News from November 6, 2013

November 7, 2013

Toronto mayor defies advice to make a dignified exit

Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack-cocaine after being caught in a video, refuses to take a temporary leave.

November 7, 2013

Maine granite supply company expanding the hard way

The owner of Qualey Granite & Quartz expects his bold move to succeed but is ready to fail.

November 6, 2013

Celtics get their first win

Boston knocks off Utah, 97-87, to give Brad Stevens his first NBA victory.

November 6, 2013

Sen. King’s spokeswoman stepping down

Crystal Canney, who also served as King’s campaign spokeswoman, plans to resume work in the private sector.

November 7, 2013

Angus King bill seeks oversight for some drone attacks

It would specifically apply to plans to kill U.S. citizens working abroad with terrorist groups.

November 7, 2013

New measure finds one in six U.S. residents poor

The nation’s poor number 3 million higher than in the official count.

November 6, 2013

User burnout could threaten Twitter's prosperity

A growing number of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters are burnt out and signing off of Twitter. Many have gotten overwhelmed.

November 7, 2013

Livermore Falls official says fear of higher Medicare led town to reject county switch

Town Manager Kristal Flagg said Tuesday’s referendum result probably ends the effort.

November 6, 2013

Trove of art found in Germany sets off sleuthing

The family of a deceased Parisian art dealer says it will try to claim a Matisse that is among the 1,400 works, possibly stolen by the Nazis, found stashed in an apartment.

November 6, 2013

Twitter sets opening stock price of $26

Twitter has set a price of $26 for its public stock offering and can begin trading Thursday. It hopes to raise $1.8 billion.

November 6, 2013

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned, evidence shows

A team of Swiss scientists says it’s possible the Palestinian leader died of polonium-210 poisoning in 2004.

November 6, 2013

Maine mayors’ group meets to strategize revenue sharing, economic development

The coalition of local leaders was formed to lobby for their cities’ local needs.

November 7, 2013

Crash on I-295 snarls traffic; driver flees scene

State police later track down Julie Caton, who is alleged to have caused a car containing two adults and two children to roll over.

November 6, 2013

Dow Jones average closes at record high

The S&P rises to just one point below its own all-time high.

November 7, 2013

Chief: Portland police will continue to enforce state pot laws

City voters’ legalizing an adult to possess marijuana does not pre-empt state law, but police officers do have discretion in issuing summonses.

November 7, 2013

Google reveals barges may be new technology learning sites

The company ends weeks of speculation about what it has in mind for mysterious structures in Maine and San Francisco.

November 6, 2013

Studies warn about space rock threat

The meteorite that hit over Russia indicates collisions are up to five times as likely as originally thought.

November 6, 2013

Health website’s security prompts worries

A software fix had to be made this week when a North Carolina man tried to log in but got a South Carolina man’s personal information.

November 6, 2013

GED test takers rushing to meet Dec. 31 deadline

A new version starting in January will be more expensive and more rigorous.

November 6, 2013

British shipyard, home to Royal Navy, to close after 500 years

Britain’s largest military shipbuilder succumbs to an increasingly competitive market in which governments are cutting back on procurement.

November 6, 2013

Hijacker returns to US after 30 years hoping for leniency

William Potts, 56, says he is seeking ‘closure’ and hopes to convince U.S. prosecutors to give him credit 13 years he spent in a Cuban prison.

November 6, 2013

Top N.H. court upholds death sentence in officer’s killing

The decision clears the way for the first execution in New Hampshire since 1939.

November 6, 2013

Fuel barge that hit N.H. shoal inspected for damage

A tugboat was moving the loaded barge in Portsmouth Harbor late Tuesday when it drifted into the shoal.

November 6, 2013

Judge: Kennedy cousin Skakel can’t be released yet Video clip included

Michael Skakel’s attorneys want him to be freed while awaiting a retrial in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

November 7, 2013

Maine fueled national same-sex marriages trend

Many other states have made them legal since the November 2012 vote here, where 1,216 gay couples have wed since then.

November 6, 2013

Maine man sentenced to five years in hours-long beating

The victim says, ‘I was laughed at, tortured, beaten and scared for my life.’

