News from June 20, 2013

June 21, 2013

Bailey gives up homer, loses role as Red Sox closer

Jhonny Peralta hits a two-run shot in the ninth inning as Andrew Bailey’s troubles continue.

June 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Former Maine deputy sentenced for molesting young girls / Maine Supreme Court denies appeal of manslaughter conviction / Cause of deadly explosion may never be determined ... and more news from around the state.

June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini leaves behind 2 completed films

The 51-year-old actor, who died Wednesday, had been busy, leaving behind numerous projects in various states of development.

June 20, 2013

New England has more primary care doctors than most of U.S. 


Maine is among the states ranking in the top six for primary care doctors per capita, according to a physicians' organization.

June 20, 2013

Recount confirms recall of Old Orchard councilor

The margin by which Town Councilor Michael Coleman was recalled grows from 11 votes to 19.

June 20, 2013

Woman recalls hail of gunfire in alleged hit by Bulger gang

A survivor of the assault that left one man dead and another paralyzed testifies emotionally.

June 21, 2013

Maine AG: Continuing resolution may be unconstitutional

Janet Mills' letter to lawmakers say the governor's proposed 60-day temporary budget would likely result in lawsuits.

June 20, 2013

Maine man gets 27 years on drug, arson charges

Trezjuan Thompson is sentenced as a career offender because of previous convictions, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

June 20, 2013

Robert Downey Jr. to suit up as Iron Man for two 'Avengers' sequels

The first sequel will be written and directed by Joss Whedon and is set for a May 2015 release.

June 20, 2013

Taliban proposes swapping U.S. soldier for five at Guantanamo

The Obama administration is noncommittal about the proposal, which it said it expected.

June 20, 2013

Stocks extend slide as China adds to worries 


The breadth of the sell-off was seen across global markets, and the Dow Jones falls 353 points, its biggest drop since November 2011.

June 20, 2013

Angus King among those scrambling to save student loan deal

Angus King The deal is an attempt to head off a rate hike that could cost the average student borrower an extra $2,600.

June 21, 2013

Philip Isaacson, iconic Maine arts critic, dies at 89

Isaacson was a cultural leader, attorney, public servant and Telegram columnist.

June 20, 2013

Olympia Snowe joins T. Rowe Price board

The former U.S. senator from Maine joins the investment management firm with more than $600 billion in assets under its management.

June 20, 2013

Maine home sales jumped 17 percent in May

Sales growth in Maine outpaces gains seen nationally.

June 20, 2013

Jay man sentenced to five years for sex assault of child

David Grover pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault involving a girl between the ages of 9 and 15.

June 20, 2013

Youth sports leagues try to stop 'bad news parents'

From posting signs to requiring pledges to staging 'silent' games, sports groups try to temper the over-the-top behavior of some parents.

June 21, 2013

Pats player shot out man’s eye, lawsuit claims

 The Florida allegation comes as Aaron Hernandez is being investigated after a Massachusetts shooting.

June 20, 2013

All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial Several photos included in this story

Prosecutors say Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before shooting the unarmed teenager.

June 20, 2013

Court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge 
as condition of funding

Private health organizations around the world trying to combat HIV/AIDS shouldn't have to pledge allegiance to U.S. government policies in order to get aid money, Supreme Court justices say.

June 20, 2013

Maine man makes comfort stop, car rolls into lake

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the car was later pulled from the lake, said Chief Deputy Everett Flannery of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

June 20, 2013

U.S. senators announce border security compromise

The emerging compromise adds powerful momentum to an Obama-backed immigration reform bill.

June 20, 2013

Big explosion at Quebec fireworks factory kills 2 Several photos included in this story

The surrounding community of Coteau-du-Lac is evacuated as fireworks continue exploding nearly two hours after the initial blast.

June 20, 2013

U.S. House rejects farm bill that would have cut food stamps

Many Republicans say the proposed $2 billion annual cut was not enough, while liberals say the plan could remove as many as 2 million needy people from the program.

June 20, 2013

N.H. lawmaker who said government ordered Boston bombings resigns

Rep. Stella Tremblay says a bombing victim who later lost his legs was not in pain or shock – evidence of a hoax.

June 20, 2013

Bobcat lunges at Massachusetts man, is shot to death

The man suffers only scrapes, and the animal is being tested for rabies.

June 20, 2013

Family mum about relationship between victim, Patriots player

Investigators were asking for the public's help to find a silver mirror cover believed to have broken off a car between Boston and North Attleborough.

June 20, 2013

Friend: Stricken Gandolfini found by family member

It isn't yet known yet what caused his heart to stop beating. An autopsy will be performed 24 hours after his death, as required by Italian law.

June 21, 2013

LePage draws fire for sexual remark Several photos included in this story

He says a legislator critical of his budget is 'the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.'

June 20, 2013

N.H. fireworks firm linked to bombing is criticized

Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook distributes fliers in Boston, where the mayor urges people not to buy them.

June 20, 2013

Stars share reaction to James Gandolfini's death



June 20, 2013

Group apologizes for using name of Boston bomb suspect

Mayors Against Illegal Guns says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect shouldn't have been listed.

