News from June 26, 2013

June 27, 2013

Fundraiser set for Maine bombing victim

Karen Rand, who lost a leg in the bombing, is a former Westbrook resident.

June 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine ski area needs new owner to avoid closure / Local man, 57, pleads guilty to indecent conduct / Segway inventor visiting Maine to promote robotics ... and more news from around the state.

June 26, 2013

N.H. gets waiver on No Child Left Behind

Arne Duncan said New Hampshire has demonstrated that it has college- and career-ready expectations for all students and a high-quality plan to implement accountability.

June 26, 2013

Critics: Maine health deal hurts patients

A state agency will soon decide whether letting Anthem and MaineHealth be Obamacare partners is a good idea.

June 26, 2013

N.H. power line to take new route following criticism

The privately funded $1.2 billion Northern Pass project plans to build a line that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power into New England.

June 26, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Yarmouth residents return to rubble

A day after an explosion rocked a Yarmouth neighborhood, reisdents returned home to survey the damage.

June 26, 2013

Markey: Senate seat win 'about the issues'

Edward Markey, Susan Blumenthal The longtime U.S. House Democrat will have some adjustments to make as John Kerry's successor.

June 26, 2013

Maine bill eases rule on school windfalls

Schools might be allowed – just this once – to bypass voter approval to spend unexpected state funds.

June 27, 2013

Portland working to get butts off the street

A new poster campaign is part of an effort to reduce the litter, and health risks, of discarded cigarettes.

June 26, 2013

Sinking kayaker rescued off Stonington coast

The kayaker has to be treated for mild hypothermia after a kayak takes on water.

June 26, 2013

Lackey strikes out 12, Sox sweep Rockies

John Lackey certainly looked fully recovered from elbow-ligament replacement surgery Wednesday during a 5-3 Boston victory.

June 26, 2013

Billionaire pardoned by Clinton dies at 78

 Marc Rich's pardon in 1991 on fraud and racketeering charges ignited a political firestorm.

June 26, 2013

Richard Matheson, celebrated sci-fi writer, dies at 87

 He was one of the most frequent contributors to Rod Serling's 'The Twilight Zone,' and also wrote 'The Shrinking Man' and 'I Am Legend.'

June 26, 2013

Saco woman to be Miss Maine 2013

In September, she will travel to Atlantic City, where she will represent Maine in the 2014 Miss America competition.

June 26, 2013

Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

Kimberly McCarthy is put to death for stabbing to death a 71-year-old neighbor, and was linked to two other killings.

June 26, 2013

Son says Michael Jackson felt pressured by concert promoter

For the first time, the teenager provides details about the day his father died.

June 26, 2013

Obama visits Senegal on first leg of Africa trip 


The president's trip threatens to be overshadowed by the deteriorating health of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

June 26, 2013

Student loans have attention of Angus King

Lawmakers are trying to stave off a twofold rise in the interest rates on federal student loans.

June 26, 2013

Broad immigration bill cruising to Senate passage

In the House, however, a bipartisan deal falters and majority Republicans begin moving ahead on legislation tailored to the wishes of conservatives.

June 26, 2013

Federal agency gives N.H. $1.3 million for snow removal

The funds will cover 75 percent of the cleanup costs from a February storm.

June 26, 2013

Segway inventor to promote robotics in Maine

Dean Kamen will attend an event at Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland to announce the formation of the Robotics Institute of Maine.

June 27, 2013

New president named at Washington County college

Joseph Cassidy, a longtime faculty member, replaces his uncle William Cassidy, who has been serving as interim president since 2012.

June 26, 2013

Biddeford man pleads guilty to indecent exposure in Saco

Roy Fortin was one of three people charged during a crackdown this spring on what Saco police described as suspicious and illicit behavior at a commuter parking lot and Cascade Falls Park.

June 26, 2013

Stakhovsky stuns Federer in 2nd round at Wimbledon

The win by the 116th-ranked Ukrainian is one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history.

June 26, 2013

Beyonce show in Boston goes on sale Monday

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. and range from $59.80 to $269.40.

June 26, 2013

Ecuador could take months to decide Snowden's asylum request

Hordes of journalists armed with laptops and photo and video cameras have camped in and around the Moscow airport, looking for Snowden or anyone who may have seen or talked to him.

June 26, 2013

Four Sea Dogs named to All-Star team

Pitchers Drake Britton and Anthony Ranaudo, infielder Michael Almanzar and catcher Christian Vazquez will play for the East team.

June 27, 2013

On busy day, lawmakers uphold 24 LePage vetoes, override three

The budget override was a major reversal, but Gov. LePage sets a single-session record with 51 vetoes.

June 27, 2013

Yarmouth residents still dazed by destruction

A day after a tremendous gas explosion, neighbors describe the powerful impact of the 6 a.m. blast that rocked their street.

June 26, 2013

Al-Qaida said to be changing its ways after NSA leaks

Two U.S. intelligence officials say members of virtually every terrorist group is attempting to change how they communicate, based on what they've read in the media.

June 26, 2013

N.H. groups partner to protect Mt. Major's trails

Parts of some trails are on private property and a campaign has started to raise $1.8 million to purchase the land.

