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Silenced on campus

The college Muzzles
As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 26, 2013
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USM prof: Teaching is about spirit, not data

The turning of souls
Making an impassioned plea for humanistic considerations to remain paramount in our societal discussion about education and its continual improvement, University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jeremiah Conway follows his own advice.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 23, 2013
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The secret world of USM’s Blade Society

Anything but ‘mundane’
It's a Tuesday night at the University of Southern Maine gym and Rob Tupper is leading a small group of fencing students through an exercise that looks like a cross between a line dance and an army drill.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 16, 2012
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Restaurant composting closes another local-food loop

Eat your waste
You — or your neighbor — may do it at home, but now area restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores are also reducing their waste and producing rich soil by turning food scraps and paper products into compost.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  April 25, 2012

Will the next Keystone fight happen in New England?

Dirty business
We may have narrowly avoided Keystone XL (for now), but local environmental activists say that Maine and New England are not safe from "the dirtiest oil on earth," with a huge Canadian oil company seeking other routes to pump crude oil out of Alberta.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 08, 2012
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The second half of the season brings surprises

Comedy and danger
Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011

The poetry of tough decisions

Writers talk
Nationally acclaimed poet Arielle Greenberg and her husband had a marriage license and a death certificate (of a baby that died in utero) from Belfast town hall, but until this summer, they still lived full-time in Chicago, where Greenberg taught poetry at Columbia College.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2011
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USM’s Bridge leads from safety to tragedy

Shifting ground
"Justice is very important here," intones Mr. Alfieri (Patrick Molloy), an aged Italian-American lawyer and the sorrowful Greek chorus of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 12, 2011

OccupyMaine sets up camp

Activism Watch
After a rain-drenched initial weekend, the folks at OccupyMaine's area in Monument Square have settled in for the long haul.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 05, 2011
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Put your money where your home is

Better Banking Bureau
FDIC statistics show that in Cumberland County, more than 80 percent of the market share of deposits is in TD Bank, Key Bank, or Bank of America.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 14, 2011
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The LePage Files

Confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists
Confidential administration dossiers show Governor Paul LePage crafted significant portions of his regulatory reform agenda by literally copying and pasting passages from the memos his staff received from corporate lobbyists and their clients, turning swaths of it into little more than a set of giveaways to favored companies.
By COLIN WOODARD  |  July 20, 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
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Wanna get away?

Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2011
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Lock-up lessons

The new corrections commissioner wants Maine prisons to learn from the state’s juvenile-treatment model
Fixing Maine’s troubled prisons is not an impossible task. In fact, if the state treated adult inmates more along the lines of how it treats juvenile offenders, prison critics — including, surprisingly, the new corrections commissioner, Joseph Ponte — think the prisons might not only become more humane, they might actually “correct” the prisoners.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 14, 2011
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Reaching a new frontier

Book of the times
Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2011
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Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

(Bitter)sweet emotion
There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 23, 2011
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Review: USM's production of Pinter's Betrayal

Affairs of memory
For years, married literary agent Jerry (Sage R. Landry) has conducted a love affair with Emma (Meredith Lamothe), the wife of his best friend, Robert (Patrick Molloy), a book publisher.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2010



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The circus came to town

Tea Party
In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea Party values, how much credit the Tea Partiers were to be given for conservative victories in Congress and in statewide races.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2010



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Fall Theater Preview: Not quite Oklahoma!

August: Osage County + steampunk robots
Perhaps the most anticipated Maine premiere this season is the darkly caustic family apocalypse of August: Osage County (October 14-November 7), the much-lauded 2007 tragicomedy by Tracey Letts, to be produced by the GOOD THEATER .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 15, 2010

My new excuse

Whatever Colgan does, it's not his fault
Charlie Colgan isn't to blame for all the mistakes made by . . . uh . . . Charlie Colgan.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 08, 2010



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Beyond the State: What's reopening where

Venue Watch
As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2010
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Preparing for June 8

Candidate breakdown for districts 114, 116, and 119
Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 26, 2010

How can those in the box think outside of the box?

Letters to the Portland editor, May 14, 2010
I was disgusted on multiple levels with what the article revealed about the Maine State Prison.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 13, 2010
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In search of light

USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and the sun that much more precious.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 28, 2010
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Maine women take to the gridiron

Full Contact
Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2010
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Pot bill progresses in Augusta

C'Mon Doc ...
At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 10, 2010

The cost of torture

Solitary Confinement Bill Hearing
In the end, whether mass solitary confinement continues at the Maine State Prison supermax may come down to an issue of money rather than right or wrong. And resolving that issue may come down to whether the state wants to pay more now to pay less in the long term.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 25, 2010

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