News from September 10, 2013

September 11, 2013

Buchholz strong in return, Red Sox beat Rays

Clay Buchholz allows three hits over five innings in his first start since early June as Boston beats Tampa 2-0.

September 11, 2013

Obama: 'Our ideals ... security are at stake'

Obama pledges to try diplomacy with Syria but respond with force if needed, and asks Congress to delay a strike authorization vote.

September 10, 2013

Maine will open 21 lighthouses to public Saturday

The Coast Guard has partnered with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation to sponsor the event.

September 10, 2013

CBS News says it almost gave up on Assad interview

Assad and his team would not go on "60 Minutes" because they wanted to have a say on how the interview would be edited.

September 10, 2013

Families seek to testify at sentencing for Bulger

The former mob boss was not found guilty of killing family members of some people who want to speak.

September 10, 2013

Bath Iron Works finalist to build new Coast Guard cutters

The new generation of ships will feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, better surveillance and a larger flight deck.

September 11, 2013

Patriots re-sign Maine native Matt Mulligan

He takes the roster spot of running back Shane Vereen, who broke his wrist on Sunday and has been placed on injured reserve.

September 10, 2013

iPad video could be key in George Zimmerman case

Police believe the iPad captured video of Monday's dispute at the Lake Mary house where Zimmerman was living.

September 10, 2013

33 countries join U.S. statement on Syria

The statement blames Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack and calling for a strong international response.

September 10, 2013

Police release video of Glenburn robbery

They hope to enlist the public's help in locating the suspect pictured in the video.

September 10, 2013

Brunswick man escapes flames, injury in I-295 crash

Kenneth Johnson, 50, fell asleep while driving in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295, police say.

September 10, 2013

LePage: Prosecution of welfare fraud up in Maine

The governor says he plans to introduce more reforms to the state's welfare system next session.

September 10, 2013

Funeral held for former Sen. Hathaway of Maine

Family, friends and former colleagues including Rep. Mike Michaud, Sen. Angus King and former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen gathered today at Arlington National Cemetery.

September 11, 2013

Collins, Michaud oppose U.S. strike on Syria

After listening to Obama’s speech, Rep. Chellie Pingree reiterates her opposition; Sen. Angus King isn’t prepared to take a position.

September 10, 2013

Top 1 percent in U.S. took biggest share since 1928

Since the recession officially ended in June 2009, the top 1 percent have enjoyed the benefits of rising corporate profits and stock prices.

September 10, 2013

Supreme court says S. Portland board members can stay

The ruling calls into question a city policy barring employees from running for office.

September 10, 2013

Colby College picks its 20th president

A University of Chicago vice president with Maine roots will take over the prestigious Waterville college in July.

September 10, 2013

U.S. News ranks Maine colleges and universities

The news magazine profiled some 1,800 schools for its 2014 rankings, which took into consideration acceptance rates and average student debt, among many other factors.

September 11, 2013

Civic Center: Pirates 'manufactured' lease crisis

On the eve of the bid for a resolution, trustees file a response to the Portland team’s claims on a lease’s validity.

September 11, 2013

UMaine's athletic director resigns to return to politics

After three years as interim AD in Orono, Steve Abbott will return to his role as Sen. Collins' chief of staff.

September 10, 2013

Man loses finger in Limerick car shop accident

The incident happened at 12:40 p.m. at LePage's Auto at 5 Main St.

September 11, 2013

Maine jury listens to frantic 911 call: 'He will kill us'

Benjamin Lee is on trial for stalking and threatening his estranged wife in Limerick last year.

September 10, 2013

LePage signs executive order on suicide prevention

The state says that 1,169 people died by suicide in Maine between 2007 and 2012.

September 10, 2013

Second almanac says get ready for colder, snowier winter

But the Old Farmer's Almanac says a few regions, including Maine, may be spared the harsher conditions.

September 10, 2013

N.H. officials report first human case of West Nile

Health officials say residents statewide should take precautions, as the disease so far this year has been detected in eight batches of mosquitoes.

September 10, 2013

Families seek a say at Bulger's sentencing

The prosecutor says that even though Bulger wasn't convicted in eight killings, relatives of those victims want to testify at Bulger's November sentencing hearing.

September 10, 2013

Biddeford panel endorses traffic median panhandling ban

The Policy Committee decided not to endorse a separate ordinance that would have banned aggressive solicitation.

September 11, 2013

Easing of Maine smog rules argued at hearing

Easing some limits won't add to air pollution, the paper industry says, but health advocates disagree.

September 10, 2013

Sources: Senators crafting Syria alternative

The group includes four Republicans and five Democrats.

September 10, 2013

Brunswick woman dies from fire injuries

Harriet Soulen, 91, died overnight at Maine Medical Center.

September 10, 2013

Prosecutor opens trial, calls ex-Chelsea selectwoman 'corrupt'

The extortion trial of Carole Swan, who was convicted in July on tax and workers’ compensation charges, began this morning.

