News from July 13, 2013

July 14, 2013

George Zimmerman found not guilty

An all-woman jury declines to convict him of either second-degree murder or manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

July 13, 2013

Oakland wildflower project gets good start

The Oakland transfer station is attempting to grow flowers to make a butterfly feeding station.

July 13, 2013

Government tightens rules for probes of news media

The policy revision follows criticism of the Justice Department's pursuit of reporters' records.

July 15, 2013

Maine film festival finds new use for old office

 The Maine International Film Festival takes over the old post office in Waterville for an exhibit.

July 13, 2013

Syrian forces gaining ground despite U.S. backing for rebels

 The rebels have lost areas once under their control and now there is a 'civil war within a civil war.'

July 13, 2013

Gov. Perry: Abortion bill will be upheld



July 13, 2013

Events will mark black troops’ fight

 The 54th Massachusetts proved black soldiers were capable of fighting during the Civil War.

July 13, 2013

Man drowns in Saco River in Conway, N.H.

Police say he jumped from a railroad trestle.

July 13, 2013

Skowhegan man pulls his request for a pardon

Bryan Carrier had sought to get a driver’s license back after an accident that killed three in 1996.

July 13, 2013

Maine man seeks commutation of murder sentence

Jeffrey L. Libby has served 27 years in prison for drowning his grandfather in his bathtub.

July 13, 2013

Voter ID law goes on trial in Pennsylvania



July 13, 2013

Wooden ship makes a whale of a return

 The world's last surviving wooden whaling ship is set to sail again on the 172nd anniversary of its first launch.

July 13, 2013

New England has mixed feelings about natural gas

The region's power supplier worries it might be too reliant on the source of energy.

July 13, 2013

Need a custom piece of wood? Just ask the bat man

 Casey O'Donnell's company is gaining traction as he focuses on baseball equipment.

July 13, 2013

Mass. gubernatorial field grows



July 13, 2013

Thousands raise $2.6 million for cancer research

New Hampshire is filled with bikers, golfers, rowers and walkers for the annual Prouty fundraiser.

July 13, 2013

Dance Review: Oasis premiere full of intent, emotion



July 13, 2013

Heroic swim leads to family's rescue on Chesapeake

RESCUE A man braves currents, storm-tossed waves, stinging nettles and jellyfish to save his family.

July 13, 2013

Twenty-three injured in crush as bulls run through Pamplona

 Two of the 23 injured people are gored by bulls and the others are hurt in the stampede.

July 13, 2013

Police: Would-be RI thief found trapped in wall

Police say they found John Ryder, 25, in the wall after noticing a misplaced ceiling tile and disturbed light fixtures.

July 13, 2013

Kurt Busch storms into contention for Chase spot

Kurt Busch Busch has three straight top-six finishes and five top 10s in his last seven races entering Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

July 13, 2013

Portland Head Light now a stamp

The iconic Maine lighthouse is one in a series of five New England lighthouses that appear on U.S. Postal service Forever stamps.

July 13, 2013

Crane to clear train tracks in deadly French crash

Investigators believe equipment failure was the cause of the derailment that killed six people and injured nearly 200.

July 13, 2013

Swimmer wins third straight Peaks to Portland

Scott Yeomans of Bethlehem, Pa., wins the 2.4-mile swim in 48 minutes, 30 seconds.

July 13, 2013

Third girl to die in SF plane crash identified

Liu Yipeng, 16, went to school with the other two victims killed in the crash.

July 13, 2013

Italian Matteo Trentin wins stage 14 of Tour de France

Chris Froome preserves his overall lead after staying safely in the main pack.

July 13, 2013

Zimmerman jury continues 2nd day of deliberations

George Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury also is allowed to consider manslaughter.

July 13, 2013

Ex-Mont. governor rejects Senate bid

Brian Schweitzer says he does want to leave Montana and go to Washington.

July 13, 2013

TV station reports bogus SF crash pilot names

A San Francisco TV station apologies after reporting fake names of the four pilots that were a play on Asian names.

July 13, 2013

Colby College reopening expanded art museum this weekend

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion adds 10,000 square feet of exhibition space.

July 13, 2013

Loon count wil be held next weekend

More than 900 observers will participate in gathering data for the Maine Audubon and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

July 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches



July 13, 2013

Concert Review: Maine artists shine in 'State of the State'

Performances spanning several popular genres show that the local scene is alive and kicking.

July 13, 2013

For junk food fans, Twinkie is barren bliss

 The Twinkie is part of our history and cultural landscape, like the drunk uncle who comes to Thanksgiving every year.

July 13, 2013

Maine back-seat birth meets expectations

 A baby boy fulfills his parents' running joke that he would be born on the side of the road.

July 13, 2013

UNH grad turns trash into treasure

Alex Freid is leading a nonprofit that helps other campuses start waste-reduction programs.

July 13, 2013

Tea company tries honesty experiment in Kennebunk

Honest Tea sets up an honor system stand and monitors people's actions.

July 13, 2013

Gay man's Portland blood donation fails again

 Brian Hodges said he hoped this time would be different . . .

July 13, 2013

Crowds descend on Waterville for Maine International Film Festival

 Director Jonathan Demme, of 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Rachel Getting Married' fame, is the guest of honor.

July 13, 2013

MPBN assessing role of classical music on the air Video clip included

 Maine classical music fans fear the station could decide to take the music off the airwaves.

July 13, 2013

Grief in Quebec as four more bodies discovered Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, investigators look into which brakes were set before the locomotive and 72 tankers began rolling down a slope for seven miles.