News from October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

Maine town clerk gets in the spirit

Cathy Cook recounts local ghost stories in her book 'Hauntings from Wayne and Beyond.'

October 25, 2013

Maine elementary school kids learn a good run is fun Several photos included in this story

Informal clubs are sprouting up across Maine to help young students get active.

October 25, 2013

Kennedy cousin Skakel seeks bond release from prison

Michael Skakel won a new trial Wednesday in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

October 24, 2013

Portland Jetport gets faster security screening

The program launched this month may reduce check-in times and hassles.

October 25, 2013

Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring sells for $108,000 at auction Several photos included in this story

The JFK assassin left the ring on his wife’s dresser before he left the house to kill the president.

October 25, 2013

Cardinals fight back, beat Red Sox in Game 2 Several photos included in this story

A costly error by Boston relief pitcher Craig Breslow helped St. Louis win 4-2.

October 24, 2013

Boston’s Farrell: Peavy, Buchholz in Games 3, 4

Buchholz could use the extra day of rest, the manager says, but sidesteps a question about a possible injury.

October 24, 2013

Boston’s Lester accused of foreign substance on glove

A St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter and implied Boston’s ace was cheating.

October 25, 2013

Natalie’s chef wins crowd, and Lobster Chef honor Video clip included

The judges were tied, so an audience vote makes Chris Long the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year.

October 24, 2013

With Red Sox in World Series, TV ratings rebound

Wednesday’s game peaked with 16.9 million viewers during the second inning.

October 24, 2013

National Guard member opens fire on Tennessee armory

Two soliders are wounded and the suspected shooter is in custody, officials say.

October 24, 2013

Maine employees union backs Michaud for governor

Union members say Michaud has a proven record protecting Maine’s working families.

October 24, 2013

Police: NH teen allegedly tried to kill mother

Catherine George, 49, was airlifted to a Boston hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

October 24, 2013

16 Maine hospitals receive top safety rankings

The Leapfrog Group rates hospitals annually on 28 safety measures.

October 25, 2013

Classmate: Accused Mass. teacher slayer stayed after school Several photos included in this story

Authorities have not said whether Colleen Ritzer had any previous run-ins with Philip Chism, the student who is charged with murder.

October 25, 2013

Oil and gas to maintain key roles in New England energy picture

An industry analyst tells a Portland audience that gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating oil will continue to be in high demand for decades.

October 25, 2013

Maine hunter forced to shoot his trapped dog

The man tries to help his dog, caught in a coyote trap, but it bites him and won’t let go.

October 24, 2013

Cumberland County Jail earns nearly perfect accreditation score

The standards cover policies like health care, sanitation, food service, tool and chemical controls, training and fire safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

October 24, 2013

Pirates kidnap two U.S. mariners from commercial ship

A U.S. official says the vessel and 11 other members of the crew were released.

October 25, 2013

Dispute grows in SAD 6 superintendent case

Frank Sherburne has been cleared of any impropriety, which the school board points out in an online letter that criticizes the teachers union.

October 25, 2013

Eighth-graders from Maine near top in math, science rankings

Besides the high positions nationally, Mainers also compare very well against foreign students, a federal study finds.

October 24, 2013

Eight states vow 3.3M zero-emission vehicles by 2025

The states include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.

October 24, 2013

Portland Adult Ed will create new language lab

A $68,000 grant will allow students on a waiting list to access classes

October 24, 2013

Major pension funds ask for climate change study

Leaders of 70 funds said they’re asking the world’s top oil, gas, coal and electric companies to do detailed assessments of how efforts to control climate change could impact their businesses.

October 24, 2013

Collision kills Sabattus woman

Both vehicles were destroyed in the crash early this morning.

October 24, 2013

Water main break on Congress near Davis restricts traffic

Crews are working to repair the line in time for the evening commute.

October 24, 2013

Three states tussle over bragging rights to first flight

State lawmakers in both Ohio and North Carolina have called a news conferences to dispute Connecticut’s claim.

