News from October 13, 2013

October 14, 2013

Three candidates vying for two school openings in Scarborough

Two newcomers with children in the schools will compete with veteran board member John Cote.

October 14, 2013

Five rescued off capsized boat in Wells Harbor

No serious injuries occurred when the fishing boat capsized Sunday afternoon.

October 14, 2013

Toilets bloom on Augusta lawn in protest of Dunkin’ Donuts zoning denial

After neighbors and city officials opposed a plan to rezone his Davenport Street for a proposed doughnut shop drive-thru, plumber David Labbe is making his feelings known.

October 14, 2013

Augusta officials, residents complain city gets more than its share of sex offenders Several photos included in this story

Working relationships between corrections officials and landlords who are willing to rent to registered offenders are at heart of the issue.

October 14, 2013

Spending stumbling block to budget deal

Senate Republicans and Democrats at an impasse in thier efforts to avoid default in four days.

October 14, 2013

Sen. Susan Collins’ proposal rejected

Senate Republicans earlier blocked a Democratic bill and the day ends with no deal to reopen government and avoid a default.

October 13, 2013

Maine towns get economic development grants

The towns of Jackman and Dover-Foxcroft awarded grants totalling $268,000.

October 13, 2013

Kennebunkport man collapses, dies on NH trail

The man, a doctor, 69, was hiking alone on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

October 13, 2013

Seven Red Cross workers kidnapped in northern Syria

Violence continues in the country as refugees flee battle zones looking for help and safety.

October 13, 2013

Maine bridge reopens a year after closing down

Old wood-piling bridge in York cost $3.4 million to reconstruct.

October 13, 2013

Portland looking for home for Bernard Langlais’ bear sculptures Several photos included in this story

The larger-than-life works must be placed in city-owned buildings.

October 14, 2013

Lawmakers negotiating but no deal

Sen. Susan Collins hopes her plan will be part of an agreement to reopen the government and avoid a federal default.

October 14, 2013

Maine tourism strong this Columbus Day weekend

Even hotels and motels on Mount Desert Island are seeing a brisk business despite the Acadia National Park shut down.

October 13, 2013

Police: 5 shot at Hmong festival in Tulsa, Okla

Police helicopter pilot spots vehicle leaving the scene, leading to the arrest of two suspects.

October 15, 2013

Curt Schilling estate sale brings out souvenir hunters, thrift seekers

The former Red Sox pitcher is being sued by the state, but his wife says they are simply downsizing.

October 13, 2013

Polls highlight fallout from shutdown

The latest polls show the greatest political damage was to Republicans.

October 13, 2013

What Portland voters will be asked to decide

A proposed ordinance would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia.

October 13, 2013

Businesses urge end to shutdown

The White House enlists business leaders to pressure Republicans.

October 13, 2013

States pay to reopen national parks

But states must foot the bill with money they likely won’t see again.

October 13, 2013

Cyclone slams into coast of India

Seawater pushes inland, swamping villages of mud and thatch huts.

October 13, 2013

Paper receipts slipping away as retail world opts for email

As part of an ongoing electronic evolution, Maine merchants and customers alike see the benefits of going digital.

October 13, 2013

High hopes for legalizing marijuana in Maine Several photos included in this story

As national views over recreational use gradually shift, will next month’s vote in Portland prove that change is in the air?

October 13, 2013

Reading text while driving can be criminal

The New Hampshire high court will hear an appeal of a conviction after a crash that left a teen with a brain injury.

October 13, 2013

Reports show Fairfield police chief as man in crisis

John Emery blames stress, alcohol and medication for his actions that shocked those who knew him.

October 13, 2013

Big data may hold job seeker’s fate

Tech firms are developing video games and online questionnaires to measure a candidate’s suitability.

October 13, 2013

Cellphone upgrades silence departed voices

Phones let families hear relatives’ voices – until they stop.

October 13, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords will tour New York gun show

The visit will highlight a voluntary agreement to monitor gun show sales and a stricter state law.

October 13, 2013

Boston bombing survivor inspires Baltimore runners

A preschool teacher, 29, who lost her leg in the April attack serves as the honorary marathon starter.

March 24

Maine DEP's dam relicensing effort in disarray, records show

Missed deadlines have shorn Maine of power.

October 13, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Cops handcuffed despite tougher texting law



October 13, 2013

Questions and answers on U.S. deficit

Taming deficits has been difficult during a recession and weak recovery.