News from July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Last hospitalized marathon bombing victim goes home

Marc Fucarile Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg above the knee, has endured 49 surgical procedures.

July 24, 2013

200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

The ship was some 4,300 feet below the surface and contained muskets, swords, cannons and clothing.

July 24, 2013

Portland Downtown District names interim executive director

A well-known travel advisor and local businessman will fill the post while a national search is conducted.

July 24, 2013

Police make arrest in central Maine murder

Jason Cote, 22, is accused of bludgeoning a man to death in Detroit last week, but police release few details.

July 24, 2013

Bulger defense tries to paint ex-partner as a liar

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi admits he lied in court testimony years ago.

July 25, 2013

House rejects effort to end NSA surveillance program

The close vote is unlikely to be the final word on government surveillance as a means to defend the nation and Americans' civil liberties.

July 24, 2013

LePage to attend train crash memorial in Lac-Megantic

The governor will also meet with the Quebec town's mayor and says it's 'important for Maine to support our northern neighbors during this time of need.'

July 24, 2013

Maine Technology Institute awards $1.66 million

Maine Technology Institute said the awards include $1.4 million in development loans, $214,936 in seed grants and $46,741 in TechStart grants.

July 25, 2013

George H.W. Bush shaves head for sick child

The boy, known as Patrick, has leukemia. He's the son of a Secret Service agent close to the Bush family.

July 25, 2013

New firetruck for Portland benefits Peaks Island, too

A new engine will be stationed at the Rosemont neighborhood station, allowing an older ladder truck to shift to the island.

July 24, 2013

Spanish passenger train derails, killing at least 40

The crash occurred on high-speed tracks near a train station in the northwestern portion of the country.

July 24, 2013

Caroline Kennedy nominated for Japan ambassador

If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve as U.S. envoy to the Asian nation.

July 24, 2013

Lewiston arson suspect, 13, to be held at treatment facility

Based on a psychological evaluation, Abdi Ibrahim will be transferred while he awaits trial, a judge rules.

July 25, 2013

Weiner faces growing calls to quit mayor's race

But he says citizens are more likely interested in the challenges they face than anything embarrassing he's done in his past.

July 24, 2013

Maine Correctional Center in Windham gets new superintendent

The department’s current regional administrator for central Maine is appointed to head the medium security prison.

July 24, 2013

Dog sniffs out escaped python at Dartmouth College

Daisy, a 4-year-old Jack Russell/dachshund mix, finds the snake outside the frat house from which it escaped last week.

July 24, 2013

Belichick says Patriots will learn from Aaron Hernandez case Several photos included in this story

'A young man lost his life, his family has suffered a tragic loss. There's no way to understate that,' the coach says.

July 24, 2013

Portland lawyer suspended from practicing over substance abuse

David Hunt, who was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1981, agreed to the suspension imposed by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

July 25, 2013

Prince's name, George Alexander Louis, steeped in history

Prince William and his wife Kate introduce the newborn to great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, and spend "private and quiet time for them to get to know their son."

July 24, 2013

Portland board OKs second vote on school spending

The City Council must approve the referendum, which could be held as early as August.

July 24, 2013

Chelsea ex-selectwoman apologizes for lying to police Video clip included

She testifies in her fraud trial that she signed papers related to her husband's business without reading them.

July 24, 2013

Cost-cutting option: Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

The postal service has already switched to curbside or neighborhood cluster box service for some newly built homes.

July 24, 2013

Last hospitalized marathon bombing victim heads home

Marc Fucarile lost his right leg and suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds when the second of two bombs exploded near him at the finish line.

July 24, 2013

Bowdoin ranks 20th on Forbes list of top colleges

Bowdoin and Colby College were the only schools in Maine ranked in the top 100.

July 24, 2013

Aaron Hernandez's probable cause hearing delayed

The judge also orders the release of arrest and search warrants in the high-profile case.

July 24, 2013

Little advertising in Maine for health care law

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services says there are no plans to market or advertise the Affordable Care Act.