June 20, 2013

Backyard building explodes, killing Maine man

Authorities say 79-year-old Budsen Anderson was working on lawn equipment just before the explosion.

June 20, 2013

Old Orchard recount upholds removal of councilor

Michael Coleman was among the six town councilors removed from office after months of political tension and bickering stemming from the firing of the town manager.

June 20, 2013

MPA proposes playing high school football championships at two sites

UMaine would host one game while three would remain at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

June 20, 2013

New Portland health clinic opens in Riverton neighborhood

The clinic will help provide training for students in health care programs at the University of New England.

June 21, 2013

LePage seeks new budget deal Video clip included

He asks conservatives to reject the bipartisan budget and endorse a 60-day temporary spending plan to buy more time.

June 20, 2013

Tunnel to Boston airport to close for 3 months

A state highway official says every aspect of the Callahan Tunnel is in fair or poor condition.

June 20, 2013

Gandolfini mourned in NJ's 'Sopranos' towns

In the Bloomfield ice cream parlor where series' famous cut-to-black last scene was shot, a 'Reserved' sign marked the table where Tony had his last on-screen meal.

June 20, 2013

State warns Maine corporations of solicitation scam

The solicitations urge corporations to file information and send a $125 payment by July 13.

June 20, 2013

Conn. auditor to review finances of tall ship Amistad

The replica is currently undergoing repairs and maintenance at a boatyard in Portland Harbor.

June 20, 2013

Supreme Court: Man shouldn't have gotten harsher penalty

The Washington state man could have been sentenced to a decade in prison, but a judge instead sentenced him to 15 years based on prior convictions.

June 20, 2013

Developer: Kansas caverns could preserve human race Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A California man is creating what he calls the world's largest private underground survivor shelter in a complex of limestone caves dug more than 100 years ago.

June 20, 2013

Waterville raid nets crack, heroin, oxycodone; 3 charged Several photos included in this story

The bust shows just how pervasive drugs are in the city and that there's always a market for them, says Police Chief Joseph Massey.

June 20, 2013

Deering High track star named Gatorade athlete of year

Jared Bell, a senior, won the javelin and the shot put at the Class A state meet.

June 20, 2013

Former Searsport teacher won't face retrial in child sex abuse case

Maine's Supreme Judicial Court agreed with a former Searsport music teacher that he was not advised of his Miranda rights.

June 20, 2013

Bulger trial witness: The hit man of Country Club Lane Video clip included

Neighbors in a wooded golf course community learned this week that the 72-year-old they know only as a cordial fellow resident is a former mob hit man.

June 20, 2013

Former Maine deputy gets four years for molesting girls

The former Somerset County sheriff’s deputy and husband of a daycare owner pleads guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual contact with children under the age of 14.

June 20, 2013

Taliban offer to free U.S. soldier in prisoner swap

The idea of releasing some of the Taliban's most senior operatives has been controversial over fears they would simply return to the battlefield.

June 20, 2013

Tea partyers, buoyed by IRS scandal, gather in D.C.

'We are more organized, we are more resolved, and America needs us more than ever before.'

June 20, 2013

Victims' relatives testify in Bulger trial

James 'Whitey' Bulger is accused of participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s.

June 20, 2013

F-15 fighter jets to conduct exercises over parts of Maine

The 104th Fighter Wing from Massachusetts is scheduled to practice scramble maneuvers this afternoon.

June 20, 2013

Maine gets low grade in report on nation's bridges

A report says that nearly 15 percent of the state's 2,408 bridges require significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement.

June 20, 2013

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June 20, 2013

What to look for at this year's Festival



June 20, 2013

LePage vetoes sweeping Maine energy bill, but House overrides him

The bipartisan bill, which would help lower energy costs for Mainers, must pass a veto override in the Senate before becoming law.

June 20, 2013

Ten beers to watch for at Portland festival

 Although the complete beer list for The Festival hasn't been released, there is a growing list of confirmed beers that will be pouring throughout the weekend . . .

June 20, 2013

Approval of Mass. casino plan seems likely

Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn is bankrolling an effort to convince Everett voters to support a proposed casino in the city.

June 20, 2013

Portland charter school on track to open this fall

20130619_BaxterAcad The Baxter Academy for Technology & Science meets the required enrollment and begins renovations at 54 York St.

June 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man dies from burn injuries after vapors ignite / Suspect admits sex offenses involving two girls in 1980s / Committee supports Portland traffic changes ... and more news from around the state.

June 20, 2013

Woman appeals koi case to Maine's highest court

She wants state limits removed on keeping the fish, which is considered a 'nuisance invasive species.'

June 20, 2013

Easily-spread mysterious virus proving more deadly than SARS

HEALTH WORKERS IN PROTECTIVE GEAR Health officials are unable to pinpoint the source of the virus that originated in the Middle East.

June 20, 2013

Portland beer festival to showcase stars of the suds Several photos included in this story

 The city will be buzzing this weekend with craft beer brewers, importers and drinkers from all over the world.

June 20, 2013

33 arrested in Vermont drug sweep

 Wednesday's operation is the state's second this year to address a growing problem with opiates.