News from January 22, 2014

January 23

Undermanned Celtics beat Wizards 113-111 in OT

Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime to help Boston break a 10-game road losing streak.

January 23

Gunman in Gorham standoff surrenders peacefully Several photos included in this story

The USM student reportedly threatened to shoot people in a fraternity house before barricading himself inside.

February 3

Portland mayor: Raise city’s minimum wage

Michael Brennan unveils several new priorities at his State of the City address on Wednesday.

January 23

Maine communities make plea to avoid state aid cuts

But business interests argue that tax breaks and incentives are needed, and should not be sacrificed to avoid reductions in state revenue sharing.

March 12

Emily Cain building war chest in Maine’s 2nd District race

A spokesman for fellow Democrat Troy Jackson says he doesn’t need to match Cain ‘dollar-for-dollar’ to win the Democratic primary.

January 23

Mass. school aide suspended over racy photos

The school is investigating whether 23-year-old Kaitlin Pearson’s second job as a model affects her ability to work with children.

January 23

Maine clam diggers, worm harvesters square off over mud flats Several photos included in this story

Clam diggers say the bill is an effort to fight off a green crab invasion decimating clams, but worm diggers say it’s about ‘control of the mud.’

January 22

Ex-Maine Tourism employee accused of embezzling at least $10,000

The association’s chief executive officer says that Ronald Brann resigned in July 2012 to take another job.

January 22

Red Claws send Fab Melo to Texas as part of D-League trade

Maine gets Daniel Orton from Tulsa and Tyler Brown from Texas as part of a four-team deal.

January 22

Scarborough Land Trust will buy former cattle farm

The Benjamin Farm property abuts the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

January 22

Maine community college trustees approve contract with adjunct faculty

About 1,000 people will be covered by the agreement with the Maine Community College System.

January 22

Mexican man sentenced for selling fake green cards in Maine

After 10 months in prison, Roman Garcia-Lopez will be handed over to immigration officials for removal proceedings.

January 23

New rules sought to make child car seats safer

For the first time, child car seats will have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations proposed Wednesday.

January 22

Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on US Embassy

The Shin Bet intelligence agency said it has arrested three Palestinians who allegedly plotted bombings, shootings, kidnappings and other attacks.

January 23

Red Sox World Series trophies head to Maine

The trophies will be shown Saturday at Hadlock Field, then at L.L. Bean.

January 23

Keystone pipeline starts to ship oil through Texas

TransCanada, determined to push ahead with the larger pipeline project, touts the thousands of jobs created by the construction of the Gulf Coast portion.

January 22

Maine man arrested in Boston on stolen guns charge

Police say Christopher Loucks, 28, of Hancock had two stolen pistols and 15 rounds of ammunition.

January 22

Twin toilets photo at Sochi Olympics goes viral

Tweeted photo has instantly become a national joke.

January 22

LePage nominates Rier for education commissioner

Jim Rier, who is acting commissioner, now faces confirmation by the state Senate.

January 23

High-spending Yankees add Tanaka for $155 million

After missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees have gone on a spending spree this offseason.

January 22

Propane tank catches fire at Yarmouth home under construction

A 100-pound cylinder catches fire, damaging a new addition to the house.

January 23

Sen. Collins tours Alzheimer’s unit, pushes for more funds

The Maine senator’s goal is $2 billion in the next five years, saying ‘what an investment it would be.’

January 22

University of Oklahoma: No evidence of shots fired

Officials at the University of Oklahoma had told everyone to shelter in place following report of shots fired on campus.

January 22

Maine couple face drug, child endangerment charges Several photos included in this story

Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies allegedly find heroin, hash being processed and a loaded revolver in the couple's Vassalboro home.

January 22

N.H. House OKs in-state tuition for illegal residents

Opponents argue it isn’t fair for out-of-state students to pay higher tuition than students in the country illegally.

January 23

Portland tar sands protesters chain themselves to TD Bank doors

The group is protesting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and says TD Bank was an investor in the pipeline.

January 27

Flashback: Franklin Street, before and after urban renewal

Compare historic photos of Portland's Franklin Street in 1963, before urban renewal, with the same scenes today.

