News from July 7, 2013

July 8, 2013

Condition of John Kerry's wife upgraded to fair

A person in close contact with the family says Teresa Heinz Kerry, 74, had symptoms consistent with a seizure.

July 8, 2013

Featured obituary: Archie Manoogian, 83, led Westbrook High to wild win streak

His biggest star during his stretch of four straight gold balls was Lisa Blais, who was a key contributor on the 1985 Old Dominion team that won the national championship.

July 8, 2013

Effort to feed Maine children hits milestone

 Free summer meals are now offered in all Maine counties, a first, as the program adds 65 sites.

July 8, 2013

Pest-killer, Maine law collide

 Mainers find dragonflies useful for controlling mosquitoes, but some sellers aren't getting the permits required to import them.

July 7, 2013

Congress to revisit doubling of student loan interest rate

Sen. Angus King of Maine is among the senators who hope to win support for a bipartisan plan.

July 7, 2013

Program provides fresh produce for some seniors

New Hampshire will give fruits and vegetables to low-income residents 60 and older.

July 7, 2013

A year later, ex-patients still need hepatitis C tests

 As David Kwiatkowski awaits trial, thousands of people across the country still have not been tested.

July 8, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: South Portland Color Run paints town

 Participants in the annual Color Run painted the city of South Portland red – and blue and yellow and green – Sunday around Southern Maine Community College.

July 7, 2013

Bears, vehicles collide in Vermont

With the black bear population at an all-time high, accidents are more frequent, officials say.

July 7, 2013

Six show interest in running for Portland council Several photos included in this story

20110513_Truman Many of those taking out papers for at-large seats are familiar names. School board slots also are open.

July 7, 2013

New England Dispatches



July 8, 2013

Former UMaine basketball coach Rudy Keeling dies at 64

He coached the Black Bears from 1988 to 1996.

July 8, 2013

Sea Dogs end a 3-game slide

Portland scores twice in the eighth to edge New Britain, 4-3.

July 7, 2013

Fire slows traffic on Maine Turnpike

Southbound lanes were shut down for about 15 minutes after a fire engulfed a pickup truck heading south near Wells.

July 7, 2013

Maine harm unlikely from Quebec train derailment

Peter Blanchard of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says there were concerns about smoke from the fires, but meteorologists don't believe it will have a significant impact.

July 8, 2013

Andy Murray wins at Wimbledon Several photos included in this story

He becomes the first British man in 77 years to win the home-country title, sweeping top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

July 7, 2013

SF crash: "It could have been much worse"

One leading aviation expert says the aircraft may have approached the runway too low, causing the accident that killed two of the 307 onboard.

July 7, 2013

Maine deer lottery applications being accepted

A total of 46,710 permits for antlerless deer will be issued in 16 of Maine's 29 wildlife management districts when the lottery drawing is held Sept. 9.

July 8, 2013

Dozens feared dead in inferno after train crash

A runaway train of oil tanker cars derails and ignites in the center of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, less than 10 miles from the Maine border.

July 7, 2013

Amherst man killed in ATV crash

Kevin Clements, 46, dies when his ATV rolled over and pinned him beneath it.

July 7, 2013

Procession brings home fallen Ariz. firefighters

Each of the 19 dead Hotshot firefighters will be in their own hearse during the 125-mile ride to their hometown.

July 7, 2013

UMaine research: Wild blueberries help digestion

The study found that a plant fiber in the blueberries promotes the growth of good bacteria in the colon.

July 7, 2013

Portland Public Library to celebrate Sudanese community

The library will discuss "The Good Braider" by author Terry Farish on Thursday as part of its "I'm Your Neighbor, Portland" event series.

July 7, 2013

Kayak thrills aplenty on Maine waters

An expert says the Kennebec River is an accessible gem that isn't very crowded.

July 7, 2013

Falconer shares joys of 'extreme birding' Video clip included

Hunting with a bird of prey requires years of training – and recognition of the bird's wild nature.

July 7, 2013

Maine legislator enjoys important first term

Republican Rep. Corey Wilson of Augusta found himself at the center of key issues and voting against his party.

July 7, 2013

Increase of ticks has biologists worried about moose

Vermont has observed smaller herds and less breeding as a tick problem keeps growing.

July 7, 2013

Living on the edge: drummer's coffee buzz

Aerosmith's Joey Kramer has started a gourmet coffee brand with a Massachusetts company.

July 7, 2013

Dogs trained to serve veterans

Operation Delta Dog pairs service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD in the Lowell, Mass., area.

July 7, 2013

Life after Hostess layoffs in Maine Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Eight months after they lost their jobs, one former employee finds work while another is still looking.

July 6, 2013

Enforcement dispute jeopardizes future of county drug court

 After the probation department withdrew its full-time officer, the district attorney who founded the concept calls for the program's end.

July 7, 2013

Colby College museum reopens as 'a major player' Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130626_LunderPavilion The new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion was built to house more than 500 pieces of art valued at more than $100 million, an extraordinary donation by a Waterville couple.

July 8, 2013

Amid cuts, Maine hospitals still paying million dollar salaries

20130507_MMC Critics say medical facilities plead poverty and lay off workers but continue to compensate executives and surgeons with substantial payouts.