News from July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012

Spike Lee works on Michael Jackson documentary

"We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff," Lee said. The movie will focus on Jackson's 'Bad' album.

July 10, 2012

Selig critical of film produced by Red Sox manager

"Ballplayer: Pelotero", a documentary that tracks corruption in the process of signing Dominican amateurs, opens Friday.

July 10, 2012

Obama team targets Romney's offshore bank accounts

The Obama election campaign has a politically loaded question it wants voters to think about: What is Mitt Romney hiding?

July 10, 2012

'Hunger Games' finales set for 2014, 2015 release

The final book in "The Hunger Games" trilogy is coming to the big-screen in two parts starting in 2014.

July 10, 2012

Exec at Schilling's company blames Rhode Island for failure

William Thomas told a Bankruptcy Court today that Rhode Island's refusal to approve $5 million in tax-credit advances was the straw that broke the financial back of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

July 10, 2012

Teenager loses leg in Maine boating crash

A family vacation turned into a nightmare Tuesday, when a 15-year-old girl had her leg severed on Kezar Lake after her father crashed the family boat.

July 10, 2012

Vt. state trooper resigns after getting $56,000 in overtime

A 22-year veteran of the Vermont State Police has resigned after accusations he charged the state for overtime he didn't work, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday.

July 10, 2012

Chief of troubled brokerage firm left suicide note

Employees of a brokerage firm that has been unable to account for $220 million in customer money found their boss in his car in a coma at company headquarters.

July 10, 2012

3 Lance Armstrong associates get lifetime USADA bans

With Armstrong digging in for a legal fight, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued lifetime bans Tuesday to three former staff members and consultants on the cyclist's winning Tour de France teams for drug violations.

July 10, 2012

US job openings rose in May, good sign for hiring

There were 3.6 million jobs openings last month. That's the second-highest level in nearly four years.

July 10, 2012

Brunswick attorney suspended from practicing law

Carolyn Asquith is accused of not cooperating with opposing counsel, failing to comply with court orders and not paying for title services.

July 10, 2012

Asteroid named for gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny

Kameny was an astronomer with the U.S. Army in the 1950s but was fired from his job for being gay. He contested the firing all the way to the Supreme Court and later organized the first gay rights protests outside the White House and Pentagon in the 1960s.

July 10, 2012

EPA overrules Maine on alewives issue

 The ruling is a victory for Maine's Indian tribes and environmentalists, who say the state's laws have killed an important food source.

July 10, 2012

Mass. man to plead in plot to blow up Pentagon

The Ashland man also planned to fly remote-controlled planes packed with explosives into the U.S. Capitol.

July 10, 2012

Foxwoods Casino struggling with debt

The chairman of the Indian tribe says the weak economy and rising competition are making it hard to renegotiate $2.3 billion in loans.

July 10, 2012

Senate Dems want tax cuts for businesses that hire

Their proposal would lower taxes for companies that hire new workers, give raises or buy major new equipment, but it stands little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.

July 10, 2012

I'll Have Another sold for $10 million

The owner of I'll Have Another says he sold his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to a farm in Japan for $10 million, a price that far exceeded any amount he was offered in the United States.

July 10, 2012

Saco police charge two in separate robberies

The robberies occurred at Cumberland Farms in April and at Community Pharmacy in June.

July 10, 2012

LePage names state's next adjutant general

Col. James Campbell would replace outgoing Major General John Libby as the state's top military leader.

October 26, 2012

Maine insurance agent accused of promoting prostitution

Mark Strong, who owns The Strong Agency in Thomaston and is a former city official, was arrested by the Kennebunk and state police.

July 10, 2012

NH beach reopens after shark scare

Officials were trying to determine what type of sharks were spotted by a man at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye.

July 10, 2012

Freeport officials to review Hunter Road field proposal

The plan calls for a recreational lodge, covered pavilions and a playground.

July 10, 2012

MDOT to present Martin's Point Bridge plans today

 The $23.5 million structure will replace the Route 1 bridge that crosses the Presumpscot River between Portland and Falmouth.

July 10, 2012

Baseball cards in Ohio attic might fetch millions Several photos included in this story

The cards are from an extremely rare series issued around 1910.

July 10, 2012

Hunt continues for Somerset County Jail escapee Several photos included in this story

Dylan Perkins, a 20-year-old inmate with 10 days left on his sentence, scaled a fence at the jail on Monday.

July 10, 2012

Man accused of trying to hide gun in airport planter

Portland, Ore., police say the man told them he hid the gun so he could retrieve it when he returned from his trip.

July 10, 2012

Study links global warming to Texas heat waves

Computer simulations indicate that in years with a La Nina weather pattern, severe Texas heat waves are about 20 times more likely than in the 1960s.

July 10, 2012

Chevy offers money-back guarantee on new vehicles

Chevrolet says buyers can get refunds if they return their 2012 or 2013 vehicles for any reason. The guarantee lasts for up to 60 days from the date of purchase, and the offer ends Sept. 4.

July 10, 2012

Search on for 48 Maine State House candidates

The parties have until July 23 to nominate replacements for candidates who have dropped out of House and Senate races.

