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News from January 29, 2014

January 29

Thorndike woman faces charge after son’s hand burned

The child told teachers his hand was held to a stove to show him ‘what it feels like,’ police said.

January 29

U.S. intelligence chiefs slammed for deceit

Officials who provided ‘misinformation’ about the practices of the CIA and NSA undermined public trust, senators say.

January 29

Study treats peanut allergy with peanut flour

The intention isn’t to help kids eat large amounts of peanuts, but to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction in case they accidentally eat trace amounts.

January 29

Study: Much of a child’s ‘weight fate’ set by age 5

That suggests the most effective efforts to prevent obesity would start before kids enter kindergarten.

January 29

Gorham’s school renovation vote postponed again

In 2015, voters will be asked to OK renovations and a new turf field at the high school at a cost of $16.8 million.

January 29

Justin Bieber turns himself in to face likely assault charge

The pop star goes to the Toronto police station after earlier in the day pleading not guilty to drunken driving in the United States.

January 29

MPBN unable to broadcast Class A basketball state finals

 The public broadcasting network says its ‘hands are tied’ because of a dispute between the civic center and Time Warner Cable.

January 29

Southwest Airlines sends Portland jetport use soaring

Nearly 60,000 additional passengers utilized the Portland airport in 2013, a rise of above 3.7 percent.

January 30

Injured Maine infant released from hospital; father out on bail

Kevin Peaslee, charged in the shaken-baby case, posts $50,000 bail. The baby’s location is unknown.

January 30

House-approved farm bill has wins, losses for Maine

Many farmers would gain, food stamp recipients may lose benefits, and dairy farmers aren’t yet sure.

January 29

Water main breaks on Mitton Street in Portland

Motorists are urged to avoid the street.

January 29

Portland police pursue leads in shooting outside bar

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, remains in serious condition at Maine Medical Center.

January 29

House passes farm bill over conservatives’ objections

The measure, likely to pass the Senate, has been at the core of a years-long battle over food stamps.

January 29

Smoke in United plane diverts D.C.-to-Boston flight

A passenger says ‘the last four minutes of the flight were terrifying and I think all of us were quite unsure of how it was going the end.’

January 29

Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing case

In the next day or two, Attorney General Eric Holder will make the most high-profile death penalty decision of his career in law enforcement.

January 29

Helicopters search for stranded Southern drivers after rare snowstorm

Freezing temperatures persist, leaving people stranded in cars and students stuck at schools.

January 29

U.S. intelligence: ‘Substantial potential’ for terrorist attack outside Olympics

A counterterrorism official says the concern is for an attack on so-called softer targets outside Sochi.

January 30

Fed cuts back on stimulus bond buying

The Federal Reserve’s decision to continue paring its purchases signals its belief that the economy is showing consistent improvement.

January 29

Monarch butterfly migration may disappear, report says

The wintering butterflies now cover only 1.65 acres in the forests west of Mexico City, down from a peak of more than 44.5 acres in 1995.

January 29

Bangor man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

David Coon told investigators he covered Sherry Clifford’s mouth to prevent her from screaming and accidentally killed her.

January 29

Prominent Waterville philanthropist Walter Simcock dies at 88

Simcock owned Colonial Distributors, a beverage distribution company, for 42 years, building the company into a multimillion-dollar business.

January 29

Police: Maine tourism official stole money to pay mortgage

Ronald G. Brann, who now lives in New Gloucester, is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the group.

January 30

Civic center sends revised proposal to Pirates

Details are not released. Now the hockey team has until the end of Monday to consider if the terms are sufficient to return to Portland.

January 29

Portland planners OK 5 slope-side apartments

The project on Sheridan Street would use pier supports and feature a large top-floor unit built for a surgeon.

January 30

Maine college affordability bills earn bipartisan pitches

The bills suggest, among other things, attending school for free and paying tuition back over time.

January 30

With elver season at risk, Maine moves closer to deal with Indian tribes Several photos included in this story

But the proposal, which seeks to balance tribal sovereignty with conservation measures, is raising constitutional concerns.

January 29

Portland Jetport sees boost in passengers in 2013

A major contributor was the addition of Southwest Airlines service in April.

January 29

Body of missing man found in Bangor

John Eaton Jr. was reported missing by his family over the weekend.

January 29

Ellsworth man accused in burglary spree faces 90 charges

Police say Justin L. Ross stole items in Winthrop, Wayne, Mount Vernon, Fayette and Vienna.

January 29

Mattress blamed for fatal crash in Mass.

Police believe the crash happened when a car slowed to avoid hitting a twin-sized mattress in the roadway and was rear-ended by a pickup truck.

January 29

Woolwich man faces child porn charges

The investigation began last fall when police got a tip and seized 31-year-old William Diemer’s home computer.

January 29

Teacher names son after student killed in tornado

The monstrous tornado leveled part of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., killing six of her students – including Nicolas – last spring.

January 29

N.Y. congressman apologizes for threatening reporter Video clip included

The confrontation began the reporter asked the Republican about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

January 29

Tasty toothpaste: New flavors to let you fight cavities, tempt sweet tooth

Crest is introducing Mint Chocolate Trek, Lime Spearmint Zest and others.

January 29

Maine DHHS building developer asks for project delay

ELC Management says it needs time to negotiate with a nearby landowner for a second entrance.

January 29

Local & State Dispatches

Man indicted in shooting of girlfriend with children nearby / UMF expands program giving free on-campus housing / Officials looking into cause of fire that destroyed home ... and more news from around the state.

January 29

Feature obituary: Donald Alexander, 50-year MDOT employee, volunteer firefighter and EMT

Alexander was honored by the town of Raymond with a plaque last week.

January 29

Republicans vote to bar subsidies for health plans that cover abortions

Ignoring a White House veto threat, majority Republicans led the House in voting 227-188.

January 29

Maine restaurant groups: No inspections by localities

That would cause confusion, they say, but others back a bill calling for increased oversight amid rising Maine complaints.

January 29

Pete Seeger’s life of song had a Maine verse Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The folk music pioneer and political activist, who died Monday, befriended a local author, had his boat built here and wrote a tune about Lewiston.

January 29

Planners OK upscale Munjoy Hill condos, apartment building

A four-story project at Congress Street's peak calls for 12 units as well as ground-floor retail space, and a smaller five-unit building will be built on a steep slope on Sheridan Street.

January 29

Maine moose study begins

A moose decline in other states prompts at closer look at Maine’s herd.

January 29

Bill Nemitz: Special vote of confidence for Maine students

After three years of talk from Maine’s governor about how Maine kids don’t measure up, it was literally a breath of fresh air.

January 28

Wounded war hero is State of Union high point



January 29

Fire badly damages home in Windham

Investigators are looking for what ignited the late-night blaze, which caused no injuries.

January 29

Republicans focus on empowering Americans, not government

In the party's response to President Obama's speech, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers focuses heavily on her touching personal history.