News from June 21, 2013

June 22, 2013

Patriots offseason disastrous, but Maine fans still optimistic Several photos included in this story

Ever since they lost the AFC championship game, New England has endured one distraction after another. But fans in Maine still trust in Brady and Belichick.

June 21, 2013

Feature obituary: Edith Beaulieu, 76, 'a pioneering Franco-American feminist'

 As a former Democratic legislator from Portland, Beaulieu fought tirelessly for education, labor and public safety issues.

June 21, 2013

Rapt jury hears man describe shooting at Bulger trail

James "Whitey" Bulger 'A firing squad hit us,' says a witness in the trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger, recounting an alleged hit.

June 21, 2013

NSA leaker Snowden charged with espionage, theft

The U.S. has asked Hong Kong to detain the former contractor on a provisional arrest warrant.

June 22, 2013

LePage vetoes transparency bill, 9 others

One bill would require more transparency for donations to a newly-elected governor, which LePage says is disrespectful because it questions the winning candidate's integrity.

June 21, 2013

UNH gets grant to conduct ocean research

The grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration goes to a center that specializes in ocean and coastal mapping.

June 22, 2013

Former Portland podiatrist sentenced to 8 years in prison

John Perry gets eight years for illegally prescribing oxycodone.

June 21, 2013

Defeat of farm bill may have larger implications

Farm issues and subsidies no longer command the support they used to have on Capitol Hill.

June 21, 2013

Brooke Astor's son, 89, sent to prison for plundering estate Several photos included in this story

Anthony Marshall, Charlene Marshall Anthony Marshall had been sentenced in 2009 but has exhausted all appeals of his conviction for stealing from his mother, a former summer resident of Northeast Harbor, Maine.

June 21, 2013

Muscle Milk maker ends endorsement deal with Hernandez

The company did not say how much the contract was worth or what it called for Hernandez to do.

June 21, 2013

Man shoots 4 at N.C. law firm, Walmart

Officers confronted the man outside the store and caught up with him near a Toys 'R'' Us, where they shot and arrested him.

June 22, 2013

Mass. man who ordered tie gets workers' personal info instead

The package includes Social Security numbers, tax information, handwritten resignation letters and salary information for about 20 former Gap employees.

June 21, 2013

N.H. drawing grants permits to 275 moose hunters 


The odds of a resident getting chosen were 1 in 35, while out-of-state applicants faced odds of 1 in 121.

June 21, 2013

Police: N.H. drowning victim was cautioned by brother

Ernest Amoh of Ghana was visiting Dartmouth to attend his brother's graduation.

June 21, 2013

Obama nominates Comey as next FBI director Several photos included in this story Video clip included

James Comey is best-known for a remarkable 2004 standoff at the hospital bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft over a no-warrant wiretapping program.

June 21, 2013

Contractor: N.H.-Maine bridge not open yet

Some pedestrians and bicyclists have tried to cross the bridge, but it is still an active construction site, due to open next month.

June 21, 2013

Keystone XL pipe shuns newest leak detection technology

Internal systems such as the one planned for Keystone XL have a spotty record catching leaks, according to a U.S. Transportation Department report.

June 21, 2013

Moody's: State debt payment is plus for Maine hospitals

Moody’s said the payments wouldn't affect the hospitals' credit ratings, but would help reduce receivables and increase cash on hand.

June 21, 2013

Man pleads not guilty in Biddeford homicide

Bub Peter Nguany is charged with murder in the death of Charles Raybine in March.

June 21, 2013

Super full moon shines brightly this weekend

The moon will be closest and turn full around 7:30 a.m. EDT, making it the best time to view.

June 21, 2013

Gandolfini family says heart attack killed actor

The 'Sopranos' star died in Rome on Wednesday night after spending the day with his son.

June 21, 2013

N.H. report criticizes hospital in hepatitis C outbreak

Exeter Hospital's president says the hospital investigated the outbreak, but was duped by a medical technician who was 'a skilled con man' and has been charged in the case.

June 22, 2013

LePage: Sorry if you were offended

The Republican governor, who says he made the crude remark to 'wake people up,' suggests that he may run for Congress rather than re-election.

June 21, 2013

Maine Sierra Club calls for Aho's resignation

The Maine chapter cites the DEP commissioner's lax enforcement of state environmental laws.

June 21, 2013

Maine jobless rate hits 4½-year low

Unemployment rates across the state range from 5.5 percent in Cumberland County to 10.1 percent in Washington County.

