News from March 20, 2013

March 21, 2013

Day-care center shut down after sex charges

The husband of the Norridgewock facility's owner is accused of molesting three children.

March 21, 2013

Wells declares moratorium on hotel projects

 The moratorium, which starts April 16, will apply to lodging units within 1,000 feet of Route 1.

March 20, 2013

A late home run to reunite Maine soldier, pregnant wife

 Back from Afghanistan, Spec. Travis McGuire surprises Megan McGuire at sports pub.

March 20, 2013

Maine panel rejects six of nine sign requests

Legislators table two others, including a name change for Big Moose Mountain, and amend one.

March 21, 2013

Local hero's portrait rescued from city attic Several photos included in this story

 Art restorers will raise funds to repair the painting of William Pitt Fessenden and others found in Portland City Hall.

March 20, 2013

Inmate in court again pursuing name change

The man who killed a boy in 1997 suspects the previous denial of his request was 'punitive.'

March 21, 2013

Owners' split puts Maine brewery on market

 A Facebook post says Bull Jagger will close, but its lagers will be sold in Maine while supplies last.

March 20, 2013

New England Dispatches

Plastic toy grenade leads to evacuation / State suspends teacher over hunting incident / Stomach illness sickens Brown University students ... and more news from around the region.

March 20, 2013

Syrup makers worry sap's in short supply

N.H. farmers preparing for Maple Weekend bemoan the cold that's holding up production.

March 20, 2013

Clean Election activists to LePage: Don't defund program

They say election laws already skew toward the interests of wealthy donors, and defunding the program would only worsen the problem.

March 20, 2013

Conn. football players accused of sexual assault

Like in a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, the accuser has been taunted online by other students.

March 20, 2013

Portland agrees to pay EPA $53,000 for discharges

Since 2007, sewers have failed at least 22 times, contaminating waterways. 

March 21, 2013

'I can't imagine': Grief after father runs over son

Townspeople in Greene express support for the family after the tragic death of 6-year-old Nathan Capponi.

March 20, 2013

Sen. Collins 'certainly' intends to run again

Her moderate politics are sometimes out of step with an increasingly conservative national GOP, but Washington Republicans want her to seek a fourth term.

March 20, 2013

Stephen King, wife pledge $3M for Bangor library overhaul

Among the library's most pressing needs: replacing a copper roof that was originally installed in 1912.

March 20, 2013

Portland agrees to pay $53K in fines for sewer spills

Since 2007, the city's sewer system has failed on at least 22 occasions, some of which discharged tens of thousands of gallons of sewage onto roadways and into nearby water bodies.

March 20, 2013

Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

March 20, 2013

Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards

 Environmentalists and industry set up stringent, but voluntary, guidelines for gas and oil drillers.

March 20, 2013

Fed stands by stimulus, sees healthier economy

Ben Bernanke Stocks rise after Bernanke says interest rates will be kept low at least until the jobless rate hits 6.5 percent.

March 20, 2013

Maine heating oil prices fall again



March 20, 2013

LePage seeks more federal funds for Medicaid

Maine says it will take part in wider eligibility if the Obama administration picks up the costs for 10 years.

March 20, 2013

Head of Colo. prisons fatally shot at home Several photos included in this story

He was killed while answering his front door, raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job.

March 20, 2013

Thieves target Maine trees for sap to make syrup

The Maine Forest Service has gotten a dozen complaints from landowners finding taps in their maple trees with buckets or jugs underneath to collect the sap.

March 20, 2013

LePage asks when debt plan will pass

The governor, however, hasn't stuck to his vow to veto all bills sent to him before paying off that debt.

March 20, 2013

Landmark gun bills signed in Colorado

The bills require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

March 20, 2013

Names forwarded for US judicial post in Maine

President Obama will choose a nominee to replace District Judge George Singal, who is taking senior status on July 31.

March 20, 2013

LePage seeks borrowing for work on roads, bridges

The proposed $100 million bond package would also fund other transportation projects.

March 20, 2013

Mass. sheriff defends Obama assassination joke

Democratic critics say even a joke suggesting the current president might get shot was inappropriate, especially from a public safety official.

March 20, 2013

Prosecution seeks year in jail for Zumba defendant

But lawyers for Mark Strong Sr. are recommending that he serve no more than two weeks, and are asking 12 of the 13 verdicts to be invalidated.

March 20, 2013

Suspect who fled police used grinder to remove handcuffs

Two days after he fled, handcuffed, from a sheriff's cruiser, Kevin Lawlor of Standish turned himself in.

March 20, 2013

Maine woman stopped with fake plate 'of very poor quality'

A Maine state trooper noticed a license with hand-drawn numbers.

March 20, 2013

Tattooed teen's parents in settlement talks with NH school district

Their son was a 14-year-old high school freshman in 2010 when four people tattooed a lewd image and words on his backside.

March 20, 2013

Sanford advances in SC race, Colbert's sister wins

The race has drawn national attention because of Mark Sanford's well-known fall from grace and Colbert Busch's relationship to Stephen Colbert.

March 20, 2013

Obama, Netanyahu show solidarity on Iran

The U.S. president vowed he would do "what is necessary" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

March 20, 2013

U.S. commander: Contingency plans under way for Syria

Options under consideration include using aircraft to impose a no-fly zone, providing military assistance to the rebels and imposing arms embargoes.

March 20, 2013

Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

Economists say low-wage workers were hit particularly hard by an increase in Social Security payroll taxes resulting from "fiscal cliff" negotiations late last year.

March 20, 2013

Maine bill would curb tracking people via cell signal

The bill would require police to get a warrant to obtain location information, except in certain dire situations.

March 20, 2013

Maine Turnpike ramp project delayed by storm

The snow has delayed work to prepare the southbound off-ramp at the Falmouth spur for closing.

March 20, 2013

Bill Nemitz: 'Kwikie' becomes late scratch

Attention all business schools: If you're in the market for a new case study on the perils and pitfalls of product naming, I've got a story for you . . .

March 20, 2013

Feature obituary: C. Murray Eaton, 102, worked at CMP for 45 years

 Mr. Eaton lived in Buxton his whole life, and was recognized with the Boston Post Cane in 2008 as the town's oldest resident.

March 20, 2013

'Moorish' man claims Maryland mansion, part of odd trend

MOORISH In a odd phenomenon, Moorish Americans are invoking their rights to foreclosed properties.

March 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Three Mainers arrested in N.J. eel-poaching incident/ LePage defends state education spending plan ... and more news from around the state.

March 20, 2013

No charges in case of NJ boy pictured with gun

 No charges will be filed against a man who posted online a photo of his young son holding a military-style rifle.

March 21, 2013

Kittery shipyard workers awaiting furlough notices

Civilian employees at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will rally Thursday against across-the-board budget cuts.