News from September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

Drug agents arrest three in Maine cocaine bust

Two of the alleged drug traffickers are from Biddeford.

September 11, 2013

Maine's Collins against military strike in Syria

Collins said 'the horrific use of chemical weapons' on Syrian civilians violated international convention, but the U.S. can't get involved.

September 11, 2013

Vermont colleges active in a solar-powered future

 Norwich University and Middlebury College are part of an international design-and-build competition.

September 11, 2013

Bruins open training camp with familiar cast

The Boston Bruins fell two wins short of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years. So they weren't about to change much.

September 11, 2013

Vermont school dealing with sexts, naked photos

Girls were sending photos to boyfriends, who were sharing, collecting and offering to buy them.

September 11, 2013

Tornado may have hit Aroostook County

Wednesday's storm knocked down a number of trees in Oxbow after several tornado warnings.

September 11, 2013

Poll: Fewer Americans fear terror attack

Thirty percent of Americans are a 'great deal' or 'somewhat' concerned an attack could hurt them or loved ones, the lowest percentage in nine years.

September 11, 2013

Vt. caseworker denies sex charge in Maine

Jeffrey Parfitt is accused of doing an unnecessary and inappropriate exam on the girl after asking her father to leave.

September 11, 2013

Portland's largest soup kitchen to temporarily close

Preble Street needs to close for four days so that its soup kitchen can be renovated.

September 11, 2013

Scarborough faces $12,000 fine after dog kills plover

 The federal government says the town repeatedly ignored warnings about allowing unleashed dogs on beaches during the endangered bird's nesting season.

September 12, 2013

Tears flow as Maine church celebrates last Mass Several photos included in this story

South Portland's St. John the Evangelist was built in 1940 to serve a growing population on the west side of the city.

September 11, 2013

Maine horse euthanized due to EEE

The Oxford County horse was vaccinated but had not been given a booster dose, the state vet says.

September 11, 2013

Portland police investigating stabbing on Oxford St.

Police were called to the area at 1:21 p.m. and found three people who were injured, some with stab wounds.

September 11, 2013

Diplomats move on 2 fronts on Syria weapons

The White House and world leaders are trying to draw up a viable plan to get Syria's chemical weapons under control, while also trying to negotiate a peace in the civil war.

September 11, 2013

Russia may up Iran arms sales if U.S. strikes Syria

President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with Iran's President Hasan Rouhani in Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of a security summit later this week.

September 11, 2013

Bowen: Despite battles, Maine schools show progress

Maine's departing education chief says politics have cast a shadow over positive innovations under way in Maine.

September 11, 2013

Fans' votes help save Saco Drive-In Several photos included in this story

The 74-year-old theater wins an $80,000 digital projection system from Honda's national contest, which will allow it to stay open.

September 11, 2013

Boston airport apologizes for fire drill on 9/11

The two hijacked jets that were flown into the World Trade Center towers flew out of Logan.

September 17, 2013

Phone calls show MaineCare transport mess persists

With DHHS still evaluating the program after six weeks, the companies hired to coordinate rides say service is better. Yet phone calls placed by Rep. Matthew Peterson suggest otherwise.

September 12, 2013

Civic center, Pirates engage in all-day negotiations

 The two sides meet for a settlement hearing to see if they can reach an agreement without going through a trial.

September 11, 2013

Three men rescued off Scarborough as boat loses power, capsizes

The three are pulled out by lobstermen checking traps off Pine Point.

September 11, 2013

Pharmacy groups sue Maine to stop new import law

A law that passed in June and goes into effect in October would allow a Canadian company to resume its mail-order business in Maine.

September 11, 2013

PHOTOS: 9/11 memorial ceremony in Portland



September 12, 2013

Volatility of oil on Quebec train was higher than listed

But officials say using safer tank cars may not have limited the deadly crash's damage. They don't say who made the error, or if it was intentional.

September 11, 2013

Fairfield asked to drop social-media policy

A councilor says it was meant to protect workers, but the ACLU says it violates free-speech protections.

September 11, 2013

NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand

Newly declassified documents tell a story of a surveillance apparatus that nobody fully comprehended, which the government used to snoop on phone records.

