February 12, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Man, 23, charged in Bath shooting

Firearm discharged in parking lot, killing girlfriend

BATH Maine State Police have arrested the boyfriend of a woman shot to death in a Bath shopping center parking lot on Nov. 16, 2015. More...

Board accepts funds for urgent school repairs

Money earmarked for Brunswick’s Coffin, junior high schools

BRUNSWICK The Brunswick School Board discussed the details Wednesday of more than $1.5 million in funding from the state to make urgent repairs to Coffin Elementary School and the junior high. More...

Bath businesses sound off on last minute V-Day gifts

BATH Shoppers who are stumped this Valentine’s Day season may want to head to Bath for some thoughtful, local gifts for that special someone. Here’s what a few Bath businesses recommend: Ornament Home and Garden, 70 Front St. More...

Car fire in West Bath

WEST BATH — No one was hurt after a taxi caught fire while traveling south on Route 1 in West Bath Wednesday afternoon. More...

LePage to visit Freeport Tuesday

FREEPORT — Gov. Paul LePage has announced he will hold his next town hall Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Freeport where he will deliver remarks about moving Maine forward and answer questions from residents, according to a press release. More...

Portsmouth School Board approves transgender policy

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Portsmouth School Board has unanimously approved the school district’s first-ever policy regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students. More...

Rhode Island stripper, suspected bank robber, arrested

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a stripper in connection with a bank robbery in Rhode Island as she was lying in a Massachusetts motel room bed with cash possibly linked to the holdup. More...

As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

AUGUSTA Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead. More...

Speaker: LePage using state money to encourage loyalty

AUGUSTA An attorney for House Speaker Mark Eves says Gov. Paul LePage is using state money to entice political loyalty and that the practice threatens Maine’s public party democracy. More...

Augusta education board OKs pot policy

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Augusta Board of Education has approved a policy that would allow students to use medical marijuana to manage various medical conditions. More...

Officials investigate death of inmate

WARREN (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The Department of Corrections identified the inmate as 67-year-old Donald Riley. More...

Maine landlord who killed tenants gets life in prison

ALFRED (AP) — A Maine landlord who admitted killing two tenants following a dispute over parking spots after a snowstorm was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. More...

Maine bookstore owner makes huge profit in rare stamp sale

FAIRFIELD (AP) — A central Maine bookstore owner cashed in after selling a set of rare U.S. Postal Service stamps that brought in just under $60,000 at an auction in Fairfield. More...

Norwegian wins opening event at World Cup biathlon in Maine

PRESQUE ISLE (AP) — A Norwegian with perfect 10-for-10 shooting has won the first event in the World Cup biathlon in northern Maine. More...

Conan O’Brien to discuss liberal arts education at Harvard Friday

BOSTON Conan O’Brien is coming to Harvard to talk about the value of a liberal arts education. More...

Fact Check: Clinton and Sanders on health care, donors and more

WASHINGTON In their latest debate, Hillary Clinton glossed over the big-money donors juicing her White House ambitions while Bernie Sanders offered disputed numbers behind his plan for a government-financed health system. More...

A look at key players in the wildlife refuge standoff

The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a tense standoff that began more than a month ago. The armed group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. More...

UK: Hong Kong bookseller ‘removed’ in breach of treaty

HONG KONG Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a “serious breach” of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city. More...

Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot kills 49 people

MONTERREY, Mexico A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico’s overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting trial are mixe More...

 

Obituaries

Vaughn W. Taylor - 2016-02-12
Richard L. Smith - 2016-02-12
DEATH NOTICE - 2016-02-12
Leila B. Fournier - 2016-02-11
Raymond E. Nadeau - 2016-02-11
Judith J. Coffin - 2016-02-10
Shirley A. Petersen - 2016-02-10
Gary W. Fogg - 2016-02-10
Cora May Hanna Owen - 2016-02-10
Shraden T. Palmer - 2016-02-10
Eleanor S. Walter - 2016-02-10
DEATH NOTICE - 2016-02-10
David R. Girardin - 2016-02-09
William S. Gannon IV - 2016-02-09
James C. Dilios - 2016-02-08
David R. Girardin - 2016-02-08

Sports

Area swimmers set for state meets

BRUNSWICK The Maine high school State Swimming Championships begin this weekend, with Brunswick and Mt. Ararat in Class A and Morse in Class B. First will be the Class A girls, who will compete at the University of Maine in Orono on Saturday. More...

State indoor track action set

BRUNSWICK The State Class A and B Indoor Track Championships are fast approaching. More...

Wrestlers hit the mat for state meet

BRUNSWICK The State Class A and B Wrestling Championships are scheduled to be held on Saturday, with Class A grapplers at Noble and the Class B competitors at Oceanside in Rockland. Both meets are slated for 9:30 a.m. starts. Class A More...

Et Cetera

Conceptis Sudoku Puzzle answer

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Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced father who has recently remarried. I have parenting time with my children one weeknight and every other weekend. More...

