News from July 21, 2013

July 22, 2013

Heat, threat of bad weather impact clam festival attendance

 Festival organizers estimate attendance was down by about 30 percent.

July 21, 2013

For 16th Maine film festival, it's a wrap

The Maine International Film Festival concludes with more than 100 films shown and admissions up.

July 21, 2013

Gay rights groups change their focus

Organizations like EqualityMaine are working to increase acceptance for couples in rural areas.

July 21, 2013

Maine driver wins TD Bank 250

Travis Benjamin of Morrill is the first driver from Maine to win the race in seven years.

July 22, 2013

Indiana man jailed after high-speed chase in Windham

Windham police say the man crashed his van into another vehicle, sending two girls to a hospital.

July 22, 2013

Experienced Maine horse rider thrown, critically injured

The woman's family said the horse apparently was 'spooked by several birds.'

July 22, 2013

Van strikes commercial lawn mower on Maine highway

The accident takes place Sunday afternoon on Carl Broggi Highway in Lebanon.

July 21, 2013

Early morning fire destroys Bowdoinham home

Family of four loses their home.

July 21, 2013

Memorial tennis tourney has Massachusetts accent

A rising junior at Bowdoin, who is from Brookline, and a Bostonian win the men's and women's singles titles, respectively, in the Betty Blakeman Memorial at Yarmouth High.

July 22, 2013

Fore River drowning victim identified as 49-year-old Portland man



July 21, 2013

Froome wins 100th Tour de France

Chris Froome is the second straight winner from Britain.

July 22, 2013

Almanzar's bat stays hot in Sea Dogs' victory over Phils

Michael Almanzar raps three hits, including a solo homer, as Portland beats Reading, 7-5, at Hadlock.

July 21, 2013

Yankees say A-Rod will have MRI on thigh

Alex Rodriguez was hoping to rejoin the Yankees on Monday.

July 21, 2013

Despite outcry, stand-ground law repeals unlikely

There does not appear to be an appetite in Florida or other states to repeal or change the laws, which generally eliminate a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat.

July 21, 2013

Bangor to host 2014 Maine GOP convention

The convention is tentatively scheduled for April 25-27, 2014.

July 22, 2013

Maine farmers offer peek behind barn doors

Bessie's Farm Goods and scores of other agricultural operations welcome the curious during the annual Maine Open Farm Day.

July 21, 2013

Search for bodies ends in East Cleveland neighborhood

A suspect is in custody, and police identified him today as Michael Madison, a 35-year-old registered sex offender.

July 21, 2013

Mickelson captures British Open with dazzling final round

Phil Mickelson wins his first British Open, getting birdies on four of the final holes to finish with a 5-under 66.

July 21, 2013

Cooler air returns to Maine, provides relief

Through Saturday, Portland was running nearly 5 degrees above normal for July.

July 22, 2013

Historic removal of Veazie Dam gets under way

When the project is complete, sea-run fish – such as salmon, sturgeon, alewives and shad – will have significantly improved access to about 1,000 miles of upstream habitat.

July 21, 2013

Cross-border lobster workshop to focus on science

Close to 100 people from Maine and Canada are expected at the third annual Science Workshop on Sustainable Growth of the Atlantic Lobster, which is being held Tuesday and Wednesday in Moncton, New Brunswick

July 21, 2013

Maine International Film Festival draws to a close Sunday

The festival awarded its annual Mid-Life Achievement Award this year to actor, songwriter and producer Keith Carradine.

July 22, 2013

Tri for a Cure: Raising funds and hopes Several photos included in this story

 Thousands watch 1,249 women take part in the Maine Cancer Foundation Tri for a Cure fundraiser.

July 21, 2013

900 bicyclists riding in Maine's Lobster Ride

Sunday's ride is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's largest fundraising event, with proceeds going to support the group's work to improve bicycling in Maine.

July 22, 2013

Scars of arsons in Lewiston slowly heal Several photos included in this story

 With the buildings razed and the last displaced family getting a home, two suspects head for juvenile court and victims rebuild their lives.

July 21, 2013

State solicits comments on wind project

A Boston developer plans to build a 62-turbine wind farm near Moscow.

July 21, 2013

Failed recruiting bill succeeding as political wedge issue

Legislation that would have mirrored federal rules on military recruiters' access to schools seems destined to be a factor in the state's 2014 elections.

July 21, 2013

Washington Notebook: Baldacci, Bennett join forces for Fix the Debt Day of Action

The Democrat and Republican are co-chairmen of the campaign in Maine.

July 21, 2013

Maine company reclaims sunken logs Several photos included in this story

 Maine Heritage Timber Co. retrieves the logs from a 1,000-acre lake in Millinocket for wood flooring, wainscoting and furniture.

July 21, 2013

Dispatches

Diver's body recovered / Volunteers count loons / Open Farm Day

July 21, 2013

Maine schools' shift to tougher standards will come with costs

 As the state joins others in a transition to 'Common Core,' experts warn it will almost surely mean lower test scores.

July 21, 2013

Bomb risk awaits N.H. land bidders

Bidders are warned that land mines might be planted throughout the property.

July 21, 2013

Photos: Pup harbor seals ready to return to sea