September 11, 2013

Maine leaders warned of impact as state's population ages

'Radical rethinking' will be needed, an economist tells a Maine gathering taking a first step in developing solutions.

September 10, 2013

Civil rights charge filed over Maine threat tied to race

The attorney general says a Windham man made 'hateful' comments to a black woman in Portland.

September 10, 2013

Portland man dodges police before arrest in stolen car

Timothy Berry, 19, was driving a Honda Accord stolen from a dealership in Brunswick, South Portland police said.

September 10, 2013

Six escape serious injury when minivans collide in Lebanon

Both vans were destroyed, with heavy damage to their front ends.

September 11, 2013

Portland's Karen MacDonald named Maine Teacher of the Year Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130910_Teacher_OTY The innovative King Middle School teacher was honored Tuesday with an assembly attended by Education Commissioner Steve Bowen.

September 10, 2013

Two teens suspected of starting fire in Pittston

The boys, ages 15 and 17, were treated at MaineGeneral Medical Center for burns and smoke inhalation.

September 10, 2013

Charge reduced in Farmington gun scare

Police say the 20-year-old John Cushman made 'a lot of people nervous' and prompted employees at a pub to lock the doors with customers inside.

September 10, 2013

Obama blends threat of Syria attack, hope of diplomacy

Seizing on that two-track strategy, a group of senators crafts a resolution calling for a U.N. team to remove Syria's chemical weapons by a set deadline and authorizing military action if that doesn't happen.

September 10, 2013

Mass. man sentenced in Maine on drug charges

Joshua Snow was pulled over by Maine State Police on I-95 in January and found to be in possession of 500 oxycodone pills.

September 10, 2013

Maine hearing to focus on aging population

House Speaker Mark Eves is holding a discussion with lawmakers, health care officials and economists today.

September 10, 2013

$4M settlement reached in Owls Head plane crash

Two University of Maine students and one alumnus died in the November 2012 crash that occurred when their plane clipped a pickup truck.

September 10, 2013

Indian court convicts four in fatal gang rape case

The men were convicted on all the counts against them, including rape and murder, and now face the possibility of hanging.

September 10, 2013

Feds plan to release details of secret spy court

The civil liberty group Electronic Frontier Foundation says it will receive the documents and technicians will upload them to the group's website today.

September 10, 2013

Maine man appeals attempted-murder conviction

Bartolo Ford was convicted in 2010 for trying to kill a police officer by ramming his cruiser with a dump truck.

September 10, 2013

Joshua Chamberlain's Medal of Honor returned to Brunswick

The Pejepscot Historical Society received the medal in an anonymous package in July but questioned its authenticity. Historians have since verified it is the real thing.

September 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Baxter Boulevard reopens after eight-month project / RV crash on I-95 injures three / Mainer’s charge dismissed after incident at Taylor Swift home ... and more news from around the state.

September 10, 2013

Syria's Assad: An accidental heir proves resilient

Those who knew Bashar Assad in earlier days say he was uncomfortable being the son of a president and never wanted to lead.

September 10, 2013

New England Dispatches

High-speed chase ends with police shooting two / Oyster beds in Mass. closed over contamination ... and more news from around the region.

September 10, 2013

Vt. town to use solar power for buildings

Officials in Putney have chosen a company to build a new solar array that would provide electricity for the town's properties.

September 10, 2013

Maine college classrooms adapt to Syria spotlight

Teachers are changing their courses and students are tuning in for the news as schools stay topical.

September 10, 2013

Humberto may become season's first hurricane

The tropical storm is expected to develop hurricane-strength winds as early as Tuesday.

September 10, 2013

Businesses see losses if Pirates leave Portland Several photos included in this story

Even if the civic center profits more from other events, the team's absence would be felt, they say.

September 10, 2013

Feature obituary: Nicholas Mancini Sr., 92, founder of Portland Sand & Gravel

 Mr. Mancini worked in the industry for more than 65 years, beginning at age 15.

September 10, 2013

Mainer's path of self-discovery leads to world triathlon in London

 When Ann Dillon was about to turn 60, she wasn't ready to coast into retirement.

September 10, 2013

Common Core rift confronts Gov. LePage

Two key Republican constituencies – the tea party and business – are on opposite sides of the new educational standards.

September 10, 2013

Luck was with boaters after frightening Maine crash

 There were three injuries, but none life-threatening in Saturday night's collision on Casco Bay.

September 12, 2013

Anthem: Network will bring savings to Mainers

Maine's largest insurer answers questions from officials about moving individuals to new plans.

September 20, 2013

Did Maine firm seed a Syrian bioweapon?

The company shipped a vaccine in violation of a federal export ban, and several former executives were sentenced to prison, but Maine Biological Laboratories denies its action led to a chemical weapon.

September 10, 2013

Portland postpones vote to sell Congress Square Plaza Several photos included in this story

The move comes after more than three hours of emotional and intense public comment.

September 9, 2013

Fire on Navy destroyer in Maine quickly extinguished

Bath firefighters douse the blaze, which broke out in a storage tank on board the ship.