News from March 13, 2013

March 14, 2013

Artists rally for Mainer who planted fake ads mocking NYPD

Fake NYPD Post A fundraiser Thursday will help Essam 'Adam' Attia combat criminal charges and raise awareness of drone concerns.

March 14, 2013

New England Dispatches

Speed limit raised to 70 on stretch of I-93 / Officials seize equipment of unlicensed radio stations / Newspaper carrier charged in fraudulent check scheme ... and more news from around the region.

March 13, 2013

LePage's Dirigo pick blasts critics, withdraws his nomination

Jonathan McKane blames a 'coordinated attack from the left' for his nomination's rejection last week.

March 13, 2013

Traffic-ticket discount bill moves to Maine House

The 10-2 committee rejection isn't enough to kill the bill outright, but it projects a very dim future.

March 13, 2013

Man tapped to try to kill Hitler dies at 90

 The suicide mission fizzled, but Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist survived a later plot.

March 13, 2013

LePage, Democrat push for more financial disclosure

A new bill would require disclosure of the financial and political interests of legislators and high-ranking executive branch officials.

March 14, 2013

Wes Welker leaves Patriots, joins Denver

Wes Welker, Quintin Demps The NFL's leading receiver over the last six years is saying so long to Tom Brady and hello to Peyton Manning.

March 13, 2013

Catholics overjoyed at 1st Latin American pope Several photos included in this story

The atmosphere across Latin America was jubilant, with people bursting into tears and cheers on streets from Buenos Aires to Caracas, Venezuela.

March 13, 2013

Bath man arrested, accused of manufacturing meth

Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency raided his apartment Wednesday after evacuating nearby apartments.

March 14, 2013

Mystery surrounds I-95 standoff, Aroostook homicide Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Neighbors of a Molunkus house where a man's body was found say they heard screaming, but steered clear.

March 14, 2013

LePage budget called a bad deal

Municipal and business officials crowd a hearing to protest the "tax shift" they believe it will bring.

March 13, 2013

Gas main repairs snarl traffic on Forest Ave

Inbound traffic on Forest Avenue from Morrill’s Corner to Woodfords Corner is significantly congested. Commuters should seek alternate routes to avoid traffic and delays.

March 13, 2013

Senators urge crackdown on phone scammers

The so-called "Jamaican lottery scam" has cost some seniors in Maine hundreds of thousands of dollars.

March 14, 2013

Maine man shoots self as police try to arrest him

State police say the man was about to be arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Simple image, complex past Several photos included in this story

His quiet persona has been challenged by rights activists seeking answers about the church during Argentina's "Dirty War."

March 14, 2013

Francis, a pope of many firsts, faces old challenges Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The first pontiff from the New World and the first non-European since the Middle Ages must help resurrect the church from multiple crises.

March 13, 2013

Ground beef safety rules months away despite need

The 2011 salmonella outbreak in Maine, linked to ground beef sold by Hannaford, helped expose problems with the way stores handle and track the various sources of meat they grind.

March 13, 2013

Fate of Biddeford bakery, workers hard to calculate

The future of the closed Hostess plant depends on the unknown plans of various buyers.

March 13, 2013

Police search suspected meth lab in Bath

This is the fourth suspected meth lab found in Maine this year.

March 13, 2013

Turnpike authority to close Falmouth spur exit

A $3.5 million project to replace an overpass at exit 52 will begin March 18, triggering closures of the southbound off-ramp.

March 14, 2013

LePage: Democrats want 'sugar daddy' Video clip included

LePage heaps scorn on Democrats' liquor contract plan and expands on his veto vow in a TV interview.

March 13, 2013

Maine gets $100K in settlement with Google

The settlement stems from Google's unauthorized data collection while taking photographs for its Street View mapping service.

March 13, 2013

Celebrity credit files frozen after personal data is posted online

The FBI and Secret Service are investigating a website that has posted private financial data of stars such as Jay-Z, Tiger Woods as well as the vice president and first lady Michelle Obama.

March 13, 2013

Bill would let CanaRx sell drugs in Maine

Portland's mayor said a deal with the Canadian firm saved the city $3.2 million before state regulators barred it from Maine.

March 13, 2013

When pope is named, Maine Catholic churches will be ready

Bells will ring and signs outside churches will declare "Habemus Papam" {"We have a pope!") along with the pope's chosen name, a Diocese of Maine spokesman says.

March 13, 2013

Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery goes bust

 Retail prices rise sharply as fishermen struggle to catch even the modest quota.

