News from September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

Cousin of ex-Patriot Hernandez pleads not guilty

Prosecutors say that in the days after the killing of Odin Lloyd, she helped one of Aaron Hernandez’s associates flee to Florida.

September 30, 2013

Airlines’ latest fees cover comforts, not necessities

They hope fliers will want to pay more for better meals or other perks.

September 30, 2013

Maine newspapers, magazines slapped with sales tax

Newspapers and magazines bought at the store and delivered at home will be subject to a 5.5 percent tax starting Tuesday.

October 1, 2013

Gay rights group targets Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

The American Foundation for Equal Rights hires high-profile lawyers Theodore Olson and David Boies to challenge the law

October 1, 2013

Mainer blames wife - former town official - for false tax filings

Marshall Swan is on trial for underreporting income from his construction business.

September 30, 2013

Executive, son believed killed in Calif. jet crash

The private jet hit a hangar after landing at a Southern California airport.

October 1, 2013

Maine mother, daughter charged with driving into each other

Their dispute in a cemetery results in $35,000 damage to headstones.

October 1, 2013

Portland victim’s actions before turnpike crash puzzle police

Aeriel Rodriguez, 24, was struck and killed on the turnpike while trying to flag down help for a flat tire.

October 1, 2013

Maine DA: No charges to be filed over lobster processing method

 The Knox County district attorney says the state’s animal cruelty law applies only to sentient creatures, not to crustaceans.

October 1, 2013

Sussman named to Hedge Fund Hall of Fame

The investor is one of seven to be inducted into honorary group.

September 30, 2013

Chemical arms inspectors gird for risky, dirty job

Here’s a look at the details of their plan so far and the hurdles inspectors may face.

September 30, 2013

Belichick: Wilfork likely will miss rest of season

Vince Wilfork was pursuing a play when he planted his right foot, dropped to the ground and probably ended his year.

September 30, 2013

Maine lawmakers want Russia to free Greenpeace crew

Peter Willcox A Kittery lawmaker who is friends with the Maine-linked captain solicits petition signatures from other lawmakers.

September 30, 2013

Maine charter schools get federal dollars

Schools in Cornville and Fairfield will receive money to develop programs and share best practices.

September 30, 2013

Big money on the line in phase two of BP trial

Establishing how much oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico will help set the penalties BP must pay.

September 30, 2013

NH woman accused of leaving boy, 4, unattended

Police said they found 24-year-old Amanda Sandy passed out in her car Sunday in a hotel parking lot.

September 30, 2013

NY man ordered to move hundreds of snakes out of garage

Most of Richard Parrinello’s snakes are legal, but he’s been cited for not having proper permits.

October 1, 2013

Netanyahu urges Obama to keep Iran sanctions in place

The two leaders meet at the White House just days after Obama’s historic phone call with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

September 30, 2013

Airlines promise return to civility - for a fee, of course

The industry has discovered that passengers are willing to pay for such perks as delivery of their luggage and a day pass to the lounge.

September 30, 2013

Global study: World not ready for aging population

By the year 2050, for the first time in history, seniors over the age of 60 will outnumber children under the age of 15.

September 30, 2013

Blinking art exhibit closed after patrons fall ill

Before entering, patrons must sign a waiver that warns that viewers my experience ‘a loss of spatial orientation.’

September 30, 2013

Rome home invader wearing ski mask, brass knuckles shot dead Saturday Several photos included in this story

Christopher Dennis was shot to death Saturday night by Richard Duffy after breaking into Duffy’s Foss Hill Lane mobile home, according to state police.

September 30, 2013

Vermont firefighter found competent in arson case

Elmer James, a Vermont volunteer firefighter, is accused of setting fire to the Albany Fire Department.

September 30, 2013

Old Orchard council to consider future of Kate’s Butter

The council is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss whether to revoke the company’s license.

September 30, 2013

Turner dairy barn burns; no cows, people hurt

Neighbors and passers-by help lead about 130 head of cattle to safety.

September 30, 2013

Ex-Boston FBI head to plead guilty in ethics case

Within a year of joining a private company, Kenneth Kaiser had contact with FBI agents investigating the company.

September 30, 2013

Bird hunting seasons kick off in Maine this week

Grouse, woodcock, waterfowl and turkey seasons all start this week.

September 30, 2013

Former Maine Gov. Curtis to speak at USM

He will speak on Thursday as part of the university’s series ‘Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation.’

September 30, 2013

Small jet hits hangar at Santa Monica Airport

Firefighters were still contending hours later with the smoldering ruins of the building and the plane, and had yet to determine how many people were inside the jet.

September 30, 2013

Health clinics key to success of Obamacare

 With more people insured, community health centers will be playing a greater role under the new law.

September 30, 2013

Music, art and charity mark Great North Fest

The festival in Norridgewock was the scene of fun and kindness as Strangers Helping Strangers collected items for a food bank.

September 30, 2013

Hope House developer builds bastion against homelessness

20130925_ Hope Richard Berman sees the effort to welcome and shelter our immigrants as a spiritual matter.

September 30, 2013

Ground broken in Augusta for Maine Murder Victims Memorial

 The monument aims to preserve the memories of loved ones and help to bring peace to families.

September 30, 2013

The Fryeburg Fair: Last but not least

 The fair showcases more than 3,000 animals and typically attracts about 200,000.

September 30, 2013

Hospital disputes vigil tied to emergency room closure

But a group will gather Tuesday night in the St. Andrews Hospital parking lot in Boothbay Harbor.

September 30, 2013

Photo exhibit at USM offers insight on Iran

 The collection depicting families and lifestyles provides a rarely seen perspective on America's nemesis.

September 30, 2013

Baykeeper's legacy found on six continents

Joe Payne An organization co-founded by Joe Payne now has 209 members worldwide, including a bayoukeeper in Louisiana, a canalkeeper in London and a wetlandskeeper in Australia.

September 30, 2013

Senators want NYC-Conn. rail power failure probe

A temporary electrical system will power the Metro-North line between New York City and New Haven, Conn., today, and will also allow for limited Acela Express service.

September 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

One dead in turnpike crash in Falmouth/Man sought in connection with Maine burglaries ... and more news from around the state.

September 30, 2013

Showdown on government shutdown arrives

By this afternoon, the House will likely have to decide whether to keep using a government funding bill to attack Obamacare.

September 30, 2013

Growing pot becomes Maine cottage industry Several photos included in this story

20130917_Providers The state now has hundreds of small, legal businesses that grow medical marijuana -- separate from dispensaries -- and a new law may add to demand for them.

September 30, 2013

For LePage's departed education chief, reform was a rocky road Several photos included in this story

 Stephen Bowen, who has quit, had similar ideology, but memos show inner turmoil over slow progress.

September 30, 2013

Maine prosecutor, attorney clash on domestic violence issue

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney draws fire for her tough policy pursuing domestic violence cases.

September 30, 2013

Partners in hope: Assisting asylum seekers in Maine

 Philanthropist Richard Berman and Hope Acts team up to aid our most vulnerable immigrants.