News from February 3, 2013

February 3, 2013

Manchester Planning Board to consider Western Avenue auto site

MANCHESTER -- The Planning Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider a minor site review request for a proposed automobile business on Western Avenue.

February 3, 2013

Local forts, sites focus of lecture series on region's history

AUGUSTA -- A new winter lecture series that launched Sunday will focus on how four local forts and other historical sites fit together like pieces in central Maine's historical puzzle.

February 3, 2013

Belgrade selectmen plan to pass on to voters modest budget increase

BELGRADE -- Residents will see only a minor increase in the budget they'll vote on at the March annual Town Meeting if the Board of Selectpersons approves the proposed budget Tuesday night.

February 3, 2013

Augusta District Court, Jan. 24-30, 2013

AUGUSTA -- The following is a list of cases closed Jan. 24-30, 2013, in Augusta District Court:

February 3, 2013

'No-drama' alternative program engages once at-risk high school students in Winthrop Several photos included in this story Video clip included

WINTHROP -- There's no "drama" in the trailer next to the tennis courts.

February 4, 2013

Police arrest wanted man after trailer park standoff

Police are involved in a standoff in hopes of capturing Michael Gatcomb.

February 3, 2013

China Lake area native named Miss Maine USA

AUGUSTA -- Fresh from her victory as Miss Maine USA, Ali Clair is gearing up for the Miss USA pageant, which will be held in Las Vegas in June.

February 3, 2013

YouTube video revives 1985 Colby College performance by rapper LL Cool J

WATERVILLE -- In the mid-1980s, central Mainers were vastly more familiar with L.L. Bean than LL Cool J.

February 3, 2013

New owner of venerable Bingham restaurant sees fulfillment of longtime hope and dream Several photos included in this story

BINGHAM -- An entrepreneur who bought an old mill months ago recently took over a local restaurant, hoping to bring more business to the town.

February 3, 2013

South End Teen Center a 'second home' for many Waterville area youths

Anyone who hasn't visited that address ought to.

February 3, 2013

Content of Tuesday's State of the State address known only to LePage

With the exception of Gov. Paul LePage and his confidants, nobody knows what the governor will say when he delivers his State of the State address Tuesday night.

February 3, 2013

Chronic underfunding means long hours, short staffing for Maine nursing homes

The Oak Grove Center nursing home in Waterville swirled with activity last week, with a beano game in one room, two women chatting over coffee in another, and an ambulance crew wheeling in a new resident on a gurney.

February 3, 2013

Celts roll without Rondo Several photos included in this story

Boston extends its winning streak to four games since the season-ending loss of its star point guard.

February 3, 2013

Bill Clinton to speak at Ed Koch's funeral in NYC

The Israeli consul general will also speak, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

February 3, 2013

NRA likens universal checks to gun registry

Critics say a national gun registry could lead to taxes on guns or to confiscation.

February 3, 2013

Vonn to be protected by bodyguards at ski worlds

Skier Lindsey Vonn said her sponsor hired the security just as a precaution.

February 4, 2013

Super Bowl ads turn epic

Many advertisers go for a compelling story to make their message stand out.

February 3, 2013

TV channel set for live Maine legislative coverage

Public broadcasting's Maine Capitol Connection channel is expected to go on air Monday and feature day-and-night, gavel-to-gavel House and Senate coverage.

February 4, 2013

After Harvard visit, dozens injured in bus crash

Authorities say the driver of a bus that hit a Boston overpass had no business operating on that road.

February 3, 2013

Kerry calls foreign officials in first day on job

The new Secretary of State calls Palestinian, Israeli, Turkish, Canadian and Mexican officials.

February 3, 2013

Goodell: 'Absolutely' would let son play football

The NFL commissioner declines to confirm that there is a proven connection between football and medical problems in retired players.

February 3, 2013

'Sniper' SEAL gunned down at firing range

Chris Kyle and a friend were fatally shot by an Iraq War veteran they tried to help.

February 3, 2013

Most animals rescued from burning Buckfield barn

Fire investigators are using video from a barn surveillance camera to determine the cause of the 11 Jim Warren Rd. blaze.

February 3, 2013

Fire damages Washington home on Saturday

No one was hurt in the fire that was called in at 6:12 p.m.

February 3, 2013

Bar Harbor college offers free electric car charge-ups

College of the Atlantic has opened a solar-powered electric charging station to any vehicle needing a recharge.

February 3, 2013

Politicians strive to stay in hospitals' good graces

 But the partisan tension over who gets credit for paying the state’s debt to medical institutions reveals that industry’s outsized clout.

February 3, 2013

Rome man recovering from crash injuries sustained after Saturday police chase through Belgrade

A Rome man was seriously injured Saturday night after leading a state police trooper on a chase through Belgrade.