News from May 5, 2013

May 6, 2013

Maine dancer gets rare opportunity in Russia

 Gabrielle Perkins of Oakland is the only American admitted to a prestigious ballet academy in St. Petersburg.

May 6, 2013

Westbrook rubber plant could come down soon

A City Council vote could mean the rubber factory will be gone within 90 days.

May 6, 2013

Man who lost leg jumped onto train

Police say 19-year-old Matthew Morris of Portland fell off the moving train and was run over.

May 5, 2013

LeBron James named NBA's MVP

The Miami Heat star gets 120 of 121 votes.

May 5, 2013

ACLU honors longtime Maine law professor

Orlando Delogu is honored for his commitment to protecting civil liberties.

May 5, 2013

Northeast ski areas buoyed by snow, cool temperatures

The number of visits goes up 20 percent over the previous ski season thanks to an ideal winter.

May 6, 2013

Police: Westbrook man randomly attacked 2 in comic book costumes

Police subdue Adam Barnes, 31, with a stun gun after "completely random" attacks at the Free Comic Book Day event in downtown Portland.

May 6, 2013

Finding burial plot for bomb suspect a struggle

Protesters outside a Massachusetts funeral home object to having Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried on American soil.

May 5, 2013

Maine boy, 13, leads police on chase

Police say the teen was released to his mother, then later arrested after the van owner said the boy assaulted him.

May 5, 2013

9/11 museum will charge admission fee

The decision to charge $20-$25 has been greeted with dismay by some relatives of victims.

May 5, 2013

'Iron Man 3' earns $175 million at U.S. box office

The blockbuster sequel blockbuster has a worldwide total of $680 million so far.

May 5, 2013

Hundreds in Portland join march for healthy babies Several photos included in this story

The Portland walk is one of a dozen fundraisers held by the March of Dimes across the state.

May 5, 2013

Student designs logo for Moxie Festival

The Lisbon freshman's logo shows a deer with its antlers forming 'Moxie.'

May 5, 2013

Israeli warplanes strike Syria in escalation

The airstrikes pose a dilemma for an Assad regime already battling a relentless rebellion at home.

May 5, 2013

Police: Woman used Facebook to stalk herself

The Michigan woman, 52, is charged with falsely reporting a felony.

May 5, 2013

Body in river thought to be missing Maine man

Dan Doherty, 46, went missing the night of April 4, police say.

May 5, 2013

Bangladesh death toll tops 600

The April 24 disaster is likely the worst garment-factory accident ever.

May 5, 2013

Car bomb kills 7 in Somali capital

An al-Qaida-linked militant group is blamed for the attack.

May 5, 2013

Five women die in limo fire on Calif. bridge

The victims, all in their 30s, were trapped in the vehicle, police say.

May 5, 2013

Soccer ref punched by player in Utah dies

The teen is in juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault, while police weigh additional charges.

May 5, 2013

Maine Green Independent Party convenes in Belfast

The keynote speaker in Dr. Jill Stein, and Pat LaMarche also will speak.

May 5, 2013

Charter school pioneer visits Maine, will speak at USM



May 5, 2013

Newtown struggles with school's fate

A meeting Friday night leaves people confused as to what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary.

May 5, 2013

Sprinkler system failed in Waterville fire, officials say

 They suspect a cooking fire on a grill may have started the blaze, which damaged three buildings.

May 5, 2013

State threatens to blow whistle on texting drivers



May 5, 2013

Time capsules honor Lincoln, showcase 1909

What do some veterans save for posterity? Coins, speeches, a musket ball, medals and newspapers.

May 5, 2013

Toys R Us appealing fatal slide accident award

The chain argues that regulations cited by the victim's family don't apply to inflatable pool slides.

May 5, 2013

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May 5, 2013

Israeli strike hits missiles shipped to Damascus airport

The advanced long-range missiles were bound for the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

May 5, 2013

Governor's push for new prison still alive

 The prison plan is part of Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget for the upcoming two-year cycle.

May 5, 2013

Cutbacks fall most heavily on the needy

Susan Collins The elderly, disabled and low-income Mainers are bearing a disproportionate share of the pain from federal budget cuts.

May 5, 2013

Steve Solloway: Gay athlete in Maine finds he's not alone after all Several photos included in this story Video clip included



May 5, 2013

A sporting win for Thomas College

 The Waterville school's sports management program earns a rare national accreditation.

May 6, 2013

Fires unveil crisis in Lewiston's housing stock Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 In an area already stricken by poverty, the economic downturn left scores of downtown properties at risk and often uninhabitable.