November 7, 2013

Portland pot vote seen as a precursor for the state Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, a national group that opposes the trend is stepping into the debate to ‘get the facts out about this drug.’

November 6, 2013

Newspaper editor elected mayor of NH city

Ed Engler said economic development would be a priority.

November 6, 2013

UMaine releases offshore wind project proposal

The two-turbine, 12-megawatt project would supply some power directly to Monhegan Island.

November 6, 2013

A month later, no sign of missing N.H. teenager

Abigail Hernandez of North Conway disappeared Oct. 9, shortly after she left school.

November 6, 2013

Wells approves lodging unit restrictions

Residents also approve $26.85 million school renovation project.

November 7, 2013

Portland public spaces petition gets 3,000 signers

Election Day proves to be a boon to the group opposing the sale of Congress Square Plaza.

November 6, 2013

Time Warner 3Q net income up 44 percent

Strong results from the company’s cable networks bolstered earnings of $1.18 billion company officials said.

November 6, 2013

Maine Turnpike rest area reopens after bomb threat

The southbound rest area was closed for two hours while a bomb detection dog searched the property.

November 6, 2013

Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure or kidney disease who are covered through high risk-insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year’s end.

November 6, 2013

Voters split on Freeport High School bonds

They approve the renovation project but reject a synthetic turf field and track.

November 6, 2013

Wife defeats husband in Waterville race

The husband vs. wife battle drew national attention and, the competitors hope, attention to the election process.

November 6, 2013

Swedish cinemas launch feminist movie rating

To get an ‘A’ rating, a movie must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

November 6, 2013

Election analysis: Post-shutdown, pragmatism is in

Both New Jersey and Virginia offer overtones for the 2016 presidential race.

November 6, 2013

Effort to build Arizona border fence appears dead

The effort started in 2011 during the height of Arizona’s battle against illegal immigration.

November 6, 2013

Maine AG won’t appeal ruling in Lewiston arson case

A judge ruled last month that a boy’s confession should be suppressed because he wasn’t read his rights until nearly two hours into the police interrogation.

November 7, 2013

Sebelius pressed on flaws, costs, security Video clip included

Despite the well-chronicled woes of the Obamacare rollout, the HHS secretary said it has improved dramatically.

November 6, 2013

Orono man dies after rear-ending school bus

The three high school students and driver on the bus escape injury in the Augusta crash.

November 6, 2013

Maine man tapped to helm Conn. whaling ship

Richard Files of Rockland will sail the newly restored wooden ship to New England ports next summer.

November 6, 2013

New Detroit mayor promises turnaround for city

Voters respond to Mike Duggan’s message of change and elect the city’s first white mayor in almost four decades.

November 6, 2013

Gorham voters elect three to Town Council

Bruce Roullard, Matthew Robinson and Benjamin Hartwell are winners in the five-way election.

November 6, 2013

New flood zones to hit some Maine landowners hard

Insurance costs may soar and restrictions will apply to land in expanded areas. But owners can appeal.

November 6, 2013

Probe continues into Maine tribe’s ex-finance director

Charles Fourcloud’s past as a convicted embezzler resulted in his dismissal at Pleasant Point.

November 6, 2013

MaineCare dentists say minor clerical errors draw massive fines

Some clinics face more than $200,000 in penalties under a new audit system that threatens to wipe out services for kids.

November 6, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Revelation for Michaud, evolution for Maine

The candidate’s coming-out wasn’t a big deal for many, showing how much views have changed since that famous ‘Seinfeld’ episode.

November 6, 2013

Mayor Hilton handily wins three-way Westbrook re-election race

Elected for a three-year term, Hilton is among some other officials elected Tuesday in Westbrook whose term lengths were changed by voters last year.

November 6, 2013

Cote is Sanford’s first popularly elected mayor

Voters also fill open council and school committee seats.

November 5, 2013

Donovan and Caterina win Scarborough council seats

Newcomers Leng and Shea fill two open school board seats.

November 5, 2013

Democrat Walsh elected Boston mayor

He wins a tight vote against John Connolly on a ballot missing longtime Mayor Thomas Menino, who is retiring.

November 5, 2013

Maine voters approve four bond packages

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