News from January 18, 2014

January 19

Pirates ‘let one get away’ in 4-2 loss to Penguins

Portland falls behind early to Wilkes Barre/Scranton and snaps its seven-game string of earning at least one point.

January 18

Attempted robbery in Sanford nets no cash



January 18

Black Bears hockey falls to third-ranked Boston College 7-2

Bill Arnold scored twice as BC pulled away from a 1-1 second-period tie with three goals in the span of less than 2 minutes.

January 18

Pirates lose to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4-2

The game was the first home loss for Portland since November.

January 19

Rodman checks into alcohol rehab center

The fomer NBA player recently returned from his latest trip to North Korea where he said he had been drinking when he made harsh comments about a detained American missionary.

January 18

Sheriff: Hernandez will not be allowed to watch Patriots Sunday

The former New England tight end, facing murder charges, is separated from the general jail population for his own safety, sheriff says.

January 19

Maine roots helped shape NBA coaches Clifford and Brown

Steve Clifford and Brett Brown are finding their way in their first season as NBA head coaches.

January 18

Romney attends Sundance premiere of ‘MITT’

The former presidential candidate surprised the audience with his appearance, but did not comment on the movie about his run for the White House in 2012.

January 19

Overhauling collection of phone records is largely out of Obama’s hands

The president avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.

January 18

Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project Video clip included

Hoboken mayor claims the administration withheld millions in storm recovery money because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development.

January 19

Bill Nemitz: Child welfare is sad victim of Maine’s neglect

It takes upset parents, not DHHS, to shut down facilities that mistreat kids.

January 19

Portland police ask for help identifying robber of two CVS stores

They release photos taken from video surveillance footage of both robberies.

January 19

Maine’s winter weather 
returns with vengeance Several photos included in this story

The January thaw gives way to 7 inches of snow in spots, with another deep freeze headed our way.

January 18

Syrian opposition to attend peace conference

It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition since the country’s crisis began in March 2011.

January 18

LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

Hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated.

January 18

Egypt: 98.1 percent of voters approve military-backed constitution

This is the first vote since Mohammed Morsi was removed in July.

January 18

Screen Actors Guild Awards to offer window into Oscar race

SAG members have perhaps more sway in determining Academy Awards winners than any other group.

January 18

LePage defends hiring consultant in weekly radio address

The governor says the report to determine the cost of expanding Medicaid “provides a road map to save taxpayers money and improve services for the truly needy.”

January 18

Maine researchers find bear den 15 feet high in tree

It’s the same bear that was being tracked by a helicopter when it crashed last summer, injuring the pilot and a student.

January 18

Death toll reaches 21 in suicide attack on Afghan restaurant

The Taliban claims responsibility, saying it was in reprisal for an Afghan military operation earlier in the week against insurgents in eastern Parwan province.

January 18

Officials: Iranian diplomat killed in Yemen

Ali Asghar Asadi, Iran’s economic attache in Sanaa, was attacked while driving and suffered four gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach.

January 18

Abortion opponents gather in Augusta

People gather hand-in-hand during the Maine Right to Life’s “Hands Around the Capitol Memorial” in recognition of the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions.

January 18

Nadal continues his winning return to Australian Open

The Spaniard makes it into the fourth round with an easy win over 25th-ranked Gael Monfils.

January 18

LePage extends emergency proclamation as cold weather returns

It allows fuel transport and delivery truck drivers to spend extra hours on the road to ensure that no one is left in the cold.

January 18

Tech community disappointed by Obama reforms

Companies don’t want to store data for the NSA while others want to stop collection of metadata.

January 18

Central Maine man who fatally stabbed brother can move to apartment, judge rules

Enoch Petrucelly’s mother supports the change, which requires supervision and limits on work and free-time hours.

January 18

Report reveals more possible diseases for smokers

The surgeon general says progress against tobacco has stagnated as more problems are revealed.

January 18

Spouse: Livermore Falls woman is Robin Hood, not Grinch

But Lisa Carbonneau’s reason for lying on an application for charity is news to them, Waterville police say.

January 18

Women’s self-pay rehab will replace Crossroads halfway house in Portland

The 30-day residential program will treat up to eight addicts and charge $10,000 to $14,000 each.

January 18

Plans for Kennebunk High School arts center generate confusion

A private group is trying to raise $20 million to build a larger facility with performance and studio space for community use.

January 18

R.I. accidental overdose rate soars in first weeks of 2014

Officials can’t pinpoint the reason for the increase, except to say ‘too many people are doing drugs.’

January 18

Massachusetts inmate’s sex switch survives appeal

A federal panel rules that receiving medically necessary treatment is the Bay State woman’s right.

January 18

Threat of ice jams expected to remain on Kennebec River

No flooding is reported, but residents are reminded to stay vigilant.

January 18

Lyman day care gets high rating long after abuse allegations

Sunshine Child Care & Preschool was issued a conditional license for a host of violations listed in a DHHS report in August.

January 18

Local & State Dispatches

Car, logging truck collide, killing Peru woman / Robber flees CVS with 'small amount' of cash / Camden National Bank robbed by hammer wielder ... and other news from around Maine

January 18

Obama calls for narrowing NSA reach

The president’s plan would curb the agency’s access to bulk phone records of millions of Americans.

January 18

Massachusetts exhibit chronicles Jewish couple’s flight, new life

No one person knew the whole story until author Patricia Klindienst pieced it together.

January 18

RSU 21 bond fuels $75 million debate Video clip included

Residents of the Kennebunks and Arundel will decide Tuesday on the towns’ largest spending package ever.