News from May 1, 2013

May 2, 2013

Falmouth teen wins Google art contest

 Joseph Han will represent Maine in the national art competition on May 22.

May 2, 2013

Celtics are back from the brink

A few days ago, Boston was looking at a sweep by the Knicks – now it's 3-2 after a 92-86 win.

May 1, 2013

Several measures used to calculate grades

Test-taking and results, year-to-year progress and graduation rates are the primary components.

May 2, 2013

Texts, TV, then trouble for bombing suspect's pals Several photos included in this story

Dias Kadyrbayev was driving back to his apartment April 18 when he got a call from a college buddy . . .

May 1, 2013

Springtime means brush-fire season in Maine

Of the 192 such blazes so far this year, 84 resulted from backyard burning of debris, a ranger says.

May 1, 2013

East End school, hailed for improvements, stunned by 'F' Video clip included

The school, which serves a largely poor and immigrant Portland neighborhood, had previously been praised for a 20 percent rise in test scores over the last three years.

May 2, 2013

In other states, letter grades drastically affected communities

Home values rose in top districts, poor schools lost support and the ratings got people's attention.

May 1, 2013

UMass: 1 suspect is suspended, 2 not enrolled

Azamat Tazhayakov has been suspended 'pending the outcome of the case.'

May 2, 2013

Boy, 5, fatally shoots 2-year-old sister in Kentucky

The children's mother had stepped out onto the porch when the boy fired the .22-caliber rifle, which he had been given as a gift.

May 1, 2013

Official: Arrested student entered U.S. without visa

The government acknowledges that border officials were unaware that the student had left school.

May 1, 2013

Wis. mom gets up to 10 years for baby's 1957 death

A Wisconsin woman convicted of killing her baby daughter more than 50 years ago was sentenced Wednesday to prison for up to 10 years.

May 1, 2013

Central Maine Power seeks to raise electric rates

The company says reliability and billing would improve. But are services already adequate?

May 1, 2013

Portland author to appear on Travel Channel

Sarah Thomson will talk about 'Mercy: The Last New England Vampire.'

May 1, 2013

Portland man denies creating police standoff Several photos included in this story

Kyle Upton, whose bail is set at $10,000, also faces four criminal charges in connection with Monday's incident on Alder Street.

May 1, 2013

Fishway to the Presumpscot unveiled

A ceremony Wednesday opens the $5 million channel that will let fish move over the Cumberland Mills dam.

May 1, 2013

Video, photos: Topping it off at a Portland church Video clip included



May 1, 2013

Saco police chief reports chasing down naked man in park

Police check Cascade Falls Park after receiving complaints.

May 1, 2013

Firefighters still monitoring Lewiston brush fire

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon and took several hours to bring under control.

May 2, 2013

Schools get letter grades, call system flawed Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Gov. LePage says students will benefit as 75% of Maine’s schools get a C or worse.

May 2, 2013

Maine tax code overhaul gets tepid response

Several critics attack the sweeping proposal as too similar to a reform plan overturned by voters in 2010.

May 1, 2013

Maine philanthropist gets fitting farewell Several photos included in this story Video clip included

About 400 people, including actor Michael J.Fox, attend Al Glickman's funeral in Portland, remembering 'Uncle Al' as 'a visionary.'

May 1, 2013

Falmouth 8th-grader is a 'Google doodle' finalist

Joseph Han is one of 50 finalists who will have their artwork displayed in New York, and perhaps on the Google homepage.

May 2, 2013

Three accused of trying to protect Boston bomb suspect Several photos included in this story

The 19-year-olds were not accused of any role in the bombing itself, but he did tell two of them he knew how to make a bomb, according to the FBI.

May 1, 2013

Friends of bombing suspect in immigration court

The two have been held in a county jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas.

May 1, 2013

Firefighters rescue man in Portland Harbor

Police received a call Tuesday night that someone was yelling for help near the Ocean Gateway terminal.

May 1, 2013

Officials: Obama naming congressman to housing post

Also on Wednesday, Obama plans to nominate Tom Wheeler, one of his top campaign fundraisers, to head the Federal Communications Commission.

May 1, 2013

In Maine, warm weather renews Lyme disease concerns

There were more than 1,100 reported cases of Lyme disease in Maine in 2012, a record high that will likely be topped in 2013.

May 1, 2013

N.H.'s Ayotte defends gun vote to Newtown victim's daughter

Erica Lafferty's mother was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School who died after lunging at the gunman to try to stop him from firing.

May 1, 2013

Largest power plant in Maine up for sale

 NextEra Energy Resources seeks a buyer for Wyman Station, Yarmouth's biggest single property taxpayer.

May 1, 2013

Leadership in transition at South Portland's WEX Inc.

The credit card processor says CEO Michael Dubyak will move up to make to make way for Melissa Smith.

May 1, 2013

Markey, Gomez win Mass. US Senate primaries

The special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who vacated his seat to become Secretary of State, is scheduled for June 25.

May 1, 2013

U.S. investigating accusations of LePage meddling

The governor is accused of pressuring federally funded unemployment hearing officers to rule in favor of business.

May 1, 2013

Maine detective honored for work in gun case

Richard Caton IV is credited with recovering guns and a crossbow stolen from a home in Jay in 2012.

May 1, 2013

Chinese automaker to open Calif. plant to build all-electric buses

The first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States will make vehicles with a range of 150 miles between charges.

May 1, 2013

Badly disfigured woman finds strength in tragedy

A face transplant has left her 'in a better place . . . than I ever could have imagined six years ago.'

May 1, 2013

Fast-moving brush fire burns 20 acres in Lewiston

Crews from Lewiston and surrounding communities helped fight the fire. The Maine Forest Service dropped water from a helicopter.

May 1, 2013

Rally for immigration reform set for today in Portland

The rally will feature representatives from Maine's immigrant communities, musicians and members of Maine community organizations.

May 1, 2013

Maine specialty plate proposal features LOVE icon

The bottom of the plate would read, "The State of the Arts."

May 1, 2013

Injured man describes surviving Boston bombing

Jarrod Clowery was jumping over a metal railing when the second blast went off, which likely ended up saving his legs.

May 1, 2013

Local Dispatches

Former Standish lawmaker will report to prison May 17 / Police collect record amount of prescription medication / Maine passes a resolution to overturn Citizens United . . . and more news from around Maine.

May 1, 2013

Bill Nemitz: A tax plan that cuts it for Mainers

For a long time, we've had a problem in Maine. But 11 courageous lawmakers – from all parts of the spectrum – have finally stepped up.

May 1, 2013

At Portland school, insurance exec becomes 'principal for a day' Video clip included

 The program, which began last week, pairs executives with Portland schools to foster collaboration among business and education.

May 1, 2013

Maine fishermen resist eel harvest quotas

They tell a commission that eels are flourishing in state waters and changes aren't needed.

May 1, 2013

Maine activists, acclaimed film call for action to end U.S. hunger

 On Tuesday night, 452 people stood in line for their dinner at Preble Street -- more than twice the number who gathered hours later to call for an end to hunger . . .

May 1, 2013

FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

A women's group that sued over the age limits said Tuesday's action is not enough, and it will continue the court fight if necessary.

April 30, 2013

Sheriff: Bullying didn't drive Maine girl to suicide

But the family disagrees, saying she was frequently bullied, citing specific stories and six visits to the school counselor.