News from March 16, 2013

March 21, 2013

Prison captain fired, but later reinstated, after pepper spraying inmate Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 A 2012 confrontation caught on video provides a rare glimpse inside a Maine prison.

March 17, 2013

Boat vendors find even keel now within reach Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Many boatbuilders went belly-up during the Great Recession, but those who are left find cause for optimism.

March 16, 2013

Maine Army Guard troops haunted by Agent Orange Several photos included in this story

 Soldiers who trained at a Canadian base blame their lasting health problems on exposure to herbicides.

March 16, 2013

Teen dancer leaps into her new role as ballet teacher at an orphanage in Africa

 Along with her passion, Holly Perkins will also deliver dance apparel she collected to Tanzania.

March 16, 2013

12,566 dead pigs pulled from river

Shanghai residents worry about contamination even though officials say their tap water is safe.

March 16, 2013

Maine romantics latch on to love lock idea Several photos included in this story

 Dozens of locks on a waterfront fence in Portland attest to devotion and to the spread of an international custom.

March 16, 2013

Bruins make lead last vs. Caps

This time Boston sustains an advantage over Washington with three solid periods in a 4-1 win.

March 16, 2013

Former Patriots injured when balloon hits power lines

Donte Stallworth is hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida.

March 16, 2013

Open house draws residents, opinions about India Street Several photos included in this story

 Saturday's forum held by Sustain Southern Maine focuses on the future of the city neighborhood.

March 16, 2013

Palin's back, with a message

Sarah Palin says Saturday at a conservative summit in suburban Washington that the Republican Party must broaden its message to grow.

March 16, 2013

Ligety gets 6th World Cup giant slalom win

Ted Ligety joins Ingemar Stenmark as the only men in the 47-year World Cup history to get six GS victories in a season.

March 16, 2013

Swiss tourist gang-raped in central India

Authorities detain and question 13 men in connection with the attack, but six are released.

March 16, 2013

Lacrosse team bus crashes; pregnant coach dies

The Pennsylvania accident also kills the driver of the bus and the Seton Hill coach's unborn child.

March 16, 2013

Pope turns on charm in first meeting with press

The gathering in the Vatican begins a busy week for the pontiff that includes his installation Mass on Tuesday.

March 16, 2013

Maine Huts and Trails holds fifth annual ski races

Sunday's event features three race distances of 20, 40 and 60 kilometers.

March 16, 2013

LePage chides Democrats on Maine hospital debt

In his weekly radio address, Maine's governor insists his plan to pay off the hospital is better, because it's simpler.

March 16, 2013

Mainers urged to consider flood insurance

It's estimated that up to 75 percent of homes and businesses in floodplains in Maine are not covered by flood insurance.

March 16, 2013

Delays at New Gloucester turnpike plaza possible next week

Traffic stops of up to 20 minutes will be enforced by state police to allow workers to erect signs for the new highway speed toll plaza.

March 16, 2013

North Korea prompts action by U.S.

March 16, 2013

Passenger rail report calls for link to India Street

Advocates envision a line re-established between Auburn and Portland.

March 16, 2013

Committee acts to keep offenders away from Augusta ballfields

Lawmakers move to prevent sex offenders from living near ballfields on the city's east side.

March 16, 2013

New judge named to preside in 'Whitey' Bulger case

An appeals court had removed the previous judge, who is a former federal prosecutor.

March 16, 2013

Officials: Toss suit by U.S. citizen held as possible illegal immigrant

A judge wonders whether a person born in the U.S. would have been detained in a similar situation.

March 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

Reputed crime boss sentenced to 12 years / FEMA agrees to buy out 90 flood-damaged properties ... and more news from around the region.

March 16, 2013

India Street neighborhood takes the long view Several photos included in this story

 India Street was once the center of Portland. Now, planners and residents are looking to help resurrect it, beginning with today's meeting.

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.