’s one coastal official’s answer in the wake of the Maine supreme court’s ruling that bolstered private ownership.

February 19

Google aims to offer high-speed Internet in 34 more cities

With Google Fiber, people can surf the Internet at a speed of one gigabit per second, up to 100 times faster than existing broadband services.

March 12

Marijuana groups endorse Bellows in Maine Senate race

The Democrat challenging Republican Susan Collins supports legalization and regulation of marijuana.

February 19

Semifinalists named for Maine’s Mr. and Miss Basketball

The 10 nominees in each category will be narrowed to three and announced after the high school tournaments.

February 19

Maine woman pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $3 million from bank customers

The Bucksport woman faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and filing false tax returns.

February 19

Russian security forces use whips to attack Pussy Riot

Six members of the punk group were pulling out a guitar and microphone as at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

February 19

Trade bills divide Obama, fellow Democrats

The president seeks fast-track authority to approve trade deals, powers that Democrats have historically opposed.

February 19

Two Maine men charged with car burglaries, theft

A 17-year-old minor is facing charges of receiving stolen property, possession of dangerous knives and illegal possession of prescription pills.

February 19

Obama arrives in Mexico to talk commerce at summit

He’s meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, but on many issues his hands are tied by Congress.

February 19

Man killed by U.S. border agent hurled large rocks, sheriff says

The episode in a remote, mountainous area east of San Diego comes amid debate about whether the Border Patrol should respond to rock attacks with lethal force.

February 20

Pennsylvania police release details of car, audio, in road rage death of Mainer

Police hope for tips from the public after providing a portion of a 911 call and specifics about the truck that ran Timothy Davison off the road in January.

February 20

Four Maine chefs make 2014 list of semifinalists for Beard awards

Other contenders are Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Co., Portland’s Fore Street restaurant and Rockland’s Primo.

February 19

Portland declares parking ban downtown tonight

The ban will begin at 10 p.m. tonight and end at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

February 19

Read Mike Michaud's plan for the Maine economy



March 11

Michaud outlines strategies for economic growth

The multifaceted plan calls for a higher minimum wage and new spending on business and education. His rivals for governor are unimpressed.

February 19

Russian hockey team fails to advance to Olympic semifinal

The Russian men’s hockey team fell to Finland 3-1 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

February 19

Photo of soldiers mugging around empty casket sparks furor

The Wisconsin National Guard has suspended the soldier who apparently posted the photo online from her honor guard duties.

February 19

Icicles falling from skyscrapers a danger to people far, far below

Falling ice can reach a speed of 100 mph.

February 19

Calif. bishop kept altar boy list from police

Police ultimately found that 25 child abuse victims were altar boys.

February 19

Ukrainian athletes not allowed to wear black armbands

The IOC ruled that armbands are prohibited by the Olympic Charter.

February 19

Boy, 9, hurt in Maine snowmobile accident

The boy’s mother was driving the rented snowmobile when she lost control.

February 19

Gun dissuades insistent Mass. snow shoveler

The elderly couple told him to leave, but he just banged on their door harder.

February 19

Ted Ligety of U.S. wins Olympic gold in men’s giant slalom

He becomes the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

February 19

Bode Miller out of slalom after tweaking left knee

Miller was 26th in the opening giant slalom leg, finishing more than 2½ seconds slower than leader Ted Ligety.

February 19

Ukrainian president, protest leaders call a truce Several photos included in this story

They agree to negotiations a day after 26 people are killed and 400 injured in the capital.

February 19

Rain-snow mixture possible today along Maine coast

Up to 4 inches of snow could fall inland. However, balmy days are ahead.

February 19

Maine prison inmates’ band to play first public concert

Sounds of Comfort will play songs focusing on prison, death and redemption that were recorded in the prison chapel.

February 19

Mainers find shoveling snow can be a real pain

Chiropractors and injury therapists see an uptick in business as Mainers develop aching joints and strained backs.

February 19

Local & State Dispatches

Man who crashed snowmobile is charged with OUI; Poet Richard Blanco to start writing program at Gould, and more news from around the state.

February 19

Mental health expert to advise Legislature on disputed Augusta homes

Daniel Wathen favors reopening two Augusta group homes; a lawmaker proposes housing homeless veterans there.

February 19

MaineCare application asks personal questions, such as where a child was conceived

DHHS says questions on the form have a purpose and are not meant to intrude, but others object.

February 20

Maine's TIF law lets businesses avoid paying for local services, schools Several photos included in this story

Under Tax Increment Financing, taxes paid by some businesses may be returned to help the bottom line or used for roads or sewer lines to the business.

February 24

Maine-Nova Scotia ferry ticket sales still sitting in dry dock Several photos included in this story

The company running the new service isn’t allowed to sell tickets yet.

February 18

State to Maine legislators: Let armed agents join inspections of licensed pot growers

An official says DHHS knows that some providers are breaking the law, so its workers need protection. But there’s an issue with warrantless searches.

February 19

Mercury levels close mouth of Maine river to lobster, crab harvesting

The state says the closure on the Penobscot River, prompted by contamination found in lobsters, will last at least two years.