June 21, 2013

Putin: Gift could counter Super Bowl ring flap

The ring changed hands in 2005 when New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft was visiting Putin with a business delegation.

June 21, 2013

First Apple computer could fetch $500,000 or more

"This is a piece of history that made a difference in the world, it's where the computer revolution started," says the longtime owner.

June 21, 2013

FAA investigating jets' near-miss over NYC

The FAA says the planes were about a half-mile apart horizontally and 200 feet vertically.

June 21, 2013

Turnpike crash delaying traffic in Falmouth, Gray



June 21, 2013

Obama to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

The federal oversight board reviews anti-terror programs to ensure that privacy concerns are taken into account.

June 21, 2013

Actor Robert Duvall attending Bulger trial in Boston

He has been shooting a movie, 'The Judge,' in Shelburne, Mass.

June 21, 2013

Falmouth police seek suspect in armed robbery

A clerk at the Irving Lil' Mart on Route 1 was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning.

June 21, 2013

Family seeks answers in death linked to Patriots' star Video clip included

Police reportedly said Aaron Hernandez destroyed evidence connected to a Massachusetts homicide.

June 21, 2013

Hot air balloon gets tangled in NH power lines

No injuries have been reported from the accident, which shut off power to about 3,600 customers Friday morning.

June 21, 2013

Food Network to let go of Paula Deen

The announcement comes barely an hour after she posted one of two online videos begging for forgiveness for using racial slurs in the past.

June 21, 2013

Central Maine towns shake, rattle in 2.6-magnitude quake

Cows run for cover, people are shaken awake and dispatchers field calls from curious residents, but no damage is reported.

June 21, 2013

Bulger witness: Car hit was like a 'firing squad'

Frank Capizzi said he was riding in the back seat when the car was shot up in March 1973.

June 21, 2013

Deer Isle woman reportedly close to plea deal in man's death

Kimberly Phelan, 29, is accused of running over her boyfriend during a drunken argument.

June 21, 2013

Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

States are increasingly adopting laws that set up legal conflicts, directing local police not to enforce federal laws and, in rare cases, even threatening criminal charges for federal agents who dare to do their jobs.

June 21, 2013

Many immigrants excluded from health care overhaul

Many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for health care benefits under the proposed immigration overhaul being debated by Congress.

June 21, 2013

Former treasurer of Maine town charged with theft

Kathy Mattingly, 56, is accused of stealing nearly $20,000 from the town of Troy.

June 21, 2013

U.S. House measure to allow fishermen in loan program fails

It would have allowed fishermen to apply for the USDA's emergency disaster loan program, just as farmers or ranchers do.

June 21, 2013

At least 2 hurt in Lewiston street brawl

Police who arrived at the scene interviewed several people but there was no immediate word on any arrests.

June 21, 2013

Man pleads guilty to fatal Old Orchard stabbing

Michael Swenson, 45, faces up to 40 years in prison for killing Roger White following an argument in April 2012.

June 21, 2013

New England Dispatches

Mass. AG urges rejection of utility increase / Man convicted in 'black money' scam / State agencies investigate fish kill and pesticide link ... and more news from around the region.

June 21, 2013

Mission: Examine climate change effects on Maine lakes

 Blooms of algae, depletion of fish and reduced ice cover are among the threats posed in Maine.

June 21, 2013

Bolivian girl mauled by dog heading to Boston for surgery

 A Facebook campaign leads to action: facial surgery for a badly hurt Bolivian youngster.

June 21, 2013

LePage comment called wrong, bad politics

That was the bottom-line reaction – aside from astonished gasps – from supporters and critics of Gov. Paul LePage to his statements Thursday.

June 21, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Governor no longer amusing

Never have I been so happy I no longer have young children. And never have I felt more sympathy for those who do.

June 21, 2013

Maine Senate: No local sales taxes allowed

Municipal leaders want the revenue opportunity, but others say it would be discouraging to tourism.

June 21, 2013

Spirit of La Kermesse brings families, traditions together

20130620_LaKermesse Whether it's French music, poutine or crepes, the annual Franco-American and multi-cultural celebration is one of the state's most beloved traditions.

June 20, 2013

Guidelines of NSA's surveillance program revealed

Documents show the steps taken to protect privacy, but critics say the agency has too much latitude.

June 20, 2013

New Portland health center opens doors to community

 The clinic, designed to serve low-income and immigrant populations in the Riverton neighborhood, will open to patients June 27.

June 21, 2013

More than 350 Maine bridges deficient

 The state improves, but it's still ninth worst in the nation.