News from September 16, 2013

September 17, 2013

Disputed Portland plaza sale approved by council Several photos included in this story

Foes threaten to sue after the 6-3 vote to allow an event center and a smaller public space on the downtown site.

September 17, 2013

Navy yard shooting suspect was discharged from Navy Reserve, had anger issues

An official said Aaron Alexis was given a 'general discharge,' a classification often used to designate a blemished record of performance.

September 17, 2013

News outlets stumble during Navy yard coverage



September 16, 2013

Girl involved in I-295 crash remains critical

The condition of the girl's mother injured in the Bowdoinham crash is listed as satisfactory.

September 16, 2013

Woman arrested at Portland meeting on Congress Square

The council is meeting tonight to consider selling two-thirds of the plaza.

September 16, 2013

Obama: 'Cowardly act' at Navy Yard kills patriots

Authorities said 13 people were killed in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard about 3 miles from the White House.

September 16, 2013

US to help Syrian forces fight chemical weapons

The White House said the non-lethal assistance could fall into three categories . . .

September 17, 2013

Oakland officials drop fine proposal for noisy roosters

Roosters can continue to crow unmolested in Oakland, following a vote by the Town Council to table a proposal to fine the owners of noisy birds.

September 16, 2013

N.H. joins lawsuit against fishing regulations

The rules, which took effect May 1, include major cuts in catch limits for bottom-dwelling ground fish.

September 16, 2013

Portland woman charged with stabbing man with wine bottle

Belinda Libby, 45, is being held in Cumberland County Jail pending a court appearance.

September 16, 2013

Police: Slain Maine man used baby monitor to spy on wife

Christopher Darner, 37, of Corinth was choked to death, apparently by another man who was at the home at the time.

September 16, 2013

Navy Yard suspect arrested in '04 Seattle shooting

Aaron Alexis of Forth Worth is found dead at the scene of the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard.

September 16, 2013

Senate complex lifts some restrictions as shooter sought

There was no information to suggest the Senate was in danger but restricted access and exits to the buildings out of an abundance of caution.

September 16, 2013

Cumberland sheriff's honor guard wins first in regional drill competition

The seven-member team marched Saturday. This is the first year it has entered the parade, one of many events in the seven-year-old festival.

September 16, 2013

Hemp flag to fly at Vermont Statehouse

Rural Vermont is celebrating a new Vermont law for hemp growing.

September 16, 2013

Drug-resistant bacteria pose potential catastrophe, CDC warns

The CDC estimates that more than 2 million people in the United States are sickened each year by antibiotic-resistant infections.

September 16, 2013

Obama warns Republicans against creating 'economic chaos' 


Some Republicans have said they will only extend current spending levels or increase the debt ceiling if the health care law is delayed.

September 16, 2013

GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says

The company says it is shooting for a price around $30,000.

September 17, 2013

Mosquito tests show EEE virus increase in Maine

With 13 more mosquito pools in York County testing positive for EEE, precautions are advised.

September 16, 2013

Police identify body pulled out of Kennebec River

The man, 23-year-old Jonathan Barber, was last seen in Waterville on Sept. 8, and foul play isn’t suspected.

September 16, 2013

World chemical weapons watchdog pledges fast action on Syria

Syria agreed to join the organization last week as part of the deal brokered by the U.S. and Russia.

September 16, 2013

Police believe Dartmouth frat fire was arson

An investigation found evidence that indicated someone intentionally set some materials on fire in the fraternity's basement.

September 16, 2013

Salt, more or less, still disputed among health experts

The CDC disagrees with an earlier report that said reducing salt intake doesn't improve health.

September 17, 2013

Coast Guard suspends search for Maine mayday caller

The distress call Sunday night reported a boat had two people on board and was taking on water, but no boat was found.

September 16, 2013

First trans-Atlantic balloon adventurer backs latest attempt



September 17, 2013

BIW employees near Navy yard are reported safe

Three employees of the Maine shipbuilder are based in Washington, and their office is located a few blocks from the Navy yard.

September 17, 2013

Maine high school equivalency exam to be replaced

The chosen test covers the same content, costs less and can be taken on paper or online.

September 17, 2013

Lee guilty of stalking estranged Maine wife

Jurors convict him for driving from Missouri to Maine with a carload of weapons, handcuffs and plastic sheeting.

September 17, 2013

LePage: Study backs no broader Medicaid

However, two health care experts say the same study makes the case for expanding the program.

September 16, 2013

Net worth of America's richest rises

According to Forbes, the 400 people on the annual list posted a combined net worth of $2 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion a year ago. That marks their highest combined value ever.

