News from November 14, 2013

November 15, 2013

Scientists solve black hole mystery

Astronomers have known for years that black holes shoot matter into the universe in high-speed streams, but nobody previously knew exactly what they were spewing.

November 15, 2013

Celts’ surprise is they aren’t tanking

The players are looking to make a playoff run despite some people thinking the goal is high draft picks.

November 15, 2013

Excerpts of judge’s remarks in Whitey Bulger case

Bulger is sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

November 15, 2013

McDonald's eyes bigger share of coffee market

It’s already a growth leader for the company, and may be helped by new latte offerings.

November 15, 2013

Fatal Maine crash victim was beloved longtime teacher

Paul Hurd was the first student to enroll at the Hyde School and had taught there for nearly 40 years.

November 14, 2013

From Obama, a blunt acceptance of blame

And in an even rarer admission, the president also acknowledges that health care troubles have hurt his overall credibility with the American people.

November 15, 2013

Maine bus driver removed for allegedly taping students’ mouths shut

An investigation is looking into the conduct of a driver for Surry Elementary School.

November 14, 2013

Ex-wife: Maine man charged in killing warned sons to keep quiet

But George Jaime Sr. of Presque Isle denied killing his girlfriend in a recorded phone call.

November 14, 2013

Doctors tell Dario Franchitti his car racing days are over

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner was injured in a crash last month.

November 14, 2013

McCartney urges Putin to free Greenpeace detainees

Among the detainees is Peter Willcox, the husband of Islesboro, Maine, resident Maggie Willcox.

November 15, 2013

Four companies bid for Maine liquor contract

Maine Beverage Co., which holds the current $125 million contract, did not submit a bid.

November 14, 2013

Panel meets to weigh Mass. Olympics bid

The U.S. Olympic Committee has asked for a list of potential 2024 host cities by early next year.

November 15, 2013

Details emerge on student-athlete suspensions in Westbrook

Westbrook High officials confirm the suspensions were tied to a drinking party, then lifted until all facts are gathered.

November 15, 2013

Railroads back new safety rules for tanker cars

Concerns about the tanker cars are high because of the fiery July crash in Quebec – near the Maine border – which killed 48 people.

November 15, 2013

1988 Maine hunting death still resonates

The accidental shooting death of the mother of twin baby girls created an ‘us-versus-them’ clash between hunters and non-hunters.

November 14, 2013

Toronto mayor says he’s getting professional help

Rob Ford has defiantly resisted mounting pressure to take a leave of absence or resign.

November 14, 2013

Alec Baldwin stalker gets six months Video clip included

At the trial, Baldwin testified that the actress had turned his life into a horror film after they met once for dinner.

November 14, 2013

Guide dog dispute cancels US Airways flight

Albert Rizzi says a flight attendant told him his service dog must stay under the seat in front of him. The airline says there’s more to the story.

November 14, 2013

N.H. man charged in racism case shoots self in head

Police say he wrote hateful messages on the homes of four families in the same neighborhood in 2011.

November 14, 2013

Alfred man arrested after fleeing van crash

James Hobbs, 52, had four outstanding warrants.

November 15, 2013

Court: Press Herald has right to 911 transcripts

Justices order authorities to release the records in a Biddeford murder case, rejecting the state’s long-standing policy to withhold them.

November 14, 2013

In reversal, Obama to allow canceled health plans Video clip included

He acknowledges that ‘we fumbled the rollout of this health care law’ and pledges to ‘just keep on chipping away at this until the job is done.’

November 15, 2013

Woman killed, man hospitalized with stab wounds in Augusta Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Jillian Jones, 24, is dead and Justin Pillsbury, 38, is being treated at the local hospital, police say.

November 14, 2013

‘Whitey’ Bulger sentenced to life for racketeering, killings

A judge tells the former Boston crime boss that his crimes were ‘heinous’ and ‘all about money.’

November 14, 2013

Section of Congress St. to close for next Art Walk

The closure is designed to allow pedestrians to ‘walk freely and enjoy art and the splendor of the evening.’