July 24, 2013

Heating oil, kerosene prices on rise in Maine

The average statewide price for heating oil is up three cents from last week and up six cents from two weeks ago.

July 25, 2013

Witness says Gwaro brutally beat, kicked woman

The defendant denies the attack escalated to the level of attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault.

July 24, 2013

UMaine picked eighth in preseason conference football poll

Justin Perillo, senior tight end for the Black Bears, is named to the preseason All-CAA first team.

July 25, 2013

Report: Nursing, retail top list of Maine job postings

The new report based on listings culled from online social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn tracks recent employment and hiring activity in the state.

July 24, 2013

Obama refocuses on U.S. economy

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy in Illinois Advisers say some of his speeches in the upcoming weeks will contain specific policy proposals.

July 25, 2013

Wrong turn led to hikers' deadly Maine plunge Several photos included in this story

The victims, who had just been rescued from a state park, were able to call 911 as their vehicle sank but couldn’t be found in time.

July 24, 2013

Lawyer: Snowden to stay in Moscow airport for now

Edward Snowden has been trapped in the transit zone of Moscow's airport since June 23.

July 24, 2013

5 nabbed following Waterville home invasion robbery

The arrests were a 'spinoff' from an earlier theft at Cumberland Farms, police said.

July 24, 2013

Anniversary hike ends in another tragedy near The Wave

Just hours into Monday's trek, 27-year-old Elisabeth Bervel died of cardiac arrest, becoming the third hiker in a month to succumb to the brutal heat and disorienting open country near the Utah-Arizona border.

July 24, 2013

Judge gives prosecution more time with Hernandez grand jury

A probable cause hearing for the former New England Patriots tight end, who is accused of murder, is delayed.

July 24, 2013

Maine mom asks public to help solve mystery of son's injury

Police have not yet talked to the boy, so they're not quite sure what happened. They suspect it was a hit-and-run.

July 24, 2013

Mainer charged with possession of 22 pounds of pot

James Barnes of Wells was arrested in New Hampshire after police say they conducted a controlled delivery of the marijuana to him.

July 24, 2013

Maine sheriffs oppose extending pre-arraignment jail limit

The president of the Maine Sheriffs' Association says upping the limit to 72 hours would potentially cause a civil rights violation and exacerbate jail crowding.

July 24, 2013

Public meeting today for proposed Maine wind farm

The DEP is taking comments and answering questions on its analysis of an eight-turbine wind farm being proposed in the town of Canton.

July 24, 2013

Scientists probing starfish deaths along Atlantic Coast

So many starfish have died from the illness that researchers are having a hard time finding specimens to study.

July 24, 2013

Archaeologists begin dig at historic Maine site

On Monday, archaeologists found coins, buttons and a cannon ball, among other items.

July 24, 2013

Co-authored by King, student-loan bill earns White House support

But some Democratic lawmakers are concerned the plan would lower rates initially, but allow higher rates later.

July 24, 2013

Some lose hours, get no insurance under health law

To avoid paying for coverage, employers push workers just below the 'full-time' threshold.

July 24, 2013

Feature obituary: Douglas Wallace, 84, paper mill quality manager

Mr. Wallace was also a loving husband and a volunteer for the Westbrook Fire Department for 22 years.

July 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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July 24, 2013

Rail cars parked on siding leave some Mainers uneasy Several photos included in this story

20130718_OilCars The practice is common in South Portland, Scarborough and Yarmouth, but officials say it's safe and response crews are well-trained.

July 24, 2013

Debt load affecting Maine students' decisions

Survey: Higher learning is prized as an investment, but parents and scholars often shoulder hefty financial burdens in its pursuit.

July 24, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Suspect owes her life to Saco officers' restraint

Monique Vallee is one lucky woman . . .

July 24, 2013

Wizard of lighting spins magic for Maine hometown show

 Tony-award winner Christopher Akerlind says he's grateful to be back in Portland, working for PORTopera.

July 24, 2013

Portland OKs waterfront building for non-marine tenants

 The Pierce Atwood law firm receives city approval to lease part of their space to a restaurant and other non-marine uses.