News from June 25, 2013

June 26, 2013

Portland stuck in its own permitting quagmire

Efforts to speed Portland's process, including studies, have little effect, with approvals taking up to 148 days and complaints rolling in.

June 25, 2013

Judge orders release of Portland fireboat investigation

The Press Herald challenged the city in court after Portland refused to release public documents following a high-profile crash involving civilians.

June 26, 2013

Legislators gathering for vote on LePage budget veto Several photos included in this story

State House observers believe the House and Senate will disregard LePage's pleas and ensure the government doesn't shut down.

June 25, 2013

Documents sealed in homicide near Patriot TE's home

A semi-pro football player was killed a mile from the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, and investigators have focused their efforts on Hernandez's home.

June 25, 2013

Celtics search to replace Rivers begins now

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge won't rule anything out for the next coach except himself.

June 26, 2013

N.J. couple trying to avoid fine over bird feeder Video clip included

They will work toward a resolution before a September court date as they face a fine of $250 to $500 for allegedly violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding wildlife.

June 25, 2013

Voting Rights Act ruling draws emotional response

"It's a bad day, a sad day for the democratic process," said Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, whose state had been covered by the act.

June 25, 2013

Old NYC safe linked to Susan B. Anthony is opened Video clip included

The safe contains photos and a replica of a gavel given to the women's rights advocate at the first International Council of Women in 1888.

June 25, 2013

Flowers, vegetables could affect Snowden's fate

The fate of the NSA leaker sought by the United States could depend on many factors affecting U.S.-Ecuador relations.

June 25, 2013

Rare tsunami may have hit East Coast in June

Tsunami-like conditions were measured at tide gauges from North Carolina to Massachusetts on June 13.

June 25, 2013

Rise of self-photo brings out paparazzi in us

What does it mean, this preoccupation with posting our own images for all to see? It could mean we've raised a generation of narcissists; or the democratization of portraiture; or it could mean nothing at all.

June 25, 2013

FBI: $1.2 million disappears from NYC-bound jet

Investigators are trying to determine whether the cash disappeared in Switzerland or after the jet landed in New York.

June 25, 2013

High court: Native American child isn't required to go to father

The case involves a federal law intended to prevent Indian children from being taken from their homes and placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents.

June 25, 2013

Gov. LePage signs bill to promote Lyme disease awareness

The bill requires a state website to provide information about diagnosing and treating the disease.

June 25, 2013

Ala. leaders pleased by voting rights ruling

But one black Alabama leader says, 'I'm very disappointed with it. Disappointed isn't even the word for it.'

June 25, 2013

Reaction to court decision on Voting Rights Act

Some say the decision is a major blow to civil rights and voting fairness, but many Southerners and Republicans celebrated the decision as overdue.

June 25, 2013

Kingfield man dies in ATV crash in New Portland

Raymond Gerrish, 29, crashed the vehicle, which was taken from a residence without permission, early Tuesday morning.

June 25, 2013

N.H. will run out of I-93 construction money in 2015

The widening project needs $250 million to complete, but the Legislature has not been able to come up with a way to raise the money.

June 25, 2013

Dartmouth: Numbers down for binge drinking

The New Hampshire college started a project with other schools in 2011 to address the problem of extreme alcohol intoxication among students.

June 26, 2013

MaineGeneral to relocate 180 employees to Waterville’s Hathaway center

It won’t add jobs, but the Hathaway developer expects it to spur further development.

June 25, 2013

Home sales at eight-year high in N.H.

Sales prices also are up from a year ago, with the median price at $215,900.

June 25, 2013

Chief: 23 N.H. scouts calm after burns from lightning

The Scouts, ages 12-17, suffer varying degrees of burns at a remote camp in Gilmanton that had no structures where they could take shelter.

June 25, 2013

Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate

Texas executes an inmate about every three weeks – far more than any other state – even as other states cut back for fear of wrong convictions.

June 25, 2013

Capitol Police seeking couple seen in old AMHI tunnels

The two were spotted on security cameras under the vacant state mental hospital in Augusta on Saturday. They triggered an alarm, but were gone before police arrived.

June 25, 2013

Army to cut brigades at 10 U.S. bases

The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.

