News from October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Nashua mayor alleges police backlash

Donnalee Lozeau says a smear job is being orchestrated.

October 31, 2013

N.H. moose harvest consistent with 2012

But a biologist warns that numbers alone don’t ensure herd health.

October 30, 2013

Senate Democrats unite behind bill banning anti-gay job bias

Sen. Susan Collins also backs the bill, breaking with her Republican colleagues, who are likely to lead a filibuster.

October 31, 2013

Ontario teen could face additional charges for crime spree

Zachary Wittke is accused of leading high speed chase from Canadian border down Route 27 earlier this month.

October 30, 2013

Maine moose herd ‘robust’ while population falls elsewhere

A state biologist says the big beasts here are bucking a worldwide trend.

October 30, 2013

Victorino returns to lineup, dropped to 6th

The Gold Glove winner, who has been battling back problems, returns to try to help Boston clinch its third World Series title in 10 years.

October 30, 2013

Bow Street Market, GrandyOats win honors

The awards are given at the Maine Food Means Business summit.

October 31, 2013

Farrell’s steady hand helped turn Sox around

Just a year ago, Boston was in last place, and now, it’s on the verge of a World Series title.

October 30, 2013

Red Sox hoping to win first title at Fenway since 1918

The last time Boston celebrated at its home park, a pitcher named Babe Ruth was the team's biggest superstar.

October 31, 2013

Maine Medicaid expansion among 100 bills on table next session

Lawmakers will also debate pesticides in medical marijuana and a proposal to overhaul the troubled MaineCare rides program.

October 31, 2013

Renovated historic Portland hotel to reopen Dec. 12

The former Eastland, now a Westin, will have a ‘soft’ restart Dec. 12 after two years and $50 million of refurbishing work.

October 31, 2013

Obama says he’s ‘not happy’ with health website

The president, speaking in Massachusetts, says he takes responsibility for resolving problems.

October 30, 2013

Fed leaves low interest-rate policy unchanged

Yet the Federal Reserve seems to signal that it thinks the economy is improving despite some recent weak data and uncertainties caused by the partial government shutdown.

October 31, 2013

Maine man gets 20 years in baby’s death Several photos included in this story

He admits hurting the child for several weeks before causing a fatal injury by throwing the boy.

October 31, 2013

Coast Guard confirms Google involvement in mystery barge

Later, the agency says it can neither confirm nor deny the connection and says it has signed a non-disclosure agreement.

October 30, 2013

Social Security benefits to show smallest increase since 1975

The automatic cost-of-living adjustment – about $19 monthly – is based on consumer prices.

October 30, 2013

Two Maine men charged with stealing snowmobiles

Deputies pull over a vehicle towing a stolen trailer in Casco.

October 30, 2013

Brunswick pharmacist serving 14 days in jail for stealing drugs

The Bath man pleaded guilty earlier this month to thefts from Mid Coast Hospital where he worked as a pharmacy manager.

October 30, 2013

Maine electrician charged with assault on CMP lineworker

The electrician was accused of unauthorized connection to the utility’s power grid.

October 30, 2013

Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one?

Consumer electronics companies are trying to create buzz about new gadget in time for holiday shopping season.

October 31, 2013

Court weighs Portland public’s right to affect plaza sale

A citizens group seeks to save the park – and other open space – with a petition to create a new protective land ordinance.

October 30, 2013

WEX exceeds forecast for quarterly earnings

Income rises 20 percent, but the Maine credit-card processor also lowers its full-year outlook, citing lower fuel prices.

October 30, 2013

Custody dispute may have led to slayings of six people in South Carolina

Two children and the assailant, who had a long criminal record and apparently killed himself, are among the dead found in the home.

October 31, 2013

Man enters insanity plea in shooting of Maine mother, son

Todd Gilday is accused of killing Lynn Arsenault in Belfast and seriously injuring Mathew Day.

October 30, 2013

Man accused of robbery in Laconia, N.H. home invasion

One suspect in custody; male accomplice is still being sought.

October 30, 2013

Spying tests trust between Obama and Merkel

German chancellor’s personal history has made her sharply critical of NSA’s surveillance.

October 30, 2013

Maine’s scallop season to open Dec. 2

Maine's scallop season opens Dec. 2

October 30, 2013

Maine’s elver fishery to face harvest cuts in 2014

State officials must work with members of the industry to create a reduction plan.

October 30, 2013

Memo raises security concerns about government health website Video clip included

The nation’s top health official tells lawmakers ‘I’m responsible’ for the problems with the launch of Healthcare.gov.

October 30, 2013

Slaughterhouse speedup could scald more birds alive

Proposed acceleration of poultry processing would likely lead to more inhumane treatment, experts say.

October 30, 2013

MaineCare officials offer more promises while ride complaints continue

Patient advocates dispute the accuracy of apparent declines in missed rides, saying the data omit patients who have simply given up

October 30, 2013

Obama official: Portland's homeless need more permanent solutions

Barbara Poppe advises Portland to look at this as a state problem and seek state and federal help.

October 30, 2013

Saco looks to become age-friendly city

The city is one of the first in Maine to position itself to engage and serve Maine’s aging population, and could serve as a national model.

October 30, 2013

Freeport to vote on considering leaving RSU 5

The town will vote Dec. 17 on forming a committee that would explore leaving the school district.

October 30, 2013

Syria has its first outbreak of polio since 1999

That puts all of the Middle East at high risk of a revival of the crippling infectious virus, says the World Health Organization.

October 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police identify body of woman found in river / Maine high court upholds murder conviction / Two Sanford High students charged in sex toy prank ... and more news from around the state.

October 30, 2013

Meet Fenway Parke and his brother, Pedroia Wakefield

The Cochranes, of Saco, showed their Boston devotion by giving their sons names from their favorite team.

October 30, 2013

Maine moms, activists rally for changes in chemical safety bill

Critics say a bill in the Senate would undermine states’ efforts to protect consumers.

October 30, 2013

Priciest ticket in history for possible Red Sox clincher Several photos included in this story

Tickets to tonight's Game 6 are selling for an average of $2,374 for the chance to see the Sox clinch the World Series at Fenway.

October 30, 2013

One year later, painful memories of Superstorm Sandy live on

Snapshots from the New York area show a community still struggling with the aftermath.

October 30, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. begins serving prison term

The former Illinois congressman was sentenced to 2½ years for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money.

October 30, 2013

Democrats aim at education in Maine Legislative Council

The lawmakers will decide Wednesday which bills to consider in 2014.

October 31, 2013

Documentary shines light on Maine’s PTSD victims

The realities of war become the state’s problems afterward.