News from September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013

Obama's overruling of foreign policy team serves up a stark lesson

The first test of President Barack Obama's new foreign policy advisers wound up being a stark lesson in the president's ability to overrule them all.

September 2, 2013

Syria president says strike by West would spark Mideast war

Syria President Bashar Assad warned Monday that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war and spread "chaos and extremism."

September 3, 2013

Faulty fire alarm causes Augusta Walmart evacuation

The Walmart store in Augusta was evacuated briefly Monday afternoon due to what's suspected to be a faulty fire alarm.

September 2, 2013

Time Warner reaches deal with CBS

The agreement puts programming back on the air in major markets just in time for NFL season.

September 2, 2013

Oakland man collects town's history, one ax and scythe at a time Several photos included in this story

Howard Hardy, vice president of the Oakland Historical Society, has been collecting locally made axes and scythes for more than 20 years, trying to make sure that the town's manufacturing history is not forgotten.

September 3, 2013

Downtown fire-safety mandates top tonight's Waterville council agenda

Waterville city councilors today will discuss whether to mandate sprinkler systems, fire inspections and other measures for downtown buildings.

September 2, 2013

Rain puts premature end to Windsor Fair's 125th run

The only event that remained on the Windsor Fair schedule Monday, its final day this year, was an afternoon beef and lamb auction, putting a damper on attendance on the fair's last day.

September 2, 2013

Kennebec Journal area police log, Sept. 2, 2013

Augusta, Sunday, at 7:17 p.m, theft of a motor vehicle was reported on Fig Vallee Lane.

September 3, 2013

Police: Alcohol theft leads to pot charge against Augusta man

William Lee Austin, 26, of Augusta, was charged Sunday with theft by receiving stolen property, aggravated cultivation of marijuana and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

September 2, 2013

Women drop 117 pounds to win KVYMCA weight-loss challenge

Amanda Sergent, Dotty Hinckley, Vicky Grimaldi and Marie Moore, won the 10-week Lose It With The Y challenge, at Kennebec Valley YMCA this summer, by losing a combined 117.3 pounds, doubling the previous record in the program.

September 2, 2013

Winthrop woman to host amputee support group meetings

Ann Lindholm, of Winthrop, has turned the loss of her leg into action, and hopes to help others with a local chapter of the Amputee Support Peer Interaction Reclaiming Empowerment & Dignity group.

September 2, 2013

Car crashes into train in Ellsworth

No one is hurt, police say, but the vehicle is totaled.

September 2, 2013

Annual Franco-American festival to highlight Waterville, Winslow heritage

The 11th annual Franco-American Family Festival, set for Saturday in Winslow and Sunday in Waterville, is expected to draw people from near and far to socialize, eat tourtiere and other specialty foods, listen to music and reconnect with friends and family.

September 2, 2013

Fairfield, Oakland officials filling leadership posts in statewide groups Several photos included in this story

Fairfield and Oakland, two mid-sized towns in the Waterville area that share a border, are amassing clout, knowledge and recognition as their town leaders move into prominent roles in important statewide municipal organizations.

September 2, 2013

Swan's second federal trial starts with jury selection Wednesday

Former Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan goes on trial in federal court next week for the second time in nine weeks, and the stakes are much higher than they were at her first trial, in July.

September 3, 2013

Man subdued with stun gun near Cornville charter school

A man was arrested on West Ridge Road, near Cornville Regional Charter School, Monday after he reportedly threatened people at the school and then threatened a Somerset County sheriff's deputy.

September 2, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' star Justin Martin coming to Maine

"Duck Dynasty" is in its fourth season and has broken viewership records on A&E.

September 2, 2013

Verizon buying out Vodafone's stake for $130 billion

The second-largest acquisition deal on record isn't expected to have much of an effect on Verizon consumers or its operations.

September 2, 2013

Sea Dogs final game rained out

Portland finishes with a 68-73 record.

September 2, 2013

Fugitive guest may hold key to ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Several photos included in this story

A scholar believes that a slave Stowe harbored in her Maine home inspired the landmark novel.

September 2, 2013

Maine workers celebrated at annual Labor Day breakfast

The Southern Maine Labor Council's annual Labor Day breakfast included a celebration of the new Maine Lobstermen's Union.

September 2, 2013

The Grange in Maine struggles to remain Several photos included in this story

Declining membership is the big challenge for the Maine Grange.

September 2, 2013

Enrollment at Maine universities projected at 31K

Classes begin Tuesday at the state's seven universities and two of the community colleges.

September 2, 2013

NH DOT to discuss repairs to bridge connecting Conway to Fryeburg

The 106-foot-long, two-lane bridge that runs over the Conway Lake outlet on U.S. Route 302 is on the state's "redlist."

September 2, 2013

Camden woman killed in Route 1 crash in Belfast

Jayashree Kalmath's vehicle was struck by a private charter bus.

September 2, 2013

Prediction: Heavy traffic and reading material

Miles the Moose and turnpike staff plan to hand out thousands of copies of a promotional edition of the Farmers' Almanac at the York Toll Plaza.

September 2, 2013

Kiko weakens to tropical depression in Pacific

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Kiko is forecast to degenerate into a remnant low later in the day.

September 2, 2013

Crews make overnight gains on Yosemite wildfire Video clip included

Although the fire still is growing, it was 45 percent contained as of Sunday with full containment not expected until Sept. 20.

September 2, 2013

Nyad 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage Video clip included

In her fifth try, Nyad reaches the Florida shore about 53 hours after leaving Havana.

September 2, 2013

Buskers in Portland come in many varieties

PORTLAND -- With its shops, galleries and restaurants filling the brick sidewalks with cash-carrying pedestrians, downtown Portland is a popular playground for outgoing musicians in search of an audience -- and, if all goes well, a little cash.

September 2, 2013

Job market growing - for temporary help

One sector of Maine's job market has been expanding rapidly, although its growth isn't necessarily a positive sign for workers.