News from January 4, 2013

January 4, 2013

FDA targets farms, food companies in safety rule changes

 The regulations could cost half a billion dollars a year and likely would save 3,000 lives yearly.

January 4, 2013

USDA proposes rule calling for improved ground-beef tracking

The regulation would have helped investigators identify the source of contaminated beef that sickened some Hannaford customers in 2011.

January 4, 2013

Silva sentenced to 43 years in Maine shooting death

His guilty plea did not admit to crimes, but to the likelihood of being found guilty at trial.

January 4, 2013

Maine hockey gets elusive home-state win

They won in Missouri, Massachusetts and Florida. But until Friday night, the Black Bears hadn't figured out a way to win in their home state.

January 4, 2013

Feature obituary: Rev. Arthur Caliandro, 79, progressive 'people's minister'

 Rev. Caliandro grew up in Portland and served as a guest minister at several local churches.

January 4, 2013

Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

The fines are among the largest ever levied on a campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions in the final days of the election.

January 4, 2013

Original Patriot Jack Davis dies at 80

Davis was an original member of the team when it was formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots of the AFL.

January 4, 2013

Boston magazine weighs in on Kennebunk prostitution case

Fresh on the heels of Vanity Fair's story on the alleged prostitution scandal in Kennebunk, "Boston" is offering its own take on the case.

January 4, 2013

Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting

Gun shows are one place where someone can buy a firearm without going through a criminal background check.

January 4, 2013

Pimp involved with murdered Maine woman gets 3 years

Megan Waterman was found dead on the side of a Long Island beach highway.

January 4, 2013

Maine man gets 5 years for child porn possession

Prosecutors say an examination of Jacob Rogeski's computer found over 100 video files and 400 image files of child pornography.

January 4, 2013

Maine settles 3 pollution cases with hefty fines

The owner of the Wyman Power Station in Yarmouth has paid a $25,825, and an auto salvage company and boat owner will pay similar fines.

January 5, 2013

LePage's $35.5 million cuts hit nearly every agency

H. Sawin Millett Jr. Public schools and health and human services will take the brunt since they account for most of the two-year budget.

January 5, 2013

Maine lobster catch skyrockets, but value declines

More than 123 million pounds of lobsters were caught in 2012, but the value decreased amid a glut of soft-shelled lobster.

January 4, 2013

Coast Guard cutters busy breaking ice in Maine

The Coast Guard evaluates requests to break ice on a case-by-case basis to help facilitate commerce and to ensure safe passageways for boaters.

January 4, 2013

Saco traffic stop leads to crack cocaine arrest

Saco police say Jerry Lee Adams ran from officers and tried to hide a backpack containing drugs.

January 4, 2013

Donations will keep free Portland clinic open

In less than a month, the city raises about $90,000 to save the Portland Community Free Health Clinic.

January 5, 2013

A baby miracle: Maine infant survives violent collision, ejection Several photos included in this story

Six-month-old Gabriel Blaney was ejected from his car seat, soared 25 feet and landed in the snow.

January 4, 2013

Feds move to improve safety rules for ground beef

A recall of contaminated ground beef sold at Hannaford stores in 2011 revealed gaps in the food safety system.

January 5, 2013

Police chiefs taking aim at Maine's open-carry gun law

Prompted by a man who carried an assault rifle around Portland on Christmas Eve, chiefs from across the state will meet later this month.

January 4, 2013

Sandy relief package omits aid for Maine fisheries Video clip included

20110331_GroundFish The next chance comes with another Sandy bill the House will consider the week of Jan. 14.

January 4, 2013

Trooper justified in Lamoine shooting

Now that the report has been released, a state police panel will also be convened to conduct an internal review.

January 4, 2013

Portland names new deputy city manager

Sheila Hill-Christian of Richmond, Va., will fill a post left vacant by one of two assistant city managers.

January 4, 2013

Maine Manufacturing buys lab product line from GE unit

The acquisition will add to Maine Manufacturing's life sciences product mix.

January 4, 2013

Protesters face off over abortion rights in Portland Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 A Portland business owner rallies support for a counter-protest at Planned Parenthood.

January 4, 2013

Mass. cops caught egging superior officer's home

The homeowner is a Newton police sergeant and the culprits' superior officer. He says he is handling the matter internally.

January 4, 2013

Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92

The author was a founding member of the National Organization for Women and is credited with creating the nation's first graduate program in women's history, in the 1970s in New York.

January 4, 2013

Mass. pharmacy blames cleaning company for meningitis outbreak

Attorneys for New England Compounding Center sent a letter to UniFirst Corp. demanding that it take legal responsibility for claims against the pharmacy.

January 4, 2013

Maine boxer Gamache pleads not guilty to drug charges

Steven Gamache is the son of former World Boxing Association world champion Joey Gamache.

January 4, 2013

Actor Dempsey has winning bid for Tully's Coffee chain

The Maine native, whose $9,150,000 bid beat out Starbucks Corp., says he wants to rescue the chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October.

January 4, 2013

Toilet plungers used against alleged Richmond attacker

Blake Sandelin, 31, of Richmond, was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, according to Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster.

January 4, 2013

Search continues for Mass. author Lehane's missing beagle

The 47-year-old author of books including "Mystic River" and "Gone, Baby, Gone" is offering a monetary reward and has said he'll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa.

January 4, 2013

Sportsman's Alliance of Maine to air issues at meeting

Friday's daylong meeting at SAM's conference center in Augusta will start off with a review of 2012 issues by the executive director.

January 4, 2013

Jury selection begins in Maine double murder trial

Thirty-year-old Joel Hayden of New Bedford, Mass., is charged in the deaths of Renee Sandora of New Gloucester and Trevor Mills, also of New Bedford.

January 4, 2013

John Birch Society to sound alarm in Maine

The organization will warn about the U.N.'s Agenda 21 and the march toward a one-world government.

January 4, 2013

Dispatches



January 4, 2013

Portland schools seek input on future

The city's aging schools have improvement plans, but parents need to weigh in, officials say.

January 4, 2013

Clouds linger on Congress’ first day Video clip included

John Boehner His own party still chafing at the fiscal cliff deal, Speaker Boehner narrowly wins back his post.

January 4, 2013

Reactions mixed to Al Jazeera TV in U.S. Video clip included

AL JAZEERA ENGLISH CHANNEL QATAR The Mideast-based network expands its reach to air news in America, but tuning in may be difficult in Maine.

January 4, 2013

West End restaurant dream hits parking snag

Investors hoping to open an eatery on York Street lose an appeal to the Zoning Board.

January 4, 2013

Ex-prosecutor Cameron facing retrial, flight charge

James M. Cameron will be tried again after a court overturned six of his child pornography convictions.

January 4, 2013

Westbrook's river visions: Start with docks and ramps?

 City official William Baker wants to develop its 'extraordinary environmental amenity.'