News from July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

Maine Hermit's story finds its way to big screen

A film festival audience in Waterville watches a brief clip from 'Hermythology,' a documentary-in-progress.

July 18, 2013

Scarborough backs away from regulating roadside memorials

The displays may distract drivers, but a Scarborough official says it's more important not to add to the families' grief.

July 17, 2013

Cuban ballplayer tells newspaper he is defecting

Cuban pitcher Misael Siverio told a Spanish-language newspaper he has defected to the United States and is going to try to make it to the major leagues.

July 18, 2013

U.S. Senate strikes deal to keep student loan rates low

The deal would offer students lower interest rates through the 2015 academic year, but then rates would likely climb back up.

July 17, 2013

Churchill Downs completes purchase of Oxford Casino

The Maine Gambling Control Board signs off on the $160 million deal, the company says.

July 17, 2013

Ex-drug dealer says Bulger tried to extort $1 million

Bulger's alleged partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, is scheduled to testify Thursday — nearly 20 years after they last saw each other.

July 17, 2013

Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover draws outrage

The fact that Dzhokhar was young, handsome and well-assimilated 'makes it all the more important for us to examine ... how a tragedy like this happens,' the magazine says.

July 17, 2013

ACLU: Police recording license plates by the millions

Maine is among the states that limit how long plate information can be stored, but scanner activity is increasing everywhere.

July 17, 2013

Maine man sentenced to nearly six years in overdose death

Shawn Verrill of South Berwick pleaded guilty to supplying the Suboxone that led to the death of Miles Malone of New Hampshire.

July 18, 2013

Maine asks freight operators for policies on securing trains

The request comes after an unattended train carrying crude oil rolled away, crashed and exploded in Quebec, killing 50 people.

July 17, 2013

Ex-Fairfield police chief pleads not guilty to OUI charge

John Emery went on an extended leave two days after the December incident and resigned for personal reasons in March.

July 17, 2013

Sixteen years later, Olbermann returning to ESPN

Keith Olbermann, the sportscaster-turned-political commentator, will return to ESPN with a new nightly sports show airing at 11 p.m.

July 17, 2013

Flash Mob America coming to Portland Aug. 5

A news release says the event will feature performers but doesn't give a specific location.

July 17, 2013

House Republicans vote to delay health care law 


The votes are a chance to score political points, but the legislation won't get past the Democratic-controlled Senate.

July 17, 2013

NKorea arms seizure could hurt US-Cuba detente

Experts said Cuba's participation in the clandestine arms network was a puzzling move that promised little military payoff considering the risks.

July 17, 2013

Company announces plans for new Scarborough plaza

The Shops at Oak Hill will be anchored by a 40,000-square-foot grocery store.

July 17, 2013

Stifling heat blankets most of the nation

The heat index in some places soars beyond 100 as humidity worsens conditions.

July 17, 2013

Heat causes N.H. school district to cancel summer school

Similar weather conditions are expected to last throughout the week.

July 17, 2013

Fed: Growth improves moderately throughout U.S.

Housing construction and home prices improved, while consumer spending increased in most districts, fueled by rising car and truck sales.

July 17, 2013

Mainer to serve 7 years for fatal crowbar beating

Peter Robinson was convicted of manslaughter in the November 2011 death of a 71-year-old man.

July 17, 2013

Collins: Border crossing fees are now unlikely

A Department of Homeland Security proposal to study such a fee dies as part of a budget proposal.

July 18, 2013

Dog's owner steps forward in killing of protected Maine bird

A game warden says he is working with authorities to decide what, if any, charges should be brought in the attack at Pine Point Beach.

July 17, 2013

Maine woman survives near-miss with manhole cover

Police say Sierra McGraw of Farmington suffered minor injuries after a tractor-trailer hit a manhole cover, propelling it into the car windshield.

July 18, 2013

Railway at center of tragedy struggling financially Several photos included in this story

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lays off 79 workers after the Quebec crash severed Maine from its network and business dropped.

July 17, 2013

Packs of young people cause chaos in Hollywood

As many as 40 people may have been involved, splitting into smaller groups and reforming as they looted people nearby, says a police official.

July 17, 2013

Concussions among women exceed men as awareness is found lacking

Girls and women are more likely to suffer concussions than boys and men in sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball or softball, and they take take longer to heal, according to doctors and medical researchers.

July 17, 2013

Scarborough drops proposal to regulate roadside memorials

A vote on new rules was removed from the agenda because the plan caused 'concern and grief' for people in the community, according to a town official.

July 17, 2013

Bangor police arrest 66-year-old suspect in bank robbery

Police detectives arrested Percy Cartwright of Bangor at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.

