News from March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

Boom in urchin harvest flips Maine's ecosystem

The sea urchin population might not recover without increasing the fish that prey on Jonah crabs.

March 25, 2013

Fire destroys home in Sanford

The fire at 27 Branch Road leaves two people homeless.

March 26, 2013

Propane exports add fuel to Searsport terminal debate

Opponents of the proposed storage facility for imported fuel fear it will instead be used for exports.

March 25, 2013

Bay State pharmacy recalls some compounding products

Pallimed Solutions Inc. takes action after 'foreign matter' is found in drug vials during inspection.

March 25, 2013

Organic produce springs from indoor farm

 The top floor of a 19th century factory in Massachusetts is the unlikely home for the new farm.

March 26, 2013

Governor proposes legal defense fund for charter school board

The $1 million for legal defense of the Maine Charter School Commission would come out of aid to public schools.

March 26, 2013

Alewives' passage in St. Croix hinges on passage of bills in Augusta

 Over diminishing concerns of freshwater fishermen, the Legislature is considering three bills which would allow varying degrees of passage to alewives in the St. Croix watershed.

March 26, 2013

Bill to sell Blaine House receives bipartisan scorn, rejection

A Portland representative’s proposal to sell the house Gov. Paul LePage lives in to help pay for a tax-cut package the governor championed in 2011 was voted down – unanimously and quickly – by a legislative committee Monday.

March 25, 2013

FEMA awards Maine $3.5M for blizzard cleanup costs

Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, and York Counties will receive the money to reimburse 75 percent for at least 48-hours of snow removal and associated costs from the Feb. 8 storm.

March 26, 2013

State: Marijuana supplier used pesticides, violated rules

 Wellness Connection, which operates four of Maine's eight medical marijuana dispensaries, will be allowed to continue operating under conditions laid out in a consent decree.

March 26, 2013

Maine lawmakers to consider expanded ban on lead fishing tackle

Lead sinkers and jigs are the leading cause of death for adult loons in Maine, Audubon biologist says.

March 25, 2013

Maine woman dies from crash injuries

Jeannine Ann, 65, of Thorndike was driving an SUV that collided with a tractor trailer during a snowstorm on March 19.

March 25, 2013

Study: Urchin depletion leads to crab abundance

With fewer urchins around to graze the seaweed following heavy fishing pressure in the 1990s, kelp beds proliferated, providing an idyllic nursery habitat for Jonah crabs.

March 26, 2013

Panel urged to extend aviation tax break

The industry says the exemption, which reduces state revenue, has helped grow businesses and jobs.

March 25, 2013

New Colby art museum nearing completion Several photos included in this story

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion will house the recently donated Lunder Collection, valued at more than $100 million.

March 26, 2013

Former S. Portland legislator pleads not guilty to assault, theft

Christopher Muse, a former Democratic representative from South Portland, was arrested Sunday after a woman reported the Friday night incident, police said.

March 25, 2013

Portland city councilor will not seek re-election

Three seats -- District 3 and two at-large -- on the Portland City Council are up for grabs this fall.

March 26, 2013

Project marks milestone for cleaner Back Cove

Crews on Monday began installing one of two concrete conduits, each capable of preventing one million gallons of sewer and storm water from washing into the cove during significant rain events.

March 25, 2013

Thomas College student wanted by NYPD arrested in Waterville

Police say Eimel Evans, 19, is wanted on charges of attempted murder, firearms possession, assault and gang assault.

March 25, 2013

Chat transcript: Red Sox, Sea Dogs season preview

Baseball beat writer Kevin Thomas fields your questions about the Red Sox and Sea Dogs.

March 25, 2013

Supreme Court adds new affirmative action case

The court says it will add a Michigan case that focuses on a voter-approved prohibition on affirmative action and the appeals court ruling that overturned the ban.

March 25, 2013

Winning $2.3 million lottery ticket sold in Waterville

A $2.3 million lottery ticket was sold at the Cumberland Farms store on College Avenue in Waterville over the weekend, state lottery officials announced Monday.

March 25, 2013

Spring snowstorm hits central states, pushes east

Light rain and snow were falling in New Jersey this morning as the storm moved in after dropping 2 to 6 inches in Ohio.

March 25, 2013

Charter panel questions Baxter board in aftermath of firing

Members of the Maine Charter School Commission press the board to explain how the firing of the school's founder might affect the school's financial standing, academic plan and possible enrollment.

March 25, 2013

Cat blamed for NH apartment fire

The fire started at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after a cat knocked over a lamp inside a bedroom.

March 25, 2013

Australian earns bravery award for grabbing shark

Trevor Burns, who had been on a family vacation with his family when the shark attacked, says he's not sure if he would repeat such a heroic act.

March 25, 2013

Harrison church damaged by fire to reopen for Easter

Sunday's service will be the first at the United Parish Church since fire heavily damaged the basement kitchen on Sept. 1.

March 25, 2013

Kerry in Afghanistan to prod Karzai on future ties

Kerry's visit comes as President Hamid Karzai has infuriated U.S. officials by accusing Washington of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak.

March 25, 2013

Newtown residents upset about NRA robocalls

Town residents say the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun control proposals.

March 25, 2013

Maine gas prices continue downward trend

Maine prices are now nearly 12 cents per gallon lower than at the same time last year.

March 25, 2013

Amanda Knox awaits verdict from Italy's highest court

Prosecutors are asking the high court to throw out the acquittals of American Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, and order a new trial.

March 25, 2013

Girl, 9, walks to get help after crash kills dad Video clip included

The girl hiked up a steep southern California canyon and "walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment."

March 25, 2013

Heart repair breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube.

March 25, 2013

Jackman woman seriously hurt in snowmobile accident

Rayeann Milliken suffered a punctured thigh after losing control of a snowmobile Sunday evening.

March 25, 2013

NYC art museum accused of duping visitors on fees

Confusion over what's required to enter one of the world's great museums is at the heart of a class-action lawsuit this month.

March 25, 2013

Maine man goes on trial in crowbar beating death

Peter Robinson, of Bradford, claims he acted in self-defense in the beating death of David Trask of Hudson.

March 25, 2013

Dispatches

Gay couple win dream wedding / Pharmacy robber overdoses / Teenage skier strikes tree ... and other news from around Maine

March 25, 2013

Obama set to OK cuts he despises

The spending pullback will undercut his vision for the economic recovery and is likely to impede growth.

March 25, 2013

A trip into hostile budget territory, and two bills that may be a stretch



March 25, 2013

Winning $338M lottery ticket sold at N.J. convenience store

Lottery officials today announced a liquor store in the city of Passaic, 15 miles northwest of New York City, had sold the ticket but said they hadn't heard from the winner.

March 25, 2013

High court weighs drug companies' generics policy

The FTC wants big drug companies to stop paying others to delay releasing their generic versions.

March 25, 2013

Trees standing in way of boatyard proposal

 Environmentalists oppose a bill that would exempt 'working waterfronts' from a state law.

March 25, 2013

More Advanced Placement classes to be offered online

Thanks to a funding increase, a program providing universal access to advanced classes can also take more students.

March 25, 2013

Jewish community gets ready for Passover

Rituals are followed and foods prepared for the holiday that will begin at sundown Monday.

March 24, 2013

Bingham blazes destroy garage, damage business

Authorities suspect that the two fires on Saturday night were deliberately set by the same person.

March 25, 2013

Communities unchain McDonald's from standard design Several photos included in this story