News from December 11, 2012

December 12, 2012

President, Boehner trade budget offers in secret bargaining

John Boehner Obama won't specify cuts to benefit programs, the Republican says, but aides say he's already done so.

December 11, 2012

RSU 9 survey calls for leadership, communication from new superintendent

FARMINGTON -- Leadership, communication, school finance budgeting and personnel management are the top qualities respondents said they are looking for in the new Regional School Unit 9 superintendent.

December 12, 2012

Bingham official presses school board to keep Quimby Middle School open

BINGHAM -- A Bingham selectman strongly urged the School Administrative District 13 Tuesday night not to close Bingham's Quimby Middle School, but an updated survey of the district's residents show almost half are in favor of shutting it down.

December 11, 2012

Skowhegan District Court, Nov. 5-9, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed Nov. 5-9 in Skowhegan District Court.

December 11, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 11, 2012

WINSLOW -- A woman was injured after she was hit by a car while she crossed Clinton Avenue Tuesday evening, according to police.

December 11, 2012

Final Occupy Augusta defendant pleads guilty to Blaine House trespassing

AUGUSTA -- The ninth and final defendant charged with criminal trespass for refusing to leave the grounds of the governor's residence last year pleaded guilty Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

December 11, 2012

Hallowell puts off forestry plan decision until January

HALLOWELL -- A management plan for the city forest will go to a public hearing at January's City Council meeting now that some councilors say they want input from residents.

December 11, 2012

Thomas College president urges honesty, kindness and learning at women's luncheon

WATERVILLE -- Be kind to everyone around you, invest in yourself, never stop learning, and above all, be honest.

December 11, 2012

Two hurt, one seriously, in Gardiner fight on Monday

GARDINER -- Two people were hurt -- at least one seriously -- during a fight outside a Neal Street apartment early Monday morning, police said.

December 11, 2012

Body found on banks of Androscoggin



December 11, 2012

Zumba case lawyer to argue illegal search

The attorney for Mark Strong says officials also have not disclosed everything found in searches in the high-profile prostitution case.

December 11, 2012

Augusta man dies from apparent medical crisis, crashes state-owned truck on Hospital Street Tuesday

Police believe the driver suffered a medical problem before the crash.

December 12, 2012

Opposition intensifies to proposed East-West Highway in Maine

The Sierra Club again denounces the proposed 220-mile road as a costly, destructive boondoggle.

December 11, 2012

Quimby company buys 8,000 more acres in Maine

The land in Penobscot County is on the eastern boundary of Baxter State Park.

December 12, 2012

Maine woman rescued from icy pond after trying to save dog Several photos included in this story

The small, long-haired dog drowned, and it appeared the woman was suffering from hypothermia.

December 12, 2012

Gorham scientists to do mercury research with Mexican government

The Biodiversity Research Institute will be studying contamination as part of ongoing studies of mercury pollution.

December 12, 2012

Maine Democrats in bind over appointees' starting pay

The veteran office holders will be paid much less than two years ago unless lawmakers approve an extra $50,000.

December 11, 2012

East-West Highway panned in conservation group report



December 11, 2012

AOS 92 to pitch 1.1 percent budget increase at Wednesday meeting

Proposed budget for 2013-2014 calls for a 1.1 percent increase

December 11, 2012

Average heating oil price drops in Maine 3 cents

Maine energy officials say the average price for propane, in quantities used for heating, is unchanged from last week.

December 11, 2012

LePage to honor state workers

The workers are those who exemplify excellence in public service.

December 11, 2012

Waterville police log, Dec. 10 and 11

Harassment, criminal mischief, threatening

December 11, 2012

From NH to Colo., voter disdain spreads as 'fiscal cliff' looms

The scene playing out on Capitol Hill is a familiar one as lawmakers with competing ideologies wage an 11th-hour battle to avert a predictable crisis.

December 11, 2012

British bank to pay record $1.9B fine in US case

The probe of Europe's largest bank focused on the transfer of funds through the U.S. financial system from Mexican drug cartels and on behalf of nations such as Iran.

December 11, 2012

3 teens charged with Bowdoin burglary

Police say nearly $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in jewelry was stolen from a home on Dec. 1.

December 12, 2012

Kittery's police chief, town manager quit

Police Chief Paul Callaghan and Town Manager Robert Markel both cite town politics.

December 11, 2012

Colo. ushers in legalized pot in low-key fashion

A handful of marijuana activists celebrated by toking up on the Capitol steps, but there were no crowds and little fanfare.

December 11, 2012

Scalia quizzed at Princeton on gay issue

The Supreme Court Justice finds himself defending his legal writings that some find offensive and anti-gay.

December 11, 2012

Investigators comb wreckage in Mexico crash that took singer



December 11, 2012

Asian students top math, science, reading tests

In the U.S., elementary school children have improved their scores in reading and math, but progress seems to fall off in later grades, where math and science scores are stagnant.

December 11, 2012

Midcoast homeless shelter closes without notice

The exact date and circumstances of the Rockport shelter's closing haven't been revealed. The nearest sheltera are more than an hour away.

December 11, 2012

Strauss-Kahn, NYC hotel maid settle her lawsuit

The former International Monetary Fund leader stayed in Paris and stayed mum as a New York judge announced the settlement Monday.

December 11, 2012

Patriots crush Texans, 42-14

Tom Brady throws four touchdown passes and the New England Patriots dominate the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.