June 26, 2013

Trayvon Martin's friend describes final phone call

Rachel Jeantel, 19, told how Martin told her he was being followed by George Zimmerman as he tried to walk home.

June 26, 2013

Police look for driver in Hampton, N.H., hit and run

A motorcyclist and passenger are injured after being struck by a vehicle Sunday night.

June 26, 2013

Maine ski area closes, new owner sought

The nonprofit Maine Winter Sports Center says it's looking for someone to take over ownership and operations of Black Mountain ski area.

June 26, 2013

National reaction to court ruling on marriage provision



June 26, 2013

Greater Portland ranked 15th 'most secure' place in U.S.

The survey takes into account factors including economic stability, crime, weather, housing depreciation, air quality, environmental hazards and life expectancy.

June 26, 2013

Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

Chants of 'Thank you' and 'USA' came from the crowd as plaintiffs in the cases descended the court's marbled steps.

June 26, 2013

Obama: Court rights a wrong; country better off

President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, saying 'our country is better off.'

June 27, 2013

Maine legislators opt for compromise instead of a shutdown Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 They override LePage's veto and enact a $6.3 billion budget, capping a long ideological fight on what the governor calls a 'real sad day.'

June 26, 2013

Some residents allowed to return following Yarmouth explosion

Fire Chief Michael Robitaille said structural engineers had determined that the six units farthest from the blast were safe to reoccupy.

June 26, 2013

Convicted murderer attacked, killed at Maine State Prison Several photos included in this story

Alan D. Powell Jr. died after being attacked by another inmate in the exercise area of the prison, officials say.

June 26, 2013

After arrest, Pats cut Hernandez

In a rare instance of public relations before football, the Patriots released a statement saying, "We believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."

June 27, 2013

Many in Maine applaud gay rights ruling Several photos included in this story

They say it's only fair same-sex married couples get the same benefits as heterosexual married couples, but the state's Catholic bishop calls it 'truly a tragic day.'

June 26, 2013

Paula Deen's 'Today' appearance ends in tears

The celebrity chef has been dropped by the Food Network and as a celebrity endorser by Smithfield Foods.

June 26, 2013

Two Supreme Court rulings bolster gay marriage movement Several photos included in this story Video clip included

In each decision, the high court endorses a position that helps the cause as well as individual couples.

June 26, 2013

Maine inmate dies at Warren prison

The death is being investigated by the state police and the state Medical Examiner’s Office under the direction of the attorney general.

June 27, 2013

Ex-Patriots star Hernandez charged with murder Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Aaron Hernandez "drove the victim to a remote spot, and then he orchestrated his execution," prosecutors say.

June 26, 2013

Endgame at hand for immigration bill in Senate

After the addition of provisions greatly strengthening border security, the legislation looks likely to command support from at least 14 Republicans on final passage Thursday or Friday.

June 26, 2013

Lawsuit filed against Monster maker for teen's death

The FDA is investigating reports of deaths linked to energy drinks, including five that cite Monster beverages.

June 26, 2013

Ex-FBI supervisor expected to testify at Bulger trial

John Morris admitted he took $7,000 in payoffs from Bulger.

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage due today

The issues before the court are California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

June 26, 2013

Texas bill restricting abortions fails in chaotic finale

Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis spent most of the day staging an old-fashioned filibuster, attracting wide support, including a mention from President Obama's campaign Twitter account.

June 26, 2013

Vote on Maine community college president nominee

If approved, Joseph Cassidy would replace his uncle as president of Washington County Community College.

June 26, 2013

Lawmakers to consider LePage override on climate change study

The bill would have required the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and other state agencies to study and implement recommendations from a 2010 report.

June 26, 2013

Portland OKs plan to ease school overcrowding

Current students and siblings of Ocean Avenue students can continue to attend the school, which is the city's newest school.

June 26, 2013

Explosion victim remembered fondly at Freeport YMCA

Peter Corey is praised for his health consciousness in the face of special needs and his desire to give back.

June 26, 2013

Explosion heard miles from Yarmouth blast

The 6 a.m. blast was heard in South Portland, felt on Peaks Island and it shattered windows at the North Road Fire Station, about 700 feet away.

June 26, 2013

Maine officials: Regular inspections keep heat systems safer

Maine leaves it up to homeowners to decide when service is needed.

June 26, 2013

Maine girl in infant death case not competent for trial

The 11-year-old is the youngest person to face manslaughter charges in Maine in 25 years.

June 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

LePage vetoes two gun bills / Wildlife officials seek help studying lethal bat fungus / Mainer dies in ATV crash ... and more news from around the state.

June 26, 2013

Pit stop by Snowden a gift for Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Sergei Ivanov attend a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941 in Moscow The fugitive's Moscow stay gives Russia access to his files and leverage against the U.S., analysts say.

June 26, 2013

Bill Nemitz: LePage win on Medicaid could be short-lived

Maybe it's too soon, the temperature outside pushing 90 degrees and all, to talk about January . . .

June 26, 2013

LePage asked Collins to help him lobby

The governor attempted to recruit the U.S. senator to persuade state lawmakers to oppose Medicaid expansion, but she declined.

June 26, 2013

Beer fest organizer: We won't come back to Maine

The owner of Shelton Bros. says he lost money on the popular weekend event and says state liquor laws need updating.