News from September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013

High School Football Roundup Week 1

South Portland upsets defending champion Thornton Academy / Bonny Eagle blows past Biddeford ... and more news from around the state.

September 7, 2013

No encore for music festival at Colby

Instead, students will take part in hosting Waterville's Harvest Fest on Oct. 6.

September 7, 2013

Protesters leave Congress Square Plaza under police orders Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130903_BelfastMurders About a dozen people who oppose the sale of the public space vacate the park after it closed for the night.

September 6, 2013

Waterville man faces bath salts, flasifying evidence charges

Arrested twice in two days, the suspect also is accused of lunging toward pills and eating them.

September 6, 2013

Mass. woman settles lawsuit from flesh-eating bacteria case

The woman, who had her limbs amputated after giving birth at a Massachusetts hospital, will get $9.5 million.

September 7, 2013

Maine railway to use two-person crews if it gets financing

A trustee says the decision should not be seen as an admission that one-person crews are unsafe or that a one-person crew led to the deadly disaster in Quebec.

September 6, 2013

Man charged with spreading HIV claims 300 partners

Many of David Lee Magnum's trysts stemmed from Craigslist ads, he tells investigators.

September 6, 2013

Zimmerman's wife seeks life insurance policy

Shellie Zimmerman says her husband should pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary.

September 6, 2013

York woman run over by her own car

The woman reached into her Town and Country minivan from outside the passenger side door and mistakenly started it.

September 7, 2013

Maine potato fields are backdrop for feature film

'Beneath the Harvest Sky' focuses on two best friends, the challenges of life in rural America and the drug trade between Maine and Canada.

September 6, 2013

Maine officials receive no complaints of tainted yogurt

The yogurt maker started contacting retailers last week, saying some shipments should be pulled off the shelves because of possible contamination with mold.

September 6, 2013

Feds reject grant request for ME-NH bridge connection

Maine and New Hampshire had jointly requested $25 million for a replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Kittery and Portsmouth.

September 6, 2013

Cat survives 11-story fall from Alaska apartment window

The 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, reportedly chased a mosquito out the window.

September 6, 2013

Maine marijuana company fined $18K for using pesticides

In March, a state investigation found nine pesticides at the company’s cultivation facility in Auburn.

September 6, 2013

Mass. woman settles flesh-eating bacteria lawsuit for $9.5M

In addition to losing both legs and her arms at the elbows, Monica Sprague Jorge, 41, says she had some internal organs removed.

September 7, 2013

Portland Pirates sue Civic Center over lease dispute Several photos included in this story

The lawsuit further chills relations between the local hockey team and the arena's officials.

September 8, 2013

Police ID two children, driver in I-295 crash

A fourth person in the car is identified as the children's mother.

September 6, 2013

Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options

It's a buying pattern that began around two years ago with low interest rates that let buyers choose pricier cars.

September 6, 2013

Decline in U.S. births appears to be leveling off

The number of babies born last year – a little shy of 4 million – is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011.

September 6, 2013

Royal Lipizzan stallions performing in Buxton

The famous white horses were first bred in Austria and originally performed their leaps and kicks in battle.

September 6, 2013

Group files petition to protect Portland plaza, other public spaces

The effort would add Congress Square Plaza and 34 other properties to the city's land bank and require eight votes and a public referendum to sell them.

September 7, 2013

Obama goes home without a coalition Video clip included

The president says he will argue for a military strike on Syria in an address Tuesday.

September 7, 2013

Police seize $20,000 worth of drugs at Kennebunk home Several photos included in this story

Three men are arrested at 'the Baskin-Robbins of drug houses.'

September 6, 2013

Portland's Baxter Boulevard to reopen on Monday

A 1.4-mile stretch of the boulevard has been closed for the last eight months while the city installed a new sewer and storm water system.

September 6, 2013

US orders diplomats out of Lebanon

Concerned about potential for violence, govt. issues new travel warning, urges American citizens to leave

September 6, 2013

Brewers' Braun calls to apologize to season ticket holders

Suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder says he regrets using PEDs.

September 6, 2013

World leaders push big companies to pay more taxes

G-20 leaders reportedly have signed on to a new tax plan that would make it harder for companies to hide profits in tax havens and force them to pay tax in the countries where they make money.

September 6, 2013

Suspect in Maine prison death skips court date

John Thibeault was out on $100,000 bail posted by another party.

September 6, 2013

Pickup truck plunges into N.H. river; two arrested

Police stopped the truck for erratic driving, but the driver took off and headed down the street, which was a dead end, and plunged into the river.

September 6, 2013

Sea of blue disabled placards in many U.S. cities

Cities are seeing the impact in more congested downtowns and the loss of millions of dollars in revenue.

September 6, 2013

Arizona woman freed after two decades on death row

While not exonerated in the 1989 death of her son, the Arizona woman, 49, is awaiting a new trial.

September 6, 2013

Aaron Hernandez pleads 'not guilty' to all charges

Defense attorneys say the evidence in Odin Lloyd's murder is circumstantial and the state's case won't hold up.

September 6, 2013

Skowhegan shelter for homeless youth closing

The 10-bed Halcyon House, which provides services to children ages 10 to 17, becomes the latest victim of a cut in federal funding.

September 6, 2013

Maine panel meets to study casino expansion

All legislation related to gambling was put on hold last session until the Gaming Commission can develop a competitive bidding process proposal.

September 6, 2013

10 Maine businesses get energy grants from USDA

The grants will be used for solar, biomass and propane energy systems, and for energy-efficiency projects such as upgrading refrigeration and lighting.

September 6, 2013

Maine wardens: Search for hiker 'will continue'

But there are no new leads in the case of Geraldine Largay, a Tennessee woman reported missing July 24.

September 6, 2013

Aid effort continues for town in Quebec

Organizers in Farmington plan an Oct. 12 fundraiser for Lac-Megantic, their partner across the border.

September 6, 2013

Portland warns plaza protest planners

 An encampment by Occupy Maine, which opposes the sale of the public land, would need city approval, an official says.

September 6, 2013

Feature obituary: Robert Dyer, 57, accomplished Portland artist

Mr. Dyer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006. Throughout his illness, he continued to paint.

September 6, 2013

Maine farmers appeal Monsanto case to Supreme Court

 The biotech giant's genetically engineered seed patents are invalid, they argue.

September 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Married couple dies in head-on crash / Man gets 7½ years in child molestation cases / Maine film production skyrockets ... and other news from around the state.

September 6, 2013

Different kinds of bacteria may help protect against obesity, study says

Jeffrey Gordon, Vanessa Ridaura

September 6, 2013

Obamacare health plans mimic workplace shift

Deductibles for individuals will be common, and the larger they are, the more affordable the premium.

September 6, 2013

Two firms draw up alternative visions for Portland plaza Several photos included in this story

 However, the city has not solicited any alternative visions for Congress Square Plaza.