News from July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013

Motorcycle rider injured in Lebanon accident

A 50-year-old Lebanon man lost control of his motorcycle after hitting sand on the shoulder of River Road.

July 20, 2013

Still no ID on Fore River drowning victim

Officials have still not released the name of the man who apparently drowned in the Fore River Friday night.

July 20, 2013

Risky Red Sox thrown for a loss Several photos included in this story

Chris Stewart Boston's repeated chances on the basepaths backfire as New York's defense comes up big.

July 22, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Patient's live-or-die decision still her own

 The family of an ALS sufferer with soaring medical bills responds to readers who challenge her choice to live.

July 20, 2013

Somerset County hit hardest by high wind

The more widespread and damaging thunderstorms expected Saturday night fail to materialize.

July 20, 2013

Tar sands protest at Sebago Lake lures 200 Several photos included in this story

 Opponents rally against reversing the Portland to Montreal pipeline to transport the oil.

July 20, 2013

Westwood leads Woods going to final round of British Open

Lee Westwood holds a two-stroke lead on Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.

July 20, 2013

Froome locks up Tour de France

Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour

July 21, 2013

Protests target self-defense laws

Trayvon Martin's parents speak at rallies sparked by the acquittal of the black teen's killer.

July 20, 2013

Former Senate leader Bennett elected to lead state Republican Party

Rick Bennett pledges to pursue party unity and a more prosperous Maine after his election Saturday.

July 20, 2013

Bomb detonated at Beijing airport; 1 injured

A man in a wheelchair sets off the bomb, but he is the only one injured.

July 20, 2013

Maine farms open their doors to the public

Open Farm Day is put on by the Department of Agriculture and gives the public an opportunity to learn firsthand about the state's farms.

July 20, 2013

Helen Thomas, dean of White House press corps, dies at 92 Video clip included

Not intimidated by power, Helen Thomas reported for the UPI wire service for almost 60 years.

July 20, 2013

Thousands without power in Maine

Bangor Hydro reports that the storms on Friday night took down power lines and tree limbs across Penobscot County.

July 20, 2013

Maine kicks off 30th loon count

About 900 volunteers are using binoculars at lakes and ponds to count the number of loons, as they have since 1983.

July 20, 2013

Maine lobster boats race in Friendship

Saturday's races are part of the summer-long series of lobster boat competitions in ports along the Maine coast from Portland to Eastport.

July 20, 2013

Maine insurer wants its rates kept private

Maine Community Health Options says releasing the data now might give its insurance exchange rival an unfair edge.

July 20, 2013

New England Dispatches

Mass. may tap fund to fix future Big Dig leaks / Law bans requiring tenants to declaw cats / Town restores huge landmark milk jug ... and more news from around the region.

July 20, 2013

Bangor parade death raises questions

 A fatality caused by a 1930 fire truck on July Fourth sparks a debate over Maine's lack of mandated inspections for antique vehicles.

July 20, 2013

New Harpswell charter school suits local economy Several photos included in this story

 Harpswell Coastal Academy will emphasize agriculture and marine sciences.

July 20, 2013

Two charged in Augusta kidnapping, assault case

Police say the suspects held another man in response to allegedly being robbed of $25,000.

July 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Bennett has wide support to lead Maine Republicans / Town has 49 applications for police chief / Excavator accident closes stretch of I-295 ... and more news from around the state.

July 20, 2013

Maine police identify man found dead in Detroit

Authorities won't say why they still consider the death of 47-year-old Ricky Cole to be suspicious.

July 20, 2013

LePage plan to hire Miss Maine USA drew rebuff

In emails from 2011, education chief Stephen Bowen said he could not justify hiring a ‘beauty queen’ amid a fiscal crunch.

July 19, 2013

Swan testimony focuses on workers' comp records

The former Chelsea selectwoman claimed she could not work due to an on-the-job injury.

July 20, 2013

Diehard runners take record Portland heat in stride Several photos included in this story

The city tops out at 95 degrees, beating the previous mark for July 19 by a single degree.