News from February 7, 2014

February 8

UMaine hockey tops Notre Dame for first road win

Goaltender Martin Ouellette fends off a late fury in a 2-1 victory.

February 8

Celtics top Sacramento 99-89 for third straight win Several photos included in this story

Without Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger carries the team with 31 points and 16 rebounds.

February 7

Stars pay respects at private Philip Seymour Hoffman funeral

More tests are needed to determine exactly what killed Hoffman.

February 8

Oscar-nominated directors credit Harvard professor

Robb Moss taught three of the Oscar nominees who are up for best feature documentary.

February 7

Former Mainer reflects on competing in Vancouver Olympics

Ben Koons, a graduate of Messalonskee High School, now coaches cross-country skiing and races for fun.

February 7

Masked man holding sign robs Pittsfield bank

It’s the third bank robbery in Somerset County in the last month.

February 7

Utility worker who lost both legs wins $22 million verdict

Michael Hemond sued Frontier Communications of America saying it was negligent in the design of a electrical substation.

February 8

LePage nominates seven for judgeships, including former AG Schneider

Daniel Billings, the governor’s former legal adviser, is a nominee for Superior Court.

February 7

Hackers may have used vendor to access Target data

The new information illustrates what can go wrong with the extensive computer networks that support large companies.

February 7

Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuit, accepts season-long suspension

Rodriguez had repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and sued MLB in federal court to overturn the penalty.

February 7

Four charged in Bangor-area drug raids

The arrests are part of a crackdown on drugs coming into Maine from New York.

February 7

Biddeford man charged with heroin trafficking

Saco police charge Steven Bergeron after acting on a tip.

February 7

$9 million dredging of Portland Harbor begins

The Casco Bay Bridge will be opening more often and crews will also blast a ledge in the channel.

February 8

Husson student killed in Maine skiing accident is remembered for his smile

Stephen Colvin, who died Tuesday at Sugarloaf, was a committed football player and a determined student who also knew how to have fun.

February 7

Mainer who shot dog with BB gun reaches plea deal

Police say he shot the dog as many as 100 times while he was drunk last summer.

February 7

Would-be hijacker subdued after plane lands in Turkey

No bomb is found and all aboard are evacuated safely after a Ukrainian passenger makes a bomb threat and demands to go to Sochi.

February 7

U.S. envoy: Ukraine must reform to get aid

Ukraine’s economic troubles include its reliance on energy-inefficient heavy industries and its policy of selling gas to households at about one-fifth the price it pays Russia for the imports.

February 8

Senior$afe program to fight financial abuse of Maine elders

The training effort will help bank and credit union employees identify and stop financial exploitation of older people.

February 7

Portland hires new spokeswoman

Jessica Grondin, who previously served as a spokeswoman for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, starts next month.

February 7

Maine couple charged with dealing in bath salts

Police in Aroostook County say they have seized $308,000 worth of the hallucinogen, along with guns and cash.

February 7

Clint Eastwood saves golf official from choking

The 83-year-old actor performs the Heimlich maneuver on the director on a PGA tournament director.

February 8

Portland ranked among happiest cities in U.S.

It ranks right up there with Boulder, San Diego, Honolulu and a few others, according to Green Living magazine.

February 8

Maine police charge 8 after raiding two suspected meth labs

One possible lab is found in a pickup truck near a movie theater, the other in a home in Oxford County.

February 7

Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 washes ashore

Oceanographer Dean Bumpus was studying surface and bottom currents.

February 7

Vermont police charge Maine man in armed robbery

The 23-year-old Oxford man is expected to be arraigned on a charge of assault and robbery on March 11.

February 7

Scientists find 800,000-year-old footprints in U.K. Video clip included

They are from a group, including at least two children and one adult male, and are the oldest to be found outside Africa.

March 11

Michaud wins backing of another leading environmental group

The endorsement by the Maine League of Conservation Voters is expected to help Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

February 7

Crews cleaning fuel spill near Maine aquaculture facility

A barge that leaked fuel into the Damariscotta River will be removed from the rocks Saturday.

February 7

Maine attorney general sues Bangor-based used car dealer Video clip included

The lawsuit alleges Glenn A. Geiser Jr. and his dealerships engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices.

February 7

US employers add 113K jobs; rate dips to 6.6 percent

Hiring was weak in January, following tepid hiring at the end of 2013.

February 7

American freestyle skier Heidi Kloser out with broken leg

She tore knee ligaments and broke her femur only moments before she was supposed to head to the starting gate.

February 7

Maine paper mill temporarily lays off more than 200

Great Northern says it is working on restructuring its mill operations and lowering production costs.

February 7

Weekend storm to miss Maine, weather service says

Meteorologist Mike Kistner said a storm that’s been hyped for Sunday night will head out to sea.

February 7

Mass. boy dies when TV falls on him at school

Authorities say the death remains under investigation, but it appears to be an accident.

February 7

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

The bill also expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments to farmers.

February 7

Hernandez due again in court on murder charge

Prosecutors are seeking recordings of the former Patriot star’s jailhouse phone calls in which he allegedly communicated about the case in ‘coded messages.’

February 7

Husson student who died skiing at Sugarloaf ‘was fearless,’ friend says

Husson University plans memorial service Friday for Stephen Colvin of Hoosick, N.Y.

February 7

Bill to fund startup investment gets approval in Maine Senate

The proposed measure would allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million by advertising and selling company shares to Maine residents.

February 7

Protecting Maine lobsters by banning pesticides gets tepid support

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association says the state needs a comprehensive assessment of pesticide threat.

February 7

Maine rich in Winter Olympic tradition Several photos included in this story

Since 1948, the state has had at least one athlete competing on the Olympic snow and ice.

February 7

On 50th anniversary, Mainers recall their intro to the Beatles Several photos included in this story

Today’s 60-somethings will never forget when the Fab Four came to America, 50 years ago today.

February 7

Local & State Dispatches

News from around the state.

February 7

Food industry pushes for voluntary labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients

Companies would prefer not to see the states requiring the notices on such products.

February 7

In Sochi, gay activism remains wild card

Russia’s anti-gay policies loom in the background as the Olympic Games open.

February 7

Surge of graffiti in winter mars Maine cities, gets police attention Several photos included in this story

Portland and South Portland officials work to thwart a tagging culture that commits vandalism and calls it art.

February 7

Women of all ages warned to be alert for stroke risks

The first AMA stroke guidelines for females cite factors such as pregnancy, birth control and depression and emphasize prevention.Guidelines aim to prevent stroke in women

February 7

Bill Nemitz: A fair wage can pay off lots of ways

A Maine business turns tax burdens into taxpayers by forgoing some profits so it can pay well above minimum wage.

February 7

Maine pawnbroker turns crime-fighter – and films it for fun Video clip included

Police will honor Mike Fink for helping them recover thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods – an event he can add to his online video collection.

February 7

Other Portland Police Department award winners