News from February 27, 2013

February 27, 2013

Benedict XVI a teacher who returned to his roots

VATICAN CITY -- On Monday, April 4, 2005, a priest walked up to the Renaissance palazzo housing the Vatican's doctrine department and asked the doorman to call the official in charge: It was the first day of business after Pope John Paul II had died, and the cleric wanted to get back to work.

February 27, 2013

St. Albans to consider obscenity ordinance proposal

ST. ALBANS -- A proposed obscenity ordinance that would allow breast-feeding in public and two ballot proposals to borrow money for town roads are on tap Saturday for the annual town meeting.

February 27, 2013

Colby celebrates 200th birthday

WATERVILLE -- Colby College alumni, faculty, staff and students joined members of the Waterville community Wednesday to celebrate the college's bicentennnial.

February 27, 2013

Area religious community curious about Pope's succession

As Pope Benedict XVI enters the final day of his papacy, members of Waterville's religious community are thinking about who his successor will be.

February 27, 2013

Litchfield resident urges town to declare gun regulations unconstitutional

LITCHFIELD -- Jonathan Yellowbear is so concerned that federal and state gun laws could become too restrictive that he wants his fellow residents to declare all of them -- past, present and future -- invalid in town.

February 27, 2013

Schools, highway workers, CMP prepare for storm

Some schools in central Maine didn't open Wednesday, others closed early, highway workers were rested and ready, and Central Maine Power Co. was on watch as a late winter storm approached.

February 27, 2013

Some legislators seek to loosen sign regulations on Maine's roads

AUGUSTA -- Maine's pioneering law banning highway billboards has withstood the test of time since it was enacted in 1977, but the spirit of highway beautification is under siege at the State House.

February 27, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 27, 2013

A woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning for treatment of cuts on her head and arm after a single-vehicle car accident on Winding Hill Road in Norridgewock.

February 27, 2013

Officer's weapon discharges in computer class

“From the people in the room, it doesn’t appear there was any misconduct," the Maine State Police chief says.

February 28, 2013

Central Maine is a stage and these homeschoolers are players

East Winthrop pastor Sam Richards and homeschoolers from around central Maine bring Shakespeare alive at Monmouth's Cumston Hall.

February 27, 2013

Uninvited school visits earn Oakland man criminal trespass warning and littering charge

OAKLAND — A man who turned up uninvited at two elementary schools was given a criminal trespass warning, then charged with littering after he threw the warning on the ground.

February 27, 2013

Our woods are thick with spruce, fir and nuthatches

The small birds that bop around our feeder a lot, and are not chickadees, are the nuthatches.

February 27, 2013

Winthrop school board hears voters; district to host public forums

WINTHROP — As Winthrop Public Schools tried to pass a budget last year, some residents said it would be easier for voters to get on board if they knew where the district was going.

February 27, 2013

Vt. woman gets new face after lye attack Several photos included in this story

Doctors at a Boston hospital successfully transplant a donor's facial skin on the victim.

February 28, 2013

Maine's decades-old billboard, signs laws under attack

 Maine was the second state in America to ban off-premises billboards in 1977, but some lawmakers argue it hurts business.

February 27, 2013

Waterville, Clinton police logs, Feb. 26 and 27

Theft, burglary, vehicle accidents

February 27, 2013

Competency hearing delayed for Maine girl accused of killing baby

Kelli Murphy is charged in the death of a 3-month-old infant, who died last July while staying at Murphy’s mother's home.

February 27, 2013

At more colleges, classes on genetics get personal

The classes are forcing students to decide whether it is better to be ignorant or informed about possible health problems – a decision more Americans will confront as the price of genetic testing plummets and it becomes more popular.

March 1, 2013

Victims, witnesses are 'rough people' in stabbing trial, prosecutor says

AUGUSTA — A profanity-laden exchange among several men at The Chez Paree bar in Waterville’s South End just prior to the 1 a.m. closing last April led to an assault outside the bar that left one man unconscious and two others fleeing as they clutched their stab wounds.

February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Cliburn rocketed to fame when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, six months after the Soviets' launch of Sputnik.

February 27, 2013

Scrutiny urged on piping of tar sands through Maine

Members of Congress want federal assurance that heavy crude transports wouldn't put Maine communities at risk.

February 27, 2013

Central Maine schools, highway workers, CMP prepare for storm

Schools in central Maine closed Wednesday or planned early closings, highway workers were rested and ready and Central Maine Power Co. was on watch as the late winter storm approached.

February 27, 2013

Conn. grandma kills self, two young grandsons

Family members say 47-year-old Debra Denison had bipolar disorder and a history of mental-health problems.

February 27, 2013

Supreme Court justices voice skepticism of voting rights law

The lawsuit from Shelby County, Ala., near Birmingham, says the "dire local conditions" that once justified strict federal oversight of elections no longer exist.

February 27, 2013

Police say UNH concert led to 65 arrests

Most of the arrests at a concert by disc jockey Tiesto were for underage drinking and unlawful possession of alcohol.

February 27, 2013

Zumba jurors watch video showing naked Wright

The video shows the alleged prostitute putting on a strip tease for men outside her studio window.

February 27, 2013

After crash, UMaine players, coaches react on Twitter

Read the reactions from the players and coaches on Twitter.

February 27, 2013

Search for boat, missing family ends off Calif.

The Coast Guard on Tuesday called off the search for a boat that reportedly sank in rough seas far off the Central California coast, saying nothing more could be done and that the family's distress calls might have been a hoax.

February 27, 2013

Report: Spending cuts could force runway closures

The spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect on Friday, but furloughs of air traffic controllers won't kick in until April because the Federal Aviation Administration is required by law to give its employees advance notice.

February 27, 2013

Hagel takes helm at Pentagon after bitter fight

Hagel is expected to be sworn in today and is likely to address the staff in his first day as defense secretary.

February 27, 2013

Maine sex offender arrested for alleged violation

Bath police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Pope was arrested at the apartment of a friend who has two children under the age of 14.

February 27, 2013

Crisis fatigue: Americans tune out budget cut talk

For all the grim predictions, Americans seem to be flipping the channel to something a little less, well, boring. They wonder, haven't we been here before?

February 27, 2013

Police investigate rash of battery thefts in Wilton

Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox says there have been similar thefts recently in Farmington and Jay.

February 27, 2013

Maine bill would allow bars to open early on St. Pat's Day

Rep. Barry Hobbins, a Saco Democrat, says bars stand to lose a lot of money if they can't open early that day.

February 27, 2013

Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties Several photos included in this story

He will meet Thursday morning with cardinals for a final time, then fly by helicopter to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.

February 27, 2013

Swap copyrighted files online? Service provider is watching

The recording industry is trying a new approach to dealing with piracy: warnings and slowdowns.