News from October 3, 2013

October 4, 2013

Feds terminate funding for Maine's psychiatric hospital

The state will appeal the decision, which comes after ongoing staffing and governance problems, which first arose in March.

October 4, 2013

L.L. Bean, neighbors tussle over growing paddling center

Some Freeport residents are questioning expansion in the Flying Point area.

October 3, 2013

Cardinals rout Pirates in Game 1 of playoff series

Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparks a seven-run third inning as St. Louis delivers a reality jolt to Pittsburgh.

October 3, 2013

Ship capsizes off Italy; 114 African migrants die Video clip included

Between 450 and 500 people were believed to be on board, and several hundred are still missing.

October 3, 2013

N.H. store looking for Megabucks winner

The owner is trying to figure out who bought a winning $2.25 million Megabucks ticket.

October 4, 2013

SUV driver’s wife: We were in ‘grave danger’ Video clip included

The driver involved in a bloody confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists feared for the lives of his family when he drove through the crowd, she says.

October 3, 2013

Scarborough police investigate series of burglaries

All three break-ins occurred on Portland Farms Road off Route 1.

October 3, 2013

Maine on verge of canceling contract with rides-for-poor coordinator

DHHS says service is still inadequate and the company has until Dec. 1 to fix it

October 4, 2013

Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The incident began when a Connecticut woman with a baby tried to ram her car through a security barricade at the White House.

October 3, 2013

Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

Researchers gave the pills to 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

October 3, 2013

With turkey numbers soaring, Maine lets hunters bag two

Nonexistent in Maine 26 years ago, the turkey population has increased to an estimated 60,000 birds, and some people think that’s too much of a good thing.

October 3, 2013

Convicted killer cites new evidence of Bulger role

Frederick Weichel has spent 32 years in prison. Lawyers say they have found evidence that shows he was wrongfully convicted.

October 4, 2013

2013 list of Best Places to Work in Maine

List of best places to work in Maine

October 4, 2013

Sixty companies make annual list of best places to work in Maine

Some of the better-known names include Cianbro, Bangor Savings Bank, L.L. Bean and Unum.

October 26, 2013

Michael Jackson’s mother loses damage suit against AEG Video clip included

The suit had accused the concert promoter of being responsible for hiring the doctor convicted of killing her son in 2009.

October 3, 2013

Three face oxycodone charges after Down East raid

Police also find 37 marijuana plants in the Roque Bluffs bust.

October 3, 2013

Buffett sees last-minute budget accord

‘We will go right up to the point of extreme idiocy, but we won’t cross it,’ he says.

October 3, 2013

Hundreds of workers at NH hospital being treated for scabies

The hospital also said it is going to notify 165 patients about a possible exposure.

October 3, 2013

Carnegie medals honor 22 heroes, including Maine man

Jeremy Day of Windsor is recognized for risking his life to save a girl from a burning car.

October 3, 2013

Victims in Tenn. bus crash belonged to tightknit church group Several photos included in this story

Eight are dead and 14 other people are injured in the accident, including two in critical condition.

October 3, 2013

Bill would require job search by Maine welfare seekers

Sponsored by House Minority Leader Fredette, the legislation aims to cut welfare spending.

October 3, 2013

Police say phone scam seeks bank account information

The call that purports to be from Gorham Savings Bank tells people their bank account has been frozen.

October 3, 2013

China recycling clampdown jolts global industry Several photos included in this story

The ‘Green Fence’ campaign is abruptly changing a multibillion-dollar industry in which China is a major processing center for the world’s discarded soft drink bottles, scrap metal, electronics and other materials.

October 3, 2013

Fall colors nearing peak throughout Maine

The state foliage report says leaf drop is still relatively low, meaning there are plenty of colorful leaves left for viewing.

October 3, 2013

Who knew? Shutdown casualties shatter stereotypes

Americans are finding that ‘the government’ entails a lot more than faceless D.C. bureaucrats cranking out red tape.

October 3, 2013

Now, debt ceiling jitters

As talks to resolve the budget stalemate go nowhere, the bigger problem of a potential U.S. default on its debt enters the picture.

October 3, 2013

Metro bus service hopes to expand north of Portland

New routes likely would extend along the I-95/Route 1 corridor to Freeport.

October 3, 2013

Scarborough passes leash law

As part of a settlement with the federal government, the town will create the post of piping plover coordinator.

October 3, 2013

Bar Harbor feels ill effects of government shutdown

A lobster bake company loses thousands of dollars as cruise ships cancel orders, and restaurants and other businesses fear the worst with Acadia National Park closed down.

October 3, 2013

Maine tribe fires finance director with embezzlement record

The Passamaquoddies check the books for irregularities and say the new hire misled them on his past and identity.

October 3, 2013

Franklin County sheriff stars in Taser demonstration

During the open house event, visitors mingle with law enforcement personnel and learn about equipment they use, including Taser stun guns.

October 3, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Girl, 11, charged with felony over bomb note at school / Town allows Kate’s Butter to stay for four more months ... and more news from around the state.

October 3, 2013

Woman who lied to federal grand jury in Maine pleads guilty

Yaira Ramos lied to cover up for her then-boyfriend who was involved in an armed jewelry store heist in Kittery.

October 2, 2013

Most agencies, aid programs in Maine operating – for now

The state receives federal funds for social services, defense workers, veterans, parks, schools and more.

October 3, 2013

Developer’s plan for Munjoy Hill: 29 townhouses

Redfern Properties’ vision is an upscale, six-building complex, as Munjoy Hill surges in popularity.

October 3, 2013

Wendy Davis announces she’s running for governor of Texas

The Democrat gained notoriety for a filibuster over abortion she made in June.

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.