March 13, 2013

Curit returning as head football coach at Biddeford High

In 13 seasons under Brian Curit, the Tigers had an overall record of 91-38.

March 13, 2013

Fla. politician resigns, 57 charged in gambling scandal

A charity for veterans that ran computerized slot machines allegedly kept tens of millions for executives and gave little to charity.

March 13, 2013

LePage pick for health board withdraws nomination

Former Republican state Rep. Jonathan McKane says last week's confirmation hearing was a 'coordinated attack' by liberal groups.

March 13, 2013

N. Korea criticizes S. Korean president's 'swish'

The term "swish of skirt" is often used in Korean to describe women acting in a way seen as overly aggressive.

March 13, 2013

Boston taxi fleet sues over smartphone app

A lawyer for Boston Cab Dispatch Inc. says the Uber Technologies Inc. app ignores virtually all government rules in place for cab companies.

March 13, 2013

Readfield Girl Scouts camp vandalized, robbed

The vandalism, which was discovered during a routine property check on March 4, occurred sometime between the first of the year and early February.

March 13, 2013

Skowhegan Indian statue project seeks $10K from town

The cost of restoring the iconic 62-foot sculpture created by Bernard Langlais is estimated at $65,000.

March 13, 2013

Smoking likely cause of fatal Presque Isle fire

Investigators said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

March 13, 2013

On thin ice: Smelt shacks float away from Randolph camp Video clip included

Four unoccupied ice shacks broke away from Worthing's Smelt Camp on Tuesday, requiring a response from the Maine Marine Patrol and the Gardiner Fire Department.

March 13, 2013

Bus carrying Vt. lacrosse team crashes in NY Several photos included in this story

A 64-year-old woman was killed when a sports car she was in spun out of control and hit the bus on a wet highway. Four players on the bus were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

March 13, 2013

Ex-Monmouth teacher gets probation for child porn

Christopher B. Brown, 56, a former Monmouth Middle School teacher, is placed on probation for a year for possession of sexually explicit materials depicting children under 16.

March 13, 2013

'End to end' fish assessment planned in New England

Fishermen have long criticized the stock assessments, pointing to past mistakes and saying the data behind them is flawed.

March 13, 2013

On 2nd day of Vatican conclave, more black smoke

After three rounds of balloting, cardinals remain divided over who should be pope.

March 13, 2013

Mainers to testify at DC hearing today on phone scams

Officials say scam artists calling from area code 876 in Jamaica prey on victims by saying they've won a lottery or a car but need to make payments to cash in.

March 13, 2013

Maine college sells its fossil fuel investments

College of the Atlantic student Lucas Burdick, who led the divestment campaign, says divesting is "morally and politically just."

March 13, 2013

Media frenzy hits high gear as Zumba negotiations stall Several photos included in this story

Members of the media chased accused prostitute Alexis Wright for blocks Wednesday as she left the Cumberland County Courthouse.

March 13, 2013

Feature obituary: Charles Pooler, 84, outdoorsman who delivered ice cream

 Mr. Pooler, known by most people as "Frank," delivered Hood ice cream to stores across the state for 35 years.

March 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Shipyard employees brace for reductions in wages / Ice Bar event raises $18,000 for nonprofits / Man, woman plead guilty to pharmacy robberies ... and more news from around the state.

March 13, 2013

Cell-only Internet access accelerating

 The trend among younger users to use only mobile devices presents parents with new challenges.

March 13, 2013

Health care aid may be hard to get under ACA

The draft application for financial help under Obamacare raises concerns over its complexity.

March 13, 2013

Survey: Seeking work? Portland is promising

A survey ranks Portland, South Portland and Biddeford as the best metropolitan region in the United States to land a new job in the next quarter.

March 13, 2013

Report: Maine should accept health care funds

The federal money would create jobs and give health coverage to 69,500 Mainers, the report says.

March 13, 2013

CDC: Herbicides didn't harm Maine soldiers

 The findings are unlikely to satisfy veterans who believe their health problems are linked to time they spent at the Canadian base.

March 13, 2013

Maine town officials cool to idea of natural-gas surcharge

Officials from Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth discuss their plan to bring natural gas to the towns.

March 13, 2013

Portland delays height ruling on $38 million development

20130312_MidTown The Planning Board tabled to March 19 its vote to allow a 165-foot-tall residential tower in Bayside.

March 12, 2013

All AAA offices in Maine can now renew licenses

The auto club can do state IDs and basic driving license renewals, expanding a program begun last year.

March 12, 2013

Mass. plan aims to house all homeless veterans

The ambitious plan would find housing for 1,000 homeless military veterans by the end of 2015.