Union Reaches Deal 

A vote by the largest union at the Portland Press Herald clears the way for the sale of the newspaper, along with other local newspapers. Members of the Portland Newspaper Guild voted 161 to 19 Friday accept wage and benefit cuts. Richard Connor, an editor and publisher in Bangor, has been negotiating to buy the Press Herald, The Morning Sentinel in Waterville, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and other Blethen Maine Properties.The new contract for union members includes a 10-percent cut in salary, a two-year pay freeze and suspended 401k and pension contributions.In return, employees get a 15 percent stake in the company through a stock ownership plan.The Guild says the sale of the papers is expected to close before June 15th.