News from September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013

Walsh, Connolly top 10 others in Boston mayoral preliminary

State Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly will square off in the November election to succeed longtime Mayor Thomas Menino.

September 25, 2013

Ex-convict sentenced for trying to take Portland officer's gun

 The New York man gets 8 1/2 years for his role in the 'win or die' struggle, as well as a separate firearms violation.

September 24, 2013

Field hockey: Late goal lifts Scarborough over Thornton Academy

The unbeaten Red Storm rallies for a 2-1 victory, scoring the winning goal with 55.3 seconds left in the game.

September 24, 2013

Eleven of alleged mall terrorists captured, Kenya says

With speculation rampant about the nationalities of the gunmen, the Kenyan President said some had been captured in the final siege.

September 25, 2013

Judges weigh religious exemption for new health law

A federal appeals court is considering whether for-profit businesses can be exempted from a contraceptive mandate because of the owners' religious views.

September 25, 2013

Red Sox broadcaster's son indicted in murder

Jared Remy allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death a day after he was released from custody on domestic-violence charges.

September 24, 2013

Forum on military-base redevelopment comes to Portland

The three-day event is an opportunity to showcase the success that has started to transform the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

September 24, 2013

Reunited Obama, Bill Clinton tout health care law

Obama and Clinton lay out the law's benefits and its connection to the economy while dispelling what they call disinformation about its downsides.

September 24, 2013

Maine man to serve 16 years for fatal shooting

Michael Carter was charged with injuring three men and killing one in a dispute over a paint job.

September 24, 2013

NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships

The school has made significant improvements since the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA says.

September 24, 2013

Kenya attack follows power struggle within al-Shabab

The Islamic extremist group have gone through a deadly power struggle within their ranks in which at least two leaders were assassinated.

September 24, 2013

Coyotes assign three veterans to Portland Pirates

Between them, the three players have played a total of 419 NHL games.

September 24, 2013

Pingree meets with Maine Somali leaders

The congresswoman says she wanted to hear firsthand about the local impact of reports following a terrorist attack in Kenya.

September 25, 2013

Maine man charged with double murder in Oakfield shootings

Police say they are not aware of any link between the victims and the suspect, Matthew Davis of Houlton.

September 24, 2013

LePage: More federal costs being shifted onto state

He says there's no evidence the federal government can pay for an expansion of Medicaid.

September 25, 2013

A guide to what happens in a government shutdown

Tourism is among the sectors of the economy that are hard-hit by a government shutdown, one analysis shows.

September 25, 2013

Top scientists 95 percent certain of global warming

They are more certain global warming is real and man-made than that vitamins make you healthy, and are about as certain that cigarettes kill.

September 24, 2013

N.H. jury weighing allegations of rat in lemonade

Coca-Cola representatives say there is no way a rodent could have gotten into the frozen concentrate, given its quality control measures.

September 24, 2013

Maine joins push for tight regulation of e-cigarettes 


Forty attorneys general say electronic cigarettes are being marketed to children and ask regulators to meet their Oct. 31 deadline to propose new restrictions.

September 24, 2013

Emeritus Pope Benedict emerges, denies abuse cover-up

His lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists signals that the popes are of the same mind on many issues and might even be collaborating on them.

September 24, 2013

Young voter group endorses slate of Portland candidates

The League of Young Voters plans to release its candidate voter guide, with write-ups on each candidate, in early October.

September 25, 2013

Seven vying for three seats in Old Orchard

All seven candidates – including two incumbents – are familiar faces in local politics and on town committees.

September 25, 2013

Kenya: Mall attackers 'ashamed and defeated'

A Western embassy official said the number of dead could rise above 150 by the time all bodies are recovered.

September 25, 2013

Report criticizes DEP as Maine's lake-water quality dips

The Natural Resources Council of Maine cites cuts in staffing and funding for programs.

September 24, 2013

Portland seeks holiday tree for Monument Square

Portland's Downtown District is accepting submissions from up to 15 miles away.

September 24, 2013

Three vie to be Sanford's for first elected mayor

Sanford residents will also vote to fill one seat on city council and two on the school committee on Nov. 5.

September 24, 2013

Tenth-largest yacht in world docks in Portland

The Rising Sun, owned by billionaire David Geffen, has 82 rooms and cost more than $200 million to build.

September 24, 2013

Obama directs Kerry to pursue Iranian nuclear deal

He says said Iranian President Hasan Rouhani's 'conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable.'

