Saturday, March 8, 2014
From news service reports
CALM BEFORE THE STORM: A woman walks along Back Cove in Portland on Saturday as morning fog lingers over the city. Expect Sunday to be mostly cloudy with high temperatures in the lower 50s. The weather is expected to deteriorate Monday as Sandy arrives.
Derek Davis/Staff Photographer
Motorcyclist from Quebec killed in crash on Route 2
A motorcyclist from Quebec died in a crash in Rumford on Friday.
Police told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the 40-year-old man was killed about 9 p.m. in a crash on Route 2.
Police were still investigating the wreck Saturday morning. The victim's name and further details were not immediately available.
Airplane from Amsterdam diverted to Bangor airport
An airplane en route from Amsterdam to Minnesota was diverted to Bangor International Airport because of a sick child on board.
Airport Director Tony Caruso told the Bangor Daily News that the Delta Airbus had 238 passengers on board when it landed in Bangor a little before noon Friday. The flight resumed at 12:45 p.m., after the child and his mother were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by ambulance.
The plane was scheduled to arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport two hours later than originally scheduled.
State health officials said it was not clear what had made the child sick. The child is believed to be 4 or 5 years old.
LePage says 'mean season' arrives on campaign scene
Gov. Paul LePage says the "mean season" has arrived -- the time of year when candidates are engaging in dirty campaigns.
In his weekly radio address, LePage said he's a history buff, but he's not sure the mistakes of the past won't be repeated. LePage, who does not have an election campaign this year, acknowledged that not all campaigns of the past have been nice.
But he said we're in the midst of different kinds of campaigns now. LePage said words have a potentially devastating impact on a campaign, especially when they are lies.
In the Democratic response, Sen. Chris Johnson of Somerville said many Mainers are worse off, mainly due to failures of the Republican-led Legislature. Johnson said tax breaks are pushing costs onto Maine towns and property taxpayers.
Blaine House being opened for food drive on Saturdays
Gov. Paul LePage and his wife are opening up the Blaine House for a food drive for the second straight year to help needy Mainers put food on the table.
The food drive kicked off Saturday and will continue the next two Saturdays.
People are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the governor's residence from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The food will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank at the end of the three-week drive.
People who donate will get a tour of the Blaine House, enjoy light refreshments and meet with the governor and his wife.
Tugboat brought to surface after days on river bottom
After days of resting on the bottom of the Piscataqua River between Maine and New Hampshire, the tugboat Benjamin Bailey has resurfaced.
The Portsmouth Herald said the tugboat, which sank Wednesday, was brought to the surface Saturday with airbags.
The boat was being used in the Memorial Bridge replacement project and sank Wednesday. Two crewmen aboard swam to safety.
The tugboat is owned by Ken Anderson of Riverside & Pickering Marine Contractors, based in Eliot, Maine.
Regulators increase limit for fishermen catching dogfish
Regulators are again increasing the catch limit on the spiny dogfish, a species fishermen have long said is far too abundant.
On Thursday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission upped the 2013 fishing year quota by about 5 million pounds in the region from Maine to North Carolina.
About 23.7 million pounds, roughly 60 percent of the overall quota, is tabbed for the coastal New England states. That's an increase from the 20 million pound limit in 2011.
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