July 10, 2012

FBI, NY police work to recover yacht where 3 died

Investigators are trying to determine if the boat was overcrowded.

August 15, 2012

Pingree urges feds to block LePage cuts to Medicaid

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is not saying whether Maine still needs federal waivers for cuts affecting 27,000 Mainers.

July 10, 2012

Time Warner customers lose Portland TV station

As of 10:15 a.m., WMTW (Ch. 8) was still being blacked out on Time Warner cable in southern Maine, and neither the station nor the cable company could say exactly when the dispute might be resolved.

July 10, 2012

NH monument for Navy SEAL vandalized again

A porcelain picture of Daniel Healy on the Exeter monument has been smashed to pieces.

July 10, 2012

Amtrak's Downeaster sets another ridership record

Ridership grew 4 percent in the fiscal 2012, and ticket revenue grew by 4.5 percent.

July 10, 2012

Mass. man to plead in terror plot using model airplanes

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to request a 17-year sentence.

July 10, 2012

Safe, money stolen from Dixfield church



July 10, 2012

Report: Some lose homes over as little as $400

Outdated state laws allow big banks and other investors to reap windfall profits by buying the houses for a pittance and reselling them, the report says.

July 10, 2012

Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in Fla. Video clip included

A wildlife official says the teen's arm was still inside the 11-foot alligator when it was hunted down and killed Monday evening.

July 10, 2012

Homeless man accused of stealing from Bangor home

Police say 25-year-old Eric Ducas is charged with felony burglary for stealing from the home of a resident who took him and his girlfriend in.

July 10, 2012

Parents defend putting children to work on farms

Labor Department officials say that children performing farm work are four times more likely to be killed than those employed in all other industries combined.

July 10, 2012

Schilling's game company heads to bankruptcy court

Schilling has said the collapse of the company has probably cost him his entire baseball fortune.

July 10, 2012

Armed man shot, killed by police in NH

The Attorney General's Office is investigating the shooting. No officers were injured.

July 10, 2012

Repair at Androscoggin jail should end 'skunky' air

Administrator John Lebel says he hopes a new air cooling compressor hoisted onto the Auburn jail's roof Monday is operational by today.

July 10, 2012

Police: 2 people die in fiery Auburn car crash

Emergency personnel responded just after 1 a.m. today to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the middle of the street.

July 10, 2012

Trustees approve 'Blue Sky Project' for UMaine

The plan aims to develop new programs to better align with the state's needs.

July 10, 2012

Bear swiping fruits of students' labor in Maine

Sightings of the 400-pound bear began late last week and the manager of an educational farm says it's "not a welcome guest."

July 10, 2012

University system head granted final say on pay, top jobs

Trustees approve the policy changes after a controversy over the naming of ex-Baldacci administration officials to high-level posts.

July 10, 2012

Feature obituary: Roberta 'Joan' Lipfert, 84, advocate of organic farming



July 10, 2012

Video images, cellphone data lead police to robbery suspect

 At Jamilee Kus' first court appearance in the case, her bail is set at $5,000 cash.

July 10, 2012

State program for older drivers falls short

A lack of funding puts the brakes on Maine's plan for making older drivers safer.

July 10, 2012

Dispatches

'Alive at Five' concert series to start annual run Thursday / Deering graduate saves life of woman off Florida beach / Three inmates still at large after escaping from 2 jails . . . and more Maine news.

July 10, 2012

Trooper found justified in shooting

The trooper killed a man after thinking a sheriff was threatened, the AG says.

July 10, 2012

Authorities hunt 4 suspects in Border Patrol agent killing

The move follows a House vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

July 10, 2012

Cape Cod shark shocks kayaker

 The man says his response to the great white 'was just instinct -- paddle and head out of there.'

July 11, 2012

Wedding of Barney Frank, partner resonates in Maine and beyond Several photos included in this story

 Frank married his longtime partner on Saturday, securing a spot in history as the first sitting congressman to legally marry a same-sex partner.

July 10, 2012

City offering papers for fall elections

Since nominating papers became available July 2, the greatest interest seems to be in East End seats.

July 10, 2012

LePage: 'Gestapo' clouded message

The governor's statement stops short of a public apology.

July 10, 2012

Mainer loses in 'American Ninja Warrior' finals

American Ninja Warrior - Season 2 A Westbrook man hopes to turn the experience into a career doing stunt work.

July 10, 2012

York-area drivers fear turnpike toll increase

Turnpike officials say they want to target the many visitors who come through the York toll plaza.

July 10, 2012

South Portland to wait year on public works complex

City councilors decide to wait until November 2013 to ask voters to back the plan for a new building.

July 10, 2012

System trustees OK new USM president

 Theodora Kalikow is taking over for Selma Botman, who the board has agreed to reassign at her request.

July 10, 2012

Obama stands firm on tax cuts

ANALYSIS: Excluding the rich from an extension could rattle the economy just before the election.

July 10, 2012

Portland's new superintendent begins setting course

 Emmanuel Caulk proposes creating parent advisory councils in Portland schools.

July 9, 2012

Rye beach closed after shark scare

A lifeguard says that the sharks were about 6 feet long.