News from May 21, 2013

May 22, 2013

Bruins bounce to 3-0 series lead

The Bruins score twice in the third period to beat the Rangers for the third straight time.

May 21, 2013

Power of Oklahoma tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

This EF5 storm had upward of 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb, although it affected a much smaller area.

May 21, 2013

School budget vote set for Saco, Old Orchard

Voters must validate the proposed $45.1 million at a June 11 referendum.

May 22, 2013

VIDEO: Tearful reunions at elementary school

Parents frantically search for their children following a deadly tornado, and are overcome with emotion upon reuniting.

May 21, 2013

Maine's elver industry could become more regulated

Amid a 'gold rush' for the profitable creatures, a commission could also vote to temporarily shut down the fishery at an August meeting.

May 21, 2013

Man sentenced for stealing from York County's neediest

Judge Nancy Torresen tells Thomas Nelson, who stole $900,000, 'I consider this crime shameful.'

May 21, 2013

LePage vetoes smoking ban on college campuses

If lawmakers want to be consistent, they should submit a bill to 'outlaw tobacco altogether' instead of just banning smoking in certain places, he says.

May 21, 2013

Agent: No more forearm surgery for Gronk

Rob Gronkowski The New England Patriots' star had his fourth surgery Monday on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point.

May 22, 2013

Oklahoma teachers saved lives, witnesses say

Students and parents recount stories of brave teachers who sheltered their pupils during Monday's 200 mile-per-hour twister.

May 22, 2013

Maine police chiefs: Keep gun permit requirement

They oppose a bill that would allow carrying concealed weapons without a permit, which would also do away with background checks.

May 21, 2013

Maine Senate passes work-force bill, but budget committee must fund it

The bill, which aims to make it easier to transfer college credits and to reduce wait lists for community college programs, would cost about $9.4 million over four years.

May 21, 2013

NY investment firms buy northern Maine paper company

Twin Rivers, which has facilities in Madawaska and New Brunswick, produces specialty papers and lumber.

May 21, 2013

Murder suspect 'so normal,' but had past arrests

In June 2012, Dube led police on a 130 mile-per-hour high-speed chase on I-95 north of Bangor, and was about to go to prison.

May 21, 2013

South Portland psychologist pleads guilty to fraud

Carole Orem-Hough of South Portland billed insurance companies for two counseling sessions a week when she saw the patient once per week.

May 21, 2013

Early in-person voting bill gets Maine Senate approval

The bill needs more action in the House, which did not pass it in a preliminary vote Monday.

May 22, 2013

Hospital payback, Medicaid expansion hinge on LePage

The House and Senate approve a bill that would pay state hospitals back $186 million, and give basic health coverage to 60,000 Mainers using federal dollars.

May 21, 2013

Lake Region voting on $27.9M school budget

Residents of Bridgton, Casco, Sebago and Naples will decide Tuesday whether to approve the proposed 2013-2014 budget, up 7 percent from the current year.

May 22, 2013

Amid tears for Maine teen, an arrest Several photos included in this story

Police say Nichole Cable, 15, was killed by a 20-year-old Orono man, whom she may have dated at some point.

May 21, 2013

Standoff in Arundel ends after man surrenders

The York County Sheriff's Office said the incident began early Monday afternoon when a man and a friend went to the Pines Trailer Park to pick up the man's daughter.

May 22, 2013

Brothers sue Portland diocese over alleged sex abuse

The men say they just learned that church officials knew a priest was molesting children and did nothing to stop it.

May 21, 2013

Obama to speak on Oklahoma tornado

The president will meet with a disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

May 21, 2013

Crash on turnpike south of Gray slows commute

At least vehicles were involved in this morning's crash.

May 21, 2013

Decision due in Kerry Kennedy drugged-driving case

The defense says fairness demands a dismissal. But prosecutors say dropping the charge would feed the perception that famous people are treated differently.

May 21, 2013

Mass. to switch to all-electronic tolls on Tobin Bridge

Under the plan beginning early next year, drivers will no longer be able to stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their toll on the bridge.

May 21, 2013

More tornadoes in forecast for central U.S. today

Forecasters say the greatest risk for severe weather Tuesday includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

May 21, 2013

Arias pleads for life in prison

She says she would use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including donating her hair for cancer victims and designing T-shirts to raise money for victims of domestic abuse.

May 21, 2013

Former IRS commissioner heads to Hill amid scandal

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman could prove to be a significant player in a scandal that has driven the Obama administration to distraction.

May 21, 2013

Regulators vote on rules for Maine's eel fishery

The proposed regulations are the result of a stock assessment that concluded the American eel population is technically depleted.

May 21, 2013

In tornado's wake, worried parents seek out kids

For many families, the ordeal ended in bear hugs and tears of joy as loved ones reunited. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.

May 21, 2013

Defendant freed in Lewiston barbecue fork stabbing case

In a move that surprised the courtroom, the victim on Monday invoked his right against self-incrimination and refused to testify further against the defendant.

May 21, 2013

3 indicted in northern Maine on meth lab charges

Drug agents say they found two of the suspects with a child inside a Houlton apartment where they allegedly made meth.

May 21, 2013

Wind power’s grip on Augusta weakening

Rural Maine communities protest turbines, which they say deface 'God's country,' but wind developers say they've invested too much money to be shut out now.

May 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Air and ground searches continue for Maine teen / Man in Saco standoff committed suicide / Girl 'lucky' to survive crash ... and more news from around the state.

May 21, 2013

Marine seeks Katahdin memorial for Maine's fallen

Maj. David Cote hopes to honor the 46 Mainers who have died in the war on terror with engraved rocks atop the state's tallest mountain.

May 21, 2013

New England Dispatches

Assisted suicide now allowed in Vermont / N.H. authorities confirm rabid raccoons in town ... and more news from around the region.

May 21, 2013

Suspect named in Biddeford homicide

An accused drug dealer from Old Orchard Beach is named in court papers as a suspect in the killing.

May 21, 2013

Feature obituary: Dr. Omar 'Chip' Crothers, 71, changed lives of thousands

 Dr. Crothers was a prominent Portland surgeon and the driving force behind the formation of Maine Handicapped Skiing.

May 21, 2013

Portland 'concerned' about tar sands oil

But the City Council stops short of opposing its transportation through the pipeline from Canada.

May 21, 2013

Portland to have 'American Pie' on July Fourth

Camden resident Don McLean will perform his iconic song and others at the city's annual celebration.

May 21, 2013

Route 1 apartment complex in S. Portland draws scrutiny

20130520_Efficiencies Fire and code officials will inspect the building after the lack of working fire alarms forces evictions.

May 21, 2013

Officials plan to act on Maine restaurant oversight

Legislators will look into fixes after the Sunday Telegram reported that the state's inspection program is one of the least rigorous in America.

May 20, 2013

Old Orchard police probe political sign theft

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the theft.

May 20, 2013

Innovative Schools turning lives around in New England

 Among them is a school in Deer Isle, Maine, which has developed a marine studies program.