News from May 8, 2013

May 9, 2013

Bruins on a roll: Tip of the hat to Krejci

The Boston forward’s third goal, in overtime, may mean it’s all but over for Toronto.

May 9, 2013

Democrats split on bill to erase debt to hospitals

Leaders differ on whether to tie the measure to expansion of Maine's Medicaid program.

May 9, 2013

Complaints fuel bid to reform children's representation in Maine disputes

A legislator says the system that protects the interests of kids mistreats other parties.

May 9, 2013

A day makes a difference as Dogs' success goes on

20130508_SeaDogs After four regulars are given a day off Tuesday, Portland rebounds by beating Reading, 10-4.

May 8, 2013

Calif. detective was drunk, texting before deadly crash

The 57-year-old, who was off duty, was a veteran of the force, police say.

May 8, 2013

Utah teen charged in soccer referee's death

The charge of homicide by assault is less serious than manslaughter and carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison for adults.

May 9, 2013

High hospital bills go public, but will it help?

The Obama administration hopes that releasing the information will lead to answers to the riddle of hospital pricing — and pressure some hospitals to lower their charges.

May 8, 2013

Police: Captive women left house twice in 10 years

The three, who were held in a Cleveland neighborhood, had to wear disguises when they went out and were allowed to walk only as far as the garage, police say.

May 8, 2013

Rangers fight fire in remote area near Cherryfield

No homes currently are threatened but the fire consumes about 100 acres.

May 8, 2013

Senate rejects allowing firearms on more federal lands

While the vote gives gun-control advocates a small victory, a Republican-run House committee backs making it easier for some veterans with mental difficulties to get firearms.

May 8, 2013

CEI may relocate to Brunswick

The community-development finance institution would move onto the property that currently houses the Brunswick town office and police station.

May 8, 2013

Charter schools in Gray, Harpswell are approved

In addition to Baxter Academy in Portland, the Fiddlehead School of Arts and Science and the Harpswell Coastal Academy are due to open in September.

May 8, 2013

Maine bus driver gets 210 years for child sex charges

John Allen Wright has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting children on his bus and filming it using hidden cameras.

May 8, 2013

Casco Bay Bridge reopens after drawbridge malfunction

The bridge was closed for more than two hours on the side that motorists use to enter Portland from South Portland.

May 8, 2013

Lewiston families displaced by fire meet with local landlords

The Maine Housing Authority hopes to get a waiver of federal rules governing rent aid to enable families to quickly move into permanent housing.

May 14, 2013

Furlough threat at Kittery shipyard subsides

A top Navy official tells senators that civilian workers – like those in Kittery – may need to be exempt to maintain military readiness

May 8, 2013

House committee advances Maine-linked sex-assault bill

The proposal is named for Ruth Moore of Maine, a Navy veteran who was raped while in the service.

May 8, 2013

31 detained in $50 million Belgium diamond heist

Unlike the brilliant thieves in "Ocean's Eleven," it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision heist may not get a Hollywood ending.

May 8, 2013

Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder Video clip included

Arias initially denied involvement, then blamed the killing on masked intruders, then said she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.

May 8, 2013

Portland police practice responding to mass shooting

The department this week finished three months of training, a series of exercises aimed at familiarizing officers with what they need to do in the chaos of a real shooting scenario.

May 8, 2013

U.S. to provide $100 million in new aid to Syrian refugees

The money will help 1.4 million Syrian refugees, many of whom are in Jordan, and civilians trapped in Syria.

May 8, 2013

'Slugger's Kid' helps Sea Dogs warm up to 19th year supporting cancer program

Nate Gallant, 7, of Mexico, gets to whack a few balls to kick off this year's signature charity effort.

May 8, 2013

Maine panel hears about high cost of hospital care

A proposed bill would allow the publishing of hospital financial data so consumers can compare pricing from hospital to hospital.

May 8, 2013

Matt Nathanson, Tristan Prettyman to perform at L.L. Bean concert series

Other performers at the free concerts include Joshua Radin and Guster.

May 8, 2013

FAA drops plan to reduce Bangor air controller shifts

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation say the FAA will continue to operate 24-hour air traffic control at Bangor International.

May 8, 2013

Maine House OKs bills to limit ethanol sales

Opponents say that restricting the sale of 10 percent ethanol fuel would put Maine out of compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.

May 8, 2013

Transcript of chat with Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen

The education commissioner will take your questions at 12:30 about a new system for grading Maine's schools.

