News from July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

Maine pilot in emergency landing quits Warden Service

 The announcement ending his 10-year career does not mention if the landing influenced his decision.

July 31, 2013

Lillian Bonner Sutson, unsung civil rights activist, dies at 99

 The granddaughter of a slave, she tried to register to vote in 1940 in South Carolina and was denied.

July 31, 2013

New England Dispatches

 Homeowner who shot bear getting Facebook attention / Officials searching for lost boy, 7 / Inmate at hospital shot after struggle ... and more news from around the region.

July 31, 2013

Rear-end collision shuts downs Route 1 in York

The crash sends two drivers to local hospitals with unspecified injuries.

July 31, 2013

Man shot in chest outside NH gas station

Authorities are investigating what led to an early morning shooting outside a Hooksett, N.H., gas station.

July 31, 2013

China hopes to steal another Vegas staple: boxing

Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world's top gambling city, hopes to begin nabbing the major fights only Vegas used to get.

July 31, 2013

Indiana trooper tells Maine workers their product saved his life

The state police trooper describes how he was shot multiple times by a robbery suspect, but his protective vest, made of material made at Tex Tech, stopped the bullets.

July 31, 2013

Portland police recover small device with gunpowder, fuse

The item, found at the corner of Pine and State streets, is determined not to be explosive.

July 31, 2013

Bouchard wins Maine Women's Amateur – again

Emily Bouchard of Saco cruised to a six-shot victory over 17-year-old Monica Austin, who was her closest challenger.

July 31, 2013

Ex-Chelsea official faces new trial – on extortion charges

Carole Swan was convicted last week of fraud, and had asked for the extortion charges to be separated so she could testify about the fraud.

July 31, 2013

Maine CDC official resigns over public records flap

Sharon Leahy-Lind complained that she was ordered to shred public documents.

July 31, 2013

Maine wardens to intensify search for hiker this weekend

The challenges posed by the remote area prompt wardens to seek only trained and certified searchers.

July 31, 2013

N.H. warns banking customers of phone scam

Scammers posing as bank employees have been calling residents across the state and asking for personal information.

July 31, 2013

Cumberland County jail inmate dies; autopsy results awaited

The woman, 30, had been put under medical observation Tuesday because of seizures.

July 31, 2013

With three 'hops,' U.S. can mine millions of U.S. phone records

Congress and national security experts engage in a push-pull debate over how much snooping the government should do in the name of defense.

July 31, 2013

Hagel: Budget cuts could harm nation's defense

The Pentagon has been ratcheting up warnings about the dire effects of the budget cuts as Congress continues to wrangle over spending.

July 31, 2013

Michaud, Pingree continue push for safer tanker cars

They meet with a federal official to discuss the 'frustratingly slow' process of updating standards.

August 1, 2013

Kennebunk Zumba sex scandal made into TV documentary Video clip included

The TLC network show interviews many of those involved in the infamous Zumba saga.

July 31, 2013

Time Warner Cable raising fees on modems

The fees are being 'adjusted' as Time Warner upgrades equipment and tries to 'ensure optimal performance for our customers.'

July 31, 2013

Westbrook Housing gets $38,000 for security upgrades

The money will be used at Riverview Terrace and Larrabee Woods, two senior complexes.

July 31, 2013

Expert: Maine fishermen must adapt quickly as climate changes

The Gulf of Maine is warming 10 times faster since 2004, so fisheries managers and fishermen must remain nimble, say those at a symposium in Portland.

July 31, 2013

O.J. Simpson wins parole on some convictions

But the former NFL star still faces four more years behind bars on other counts related to the 2007 holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers.

July 31, 2013

Golf cart accident injures 5 on Maine island

The rollover occurred on Sebago Lake's Frye Island, where many seasonal residents use golf carts.

July 31, 2013

N.H. to craft casino rules, though state doesn't have one

Gov. Maggie Hassan has lobbied heavily for a casino, but lawmakers killed a gambling proposal this year.

July 31, 2013

Winthrop man sentenced in two robberies, chase

Jed Ian St. Hilaire pleaded guilty to snatching two women's purses and leading police on a high-speed chase in March.

August 1, 2013

Lab tests show attacking S. Portland fox did have rabies

The gray fox attacked five people near Clark's Pond and the Maine Mall on Tuesday.

August 1, 2013

LePage 'offended' by charter school criticisms Several photos included in this story Video clip included

At a Heritage Policy Center luncheon, he blasts Sen. Justin Alfond's family background and criticism of the school for hosting the conservative group.

July 31, 2013

Feds brace for coming changes to NSA powers

For the first time, the government acknowledges publicly that it can analyze the phone calls of millions of Americans in the hunt for just one suspected terrorist.

