News from June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Analysis: LePage inflated number of complaints / Mainer awarded $200,000 for doctor's misdiagnosis / Maine Guard members returning from Afghanistan ... and more news from around the state.

June 14, 2013

World's oldest Jewish person dies

Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia in the 19th century to escape anti-Semitism, was 113.

June 14, 2013

Feature obituary: Thomas Mulkern, 65, 'iconic' Peaks Island man

 Mr. Mulkern, known for his trademark beard and frank honesty, died unexpectedly on Tuesday.

June 14, 2013

Report: Names of troops in bin Laden raid were revealed

However, a report by the Pentagon's inspector general does not identify any instances when sensitive special operations tactics or techniques were provided to those who made the film 'Zero Dark Thirty.'

June 14, 2013

Syrian rebels say they need heavy weaponry from U.S.

Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons, coupled with increasing gains on the battlefield by the Syrian military, have left the United States and European nations scrambling to reassess their Syria policies.

June 14, 2013

Deadline Saturday for Boston Marathon victims' fund

The fund to compensate victims of the terror bombings has grown to more than $47 million.

June 14, 2013

Old Orchard Beach recall inauguration set for Monday

The swearing-in ceremony was moved back to the original date, even though one recount is expected to take place next week.

June 14, 2013

Maine bill would lift pesticide ban for marijuana plants

The measure will take effect as soon as it is signed by Gov. LePage, whose administration supports it.

June 14, 2013

Conn. woman mauled by chimp can't sue state

At the time of the attack in 2009, Connecticut allowed private ownership of the animal, which belonged to a friend of the victim.

June 14, 2013

LePage signs Maine hospital debt payment plan

The governor says he'll also issue $105 million in voter-approved bonds dating back to 2009.

June 14, 2013

Maine school districts have eyes for Apple

Just 5,500 Maine students out of 70,000 will get the HP ProBook – the state's preferred choice.

June 14, 2013

U.S. House passes sweeping $638 billion defense bill

Maine's Democratic Reps. Michael Michaud (for) and Chellie Pingree (against) split their votes.

June 15, 2013

Mickelson, Horschel lead after Day 2 at U.S. Open Several photos included in this story

 The two players are under par but dozens more have a chance on a tough-to-beat course in a backlogged event.

June 14, 2013

Witness brings smile to ‘Whitey’ Bulger, tells of extortion

Bookmaker Dickie O'Brien says he had to Bulger's gang a monthly stipend because, “I valued my own life, as well as those with me.”

June 14, 2013

Ideas for keeping your data safer from spying

Here are some basic tips to avoid having your personal life turned into an intelligence report.

June 14, 2013

Maine getting $1.5M to help with February blizzard costs

Federal aid had been authorized for six counties.

June 14, 2013

Route 1 intersection to open in Scarborough on Monday

The new Payne Road and Route 1 intersection is part of the state's Dunstan Corner reconstruction project.

June 14, 2013

Maine House OKs bill to help needy out of poverty

The 'ticket to work' aims to address employment issues for people who receive public assistance.

June 15, 2013

Maine senator from Orono to seek 2nd District seat

Democrat Emily Cain is one of several candidates eyeing U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's post.

June 15, 2013

Anthem of Maine plans to hire 300 new workers

The jobs at the company's South Portland office come as full implementation approaches for the federal health care law.

June 14, 2013

Maine cancer patient gets $200K for misdiagnosis

Wendell Strout sued Central Maine Medical Center for damages, citing 'tremendous emotional distress' as well as lost income and loss of enjoyment.

June 15, 2013

Trek Across Maine bicyclist killed by tractor-trailer Several photos included in this story

It's unclear what led up to the accident that claimed the life of the 23-year-old bike rider during the event's first day.

June 15, 2013

Maine garden earning national praise Several photos included in this story

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and its director have been named the best in the country, thanks to William Cullina's vision and labor.

June 14, 2013

MaineHealth, N.H. hospital propose affiliation

If the proposal goes through, Maine Medical Center's corporate parent will become the sole corporate member of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H.

June 14, 2013

Jack Johnson steps in for Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo

Jack Johnson has agreed to take the Saturday night headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival after Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel due to bassist Ted Dwane's illness.

June 14, 2013

Two found dead in area burned by Colorado wildfire

Firefighters have at least temporarily battled to a "draw" with a fast-moving fire that has already killed two people and destroyed 379 homes, giving weary authorities and residents the first glimmer of hope after three days of mounting damage, a sheriff said.

June 14, 2013

Boston woman pays $560,000 for 2 parking spots

The woman, who lives in a multimillion-dollar home near the parking spaces, says she didn't expect the bidding to go quite so high.

June 14, 2013

Maine man charged with peppering dog with BBs

Aaron Armstrong of Waldoboro was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty and held on $25,000 cash bail.

June 14, 2013

UK issues alert on NSA leaker Snowden

Edward Snowden, an American citizen, has yet to be charged with any crime and no warrants have been issued for his arrest.

June 14, 2013

High-ranking Nazi found living in Minnesota Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Michael Karkoc lied to U.S. officials to get into this country, an Associated Press investigation shows.

June 14, 2013

101 Maine Guard members to return Saturday

The soldiers left Maine in July of last year and have been doing security force operations in Afghanistan for more than nine months.

June 14, 2013

Police: Santa Monica gunman left farewell note

Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said that the handwritten note was found on John Zawahri's body after he was shot and killed June 7 by officers on the campus of Santa Monica College.

June 14, 2013

Cause sought for deck collapse at Miami-area sports bar Video clip included

By midday Friday, only one person remained hospitalized after about 100 people were dumped into shallow Biscayne Bay while cheering on the Heat in the NBA Finals.

June 14, 2013

Officer shot in marathon showdown to head home

The 33-year-old still has a bullet in his body, and has been coping with nerve damage that makes it painful to walk.

June 14, 2013

Mackerel to be featured at Maine restaurants

Mackerel is considered one of the healthiest fish for human consumption, but there is little consumer demand for it.

June 14, 2013

Portland finance panel settles on $1.1M more in cuts

The cuts are needed to make up for the loss of state revenue that had not been accounted for.

June 14, 2013

Ship in troubled waters visits Portland for repair

 Two local companies work on the replica of the historic slave ship Amistad as its owner faces financial scrutiny.

June 14, 2013

Prosecuted Falmouth parent: We were targeted because we're rich Several photos included in this story

Paula Spencer says authorities treated her family harshly in a case involving teenagers drinking at their home.

June 14, 2013

Maine woman drives off turnpike, smashes into tree

The woman apparently never applied her brakes after her car left the highway and went down an embankment.

June 14, 2013

If Michaud's seat opens, scramble's on

The rumblings about possible candidates to fill Mike Michaud's House seat became discernibly louder Thursday.

June 13, 2013

Harvard Pilgrim to stop coverage for compounded drugs

Citing cost and safety concerns, the health insurer will halt coverage of the specialty medications for adults.

June 13, 2013

Maine boy in mower accident to be fitted for prosthetic

The 4-year-old injured in a lawnmower accident is in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.

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.