News from July 29, 2013

July 30, 2013

World Citizen founder Garry Davis dies at 91

The Maine native and ex-fighter pilot, who influenced millions of people, believed a world with no nations meant a world with no war.

July 29, 2013

Ex-Maine doctor's cohort pleads guilty in conspiracy

Adam Goodwin, 37, of Scarborough could get 20 years in prison for his role in distributing oxycodone.

July 29, 2013

Lake, shore searched in Hernandez's hometown

 The Glock that police believe was used to murder Odin Lloyd remains missing.

July 29, 2013

Maine wardens narrow search for missing hiker

They say time could be running out as they look for any sign of Geraldine Largay, 66, of Tennessee.

July 29, 2013

Ex-FBI agent says Bulger denied being informant

James "Whitey" Bulger Robert Fitzpatrick is the first defense witness to testify in the trial of 'Whitey' Bulger, who allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang in Boston.

July 29, 2013

Roof partially collapses on retail store in North Windham

A thunderstorm with heavy rain had just passed through the Route 302 area when a pipe broke.

July 29, 2013

New sentencing hearings ordered for 4 N.H. teenage killers

The rulings follow a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.

July 29, 2013

Man found dead in tent on Appalachian Trail in N.H.

The North Carolina man, 54, appears to have died of natural causes, officials say.

July 29, 2013

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo found dead

Authorities say the 44-year-old apparently drowned at a lake northeast of Phoenix.

July 29, 2013

Comey approved as new FBI director

Monday's 93-1 vote put Comey in line to succeed Robert Mueller, who is stepping down after 12 years heading the agency.

July 30, 2013

Police: Woman arrested in DC cathedral vandalism

It isn't yet known whether the splattering of paint there is related to similar vandalism to the Lincoln Memorial and another statue last week.

July 29, 2013

Report: A-Rod facing possible lifetime ban

Baseball has offered the Yankees superstar an ultimatum: Accept a 1.5-year suspension without pay for using banned drugs, or fight the charges and likely never play again.

July 29, 2013

FBI rescues three child prostitutes in Maine

In Operation Cross Country, a nationwide roundup of child sex traffickers, 150 people are charged with pimping.

July 29, 2013

Police seize crack cocaine, cash and guns in Biddeford

Shanti Fray, 25, of 22 Cutts St. and the Bronx, is arrested on charges of aggravated drug trafficking.

July 29, 2013

Maine man still critical after fall from golf cart

His friend, Gary Belinsky, is accused of operating the golf cart under the influence.

July 29, 2013

Former Marine pleads guilty in fatal drunk-driving crash

Travis Lawler, a Maine native, will serve four years in prison for causing the deaths of his sister and her boyfriend.

July 29, 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue company sold for $2.4 billion

A Canadian company will buy the highbrow brand, which has struggled to keep up with competition even though sales of luxury items has increased.

July 29, 2013

Lawsuit: Girl kicked out of Massachusetts camp over kiss

The family alleges that the girl was escorted out of the camp by a uniformed police officer.

July 29, 2013

N.H. utility to end renewable energy rate program

Other utilities face similar situations if not enough customers sign up to pay higher rates to support renewable sources.

July 29, 2013

Head-on train collision injures at least 35 in Switzerland

The crash occurs on a regional line about 31 miles southwest of the capital, Bern.

July 29, 2013

FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17, and are found in 76 cities across the country as part of an ongoing campaign.

July 30, 2013

Maine victim of polar bear attack still recovering

Attorney Matthew Dyer has not yet regained his ability to speak, his wife says.

July 29, 2013

French diamond thief actually took $136 millon

Officials describe a quick and canny break-in that only took about a minute, and the robber fled on foot.

July 29, 2013

Scarborough store again quarantined for deadly dog virus

Little Paws on Payne Road can remain open during the two weeks but cannot sell any puppies.

July 29, 2013

DEP calls for weakening of Maine smog regulations

Critics say the changes would remove Maine from a regional effort to control cross-border pollution.

