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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


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


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


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


Your guide to all things Pride!

Ten days of community love and events
From the outset, O’Connor says, they were “foward-focused” — they had to be, given that they were basically starting from scratch — and committed to being as inclusive, positive, accessible, and transparent as possible.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2014


Getting off and getting it right

Fruit Punch Productions makes smart local smut
Fruit Punch Productions, owned and operated by trans couple Jules and Erin Purnell, is Portland’s premier queer porn film company.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  June 19, 2014


Subversive summer

An alternative tourist guide to Maine
Prisons, pot festivals, and Orgonon: Here are some different views of summertime Maine — seen through my personal political lens.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 18, 2014


Wielding sister-city influence, or trying to

Portland-Russia relations
Russia’s odious anti-LGBT laws have been widely condemned recently, but this month they come into direct conflict with Portland’s international relations.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2014

Turning our backs

Diverse City
Clearly, despite the natural beauty of our fair state, Maine is not a place where its young — especially its best and brightest — want to stay and overall not a place where newcomers want to migrate.
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2014

Which way do I turn?

Politics + Other Mistakes
Bruce Poliquin has a big problem.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2014


A ruby celebration

Honoring 40 years of the LGBT movement in Maine
Hundreds of people — “a who’s who of gay liberation” at the time — came to the first-ever Maine Gay Symposium in April 1974.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2014

Where's Collins on carbon?

One Cent's Worth
Angus King made it clear he’ll resist any legislative efforts to weaken the EPA's new rules for power plants, but he also pointed out that he’s not so sure about Maine’s other senator, Republican Susan Collins.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  June 11, 2014

Actions speak louder than words

Politics + Other Mistakes
LePage would prefer you withhold judgment on those actions that didn’t work out quite the way he planned. Or, possibly, didn’t plan.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2014


Pulitzer-winner coming to Portland

Dissident Hero
Formerly a reporter for the New York Times covering global terrorism (which is where he won the Pulitzer, in 2002), Hedges is best known for his anti-corporate stance, his criticism of US foreign policy, and his call to action.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014


Discover the pros of having less stuff

Let's Get Minimal
The Minimalists’ take on simplification is more about why than how, Millburn says, speaking from the passenger seat of the “tour bus” — a 12-year-old Toyota Corolla — that’s taking them on a 100-city tour that stops in Portland on Friday evening.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014


Finding the practice

How the fringes of Portland arts are fighting for survival
The Grime Studio building, of course, is scheduled to be demolished at the end of the summer as the city prepares for the $105 million-dollar development known as the Forefront at Thompson’s Point.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 11, 2014


A street poet's story, captured on film

The Art of Busking
An interview with Barrett Rudich, director of A Place of Truth, a documentary screening at this weekend's Emerge Film Festival.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014


When history comes alive

Exploring below the surface in Biddeford
While not everyone is physically or mentally equipped to venture deep into the unknown, opportunities do exist to experience urban exploration in a safe, sanctioned setting.
By: NICHOLAS GERVIN  |  June 06, 2014

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