News from January 21, 2014

January 21

Students get up-close farm-to-table lesson in Portland Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A culinary class at Portland Arts and Technology High School watches a butcher turn a pig into pork to learn where their food comes from.

January 21

U.S. slow to adopt high-tech credit cards

Most of Europe has shifted to the more secure chip system, causing fraud rates in the U.S. to double in 10 years.

January 21

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted on corruption charges

The 14-count indictment portrays the former governor as deeply entrenched in credit card debt even before he took office and willing to accept lavish gifts.

January 21

Chicago archdiocese hid decades of child sex abuse

Newly released documents describe how priests for decades were moved from parish to parish while the archdiocese hid the clerics' histories from the public.

January 21

Gay couples sue Florida for the right to marry

Nearly 62 percent of voters in 2008 passed a ban but activists say attitudes are changing.

January 21

Study: Gun access makes murders, suicides more likely

Researchers find suicides and murders jump when people have ready access to a gun.

January 22

RSU 21 residents reject $75 million school renovation bond

The ambitious borrowing package fails by a margin of more than 2-to-1 in the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

January 21

Source: Players wanted A-Rod kicked out of union

Angry players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

January 24

Mainer Troy Murphy falls short in bid to make Olympics

The U.S. moguls team decides to take just two men, leaving the Bethel native without a spot.

January 21

Maine seafood company owner pleads guilty to federal cash transaction charges

John Price, owner of J.P.’s Shellfish, instructed an employee to make withdrawals in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid triggering federal reporting requirements.

January 21

Who I Met, with Greta Rybus: Eva Ndayishimiye, asylum seeker from Burundi

Proposed legislation could mean the native of Southeast Africa will get no assistance in Maine, forcing her to move elsewhere. Meet Eva at MaineToday.com.

January 22

Lawmakers may restructure Maine's Department of Corrections

A proposal by Commissioner Joseph Ponte would eliminate an associate commissioner and add a deputy commissioner.

January 21

Opera star to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Known as ‘The People’s Diva,’ Renee Fleming is closely identified with the New York City region.

January 21

Obama to meet with Pope Francis in March

The meeting is scheduled to take place during the president’s visit to Europe in March.

January 22

Portland sewer clogs lead to plea: Don’t flush baby wipes Several photos included in this story

Three groups are collaborating on an eight-week campaign that aims to keep wipes from clogging the wastewater system.

January 21

Panel to hear Portland employee’s sexual harassment complaint

The worker claims his female supervisor drew male genitals on an evaluation form, called him ‘babe’ and ‘darling,’ and put her hand on his shoulder.

January 21

Swiss skier Lara Gut races toward Olympic stage

An injury in 2009 to the then teenager from Switzerland prevented her from trying to stop Lindsey Vonn from winning downhill gold at the Vancouver Games.

January 21

Purdue University says 1 dead in campus shooting

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said the man appeared to have targeted the victim.

January 22

New York group emerges as buyer of bankrupt Maine railroad

Two courts will make the final ruling Thursday on the acquisition of MM&A Railway, which went bankrupt after a tragic derailment in Quebec.

January 21

Celebs flock to honor Ringo Starr before Grammys

The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation.

January 21

Slim doubles money with loan to New York Times

Billionaire Carlos Slim’s $250 million investment in 2009, when the newspaper needed help, is paying big dividends for world’s second-richest person.

January 22

Authorities charge ex-USM student president in 2012 dorm fire

Some are surprised that Thomas ‘T.J.’ Williams, a dedicated student at the time, is suspected in a fire that forced 200 people to flee.

January 21

Maine group predicts $26.6 million in private money for state races

The amount includes money raised by outside groups like political action committees.

January 21

Lawmakers override LePage veto of smoking-cessation bill

The governor says Medicaid recipients should pay a portion of the programs. Proponents say helping people quit smoking will save Maine money in the long run.

January 21

Authorities investigate inmate death at Maine State Prison

The Department of Corrections says the 53-year-old man died this morning.

January 21

Ex-Patriot Irving Fryar pleads not guilty to fraud

A lawyer for the former wide receiver and his mother says they were victims of a scam, not perpetrators.

