News from February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Global warming paradox: Less snow, but fierce storms

WASHINGTON — With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit.

February 18, 2013

Portland Press Herald reporter, Waterville native earns prestigious award

20130215_Woodard The George Polk Award is for a report on for-profit online education firms

February 18, 2013

Fairfield history buff's Facebook page preserves Gerald Hotel of old Several photos included in this story

FAIRFIELD — A young history enthusiast has spent a lot of time and energy to ensure that a grand old building of the past will be remembered far into the future.

February 18, 2013

Main Street Skowhegan winnows field for new executive director

SKOWHEGAN — Officials at Main Street Skowhegan say a new executive director is expected to be on board by mid- to late March.

February 18, 2013

Ski areas report strong start to Presidents Day holiday week

SKOWHEGAN — Ten-year-old Nicholas Woodside sped down the hill and up a tall snowbank as his snowtube came to a stop. His father, Pat Woodside stood by, camera ready.

February 19, 2013

East Pond Association turns to small steps to combat algae blooms

The East Pond Association is undergoing a strategy shift in fighting algae blooms on the pond.

February 18, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 18, 2013

IN ANSON, Saturday at 4:05 p.m., an animal complaint was reported on Skidmore Road.

February 19, 2013

Waterville Opera House renovation earns Mid-Maine chamber's 2012 Community Service Project of the Year

WATERVILLE — After over a year-long hiatus, the Waterville Opera House is back in business.

February 18, 2013

Former legislator seeks longtime West Gardiner selectman's seat

WEST GARDINER — A former Maine legislator who left the State House last year after a decade of service is seeking to win the seat of a selectman who has been on the board for 44 years.

February 18, 2013

RSU 2 stakeholders gather to protest impact of state budget on schools

HALLOWELL — Schools across the state have struggled to maintain services as lawmakers have tightened the spigot from state coffers over the last few years, but the newest budget proposals from the governor’s office represent a major shift from state to local funding for schools and community services.

February 18, 2013

One of three Gardiner pop-up stores stays put past holidays

Gardiner Main Street managed to fill three of the six spaces available for its pop-up project, which offered free rent for new stores in November and December.

February 18, 2013

Mediocre holiday sales numbers for Maine meld to retail decline in January

With the holiday season receding in the rear-view window, Maine retailers are reporting a mixed bag of shopping results even as they look forward to a new year that’s gotten off to a slow start.

February 18, 2013

Last year's mild winter catches up with LIHEAP recipients

AUGUSTA — Abigail Perry, director of the Augusta Food Bank, came to a recent meeting of the Emergency Heating Assistance Group because she didn’t know where else to turn for help.

February 18, 2013

Burger King's Twitter account hacked

The rogue tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account.

February 18, 2013

3 men jump on tracks in NYC to help stranger

Riders waiting on the platform helped lift the man. The three men got up just in time.

February 18, 2013

Coast Guard: Cause of cruise ship fire was a leak

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.

February 18, 2013

NH House panel to hold hearing on medical marijuana

Gov. Maggie Hassan supports legalization with tight controls.

February 18, 2013

Kids' suspensions renew debate over zero tolerance

Some school officials are suspending or threatening to suspend small children over behavior their parents consider perfectly normal and age-appropriate.

February 18, 2013

Fishing's decline looms; will fish consumers notice?

In May, New England's fishermen will again see a cut to the number of fish they can catch, this time so deeply that the historic industry's existence is threatened from Rhode Island to Maine.

February 19, 2013

It's farmer vs. Monsanto in high-stakes Supreme Court case

The case involving a 75-year-old Indiana farmer could have far-reaching implications for patents involving DNA molecules, nanotechnologies and other self-replicating technologies.

February 18, 2013

Deering High to present Maine labor mural play

"Tribute" has 11 scenes, one for each panel of the mural, covering such topics as Rosie the Riveter and the Jay paper mill strike.

February 18, 2013

Maine innkeepers offer discounts to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Since the fundraiser started in 2004, the Maine Innkeepers Association has raised more than $100,000 to help build homes for Maine families.

February 18, 2013

Vote likely this week on Maine stopgap budget

The Appropriations Committee last week unanimously endorsed the budget, improving prospects for passage by the House and Senate.

February 18, 2013

Schools, donors have no vacations from keeping their charges well-fed

HARTLAND -- On a typical school day at Hartland Consolidated School, elementary-level students eat two of their three daily meals and an afternoon fruit snack.

February 18, 2013

Study: Better TV might improve kids' behavior

Whether children watch violent shows or educational TV 'is as important as how much they watch,' says the study's lead author.

February 18, 2013

White House denies leaking draft immigration bill

Aides say the president is pleased with the progress of congressional talks and isn't trying to nudge the process along.