News from July 30, 2013

July 31, 2013

Portland faces dilemma in Planned Parenthood clinic decision

 The city juggles the rights of abortion protesters and patients in considering a buffer zone at Planned Parenthood.

July 30, 2013

MIT review says school didn't target free-information activist

But Aaron Swartz's father said the school favored prosecutors in the case against his son, who helped develop the Reddit news site and who committed suicide.

July 30, 2013

Federal court: No warrant needed for cellphone info

This year, Maine passed legislation requiring authorities to obtain a search warrant to get location information from a person's cellphone, and it's a topic over which courts have been at odds.

July 30, 2013

Police release photos of Winslow bank robbers

Police released security camera images today of the two armed men who robbed the Bangor Savings Bank in Winslow last week.

July 30, 2013

Owner defends, plans to sell Scarborough quarantined pet store

She says she feels pressure from those who oppose commercial-scale breeding.

July 30, 2013

Maine high court upholds ex-trooper's sex conviction

Gregory Vrooman of Nobleboro argued that jurors shouldn't have been told that he watched pornography and that certain evidence should have been suppressed.

July 30, 2013

Man pleads guilty in massive Maine pot operation

 Moises Soto allegedly helped run a marijuana field for Haynes Timberland, a local timber and development company that owns the land.

July 30, 2013

Democrats criticize LePage administration's smog proposal

Lawmakers and the public should have a chance to evaluate the proposal to opt out of anti-smog rules, they say in a letter.

July 30, 2013

Bouchard shoots 77 to lead Maine Women's Amateur

Bouchard, 23, has a two-day total of 157, two strokes better than Lori Frost, who also shot a 77 on Tuesday.

July 30, 2013

California man picked to lead Maine organic farmers' group

Ted Quaday will replace the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years.

July 30, 2013

Maine high court upholds Turner man's murder sentence

Brian Nichols, who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Jane Tetreault in their Turner home in 2010, had argued that his 40-year sentence was excessive.

July 30, 2013

Senate bill adds $100 million for Bath Iron Works

The funding would be a down payment on a fifth DDG-51 destroyer, which Maine's Susan Collins is pushing for.

July 30, 2013

Study suggests link between gum disease, Alzheimer's

The findings support a theory that bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and end up in the brain, says the lead researcher.

July 30, 2013

Judge: 3 Penn State ex-officials to stand trial in abuse case

The university's former president, vice president and athletic director are accused of covering up the abuse by ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.

July 30, 2013

Mass. woman rescued after fall in White Mountains

Authorities say 46-year-old Mary Pierce was hiking to Zealand Falls when she slipped and fell about 15 feet onto some rocks.

July 30, 2013

Exxon Mobil puts off discussion of pipe under Ark. lake

The company blames a manufacturing defect in the 64-year-old Pegasus pipeline that burst March 29 soiling a neighborhood and threatening a nearby lake.

July 30, 2013

New EPA chief: Climate controls will help economy

That optimistic vision runs counter to claims by Republican lawmakers and some industry groups that more rules will kill jobs and fossil fuel industries.

July 30, 2013

Shaw's to close six N.H. supermarkets

The supermarkets' owner says the individual stores aren't profitable, but the closures don't reflect the overall health of the chain.

July 30, 2013

Obama challenges GOP to accept corporate tax deal Video clip included

The president calls for lowering the corporate tax code from 35 to 28 percent – and even lower for manufacturers – combined with investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and research to aid the middle class.

July 30, 2013

Study looks at Sandy's impacts on tidal marshes

Researchers will compare the abundance of marsh plants and birds before and after the storm from Maine to Virginia.

July 30, 2013

Portland symposium to focus on climate, fisheries

Reports from fishermen of warming waters and lower stocks over the last several months prompted the symposium.

July 30, 2013

Spain investigators: Train conductor was on phone

The train, carrying 218 passengers, hurtled off the tracks and slammed into a concrete wall, killing 79 people.

July 30, 2013

Maine panel sets deadline for charter school applications

There is now a separate application for virtual schools that spells out specific requirements, such as weekly face-to-face time for students and instructors.

July 30, 2013

Police kill fox that attacked five in South Portland

The 'aggressive' fox even jumped into a parked truck to bite a man. The animal's remains are being tested for rabies.

July 30, 2013

Couple sues Westbrook, police over eviction

20130730_ ACLU A lawsuit, supported by the ACLU, alleges two renters never got proper notice and were treated illegally by the city's police.