September 16, 2013

Worshippers at Mass. church robbed during service

Police say the masked suspect entered the church in Holyoke, announced the robbery, and took personal items from several of the roughly 20 worshippers.

September 16, 2013

Jury could determine fate of former Chelsea selectwoman Tuesday

On the fifth day of a federal extortion trial, the judge admonished Carole Swan and threatened her with contempt. Later, she offered to get $10,000 in kickback cash from her truck.

September 17, 2013

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria Several photos included in this story

The rockets containing sarin gas appear to have come from Qassioun Mountain, where the Syrian military is known to have bases.

September 17, 2013

Gunman in Navy yard rampage was hearing voices Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Aaron Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, officials say.

September 17, 2013

Boston homeless man turns in backpack full of money

The backpack contained $2,400 in currency, $40,000 in traveler's checks, Chinese passports, and other personal papers.

September 16, 2013

Rocker to stand trial on murder-for-hire plot

Prosecutors say Timothy Lambesis gave an undercover agent a photo of his wife, her address and dates on which he'd have an alibi.

September 16, 2013

Shark having bloody meal closes Cape Cod beach

Shark sightings have become more common on the Cape as the area's seal population has exploded.

September 16, 2013

Wealthy business executives eye political races

Instead of political skills or experience, they have chutzpah – and a lot of money.

September 16, 2013

Tom's of Maine grant program opens for online voting

The '50 States for Good' initiative aims to fund grassroots community projects.

September 16, 2013

Maine, N.H. teams rescue injured hiker

The injured woman was in the Mahoosuc Mountains on the border of Maine and New Hampshire.

September 16, 2013

In Hernandez case, a Conn. house holds clues

Aaron Hernandez himself never lived at the house, which belongs to his uncle, but it was home to many people close to him who have since come under intense police scrutiny.

September 17, 2013

Maine group's challenge: Find tax breaks to eliminate

If the group can't come up with savings, it will mean an automatic cuts to municipal revenue sharing, which has already been reduced by $75 million.

September 16, 2013

Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off Italian reef Video clip included

Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted.

September 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Body recovered from Kennebec River / Japanese delegates visit Maine for tidal power conference / Police probe death in Corinth ... and more news from around the state.

September 16, 2013

Portland plaza turns into flash point Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The debate over Congress Square's underused park seems to go beyond the fight on open space to issues of rich vs. poor and corporate intrusion.

September 16, 2013

For birthday stunt, 80-year-old pulls car with his neck

It's all in a day's work for a power lifter and actor called Batso whose house has a Halloween theme.

September 16, 2013

Slideshow: Congress Square Plaza through the years



September 16, 2013

LePage lifts ban on tax-exempt bonds

The state aims to finance $40 million in senior and low-income rental housing in the coming months.

September 16, 2013

AG Coakley to run for Bay State governor

Martha Coakley The popular Democrat joins a crowded field in the 2014 race, and also faces the 'attorney generals curse' – they never win.

September 16, 2013

Collins explains opposition to strike on Syria

 Sen. Susan Collins says an attack would not work and would risk entangling the U.S. in Syria's civil war.

September 16, 2013

Behind civic center dispute, two tenacious personalities

Pirates managing owner Brian Petrovek and civic center board chairman Neal Pratt say they like and respect each other, but their professional relationship has been contentious.

September 16, 2013

Oyster bed closures hard to swallow

 The Bay State industry expects to see lingering harm after 50 cases of illness due to bacteria.

September 16, 2013

Syria deal may make civil war last longer

The diplomatic victory forged by the U.S. and Russia has distracted from the true conflict, some say, easing other pressures on Assad.

September 16, 2013

Polystyrene foam ban in Portland: Council may vote

Nationally, more than 100 cities and counties have banned the product.

September 16, 2013

Scarborough in a bind on dogs, beaches

Canine owners want access, U.S. officials want plovers protected, and project funding is at risk.

September 16, 2013

FAA concludes pilot erred in emergency I-95 landing

The recently released report says the warden service plane ran out of fuel April 26 in Litchfield.

September 16, 2013

Teens march to help build bridge to peace

The high schoolers, many of them Seeds of Peace alumni, raise funds for the Maine camp.

October 31, 2013

VIDEO: A day in the life of Congress Square Plaza Video clip included



September 16, 2013

Red Sox sweep Yankees, 9-2 Several photos included in this story

Clay Buchholz The Red Sox hammer the Yankees 9-2 behind Clay Buchholz, reducing their magic number to 4.