News from November 4, 2013

November 5, 2013

Lone gunman fires shots in N.J. mall

The mall is located in Bergen County, about 22 miles southwest of Manhattan.

November 5, 2013

Gay rights bill clears first hurdle in Senate

With one more vote than necessary, senators agree to move ahead on the bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

November 5, 2013

Portland man in 110 mph chase sentenced to 10 years

Robby Beaulieu, who has numerous prior drunken-driving convictions, remarkably survived being thrown from the car in a crash.

November 4, 2013

Rand Paul tries to dismiss criticism of plagiarism

The Kentucky senator admits that ‘sometimes we haven’t footnoted things properly,’ but also says he’s being unfairly targeted.

November 4, 2013

South Portland police dog Trigger to get protective vest

Sixteen dogs in Maine will receive the vests, paid for by a grant from The Petco Foundation.

November 4, 2013

President Obama calls Red Sox manager Farrell

The president reportedly praised postseason stars David Ortiz and Koji Uehara.

November 5, 2013

Red Sox make $14M offers to Ellsbury, Napoli, Drew

‘Hopefully we’ll be able to retain all of them. The reality is that might not work out,’ manager John Farrell says.

November 4, 2013

Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets

That’s more Earth-like planets than there are people on Earth, meaning other intelligent life is a mathematical certainty.

November 4, 2013

Unum reports lower third-quarter income

Company officials say lower earnings were the result of investment losses and other liabilities.

November 5, 2013

Maine faces another drop in heating assistance funds

But the state could still get more, depending on how federal budget negotiations shake out.

November 5, 2013

TechWalk expo aimed at aspiring Maine entrepreneurs

The event, sponsored by the Maine Technology Institute, is expected to draw up to 600 people.

November 4, 2013

LAX suspect's family expresses sympathy to victims

It isn’t known why the suspect, who remains heavily sedated and under guard, targeted TSA workers.

November 5, 2013

Son of Conn. college professor at center of lockdown

State troopers, police and SWAT teams swarmed around a 400-student residential building for what turned out to be a false alarm.

November 4, 2013

Sources: Miami Dolphins' Incognito sent racist texts

The NFL is continuing its investigation into alleged hazing and bullying in the Miami organization.

November 5, 2013

At lunch counter, Michaud’s news a non-issue Several photos included in this story

Residents at a popular political campaign stop say the candidate’s sexual orientation doesn’t matter to them.

November 4, 2013

‘Mandela’ to screen for Obama at White House

The biopic about the life of Nelson Mandela will also be screened at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton.

November 4, 2013

Texans coach to stay hospitalized after collapse

Gary Kubiak, 52, experienced dizziness before falling on the field at halftime of Houston’s loss against Indianapolis.

November 4, 2013

Hedge fund SAC Capital to pay $1.8 billion fraud penalty

Federal prosecutors alleged the company earned hundreds of millions of dollars illegally for a decade by making trades based on insider information.

November 4, 2013

More politicians braving don’t-vote-gay mentality

Homosexuality is gaining acceptance in some states, but it’s still a tricky political issue and there are few gays in top elected positions.

November 5, 2013

Court clears way for Congress Square petition

The group hoping to put limits on the sale of Portland parks can collect signatures while the city appeals.

November 5, 2013

Hometown astronaut shares space stories with York students Video clip included

Chris Cassidy, who just spent six months on the International Space Station, comes home to reconnect and visit his old high school.

November 5, 2013

Repeat OUI offender charged again in Maine

Lanny Griffin’s right to operate a motor vehicle has been revoked in four states for drunken driving.

November 5, 2013

Michaud’s announcement gets national attention

Major news outlets and political bloggers weigh in on the potential impact for the governor’s race.

November 4, 2013

VIPs join T-shirt protest of Russia’s anti-gay law

Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Bell and others don “Love Conquers Hate” shirts.

November 4, 2013

Read social media reactions to Michaud’s coming out

Voters and politicians share comments on Twitter.

November 5, 2013

Michaud says it was difficult for him to announce he’s gay Video clip included

The congressman and candidate for Maine governor informed his family just hours before going public.

November 4, 2013

BlackBerry abandons bid to find a buyer

Its CEO is out and investors plan to inject $1 billion to help the struggling brand.

November 4, 2013

Fraud probe could ensnare more Navy officials

The multimillion-dollar scheme is being laid out in court documents and has led to four arrests so far.

November 4, 2013

Red Sox beards come off for Gillette promotion

World Series MVP David Ortiz, teammate Shane Victorino and Boston cop Steve Horgan had their beards shaved off to benefit the One Fund.

November 4, 2013

Mass. man dies after his car goes airborne, lands in trees

A driver in Holyoke, Mass died when his car went off the road and landed in a tree.

November 4, 2013

Skydiving planes collide over Wisconsin, no serious injuries

None of the nine skydivers or two pilots sustained serious injury when the two planes collided in midair, destroying one aircraft and damaging the other.

November 4, 2013

Residents get first dibs on $25M in Vermont state bonds

The Vermont state treasury will offer Vermont Citizen Bonds in $1,000 increments.

November 4, 2013

Jackson, NH inn catches on fire

Firefighters responded to a blaze at the Nestlenook Farm bed and breakfast in Jackson, N.H. Sunday night.

November 4, 2013

Fryeburg police probe five break-ins

Police urge residents to be ‘hyper-vigilant’ after a spate of burglaries, most recently on Sunday morning at an unoccupied Baker Circle home.

November 4, 2013

Monmouth textile company expands well testing

Tex Tech Industries is testing 25 to 30 wells in addition to the 22 that they already monitor.

November 4, 2013

Tax bills arrive with surprise in Brunswick

Computerized improvements in the town's appraisal system for mobile home assessments raise concerns.

November 4, 2013

A living wage for the dead? Costly flaws plague U.S. system

In the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased.

November 4, 2013

Russian gay-rights activists meet Maine counterparts

Two activists from Archangel, Portland’s sister city, say they hope to learn how to promote gay rights.

November 4, 2013

Feature obituary: George B. Richardson, 99, wrote history of Bustin’s Island in Freeport



November 4, 2013

Polling places await Maine voters

With Election Day Tuesday, here is a guide on where to vote in southern and midcoast Maine.

November 4, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man crushed to death by cab of tractor-trailer / Pedestrian struck, killed by SUV after leaving bar / Man and his 4-year-old child hurt as he cleans gun / Bath Iron Works to lay off 39 pipefitters Nov. 18

November 4, 2013

Raymond woman keeping late uncle’s radio dream alive Video clip included

But the future of WJZF in Standish depends largely on whether she raises money and gets other people involved.

November 4, 2013

Portland handicapped parking abusers targeted

A new ordinance would crack down on abuse of placards.

November 4, 2013

Probe of 1847 Maine killing renewed

A paranormal research group visits a Waterville cemetery and library looking for answers.

November 4, 2013

Group fights tax break for expansion of BIW

Opponents say the project will be built anyway and won’t add jobs. The company says it needs the deal to stay competitive.

November 4, 2013

Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud comes out

The six-term congressman’s announcement in an op-ed column may influence the 2014 election to lead the state.