News from May 3, 2013

May 4, 2013

MECA makes a fine art of recruiting Several photos included in this story

 The effort to attract talented students from as far as China – and from Maine – is part of a larger mission to build the school's profile.

May 3, 2013

Maine charter school funding is a lesson in controversy

Some raise concerns as the Education Committee looks at making this a line item in the state budget.

May 4, 2013

Celtics' comeback cut short Several photos included in this story

Paul Pierce Down by as much as 26 points, Boston makes a game of it, but it's New York that will move on.

May 3, 2013

Genetically modified foods may stay incognito

Time is running out for Vermont lawmakers to pass a bill that would require labeling them.

May 4, 2013

NRA celebrates, gun-control backers press on

Polls show that senators who favored expanding background checks have gained in popularity.

May 3, 2013

N.H. tanker crash leaves 2 people dead

New Hampshire police say two people are dead and a third was hospitalized after a fuel tanker collided with a car in Keene.

May 3, 2013

Fire hits upper floors of Waterville Main Street building Several photos included in this story

Fire tore through the upper floors of a Waterville Main Street building Friday, damaging two shops on the first floor and leaving three apartment tenants homeless. There were no reports of injuries.

May 3, 2013

N.H. journalist believed held in Syria

James Foley The family of James Foley in Rochester, N.H., says he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

May 3, 2013

LePage vetoes increase in vehicle registration fees

The bill's sponsor says the money would help communities cover the cost of handling the registrations.

May 3, 2013

Chicago terror suspect won't be released to home

One judge rejects the decision of another judge the previous day, and says the 18-year-old charged with trying to join an al Qaida affiliate in Syria must stay in jail until trial.

May 3, 2013

Kazakh man linked to Boston suspect 'normal teen'

Dias Kadyrbayev has been charged with trying to destroy evidence by allegedly disposing of a backpack and laptop belonging to the suspect.

May 3, 2013

Angus King: New strategy needed to fight lone wolf terrorists

Maine's independent senator says approaches like those used to fight the Cold War or al-Qaeda don't work when dealing with disaffected individuals.

May 3, 2013

Portland warns of possibly fraudulent recreation website

The website, Findsportsnow.com, which is not connected to the city, asks for personal information, including credit card numbers.

May 3, 2013

Norquist puts down Maine tax reform package

The Americans for Tax Reform president says voting for the plan would violate its no-tax pledge.

May 3, 2013

Legislative panel leans toward funding charter schools in Maine budget

But charter school supporters argue that would politicize the schools and make them targets for opponents.

May 3, 2013

Fast-moving fire destroys exclusive home in Kittery

Firefighters initially feared a teenage girl might be inside, but she was safely outside when found.

May 3, 2013

Unusual late-season snow blankets northeastern Oklahoma

The previous record for the latest snowfall in Tulsa was April 18.

May 3, 2013

US orders new visa reviews for arriving students

The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston bombings.

May 3, 2013

Portland man pleads guilty in theft of public assistance

Federal prosecutors say Dafle Abdullahi Ali lived in public housing, received food stamps and got Medicaid benefits while earning $100,000 a year.

May 3, 2013

Maine Speaker calls bill pathway out of poverty

The 'ticket to work' proposal aims to help prepare welfare recipients for the work force.

May 4, 2013

New citizen: 'now the United States are my home' Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Forty-five people from other lands take the oath of allegiance and become U.S. citizens.

May 3, 2013

Boston bomb suspect died of gunshots, blunt trauma

Meanwhile, the family of slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was making arrangements Friday for his funeral.

May 3, 2013

Stock market climbs to all-time highs on upbeat jobs figures

The unemployment rate falls to the lowest level in four years, giving investors new confidence after weeks of conflicting signals about the strength of the global economy.

May 4, 2013

Should food stamps fund junk food?

The bill advanced by Gov. LePage with bipartisan backing would prohibit food stamp recipients from buying soft drinks and junk food.

