News from October 21, 2013

October 22, 2013

Dutch ask tribunal to help free Greenpeace activists

Among those held in Russia is a protest ship captain who has ties to Maine.

October 21, 2013

Eliot police seek help with bank robbery suspects

The men wore hoodies, white sneakers and blue jeans when they robbed Kennebunk Savings Bank on Saturday.

October 22, 2013

Meet the candidates for Biddeford City Council

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Biddeford City Council.

October 21, 2013

Traffic at Franklin, Marginal Way moving again after crash

The multi-vehicle crash occurs during the evening commute.

October 22, 2013

Maine kept in dark on health care sign-up data

U.S. officials won’t provide numbers until November, leaving a state panel unsure if more public-awareness efforts are needed.

October 21, 2013

USM receives grant to keep students in school

It’s one of 33 colleges nationwide, and the only in Maine, to receive what its president calls a ‘game changer.’

October 21, 2013

Bankrupt railroad closes on $3 million loan

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway will be able to keep operating into 2014

October 23, 2013

Pier 1 open for business in South Portland

The homewares chain previously had a store on Forest Avenue until 2005.

October 22, 2013

Jon Lester to start Game 1 of World Series for Red Sox

The whole lineup isn’t set, but David Ortiz will start at least once at first base.

October 22, 2013

Portland to limit panhandling enforcement until trial

Until a judge rules on the challenged ban, police will only target people in the medians who are under the influence.

October 21, 2013

Reward doubles in probe of Maine bald eagle shooting

The Penobscot Nation offers additional $1,000 for information about the bird, which was found dead in Hermon.

October 21, 2013

Red Sox fans warned of possible World Series ticket scams

The Rhode Island attorney general recommends only buying tickets from an approved broker and paying with a credit card.

October 21, 2013

Poll finds growing comfort with online dating

But there are problems: More than half of online daters say someone else 'seriously misrepresented themselves' in an online dating profile.

October 22, 2013

Founder of Maine lobster processor wins national entrepreneurs award

Kyle Murdock, who launched Sea Hag Seafood last fall, is among five recipients of the award, which comes with a $40,000 grant.

October 21, 2013

After cancer diagnosis, Maine teen puts life on fast track

Damon Haggan of Belgrade plans to get married next month and wants to establish a family and a legacy.

October 21, 2013

NH, Maine, tanker owner agree to mediation

The owners have been seeking a $2.4 million refund for the bond posted to release the vessel after the collision into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1.

October 23, 2013

Home sales in Maine rise sharply

Sales of existing single-family homes in September rose almost 25 percent from last year.

October 21, 2013

Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers manager

Leyland, 68, retires after eight seasons with Detroit, including two trips to the World Series.

October 22, 2013

Preble Street receives grant to fight sex trafficking Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The social services agency has received $400,000 for an effort to help prostitution victims in Maine.

October 21, 2013

Maine oxycodone investigation yields three arrests, gun, pills, cash

Police believe one of the suspects had been bringing the prescription painkiller from New York for sale in Maine’s midcoast.

October 21, 2013

Health-care site problems ‘are being fixed,’ Obama says Video clip included

The White House also appears to open the door to the possibility that people facing website problems might be exempted from the penalty for remaining uninsured after March 31.

October 21, 2013

Nevada student opens fire, kills teacher and himself Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Two other boys are wounded in the attack. The motive isn’t known.

October 22, 2013

Mother, daughter in cemetery car duel charged with felonies

The West Gardiner women did $34,000 in damage to gravestones, according to the Monmouth Cemetery Association.

October 21, 2013

N.J. Gov. Christie drops gay marriage appeal Several photos included in this story

Couples marrying today can receive all the state and federal benefits of marriage, including being allowed to file tax returns jointly and Social Security survivor benefits.

October 21, 2013

Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet

Three-fourths of the samples bought from one popular website contained high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies, researchers found.

October 21, 2013

EU lawmakers to vote on stronger data privacy laws

The draft legislation, beefed up after Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. spying, would have significant implications for U.S. internet companies.

October 21, 2013

Meet the candidates for South Portland City Council

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the South Portland City Council.

October 21, 2013

Maine man dressed as ‘The Joker’ charged with OUI

Dennis Lalime was charged after he went off the road early Sunday morning in Pittsfield and hit a tree after attending a Halloween party as the Batman villain.

October 21, 2013

Study: 15 percent of U.S. youth out of school, work

The dour report underscores the challenges young adults face now and foretells challenges they are likely to face as they get older.

October 21, 2013

Interest in heath exchange remains high in Maine Video clip included

The Obama administration’s top Health and Human Services official for New England briefs lawmakers and health care experts.

October 21, 2013

France joins list of allies angry over NSA spying

Keeping tabs on allies is classic spycraft, but the sweep and scope of the NSA program has irritated Germany, Britain, Brazil, Mexico and now France.

October 21, 2013

Portland’s torn past on slavery re-emerges

The City Council’s treatment of honors for notables Nathan Clifford and George Cleeve, both rumored to be slavery sympathizers, is a study in contrasts.

October 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Missing former Portland mayor found in Riverside / Fatal crashes in Leeds, Standish / Plane crashes into Moosehad Lake ... and more news from around the state.

October 21, 2013

South Portland to vote on $14 million public works facility

The modern, 79,000-square-foot facility on Highland Avenue would include office space for the Parks and Recreation Department.

October 21, 2013

Featured obituary: Col. Robert Rheault dies at 87

The retired Army officer served at the Outward Bound School for 32 years.

October 21, 2013

Tar sands remains sticky wicket in South Portland

High-flying rhetoric, myriad press events and dramatic pronouncements have been the hallmark of the campaign for the Waterfront Protection Ordinance.

October 21, 2013

Portland City Council to vote on $1 price for school

The Housing and Community Development Committee proposes the nominal amount to preserve open space as the former Nathan Clifford Elementary School is sold to a developer.

October 21, 2013

Experts called in to try to fix health care website

President Obama will address the site’s technical problems today.

October 21, 2013

From Sea Dogs in April to the World Series stage in October

The fast rise of Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman leaves Maine baseball officials impressed.

October 21, 2013

Portland installs more parking pay stations Several photos included in this story

People on the street give the new machines mixed reviews

October 21, 2013

DeLorme keeping up with a revolution Several photos included in this story

The Yarmouth-based mapping company puts new emphasis on the world of digital products, but yes, it’s still making paper maps.

October 22, 2013

South Portland council candidates well-versed in public service Several photos included in this story

Four people are running for at-large seats, two of them opponents of the Waterfront Protection Ordinance.