News from March 23, 2013

March 24, 2013

Portland String Quartet receives national acclaim Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Recognized for its longevity, the group endures its first change in membership since forming in 1969.

March 23, 2013

Baxter charter school leaders face key meeting with commissioners

Baxter Academy's board will be asked for updates on school curriculum, staffing and finances.

March 23, 2013

Photo: Middle school students with all that jazz

Middle school jazz students from all over the state competed in Westbrook on Saturday.

March 23, 2013

King joins Democrats to pass federal budget

Maine Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins split their votes on the Senate blueprint for spending.

March 23, 2013

Deficient bridges troubling N.H. towns

Towns can choose to pay for repairs themselves or wait for state aid, which could take several years.

March 24, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Give our regards to Broadway. Wait, make that South Portland.

 South Portland High's musicals are completely self-funded, engage a wide range of kids and traditionally pack the auditorium

March 23, 2013

New England farmers invent creative ways to market food

Even organic farmers in the region find that they are competing in a global marketplace.

March 24, 2013

On Baseball: Time for Red Sox to show they've found their way Several photos included in this story

John Farrell, Ben Cherington New England baseball fans crave a season far from last year's disastrous one.

March 24, 2013

Mattress Race draws crowds to Shawnee Peak Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Kings and queens duke it out for the fastest speed in the downhill Mattress Race at Shawnee Peak.

March 23, 2013

Maine effort helps Hurricane Sandy victims rebuild

Fire stations in Portland are collecting tools and supplies for a relief effort.

March 23, 2013

Maine high school teams vie in state science fair

More than 200 high school students are in Bar Harbor Saturday to try to qualify for the next level in Phoenix.

March 23, 2013

Bangor chamber says expand Medicaid

Chamber members say that expanding Medicaid, called MaineCare in the state, will help low-income workers obtain affordable health coverage.

March 23, 2013

Maine lawmakers propose tolls for I-295

Legislators are offered two bills – one to study the idea of charging tolls, the other to impose tolls on three-lane sections of I-295.

March 23, 2013

IRS calls 'Star Trek' parody video a mistake

The six-minute video, produced for a training conference, earns the IRS a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.

March 23, 2013

Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'

At the historic lunch Saturday, the emeritus pope, walking with a cane, looked frail compared to the robust 76-year-old Francis.

March 23, 2013

Obama ends Mideast trip with tour of ancient Petra

'This is pretty spectacular,' he says as he takes a turn as tourist in Jordan before heading back to the U.S. Saturday afternoon.

March 23, 2013

Man stabbed in South Portland

The victim is found unconscious at the bottom of a stairway at 25 Palmer St.

March 23, 2013

Senate OKs Democratic budget

Maine's senators split their votes on the $3.7 trillion budget for next year, which embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade.

March 23, 2013

Firefighters collect donations for storm victims

The effort is designed to overcome disaster fatigue, which occurs when immediate dangers of the storm have passed and news coverage ceases, but the need still remains.

March 23, 2013

Parties agree to settle dispute over stalled Portland development

The end of the five-year legal battle over Riverwalk could open up the long-dormant parcel for development.

March 23, 2013

Democrats poised to pass budget

The Senate Democrats' version is a blueprint that would raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations.

March 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

 Rick Hautala, Maine horror writer, dies at 64 / $1 million ticket sold in Kennebunk / Hunters kill 21,365 Maine deer in 2012 as herd recovers ... and more news from around the state.

March 23, 2013

Note-writer in Augusta CVS robbery pleads guilty

 The woman, 22, penned the threatening note presented as part of a Jan. 22 robbery in Augusta.

March 23, 2013

Ice fishing feels the heat Several photos included in this story

 Thin ice, prompting cancellations, has organizers fearing the Sebago Lake derby is slipping away.

March 23, 2013

South Portland wins its latest tax battle with Maine Mall

A state board dismisses the mall owner's appeal of the city's 2009 assessment.

March 23, 2013

Meteor sightings light up social media

The brief but bright flash of light was seen as far south as Florida and as far north as New England.

March 22, 2013

Patient charged in attack at Maine psychiatric hospital

 A second patient came to the rescue of a mental health worker being assaulted, police say.

March 22, 2013

Palmyra couple plead not guilty in alleged arson

 The pair are charged with setting a fire that damaged their home in Palmyra five years ago.