News from June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Pawnbrokers bill awaits LePage's signature / Two women charged after searching Portland inmate for drugs / Canadian man sentenced for trying to smuggle pills into Maine ... and more news from around the state.

June 14, 2013

Maine lawmakers send Medicaid expansion compromise to LePage

But the Legislature is still three votes short of a veto-proof majority for a bill that would provide 60,000 low-income Mainers with health insurance.

June 14, 2013

Audit upcoming for Maine smart meters

The state's Public Utilities Commission says transparency is needed to see if the meters really do provide the benefits they promised.

June 13, 2013

Feature obituary: Mary McCarvel, 90, lived with energetic, generous spirit

 Before settling in Maine, Mrs. McCarvel worked for the British Civil Service during World War II and assisted with plans for bombing raids of Germany.

June 13, 2013

Both parties honor former Mass. Gov. Cellucci Several photos included in this story

Paul Cellucci Paul Cellucci's reputation as a man who never forgot his roots is a theme of the memorial service.

June 13, 2013

Old Orchard delays new councilors' swearing-in Several photos included in this story

The town is waiting an extra week in case one of the six members recalled by voters asks for a recount.

June 13, 2013

Portland Observatory has free admission Friday

Admission to the historic Portland Observatory on Congress Street will be free on Friday (June 14) in honor of Flag Day.

June 14, 2013

U.S. concludes Syria's Assad used chemical weapons

President Obama plans to step up military assistance to opposition forces in Syria in response to the use of nerve gas.

June 13, 2013

Expedition hopes to find La Salle's long-lost ship

Divers will search in Lake Michigan this weekend for the Griffin, a ship that disappeared in 1679 with a crew of six and a cargo of furs.

June 13, 2013

Brady working to develop chemistry with new wide receivers

Tom Brady celebrated his completion by throwing his hands into the air and shouting as if it was a game-winning catch . . .

June 14, 2013

Maine lawmakers pass two-year budget; fate uncertain

The vote margins are just enough to have the plan go into effect on July 1, but a veto threat remains.

June 13, 2013

Maine girl died from neck compression, medical examiner says

Authorities say Nichole Cable, 15, was killed when an Orono man tried to kidnap her and paint himself as a hero.

June 14, 2013

Grocers allege U.S. farmers pumping up potato prices

A wholesale grocer says America's potato farmers are running an illegal price-fixing scheme akin to the petroleum-producing OPEC cartel.

June 13, 2013

Busy city street partially opened

A structural engineer has yet to determine what caused the brick facade of a Portland building to fail.

June 13, 2013

Schools: No limits on military recruiters

Administrators say uniformed recruiters are welcome, and some lawmakers question a bill to solve a problem that may not exist.

June 13, 2013

Schools lack certainty ahead of budget votes

With state funding still up in the air, residents will be voting on schools’ best guesses at the polls.

June 13, 2013

Portland man charged with stabbing another in Old Port

Christopher Johnson, 23, is due in court Friday; the victim has been released from the hospital.

June 13, 2013

Police: Teen had stolen rifle Several photos included in this story

But a relative says James Reynolds left the house with a walking stick before being wounded by a state trooper.

June 13, 2013

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June 13, 2013

Portland pondering new names for streets

The names of A, C and D streets should reflect the African-American history of their neighborhood, some suggest.

June 13, 2013

Two inmates charged with assault, unlawful sexual contact

Two women are accused of luring another Cumberland County Jail inmate into a cell and then searching her for drugs.

June 13, 2013

Barber paid in hugs is kicked out of Conn. park Several photos included in this story

Friends of Anthony "Joe the Barber" Cymerys say Hartford officials kicked him out of the park only a year after honoring him for his humanitarian work.

June 13, 2013

Juggling family and golf, Mickelson leads rain-soaked US Open

Phil Mickelson flies across the country, then leads among those who finished before rain forced a stop.

June 13, 2013

One dead, 77 injured in Louisiana plant explosion

Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the facility, but air monitoring continues.

June 19, 2013

The son also rises

Thomas Rhett, son of country music’s Rhett Akins and the singer-songwriter of ‘Something to Do with My Hands’ and ‘Beer with Jesus’ fame, will perform at Asylum on Friday.

June 13, 2013

Jurors in Bulger trial shown massive arsenal of weapons

In one dramatic moment, a prosecutor pulls out six machine guns, one by one, and asks retired state police Col. Tom Foley to identify them.

June 13, 2013

Maine smoking bans a drag, or a breath of fresh air?

Smokers are feeling squeezed by Portland's new law adding outdoor spots to the list of secondhand-smoke-free zones.

June 13, 2013

From the editor: Memories hold meaning as Father's Day nears

Memories hold meaning as Father's Day nears

June 13, 2013

Rural America posts first-ever loss in population

Interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation is waning, according to new census estimates.

June 13, 2013

Defendant in rape case decides to plead guilty

His change of plea follows the victim's emotional opening testimony and spares her a painful cross-examination.

June 13, 2013

Maine compromise on Medicaid at risk of veto

The House joins the Senate in voting to expand MaineCare, but Republican support falls short of being veto-proof.

June 13, 2013

Camera streams video of Arctic terns in Maine Video clip included

The Arctic tern cam is one of four on two Maine islands where people can view puffins, ospreys and terns.

June 13, 2013

Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling

The days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor laws by not paying interns.

