News from June 18, 2013

June 19, 2013

Portland's new slogan inspires mix of bravos, boos Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 City and business leaders laud its versatility and simplicity, but online communities and a local expert aren't impressed.

June 19, 2013

Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly endorse no toxic chemicals in children's toys

Despite unanimous passage in the Senate, the compromise plan faces another hurdle: price.

June 19, 2013

Hospitals: Maine Medicaid expansion would help

By insuring more people, the bill, still viable with an override of Gov. LePage's veto, could offset the escalating costs of free care, they say.

June 19, 2013

NFL notebook: Fourth surgery for Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

June 18, 2013

Attempt to strengthen Maine mining laws likely fails

The Senate's rejection of further safeguards to existing legislation likely dooms the effort.

June 18, 2013

Rhode Island rolling out 50 car-charging stations

 Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the moves, paid for by federal stimulus money, will help improve the state's economy and save money on gas.

June 18, 2013

LePage threatens veto of wide-ranging energy bill

The governor wants to support a UMaine offshore wind pilot project over that of a Norwegian company, but a sponsor says failure to pass the bill would undermine other energy initiatives as well.

June 18, 2013

Police investigating artwork theft from Woolwich home

The painting, which was stolen earlier this year, was more than 140 years old.

June 19, 2013

Background checks nixed from Maine gun-control measure

But Rep. Mark Dion, proponent of a tougher bill, vows to patiently pursue the cause.

June 19, 2013

Rival plan to LePage's grading system likely to fail

Despite legislative support, Rep. Rebecca's Millett's alternative bill won't be veto-proof.

June 18, 2013

Report: 8 million to gain legal status in Senate immigration bill

The Congressional Budget Office said deficits would fall by $197 billion across a decade, and by $700 billion in the following 10 years if the bill became law.

June 18, 2013

Initial OK given to widen duties of Maine hygienists

Proponents say Maine's dentist shortage is especially pronounced in rural areas.

June 18, 2013

Reputed Mafioso tip triggers new search for Jimmy Hoffa's body

This time, investigators are acting on information that the former Teamsters president is buried in a field in suburban Detroit.

June 19, 2013

LePage issues new policy: No more talking to 3 newspapers

The policy comes after a series of articles about the Department of Environmental Protection.

June 18, 2013

Montreal's interim mayor resigns after fraud arrest 


For the second time in less than a year, a Montreal mayor has stepped down amid corruption scandals in Canada's second-largest city.

June 18, 2013

Free Portland concert series kicks off July 11

The Thursday concerts, which start at 5 p.m., feature two to three local bands each week.

June 18, 2013

Contracts of Portland Pirates coaching staff extended

 The agreements cover the head coach, two assistant coaches, athletic trainer and equipment manager.

June 18, 2013

Maine Hall of Fame revokes hoopster's induction after child-porn conviction

Dana Wilson of Brewer was arrested a month after his induction.

June 18, 2013

Republican-led House approves far-reaching anti-abortion bill


The bill won't go anywhere in the Senate, but lays further groundwork for an ongoing legal battle that abortion foes hope will end up at the Supreme Court.

June 18, 2013

N.H. fraud defendant won't enter guilty plea after all


Michael Prieto is accused of persuading financially struggling people to turn their homes over to him temporarily, but then remortgaging the houses and defaulting on the loans.

June 18, 2013

Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire

After refusing the government's request to recall the Jeeps, Chrysler now says dealers will inspect the vehicles and upgrade the rear structure if needed to better handle low-speed crashes.

June 18, 2013

G-8 agrees to promote Syrian peace talks

The group of world leaders also announces new goals to combat tax avoidance by multinational companies.

June 18, 2013

Autism tied to air pollution, brain-wiring disconnect in studies

Harvard researchers found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of diesel particulates or mercury were twice as likely to have an autistic child compared with peers in low-pollution areas.

June 18, 2013

Winner of Nobel Prize in physics dies in Maine

A hiker and kayaker, Kenneth Wilson, 77, had moved to Gray with his wife in 1995.

June 18, 2013

Grand jury: No charges in shooting of Starks man

Kerry Hebert, then 56, was shot at close range on his own property last October following a confrontation involving a group of hunters.

June 18, 2013

Maine House sustains LePage long-term care veto

The bill would have directed the state to study issues related to long-term care insurance, including ways to prevent unfair discrimination based on gender.