July 29, 2013

Maine seeks to expand pest ban Several photos included in this story

The plan adds 81 Maine communities to areas quarantined against the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid.

July 29, 2013

Suspect with long history charged with breaking into Portland social club

Norman Dickinson faces charges of burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools, following his arrest on Brighton Avenue almost four hours after the break-in.

July 29, 2013

Former ambassador to oversee Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Secretary of State John Kerry says Martin Indyk has the respect and confidence of all involved.

July 29, 2013

Sanford police investigate abduction attempt

Police say a man tried to force an 18-year-old woman into his car Friday night near the center of the city.

July 29, 2013

Maine search for missing hiker narrowed; wardens say time running out Several photos included in this story

Geraldine Largay has been missing since July 22, and officials think she may between Lone Mountain and north to Caribou Valley Road in the Stratton area.

July 29, 2013

Gwaro guilty of elevated assault, not of attempted murder

The Scarborough man faces 30 years in prison for beating a woman and leaving her with permanent brain damage.

July 29, 2013

Maine gas prices inch down



July 29, 2013

'Who am I to judge?' pope says of gay priests

In a news conference aboard the papal aircraft, Pope Francis says gays should be treated with dignity and not marginalized.

July 29, 2013

State report tallies Maine hospital errors

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has released a report of serious healthcare errors, such as patients who had the wrong body part operated on, and patients who had objects left in their bodies after surgeries.

July 29, 2013

Top trade official to visit Norridgewock footwear company

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit the Norridgewock New Balance manufacturing facility on Monday.

July 29, 2013

Unity mother and son deploy together to Afghanistan

Spc. Andrew Parker and his mother, Spc. Holly Parker, expect to deploy soon in the same unit with the Maine National Guard.

July 29, 2013

US Army Corps extends commenting period for new permitting system

The proposed New England General Permits would replace a state-by-state permitting system to authorize activities in the inland waters and off the coasts of New England.

July 29, 2013

Maryland boarding school students visit Maine to build furniture

Student apprentices at Thos. Moser's woodworking program are building furniture for their private boarding school in Maryland.

July 29, 2013

Obama administration delays oil train safety rules

The commonly-used tanker cars – several of which exploded earlier this month in Lac-Megantic – have come under heavy scrutiny by safety experts, but new rules that would require safety fixes have been delayed by nearly a year.

July 29, 2013

Bayside housing would be built on tax credits Several photos included in this story

 The apartments would provide housing to individuals and families who earn between $18,000 and $45,000 a year.

July 29, 2013

Maine child's letter to Soviet leader inspires new novel

Author Elliott Holt was fascinated by Samantha Smith's trip to the Soviet Union 30 years ago.

July 29, 2013

Portland's panhandling restriction may beg bigger question

 While vagrants on medians may be a symptom of a larger problem, solutions are elusive.

July 29, 2013

Searchers puzzled by why hiker vanished

 The case of Geraldine Largay, who disappeared on the Appalachian Trail last week, is an anomaly.

July 29, 2013

Dozens of coal-power foes arrested at rally

The climate activists at a protest in Massachusetts call for the use of cleaner, alternative fuels.

July 29, 2013

Photos: Festival of Nations at Deering Oaks



July 29, 2013

Little libraries go a long way in building community Several photos included in this story

 Literary trading posts spring up on Maine lawns and prove to be more than just books in a box

July 29, 2013

Fiddle festival beckons a colorful crowd of fans

Now in its 41st year, the East Benton tradition is supported by the Littlefield family.

July 29, 2013

Arts and design center planned for Biddeford's Marble Block Several photos included in this story

 Transformation of the historic building, formerly home to Renys, has the potential to be an economic driver for downtown.

July 29, 2013

Anti-abortion protests on Portland City Council docket

Planned Parenthood says a committee will discuss creating a patient safety zone around a clinic.

July 30, 2013

Dispatches

Wife of man mauled by polar bear urges patience / Wardens locate missing 81-year-old London woman ... and other news from around the state