News from November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013

Maine voters approve four bond packages

Only the Maine Maritime Academy funding is too close to call.

November 5, 2013

Tousignant, O’Neill and Blow elected in Old Orchard Beach Several photos included in this story

Voters also amend the town charter in first vote since a June recall election.

November 5, 2013

MacAuslan and Jordan win Cape council race

Voters also fill two seats on the school board.

November 6, 2013

Influential Chicago chef, restaurateur Charlie Trotter dies at 54

The chef is credited with bringing haute cuisine on par with Europe's to America.

November 5, 2013

Two former Windham councilors elected over incumbents

Voters also choose two new school board members.

November 6, 2013

Maine voters approve $150 million in bond packages

The biggest bond was a $100 million proposal for road and bridge projects.

November 5, 2013

Westbrook mayor Hilton wins again

Chau, Rairdon and O’Hara are elected to the City Council.

November 6, 2013

Duson, Suslovic, Hinck elected to Portland Council Several photos included in this story

Two incumbents win re-election, while Hinck, a former state representative, snags the at-large seat.

November 5, 2013

McAuliffe elected Virginia governor over Cuccinelli Several photos included in this story

The Democrat wins the most closely watched race in Tuesday’s elections.

November 5, 2013

Roullard, Robinson and Hartwell elected to Gorham Town Council Several photos included in this story

Newcomers defeat school board incumbent in three-way race for two seats.

November 6, 2013

South Portland voters approve $14 million public-works bond

The voters also re-elect city councilor and mayor Tom Blake.

November 6, 2013

Saco votes to withdraw from RSU 23

Former state Rep. Donald Pilon wins mayoral race.

November 6, 2013

Trevorrow and Ali win seats on Portland School Committee

The two newcomers topped a field of six candidates.

November 5, 2013

Challengers win in Windham town council races

Fleck and Colby win school board seats.

November 5, 2013

Casavant easily wins re-election as Biddeford mayor Several photos included in this story

Incumbent Alan Casavant won all seven wards and earned about 57 percent of the total vote.

November 6, 2013

Christie wins big despite voters' economic worries

The tell-it-like-it-is governor immediately began offering his success as a template for broadening the Republican Party's appeal.

November 5, 2013

Woman’s car, trailer burn at Maine campground Several photos included in this story

Laura Ellis said she left her car running to keep it warm, and when she returned, it was on fire.

November 5, 2013

Pickup truck, school bus collide in Augusta

No children are reported injured, but a person in the truck is transported via LifeFlight helicopter.

November 6, 2013

LePage, ‘man of action,’ launches re-election bid Several photos included in this story

Touting his successes against the ‘status quo,’ Gov. LePage officially begins his re-election campaign.

November 6, 2013

South Portland voters reject ordinance targeting tar sands oil Several photos included in this story Video clip included

But supporters say they plan a second ordinance to prevent the shipment of the oil through the city.

November 7, 2013

Portland voters legalize marijuana Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The ‘Yes’ vote wins in a landslide, claiming 67 percent of the tally with many of the precincts reporting.

November 5, 2013

New Dartmouth president outlines vision

Phil Hanlon says that with the Internet providing free information, the college’s value lies in providing students with the skills to operate successfully in the world.

November 5, 2013

Illinois House votes to allow gay marriages

A group of Chicago-area pastors vow to line up primary challengers against some Chicago-area lawmakers who voted yes.

November 5, 2013

Mass. sergeant who leaked Tsarnaev photos retires

Sgt. Sean Murphy was a 25-year veteran who faced unknown penalties for violating numerous department rules and regulations.

November 6, 2013

Red Sox reach out to St. Louis in newspaper ad

The full-page advertisement is titled ‘From one great baseball town to another,’ and lauds the Cardinals and their fans.

November 5, 2013

Supreme Court skeptical of chemical weapons charge in love triangle case

A Pennsylvania woman fights her conviction under an anti-terrorism law after she tried to poison her pregnant rival.

November 5, 2013

Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $2.2 billion in drug-marketing settlement

Maine’s share is expected to total about $2.8 million in the cases involving alleged kickbacks to doctors and pharmacies to promote three prescription drugs.

November 5, 2013

N.H. high court to rule on death penalty

The justices’ decision will determine whether the death sentence of a man who killed a police officer will stand.

November 5, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Maine Election Day, 2013



November 5, 2013

Toronto mayor admits he smoked crack, plans to keep job

‘Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors a year ago.’

