News from July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

Westbrook man pushes for lights at Olmsted Field

Ray Richardson has $41,500 in pledges to help replace the lights at the high school stadium.

July 3, 2013

Before arrest, Hernandez had numerous brushes with violence

As former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in a private cell, a portrait is emerging of a man who was familiar with talking to police.

July 2, 2013

Getting rid of old paint to be easier in Maine

Gov. LePage lets the industry-backed recycling bill become law despite his opposition to a new fee.

July 2, 2013

Vermont health exchange questioned

At issue is a state law that says starting next year, individuals and businesses with up to 50 employees have to get their health insurance through a state exchange.

July 2, 2013

Witness: Bulger threatened life over drug business

William Shea worked with Bulger to build a booming cocaine-dealing business, Shea testified Tuesday at Bulger's trial.

July 3, 2013

LePage: I'm running for re-election Several photos included in this story

The governor makes his announcement at a fundraiser with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, after saying last month he may run for Congress instead.

July 3, 2013

Obama delays major requirement of new health law

Stephanie Place, Maria Cazho The requirement – that many companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines – is put off until 2015 after companies said they needed more time to implement it.

July 2, 2013

To protect loons, N.H. bans lead fishing tackle they ingest

The law, which takes effect in 2016, will prohibit the use of lead-weighted hooks known as jigs.

July 2, 2013

Sheriff's deputies looking for missing Baldwin man

David Buckley, 29, was last seen on Route 202 near Hollis.

July 3, 2013

Anthem's proposed network wouldn't cover all Maine towns

Central Maine HealthCare, which wouldn't be in Anthem's network, says Anthem's proposal underestimates the driving time to doctors in central and western Maine.

July 2, 2013

Maine tightens virtual charter school laws

Among the specific requirements now required is weekly face-to-face time between students and instructors.

July 2, 2013

Owner of The Maine Mall drops property tax appeal

Assessed value was at issue in a case that could have cost South Portland as much as $4 million.

July 2, 2013

Mass. middle school teacher faces child rape charge

James Parks of Southampton is accused of having a relationship with a girl, now 15, since she was in sixth grade.

July 3, 2013

Maine OUI law deal: Take a sobriety test in car

First-time offenders will be able to cut their license suspensions to 30 days if they agree to a device that locks the ignition if they’re drunk.

July 2, 2013

One gender gap may be narrowing: Infidelity

A survey shows the percentage of wives who cheat on their husbands has risen nearly 40 percent in the last two decades, but more men than women still admit to extramarital affairs.

July 2, 2013

Two Maine judges sworn in

Calais resident David J. Mitchell will serve as a District Court judge and Judge John V. Romei will serve as an active retired District Court judge.

July 2, 2013

Powerful winds expected to whip Arizona wildfire

Mourners pack a memorial service for the 19 firefighters who died Sunday.

July 3, 2013

Augusta child pornographer gets 40 years

'I'm pretty much damned in this world and the next. ... I don't deserve (forgiveness),' Wade Hoover, 35, tells the judge.

July 2, 2013

Visitors flock to remember Gettysburg battle Video clip included

Some of the bloodiest fighting occurred exactly 150 years ago Tuesday at The Wheatfield, Devil's Den and Little Round Top.

July 2, 2013

No vetoes: LePage makes bills into law

The governor's vetoes are well-documented but he has also endorsed many new, lower-profile initiatives.

July 2, 2013

Prosecutors attack Zimmerman story several ways

George Zimmerman claims he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin because Martin attacked him.

July 2, 2013

Bolivian leader's plane rerouted on fear Snowden is aboard

France and Portugal refuse to let the plane, headed home from Russia, cross their airspace, which causes Bolivia to lash out at America.

July 2, 2013

Video: Unmanned Russian rocket carrying satellites crashes Video clip included

The fiery crash could cost Russia a share of the satellite launch market and further tensions with Kazakhstan over the site of Russia's cosmodrome.

July 2, 2013

Double homicide probe from 2012 linked to Hernandez

Boston police have asked authorities in Aaron Hernandez's hometown for their help with a double murder investigation linked to the former New England Patriots star.

