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In memory of Brewster
As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 03, 2011
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A rose for Charlie, in song

In Memoriam
On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2011

KahBang's growth helps boost Queen City

Bangor scene update
Expanding its dosage of cultural shock therapy for central Maine, the KahBang festival, created as a single-day concert last year, is now a music, art, and film festival dominating the Bangor waterfront and downtown for nine days.
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  August 11, 2010

From away, here to stay: Out-of-towners settle down in Maine

Diverse City
I'm becoming a hick. Or so I'm being told more and more lately.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 24, 2010

Secret desires

Who's going to win the election?
Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
By AL DIAMON  |  June 02, 2010

Review: Good Kids Sprouting Horns at Slainte

Music Seen
Good Kids Sprouting Horns at Slainte on May 22
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  May 26, 2010

Your words are not your own

Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010
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Photos: Vanna and Our Last Night in Bangor

Vanna and Our Last Night, live at Bangor Skatepark, May 1, 2010
Photos of the two bands performing during the Skate Against Drugs 2010 Tour
By ANDREW FOSTER  |  May 03, 2010
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The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

How far will women go for an orgasm?
Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 22, 2010
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Message points

Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2010
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We are born this way

Discovering what it means to be transgender
About 10 years ago, a young man was on his way to becoming a young woman.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2010

A fool for everyone

Trimming the flab from the governor's race
Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 20, 2010
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Searching for Stephen King

A new biography presents facts but not a full story
In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 13, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, community colleges, and university campuses.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 06, 2010

Like Woe? Like, Whoa

Sibilance
The dirt on Brzowski, Moshe, Mezcalitos, and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 02, 2009
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Bay State update

A three-song EP for the holidays
Last we left the Bay State, they had turned out the excellent EP Let's Turn This City On , released just over a year ago. In the meantime, they've played the Warped Tour, picked up a booking agent, and worked hard on their live show. Their new three-song EP, released December 11, indicates they may have fallen in love with the live show while they were at it.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2009
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Tale of the tapes

Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhyme scene's Holy Grail is safely stored.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2009

Road to riches

The Pike gouges
The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2009

Doom predictions

Gays into the crystal ball
Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as it happens.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

Politics and other mistakes
The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2009

Building on green energy

Going green
This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-important step in the fight against global warming: eco-friendly building upgrades and weatherization.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2009

Fiction of her dreams

Politics and other mistakes
If you promise to read this column all the way to the end, I'll give you $50,000.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2009
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Second summer

Catching up with discs missed
Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the depth and breadth of our local talent and the return of shows on the pier has reminded many of us just what a great summer town this can be.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2009
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Branding Bangor

It's Maine's first large-scale indie music festival
If a big-league indie pop festival falls in Bangor, will anyone hear it?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 12, 2009
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Just the beginning

The battle for marriage equality really starts now
More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on the issue on November 3.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2009
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Just the beginning

The battle for marriage equality really starts now
More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on the issue on November 3.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2009

Jodi Explodi, Meantone, Tony McNaboe and more

Sibilance
JODI EXPLODI 's Shipyard EP is out and available, after a few delays here and there. It's the first disc from the band since the four-song Demo-Arigato from 2006. It appears to have some kind of zombie theme to it, but we haven't caught a listen yet.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 08, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

Dump gay marriage and regroup!
A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening their belts and desperately trying to crunch numbers.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 08, 2009

Low expectations

Talking Politics
There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2009

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