November 5, 2013

Obama: Boston Red Sox win ‘therapeutic medicine’

The president chatted about last week’s Red Sox victory as he gathered with business leaders at the White House on Tuesday.

November 5, 2013

Maine voter turnout hurt by lack of key issues

However, contentious ballot questions attract voters in Freeport, South Portland and Portland.

November 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Suspected bank robber arrested in Florida / Bomb threat at Skowhegan Walmart a prank, police say.

November 5, 2013

After 380-plus years, NH family sells farm

The farm began in 1632 when John Tuttle arrived from England, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start his enterprise.

November 5, 2013

Islamist rebels in Syria use faces of the dead to lure the living

Among the most striking features of the conflict is the profusion of social-media postings devoted to individual fighters, both living and dead.

November 5, 2013

Hagel warns of danger in deep cuts to defense

He sketches a future focused on investments in space and cyber technologies, missile defense and a strategy that assumes the world will not soon resolve challenges posed by terrorism and states like North Korea.

November 5, 2013

Obama’s simple promises vex complex health rollout

White House attempt to make health care agenda sound simple did not do justice to the actual complexity of implementing the plan says former official.

November 5, 2013

Huge art hoard found in German apartment includes unknown Chagall Several photos included in this story

Authorities find works by masters such as Pablo Picasso, Max Liebermann, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Renoir.

November 5, 2013

Pair charged with burglary, threatening in Farmington

Joanna M. Swihart, 21, and Tyler Pain, 27, are charged with burglary, aggravated criminal trespass and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

November 5, 2013

Waterville officials considering sale of Old 470 steam locomotive

City councilors Wednesday will consider selling the Old 470 steam locomotive off College Avenue to New England Steam Co. for $25,000.

November 5, 2013

Boy faces charges after bomb scare at Skowhegan store

Walmart is evacuated an hour before closing Saturday night after police said a prank call from Belmont, N.H., came in.

November 5, 2013

Marathon bombing suspect wants prison restrictions lifted

Prosecutors asked for the restrictions because they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may try to send messages to supporters to inspire more violence.

November 5, 2013

Border Patrol rejects curbs on deadly force against rock throwers

Smugglers have long pelted agents with rocks, bottles and other objects – often from Mexico – hoping to create a diversion.

November 5, 2013

India launches first mission to Mars

Mangalyaan, which means ‘Mars craft’ in Hindi, must travel 485 million miles over 300 days to reach an orbit around the red planet next September.

November 5, 2013

Maine Gov. LePage launches re-election campaign

The Republican says he’s a man of action, not words.

November 5, 2013

New Jersey mall shooter left ambiguous note Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Family and friends find it hard to reconcile his actions with the person they remember.

November 5, 2013

Rising pelt prices mean more traps on Maine trails

The trend may have contributed to two incidents in which dogs got caught in coyote traps.

November 5, 2013

Portland to issue $200 fines for altered handicapped placards

The city does not track the number of altered placards it sees, but Parking Manager John Peverada estimated that parking officials have seen about 50 annually in recent years.

November 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Jail guard to be suspended after alleged OUI / Maine high court justice accepts lawyer’s resignation ... and more news from around the state.

November 5, 2013

Maine prison inmates receive UMA degrees Several photos included in this story

The third such graduation is held at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

November 5, 2013

‘Massive’ disaster to test Maine responders

Police are expected to descend on the State House on Tuesday as part of a first-of-its-kind training exercise organized by the Maine National Guard.

November 5, 2013

Windham residents upset by planned removal of streetlights

The town aims to reduce its energy dependence by taking down 107 of 335 light posts.

November 5, 2013

Feature obituary: Norman Dupuis, decorated Vietnam veteran, dies at 80

The Saco native was also a skilled locksmith.

November 5, 2013

Brunswick charter school proposal withdrawn

The charter school would have been based at Brunswick High School.

November 5, 2013

'Globally engaged' companies contribute heavily to Maine’s economy

A report by Business Roundtable finds Maine companies with a global reach had a $16.7 billion impact.

November 5, 2013

List of Maine polling places

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

November 5, 2013

Morsi trial in Egypt opens amid chaos

The former president is charged with inciting murder.

November 5, 2013

Press seeks documents in killing of Massachusetts teacher

A 14-year-old boy has been charged in her death.

November 5, 2013

Obama to view Mandela movie

The president will screen the film Thursday at the White House.

November 5, 2013

In Maine, contentious local issues grab voter interest

Bond questions totaling $150 million add interest to an otherwise lackluster statewide ballot.