June 20, 2013

Movie Review: A new Man

Superman is revisited and reimagined — yet again — for a new generation in 'Man of Steel'

June 13, 2013

From Superman to, well, Stupidman

Opines our Dennis Perkins, some of filmdom's Men of Steel have indeed been super. Other, not so much.

June 13, 2013

Portland Adult Education loses its home Several photos included in this story

Students will be moved to temporary classrooms, as the city shuts down the West School.

June 13, 2013

Supreme Court rejects patents for natural human genes

In a unanimous decision the court distinguished between genes found in the human body and those created in the lab.

June 14, 2013

2-year-old Farmingdale boy on life support after pool accident

Cody Campbell was found facedown in his family's above-ground swimming pool.

June 13, 2013

Inspector in Philadelphia building collapse commits suicide

Ronald Wagenhoffer, 52, was found shot in the chest in a pickup truck a week after the accident that killed six people.

June 13, 2013

Utilities commission votes to audit CMP smart meter program

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to undertake an audit of Central Maine Power Co.’s smart meter program, to determine if the program is saving money and providing the benefits that were expected when the agency approved it in 2010.

June 13, 2013

Grant to give $1.7 million boost to problem school in Maine

The $1.7 million comes from a federal program designed to be aggressive and show quick results.

June 13, 2013

Two S. Portland businessmen charged with perjury

Two prominent business owners made false charges under oath against an officer who accused them of city ordinance violations, officials say.

June 13, 2013

Cumberland County inmate charged with punching guard

Jail officials say the May 29 brawl in a medium-security housing unit started as a dispute between two inmates over magazines.

June 13, 2013

Canadian man sentenced on US drug charges

Federal authorities say Charels Maillet was apprehended on Thanksgiving while crossing into the U.S. at Calais with more than 2,000 methamphetamine pills.

June 13, 2013

Records confidentiality bill rejected by House

AUGUSTA -- A bill to expand the confidentiality of records from 911 emergency calls was killed Thursday as the House rejected it without a roll-call vote, following the lead of the Senate, which rejected the bill Wednesday.

June 13, 2013

Oil pipeline opponents rally in S. Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND -- A citizen group opposed to the prospect of Canadian tar sands oil being pumped to South Portland for shipment overseas said Thursday it will try to change a city zoning law to prevent any such project from coming to fruition.

June 13, 2013

LePage says he prefers shutdown over budget plan

AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage told a television station Wednesday that he preferred a shutdown of state government over the bipartisan $6.3 billion budget crafted by lawmakers.

June 13, 2013

Sen. King moves into permanent office space

WASHINGTON -- Maine's U.S. Sen. Angus King and his staff are busy packing and unpacking boxes once again this week -- this time to move into permanent digs.

June 13, 2013

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June 13, 2013

Lone Old Orchard recall survivor took high road

Bob Quinn, respected for his professional manner, stayed out of the town council’s clashes and was the only one to keep his seat.

June 13, 2013

Hospitality industry loses guest workers

 A federal halt in H-2B application processing leaves some employers in Maine shorthanded.

June 13, 2013

Michaud closer to joining governor race Video clip included

The congressman takes steps to gauge voter support before deciding whether to take on Gov. LePage and Cutler in 2014.

June 14, 2013

Plan to repay Maine hospital debt approved

The bill, passed unanimously by the state House and Senate, now awaits Gov. LePage's signature.

June 13, 2013

Bill requiring pawnbrokers to photograph items goes to LePage

A bill, sponsored by Rep. Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, to curb property theft by requiring pawnbrokers to photograph items they receive is awaiting Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

June 13, 2013

Senate OKs new version of food labeling measure

The bill, which 'sends a message to Monsanto,' faces more votes before it reaches LePage's desk.

June 13, 2013

Eyes on the road, brain on the phone

A study affirms distracted drivers often 'miss' what they see, and voice technology may not help.

June 13, 2013

Syrup makers set a record for production this season



June 13, 2013

Maxine Stuart, soaps star, 94



June 13, 2013

Economist Fogel, 86, won Nobel for work on slavery



June 13, 2013

'Titus,' all the charm of a good tragedy



June 13, 2013

World's oldest man dies in Japan at 116

Jiroemon Kimura Guinness World Records calls the man, who was born in 1897, the oldest man in recorded history.

June 13, 2013

Ogunquit narrowly defeats plan to ban lawn chemicals

The failure to pass, by 10 votes, suggests voters are concerned about private-property rights.

June 13, 2013

As Bulger's trial begins, lawyer attacks witnesses



June 13, 2013

Court weighs obligation of diocese in abuse case

The diocese should have disclosed later accusations against a priest, attorneys for an Augusta man argue.

June 13, 2013

State & Local Dispatches

Two South Portland men face charges after break-in | Voters in SAD 6 towns OK $44.6 million school budget | Police investigate after dog shot 80-100 times with BBs

June 13, 2013

Moisture likely loosened bricks on Portland building

 City officials say the building at Congress and High streets is structurally sound.

June 13, 2013

Majority of Maine school budgets approved

But districts won't know how their numbers really add up until state aid figures are finalized.

June 13, 2013

Lobster firm seeks processing space on Portland pier

Richmond-based Shucks Maine Lobster wants to lease nearly 19,000 square feet of space in the city-owned Portland Ocean Terminal on the Maine State Pier.

June 13, 2013

LePage: Shutdown better than Legislature's budget

If he vetoes the compromise, it's unclear whether the votes are there to override.