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How Portland's best dance nights left the Old Port behind
Portland dance nights are getting weirder, better, and more diverse, and the change is coming far from where people might look.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014

Tune in, turn on, plug in: WordCamp Maine 2014

Press on
WordCamp Maine, the state’s first WordPress-centered development conference, is all about supporting and educating both the wannabes and already-dids of website development.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  August 14, 2014

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Maine Tool Library to open in Bayside

Free home goods
The Maine Tool Library wants to be Portland’s communal tool shed; a place where hobbyists, beginners, and pros can come to trade skills and help skirt the steep hardware costs of many home and garden projects.  
By: MATT DODGE  |  August 14, 2014

Brown case isn't so black-and-white

Diverse City
One minute, Michael Brown was walking to his grandmother’s house in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug 9. The next minute, he was dead—another young black man sent to his grave violently before he could even really live his life.  
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 14, 2014

Let 'em fight

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics and Other Mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2014

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True costs of war

A discussion with SMWC member Sarah Lazare
The Southern Maine Workers' Center leads a free workshop titled "Organizing for the Right to Heal" Thursday, which connects the fight for greater access to US health care to war efforts around the globe.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014



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Telling it like it is

Critical reviews of Portland arts by Telling Room students
Two weeks ago, the Telling Room hosted Review Camp, a week-long forum where greater Portland students (aged 10-14) learned to write critically about arts and cultural activities in the area, training their sights on a music video by indie-pop singer-songwriter Sara Hallie Richardson, the newish soda parlor Vena’s Fizz House in the Old Port, and art shows at SPACE Gallery and the Portland Museum of Art.  
By: TELLING ROOM STUDENTS  |  August 08, 2014

Not getting by in Portland


The city’s economy, and especially its real estate market, is booming, and gentrification is a potent force reshaping many neighborhoods. But it’s striking how much is the same for low-wage workers.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  August 07, 2014

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USM budget deficit split by conflicting philosophies

Crisis at USM
Whatever criteria the University of Maine system is using to decide where to cut, it doesn’t seem related to the production of degrees.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014

Dumb and dumber(1)

Politics and Other Mistakes
Both Democrats and Republicans in this state appear to have come to a rare bipartisan agreement to increase their production of ridiculosity.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 07, 2014

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Unavailable men need not inquire

In Layman's Terms
I keep attracting men who are completely unavailable—either married or in failing relationships (as I learn later). They don’t make physical advances, but I definitely get the feeling they are interested. Either way, guys I shouldn’t, wouldn’t, and don’t want to be dating. What am I doing wrong to attract them? And how do I get this pattern to change?”
By: DANA FADEL  |  August 06, 2014



Activists pass SoPo ordinance

No tar sands
When people talk about outside money coming into the Portland region, they’re usually referring to the food, tourism, and hospitality industries. But it’s getting increasingly harder to overlook the influence of the oil industry, which has lately been pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into efforts to expand tar sands and crude oil production along the East Coast.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014

Groups address struggle with capitalist system

Dat Capital
A man stands before the group and traces his long struggle with addiction. “I not only enable it, I operate within it and allow it to rule my life,” he says. While the admission follows a familiar script, the subject is a new one. “My name is Brian, and I’m personally afflicted… by capitalism.”  
By: MATT DODGE  |  July 31, 2014

Hard sell

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics—like almost everything else except getting herpes—is about marketing.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2014

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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
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