June 18, 2013

Trying to build a bomb that won't blow up

For Pentagon scientists the search for a fertilizer that doesn't explode has been a Holy Grail-like quest.

June 19, 2013

Maine Senate approves restrictions on police use of drones

But the approved bill ignores a committee’s recommendation that rules be developed first.

June 18, 2013

U.S., Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

It's a major breakthrough, but the Obama administration says the ultimate U.S.-Afghan goal is a full Taliban renouncement of al-Qaida.

June 18, 2013

Officials: NSA surveillance foiled more than 50 attacks

In testimony, they defend the collection of telephone and Internet data as key to protecting the U.S. and its allies.

June 18, 2013

Portland unveils new city slogan Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The slogan is part of a new branding system the city expects to roll out over the summer.

June 18, 2013

U.S. home construction rises 6.8% in May

Construction increased in May for both single-family homes and apartments and condos.

June 18, 2013

Vermont, Quebec announce electric car corridor

The corridor will initially link Burlington and Montreal with more than 20 charging stations along the 138-mile route.

June 18, 2013

Maine bill would raise snowmobile registration fees

The measure, which would help fund the maintenance of trails, likely would be vetoed by Gov. LePage.

June 18, 2013

Two accused in bleach attack on Boston bus

Authorities say the male victim was slapped and robbed of cash and a credit card, before bleach was thrown in his face.

June 18, 2013

Central Maine group files suit over Anthem, MaineHealth proposal

Central Maine Healthcare seeks an expedited hearing and release of information on an Anthem-MaineHealth insurance plan that would be offered under the Affordable Care Act.

June 18, 2013

NH woman sentenced to 5 to 10 years in son's bathtub death

Prosecutors said 28-year-old Melissa Gutierrez of Merrimack left her two children in the tub with the water running in 2011.

June 18, 2013

University programs that train teachers get mediocre marks

Education secretaries in 21 states have endorsed the report, but some universities and education experts quickly assailed the review as incomplete and inaccurate.

June 18, 2013

Ex-professor is named to FBI’s most wanted list

'Because of his status he has the means and access to children, and that’s what makes him dangerous,' an FBI official says. “He preys on the most vulnerable children.'

June 18, 2013

Ex-Bulger cohort says he's not a serial killer

John Martorano says he is a "nice guy" who was only trying to help his family and friends when he pumped bullets into victims while working with Bulger and his gang.

June 18, 2013

Report: U.S. adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

The nation's smoking rate generally has been falling for decades, but had seemed to stall at around 20 to 21 percent for about seven years.

June 18, 2013

Maine leaders try and fail to dilute recycling's success

'Product stewardship' regulations – even those with industry and bipartisan support – meet staunch resistance from, among others, a commissioner with former ties to corporate interests.

June 18, 2013

Feature obituary: Edith Libby, 102, gifted seamstress who gave to community

 Mrs. Libby was recognized in March as the oldest resident at all of Avesta's 68 properties.

June 18, 2013

Doors open for new Maine housing Several photos included in this story

 A surge in new-home permits and rising demand on the coast give builders in Maine more confidence than they've had in years, mirroring the national trend.

June 18, 2013

Jet passengers tackle, subdue agitated man

Passengers said the man started screaming about 9 hours into the 15-hour flight about being afraid of the FBI and fearing he was going to be killed.

June 18, 2013

Political parties split in response to newspaper series

Democratic leaders contemplate investigative action, while their Republican counterparts say Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho was 'balancing the needs of our economy.'

June 18, 2013

Portland to unveil new slogan Tuesday

Under wraps while lawyers vetted it, the new branding message 'will be distinctly Portland.'

June 18, 2013

Town government makes a fresh start in Old Orchard Beach

Months of tension dissipate as six recalled councilors leave office and their replacements are sworn in.

June 18, 2013

Portland will discuss legalizing pot

The City Council's public hearing comes in response to a petition for legalized recreational marijuana.

June 18, 2013

Bruins beat Blackhawks 2-0, lead Cup finals 2-1

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the 2013 playoffs.

June 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Two-year-old hospitalized after falling from window / Sens. Collins, King praised for background check votes / 10-mile stretch of highway to close for five months ... and more news from around the state.

June 17, 2013

Group opposes $400 million Maine wind project

The proposal, supported by local officials, would put 62 turbines in Somerset and Piscataquis counties.