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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Distant Mirrors

A special exhibition of works by Portland artist Elise Ansel

BRUNSWICK “Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors” features a group of nine paintings and seven drawings by Portland-based artist Elise Ansel that she created for this exhibition. More...

Audrey Bechler exhibits at Savory Maine in Damariscotta

DAMARISCOTTA Waldoboro artist Audrey Bechler is leaving Maine, a place she has loved for more than 50 years. Before she does, she will show and sell as much of her accumulated works of art as she can. More...

Beneath the Music: Teal Vickery, Viola

BRUNSWICK What leads someone down the path to becoming a professional musician? What is it that inspires practice, patience, and perfectionism? These are all questions touched on in Beneath the Music; an interview series examining a life in music. More...

Police say hang up on IRS scam calls  Free Access 

Police are warning the public that another IRA phone scam is circulating. More...

Other transportation projects are planned

BATH In addition to the reconstruction of the Bath viaduct on Route 1, other local transportation projects in store for the city include the Centre Street Connection Bridge, which is due for a deck replacement in the spring of 2017. More...

‘The baby is coming!’

Baby delivered safely ... but not at hospital

BATH A baby who didn’t want to wait for her parents to get to a hospital was born in the passenger seat of a Chevy Silverado in the parking lot of the Shaw’s Supermarket very early Thursday morning. More...

PEOPLE PLUS PIC OF THE WEEK

AUTHOR MIRIAM NESSET, standing, is shown here with some of the ladies who attended her recent Author’s Chat at People Plus. More...

Unsafe ice means canal hike postponed

Event is now Feb. 21

BATH The annual trek along Bath’s Peterson Canal is postponed to 11 a. m. on Feb. 21, due to potentially unsafe ice conditions. More...

Local transportation projects announced

BATH — The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released work plans for 2016-18, including infrastructure improvements are slated for the Sagadahoc County area. More...

STUDENT NOTES

FHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll High Honors Grade 9: Paul Biberstein, Camden Donald, Zachary Flood, Abigail Fortune, Lillian Horne, Noah Kivler, Anna Labbe, Alexander Les, Jessica Minieri, Nicholas Mitch, Shiloh Munsen, Margaret Perrotta, Hayden Thomas, More...

Eagleton School fires 4 employees after abuse charges

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Administrators at a private residential school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders have fired four employees after five staff members were charged in an investigation into the abuse of students. More...

Jury rejects medical monitoring case against Philip Morris

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has rejected claims by a group of Massachusetts smokers who sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings. More...

Garmin buys Mainebased GPS products company DeLorme

YARMOUTH Swiss-based Garmin Ltd., known for its GPS technologies, is buying Maine-based DeLorme, which produces maps and hand-held satellite communications. The companies made the announcement Thursday. More...

Lab opening seafood, Arctic centers

EAST BOOTHBAY (AP) — Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay is opening two new centers that will focus on seafood security and the opening of the Arctic Ocean. More...

Campaign signs get new life, help people with disabilities

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Police seeking information in 1999 killing of Maine girl

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — Police in Maine are asking the public for information in the 1999 killing of a 15-year-old girl. Ashley Ouellette’s body was found in the middle of Pine Point Road in Scarborough on Feb. 10, 1999. More...

Maine mother appeals conviction for toddler death

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine mother who’s serving a 37-year sentence for killing her 2 1/2-year-old daughter and leaving her body in a car is appealing to Maine’s highest court. More...

Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree ... except when they don’t

MILWAUKEE Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn’t. More...

Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff

BURNS, ORE. The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. More...

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert

LOS ANGELES President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resour More...

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce within a week

MUNICH Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. More...

Seoul, U.S. to talk on missile defense aimed at N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea Looking to take a harder line after North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. More...

WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from trials

GENEVA The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. More...

Calendar

CALENDAR

FRI/12 BLOOD DRIVE RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 1-6p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath. 1-800-733-2767. MISCELLANEOUS FOLK DANCE BRUNSWICK: BALKAN BASH, 6:30-10p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunwsick. More...

Opinion

State of Discontent

Editorial

As promised this week, our governor, Paul LePage, delivered a written State of the State address to the Legislature as opposed to in-person remarks that have become the norm. More...

Youth Participation in the Dem’s Caucus

GUEST COLUMN

I wish to challenge young people, whether recently finishing high school or still in college, to get involved in a process that represents all our interests. More...

Political Cartoon

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Worship

Love Finds A Way

When I was growing up, my mom often sang in church. It was the late 1970s, and even in our small Oregon farming community, most of the other mothers wore lipstick and high heels and pantyhose on Sunday mornings. More...

Charity and cheering fill St. John’s during Maine Catholic Schools Week

BRUNSWICK When eighth-grade teacher Rachel Johns hoisted her empty tissue box in the air, a group of yellow-clad students in the back of the parish hall erupted with cheers. Normally, this would be a strange scene at St. More...

First Parish Choir presents ‘The Shoemaker’

BRUNSWICK “ The Shoemaker,” a recently composed church opera by Stephen Paulus, will be presented by the First Parish Church Choir, chamber orchestra and soloists on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. More...