News from December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012

Kennebec County Superior Court sentencings, Dec. 10-11, 2012

AUGUSTA — A number of people were sentenced Monday and Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court:

December 12, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Dec. 12, 2012

IN ALBION, Tuesday, at 3:29 p.m., reported theft was investigated behind Lee Brothers Construction on Unity Road.

December 12, 2012

Fairfield seeks volunteers for town boards

FAIRFIELD — The town is seeking volunteers to serve on the budget committee as well as various other boards and committees, according to Town Manager Josh Reny.

December 13, 2012

BACKYARD NATURALIST: Winter nights bring out the shine in planets, nearby stars

On a clear night in a dark sky, your eye can pick up about 2,000 individual stars.

December 12, 2012

AOS 92 budget stamped by member towns; 1.11 percent increase over previous spending plan

WINSLOW — In less than seven minutes, voters from three communities unanimously approved a $1.8 million budget for Alternative Organizational Structure 92 during a public meeting Wednesday.

December 12, 2012

Skowhegan girl celebrates 12th birthday on 12-12-12

SKOWHEGAN — Wednesday was a special day for Sydney Ames.

December 12, 2012

Farmington Business Association organizing to fill advocacy gap

FARMINGTON — A town selectman will be starting a new business organization in January to address a void he says he and other business owners think needs to be filled.

December 12, 2012

Second man arrested in Oakland Grinch burglary Several photos included in this story

OAKLAND — A second man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft of an elderly couple’s Christmas presents, a crime that struck an emotional chord with police and the community.

December 12, 2012

Hut system offers backwood adventurers the comforts of home Several photos included in this story

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — On a clear December day, hikers and skiers dot the snow-covered trail leading them through an evergreen forest below the Bigelow Mountains.

December 13, 2012

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December 12, 2012

In many Maine schools, one-fifth of students in poverty

New census statistics reveal a large gap between have and have-not communities in the state.

December 12, 2012

Angus King is selected for high-profile Senate panels

For first-year members, intelligence and budget seats are unusual. In the House, Pingree is tapped for Appropriations.

December 12, 2012

Waterville offers free online service for businesses, consumers

WATERVILLE — The city is offering businesses an online site where they may advertise their goods and services and for consumers to find out what they offer, free of charge.

December 12, 2012

Maine Democrats opt against higher salaries for political employees

In the midst of a large budget shortfall, they decide not to spend $50,000 to pay three top officials above entry level.

December 12, 2012

Music royalty rocks NYC in Sandy benefit concert

Artists from the Rolling Stones to Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen, above, are gathering at Madison Square Garden tonight for a benefit concert to help Superstorm Sandy's victims.

December 12, 2012

Fed projects high unemployment for next 3 years

Unemployment will fall no lower than 7.4 percent next year and 6.8 percent by the end of 2014, the Fed projects.

December 12, 2012

Spending stalemate could mean reduced Maine heating aid

Maine would be especially hard hit since 68 percent of state homes use oil, the most expensive heating source.

December 12, 2012

Two Maine wind projects win millions in grants

The grants for developing better offshore technology near Monhegan Island and Boothbay Harbor could help make the state a leader in the industry.

December 12, 2012

Maine ranks the worst for business – again

For the third consecutive year, Maine ranked No. 50 in Forbes seventh annual “Best States for Business.”

December 12, 2012

Maine 8th in Peace Corps volunteers, Vermont 1st

A Peace Corps official says the region has a culture of involvement and community engagement.

December 12, 2012

George H.W. Bush remains stable at Houston hospital

Bush has been in the hospital for almost three weeks.

December 12, 2012

Oregon mall shooter identified; used stolen rifle

Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland mall on Tuesday.

December 12, 2012

Maine woman realizes cat she rescued is bobcat

Police say the driver believed the cat was seriously injured or dead and placed it in her van early this morning.

December 12, 2012

Iran says it can make copy of captured CIA drone

A senior Iranian lawmaker said experts have reverse-engineered the RQ-170 Sentinel drone, and Iran now is capable of launching a production line for the unmanned aircraft.

December 13, 2012

In Cape Elizabeth pot cookies incident, number of alleged eaters grows

Police think more than the nine suspended students were part of the incident, and media coverage is criticized.

December 12, 2012

Quimby backs away, a bit, from national park idea in Maine

Roxanne Quimby's son says the park idea isn't being abandoned altogether, but that it's just one option.

December 17, 2012

Judge affirms separate trials for key figures in Zumba case

Mark Strong's attorney also makes a motion to have key evidence thrown out and the case dismissed, which the judge will rule on later.

December 12, 2012

New MPBN channel will carry Maine State House on TV

The channel, similar to C-SPAN, will broadcast up to five hours daily of live and recorded legislative proceedings.

December 12, 2012

Bangor student's 'Mainah' Gangnam spoof catching on

Ryan Lovett, 18, of Oakland, produced a spoof of PSY’s video, “Gangnam Style,” and posted it on YouTube.

December 12, 2012

Honda recalls more than 870,000 minivans, SUVs

The recall affects older-model vehicles sold mainly in the United States.

December 12, 2012

Waterville police log, Dec. 11 and 12

Criminal mischief, assault, shoplifting

December 12, 2012

Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: 'Dear Friends... '

Vatican officials have insisted that the pope's tweets will be his alone, culled from his speeches, homilies or catechism lessons.

December 12, 2012

Pingree seeks equal treatment for women veterans

She's asking the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to treat sexual disorders in women veterans the same as it does for men.

December 12, 2012

Buckfield man charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls

Gary C. Noyes, 42, is accused of assaulting the girls between 2007 and 2011.

December 12, 2012

NH pediatrician to lose license for 5 years

Dr. Mark Weinreb was accused of prescribing a teenager more than 2,000 oxycodone pills over 11 months.

December 12, 2012

Republicans name Maine legislative apportionment team

The Democrats are still working on their list of appointees to the commission.

December 12, 2012

Illinois concealed weapon ban struck down

Gun rights backers interpret the 2-1 appellate court ruling as a mandate instructing lawmakers to pass a bill allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons in public with few if any restrictions.

December 12, 2012

Indian sitar virtuoso Shankar dies at 92

Ravi Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music.

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.