News from March 19, 2013

March 20, 2013

Biddeford may require historic review for all downtown projects

Developers are increasingly focused on projects in the downtown, home to some of Biddeford's oldest buildings and former textile mills.

March 20, 2013

LePage spurs new debate on Medicaid expansion

But since the governor switched his stance from November, the debate is now between Republicans and other Republicans.

March 19, 2013

Use of government funds questioned at fish hearing

With the groundfishing industry bracing for catch limits cuts, NOAA's spending on itself is under attack.

March 19, 2013

For Maine weather, what a difference a year makes Several photos included in this story

 Exactly one year ago the temperature reached 70 in Portland. Now, Mainers are digging out from under snow.

March 20, 2013

Activists: Shut down Maine river turbines

 Two environmental groups seek a court order they say would help Kennebec and Androscoggin salmon.

March 19, 2013

Longtime N.H. attorney general to step down

Gov. Hassan's spokesman would not comment Tuesday on whether there is a front-runner for the job.

March 19, 2013

UMaine system, faculty union seek contract intervention

After two years of failed talks, the union wants arbitration and the school has filed a work stoppage complaint.

March 20, 2013

Roundabouts eyed to ease Portland traffic flow

But city councilors are worried about the need to obtain land near USM for the traffic circles.

March 19, 2013

One-and-done: Funding sinks Portland arts festival

Organizers announced Tuesday that they have canceled the four-day summer event because they failed to meet their fundraising goals.

March 20, 2013

Colorado one of few victories for gun-control backers

The state's moderate Democratic governor Wednesday will sign landmark bills to require universal background checks and limit magazine capacity.

March 19, 2013

Experts: Chances of recovering Boston art good Several photos included in this story

"Somebody will rat somebody else out. It's really only a matter of time," one expert says.

March 19, 2013

Grid chief warns of New England power issues

The region's growing dependence on natural gas – combined with supply constraints – "is unsustainable," Gordon van Welie says.

March 19, 2013

LePage defends Maine education budget

The governor says his two-year budget that provides about $84 million more in state funding to schools compared to the education budget when he took office.

March 19, 2013

Bernstein, Brubeck headline Portland orchestra's 2013-14 schedule

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the legendary Leonard Bernstein, will join the orchestra in March 2014 for a program called “Bernstein’s Sacred Side.”

March 19, 2013

Maine, NH senators respond to pending shipyard furloughs

They say a bipartisan, long-term deficit reduction solution is needed to avoid the impacts of the cuts, which are threatening jobs and families in Maine and New Hampshire.

March 19, 2013

How Maine-linked ship fought Sandy, and lost Several photos included in this story

Capt. Robin Walbridge, sailing the tall ship from Connecticut to Florida, was trying to outflank the hurricane. But instead of slipping around the storm, the ship crossed directly into its path, leading to two deaths.

March 19, 2013

Military-style assault gun ban is dead, says Reid

The proposed ban, "using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That's not 60," he says.

March 19, 2013

Globetrotters' bus involved in accident in Mass.

The team's bus was involved in a collision with a car on Interstate 290 around 8:30 this morning. No one was hurt.

March 20, 2013

Portland chefs win 'Best New Chef' contest

Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley of Eventide Oyster Co. take top regional honors in the annual Food & Wine contest.

March 20, 2013

Budget cuts force Acadia to put off opening

The month's delay in full access to the park could have a big ripple effect in a local economy highly dependent on tourism.

March 19, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Winter's closing blow



March 19, 2013

'Punitive' bill said to target LePage

Sen. Troy Jackson's bill to limit governors' pensions gets a cool reaction from both sides of the aisle.

March 19, 2013

2 girls charged with threatening Ohio rape victim

The girls are accused of posting threatening comments on Twitter on Sunday, the day two high school football players were convicted of rape in Steubenville.

March 20, 2013

INTERACTIVE: Regional snowfall totals



March 19, 2013

Judge OKs sale of Twinkies, other Hostess brands

The Biddeford bakery’s fate is unclear.

March 19, 2013

List of parking bans, postponements, cancellations

Brunswick joins Scarborough, Portland and Westbrook in declaring parking bans.

March 19, 2013

7 Marines dead, 6 injured in Nevada explosion Several photos included in this story

The mortar round exploded in its firing tube during an exercise, and investigators are trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.

March 19, 2013

March storm has Mainers on social media wishing for spring



March 19, 2013

Study: Physical therapy can be as good as surgery for knee repair

In many cases, those who stick with therapy improve as much six months and one year later as those who are given arthroscopic surgery right away, researchers find.

March 19, 2013

Syria regime claims rebel chemical attack kills 25

Rebels have denied the accusation and say regime forces fired the weapon.

March 19, 2013

Report: 1 in 3 seniors dies with, not of, dementia

Even when dementia isn't the direct cause of death, it can be the final blow – speeding someone's decline by interfering with their care for heart disease, cancer or other serious illnesses.

March 19, 2013

Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

An analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans – 148 years after the conflict ended.

March 19, 2013

Impostor's lawyer suggests missing wife as killer

But a prosecutor claims circumstantial evidence left no doubt that notorious Rockefeller impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter was the killer.

March 19, 2013

Wave of Iraq blasts marks 10-year anniversary of US invasion

The attacks, mostly by car bombs, targeted small restaurants, day laborers and bus stops in Baghdad, signaling that insurgents remain a potent threat to Iraq's security forces and long-term stability.

March 19, 2013

Maine university tuition among region's lowest

And Maine's community colleges have the lowest average rates among two-year schools in the region.

March 19, 2013

Pope Francis: Protect the poor and nature Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass today, in which he mapped out his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

March 19, 2013

In snow-socked Northeast, spring seems far away

"Once I hear the word April, I am really offended when I hear the word snow," says one Massachusetts resident.

March 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Inmate claims self-defense in second inmate’s death / OOB mobile home damaged in early-morning blaze / Man sought after fleeing from cruiser in restraints . . . and more news from around the state.

March 19, 2013

Feature obituary: Barbara Sawyer, 72, 'Nurse Barb' at Maine Med

 Mrs. Sawyer worked on the maternity ward at Maine Medical Center for more than 30 years, taking care of newborns.

March 19, 2013

New England Dispatches

Million-dollar donation to fund RISD faculty post / Irish ex-president to be college's visiting scholar ... and more news from around the region.

March 19, 2013

Portland water district installs unit to zap 'bugs' from drinking water

 The 5.5-ton ultraviolet disinfection unit is part of a $12.8 million effort to eliminate pathogens from the public water supply.

March 19, 2013

LePage's teacher retirement proposal draws fire

 School districts say paying part of the costs will force them to lay off staff and cut other services.

March 18, 2013

Westbrook budget aims to reduce taxes

Proposed spending for non-school services would actually decline next year if all goes to plan.

March 18, 2013

N.H. police back bill to legalize casino gambling

They say the measure passed by the Senate could help to support law enforcement budgets.

March 19, 2013

Speech outlines challenges ahead for Portland schools

The city must find ways to prepare for the future and compete against charter schools, Jaimey Caron says.