News from March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

Candidates for Freeport seat stress budget challenges

Sharyn Peavey Photography District 2 voters in Freeport will elect a councilor Wednesday to finish an unexpired term.

March 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man convicted of assault after punching neighbor / Board OKs zoning change for more student housing / Wilton woman, man cleared of most serious charges ... and more news from around the state.

March 16, 2013

Maine may be chosen for missile defense system site

Sen. Susan Collins indicates that she would support locating an anti-nuke missile defense system in the Caribou area in northern Maine.

March 15, 2013

Maine game wardens find body of missing man, 41

Police dogs found Troy Crawford's body about 300 yards from his vehicle.

March 15, 2013

Portland fire chief's assistant to take icy Paddy Plunge

Tiffany Bates plans to show that she's a team player Sunday. Besides, the event is for the kids.

March 15, 2013

School safety drill features realism, aggressive action

 Staffers are told to consider new options, including breaking windows to escape and running zigzag when in the open.

March 15, 2013

Maine seeks to change law on youth sexting

The measure aims to punish minors short of treating them as sexual predators or criminals.

March 15, 2013

Amendola will have to deal with Welker comparisons

New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is used to following in Wes Welker's footsteps . . .

March 15, 2013

Open house to explain upgrades to Portland golf course

The city plans to better market the course; implement more youth programs; hire a professional golfer; and build a new club house on the South Course.

March 15, 2013

Portland shooters rattle tenants, elude police Several photos included in this story

Officers descend on a Congress Street high-rise after two people fire shots in a sixth-floor hallway.

March 15, 2013

Mother of slain Biddeford brothers awarded $2.4 million

Tammy Cole, whose sons were gunned down by Rory Holland, says she aims 'to make his life hell.'

March 15, 2013

Woodhead leaves Patriots for Chargers

But New England reaches a four-year deal with cornerback Kyle Arrington, and a three-year deal with wide receiver Donald Jones.

March 15, 2013

Collins, Nelson press for action against Jamaican scam artists Video clip included

The two senators urge the attorney general to extradite scam leaders for prosecution in the U.S.

March 15, 2013

MECA to host reception for award-winning illustrator

Daniel Minter has received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his work on the children's book "Ellen’s Broom."

March 15, 2013

Patriots plan to expand shopping center next to stadium

The proposal calls for a 125- to 150-room hotel, a 14,500-square-foot retail store and a 4,500-square-foot "quick serve" restaurant.

March 15, 2013

Shipyard Brewery ordered to pay $300K for sewer fees

But the settlement is well below the $1.5 million in sewer fees that were never billed.

March 16, 2013

Entire Old Orchard Beach council may face recall

Two rival groups are now collecting signatures and targeting different councilors, meaning all seven could face recall votes.

March 15, 2013

Damage, danger in shipyard fires get man 17 years Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The sentence, which reflects Casey Fury's disregard for the safety of others, also seeks $400 million in restitution.

March 15, 2013

Inaugural poet Blanco to attend Telling Room fundraiser

All proceeds from the event will support the organization’s free writing programs for Maine youth.

March 15, 2013

Beach to Beacon 10K registration fills in record time

This will be the 16th running of the race, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, in Cape Elizabeth.

March 15, 2013

LePage signs bill allowing bars to open early on St. Pat's

The governor's lifts the state's ban on sales of alcohol between 6 and 9 a.m. on Sundays when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, as it does this year.

March 15, 2013

'Breaking Bad' brings tourists to Albuquerque Several photos included in this story

Other popular shows like "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos" have generated interest in the filming locations, but "Breaking Bad" has seen a unique twist.

March 15, 2013

US clergy sex victims want change from new pope

Some victims are calling on the new Roman Catholic leader to defrock U.S. cardinals who covered up for pedophile priests, formally apologize and order the release of all confidential church files from every diocese.

March 15, 2013

Wilton man convicted of punching neighbor

Dean Martin Jr. was convicted of felony assault for the October attack on Hutch McPheters. The men lived across the street from each other.

March 15, 2013

Bowdoin dorm plan gets OK from planning board

A Bowdoin official says the dorm plan is part of an ongoing effort to consolidate students who are now scattered around town.

March 15, 2013

Defendants in Maine ax, cleaver attack acquitted



March 15, 2013

Delay in lynx recovery plan spurs federal lawsuit

It is believed that the elusive cats number only in the hundreds in the Lower 48 states, including Maine, but federal wildlife officials say it's hard to know for certain.

March 15, 2013

Romney returns to national stage at conservative conference

Former Republican Presidential candidate Romney puts his hand to his heart as supporters cheer him upon taking the stage to speak at the CPAC at National Harbor, Maryland The former presidential candidate pledges to help Republicans in his first public speech since last November's election loss.

March 15, 2013

Somerset economic group backs east-west highway

The Somerset Economic Development Corp. voted to support the idea after a presentation from construction firm Cianbro Corp.

March 15, 2013

Obama announces $2 billion alternative fuel research proposal

The research would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and not add to the deficit.

March 15, 2013

Michaud seeks Obama's support for paper mills

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud sends a letter to the president outlining major concerns for Maine's pulp and paper sector.

March 15, 2013

Number of pigs in Shanghai river rises to 7,545

The Shanghai municipal government has repeatedly assured the city's 23 million residents that tap water remains safe.

March 15, 2013

Bill proposes 75 mph for sections of I-295

The sponsor says the measure builds on last year's speed-limit increase on I-95.

March 15, 2013

Conservative senator reverses stance on gay marriage

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says he had a change of heart after he learned one of his sons is gay.

March 15, 2013

Nuclear sub arsonist faces sentencing today

Under a plea agreement, Casey James Fury faces a sentence of 15 to 19 years for the fire that caused $450 million in damage.

March 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Unsightly spit prompts ban on chewing tobacco / East End School to host fair for summer camps / Trial begins in killing of Lewiston woman ... and more news from around the state.

March 15, 2013

Rise in global middle class shifting power centers

Countries known today for poverty are showing rapid increases in education and social service investments,

March 15, 2013

In pope's humility, Mainers see trait that resonates

In the words of a Scarborough woman, "It's an attractive quality, because not many people have it. When you do, you know your own worth and you're not egotistical."

March 15, 2013

Press Herald appeals 911 transcript ruling in Biddeford shooting

The newspaper appeals to the state's highest court a judge's decision to deny release of 911 transcripts.

March 15, 2013

Portland to keep operating Riverside Golf Course

A consultant said the city could enter into a long-term lease with a golf course management company, but the city manager decides against that.

March 15, 2013

Maine boat show:
'Wall-to-wall eye candy' for boaters
Video clip included

 The show will feature more than 200 exhibitors and more than 100 custom built boats, from cruisers and yachts to dories and sailboats.

March 15, 2013

Only 28 out of 900 make Portland Museum of Art's 2013 Biennial

 The list includes 20 newcomers, highlighted by artists living and working in Maine or who are closely associated with the state.