News from October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Following emotional debate, Saco faces vote on RSU withdrawal

Saco may decide to leave Regional School Unit 23.

October 24, 2013

Cost drives teens away from car culture

The economy – rather than restrictions on night driving and passenger numbers – results in a lower percentage of youths getting licensed to drive.

October 24, 2013

Pope expels German bishop over $43 million residential complex Several photos included in this story

The Vatican is not saying how long the expulsion will last as an inquiry into the matter goes on.

October 23, 2013

Red Sox offense erupts in Game 1 victory Several photos included in this story

Mike Napoli had a three-run double and David Ortiz smashed a two-run homer, and Boston won 8-1.

October 24, 2013

Kennedy cousin Skakel wins new trial in 1975 murder

Defense attorney will seek his release on bond.

October 23, 2013

Calif. sheriff’s deputies shoot, kill 13-year-old

The teen was carrying a replica of an assault rifle, and was allegedly repeatedly told to drop it.

October 23, 2013

Small business loans rise in Maine

The value of loans increased 24 percent in the past year.

October 23, 2013

Russia drops piracy claim against Greenpeace activists Several photos included in this story

The charge is changed to ‘hooliganism,’ which could still mean prison for Peter Willcox – the Maine-linked captain – and 29 other detainees.

October 23, 2013

Maine Mall BMV branch closes Thursday; new office in Scarborough

Although the mall branch is the second busiest in the state, it's too small and parking is too difficult during the holiday season, officials say.

October 23, 2013

Romney’s new house in Utah has mystery room

The 5,900-square-foot house in a Salt Lake City suburb will be the fifth home for the former Republican presidential candidate.

October 24, 2013

Shenna Bellows launches effort to unseat Susan Collins

The Democrat, the first to challenge the popular incumbent U.S. senator, is in her first run for office.

October 23, 2013

Boston museum exhibit highlights stolen artwork

FBI officials have said they think they know who stole the works in 1990, but the artwork has not been recovered.

October 23, 2013

Transcript of live chat with Kevin Thomas about Red Sox



October 23, 2013

Red Sox set roster for Game 1 of World Series

They face the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

October 24, 2013

Monologuist Mike Daisey explores war and its effects on Americans

His performance will be at UMaine on Friday.

October 24, 2013

Soft-spoken teen accused of killing Mass. teacher Several photos included in this story

Colleen Ritzer, 24, is the second teacher allegedly killed by a student in the U.S. this week.

October 24, 2013

New search for Ayla Reynolds yields no clues Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A tip leads state and local police and Maine wardens to scour a wooded area in Oakland, but there’s still no trace of the missing Waterville toddler.

October 23, 2013

Water main break on Washington Avenue slows traffic

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

October 23, 2013

Police frustrated two weeks after NH teen vanished Several photos included in this story

Abigail Hernandez was last seen leaving her high school on Oct. 9.

October 24, 2013

Obama calls Mr. Fix-It to help health care site

Jeffrey Zients, who has a knack for taming bureaucratic backlogs, has come out of a temporary retirement and quietly dived into his new assignment.

October 23, 2013

Regional SBA chief holds event in Waterville

Seth Goodall, a former state lawmaker, is using today’s event to tout the SBA’s new no-guarantee-fee initiative for loans under $150,000.

October 23, 2013

Boston Marathon suspect may pin blame on brother

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys are trying to get records implicating the now-dead brother in a triple slaying committed in 2011.

October 23, 2013

Assault rifle carrier: Portland police got it wrong

Carlos Reed says a class project in which he planned a fake terrorist attack got him in trouble.

October 23, 2013

Mystery girl prompts birth records checks in Greece

The case has attracted the interest of investigators and parents involved in missing-child cases around the world.

October 23, 2013

Portland planners OK Newbury Street condo complex

The Seaport Lofts development will bring 39 units to the vacant corner of Newbury and Hancock streets.

October 23, 2013

Clues emerge about mystery structure on barge in Portland Harbor

Could it be housing for sailors, a government facility or a Google floating data center? ‘This is a good thing for Maine,’ Cianbro’s CEO promises.

October 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man accused of smuggling prostitutes / Hospital sorry for sending wrong records to patient / Sex offender arrested, jailed after reports of boys on lap ... and more news from around the state.

October 23, 2013

MaineCare rides contractor understated complaint numbers

But the company says it was not being deceptive when it reported a small fraction of the 3,662 calls in August for erratic service.

October 23, 2013

‘Professional Bigfoot hunter’ searches for missing hiker in Maine Several photos included in this story

The trio releases a video of themselves finding a bra, but the Maine Warden Service says that and other contacts haven't resulted in any solid leads.

October 23, 2013

New director hopes to expand role of Maine’s largest mental health group

Jenna Mehnert wants to ensure that NAMI Maine’s services and resources are available to both young and old.

October 23, 2013

Yarmouth dredging must continue even if dams removed

But a study says their removal would not significantly increase the sediment problem in the harbor.

October 23, 2013

New venture offers journey to edge of space

A helium balloon will lift a capsule nearly 100,000 feet to give passengers a spectacular view of Earth.

October 23, 2013

Drug-resistant infections kill thousands

A new study links human deaths to the use of antibiotics in livestock, but Congress has failed to act.

October 23, 2013

Veteran, newcomer compete for S. Portland school board seat

The District 1 race is the only contest for the seven-member body.

October 23, 2013

Facebook wrestles with challenge of gruesome content

The social media giant is sharply criticized for withdrawing its ban on videos of beheadings.

October 23, 2013

Study: Self-driving cars will bring big benefits

Crash fatalities and costs would drop, and travelers could lounge or do other activities, the study predicts.

October 25, 2013

Two sides of LePage: He sometimes offends, but his focus is unwavering

A fuller picture of the governor paints a stubborn former business consultant, a populist who reflects pent-up frustration and an easily-frustrated CEO with little patience for the slow grind of the legislative process.