July 30, 2013

N.H. police: Sleepwalking man shoots self in knee

Police say the man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

July 30, 2013

Appeals court strikes down NYC's big-soda ban

The judges wrote that while the city's health board had the power to ban 'inherently harmful' foodstuffs from being served to the public, sweetened beverages didn't fall into that category.

July 30, 2013

Sanford man injured in fall off golf cart dies

John MacKay, 52, had been in critical condition at Maine Medical Center with a brain injury following the accident in Casco over the weekend.

July 30, 2013

Handwritten poem by Poe sells for $300K at Mass. auction

The poem, "The Conqueror Worm," is believed to have been written in the 1830s.

July 30, 2013

Police: N.H. mom told kids bleach was 'medicine'

Charged with first-degree assault, 33-year-old Wendy Wright is accused of making her 6- and 7-year-old children drink bleach at their home on June 18.

July 30, 2013

Tiny Ky. college lands $250M gift, among biggest ever

The all-stock donation to Centre College from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust is believed to be among the 20 biggest gifts ever to a U.S. college or university,

July 31, 2013

State preparing for Maine railway shutdown

The railway has laid off 79 workers since a July 6 derailment killed 47 people and devastated an entire Quebec town.

July 30, 2013

Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy in WikiLeaks case Video clip included

But the Army private is convicted of 20 other lesser counts, which together could still result in 136 years in prison.

July 30, 2013

U.S. home prices rise 12%, best in six years

Steady price increases, along with stable job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have in turn encouraged more Americans to buy homes.

July 30, 2013

Israel, Palestinians hope to reach deal in nine months Video clip included

Secretary of State John Kerry says the parties have agreed that all issues are on the table and negotiators will meet again within two weeks.

July 30, 2013

Prosecutor tries to discredit ex-FBI agent in Bulger case

Former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick testified Monday that he was blocked in his effort to terminate Bulger as an FBI informant.

July 30, 2013

Police divers back at lake in Hernandez's hometown

Divers spent eight hours Monday at the lake, which is just 12 feet deep at its deepest point.

July 30, 2013

Maine searchers for missing hiker employ plane, dogs

The Maine Warden Service is trying to contact a woman who called the Stratton Motel last week and said she'd crossed paths with 66-year-old Geraldine Largay.

July 30, 2013

Weiner falls to 4th in new NYC mayoral poll

The poll – which Weiner led just five days ago – also showed about half of likely Democratic voters saying he should abandon his mayoral bid.

July 30, 2013

Ark. district arming more than 20 teachers, staff Several photos included in this story Video clip included

After undergoing 53 hours of training, the teachers, administrators and other school employees will be considered guards.

July 30, 2013

At least 10 suspected Nazis ordered out of U.S. never left

The reason: While the U.S. wanted them out, no other country was willing to take them in. Four are still here.

July 30, 2013

Motorcycle riders cool to pink license plates

Nearly 70 people have pre-ordered the motorcycle license plate, but 500 are required to begin production.

July 30, 2013

Massive explosions rock central Fla. gas plant Video clip included

Police say there are no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.

July 30, 2013

Center for migrant workers to open in Maine

At the center, migrant farm workers and their families can get legal and employment advice, medical care and information on educational resources for their children.

July 30, 2013

Old Orchard family devastated by storage unit theft

Memorabilia, photographs, heirlooms and an antique desk were all stolen during the burglary in Shapleigh.

July 30, 2013

Maine man writes book on his experience in coma

For six weeks, Mark Hathaway could hear what everyone said around him but couldn't speak . . .

July 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Self-described 'time bomb' charged in burglary / Maine mother, son deploying in same Guard unit / Man who fell from golf cart remains in critical condition ... and more news from around the state.

July 30, 2013

Baxter school criticized for luncheon with political group

But charter school officials deny seeking funds from the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center.

July 30, 2013

U.N. official warns Syria is in 'free fall'

Commission head says civilians are suffering the most as the government deals with rebel groups.

July 30, 2013

Ethics panel splits decision on Maine lawmaker

The ethics board rules on Rep. Mike Nadeau, a Republican accused of illegally coordinating with outside ad buyers.

July 30, 2013

Police to report on Portland abortion protests

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of protest buffer zone law.

July 30, 2013

Pope's comments on gays resonate in Maine

Some scholars and activists interpreted his comments Monday as a softening of the church's stance against same-sex relationships.