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Governor LePage meets with students to discuss domestic violence prevention

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland High School has been working hard to educate students about domestic violence in a lot of different ways over the past few years.

On Tuesday, students had the opportunity to share some of the work they have done in a round table discussion with Governor LePage.

LePage is a big advocate for domestic violence prevention, and he heard about the programs Coaching Boys Into Men and Coaching Girls Into Women. Those programs teach school athletes about healthy relationships on and off the field.

The Governor told the students that because 80% of the perpetrators of domestic violence are men, it is up to men to take personal responsibility to end it.

Officials bust Maine sex trafficking operation

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials have arrested three Gorham residents on sex trafficking charges, said Cumberland County Deputy District Attorney Tuesday.  

MUG SHOTS: Local sex trafficking operation results in arrests

With the help of Preble Street Teen Center, police became aware late last week of a 19-year-old girl that Klein Fernandes, Tamika Dias and Jeremy Seeley exploited and required to engage in commercial sex acts. Dias posted the victim on Backpage.com and Fernandes and Seeley took the victim to multiple locations in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts with strangers. The victim fled from the three defendants when they told her that they might sell her to a Boston "pimp."

207 Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are many different ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, celebrating Irish heritage happens year round.

The alliance is made up of kids ages 4-17 from all over Maine, learning and playing the Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football. In the groups fourth year they now have over 40 kids participating and reach out to around 1,500 students a year in public schools and recreation programs. Head Coach, James Tierney, hopes to see those numbers grow even larger.

"I think just knowing is an opportunity for them to feel like they have a future in playing," said Tierney.

Many players like 14-year-old Andrew LeBlanc, there aren't many other kids his age who are familiar with hurling or Gaelic Football. His goal is to see the two eventually become organized team sports in Maine schools.

Maine hockey's season ends after playoff sweep

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine hockey team's road struggles were highlighted in their Hockey East quarter-final as they were swept, ending their season with a 4-2 loss to Providence on Saturday. 

The Black Bears finished with a 1-13-2 road record and couldn't beat the Friars for the eighth consecutive game (0-7-1). 

Maine led Providence for the first time in their four head-to-head matchups in 2014 when sophomore defenseman scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season 3:18 into the game. 

The power-play tally would give the Black Bears a cushion for a total of eight minutes and two seconds.  Nick Saracino deflected a Steven Shemanski shot past Maine senior goalie Martin Ouellette to tie the game at 1. 

The Friars used that momentum and went ahead at the 15:01 mark of the opening period when Saracino was left uncontested and beat Ouellette for a power-play goal. 

Rare baseball memorabilia on display in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hardcore baseball fans got the chance to view pieces of their favorite pastime on Saturday.

Clean Sweep Auctions of New York held its second annual Free Sports and Autograph Roadshow in South Portland.

Fans were able to get a close-up view of rare memorabilia from some of the baseball legends.

A handwritten letter from Jackie Robinson, a bat used by Hank Aaron, and a baseball signed by the legend himself, Ted Williams, were just a few of the items on display.

For fans, this is a rare opportunity. For the organizer, it's a chance to travel the country and share his passion.

Fans were also able to get a free appraisal of their memorabiliar and sell to Clean Sweep Auctions. The pieces wwill also be on display on Sunday at the Double Tree Hotel next to the Maine Mall.

Men's Hockey: UMaine facing elimination after loss to Providence

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine men's hockey team couldn't beat Providence in each of the past two regular season and the Friars maintained that unbeaten run in the opening game of their Hockey East quarter-final series by a 3-1 final. 

Derek Army, the son of former Portland Pirates head coach Tim Army, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 6:57 into the game.  South Portland's Jon Gillies made 34 saves as he improved to 5-0-1 against the Black Bears in his two seasons as Providence goalie. 

Trevor Mingola opened the scoring 89 seconds before Army's tally as the Friars led it 2-0 after the first period.

Maine made it a one-goal game at the 4:57 mark of the second when sophomore forward Ben Hutton scored to cut the Black Bears deficit in half.  His 14th of the season tied Devin Shore for the team lead. 

Online registration opens this week for the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10K

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you want to ensure a spot at the starting line in August, you need to be at your computer and ready to go at 7 a.m. on Thursday or Friday. Remember, it's the fastest five minutes in road racing.

The registration process for the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon gets underway this week. Online registration is Thursday, March 13 for Cape Elizabeth residents (600 slots available), then on Friday, March 14 will open up to the general public (4,000 slots available). A lottery for 1,900 remaining slots will take place from March 14 to March 23. Runners register at the race website, http://www.beach2beacon.org.