September 11, 2013

Nation pauses on 9/11 to pay tribute to victims Several photos included in this story Video clip included

In New York, bells tolled to mark the planes hitting the towers and the moments when the skyscrapers fell.

September 11, 2013

Feds to host small business forum at USM

The event will give the local business community a chance to voice their concerns about federal regulations.

September 11, 2013

Weiner, Spitzer political comebacks fall flat

Instead of overcoming prior humiliations from sex scandals, both Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer suffer further embarrassments at the polls.

September 11, 2013

Portsmouth to hire 'tree warden'

The city of Portsmouth, N.H., where a new tree ordinance has taken effect, will hire a staffer to manage trees in public rights of way and public spaces.

September 12, 2013

Missing Maine girl's mom gives new details Video clip included

Trista Reynolds says that blood was found on Ayla's father's shoes, in his truck and in his bedroom.

September 11, 2013

Saco library gets $50K King grant to replace roof

Dyer Library says its slate roof was installed when the house was built in 1869.

September 11, 2013

LePage says three out-of-state companies to visit Maine

He says the visits came out of meetings he had with companies at the U.S. Manufacturing Summit last month in Florida.

September 11, 2013

Passers-by rescue three trapped in fiery Auburn crash

A woman attacked the fire with bottled water and a jacket. A man used a knife to cut the seat belts and pull the men from the vehicle.

September 11, 2013

De Blasio tops NYC mayoral primary; runoff possible

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Bill de Blasio had about 40.2 percent of the vote. If he cannot maintain that, he will face former city Comptroller Bill Thompson.

September 11, 2013

Nyad defends herself to skeptics of Cuba-Fla. swim

She says she never left the water or allowed her support team to help her beyond handing her food and assisting her with her jellyfish suit.

September 11, 2013

Dover-Foxcroft man pleads guilty to pharmacy robbery

Prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison sentence for John Harmon, 27.

September 11, 2013

Humberto strengthens to first hurricane of season

The National Hurricane Center says the hurricane could gain more strength before a weakening trend likely starts on Thursday.

September 11, 2013

Chesterville woman dies in Wilton collision

Investigators say the crash took the life of 59-year-old Claire Trask.

September 11, 2013

In Maine, flags mark loss and raise spirits

Gov. Paul LePage says Americans found strength from each other after the 9/11 attacks 'and our spirit had not been conquered.'

September 11, 2013

Bankrupt railroad hires Portland law firm

A bankruptcy judge agrees to allow Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway to hire Verill Dana to represent the company during the bankruptcy process.

September 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Sex charge dismissed in former Westbrook teacher’s plea deal / Woman dies from injuries in kitchen fire on Sept. 4 / Teen arrested after chase in stolen car, police say . . . and more news from around the state.

September 11, 2013

Price of keeping ex-USM chief employed? $363,028

 After a year in a job created just for her, Selma Botman submits a report that leaves several goals unaddressed.

September 11, 2013

Augusta cemetery work creates more mess

A project to spruce up the grounds at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery causes grief.

September 11, 2013

Maine federal extortion trial begins with recordings

Former selectwoman Carole Swan said she wanted $10,000 in 'big bills' during an exchange.

September 11, 2013

Maine university system paid former USM president $363,000 for report

The 39-page report addresses recruitment of foreign students, but the university system contracted with a company to draw students from overseas before the report was completed.

September 11, 2013

Plan to curb protesters outside Portland clinics advances

The city will hold a hearing on a proposal to shield women from protesters who gather outside the Planned Parenthood offices downtown.

September 11, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Immature brains behind microwave cat video

Can someone please explain how anyone, anywhere could consider this not only fun, but a legitimate form of Internet entertainment?

September 11, 2013

In Maine, state university enrollment falls

 Early data show a decline of 3 percent, blamed partly on a drop in high school grads, and officials say it could have been worse.

September 11, 2013

National group wants Maine to legalize marijuana

The vote may come in 2016 as advocates try to get New England states to allow recreational use.

September 11, 2013

Community rallies to help Portland soup kitchen

The city's largest soup kitchen will close on Friday for renovations and won't reopen until next week.