June 25, 2013

Obama details sweeping plan to tackle climate change

As part of the plan, the president will instruct the State Department to approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it won't increase net emissions of greenhouse gases.

June 25, 2013

Maine child pornographer balks at new charges

Wade Robert Hoover argues he faces double jeopardy on 12 charges in a letter to the media.

June 25, 2013

L.L. Bean expanding with new store in N.J.

L.L Bean Boot The new Freehold, N.J., store will be the 19th retail store outside Maine, not including 10 outlet stores.

June 25, 2013

Prosecutors want to admit calls in Zimmerman trial

The prosecutor claims the five calls show George Zimmerman's mounting ill will toward people he viewed as suspicious who were walking through his neighborhood.

June 25, 2013

Stetson father posted fears before toddler found dead Several photos included in this story

'I have absolutely no idea where my daughter is. That is entirely not OK,' he wrote on Facebook.

June 25, 2013

U.S. said to explore possible Chinese role in Snowden leaks

U.S. officials emphasized there's no hard evidence yet that Snowden was a Chinese agent or that China helped plan his flights to Hong Kong and then to Moscow.

June 25, 2013

Giffords plans Maine stop during gun control tour

Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly The former congresswoman – who was shot in the head – and her husband are trying to raise awareness in favor of background checks.

June 26, 2013

Police think father shot son in Freeport murder-suicide

The young man was getting divorced and had moved in with his parents, but police don't know what led to the violence.

June 25, 2013

N.H. officials recover body of missing kayaker

Her capsized kayak was located at about 11:30 p.m. Monday less than a quarter-mile from a boat ramp in Stratham.

June 25, 2013

Supreme Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

In a 5-4 vote, deeply divided justices said that the law relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress in the U.S.

June 26, 2013

Decorated Maine soldier killed in Afghanistan

Corey E. Garver, who grew up in Topsham, was killed by an improvised explosive Sunday while on patrol.

June 25, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Photos from Gables Drive explosion



June 26, 2013

Explosion rocks Yarmouth, leaves one dead Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An apparent propane blast that could be felt for miles kills one man, damages homes and showers debris on a stunned neighborhood.

June 25, 2013

Texas Senate set for filibuster finale on abortion

The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers.

June 25, 2013

Dem Rep. Markey wins US Senate election in Mass.

Markey had an advantage of about 8 percentage points over Gomez with most precincts reporting late Tuesday.

June 25, 2013

Putin says no to U.S. request to extradite Snowden

Russia's foreign minister wouldn't say where Snowden is, but angrily lashed out at the U.S. for demanding his extradition.

June 25, 2013

Taliban attack presidential palace in Kabul

The daylight assault in a highly fortified zone of the capital is a brazen challenge to Kabul's authority only a week after NATO formally handed over security for the country to Afghan forces.

June 25, 2013

Festival celebrates Maine's windjammer fleet

The two-day festival gets under way today in Boothbay Harbor.

June 25, 2013

Maine volunteers needed to count bat colonies

Peak bat activity will be taking place through the end of July.

June 25, 2013

Climate change threatens New England birds

The decline in bird populations also poses a threat to Maine's tourism and recreation industry.

June 25, 2013

Feature obituary: Ralph J. Salamone, 88, retired water district foreman

Mr. Salamone had a strong work ethic and a passion for family and the outdoors.

June 25, 2013

Thompson's Point project cut back as start of work nears

The concert hall is eliminated and the sports complex and parking garage are delayed as Portland developers refine their $100 million vision.

June 25, 2013

IRS screening broader, new chief says

Screening for groups other than conservative organizations continued until earlier this month.

June 25, 2013

Portland council approves city budget

Municipal and school spending will increase the tax rate by 3.1 percent -- if state spending holds.

June 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Poor air quality for Maine forecast by EPA / Leaking water pipe closes part of Portland hospital / Food distribution center relocating to Biddeford ... and more news from around the state.

June 24, 2013

LePage vetoes climate change study

The Natural Resources Council of Maine calls on lawmakers to override Gov. LePage's veto.

June 24, 2013

Portland art committee launches educational site

The Portland Public Art Committee has launched a new website in an attempt to educate people about the city's public art collection.