News from March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013

Ex-TV anchor sues WGME, claiming discrimination

 Doug Rafferty says he was removed from his job and given a pay cut based on his age and disability after an on-air stroke.

March 28, 2013

Overtime 'solution' raises new questions in Portland

 Figures showing that new firefighter jobs could be costlier than paying $1.8 million in OT mystify city councilors.

March 29, 2013

Ban youth tanning? It's a too-toned debate

Maine proponents say it's healthier to go light on the salon rays, but owners say regulations could decimate the industry.

March 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine bill to legalize marijuana attracts 35 co-sponsors / Police say alcohol likely in fatal crash / Man hurt in motorcycle crash awarded $1.8 million ... and more news from around the state.

March 28, 2013

Wind-turbine foes dealt setback in NH

Their plea to ban projects until the siting process is revamped is rejected by the state Senate.

March 28, 2013

Bill aims to get lead out of Maine loons

It would ban fishermen from using sinkers and jigs made of lead, but some say the move is unnecessary.

March 28, 2013

Poll: Americans oppose paying for storm-ravaged beaches

But more than 4 out of 5 Americans want to prepare now for rising seas and stronger storms from climate change, the survey shows.

March 28, 2013

Pa. police: Ex-trooper kills wife, self in market

The incident comes days after she filed for divorce and two months after he was accused of beating her.

March 28, 2013

Daniel Bard to start season with Portland

The Sea Dogs' roster has not been set, but the team knows they are getting at least one major league reliever.

March 29, 2013

Alexis Wright, prosecutors begin new round of plea talks

The case against the key figure in the Kennebunk prostitution scandal could be resolved by the end of today.

March 28, 2013

Patriots add to roster, sign WR Michael Jenkins

In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings last year.

March 28, 2013

Bruins GM thought he had made trade for Iginla

The Bruins say they were told by the Flames they had "won the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes," only to find out later he'd been traded to Pittsburgh.

March 28, 2013

Obama: 'Shame on us' if Congress forgets Newtown



March 28, 2013

Barbara Walters to retire next year

Her retirement would end a career that began more than 50 years ago and made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV.

March 29, 2013

Maine lawmakers asked to OK inquiry into charter school Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, Gov. LePage slams Portland's mayor for requesting a review of Baxter Academy, which the AG denied.

March 29, 2013

Two men hospitalized after Gardiner knife fight

Two men were taken to area hospitals Thursday after stabbing each other outside the Maine Avenue Hannaford supermarket, police said.

March 30, 2013

Bootleg tattoo artist charged in Scarborough

Joshua Grant, 35, was charged with illegally tattooing two 14-year-old girls.

March 29, 2013

UMaine basketball's star player to transfer

Justin Edwards, who led the conference in scoring, says he wants to play against a higher level of competition.

March 28, 2013

S&P 500 moves above its record high, keeps going

The S&P crossed into record territory today, beating the closing high it set in pre-financial crisis days. Three weeks earlier, the Dow Jones industrial average beat its own 2007 record.

March 28, 2013

Maine backs Indian father's parental rights

The state joins a lawsuit before the Supreme Court in which an adoptive couple is challenging a 1978 law.

March 28, 2013

Maine State House dome overdue for a shine

 A $1.2 million project to replace the dome's copper sheathing awaits approval.

March 28, 2013

Maine writer's story published in this week's New Yorker

Author Sarah Braunstein's short story will appear in the April 1 edition of the magazine.

March 28, 2013

Longtime Boston mayor says he won't seek re-election

Although Thomas Menino wasn't always the smoothest of political figures, he earned a reputation over 20 years as one of the hardest working.

March 28, 2013

CDC launches new batch of graphic anti-smoking ads

The $48 million campaign involves TV, radio, online, print and billboard ads.

March 28, 2013

Newtown gunman had access to huge weapons cache Several photos included in this story

Warrants released Thursday provide the most insight to date into the world of the 20-year-old gunman who murdered 26 people.

March 28, 2013

Nelson Mandela in hospital with lung infection

Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has been hospitalized several times since last year.

March 28, 2013

Judge says Pistorius can leave S. Africa to compete

Lawyers for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete say he might eventually need to run at track meets again to earn money.

March 28, 2013

Police: Man dies in North Haven rollover

Police say speed and alcohol are likely factors in the crash that killed 20-year-old Evan Hopkins.

March 28, 2013

Waterville man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges

Maurice McCray, 31, who authorities said was the nexus for a drug trafficking ring in central Maine, pleads guilty to distributing prescriptions drugs and cocaine.

March 28, 2013

Cyprus banks re-open with limits on transactions Video clip included

Across Cyprus, large but orderly lines formed ahead of the opening of banks for six hours from noon, and guards from a private security firm reinforced police outside some ATMs and banks in the capital, Nicosia.

March 28, 2013

Maine bill to legalize marijuana now has 35 co-sponsors

Rep. Diane Russell's bill would legalize the personal use and cultivation of marijuana for adults while allowing the state to license and tax the drug.

March 28, 2013

Maine sex offender gets 21 months for not registering in NH

Thirty-seven-year-old James Nelson Lund pleaded guilty in Maine in 2001 to sexual abuse of a minor.

March 28, 2013

Maine man awarded almost $1.8M in negligence suit

Benjamin Church, 54, had sued two other people involved in a 2010 motorcycle crash that left him severely injured.

March 28, 2013

Maine, NH, Vt., form disaster medical team

The 56-member team has expertise in emergency and wilderness medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, respiratory therapy, orthopedics and radiological protection, among other fields.

March 29, 2013

Rapist captured in Gorham after 35 years: 'How did you find me?' Video clip included

A flight from justice ended Wednesday for a serial rapist who hid in plain sight for decades.

March 28, 2013

Maine business coalition opposes Medicare cuts

Their report says a 3 percent cut in Social Security benefits would hurt Maine businesses and take $109 million out of Maine's economy.

March 28, 2013

Firms vie for Bay State casino

 Three proposals are in competition for the sole resort casino license in eastern Massachusetts.

March 28, 2013

Featured obituary: Alton Fowler, 82, longtime truck driver, family man

 Mr. Fowler worked over 40 years for Hannaford, but is best remembered by his family as a devoted father, skilled woodworker, and churchgoer.

March 28, 2013

New England Dispatches



March 28, 2013

Dispatches



March 28, 2013

Cutbacks ground Maine air show

 Organizers vote to cancel the popular Brunswick event amid signs the military won't participate.

March 28, 2013

The human face of Lewiston's welfare purge

 The city's decision to get tough on eligibility rules for General Assistance is applauded by many even as it threatens to leave some on the street.

March 28, 2013

ACLU: Feds secretly using highly invasive spying tool

A device known as a StingRay simulates a cellphone tower and enables agents to collect the serial numbers of individual cellphones and then locate them.

March 29, 2013

Dodgeball kicked out of phys. ed. at NH school

The school board in Windham votes to remove the game and nine "human target" activities from the district's curriculum.

March 28, 2013

Maine schools offer counseling after child's suicide

Support for students, parents and staff members is being offered in RSU 3 after the suicide this week of a sixth-grader from Troy.

March 28, 2013

Panel tables bill to reorganize lobster council



March 28, 2013

State police identify suspects in Yarmouth drug store robbery

The suspects are receiving treatment in a local hospital and have not been charged yet.