News from October 22, 2013

October 23, 2013

To save money, government will stop printing nautical maps Several photos included in this story

It will still chart rocks, shipwrecks and other hazards, but boaters and fishermen will have to use electronic maps or private on-demand printing to get the information.

October 23, 2013

Clear majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana

For first time since Gallup began asking the question more than 40 years ago, the majority is definite, with the support climbing a full 10 points since last year.

October 23, 2013

Maine tactical team resolves second standoff in single day

Earlier Tuesday the team defused another standoff situation involving an armed suspect, 300 miles away in Aroostook County.

October 23, 2013

Allegiant Air switches first N.H. flight from Portsmouth to Manchester

The airline says the government shutdown delayed the installation of passenger screening equipment at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

October 22, 2013

N.H. machete attacker injured in prison fight

Murderer Christopher Gribble was moved last week to a unit where he has contact with other inmates.

October 22, 2013

Portland man charged with transporting three for prostitution

Samuel Gravely faces a federal charge of taking a minor and two adults from Portland to Boston.

October 22, 2013

World Series: Red Sox, Cardinals renew a rivalry

In the Beards vs. the Birds, the Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years and St. Louis is aiming to take its third in eight seasons.

October 23, 2013

Meet the candidates for South Portland School Board

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

October 22, 2013

Officers left doors open to nuclear missiles command post, officials say

The violations are seen as another sign of serious trouble in the handling of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

October 23, 2013

USM beefs up security after campus keys stolen

Locks will be changed in up to 50 buildings on campus after keys were stolen from a university van

October 23, 2013

Fired Maine border officer wins $285,000 settlement

The Rangeley woman said her supervisor told her ‘a woman’s place is in front of the oven’ and disparaged her Catholicism.

October 22, 2013

To save money, government will stop printing nautical maps Several photos included in this story

It will still chart rocks, shipwrecks and other hazards, but boaters and fishermen will have to use electronic maps or print it themselves.

October 22, 2013

Florida police say boy, 13, brought gun to school bus stop

They arrest him and recover a handgun that he says another youth gave to him.

October 22, 2013

Canadian in drug smuggling conspiracy sentenced in Maine

The New Brunswick man gets four years in prison and must forfeit $300,000 in seized cash to the U.S.

October 22, 2013

Boston officials discuss World Series security measures

Boston’s police superintendent says there will be enhanced police presence for the first two games and everyone will be working if there is a clinching game in Boston.

October 22, 2013

Nevada student shooter, 12, brought weapon from home Several photos included in this story

The middle school math teacher who was killed had stepped between the shooter and other students.

October 24, 2013

LePage’s ‘47% don’t work’ claim draws fire

State labor statistics show his assertion is incorrect, as 60 percent of Mainers who are eligible to work are employed, and many others are retired, caregivers or going to school.

October 23, 2013

Judge delays sale of Boston Globe to Red Sox owner

The New York Times Co. and John Henry had scheduled to close their reported $70 million sale of The New England Media Group on Friday.

October 22, 2013

Cemetery to meet with vet’s family over removal of SpongeBob gravestone

The 7-foot headstone has been removed and will not be allowed back up, a cemetery official says.

October 22, 2013

Planned Brunswick tech hub receives nearly $3 million in funding

The money will be used to convert a building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

October 22, 2013

City to sell Nathan Clifford Elementary School for $1

A developer wants to turn the building into as many as 22 housing units, which is supported by residents.

October 22, 2013

Builders of Obamacare website saw red flags

Insider interviews and a review of technical specifications finds a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers.

October 23, 2013

Voters to decide strict Scarborough leash law

Meanwhile, a repeal of the ordinance could expose the town to a $12,000 fine.

October 23, 2013

Briefcase



October 22, 2013

Maine women among protesters arrested at Irving Oil building in NH

They said they were protesting fracking exploration on indigenous lands in Canada.

October 23, 2013

Apple iPads get a freshening up for holiday season

Price cuts are in the mix to combat an eroding sales base.

October 22, 2013

Vatican fields cricket club as sport, faith merge

Tea and cucumber sandwiches were served at the launch.

October 22, 2013

Flavored small cigars are popular with kids

Maine is one of two states that restrict the sale of flavored cigars.

October 23, 2013

Grand jury indicts Maine teenager shot by state trooper

The West Paris resident, 18, is indicted on burglary, theft and criminal threatening charges.

October 24, 2013

Brunswick hospital mistakenly sends man woman’s medical records

The Woolwich man says he asked Mid Coast Hospital for his records because he never got a bill for procedures received more than a year ago.

October 22, 2013

New England reports fewer poor air quality days

Maine was the only state to see a rise in unhealthy days.

October 22, 2013

Fairfield police seek driver who left while they checked wreck

A witness told police the pickup truck that struck a Mustang never stopped and headed toward Norridgewock.

October 22, 2013

Maine sex offender charged with illegal contact with children

A Penobscot County man was charged after police were told he was seen with two young boys sitting on his lap at the Fairfield Police Athletic Field.

October 22, 2013

Customer pounces on masked man in NH holdup

The customer grabbed the gun, tossed it aside and held onto the man until police arrived.

October 22, 2013

Maine bill seeks to aid victims of human trafficking

Rep. Amy Volk of Scarborough says Maine would join 14 other states that have the law.

October 22, 2013

Biddeford mayor’s race includes familiar contenders

Former two-term Mayor Joanne Twomey, Councilor Perry Aberle and newcomer Karl Reed Jr. are challenging Mayor Alan Casavant.

October 22, 2013

Glitches plague online Common Application for college

Software problems in the retooled program frustrate students and force some schools to alter early admission deadlines.

October 22, 2013

New York, Delaware oppose Maine plan to loosen smog rules

The resistance could make it hard to get the EPA to ease what the state views as obstacles to economic growth.

October 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

USM gets $1.6 million 'game changer' grant / Tribe ups reward in bald eagle shooting / Police seize oxycodone, charge 3 ... and more news form around the state.

October 22, 2013

Repercussions for Scout leaders who toppled rock

They’ve been removed from their posts and face charges.

October 22, 2013

Maine woman speaks with husband jailed in Russia

Peter Willcox was arrested in a Greenpeace protest.

October 22, 2013

Dismissed employee sues Maine CDC

A former division director claims undue retaliation for refusing to shred public documents.

October 22, 2013

Portland to sell Nathan Clifford Elementary School for $1

A developer wants to turn the building into as many as 22 housing units, which is supported by residents.

October 22, 2013

MaineCare complaint log: Serious consequences for ride glitches

There's also a discrepancy between the official log, which shows 266 complaints, and the thousands of complaint calls actually made.

October 22, 2013

Bonny Eagle superintendent tries to put end to rumors

Frank Sherburne asked for an investigation and posted his schedule online to stop the speculation.

October 22, 2013

Shutdown damaged standing of Republican party

The GOP's image hits an all-time low in a new poll, which faults Democrats, too.

October 22, 2013

Red Sox radio voices silenced in most of Maine

Because of contractual obligations, ESPN radio will tune out Boston announcers Dave O’Brien and Joe Castiglione.

November 5, 2013

Crowded field vying for seven Biddeford City Council seats

A mix of political newcomers and former councilors seek office.