NFL fines Manziel $12,000 for making obscene gesture

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture at the Washington Redskins’ bench, multiple media outlets reported Friday. League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the fine is $975 more than the minimum based on the NFL’s fine schedule. Manziel extended his middle finger …

Sports briefs for Aug. 22, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
Sea Dogs’ Henry named Eastern League all-star The 2014 Eastern League Year-End All-Star Team features Portland Sea Dogs pitcher Henry Owens as the team’s left-handed pitcher on the 13-member roster. In 20 starts with the Sea Dogs, Owens produced a 14-4 record with a 2.60 ERA and 126 strikeouts. He …
The Nova Star cruise ship travels daily between Maine and Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia official seeks meeting with LePage over $5 million line of credit for Nova Star ferry service

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nova Scotia’s economic development minister told a Canadian newspaper he hopes to meet with Gov. Paul LePage to discuss how Maine can help secure a $5 million line of credit for the Nova Star ferry service started earlier this year. The Chronicle Herald reported Michel Samson, the …

Van Buren Boys Soccer at Madawaska (Awaiting score)

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5 p.m.
From the community

Great and Easy Appetizers

By Ann Davidoff on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Arbor Kitchen in the Inn at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community (ask receptionist for directions), 9 Alumni Drive, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; Accomplished cooks will demonstrate their best appetizers. Tasting after demonstration. Free. Sponsor: Gateway Seniors. Register:889-3031. This …
University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof works in her office on the Gorham campus on Friday. Each summer, Bischof contacts her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester and asks what's preventing them from registering.

History professor at USM takes it upon herself to bring students ‘back into the fold’

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — During the summer, University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof contacts each of her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester. She asks what prevented them from registering and reminds them to do so before the start of the school year. “For …
From the community

Dinner for one (or two) club

By Ann Davidoff on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Dirigo Pines Retirement Community Inn, Garden Room, 9 Alumni Drive, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; Meet for the first time to help plan future sessions. Possibilities include one or a combination of tasting dishes and sharing recipes, pot …

Damariscotta considers temporary ban on ‘adult’ businesses to allow time to craft local rules

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Prompted by an inquiry from the owner of a Waldoboro business that sells “adult” items, the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen is scrambling to pass a temporary moratorium on such businesses until the town can enact a permanent ordinance regulating them. Damariscotta Town Manager Matt Lutkus said Friday …

UMaine dropout among growing trend of struggling retention rates at Maine’s public universities

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
Lance Bradshaw, 22, dropped of the University of Maine during his first year. Bradshaw, who was studying to be an engineer, says he left because of the cost of school and feeling like he didn’t fit in. Instead he makes his living as a lobster fisherman in Stonington. Administrators at the …
Known for its unique toppings, OTTO Pizza is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

OTTO Pizza chain warns of data breach at two Portland locations

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A pizza chain with locations in Maine and Massachusetts has learned of a data breach that potentially exposed customers’ debit and credit card numbers. According to a statement on the OTTO pizza company’s website, about 900 customers who may have used a credit or debit card at …

John Lennon’s killer denied parole for eighth time

By Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The man who gunned down Beatle John Lennon near the entrance to the star’s home was again denied parole on Friday. It was the eighth time that Mark David Chapman, 59, was denied parole for the 1980 slaying in New York City. The board based its ruling …

Hodgdon Boys Soccer at Washburn (Awaiting score)

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Hodgdon Girls Soccer at Washburn (Awaiting score)

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Maryland man charged with defrauding elderly on dating sites

By Jeffrey B. Roth, Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
A Maryland man is facing federal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges for allegedly bilking more than $1.1 million from elderly men and women through online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, Maryland, is currently in jail awaiting a detention hearing on Monday …
From the community

Gateway Seniors at Old Town Public Library: “Choosing Wisely”

By Ann Davidoff on Aug. 22, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Old Town Public Library, 46 Middle St., Old Town, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; When should you use antibiotics? Should a woman in her sixties have yearly mammograms? a Paps smear? a biyearly bone density scan? What about colonoscopy …

Thomaston selectmen expected to fill regional school board vacancy

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
THOMASTON, Maine — The Board of Selectmen are expected to choose one of two applicants Monday night for a vacant seat on the school board. The board is scheduled to consider the appointment of either Noreen Mullaney or Ronald Gamage to represent the town on the Regional School Unit 13 …

Kentucky firefighter critical after ice bucket challenge mishap

By Tim Ghianni, Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
A Kentucky firefighter was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in an “ice bucket” fundraiser. Capt. Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn, …

Marijuana law mayhem splits US in two as travelers get busted

By Andrew Harris, Bloomberg on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
CHICAGO — America is two nations when it comes to marijuana: in one it’s legal, in the other it’s not. The result is that people like B.J. Patel are going to jail. The 34-year-old Arizona man may face a decade in prison and deportation following an arrest in 2012. On …
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End of Summer Church Yard Sale

By Raymond Foss on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, 4 Houlton Street, Patten, Maine For more information: 2075282277; Yard Sale – Patten – Stetson Memorial Untied Methodist Church – 8/30/14 8am to 2pm – not priced, make an offer This post was contributed …

White House: US ready to take further action against Islamic State

By Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — The White House on Friday said the United States stands ready to take additional action against Islamic State fighters who beheaded an American journalist and will not be restricted by the Iraq-Syria border. U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets have been confined to Iraq thus far but …
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