News from June 28, 2013

June 29, 2013

King, overseas leaders to confer about Syria

 He will join the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on a fact-finding mission.

June 29, 2013

Portland pizza maestro's firing panics fans

 Do they boycott the Sicilian slabs and Luna bread he was known for, or heed their stomachs?

June 29, 2013

Six groups join suit over 911 transcripts

Six groups have joined a lawsuit by the Portland Press Herald that seeks the release of transcripts of 911 calls related to a 2012 double killing in Biddeford.

June 28, 2013

Maine crashes on rainy day blamed on poor tires, speed

With thunderstorms in the forecast into next week, authorities urge motorists to be prepared for poor conditions.

June 28, 2013

Northbound exit 15 on I-295 to reopen Monday

Exit 15 northbound will reopen and a new on-ramp will open on I-295 in Yarmouth on Monday, state transportation officials said.

June 28, 2013

Portland panhandler charged with grabbing donor's cash

Said Abdullahi, who lists no home address, took $39 from a man at the corner of State and Pine streets on Wednesday night, police said.

June 28, 2013

LePage signs wind power bill

Legislation will allow University of Maine to compete in bidding process.

June 28, 2013

Gorham native named to U.S. field hockey team

Hannah Prince is a 2010 graduate of Gorham High School.

June 28, 2013

Woman rescued after runner spots car in river

Car driven by 82-year-old went off the road and landed upside down.

June 28, 2013

A look at the major provisions of the Senate immigration bill



June 28, 2013

Immigration reform faces obstacles in House Video clip included

House Republicans are scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting on the issue shortly after they return from their July 4 holiday but their approach so far has been piecemeal.

June 29, 2013

Maine Medical Center will offer buyouts to about 400

'Financial challenges' prompted the largest hospital in Maine to look for ways to reduce all of its expenses.

June 29, 2013

Old Orchard Beach police crack down on sales of alcohol to minors

The violations, according to police, occurred at Friendly’s Market, Olde Town Country Store, Barefoot Boy Restaurant and Jumpin' Jake's.

June 28, 2013

N.H. woman accused of forcing her kids to drink bleach

Warrants accuse Wendy Wright, 33, of attempting to cause serious bodily injury to the children, ages 6 and 7, by inducing them to consume bleach.

June 28, 2013

Maine film festival to run gamut from Hollywood to homegrown

Among those featured at the Waterville event will be Keith Carradine and Jonathan Demme and, as always, Maine-made films will be a focus.

June 28, 2013

Texas actress indicted in Obama ricin-letter case

Shannon Richardson, 35, is charged with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States.

June 28, 2013

Hikers rescued trying to reach 'Into the Wild' bus

'The Bus' has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer's book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn's 2007 film.

June 28, 2013

Hermit film to preview in Maine

A shortened version of a documentary about Christopher Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit, will be aired during the Maine International Film Festival, which begins July 12 in Waterville.

June 28, 2013

Witness suggests Bulger was not FBI informant

The former agent who supervised Bulger's FBI handler, John Connolly, faces tough questions.

June 28, 2013

U.S. transportation chief invited to visit Maine-N.H. bridge

The two states have applied for a federal grant to replace the decaying Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

June 28, 2013

Man arrested in Hernandez case faces firearms charge

Another man wanted in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts was arrested in Florida on Friday.

June 28, 2013

Neighbor of stabbed N.H. couple also found dead

The body of a man was carried out of the house, which has six apartments.

June 28, 2013

Law permits buying prescriptions by mail

Some pharmacists worry that the measure will open the state's borders to counterfeit drugs.

June 28, 2013

Snowden's father: Son betrayed U.S. government but not its people Video clip included

Russian authorities may be thwarting Ecuador's attempt to grant asylum to the man who leaked NSA classified documents and who now sits in a transit area of the Moscow airport.

June 28, 2013

Providence bar linked to Hernandez investigation

The bar's owner confirmed that his business was involved in the investigation, but declined to comment further.

June 28, 2013

Anthem defends network plan to state regulators

A proposed network with MaineHealth that excludes some hospitals has come under fire from doctors and patients.

June 28, 2013

Testimony seems to bolster Zimmerman's account of fight Several photos included in this story

Neighbors and a police officer describe events the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

June 28, 2013

Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors

The president arrives in South Africa, but whether he'll meet with the gravely ill Nelson Mandela remains in question.

June 28, 2013

Traffic on I-295 in Maine flowing smoothly – for now

The rain is a factor in a series of crashes, including one in which a northbound car apparently hit a cement block in the roadway on Tukey's Bridge in Portland, police said.

June 28, 2013

Maine man sentenced for second child-porn offense

Barely a week off probation, a Monmouth man was caught with sexually explicit movies of children under 12.

June 28, 2013

Park to honor veterans near Maine-NH bridge



June 28, 2013

Hospitals seek high-tech help for hand hygiene

Health experts say poor hand cleanliness is a factor in hospital-borne infections that kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. Still, experts believe hospital workers wash up, at best, about 50 percent of the time.

June 28, 2013

Reports: Retired general target of leaks probe Video clip included

The investigation of the leak about the Iran cyberattack is one of a number of national security leak investigations that have been started by the Obama administration.

June 28, 2013

Meth floods U.S. border crossing at San Diego Video clip included

The spike reflects a shift in production to Mexico after a U.S. crackdown on domestic labs and the Sinaloa cartel's new hold on the prized Tijuana-San Diego smuggling corridor.

June 28, 2013

Conn. hometown of Hernandez shocked at star's fall

Aaron Hernandez is remembered as a fun-loving teenager at Bristol Central High School, where he followed in the footsteps of his older brother D.J.

June 28, 2013

Low-performing Maine school gets $1.8M grant

The state says student proficiency at the Lewiston school is below state and district averages in all subjects.

June 28, 2013

Maine law cracks down on lead fishing gear

Under the new law, stores will be banned from selling lead sinkers and lures beginning Sept. 1, 2016.

June 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches



June 28, 2013

Portland adult ed students plead for new home

 More than 200 students and teachers rally outside City Hall as building plans are discussed.

June 28, 2013

Legislature to study Maine county jail system

A state commission will review costs of the unified county jail system and the Board of Corrections.

June 28, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Supreme Court rules for ending the pain

Never, in the 51 years since she was born, have I been happier for my kid sister . . .

June 28, 2013

Solar system has no edge, Voyager probe finds

VOYAGER The spacecraft sees a sharp drop-off in solar particles, but the sun's magnetic field is still registering.

June 28, 2013

Gay marriage: For Republicans, a delicate balance

 The party leadership must find a way to reach out to centrist voters without alienating conservatives.

June 28, 2013

Price-cut battle shelves Shaw's rewards card

 The grocer switches to discounts on hundreds of items, like Hannaford, as both face increased competition for shoppers.

June 28, 2013

Biddeford tries to fix its trash problem

 With only 10 percent of its waste getting recycled, Biddeford will join other Maine towns by enforcing over-the-limit trash fees.

June 27, 2013

Campaign to fill Maine District 19 seat heating up

 Sen. Seth Goodall is expected to take a job with the Small Business Administration.