News from January 27, 2014

January 27

Augusta Civic Center gas conversion a tall order

The city could face a cost of between $150,000 to $250,000 to replace the center’s propane boilers.

January 27

Plague DNA found in ancient teeth

Scientists say vigilance is needed to try to avert future outbreaks.

January 28

Marchand, Bruins roll past Islanders in N.Y.

Brad Marchand nets one goal and three assists, as Boston pulls away in the third period.

January 27

Scarborough River dredging to begin this week

The $1.7 million project will make the channel safer, create new habitat for piping plovers and repair beach erosion.

January 27

Pastor begins appeal of 2012 kidnapping conviction in Vermont

His attorney argues improper venue as the Mennonite clergyman tries to avoid a 27-month prison sentence for his role in a child custody battle.

January 27

Senate advances bill to delay flood insurance hikes

The 86-13 vote demonstrated that the measure had filibuster-proof support in the chamber, which was likely to pass it in a few days.

January 27

N.H. ethics panel votes to clear former Senate leader

Peter Bragdon quit as Senate president after criticism about potential conflicts of interest.

January 27

Farm bill deal would scale back cuts to food stamps

The compromise is expected to cut food stamps by about $800 million a year. Republicans were hoping for $4 billion in cuts.

January 27

Maine Special Olympics finds warmth in season’s chill Several photos included in this story

About 500 athletes from 65 teams compete at Sugarloaf and revel in the camaraderie.

January 27

Ex-Maine teachers charged in separate child sex abuse cases

The offenses are alleged to have occurred in Belgrade and Winslow.

January 27

Westbrook elementary school secretary named best in state

The Maine Principals’ Association has named June Lentz 2014 Secretary of the Year.

January 28

Maine father denies shaking baby, causing brain damage

His daughter is now reportedly blind. Kevin Peaslee’s attorney says the prosecutor may be overstating the injuries.

January 27

1 killed in head-on Maine collision

The crash remains under investigation.

January 27

Trustees vote to shift UMaine Farmington to natural gas

The move leaves four UMaine campuses with unclear energy futures.

January 27

Casco Bay Bridge working normally again

Traffic is moving after a short disruption when the southbound half of the bridge got stuck open.

January 27

Nun, 83, to be sentenced for sabotage at nuclear facility

Sister Megan Rice is one of three Catholic peace activists convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.

January 27

Two snowmobilers survive close call in Maine water

The two Brewer-area men are charged with operating under the influence after driving their machines onto open water in Sinclair.

January 28

Victim recalls terrifying ride; Maine kidnapper gets 14 years

Alexander Filatov describes being abducted in his BMW’s trunk by Travis Landry, a U.S. Army veteran from Surry.

January 27

Data breaches not changing shoppers’ habits, poll finds

Security experts say Americans have come to expect that security theft is possible when they use their credit or debit cards or provide personal information.

January 27

Idaho could be next state to allow guns on campus

Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be barred from carrying firearms.

January 27

Below-zero temperatures paralyze Midwest again Several photos included in this story

Wind chills in the minus 40s were expected in Minneapolis, while in Milwaukee the chill hit minus 23 by mid-afternoon.

March 12

Poliquin reports money lead in Maine congressional race

The wealthy businessman has already given $100,000 of his own money to his campaign.

January 27

Fla. congressman to resign over cocaine scandal

Several Repblican leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, had been asking him to resign for months.

January 27

Tense talks break off over Syrian transition issue

The two delegations were supposed to begin discussing thorny political issues such as President Bashar Assad’s future.

January 27

Former Falmouth councilor to join race for state Senate

Cathy Breen says she will run as a Democrat for the District 25 seat being vacated by Dick Woodbury of Yarmouth.

January 27

Supreme Court rules for airline in pilot defamation claim

The court rules that Air Wisconsin is shielded from the lawsuit, filed by a veteran pilot under a post-9/11 law aimed at encouraging reports of possible security threats.

January 27

Firefighters battle blaze in Jefferson

The fire was reported at 9:18 a.m. today at a building at 151 Hallowell Road.

January 27

Research project pays volunteers to get the flu Video clip included

To avoid spreading the germs, participants must spend at least nine days quarantined inside a special isolation ward.

January 27

Turnpike crash at Maine Mall toll plaza slows traffic

The driver and passenger, both in their 70s, were taken to Maine Medical Center with back, neck and shoulder pain, police said.

January 27

Boston bomb survivors among Obama invitees to State of the Union

The guests provide an emotional snapshot of the first year of Obama’s second term.

January 27

Review: Sweet and sour notes at the Grammys Video clip included

We love Paul McCartney. We love Dave Grohl. But if ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ is the best rock ‘n’ roll had to offer last year, the genre’s in some real trouble.

January 27

Masked man robs Sanford store, shoots at clerk

The store clerk was following the suspect across the street when the thief turned and fired at the clerk.

January 27

Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

For three years in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Eric Lawson portrayed one of the most iconic figures in both advertising and popular culture.

January 27

Tuberculosis testing scheduled for Auburn community college

The testing comes after a student at the school tested positive for the disease earlier this month.

January 27

Maine bald eagle dies of lead poisoning

The sick 18-year-old eagle was spotted by an ice fisherman in Wilton on Jan. 19.

January 27

Former U.S. Sen. Mitchell to address Maine lawmakers

After his speech, there will be an unveiling of a portrait of Mitchell that will be displayed in the Hall of Flags.

January 27

Local and State Dispatches

Freeport fire razes garage and trailer / Teen driver taken to hospital after Fryeburg crash ... and more

January 27

Viles’ $20 million estate to benefit Augusta

A seven-member board is working to carry out the philanthropist’s wishes and the foundation’s goals.

January 27

Feature obituary: Louis Maietta, 77, founded South Portland construction firm

Mr. Maietta ran his business with a determination to never lay off workers.

January 27

Americans of working age now main recipients of food stamps

Participation since 1980 has grown fastest among workers with some college training.

January 27

Price of stamp goes up by 3 cents Monday

But the rate increase will be in effect only for about 24 months.

January 27

Midcoast conservation effort’s funding totals $1.5 million

A federal grant and private, local matching donations will be used to protect 86 acres of wetlands on Middle Bay.

January 27

SMCC’s pantry gives students with food insecurity a new option

It recognizes a growing issue for many college students: having to choose between feeding their minds and filling their bellies.

January 27

Scarborough’s candy warning gets resurrected

In 2011, a middle school principal sent a letter home about the dangers of snorting Smarties. Now it’s being cited as part of a ‘dangerous new trend.’

January 27

State House Notebook: The politics of expanding Medicaid

Also: Conservative Web forum gets new owner, new life.

January 27

Much work remains to make new Portland ferry shipshape

Besides reconditioning the vessel, ferry service operators must secure permits showing enough financial reserves in order to sell tickets.

January 27

Police: New shooting on I-81 not related to Mainer’s killing

A teenager fires once at a state trooper after allegedly stealing a car and a gun.

January 27

Road to Sochi: Miller officially headed to Olympics

Bode Miller hopes to add to his medal collection as part of the 20-person U.S. Alpine team in Sochi.