News from March 17, 2013

March 18, 2013

Pope 'of the people' delights local Catholics Video clip included

 Francis impresses with his informality and willingness to wade into crowds to greet people.

March 18, 2013

Ferry that joins Cousins, Chebeague islands also divides Several photos included in this story

 Distrust between some Yarmouth residents and the operators of the daily ferry service has scuttled a Cumberland lawmaker's attempt to create a transit district eligible for federal grants.

March 18, 2013

Wells considers drawing the line on lodging Several photos included in this story

 Some propose a moratorium on new units to give the town time to develop a growth plan

March 17, 2013

Downtown Hallowell celebrates Irish music

 A benefit raises money for the Dempsey Challenge, while local bars feature bands playing Irish songs.

March 18, 2013

Victim in N. Calif. race crash was driver's cousin

 It's unclear why a race car couldn't make a turn or slow down before it hit and killed two people.

March 18, 2013

Woman who inspired 'The Natural' dies

Ruth Steinhagen, Eddie Waitkus The unstable Chicago woman who shot a ballplayer she didn't know in 1949 dies in obscurity

March 17, 2013

Old Port crowds are big but well behaved, police say

Police say no arrests were made during Portland's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

March 17, 2013

Discovery of man's body at Portland motel not considered suspicious

Portland police say the 65-year-old man appears to have died of natural causes.

March 17, 2013

Bruins come up short vs. Penguins

Pittsburgh's defense holds in the final two periods, allowing the Penguins to take a 2-1 win over Boston.

March 17, 2013

Madonna calls on Boy Scouts to lift ban on gays

Speaking Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna says, 'I think they should change their stupid rules.'

March 17, 2013

Obsessed fan who shot player, inspired movie, dies

Ruth Ann Steinhagen, 83, died in late November. She shot and almost killed Eddie Waittkus in 1949 and the movie "The Natural" was based on a novel by Bernard Malamud.

March 18, 2013

High prices expected for elver season

Prices won't be set until the catch gets under way, but eel dealers say there's little doubt that they'll be high.

March 17, 2013

Amtrak set to resume service after derailment in Connecticut

The first northbound departure from New York's Penn Station is set for 5 p.m. Sunday and the first southbound departure from Boston's South Station is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.

March 17, 2013

NH Motor Speedway bans smoking in grandstands

The racetrack says there will be designated smoking areas throughout the concourse level, and that smoking will still be allowed in parking lots, campgrounds and in souvenir, display and hospitality areas.

March 17, 2013

Man demands money from Windham Shaw's then leaves

The man was last seen on foot headed behind the grocery store.

March 17, 2013

Bus crash that killed Pa. coach being investigated

Police couldn't immediately say what had caused Saturday's crash.

March 17, 2013

2 Ohio football players convicted of raping girl

The length of their sentence beyond the minimum one year will be determined by juvenile authorities.

March 17, 2013

Indian police arrest 5 over Swiss tourist's rape

All five men admitted to the attack, and police are searching for two more men involved.

March 17, 2013

Portland ocean plunge helps burn victims

Portland firefighters raise money by taking a dip in the ocean at East End Beach.

March 17, 2013

Cigarette blamed for apartment house fire in Jay

A discarded cigarette is being blamed for the fire that left nine people without a home.

March 18, 2013

For early St. Patrick's revelers, eggs and brew Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Bar patrons get up early – or stay up all night – for the St. Patrick's Day opening at 6 a.m. Sunday.

March 17, 2013

Two killed as race car runs off track



March 17, 2013

Fishing vessel towed from N.H. to Portland



March 17, 2013

Pre-release center's new site weighed

Augusta officials question whether the capital city is the right place for another state facility.

March 17, 2013

Dispatches

Delays at New Gloucester toll plaza / Three families homeless after fire / LePage insists his plan is better / Flood insurance promoted / Body of Old Town man found

March 17, 2013

Two New York residents held on drug trafficking charges

Police acting on a tip stop the car with the suspects on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville.

March 17, 2013

New England Dispatches



March 17, 2013

Survey: N.H. residents in dark about health plans



March 17, 2013

Massachusetts man, daughter host show on addiction

'The Empty Chair Show' takes its name from the addicts who died without knowing about recovery.

March 17, 2013

Cheerleader rises above losing her leg to cancer

 The New Bedford teen inspires others by learning to run, jump and tumble with her prosthetic leg.

March 17, 2013

Towns tussle with tab for shared ambulance service

 Expenses rise for Bingham's Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance amid questions about fair cost-sharing.

March 18, 2013

Is Maine ready for climate changes?

 Democratic lawmakers may restart planning for predicted effects like storms and floods that was halted by the LePage administration.

March 16, 2013

Defense system welcome in Maine

Chuck Hagel Aroostook County residents still feel the economic sting from the closing of Loring Air Force Base in the 1990s.

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.