News from October 16, 2013

October 17, 2013

Four dead, 11 rescued after migrant boat flips off Florida

Authorities are investigating whether the migrants, believed to be from Haiti and Jamaica, were part of a human smuggling operation.

October 17, 2013

Man hit, killed by freight train in Portland

Police say the victim, who was in his 60s, was walking along the tracks near Forest Avenue.

October 18, 2013

Congress avoids default, ends shutdown

The deal prevents global economic damage, allows full federal operations to resume, reopens Acadia and averts furloughs for 2,700 state workers.

October 16, 2013

Women in science target Wikipedia

Females working in ‘STEM’ are encouraged to build their online presence

October 17, 2013

Owner of illegal South Portland massage parlor fined $1,500

Red Stone Spa was operating with no business license and offered at least one sexual massage service.

October 16, 2013

Lewiston bottling facility is sold

Beam sells the plant to a unit of Sazerac and will lease the plant back for now.

October 16, 2013

Maine investors stay the course

While Wall Street rallies on a debt-ceiling deal, local financial advisers say their clients are frustrated, but aren’t panicking.

October 17, 2013

Voters may end up deciding Scarborough leash law

The Town Council deadlocks on a vote to reconsider the law, and signatures are turned in to force a voters' referendum.

October 17, 2013

Maine chase suspect mentally ill, mother says

A 13-year-old girl with him, injured while trying to escape after a crash, is in stable condition.

October 16, 2013

Police seek suspect in Harrison bank robbery

The robber assaulted a customer at Northeast Bank shortly before 4 p.m.

October 16, 2013

Maine wardens looking for killer of bald eagle

They are offering a $1,000 reward for information about who shot the bird near Hermon Pond.

October 17, 2013

Civic center starts filling void left by Pirates

So far, a monster truck event and concerts have been booked to replace lost hockey games.

October 17, 2013

U.S. won’t enforce closure of Maine park boat launch

Despite the announcement by members of Maine’s delegation and the end of the government shutdown, Gov. LePage still plans a visit Thursday.

October 16, 2013

Meet the candidates for Westbrook City Council

Profiles of the candidates in the November 2013 election for Westbrook's City Council.

October 16, 2013

Portland police: Man caught on cruiser’s camera taking woman’s cellphone

The alleged robber is also wanted in New Hampshire on burglary charges.

October 16, 2013

NH gas clerk fired for pulling gun on robber

Station owner instructs employees to “give thieves what they ask for.”

October 16, 2013

Senate leader announces bipartisan budget deal Several photos included in this story

Agreement averts a threatened Treasury default and will reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown.

October 17, 2013

Lewiston arson case confession tossed out

A judge says police took too long to inform the suspect of his rights in the case of a major downtown fire.

October 17, 2013

SAT scores at Maine high schools show ‘good news, bad news’

Math and reading scores rise, but scores in writing and science drop, and not even half of the students are at grade level.

October 16, 2013

Patriots place star linebacker Jerod Mayo on IR

The Patriots leading tackler will miss the rest of the season with a right pectoral muscle tear.

October 16, 2013

Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises.

October 16, 2013

Senate vote set tonight to avoid default, reopen government Video clip included

The measure provides only a temporary truce, and the next clash between Obama and Republicans over spending and borrowing will likely be early next winter.

October 17, 2013

Racial discrimination suit against Maine egg farms settled

Homero Ramirez accused his former employer, Austin ‘Jack’ DeCoster, of treating Mexican-American workers as ‘virtual slaves.’

October 16, 2013

Police search for suspect in assault, robbery in Gray

One man is in custody in the beating and robbery of a man on North Raymond Road on Wednesday morning.

October 16, 2013

Typhoon and mudslides kill 17 in Japan

Nearly 50 are missing after deadly mudslides buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island.

October 16, 2013

4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast

Nine Haitian and Jamaican nationals were rescued from an overturned vessel.

October 16, 2013

Police: Man found with heroin outside Oxford Casino

Michael Lafollette was found semi-concious in the parking lot.

October 16, 2013

Missing Arabian horse sought in Phillips

The mare, last seen in a corral, has been missing for a week.

October 16, 2013

Michigan’s gay marriage ban faces challenge

A constitutional amendment declaring marriage as between a man and a woman was approved by 59 percent of Michigan voters in 2004.

October 16, 2013

US shutdown threatens hopes for Antarctic reserve

U.S. delegation unable to attend meeting on largest proposed marine sanctuary

October 16, 2013

Arrest in LA airport ice explosions

A baggaged handler was charged with possession of a destructive device near an aircraft.

October 16, 2013

Corps of Engineers closing NE regulatory office

The office serves Maine and is closing temporarily because of lack of funds.

October 16, 2013

Community forests make a comeback in Maine Several photos included in this story

Cities and towns are harvesting their own wood for town services, a newly recycled concept with a history in Maine going back 200 years.

October 16, 2013

Another standoff seems likely to follow Several photos included in this story

With the focus on the government shutdown, a possible default and last-second maneuvers, no real issues about the budget are being resolved.

October 16, 2013

Man injured in 2010 chairlift collapse sues Sugarloaf

Michael Katz seeks unspecified damages, claiming that the Maine resort’s out-of-state parent overlooked safety hazards.

October 16, 2013

Dog triggered head-on crash that killed Maine woman

The canine jumped into the driver’s lap, jarring the steering wheel, a sheriff’s deputy says.

October 16, 2013

Town trying to remove all traces of Sandy Hook Elementary

Newtown, Conn., aims to eliminate any possibility that artifacts from the building will ‘end up on eBay.’

October 16, 2013

Former Army captain awarded Medal of Honor

William Swenson helped retrieve fallen soldiers during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.

October 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine candidates for Congress report fundraising totals / Town library gets $200,000 donation / Lit tree honoring veterans moved from Bar Harbor ... and more news from around the state.

October 16, 2013

Iran offers potential ‘breakthrough’ plan to end nuclear crisis

The nation is hoping to end its near-pariah status over its nuclear program.

October 16, 2013

Portland restaurant inspector was paid to quit, clam up

Michele Sturgeon, criticized for giving too many eateries failing grades, got $18,600 and agreed not to ‘speak ill’ of city officials or services.

October 16, 2013

Westbrook’s seven council seats up for vote

All voters can cast ballots for a representative of their own ward and for two at-large councilors.

October 16, 2013

Three run unopposed for Westbrook school board

Three cadidates are running uncontested for Westbrook School Committee.

October 16, 2013

Seafood processing plant inspections in Maine delayed

The government shutdown suspends safety checks of the facilities, which include about 40 plants in the state.

October 16, 2013

Four R.I. officials face recall over concealed weapons permits

Residents are up in arms over their support for a failed plan to shift responsibility to the state.

October 16, 2013

Supreme Court hears case on college admission policies

Conservative justices seemed to signal they will uphold a law forbidding preferential treatment.

October 16, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Oil guys pollute S. Portland waterfront debate

I can think of only two words to describe the all-out, oil-fueled offensive against South Portland’s proposed Waterfront Protection law.

October 16, 2013

Trio seeks three-year term as Westbrook mayor

A Republican and an independent hope to unseat the Democrat and earn the city’s new office term.

October 16, 2013

Meet the candidates for Westbrook mayor

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the City of Westbrook's mayor.