News from January 20, 2013

January 20, 2013

Martin Luther King's 'content of character' dream produces unlikely division

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

January 20, 2013

Skowhegan theater studio gives children escape on the stage

SKOWHEGAN — Six-year-old Lyric Whitaker normally is a shy little girl.

January 20, 2013

Influential Mainers gather for presidential inauguration

John Baldacci WASHINGTON -- On Monday, hundreds of thousands of spectators from across the nation will gather within sight of the Capitol to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office.

January 20, 2013

State House calendar, Jan. 21-27, 2013

L.R. 1045 — “An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, and to Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013.” This is Gov. LePage’s supplemental budget. Public hearings, room 228, State House, include:

January 20, 2013

LePage consultant's talking-points memo de rigueur in Maine politics

Last week, the progressive blog Dirigo Blue got its hands on a juicy internal memo from Gov. Paul LePage's political adviser, Brent Littlefield.

January 20, 2013

Mt. Blue high school complex nears end of $60 million expansion, renovation Several photos included in this story

FARMINGTON — The Mt. Blue High School Learning Campus is in the final stages of a three-year, $60 million renovation and expansion project.

January 20, 2013

Waterville police announce three promotions, detective sergeant's retirement Several photos included in this story

WATERVILLE — Police Detective Sgt. Michael Benecke plans to retire Jan. 31 after 25 years at the Waterville Polcie Department.

January 20, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 20, 2013

IN CLINTON, Saturday at 7:17 p.m., suspicious activity was reported at A.W. Chaffee on Hinckley Road.

January 20, 2013

FirstPark to announce new director, seek input on needed skills

OAKLAND — FirstPark, a business park supported by 24 area communities, hopes to announce a new director in about two weeks after a months-long search, according to Craig Nelson, president of the park's governing assembly.

January 20, 2013

Augusta city manager: Tax hike, service cuts or both certain if state revenue-sharing cuts approved

AUGUSTA — When you add it all up, the city of Augusta would lose somewhere north of $2 million from city and school budgets next year if Gov. Paul LePage's state budget is adopted as proposed.

January 20, 2013

Cat owners: Fruitcakes, but lovable

In case you didn't know, the state of Maine ranks second in the nation for cat ownership.

January 20, 2013

'Imperfect' sculpture by University of Maine at Augusta students adorns arboretum

AUGUSTA -- University of Maine at Augusta art students put their "imperfect" work on display Sunday for all to see at Viles Arboretum.

January 20, 2013

Maine Marines mark 45 years since Khe Sanh siege Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- The last time Ralph Sargent and Bill Witt saw each other, 45 years ago, they were inside the U.S. Marine garrison at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, with about 6,000 other U.S. troops, under siege by some 30,000 of the North Vietnamese Army's best fighters.

January 20, 2013

Augusta District Court, Jan. 10-16, 2013

AUGUSTA -- The following is a list of cases closed Jan. 10-16, 2013, in Augusta District Court:

January 20, 2013

Officials: NM teen gunman kills 5 inside home

The victims' identities haven't been released, and the boy's motive and connection to the five victims weren't immediately known.

January 20, 2013

LePage issues proclamation on MLK Day

The proclamation calls on Mainers to pay tribute to Martin Luther King's life and work by participating in community service projects on Monday and throughout the year.

January 21, 2013

Court approves sale of former Maine lawmaker's restaurant

MARTIN A judge has ordered the foreclosure on former state Rep. John Martin's Tamarack Inn in Eagle Lake.

January 21, 2013

Goodrich wins Fitzpatrick Trophy

The Cheverus running back ran for 1,722 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.

January 20, 2013

Lawmakers submit 1,780 bills before deadline

In the past 20 years, the number of bills submitted before the deadline has ranged from under 1,700 in 2009 to more than 2,600 in 1999.

January 21, 2013

Death count rises to 81 at Algerian gas refinery

The state of some of the 25 newly discovered bodies are so disfigured they are hard to identify.

January 20, 2013

Turnpike delays expected Tuesday

Delays of up to 20 minutes are possible near mile 81 on the turnpike in Lewiston and up to 25 minutes at mile 102 in West Gardiner.

January 20, 2013

Unity College president to attend India conference

Stephen Mulkey will be a presenter at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

January 20, 2013

Djokovic survives to advance at Australian Open

The top seed needs five sets to reach the quarterfinals.

January 21, 2013

Obama takes oath in modest ceremony Several photos included in this story

 The quiet moments are prelude to Monday's public inaugural before a huge expected crowd.