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Fertile ground

Pro-pot sentiment continues to grow in Maine
Maine’s medical marijuana activists celebrated several victories over the last couple of legislative sessions, and they’re (mostly) looking forward to local and statewide legalization campaigns coming over the next two years.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 17, 2014


Out in Maine Spring 2014

In this issue: Gay marriage sweeping the nation; honeymoon planning tips, Legends: The Music of Judy Garland, and more
Maine's only LGBTQ lifestyle publication.
By: OUT IN MAINE  |  April 10, 2014


Nude muses

The art - and craft - of figure modeling
What motivates a person to face one of our greatest collective fears for $20 an hour?
By: MATT DODGE  |  April 10, 2014


Locking up the mentally ill

The agony of Michael James
The merger of the prison and mental-health systems continues
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 03, 2014


Crisis at USM

University cuts arts and humanities while crying poor — but are they really?
Roughly a hundred USM students and faculty protested the cuts on Friday in Portland, assembling outside the provost’s office in the law building in an effort to prevent the layoffs and demand reinstatement.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  March 27, 2014


Demonizing the truthtellers

Renowned socialist thinkers coming to USM in April
The economist argues that capitalism, while it may be all we know, is worth examining, criticizing, and ultimately overthrowing. 
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 14, 2014


Anatomy of a rip-off, Part II

State gives millions to whoever walks in the door
Imagine if state government gave out millions of dollars a year to fat-cat financiers, big banks,  and speculative ventures without monitoring how the money is spent — basically, giving it to whoever walks in the door as long as they flash a few credentials.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 06, 2014


Youth against Putin

Alright, comrades, the games are over.
A brave new film fights Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law — and how a Maine activist helped ensure its production.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  March 05, 2014


Attack of the green crabs

Meet the invaders putting Maine shellfish at risk
Shellfish harvesters say the voracious predators, which originally came over on ships from Europe, are decimating the third-largest commercial fishery in the state.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 27, 2014


The tequila odyssey

An epic journey to 13 Portland bars
Each of the city’s drinking establishments has its roots in some primordial myth.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 20, 2014

The rise of e-currencies

How bitcoins and their ilk could save — or destroy! — the world
Bitcoins, and other e-currencies along similar lines, are all the rage these days — and everyone’s talking about them as if they know what bitcoins actually are, or do, or something.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 30, 2014


Into the woods

Stoke your creativity by getting away from it all
Whatever your preferred mode of expression — whether it be penning poems or cultivating catnip — the chance to refresh your skills and recharge your creative energy is always welcome.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2014


Classing up the joint

With a rough road in their rearview, Portland School Board members look forward
Empowered, diverse, and confident, the board is in the early stages of a project that could change not just the Portland Public Schools, but the face of the city itself.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  January 23, 2014


'The fierce urgency of now'

Celebrating MLK, Jr.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of several seminal events in American history, giving us opportunities to consider how far we’ve come — and how far we have yet to go.


The future progressive

Reporter’s notebook: thoughts from the activist frontline
How many times, years, deaths will it take until a far more decent society is created?
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 16, 2014


Hospital muscle could override LePage veto

Legislative preview: Medicaid expansion, round 2
Coverage for 70,000 Mainers may depend on a handful of legislators.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 10, 2014


The secret trade deal that threatens Maine’s frail economy

 Free trade at high cost
Today it’s far more likely that the shoes on your feet were made in Vietnam than in Maine, but a few decades ago the opposite would have been true.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  January 03, 2014


Bizarre holidays, observed

Keep the celebration going all year long.
In 2014, we at the Phoenix will be celebrating some alt-holidays, special days that haven’t yet been adopted — and thereby ruined — by the masses.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 26, 2013


Sending off the Baxter School’s most notorious abuser

 Dr. Kelly is dead
A sadistic, voracious pedophile whose globe-spanning career of devouring children would ultimately prove long and completely unchecked, Dr. Robert Kelly was Mackworth Island’s original vampire, the keystone figure of the school’s dark past
By: RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 19, 2013

A year in crucial changes for common people

 Time’s up for the little guy
As 2013 prepares for an exit, I looked at just a few of the developments that were perhaps underreported, and could present game-changing significance to the everyday worker, citizen, and Mainer.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 19, 2013
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