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Politics and Other Mistakes
Want to save the taxpayers of Maine over $60 million? It’s so simple even somebody with no political skills at all can do it.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2014

Providence Phoenix to close; Portland still in flight


On October 8, our sister publication the Providence Phoenix announced that it would close, ending a 36-year run for the city’s only alt-weekly. What that means for our paper is a good and appropriate question.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  October 16, 2014

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Grime Studios in final fundraising stretch

Rock saves
After half-a-dozen aborted attempts at finding a new home, Grime Studios owner Justin Curtsinger says things look good for a new, much larger space on Presumpscot Street, but it all hinges on a rapidly approaching fundraising deadline.  
By: MATT DODGE  |  October 16, 2014

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Cutting higher education

How corporatization is transforming the University of Southern Maine
The USM administration swears up and down that they’re in crisis, that they’re facing a $16 million deficit in Portland and an even greater deficit systemwide. Yet many within their ranks—many of them economists, public policy researchers, and sociology professors—are challenging the numbers, insisting they don’t add up. So we, the public, have to choose which side to believe.
By: NICK SCHROEDER + CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 16, 2014

Under the weather

Queersay
The needs of LGBTQ individuals differ greatly. Here's a temperature check of healthcare as experienced by local queers to explore standards of LGBTQ competency, specifically in heterosexual providers. The criteria at the root of each story make a basic rubric for respect.  
By: BRODY WOOD  |  October 15, 2014

House island on track to become historic preservation district

Land grabs
Portland’s historic preservation board voted last Wednesday in favor of creating a historic preservation district on House Island, a prominent land mass in Portland harbor that’s slated for private development.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  October 11, 2014



New USM cuts may trigger union grievances

#USMfuture
USM says it has no money, and the best way to make money is by firing the revenue makers.
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 11, 2014

Here comes sickness

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics and Other Mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 11, 2014

The way stagnation should be

Diverse City
The assertion by Governor Paul LePage that Maine is “Open for business” and our long-held motto “The way life should be” are completely and hopelessly incompatible.
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 11, 2014

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What's the plan?

Is Portland’s development push a good thing for its citizens?
Dating back to its founding, Portland’s economic model was one that relied on finding ways to extract value from perishable resources—trees; the ocean; and later, manufacturing—and direct that value elsewhere. Today, Portland’s prized asset is lifestyle and real estate.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  October 11, 2014

Prodigal son

Politics and Other Mistakes
Billionaires rarely have to worry about a lack of friends. They can always buy some.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 03, 2014



Keeping the costs of college in check

One Cent's Worth
It’s safe to assume that when all the cost-cutting and streamlining is done, Maine’s public universities will have less to offer students.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  October 03, 2014

In defense of bears

Letter to the editor
Those of us who want to protect Maine black bears and help decrease their suffering at human hands have no other agenda, contrary to Mr. Diamon’s claim.
By: LETTER TO THE EDITOR  |  October 03, 2014

Cops, race, and the rules

Talk about it
On Monday night, city police chief Michael Sauschuck addressed a crowd at the Portland Public Library responding to questions that emerged from a community dialogue on August 26 which focused on race and police.
By: HEATHER FORAN  |  October 03, 2014

Failing Psych 101

Gov watch
The Democrats cited a sobering list of problems ranging from patient abuse to issues of funding that they claim characterize mental health care in Maine, and which Governor LePage has failed to address.
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 03, 2014

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The little things

How sexism shows up in the Maine music scene
Ever talk to someone face to face while a booger hangs freely from their nose? Great. Then you know how it feels for me to have to say, “guys, you’ve got a booger.”  
By: OLIVIA GUNN  |  October 02, 2014



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Digital D8ing

In Layman's Terms
“I’d like to hear other people’s experience in online dating: Tinder, OKCupid, Match.com. I’m hesitant to pursue this but have heard a lot of successful stories."
By: DANA FADEL  |  October 01, 2014

Not an idiot

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics and Other Mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 01, 2014

Spose deeply offended by Maine GOP's suggestion of depravity

Mock press releases
In a press release last Friday, the Maine GOP makes the suggestion that a Spose lyric contained in a Knack Factory video “suggests Senator Collins performs graphic sexual acts.” Nothing could be further from the truth.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 01, 2014

Board votes to ax programs, sell office

#USMfuture
The USM community faces a hard reality after the UMS System Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate three degree programs in Geosciences, American and New England Studies, and Lewiston-Auburn’s Arts and Humanities on Monday.  
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 01, 2014
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