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Will the future of Maine comedy include more of a female presence than in the past?

Women's words
The club scene itself, it's still a boys' club.
By LISA BUNKER  |  March 07, 2013

Brennan takes leading role on school support

Learning for Dollars  
Maine's high school graduation rate has improved by five percentage points in four years, the state Department of Education announced earlier this week.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 27, 2013

Haddocks settling Maine?

It's possible there were human Haddocks in Maine well before the Puritans settled Massachusetts, according to historian J. Dennis Robinson.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 20, 2013

How farmers stay busy during the colder months in Maine

A year-round occupation
When we think of farms, fruits and vegetables, and the bounty of the garden, we don't usually think of February — at least not in Maine, and definitely not after a blizzard of historic proportions.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2013

A bunch of Maine-related whiskey items, some of them a stretch

How did Blood & Whiskey Studio — a custom-printing business based on Peaks Island — get its name?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2013

Addicted to bad ideas

Politics + Other Mistakes
Solving Maine's most serious problems would be a lot easier if we could eliminate obviously unworkable solutions from the debate.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 09, 2013

At last: same-sex marriage in Maine!

Just Married  
Thousands of same-sex marriages will take place in the Pine Tree State over the next few years, and it all started at 12:01 am on Saturday, December 29.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2012

Eat more Maine scallops and pollock, and less imported, farmed salmon and shrimp

Seafood resolutions
Fresh Maine sea scallops (dredged by day-boats or caught by divers) are everywhere this fleeting season, rebounding after a collapse that prompted a three-year-moratorium.
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  December 31, 2012

Medical-marijuana caregivers: a growing need

Common Sensi
"Common Sensi" is our new series covering the local impact of a national cannabis revolution.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 28, 2012

Prison whistleblower to return to Maine

Maine corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte has notified Deane Brown, the inmate whistleblower who in 2005 was the original source for the Phoenix 's lengthy series on prison abuse, that he will be allowed to return to Maine.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 26, 2012

Finding balance

Politics + Other Mistakes  
Balancing the state budget is easy. If by "easy," you mean "ridiculously difficult."
By AL DIAMON  |  December 05, 2012

Maine’s same-sex couples get a New Year’s present

License to Wed
Happy New Year, indeed. On November 6, Mainers United for Marriage celebrated as our state became the first to use a popular election to allow committed same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. On Monday, advocates cheered again, when they heard that the law would formally take effect on December 29.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 05, 2012

As marijuana laws ease nationwide, Maine leads — and responds

Pot revolution
With a marijuana legalization proposal on the horizon and a medical cannabis program that continues to evolve, Maine is an active participant in the country's pot revolution.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 28, 2012

Back from the brink

Politics + Other Mistakes  
The last two Democrats to run for statewide office in Maine got 32 percent of the vote — combined.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 14, 2012

Maine farmers start growing ginger

Taking root
When chef Aaron Park pickled a batch of fresh, young ginger this fall, its color amazed him.
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  November 07, 2012

Alison Pebworth’s thought-provoking ‘Possibilities’

America the ‘Beautiful’
San Francisco's Alison Pebworth had been doing the usual artist thing — spending months working alone in her studio making elaborately symbolic magic realist paintings and occasionally emerging for a gallery show.
By GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

Meters, smart?

Going Green
A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2012

Is there a difference between what you like and what is good?

Talking about ‘taste’
Charlie Gaylord is one of Maine's proprietors of what is good.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012

Pot patients could be out in the cold

Gimme Shelter Dept.
Mainers who live in federally subsidized low-income housing and legally use marijuana to ease symptoms of chronic conditions may find themselves forced to choose between their shelter and their medicine, if a new Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) policy stays in place.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 18, 2012

Tapley racks up another award

Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley, who has covered conditions in the Maine State Prison and throughout the state's corrections system since 2005, will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for "outstanding advocacy for prison reform."
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2012

Maine celebrates National Co-op Month

Just co-operate!
It's the Year of the Dragon (Chinese Zodiac), the Year of the Girl (Girl Scouts of the USA), and, perhaps less well known, the International Year of Cooperatives, according to the United Nations.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2012

Hot Plate: Harvest's honey semolina cake

Brian Mercury’s homemade sea salt tastes exactly like that first time you tried to body-board as a kid, when you wound up face-planting in the surf and were gifted with a mouth- and nose-full of ocean water. In a good way.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 02, 2012

Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

Blown away
"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 03, 2012

Drunk money

Politics + Other Mistakes
The Bangor Daily News recently asked its readers in an online poll, "Do you travel to New Hampshire to purchase liquor?" The unscientific results: 42 percent said yes, while 58 percent checked no.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2012

15 reasons the East-West Highway will never be built (plus a political bonus!)

Analysis: Nails in the coffin
This past spring, out of the blue, Republican Governor Paul LePage and the GOP-controlled Maine Legislature funded a $300,000 study by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of the feasibility of a corporate-owned, toll superhighway across the middle of the state.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 06, 2012

Interview: Ray Harrington returns to Maine

Writing from the stage
This weekend, the transplanted Maine stand-up comedian Ray Harrington appears for a weekend of shows at the Comedy Connection, performing a set that will be recorded for a forthcoming record on, as he puts it, a "legitimate label."
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 05, 2012

Maine RNC delegates stand for Paul

Convention Report
At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Maine delegates will probably be seated on the roof, somewhere between Michael Steele and American Samoa.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 29, 2012

Solitary confinement: bad for chimps, okay for humans?

Primate Rights  
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is a key cosponsor of legislation that, among other provisions, would outlaw psychologically damaging solitary confinement for more than 500 chimpanzees caged for research in federally supported laboratories.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 22, 2012

What it takes to make films in Maine

Moving Pictures
After being without one for more than six months, the state Department of Economic and Community Development has hired a new director of the Maine Film Office, which works to lure all image-interested folks, from catalog photographers to big-budget movie producers, to the Pine Tree State.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2012

48 hours with Maine filmmakers

Embedded Reporting
Over the weekend, you may have encountered people dying on the street, staring longingly into mirrors, being tormented by puppets, or any number of other events not normally occurring in this area, strange and creative though its denizens are.

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