September 24, 2013

Council, school board races set in Gorham

Voters on Nov. 5 will decide a five-way race for two seats on the council and a four-way race for two seats on the school board.

September 24, 2013

Donor lists criticized in Maine gubernatorial race

Support for the candidates is dominated by large donations from wealthy people who aren't representative of most Mainers, a report says.

September 24, 2013

Prosecutors pursue assault case against Boston Celtics player

Jared Sullinger's lawyer says his girlfriend does not want to continue the case.

September 24, 2013

South Portland man dies in Route 77 crash in Scarborough

Police say the car crashed into a tree and burst into flames shortly after 7 a.m. A passing motorist extinguished the fire.

September 24, 2013

Conn. police investigate drug that felled concert-goers

One of the concert-goers, an unidentified 19-year-old man, suffered a heart condition after taking the drug, 2C-P.

September 24, 2013

Man linked to Maine ATV fatality arrested on Nantucket

Jonathan Caswell, 28, will be returned to Maine to face charges for an August crash that took the life of a 24-year-old woman.

September 24, 2013

Transient acquitted of Bangor stabbing death

The judge says the unreliability of witnesses and inconsistencies in some of their testimony made it difficult to determine what truly happened.

September 24, 2013

Four men charged in Chicago shooting that injured 13

The suspects are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the attack in a park on the city's southwest side.

September 24, 2013

Trial begins for Maine woman charged with growing pot

Darlene Ford of Monroe is charged with helping run the operation with her husband and two adult sons.

September 24, 2013

Mary Pickford film found in N.H. barn is restored Video clip included

Pickford, known as 'America's Sweetheart,' was one of Hollywood's earliest stars. The 1911 film is the first for which she was given credit in the advertising materials.

September 24, 2013

Deadlocked jury leads to mistrial in Lewiston stabbing case



September 25, 2013

Eliot Cutler announces gubernatorial run

The independent who came within 2 percentage points of winning the Blaine House in 2010 says: 'This time we will.'

September 24, 2013

Medical products company opens new plant in Brunswick

Molnlycke Health Care's $47 million facility will result in 40 new jobs by the end of 2013 and more jobs next year.

September 24, 2013

Portland Somalis fearful of backlash

They see no sign of terrorist recruitment but worry that the Kenya mall attack will harm the community.

September 24, 2013

Website to help transfers to Maine's universities

Critics say transferring credits has been difficult because it's unclear what classes would qualify.

September 24, 2013

Six Vt. homes evacuated after banned pesticide used

The pesticide used was chlorpyrifos, which can cause nervous system and developmental disorders.

September 24, 2013

Massachusetts commuter rail gets a boost

A long-debated $1.8 billion rail plan for Massachusetts' south coast receives a final environmental review.

September 24, 2013

Maine girl's suicide sparks anti-bullying talk

Mount View students attend a presentation six months after the death of a 13-year-old girl.

September 24, 2013

U.S.-Iran talks seen as possible ice-breaker

John Kerry Thursday's meeting on Iran's nuclear program will be the highest level since the nations cut diplomatic ties in 1979.

September 24, 2013

N.H. works with groups to share advice on drugs

The state says it has much to share after investigating a hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital last year.

September 24, 2013

Maine DA: Jailed victim was contacted by her attacker

The victim of a savage domestic beating was arrested only as a 'last resort,' the prosecutor says.

September 24, 2013

Feature obituary: Real Paquette, 83, dry cleaning expert devoted to family

 Mr. Paquette, better known as 'Ralph,' was born in St. Honore, Quebec, one of 12 children.

September 24, 2013

Marijuana activist sees Maine following in Colorado's footsteps

 Rob Kampia, leader of the Marijuana Policy Project, says a key legalization vote will be in Portland this November.

September 24, 2013

Experts say North Korea can build key nuclear parts



September 24, 2013

$12 million Portland housing proposal up for city approval Several photos included in this story

 The next phase of Bay House, which would bring 39 market-rate condos to Newbury Street, goes to the Planning Board.

September 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Portland looking to maximize benefits of new health law / Maine academy renames ship for female harbor pilot / Moose hunting season kicks off ... and more news from around the state.

September 24, 2013

Quiet Maine author decides to speak up Video clip included

 Nicholson Baker joins a protest in Portland, goes on national TV and is touring to promote his new novel.