July 17, 2013

Stores refuse to sell Rolling Stone featuring bomb suspect

Several retailers, including CVS, Cumberland Farms and Walgreens say they will not carry the magazine in their stores.

July 18, 2013

Maine still in running for missile site Video clip included

Residents may welcome it but some lawmakers are skeptical of a system that has a dismal test record.

July 17, 2013

Two seriously injured in Edgecomb ATV rollover; alcohol suspected

Deputies say the ATV may have been driven wihout headlights, and it is uncertain who was driving at the time of the crash.

July 17, 2013

Feds: Kennedys' sea turtle rescue was illegal

Robert Kennedy Jr. says in a posting on NOAA's website that he and his brother now realize that what they did was 'pretty risky.'

July 17, 2013

Other Zimmerman jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

In a CNN interview, Juror B37 said she did not believe George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because of his race and that she believed Martin struck Zimmerman first.

July 17, 2013

Conn. sub base received counterfeit semiconductors

A military component distributor from Methuen, Mass., has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

July 17, 2013

House GOP seeks delay in health care provisions

The House, for the 38th time, is attempting to delay provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

July 17, 2013

Federal official: Maine's county jail system is 'terminal'

He says too many jails are in disrepair, warehousing inmates who are more dangerous than before, and staffed by guards with low morale.

July 17, 2013

N.H. mom accused of forcing kids to drink bleach

Police say Wendy Wright, 33, induced her children, ages 6 and 7, to consume the chemical on June 18 at their home.

July 17, 2013

Ohio kidnapping, rape suspect pleads not guilty

Ariel Castro, 53, has been jailed since his arrest on May 6 shortly after the three women he had allegedly held for a decade in his home escaped to freedom.

July 17, 2013

Ex-Maine basketball star's sentencing postponed

Dana Wilson, 62, was found guilty in May of possessing child porn.

July 17, 2013

Another tar sands pipeline in Midwest seeks fast track

Unlike the Keystone project, which crosses an international border and requires State Department approval, the proposed pipeline has attracted little public attention.

July 17, 2013

Putin warns U.S. Russia won't back down over Snowden asylum

The NSA leaker has applied for temporary asylum in Russia, three weeks after arriving at a Moscow airport from Hong Kong.

July 17, 2013

Maine man charged in slaying held without bail

Nathan Morton of Greene is charged with murder in connection with the April killing of Romeo Parent.

July 17, 2013

LePage taking part in Gettysburg commemoration

The governor will tour the battlefield with the Maine and Alabama National Guard and take part in a ceremony at Little Round Top.

July 17, 2013

Waterville festival to screen two Maine-based films

Both works-in-progress are based on true stories of the Maine woods.

July 17, 2013

Maine's fisheries commissioner hosts final lobster forum

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher is hosting a meeting Wednesday at Scarborough High School.

July 17, 2013

AG Eric Holder pans 'Stand Your Ground'

Eric Holder The attorney general tells the NAACP such laws 'senselessly expand the concept of self-defense.'

July 17, 2013

Young and old in Portland area catch pickleball fever Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 'It's probably the world's worst name,' says one local enthusiast. 'But it's one of the most fun games you could ask for.'

July 17, 2013

Wealth allows Pingree to pay her ‘dues’ to House Democrats

Maine's 1st District congresswoman went from giving to fellow politicians about $180 a year to about $67,000 a year.

July 17, 2013

Residents, visitors support Portland panhandling ban

The ACLU is considering legal action against Portland for infringing on First Amendment rights.

July 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Elderly woman dies of injuries from Saturday crash / Maine man pleads not guilty to Lewiston arsons / Historic lakeside inn heads for auction block ... and more news from around the state.

July 17, 2013

New England Dispatches



July 17, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Portland voters will legalize marijuana

The city the rest of Maine loves to hate is about to give a whole new meaning to "The Way Life Should Be."

July 17, 2013

Yarmouth clam parade triggers annual game of thrones

 Chairs show up weeks in advance along the route in a Yarmouth ritual that's both serious and comical.

July 17, 2013

Railway's Maine lines inspected recently

U.S. officials won't release the results as they prepare for a more thorough look this week sparked by a deadly crash in Quebec.

July 18, 2013

Maine Medical Center best state hospital – again

But some question the motives and methodology behind U.S. News and World Report's work.

July 16, 2013

Old Orchard Beach named one of America's best boardwalks

'We tend to associate New England with quiet stretches of beach, but the boardwalk in Old Orchard Beach is an exception,' Fox News writes.

July 18, 2013

Senate's rare bipartisan work averts political meltdown

A rare huddle yields some confirmation of President Obama's nominees and preservation of the existing filibuster rules.