May 4, 2013

Maine brothers charged with poaching NH eels

Authorities say the two brothers were caught netting baby eels in the Hampton Falls River and ran from police.

May 3, 2013

Disparate interests testify against Maine bill to legalize pot Several photos included in this story

The broad measure, sponsored by a Portland representative, would allow people 21 and older to possess 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and six plants.

May 4, 2013

Court records identify boy suspect in Monday blaze in Lewiston

 The 12-year-old boy, who faces three counts of arson after causing $1 million in damage, has been taken to a juvenile detention facility.

May 3, 2013

Bath puts brakes on adult entertainment clubs

Councilor David Sinclair says that while the city has the authority to regulate where such a business can operate, it cannot completely ban it.

May 3, 2013

Waterville police crack down on loud exhausts

"It's unnecessary that exhausts are so loud they rattle windows," says police Chief Joseph Massey. "They do it mainly for attention."

May 3, 2013

Casinos brace for impact of Internet gambling

Many inside and outside the industry say Internet gambling will lead many cash-hungry state governments to turn to the Web as a new source of tax revenue.

May 3, 2013

Bangladesh official: Disaster's impact not 'really serious'

The government appears to be attempting to fend off accusations that it is in part to blame for the tragedy because of weak oversight of the building's construction.

May 3, 2013

Hearing today on bill to legalize marijuana in Maine

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hear testimony on a bill modeled on laws in Washington state and Colorado.

May 3, 2013

Mayor to plant disease-resistant chestnut trees in Portland

Once known as the redwood of the East, the American chestnut was one of the most dominant trees in the eastern United States, growing as tall as 100 feet.

May 3, 2013

Cambridge mosque leader disavows marathon bombers



May 3, 2013

Maine women to help build solar-powered Habitat house

Twenty-six volunteers are expected Saturday as part of a project during Women Build Week.

May 3, 2013

Forgery charge against retired Skowhegan lawyer dismissed

A psychological exam found Charles H. Veilleux could not understand he was the victim of a scam.

May 3, 2013

New England Dispatches

Spanish professor fired after altering evaluations / NH makes potato official state vegetable / N.H. Senate turns down bill legalizing marijuana ... and more news from around the region.

May 3, 2013

Panelists clash at WGME-TV guns forum

About 60 people gather at the station's Portland studio to debate gun control and share stories.

May 3, 2013

Source: Bomb suspects planned July 4 attacks

The Tsarnaevs allegedly changed their minds because the Boston Marathon was 'ideal.'

May 3, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Men face jail time in marriage fraud conspiracy / Hearings scheduled on 3 abortion-related bills / Saco police arrest second suspect on Cascade Brook trails ... and more news from around the state.

May 3, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Like our governor, letter grades too simple

Slapping poorer communities with a D or an F and wealthier ones with an A only reinforces the obvious, rather than addressing the problem.

May 3, 2013

Maine farmer gets $300K to make fire logs from hay

Peter Bragdon of Vassalboro won the grant for developing a way to take hay that cannot be used for feed and turn it into a home heating source.

May 3, 2013

Portland school budget ignores state proposal

The budget assumes the Legislature will not shift $1.3 million in pension costs to the city's school district.

May 3, 2013

Calif. wildfire burns 10-mile path to Pacific Several photos included in this story

The 15 1/2-square-mile blaze east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained, with more than 900 firefighters and air tankers struggling to quell it.

May 3, 2013

Boomers see startling jump in suicide rate

The surge in a decade marked by economic turmoil hits middle-aged whites especially hard.

May 3, 2013

Is Maine grading quality, or incomes?

 Maine officials agree poverty affects test scores, but it can be overcome, they say.

May 2, 2013

Relatives comb fire scene for traces from Maine man's life

People reach out to Clyde Berry of Benton. A woman even gives him a trailer to replace his mobile home.