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Michael James sent back to prison

Untreatable?
The hearing’s topic was whether James’s “antisocial personality disorder” was enough of a mental disease to keep him from being sent to prison.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 16, 2014

So long, Slainte

Venue Watch
Why would so many lament a little venue with sightlines that make Fenway Park look wide open?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2014

USM president restores layoffs

#USMfuture
The rescindment reverses announcements made last month, but would not presently include the USM programs recommended to be eliminated.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 16, 2014

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Art book shows creative side of autism

Across the Spectrum
Awareness and understanding lags behind, but an art book may help shed new light on the intersection of ASD and creativity.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  April 10, 2014

Sangillo's liquor license renewal denied

Venue Watch
It was a surly scene Monday night at Sangillo’s Tavern, where I watched the city council debate and ultimately vote to deny the renewal of the bar’s liquor license by a vote of 5-4.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 14, 2014

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A cross-campus coalition rallies, winning allies and modest gains

#UMainefuture
#UMainefuture
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 04, 2014



US interests in Ukraine and Syria linked by pipeline politics

Global perspective
Iran and Qatar both share portions of this enormous reserve, however, each country relies on pipeline routes to Europe through Syria, who is in the midst of a civil war.
By: LEW KINGSBURY  |  April 04, 2014

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Enter the world of Felix Yz

Serial fiction
The brainchild of local author and WMPG program director Lisa Bunker, Felix is the 15-year-old protagonist of a new interactive online serial, The ZeroDay Countdown of Felix Yz.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 20, 2014

Where are the leaders on climate change?

At the summit
The conference was held in March despite the risk of a snowstorm because its organizers wanted “to reach the Legislature while it’s in session,” co-coordinator Fred Horch said.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 20, 2014

Top o' the morning, noon, and night

St. Paddy's Day 2014
St. Paddy's Day 2014
By: DEIRDRE FULTON + ALINA CORBETT  |  March 14, 2014

Tar sands threat moves closer

Getting Warmer
Last week, the National Energy Board of Canada gave approval to a proposal by pipeline giant Enbridge to reverse and increase the flow of crude oil — including diluted bitumen from Alberta — in its “Line 9B” pipeline from Westover, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 14, 2014



City considering a makerspace

Creative Zone
The Portland Arts and Creative Enterprise (PACE), as envisioned by the organizers, would be a place for artists, entrepreneurs, and makers to work, build, and test new ideas.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 06, 2014

Learning from FairPoint's disasters

Never Again Dept.
Two bills before the Maine legislature seek to pry lessons from the hard time FairPoint has had taking over the former Verizon landline operations in Maine since 2009.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 06, 2014

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Spreading awareness about Lyme

Ticky Business
The Falmouth-based non-profit health center True North is holding a community conference this weekend geared toward educating practitioners and the public about how to prevent and treat Lyme.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2014

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Anatomy of a taxpayer rip-off

State House Watch
To try to restore several hundred mill jobs to the historic paper-making North Country towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket, Maine’s politicians, in a bipartisan manner, have given away and are planning to give away millions of taxpayer dollars to various corporate interests, including big, out-of-state banks.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 19, 2014

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Original weed musical coming to Portland

Herbal Remedies
Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical , is a dramatic look at one year on a marijuana farm in the Western hills of Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 12, 2014



No death penalty for Maine prisoner

Justice Watch
In 2008, within a supposedly high-security prison in the giant federal correctional complex in Florence, Colorado, Gary Watland, a “boarder” from Maine, murdered another inmate, white supremacist Mark Baker.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 12, 2014

Blacklisting companies that ship work overseas

Labor Relations
Seeking to protect nearly 20,000 Maine jobs from being sent overseas, labor and union activists lobbied the state legislature last Thursday, with solid support and some modest, but expected, opposition.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2014

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SoPo writer pens 'blasphemous' comic

Sacred Cow
A storyline created by Maine writer and filmmaker Shawn French more than 20 years ago was recently launched in comic book form and is causing controversy for its religious references.
By: BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 06, 2014

Maine candidates respond to SOTU

Congressional hopefuls
The overall message: Partisanship is alive and well in Maine, too.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 06, 2014
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