News from October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013

Activists, including Maine-linked captain, charged with piracy Several photos included in this story

As many as 30 Greenpeace protesters at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic face prison.

October 2, 2013

Maine contractor guilty of false tax filings

Marshall Swan had blamed his wife, who was convicted earlier of falsifying returns.

October 2, 2013

White House meeting yields no progress on shutdown Several photos included in this story

Republican leaders still hope to delay or wipe out the new health law, which the president says is an unacceptable reason to shut down the nation's government.

October 2, 2013

Pressure mounts to fix health insurance exchanges Several photos included in this story

The high interest from Americans wanting to buy health insurance is seen as a postive, but website glitches could dampen enthusiasm for the law.

October 2, 2013

Maine attorney who made bomb threats allowed to keep law practice

Ron Hoffman called in bomb threats to two Wilton, Maine schools.

October 2, 2013

Portland suicide threat snarls bridge traffic during rush hour

The three-hour incident began after a man was seen hanging on the outside of the guardrail.

October 2, 2013

Shutdown stirs growing concern in private sector

It may be business as usual for most so far, but an extended shutdown would hurt private companies, many say.

October 2, 2013

Professional boxing to return to Portland Expo

Promoter Bob Russo announces a mixed pro-amateur fight card for Nov. 16.

October 2, 2013

South Portland warns residents about rash of burglaries

Eleven reports came in from the Redbank neighborhood alone since July 1.

October 2, 2013

Nicole Clegg stepping down as Portland spokeswoman

After six years at City Hall, she will take a position with Planned Parenthood.

October 2, 2013

Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at age 66 Several photos included in this story

Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with ‘The Hunt for Red October.’

October 3, 2013

Portland buses to display marijuana ads despite objections

The ads promoting marijuana as safer than alcohol have upset the people trying to prevent kids from smoking pot.

October 2, 2013

Lance Armstrong gives back Olympic medal

The American rider was stripped of the bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games in January after he admitted to doping.

October 3, 2013

Maine jail officials back report calling for early education

The report says a greater investment in preschool programs will translate to fewer costly incarcerations.

October 2, 2013

Deering head football coach resigns

Assistant Matt Riddell is appointed to take Scott Parsons’ place for the rest of the season

October 2, 2013

Marathon bombing suspect wants prison restrictions lifted

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers say he has been subjected to ‘extraordinary' restrictions that impair their ability to defend him.

October 2, 2013

What Mainers are saying about government shutdown

Readers share their reactions to the shutdown

October 2, 2013

U.S. Treasury reimburses man for cash eaten by dog

The Montana gets a $500 check for the reassembled parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever.

October 2, 2013

Vermont man pleads guilty to stealing Robert Frost papers

Police say he stole two letters and 13 Christmas cards and sold them for more than $25,000.

October 2, 2013

Suspect arraigned in motorcycle-SUV brawl

Police are still seeking a biker seen smashing the SUV’s window with his helmet.

October 2, 2013

N.H. woman: Late husband’s ashes lost in mail

She says she sent the ashes to his daughter in Florida so she could scatter them in his favorite fishing spot.

October 2, 2013

LePage sends $10K to Maine murder victims memorial

The governor has made domestic violence awareness a priority since taking office.

October 2, 2013

Shutdown snags survivor benefits of widow trying to return to Maine

It could be as long as four weeks before Hiedi Adams, whose husband was a Forest Service firefighter, begins to receive benefits.

October 2, 2013

LePage agency recommends $9.5 million cut in education funding

It’s needed to balance the state budget, a report says, but the Legislature is unlikely to approve it.

October 3, 2013

New development possible in Port Clyde fatal crash

The car that fatally struck a boy on the ferry dock may have been spotted speeding in Waldoboro an hour earlier.

October 2, 2013

Kate’s Butter allowed to stay in OOB for four months

The business plans to move to a larger facility in Arundel, but construction delays have prevented the relocation.

October 2, 2013

Man wanted in Maine arrested in N.H.

U.S. marshals say 22-year-old Timothy Wayne Smith was arrested Tuesday night.

October 2, 2013

Voters tweet to Congress: Stop being so stupid

Tweeters mostly said they couldn’t understand why a compromise seemed so elusive.

October 2, 2013

Obama shortens Asia trip because of shutdown

The White House says he will still travel to Indonesia and Brunei, but is calling off stops in Malaysia and the Philippines.

October 2, 2013

Dad who saved girl in deadly rock slide remembered

The 13-year-old says her father covered her when the slide crashed down on the family on a popular hiking route to see a popular Colorado waterfall.

October 2, 2013

‘Red’ states offer little help on buying insurance

State workers in several Republican-run states were ordered to not help consumers and instead refer all questions to federal officials.

October 2, 2013

Government standoff, shutdown continues Several photos included in this story

The U.S. government faces a possible weeks-long shutdown as Republicans seek to delay or repeal the health care act.

October 2, 2013

Instead of fining panhandlers, Portland police threaten jail

Critics say that’s too harsh and not part of a new city ordinance, but police say it’s an effective tool.

October 2, 2013

‘Raging Bull’ copyright claim heads to Supreme Court

The court will also hear a gun ownership case.

October 2, 2013

Mental state of man in Maine hospital assault debated

At issue is whether a man was angry or paranoid during an alleged attack on a mental health worker.

October 2, 2013

EEE kills horse in Fairfield, Maine

The virus can be transmitted to horses and humans by mosquitoes.

October 2, 2013

Bill seeks more transparency in NSA surveillance requests

Two lawmakers call for a citizen’s advocate.

October 2, 2013

Feature Obituary: Arthur Clark, 85, city planner, longtime MDOT engineer

Mr. Clark, who grew up in Sanford, had engineering in his blood thanks to his father and grandfather.

October 2, 2013

In Augusta, shutdown’s impact already visible

Some Maine offices close or offer limited services. But the effects of a long closure would be much more dire.

October 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Gas leak disrupts Portland traffic during rush hour / Investigation into death of biker continues, police say / Portland fifth in concentration of gay households ... and more news from around the state.

October 2, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Sen. Collins hardly a profile in courage during shutdown stalemate

Maybe she thought we weren’t looking.

October 2, 2013

Businesses, brewers, loan seekers among Maine’s affected

Thousands of workers are placed on furlough during the shutdown, and local businesses brace for the economic crunch.

October 1, 2013

Gas leak diverts downtown Portland traffic at rush hour

The leak near High and Congress streets is repaired 3½ hours later.

October 2, 2013

Washington rally calls for stronger restrictions on painkillers

In 10 years, more Americans have lost their lives from abusing opioid drugs than have died fighting in three wars.

October 2, 2013

Man wounded in Maine shooting; assailant found dead

The wounded man is treated at a Bangor hospital and is expected to survive.

October 2, 2013

Generator fire destroys home in Westbrook

One firefighter is injured in the Park road blaze, which starts in a generator being used to restore power following a car accident.