News from September 4, 2013

September 5, 2013

Red Sox hit eight homers in a rout Several photos included in this story

Boston ties a franchise record on the night David Ortiz reaches 2,000 hits in a 20-4 win over Detroit.

September 4, 2013

Record price for Boston Harbor lighthouse

A 110-year-old working lighthouse near the entrance of Boston Harbor has been sold for $933,888 cash.

September 4, 2013

Woman, 91, burned in Brunswick house fire

The house at 14 Beech Drive was only minimally damaged, but the woman's injuries are described as serious.

September 4, 2013

Rhode Island's governor won't seek second term

Lincoln Chafee says he couldn't be a full-time, year-long campaigner for a second term and still effectively govern the state.

September 4, 2013

FairPoint, union attend hearing over contractor

The company is appealing an arbitrator's ruling that said it violated a collective bargaining agreement.

September 4, 2013

US spies missed signs of Aug. 21 Syrian chemical strike

Spies intercepted communications discussing the attack before it happened, but that evidence had not yet been 'processed,' officials say.

September 4, 2013

Ohio women decline comment on captor's suicide

The women were held captive for a decade by Ariel Castro, who hanged himself on Tuesday.

September 4, 2013

Gorham council sells former White Rock school for $1

 The council voted 5-0 to sell the building under the conditions that the buyer invests at least $800,000 in the property and keeps it public.

September 4, 2013

Gronkowski non-committal on playing in opener

Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski says he's making steady progress from back surgery but won't say if he expects to play on Sunday in the Patriots' opener.

September 4, 2013

Portland voters OK supplemental school budget

The school department plans to use $1.3 million to pay for teacher retirement costs that were shifted from the state to the district.

September 4, 2013

Maine railway seeks loan to operate through bankruptcy

The railway, which runs from Canada through central Maine, has been in jeopardy since a deadly derailment killed 47 people in July.

September 4, 2013

Syria strike backed by key Senate panel

The committee provides Congressional support sought by President Obama, but Russia – Syria's close ally – continues to fight against an international coalition.

September 5, 2013

Former WMTW news anchor to launch interview program

Dismissed by Channel 8 in June, Shannon Moss plans a comeback on two Portland TV stations next month.

September 5, 2013

Flood of Syria opposition puts pressure on Maine's lawmakers Video clip included

'In all my years of public service, this is just about the most difficult decision I've ever had to deal with,' Angus King says.

September 4, 2013

Kate's Homemade Butter seeks to delay move

Kate's had faced a Sept. 30 deadline to relocate out of its home office or face the loss of its business license.

September 4, 2013

Bill Clinton stumps for health-care law

Clinton urged opponents of the federal health care law Wednesday to stop trying to repeal it and instead work to improve it.

September 4, 2013

Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks

In a preliminary study, healthy volunteers ages 60 to 85 showed gains in their ability to multitask, to stay focused on a boring activity and to keep information in mind.

September 4, 2013

Falmouth police, seeking missing juvenile, make drug bust instead

Police say they discovered Alexander Buchanan, 20, with 4.5 pounds of marijuana, plus hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs.

September 5, 2013

LePage emphasizes Maine educational autonomy

The governor says there will be no federal overreach into Common Core State Standards.

September 4, 2013

Oxycodone dealer sentenced in Bangor federal court

Kevin St. Hill, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a leader of a major oxycodone and cocaine trafficking operation in central Maine from January to June 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

September 4, 2013

Maine court kills proposal to increase jail wait time

The state supreme court will no longer consider an increase from 48 to 72 hours the time somebody can be held in jail before appearing before a judge.

September 5, 2013

Pirates, civic center may go to court over lease Several photos included in this story

The team's owner and civic center trustees are at odds on revenues and whether an unsigned document constitutes a binding agreement.

September 4, 2013

NH will upgrade rail line between Rochester and Ossipee

The $1.4 million grant will help refurbish tracks and allow for additional freight capacity on the Northcoast rail line, which runs close to the Maine-New Hampshire border.

