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Methods from madness

Dancers from Portland and New York bring compelling performance to the ICA
“No one listens if you just tell them what’s wrong,” explains Jack Ferver, a New York-based dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher, and writer, as we sit in the large back gallery space of the ICA at MECA. “Everyone knows what’s wrong, but how do people feel it?”  
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 30, 2014

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Closing the gap

Is Portland ready for a $15 per hour minimum wage?
The Mayor wants to give low-wage workers a raise, but will it be a modest boost or a Seattle-style jump?  
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  July 23, 2014

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Amos Libby's five weeks in the heart of the conflict

Play oud in the West Bank
"(Israeli) immigration asked me at the airport why I didn’t leave when I could have and I said it was because I felt safe. They told me I was nuts.”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2014

Number crunchers

Press Releases
Maybe instead of devoting still-more resources to food reviews, Maine’s leading news organizations should spend money on keeping better tabs on Augusta.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2014

A little nip

Politics and Other Mistakes
You might not realize it, but while it’s legal to carry a gun in Maine (either openly or, with a permit, concealed), putting a flask containing an alcoholic beverage in your hip pocket is against the law.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2014

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Selling our shares

Despite its perks, Airbnb is making it tougher to live in Portland
Before we herald Airbnb as the harbinger of Portland’s “sharing economy” revolution, some troubling side effects are beginning to show. Airbnb is raising rents, fracturing neighborhoods, accelerating gentrification, and diminishing Portland’s stock of affordable, available, permanent homes.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 24, 2014



This is an outrage

Politics and other mistakes
Politics and other mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2014

Disorder over our border

DiverseCity
Bored at a party? No problem. Just casually mention immigration and you’re certain to generate a stir.  
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 16, 2014

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Bluestocking film series showcases women's stories


Among last year’s 100 top-grossing films, women represented just 15 percent of protagonists, and less than one-third of total characters.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2014

Park, with recreation

 Squaring off
 Squaring off
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 16, 2014

Gas is too cheap

One Cent's Worth
The best way to push people to drive less would be to make driving more expensive.  
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  July 11, 2014



Between the dying and the dead

Politics and other mistakes
Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2014

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Checking in: The New Guard and The Writer's Hotel

Literary scene
Former Mainer Shanna McNair started The New Guard, an independent, multi-genre literary review, in order to exalt the writer, no matter if that writer was well-established or just starting out.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 11, 2014

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The Seventeenth Annual Muzzle Awards

Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
By: DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2014

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No tar sands

SoPo committee introduces Clear Skies Ordinance
“People’s feelings are clear...they don’t want to be known as the tar sands capitol of the United States."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2014

Porn and Loneliness

 In Layman's Terms
 In Layman's Terms
By: DANA FADEL  |  July 07, 2014



All the wrong choices

 Politics and other mistakes
Reform is in the air. Olympia Snowe and the Portland Press Herald are calling for changes in the way we elect our leaders in order to restore public confidence, end gridlock, and reverse global warming. There’s a much better chance they’ll accomplish that last one than either of the other two.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 07, 2014

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The future of sex work

Does Canada have the right idea?
Just north of the border, Canada is taking a much different approach to policymaking around commercial sex and preventing the trafficking of vulnerable women and children. While Maine politicians, law enforcement officials, and social service agencies seem resistan t to anything other than outright prohibition, more progressive thinkers should consider other ways of looking at this unnecessarily controversial issue.
By: RYAN CONRAD  |  June 26, 2014

Inside game

 Politics and Other Mistakes
The university system’s decision to add Demeritt to its roster at a salary of $125,000 a year generated criticism because it was done by ignoring normal hiring procedures and came at a time when the system is facing budget shortfalls, program cuts, and layoffs. Demeritt is going to have to hit a lot of three-pointers to make up for all that negative reaction.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2014

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Have you heard of binge-listening?

Podcasts to check out this summer
Unlike traditional radio programs, podcasts allow for on-demand listening on a wide variety of subjects, catering to those with niche interests and dilettantes alike.
By: FRANCIS FLISIUK  |  June 24, 2014
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