News from October 17, 2013

October 18, 2013

Red Sox hold on, win Game 5, 4-3 Several photos included in this story

Led by Mike Napoli and Koji Uehara, Boston is now just one win from their first World Series berth since 2007.

October 18, 2013

Scientist: Yeti may be descendant of ancient polar bear

A British scientist unveils a theory on the Abominable Snowman based on DNA from hair samples of Himalayan animals.

October 18, 2013

FBI announces $20,000 reward in missing N.H. teen case

Abigail Hernandez, 15, vanished last week some time after leaving Kennett High School in North Conway.

October 18, 2013

Hallowell man arrested after cross-state road rage charge

Police say Benjamin Hackbarth threatened a motorist with a gun in Prospect, was stopped again in Searsmont and arrested in Hallowell.

October 17, 2013

Analysis: Shutdown fight gives Obama a chance to reboot

Against a divided foe, and with Democrats united, the president might now have an opportunity to lead in ways he hasn’t been able to for much of his time in the Oval Office.

October 17, 2013

Obama lashes out at Republicans, asks for cooperation

The president urges lawmakers to concentrate on three issues: a balanced plan to reduce long-term deficits, legislation to overhaul the immigration system and passage of a farm bill.

October 17, 2013

$25 million loan guarantee approved for new Maine pellet plant

The operation, which requires a $70 million investment, could be up and running by the end of 2014.

October 17, 2013

Maine efforts to combat human trafficking get federal funding

The $400,000 grant will go toward young people who have been coerced into trading sex for money or a place to sleep.

October 17, 2013

Chipotle’s profits heat up as it draws more diners

The fast-food Mexican chain is performing better than many of its competitiors, including McDonald’s and Burger King.

October 18, 2013

Portland Pipe Line gives up permit it would need for tar sands oil

The company makes the rare decision amid the battle over a proposed South Portland ordinance.

October 18, 2013

North Pond Hermit may leave jail Oct. 28

Christopher Knight will plead guilty to enter a special program.

October 18, 2013

Second perjury charge dropped in Maietta Towing case

Prosecutors dismiss the cases against brothers from a prominent South Portland family because of ‘insufficient evidence.’

October 18, 2013

Meet the candidates for Windham Town Council

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Windham Town Council.

October 18, 2013

Burritos trumping burgers as America’s tastes change

As immigrant populations expand, the nation’s menu reflects its transformation.

October 17, 2013

Initial jobless claims drop to 358,000 but are skewed by shutdown

The weekly jobless claims report was the only government economic data released during the shutdown.

October 18, 2013

Portland police identify man killed by train

Why the city man was on the tracks and why he was unable to get out of the way are still unclear.

October 18, 2013

North Pond Hermit to make plea on Oct. 28

 Christopher T. Knight is expected to plead guilty to burglaries and be admitted into the Co-Occuring Disorders Court in Kennebec County, which allows for counseling and rehabilitation.

October 17, 2013

Maine emergency management director retiring

The deputy director will become acting director when Robert McAleer leaves in November.

October 17, 2013

NCAA: Maine Maritime violated scholarship rules

The football team is placed on probation for two years.

October 18, 2013

Maine workers, parks are ‘back in business’

But Gov. LePage’s civil emergency edict is still, inexplicably, in effect.

October 18, 2013

Meet the candidates for Windham's RSU 14 Board of Directors

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for Windham's RSU 14 Board of Directors.

October 18, 2013

Many testify against revising Maine mining rules

But those who speak in support of easing the standards say the changes would create jobs.

October 17, 2013

Spikes end high-speed chase of stolen car in Windham

Police were notified by OnStar that the car had been stolen.

October 18, 2013

Clock ticking on Maine-Nova Scotia ferry service for 2014

The Maine operator says he’s ‘confident’ service will begin in May, but with the time to book tours elapsing, some are skeptical.

October 18, 2013

Grief envelops Maine town after young life lost Several photos included in this story

Alexia Valente, 16, an energetic student-athlete who was ‘eager to take on the world,’ dies when her car hits a tree.

October 17, 2013

Two arrested on drug charges in Gray

Based on a tip, sheriff’s deputies stopped a car found to be carrying heroin and Oxycodone

October 17, 2013

Sanford man charged in high-speed motorcycle chase

The rider refused to pull over and fled at speeds up to 80 mph, police said.

October 17, 2013

Homeless Portland man accused of Harrison bank robbery

Police arrest Moss McCole as a suspect in a Wednesday robbery of Northeast Bank.

October 17, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker wins N.J. Senate seat

Booker will fill the seat once held by Frank Lautenberg, a long-serving Democratic senator who died in June at age 89.

October 17, 2013

Government reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown

Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work Thursday.

October 17, 2013

Public hearing held on proposed Maine mining rules

Renewed interest in metallic mining of metals in Aroostook County’s Bald Mountain triggered an update of Maine’s mining regulations.

October 17, 2013

Kittery council votes to allow restoration of life-saving station

A nonprofit eventually wants to convert the relic into a museum.

October 17, 2013

Debt-limit deal still leaves a cloud over economic prospects

Unless a long-term agreement is reached, the government – and the economy – will contend with new deadlines early next year.

October 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

State offers $1,000 reward in shooting of bald eagle / Owner of massage parlor admits sex violation / Women’s rights champion to speak in Portland ... and more news from around the state.

October 17, 2013

Engineering firm relocating to Portland

Burns & McDonnell is working on CMP’s $1.55 billion power grid upgrade.

October 17, 2013

Typhoon leaves 17 dead, 46 missing in eastern Japan

About 31 inches of rain fell on the island of Izu Oshima, the most since record-keeping began in 1991.

October 17, 2013

Three candidates running for Gorham school board

One incumbent and two challengers – who have not held office – will compete for two seats.

October 17, 2013

Feature obituary: Janet Hill, 90, longtime Cape Elizabeth teacher

She taught for 25 years and was active in her church and community.

October 17, 2013

Oreos are like cocaine – to lab animals

A Connecticut College study finds that foods with high fat and sugar content may be as addictive as hard drugs.

October 17, 2013

Dry firewood getting scarce at wrong time for Mainers

A wet spring slowed harvesting and a cold forecast boosted demand, leaving a very low supply before winter even starts.

October 17, 2013

Secret surplus? Nope, Gov. LePage just kidding

That’s what his spokesman says after the governor told a conservative group he had hidden $47 million from Democrats.

October 17, 2013

Five candidates vying for council in Gorham

One incumbent will seek another three-year term as four newcomers look for a first chance to serve.

October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz: Corrosive or courageous?

Establishment Republicans chide Sen. Ted Cruz as divisive, but tea partyers see a leader.

October 17, 2013

Haunted walk scarier at new Kittery site

After 10 years of running it as a community-based event at his home, Steve Workman moves it to a commercial space but keeps the volunteer spirit.

October 17, 2013

Meet the candidates for Gorham School Board

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Gorham School Board.

October 17, 2013

Meet the candidates for Gorham Town Council

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Gorham Town Council.