January 21

Glenn Close plans return to theater in fall

The part-time Scarborough resident is promoting the film ‘Low Down’ at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

January 22

Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

Police leaflets contain warnings about three potential suicide bombers, one of them, Ruzanna Ibragimova, a 22-year-old widow of an Islamic militant.

January 21

Cumberland Farms robbery under investigation in Yarmouth

Police trying to determine if Tuesday robbery is related to two incidents in Portland this month.

January 21

Delays and cancellations expected at the Portland Jetport from Winter storm

Several early afternoon arrivals and departures have already been canceled.

January 21

Judge sentences Halliburton manager to one year probation in oil spill

Former manager evades prison time for destroying evidence in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in 2010.

January 22

Snowstorm blasts much of Northeast

The snow comes down harder and faster than many expected. A blizzard warning is issued for parts of New England.

January 21

Sex abuse files on 30 Chicago priests going public

The archdiocese has paid millions of dollars to settle sexual abuse claims.

January 21

Cold Maine weather strains firewood supply

At Black Fly Firewood in Alna, owners say demand is so heavy they have a six- to eight-week order backlog.

January 21

Police re-arrest Vatican monsignor on money-laundering charge

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is accused of transferring millions of euros in fictitious donations from offshore companies.

January 21

Auction for bankrupt railroad anticipated in Maine

The winning bidder will be based on what’s in the best interest of the public and creditors, a trustee says.

January 21

Maine forum discusses Affordable Care Act for small businesses

The event designed for businesses for 50 or fewer employees.

January 21

Olympic facade hides a crumbling Sochi

Despite glittering new construction projects, residents are forced to live amid squalor and environmental waste.

January 21

Study of ‘wealth gap’ has warning, adds 210 billionaires

It undermines democracy when the 85 richest people have assets equaling those of 3.55 billion people, Oxfam says.

January 21

After three years, comet-chasing spacecraft signals Earth

The probe comes to life as it heads for a rendezvous with a comet this summer.

January 21

Supreme Court to hear case about child porn victim restitution

The case being argued Wednesday involves a man who had images of child sex acts on his computer.

January 21

America honors legacy of Martin Luther King

Leaders talk about how far the nation has come in the past 50 years and how more needs to be done.

January 21

American held in North Korea appeals for release

The missionary’s family is both heartbroken and encouraged by his brief news conference.

January 21

Local & State Dispatches

Portland man accused of choking woman / Firefighters contain blaze to bedroom / Portland symphony gets $15,000 grant ... and more from around the state.

January 21

Martin Luther King associate recalls the civil rights struggle at Colby Several photos included in this story

Dorothy Cotton tells a crowd about her work against ‘American apartheid.’

January 21

U.N. rescinds Iran’s invitation to Syria talks

The United States and its allies balked at the offer made to Iran Sunday by Ban Ki-moon.

January 21

Steve Solloway: With Brady’s career waning, Patriots simply don’t have the horses

New England shows why it was the underdog.

January 21

Russian authorities search for terror suspect in Sochi

The woman, alleged to be a would-be bomber, was seen recently in downtown Sochi, a website reports.

January 21

Feature obituary: Mary Lyons, 95, loving wife of Malcolm Lyons for nearly 76 years

Mrs. Lyons died Saturday, less than three weeks shy of their 76th wedding anniversary.

January 21

Angus King wary of calorie labeling rules for restaurants, stores Several photos included in this story

The Maine senator works to ensure new regulations are not a burden on businesses.

January 21

Maine lawmakers to consider single-payer health care system

Supporters of the bill want to adopt a government-run program, but a critic calls that unwise and expensive.

January 21

Senate District 14 campaign fields members of Maine's old guard

Democrat David Bustin and Republican Earle McCormick are running for the seat.

January 21

Analyst questions Maine consultant’s report on Medicaid expansion

She says the cost study has several flaws, including what appears to be a $575 million calculation error.

January 21

Push to legalize marijuana likely in more Maine communities

After a successful campaign in Portland, a national group will try to put the issue to voters in Lewiston, South Portland and York.