May 9, 2013

Over eggs, LePage talks debt and schools

Maine’s hospital obligation and the school-grading system dominate the menu for a breakfast discussion.

May 8, 2013

L.L. Bean's board a hit on Pinterest

The Pinterest board is called 'Woodland Creatures' and features photos of cuddly bears, loons, deer and other wildlife common to Maine.

May 8, 2013

Block where women found a friendly, careful place

Police have chased most of the drugs and prostitution away from Seymour Avenue, residents say. Neighbors know each other, talk on front porches, share laughs and drinks.

May 8, 2013

Bangladesh garment disaster death toll crosses 800

Two weeks after the April 24 factory collapse, there is no clear indication of how many bodies still remain in the debris.

May 8, 2013

Father of suspect in Boston conspiracy case: 'He is not a terrorist'

Amir Ismagulov is the father of Azamat Tazhayakov, who is in a federal prison on charges that he conspired to destroy, conceal and cover up objects belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,

May 8, 2013

Buckfield man pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

Gary Noyes is accused of sexually assaulting two girls between 2007 and 2011 when both were juveniles.

May 8, 2013

Massachusetts city orders removal of Virgin Mary statue

Antonio Liquori says he put up the statue last year as part of a West Springfield beautification project in which business owners adopted traffic islands to maintain.

May 8, 2013

Air Force strips 17 officers of authority to launch ICBMs

The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks.

May 8, 2013

Maine first lady to tour shipyard, serve pizza



May 9, 2013

Cleveland police: Women left captor's home twice in a decade Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The 52-year-old former school bus driver accused of kidnapping and raping the women will make his first public appearance in court today after emerging as the lone suspect.

May 8, 2013

Maine agencies set housing fair for Lewiston fire victims

Property managers with vacant apartments are encouraged to attend today's event, and may call MaineHousing to reserve a space.

May 8, 2013

Maine bill would give fee break to fishermen on active military duty

The proposal would allow them to maintain their licenses while serving without paying fees so they can resume working as lobstermen or other harvesters once they return.

May 8, 2013

Cleveland kidnapping case: A joyous reunion, but questions, too

Three women are freed after years in captivity after a neighbor helps one of them escape.

May 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Boaters are found safe after an all-night search in thick fog / High-speed chase leads to capture, several charges / ‘Happiest Seaside Towns’ list includes Kennebunkport . . . and more news from around the state.

May 8, 2013

Portland teenager gets eight years for rape

 Mohammed Mukhtar committed 'a terrible assault on a sleeping, helpless victim,' the judge says.

May 8, 2013

As Maine Medical Center makes cuts, other hospitals echo concerns

Hospitals across Maine are struggling with a downturn in elective procedures, bad debts and automatic federal spending cuts that reduced Medicare reimbursements.

May 8, 2013

Slain Falmouth mom would talk about son 'and cry'

 Shirley Leighton, an artist and business owner, is remembered as 'a lovely lady' and compassionate parent.

May 8, 2013

Boys, women, officer team up to save life after Portland train accident Video clip included

20130507_TrainHeros The police chief credits 'top-notch citizens' for helping to save the life of a man run over by a train.

May 8, 2013

After turmoil, Portland charter school approved

Baxter Academy will open in the fall and be the first such school in the city, operating under a scaled-back plan for 130 students.

May 8, 2013

Scandal-scarred Sanford retakes congressional seat

Mark Sanford South Carolina's former governor wins a 'second chance' as he defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

May 8, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Gun seller's gut is last defense against tragedy

Should Andrew Leighton have been in possession of the gun he bought the day before his mother was shot to death?

May 8, 2013

Feature Obituary: Lillian Ricker, 74, enjoyed driving kids on school bus

 If you attended a Westbrook school in the past 40 years or so, you probably knew 'Lil.'

May 8, 2013

LePage vetoes bill on where school superintendents live

 Votes to override the governor's veto are tentatively scheduled for today.

May 8, 2013

Lawmakers at odds with LePage administration over charter schools

Democrats say they want equitable funding for charter schools.

May 8, 2013

A 'dire situation,' but LePage offers no funds to fire victims Video clip included

 The governor learns he does have $250,000 in contingency but suggests the Legislature find money for his hometown.

May 9, 2013

Democrats propose their own evaluation plan for Maine schools Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Meanwhile, state education officials spell out strategies for helping schools that received low grades.

May 10, 2013

New England groundfish industry at crossroads

20091023_CatchShares Fishermen are divided on strict catch limits as Congress revisits landmark 1976 legislation.