September 4, 2013

Survivor of Boston Marathon attacks has book deal

Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombings, says he wants his book to 'inspire others.'

September 4, 2013

In a cool economy, auto sales on fire

As nearly all automakers report double-digit sales gains in August, they're ramping up production and hiring workers to keep pace with demand.

September 4, 2013

Portlanders voting today on school budget changes

Voters are being asked to approve $1.9 million in additional spending so the district can use a higher-than-expected state subsidy to restore positions.

September 4, 2013

Mass. court hears Pledge of Allegiance challenge

A lawyer for an atheist family argues that the words 'under God' in the pledge discriminate against atheist students.

September 4, 2013

Obama: 'I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line' Video clip included

As the president made his case overseas during a visit to Sweden, his appeal for military intervention in Syria ran into trouble on Capitol Hill.

September 4, 2013

Shipbuilder Ingalls to close Miss. composites facility

The Newport News, Va.-based company says the shutdown is necessary because of a reduction in work for the Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyers.

September 4, 2013

Horse arena roof collapse injures three in Windham Several photos included in this story

The horse arena and the adjacent home are owned by Gordon Chibroski, a Portland Press Herald staff photographer.

September 4, 2013

Conn. lobstermen brace for shutdown of L.I. Sound

The closure set to begin Saturday is an attempt to give the Sound's depleted lobster population a chance to rebuild.

September 4, 2013

Driver charged in crash that killed elderly Biddeford couple

John Shaw, 48, of N.H., was held in the Strafford County Jail on $25,000 cash bail after his arraignment Tuesday.

September 4, 2013

Mechanic Falls man pleads guilty to crime spree

Authorities say 21-year-old Derek James Foster and another man stole several vehicles in the Fryeburg area last December. He set two on fire and crashed another.

September 4, 2013

Judge orders Armstrong to answer doping questions

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holding is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001.

September 4, 2013

Help Wanted: Captain for 19th-century whaling ship

Mystic Seaport is looking for the first captain in more than 90 years for the historic whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan.

September 4, 2013

Exercise on the rise among older Americans

While only a small share of people are exercising enough, the percentage of those exercising after age 65 has been rising.

September 5, 2013

Ex-Brunswick base lands deal with aircraft company

Tempus Jets plans to hire 25 full-time workers within the next four months and 50 more next year.

September 4, 2013

L.L. Bean tote bag profits to help marathon bombing victims

The company says The One Fund Boston Tote is made from a tarp used to protect the Fenway Park infield and has The One Fund Boston logo on it.

September 4, 2013

Lewiston police investigate late night stabbing

Police say the victim was stabbed near the intersection of Blake and Birch streets near downtown just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

September 4, 2013

Cleveland kidnapper's suicide brings little sympathy Several photos included in this story Video clip included

'This man couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade,' the prosecutor says.

September 4, 2013

Bath's sale of building was illegal, critic says

There was no bid process as required by the city charter, says a man seeking to recall five councilors over the deal.

September 4, 2013

Activists prepare to occupy Portland plaza

Those for and against selling part of Congress Square Plaza try to drum up support for their views.

September 4, 2013

Feature obituary: Anthony Longley, fearless pilot, generous dad, dies at 58

 Anthony "Tony" Longley had dreamed of flying since he was a boy . . .

September 4, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man found with stab wound at apartment / Pirate festival ready to make waves this weekend / Maine police charge 14 in two-day drug sweep ... and more news from around the state.

September 4, 2013

First day of school nerve-racking for teachers, too Several photos included in this story

 The Press Herald follows a South Portland teacher on her first day with a classroom of her own.

September 4, 2013

Police: Belfast suspect knew male victim

Authorities provide no further details about the shooting that left Lynn Arsenault dead and her son wounded.

September 4, 2013

Tablets invade Maine laptop program

 Sixty percent of students will use iPads this year, a major evolution after the state let schools choose from a list of technology options.

September 4, 2013

Saco tables its plan to buy former church

The City Council halts the deal after hearing from 15 residents opposed to the idea Tuesday.