January 22

Portland cleaning service operator charged with stealing drugs

Police believe Kathy A. Vargas has dozens of customers in York and Cumberland counties and are interested in hearing from them.

January 23

Biscuit baker rises to occasion, wins Biddeford startup funds

She plans to open Biscuits & Co. downtown with funding from the Main Street Challenge.

January 22

Target data thieves hide amid layers of black market criminals

Experts say they can make money without exposing themselves and will be difficult to locate.

January 22

Boston family sentenced in Ponzi scheme

Prosecutors say the family promised high returns from low-risk loans, but used money from new investors to pay early investors.

January 22

Ukraine prosecutors: 2 dead men hit by live ammo

The protesters’ deaths fueled fears that daily protests aimed at bringing down the government could escalate and turn even more violent.

January 22

Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting Video clip included

The 21-year-old teaching assistant who was killed was targeted by the shooter, police said.

January 22

Syria peace talks open with bitter rhetoric Video clip included

Representatives of more than 30 nations are gathered near Lake Geneva in the most ambitious international effort yet to end an almost 3-year-old conflict.

January 22

Threat about Sochi attacks considered a hoax

Hungarian sports officials, who first reported the email, said they have received assurances from the International Olympic Committee and from the Sochi organizers that the email had no merit.

January 23

Subcompact cars fare poorly in new crash tests Several photos included in this story

Six of the 12 cars tested – including the segment’s best-seller, the Nissan Versa – got the lowest rating of ‘poor.’

January 22

Snow swirls up East Coast, leaving a bitter trail Video clip included

The storm drops more than a foot of snow in parts of Massachusetts, but largely spares Boston and areas west and north of the city.

January 22

Maine man dies in crash of SUV

A driver headed in the opposite direction spotted the vehicle down an embankment and called 911.

January 22

Maine man crawls 2½ miles after snowmobile crash

He lost control on some ice and broke his leg.

January 22

Maine program to provide fresh fish to the hungry

The Hunters for the Hungry Program will expand to include fish caught at ice fishing derbies.

January 22

Maine legislators to consider tighter oversight of child care centers

They may push for more inspectors and other changes to protect kids after a ‘toxic and unsafe’ center in Lyman still got a conditional license.

January 22

Trial could set precedent for teen executed in 1944 Several photos included in this story

A South Carolina court case will decide whether a 14-year-old received a fair trial for a double murder.

January 22

New video: Has Toronto mayor ‘fallen off the wagon?’

Rob Ford, captured in another embarrassing video, 
is urged to seek professional help.

January 22

Fresh push for using EBT cards at Maine's farmers’ markets

The electronic payments can help low-income Mainers buy fresh, locally grown produce, advocates say.

January 22

Tobacco ringspot virus targeting honeybees

A new study points to the pathogen as driving colony collapse syndrome.

January 22

Mother of two teens slain in Oakland, Calif.: ‘Please, no retaliation'

She wants to see the person or people who killed her sons in a span of three weeks sentenced in a courtroom.

January 22

Sanford theme park makes sense, experts say

Consultants call Sanford ‘uniquely located’ for a successful, tourist-attractions development.

January 22

Fired Maine tribal official tries for new job in California

The man known in Maine as Charles Fourcloud, a convicted embezzler, faces charges after serving as the Passamaquoddys' finance director.

January 22

Attorney General’s Office asks to withdraw from Maine whistleblower case

Due to an ‘unexpected development,’ the state said it can no longer defend in a lawsuit filed by a former employee who said she was ordered to destroy public documents.

January 22

Portland Pirates, civic center back liquor-revenue bill

Allowing arenas that hold a license to share income with teams would remove one obstacle in difficult lease talks.

January 22

Bill Nemitz: Maine’s new deductions cap bad news for big donors, Grandma

It’s that time of year when South Portland accountant Tom Gioia typically dives into Maine’s tax code . . .

January 22

In speech, Portland mayor sets sights on city’s future

Michael Brennan is expected to talk about the city’s real estate boom in his State of the City address.