November 15, 2013

Yarmouth murder suspect freed on $100,000 bail Several photos included in this story

Lobsterman Merrill ‘Mike’ Kimball allegedly shot and killed another man outside a family beekeeping business last month.

November 15, 2013

Minivan crashes into Portland Dunkin’ Donuts

No employees or customers are injured when a man drives into the front of the building.

November 14, 2013

Man accused of Lewiston nose-biting pleads not guilty

Todd Lyons, 33, is accused of biting the nose of a Greene man who was dancing with friends at a bar.

November 14, 2013

Some states move to save cursive in the classroom Several photos included in this story

At least seven of the 45 states that adopted Common Core standards are fighting to restore cursive instruction.

November 14, 2013

Jury acquits Air Force officer accused of groping

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski once led the branch’s sexual assault team.

November 14, 2013

‘Generation Wait’: Mobility of young adults hits 50-year low

Burdened with college debt or toiling in low-wage jobs, they are delaying careers, marriage and having children – and they’re staying put.

November 14, 2013

Maine woman accused of spitting on selectman pleads not guilty

Cindy E. Brown, 53, is charged with assault after she allegedly spit on Starks First Selectman Paul Frederic outside a planning board meeting.

November 14, 2013

Number of Mainers earning GED credentials increases

The Department of Education credits the increase to an aggressive awareness campaign before the state switches to a new exam administrator starting next year.

November 14, 2013

Augusta police investigate suspicious death

One person was found dead at an apartment on Crosby Street, reported about 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

November 14, 2013

Men still earn more in Maine, but gap shrinks

Census numbers reveal variations by community, but overall, Maine women are now paid 20% less.

November 14, 2013

U.S. begins budget year with 24% drop in deficit

Higher taxes and a better economy are helping shrink the gap, but it’s still too large for most Americans.

November 14, 2013

Short holiday shopping season a challenge for Maine retailers

With just 26 days this year, promotions could be crucial to profits.

November 14, 2013

N.H. official ‘flabbergasted’ by removal from office

A hearing Thursday may shed light on why Rockingham County’s top prosecutor was stripped of his authority last week.

November 14, 2013

Falmouth library expansion to cost $5 million

Plans call for acquiring an adjacent home to accommodate the growth.

November 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man dies in collision with parked car / Yarmouth man sentenced for possessing child porn / City’s first mosque wins planners’ OK ... and more news from around the state.

November 14, 2013

Secret Service agent removed over hotel incident

The agency, still dealing with a tarnished reputation, also is investigating another agent over sexually suggestive emails.

November 14, 2013

Feature Obituary: Charles McLaughlin, 82, helped build Portland landmarks

He was a retired construction laborer, longtime union president and active member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

November 14, 2013

Pink diamond sells at auction for record of $83.4 million

The sale comes a day after an orange diamond sold at for $35.5 million.

November 14, 2013

City debates proposed tax subsidy for Bath Iron Works

Officials should consider whether their decision would make or break the company’s future in Bath, according to an economist.

November 14, 2013

FairPoint fee-hike request will prompt Maine review of basic phone service

Thousands of Mainers still want or need old-style telephone connections.

November 14, 2013

Yarmouth murder suspect, 70, to make first court appearance

'Mike' Kimball is accused of shooting Leon Kelley, 63, last month outside a North Yarmouth beekeeper business.

November 14, 2013

Portland may try to reclaim discontinued downtown street

But the owners of the land question the city’s right to do so.

November 14, 2013

Downeaster expansion spurring ridership Several photos included in this story

The new Portland-Brunswick train service carried nearly 50% more riders than expected 
in its first year.

November 14, 2013

Legislators: Maine hospital too slow making fixes

It’s been six weeks since federal officials cut off funding for Riverview Psychiatric Center for ongoing staffing and safety problems.

November 14, 2013

Tribe says Martha’s Vineyard casino plan OK’d

The announcement shocks Massachusetts lawmakers, who have opposed such a project for decades.