July 2, 2013

London's Jewish Museum explores the real Amy Winehouse

A museum official describes the exhibit on the soul diva, who came from a close-knit Jewish family and died at the age of 27, as an attempt to illuminate the 'person behind the hype.'

July 2, 2013

Strong June seen for auto sales, led by pickups

An analyst predicts that dealers sold cars and trucks at an annualized rate of 15.7 million last month, the best rate since December 2007.

July 2, 2013

Vatican panel clears John Paul II for sainthood

John Paul may be canonized together with Pope John XXIII, who called the Second Vatican Council but died in 1963 before it was finished.

July 2, 2013

Turnpike crash in Scarborough

The crash at Mile 42 has been cleared and northbound traffic is moving on the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough.

July 3, 2013

NY, Augusta men arrested in Monday drug raid; crack, cash seized

Matthew Jepsen, 29, of Augusta, and Robert Lonnie Dixon, 34, and Kenneth Floyd, 21, both of the Bronx, were arrested Monday in a Glenridge Drive apartment search that netted $1,700 worth of crack cocaine and $8,192 in cash, according to police.

July 2, 2013

Two young people die in Hancock crash

Two other passengers suffer minor injuries when a sport utility vehicle hits a parked pickup truck.

July 2, 2013

Obama ends Africa trip by joining Bush at memorial

President Obama and former President George W. Bush observed a moment of silence together at a monument to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing here in the east African city where Bush coincidentally happened to be as Obama wrapped up a weeklong tour of Africa.

July 2, 2013

Charter school in Harpswell hires faculty

Harpswell Coastal Academy is scheduled to open in the fall with 60 students in grades 6 and 9.

July 2, 2013

NH-Maine bridge opening date expected in few weeks



July 2, 2013

Urban-rural alliance breaks down on farm bill vote

The agricultural spending bill goes down in defeat after conservative groups demand deeper cuts to food-stamp programs.

July 2, 2013

NH woman gets 10 to 30 years for starving child

Christina Thomas of New Durham had been a primary caretaker for a 6-year-old boy who at one point weighed just 23 pounds.

July 2, 2013

Police identify victims of Clifton motorcycle crash

Police on Monday identified the victims of the Sunday evening crash as 40-year-old Jason Emerson and 36-year-old Elizabeth Gould of Bangor.

July 2, 2013

Maine chief justice named winner of USM award

Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley is the seventh winner of the annual award given by USM's Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.

July 2, 2013

Maine coalition: Less carbon pollution would benefit lobsters

Nick Philbrook Businesses and environmentalists say Maine should endorse President Obama's climate-change plan to help protect the state's most important fishery.

July 2, 2013

Bethel man dies in wood chipper accident

The victim, 60-year-old Sam Chapman, owned Chapman's Tree Services and was also an avid golfer and a popular local songwriter.

July 2, 2013

Mainers await call to help in Arizona



July 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine inmate accused of punching officer / Kayaker rescued off the coast of Falmouth / LePage directing $100,000 to domestic violence group ... and more news from around the state.

July 2, 2013

Political crisis in Egypt leads to hint of coup by military

 Egypt's military threatened Monday to step in within 48 hours to resolve the political crisis that has ground this country to a dangerous, months-long standstill.

July 2, 2013

New England Dispatches

Tourism officials expecting 1% rise in summer visitors / Lawmakers OK fund to help bomb victims who lost limbs ... and more news from around the region.

July 2, 2013

Snowe, Collins honorary hosts at LePage fundraiser

Former Sen. Snowe says she'll lend her name to the Tuesday night campaign event, but will be unable to attend.

July 1, 2013

Maine bill would free school aid without approval by voters

But Republicans and the Department of Education signal the bill faces an uphill battle.

July 1, 2013

Feature obituary: Evan McBreairty, 21, Corps of Cadets member

 The young man was scheduled to fly Sunday from Portland to Washington state for a month-long training session.

July 2, 2013

Scarborough aims to regulate roadside memorials

 Scarborough drafts a plan to respect crash victims' families while protecting public safety, but critics oppose it.