News from July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

Wheels turn toward starting bike-shares



July 12, 2013

In Portland, a bike service built for tourists

 Rail officials begin a pilot project to see if train riders want to rent two-wheelers to pedal around the peninsula.

July 12, 2013

Residents question Portland mayor on sale of city park Several photos included in this story

Mayor Michael Brennan’s first Meet the Mayor session draws about 25 residents to City Hall to discuss their concerns.

July 11, 2013

Ireland's parliament approves life-saving abortions

It is the predominantly Catholic country's first legislative step away from an outright ban.

July 11, 2013

Testimony connects Whitey Bulger to series of murders

Booking mug handout of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica The judge also rejects a request from lawyers to suspend the trial because Bulger needs a break.

July 11, 2013

Good to the last out, Sox again come back

Daniel Nava, Arnie Beyeler Timely hitting with two outs enables Boston to take three out of four from Seattle.

July 11, 2013

Report: National forest trails poorly maintained

There is a $314 million maintenance backlog, a government report finds.

July 12, 2013

‘Morning Classical’ host Suzanne Nance leaving Maine

Maine Public Radio’s director of music, performance and public affairs has accepted a radio job in Chicago.

July 11, 2013

Police arrest Maine couple on heroin charge

Police say they seized 100 bags of heroin, 36 oxycodone pills as well as digital scales and $1,000 in cash.

July 11, 2013

Jury in Zimmerman trial may consider lesser charge Video clip included

Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling over the objections of Zimmerman's lawyers shortly before a prosecutor delivered a closing argument in which he portrayed the defendant as an aspiring police officer.

July 11, 2013

King joins Mass. Sen. Warren in sponsoring bill to curtail banking risks

The bill would separate traditional banks from riskier financial institutions to protect consumers from Wall Street gambles.

July 11, 2013

More than 150 charged for trafficking in endangered animals

The undercover operation targeted online sales of ivory, live animals and the pelts of endangered big cats.

July 11, 2013

Man charged with Brunswick bank burglary, accomplice flees

Two men were spotted by police at the back of a credit union early this morning in Brunswick.

July 11, 2013

Stocks surging after Bernanke allays stimulus fear

The Dow and S&P 500 surge past all-time highs after the Fed chairman promises 'a highly accommodative monetary policy for the foreseeable future.'

July 11, 2013

Man swims five hours to save family after capsize

His wife says family members clung to the side of the boat getting 'stung by sea nettles in the dark' while they waited for rescuers.

July 11, 2013

Plan would open parts of closed fishing areas

The three areas under consideration are south of the Gulf of Maine and to the south and east of Cape Cod.

July 12, 2013

Orvis to open outlet in Freeport

Orvis, a fly fishing specialty retailer, will open a store just a block from L.L. Bean's headquarters.

July 11, 2013

SAD 51 resignations lead to search for new members

Cumberland residents are encouraged to apply to temporarily fill two school board seats left vacant by unrelated resignations.

July 12, 2013

Caroline Glassman, Maine women's legal pioneer, dies at 90

Glassman's intellect and tenacity helped her become the first woman on Maine’s highest court.

July 12, 2013

New Maine law seeks to halt human trafficking

The law expands the definition of human trafficking to include more crimes rather than solely the promotion of prostitution.

July 11, 2013

DNA links Albert DeSalvo with Boston Strangler killing

Advances in DNA analysis point to the longtime suspect in the series of murders committed in the 1960s.

July 11, 2013

Four more bodies found near Quebec crash site Video clip included

That brings the total to 24 as the province's premier tours the town and criticizes the U.S. railway chief.

July 11, 2013

Judge rejects Bulger request for mid-trial break

Prosecutor Zack Hafer objected to the delay, saying Bulger 'had 16 years to relax in California' while he was a fugitive.

July 11, 2013

Patriots' Dennard accused of DUI

Lincoln, Neb., police say the Patriots cornerback failed a field sobriety test and was taken to a detoxification center.

July 11, 2013

Closing arguments start in Zimmerman trial

The judge agrees with the prosecution that jurors could consider a charge of manslaughter when they begin deliberations.

July 11, 2013

Waterville man gets 37 months for drug conspiracy

Rodney Lacroix, 24, was sentenced for his role in a ring that brought drugs to central Maine from New York City.

July 11, 2013

Minivan driver dies in Gorham dump truck crash

The dump truck lost control and hit the minivan, then rolled over on the driver's side of the minivan, police said.

July 12, 2013

2 young women victims of Jackman fatal accident

Police say speed and alcohol may have led to the Wednesday night accident.

July 11, 2013

Study: Youth attitudes shift in Great Recession

It appears the latest recession 'has caused a lot of young people to stop in their tracks and think about what's important in life,' says Jean Twenge, a psychology professor who co-authored the study.

July 11, 2013

Asiana passengers called 911 begging for help Video clip included

San Francisco officials said ambulances could not come too close out of concern that the plane would explode.

July 11, 2013

N.H. house explodes, bursts into flames; 1 dead

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. The state Fire Marshal's Office is among the agencies investigating.

July 11, 2013

George H.W. Bush to help honor 5,000th 'Point of Light'

He will join President Barack Obama on Monday to celebrate the 'Point of Light' milestone.

July 11, 2013

Osprey chicks knocked out of Freeport nest recovering

Wolfe's Neck State Park Manager Andrew Hutchinson said Wednesday the 5-week-old chicks were knocked 50 feet to the ground by the July 5 storm.

July 11, 2013

Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing troops' IDs

The inspector is accused of using the information – including Social Security numbers and dates of birth – to apply for loans in the officers' names, the federal indictment said.

July 11, 2013

Free hunting licenses for more disabled Maine vets

Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill this week to provide free hunting, trapping and fishing licenses for veterans with a 50 percent disabled rating.

July 11, 2013

New England Dispatches

Subway worker suspended for allegedly sleeping on job / Tax on cigarettes will rise in N.H. / Woman acquitted of killing son ... and more news from around the region.

July 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Two indicted on arson charges in downtown fires / Maine lawmakers fail to agree in battle over bonds for roads / Nonprofit agrees to pay $99,000 for improper billing ... and more news from around the state.

July 11, 2013

For 16 Maine girls, a summer of math and science Several photos included in this story

 The girls are building engines, bridges, energy-efficient windows and experimenting with vermiculture in a program aimed at closing the gender gap.

July 11, 2013

Today's very old brains do better than ones in past, study suggests

 Testing of mental abilities indicates the expanding number of those in their 90s will function better.

July 11, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden facing unfriendly skies

Photograph of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden is seen a page of a newspaper in Moscow Nearly every scenario of him flying out of Moscow could lead to his apprehension.

July 10, 2013

Egyptians asking why, where Morsi detained

Despite U.S. warnings, the ex-president is kept hidden and the military continues to arrest his supporters.

July 10, 2013

Portland mayor to public: Come talk to me

Michael Brennan extends his outreach with a 'Meet the Mayor' night on Thursday.

July 10, 2013

Maine murder suspect's attorney: Evidence points to others

Anthony Pratt Jr. is accused of shooting his fiance in the neck, dumping her body at a Portland motel and fleeing to New York.

July 10, 2013

Pan-Am violating law by not reporting oil volume in Maine

A government spokesman says that Pan-Am Railways failed to report oil volume for April and May.