August 2, 2013

House approves lower rates on student loans

Maine Sen. Angus King helped create the bill now headed for Obama's signature.

July 31, 2013

Denver hotel offers pop-up inflatable room

It has a chemical toilet, shower, sink, inflatable bed and couch, and curtains.

July 31, 2013

Weiner aide apologizes for lashing out at former intern

'In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation,' Weiner's spokeswoman says.

July 31, 2013

Maine launches business website to reduce red tape Video clip included

The website will make it easier for new businesses to navigate the licensing and permitting process, the state said.

July 31, 2013

NSA leaker's father says he's thankful to Putin

'If it were me, I would stay in Russia and that's what I hope my son will do,' Lon Snowden says.

July 31, 2013

Ex-Maine pastor pleads not guilty to child porn

James Napier was charged last September after police said they found more than 100 child pornography images on his computer at his home in Alfred.

July 31, 2013

Interactive: Data shows Maine moving away from religion



July 31, 2013

WEX's second-quarter earnings rise 5 percent Video clip included

New contracts and favorable fuel prices boost the company's performance.

July 31, 2013

Senate panel looking at limits on surveillance

At a hearing on Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question top-level officials about the NSA's intelligence programs.

July 31, 2013

Prosecutors want to know if Bulger will testify

Prosecutors tell the judge that the government deserves to know if Bulger will testify and Bulger has had time to think about it.

July 31, 2013

Family's summer more restful since arrest of North Pond Hermit Several photos included in this story Video clip included

'First of all, we don't have to triple lock all of our windows and doors,' says Garry Hollands, whose family owns a cabin on Little North Pond.

July 31, 2013

U.S. to auction wind energy leases off Mass., R.I.

The Department of Energy estimates that the area could support enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes.

July 31, 2013

Maine organic farmers group names new director

Ted Quaday, of Santa Cruz, Calif., takes over the job Russell Libby held for 17 years before stepping down in October when he was diagnosed with cancer.

July 31, 2013

Maine state workers approve two-year contract

The contract includes two small pay hikes, but trims some benefits.

July 31, 2013

Defense seeks merger of some Manning verdicts

If the judge agrees to merge the counts, it would mean the former intelligence analyst faces up to 116 years in prison instead of 136 years.

July 31, 2013

66th Maine Lobster Festival gets under way today

The festival each year draws about 100,000 visitors who put away more than 20,000 pounds of lobster.

July 31, 2013

Maine moms to urge LePage support for BPA disclosure

The group will ask the governor to send letters to Maine's 10 largest food companies, asking them to disclose which products have packaging made with BPA.

July 31, 2013

Starting line painted for Beach to Beacon race

The painting of the starting line marks the symbolic start of race week. It was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was washed out by rain.

July 31, 2013

Angus King bill hopes to cut excessive government regulations

The Regulatory Improvement Act of 2013 – sponsored by King and a Missouri Republican – would establish a commission to weed out duplicative or outdated rules.

July 31, 2013

Feature obituary: Ernest Valente, Jr., 81, 'Mayor of Warren Avenue'

Mr. Valente was an accomplished upholsterer and longtime owner of Speed's Auto Top in Portland.

July 31, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man dies after falling off golf cart / Group inspects sites for possible Sanford theme park / Convicted killer's appeal rejected ... and more news from around the state.

July 31, 2013

New Maine charter school forms have 'substantive' changes

The lengthy application to open a charter school are due Dec. 2.

July 31, 2013

After criticisms, Maine DEP to have hearing on new smog rules

 A date has not been determined, but the public will be allowed to speak about rule changes that could weaken air-quality rules.

July 31, 2013

Is Ted Cruz the new face of the Republican Party?

U.S. Senator Cruz, flanked by Senator Lee and Senator Vitter, speaks against pending immigration legislation during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington The Texas senator says activists are calling out for an unflinching, uncompromising presidential candidate. Someone, he says, like him.

July 31, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Troubled teen finds a way to break cycle

The name rang a bell, but not a loud one ...

July 31, 2013

Maine exchange insurance rates due, but with snag

The coverage plans for individuals are so different from existing ones in Maine that comparing the costs of new and old may be impossible.

July 31, 2013

Maine teen sex traffic small but growing

A bill signed into law this month increases penalties for those who sexually exploit people under various conditions.

July 31, 2013

A cup, a local star, and song's a hit Video clip included

 Actress Anna Kendrick's version of the tune becomes a summer phenomenon, with Maine youths learning how to do the routines.

July 31, 2013

Closing of South Portland church underscores Maine trend Several photos included in this story

 The closing of First United Methodist Church on Brown's Hill is the latest sign of declining membership in many denominations in the nation's least religious state.

July 30, 2013

Utility pole falls on Windham police officer's vehicle

A utility pole falls on a police vehicle. The officer inside escapes injury.