October 25, 2013

Designers of health care website: Full testing done far too late Video clip included

Federal officials decided to ‘go live’ despite the brief test period, causing a chaotic rollout, a congressional panel is told.

October 25, 2013

New study finds Hannaford’s Guiding Stars are working

Shoppers are prompted to choose healthier items identified by the grocery store chain’s system.

October 24, 2013

Fight at Bangor High under investigation

The mother of one of the girls says her daughter was attacked and a video posted on Facebook shows other students standing around cheering.

October 24, 2013

Fairfield hit-and-run victim offers reward to catch truck driver

‘If we find the guy, I hope he can get convicted,’ says Joseph Jenness.

October 24, 2013

NH high school student brings loaded gun to class

School officials say the student faces possible expulsion.

October 24, 2013

Cousin charged in Hernandez case due in court

Tanya Singleton has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact.

October 24, 2013

Bangor man in standoff pleads not guilty to firearms charges

The four-hour standoff on July 4 ended when a tactical team used tear gas to take him into custody.

October 24, 2013

Northern New England telemedicine system hits milestone

The broadband network connects hospitals, community health centers and other facilities in primarily rural locations so they can share medical information.

October 24, 2013

Germany summons US ambassador over NSA spying

Merkel’s government says she has complained to President Obama after receiving information her cellphone may have been monitored.

October 24, 2013

Expedited screening begins at Portland Jetport

Passengers who are eligible include U.S. citizens who are members of frequent traveler programs or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program.

October 24, 2013

Turnpike delays reopening of Falmouth off-ramp

Construction crews found more structural damage on the southbound ramp than they anticipated.

October 24, 2013

Meet the candidates for Saco Mayor

Two candidates are running for the office of Saco City Mayor in the Nov. 5 election.

October 24, 2013

Maine expo offers healthy information and recognizes heroes of care

The Health and Wellness Expo on Nov. 3 also will benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

October 24, 2013

Zombie flash mob invades Portland for ‘Thriller’ dance Several photos included in this story Video clip included

40 volunteers participate in a dance teacher’s tribute to Michael Jackson’s hit song.

October 24, 2013

Norwegian agents pressed Kenya mall suspect to shun jihadism

The man, who had resided in Norway before leaving three years ago, was well known to its domestic intelligence service.

October 24, 2013

Greenpeace captain’s Maine wife expresses relief

The activist’s spouse is cautiously optimistic as the Russian charge is reduced from piracy to hooliganism.

October 24, 2013

Board: Bonny Eagle superintendent probed, cleared

Frank Sherburne’s communications with a troubled student were just misconstrued, the board chair says.

October 24, 2013

Councilor, ex-legislator face off for job as Saco mayor

David Tripp and Donald Pilon want to focus on economic development, but in different ways.

October 24, 2013

Maine small-business owners say shutdown hurt

The 16-day government closure affected local businesses in a variety of ways – and they fear it could happen again.

October 24, 2013

Newcomers, familiar faces seeking seats on Saco council Several photos included in this story

Some of the candidates’ priorities: Budgets, taxes, growth, RSU withdrawal and resident participation.

October 24, 2013

Saco voters to choose two RSU 23 board members

The vote for the two seats, however, may be nullified if Saco elects to leave the district.

October 24, 2013

Hockey group with link to Pirates looks at Saco for arena

It’s just one option as the team looks for a permanent home while its stalemate with the Civic Center continues.

October 24, 2013

New proposal reflects diversifying East End in Portland Several photos included in this story

The plan for a four-story building with homes and businesses adds to other upscale projects going up on Munjoy Hill.

October 24, 2013

Widow seeks permission to continue lawsuit against Maine railroad

She is suing over her husband’s death in 2012, but the railroad is in bankruptcy proceeding.

October 24, 2013

Let Mainers sign up for health insurance on our website, insurer says

That would help people avoid the troubled federal site, the company says, as it awaits a response from the U.S.

November 26, 2013

Maine man gets nine months in jail for more than 30 hunting charges

Joseph A. Deleskey is also ordered to pay more than $15,000 in fines.