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Michael Brown, class or race?

Talk about Ferguson
There seems to be a problem with understanding how the killing of Michael Brown is about race.
By: SAMUEL JAMES  |  August 31, 2014

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Political firing of MTI president still a mystery

You better watch your step
The sudden dismissal of Robert Martin, director of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), raises questions and red flags.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  August 22, 2014

Tune in, turn on, plug in: WordCamp Maine 2014

Press on
WordCamp Maine, the state’s first WordPress-centered development conference, is all about supporting and educating both the wannabes and already-dids of website development.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  August 14, 2014

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Maine Tool Library to open in Bayside

Free home goods
The Maine Tool Library wants to be Portland’s communal tool shed; a place where hobbyists, beginners, and pros can come to trade skills and help skirt the steep hardware costs of many home and garden projects.  
By: MATT DODGE  |  August 14, 2014

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USM budget deficit split by conflicting philosophies

Crisis at USM
Whatever criteria the University of Maine system is using to decide where to cut, it doesn’t seem related to the production of degrees.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014

Activists pass SoPo ordinance

No tar sands
When people talk about outside money coming into the Portland region, they’re usually referring to the food, tourism, and hospitality industries. But it’s getting increasingly harder to overlook the influence of the oil industry, which has lately been pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into efforts to expand tar sands and crude oil production along the East Coast.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014



Groups address struggle with capitalist system

Dat Capital
A man stands before the group and traces his long struggle with addiction. “I not only enable it, I operate within it and allow it to rule my life,” he says. While the admission follows a familiar script, the subject is a new one. “My name is Brian, and I’m personally afflicted… by capitalism.”  
By: MATT DODGE  |  July 31, 2014

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Amos Libby's five weeks in the heart of the conflict

Play oud in the West Bank
"(Israeli) immigration asked me at the airport why I didn’t leave when I could have and I said it was because I felt safe. They told me I was nuts.”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2014

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Bluestocking film series showcases women's stories


Among last year’s 100 top-grossing films, women represented just 15 percent of protagonists, and less than one-third of total characters.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2014

Park, with recreation

 Squaring off
 Squaring off
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 16, 2014

Between the dying and the dead

Politics and other mistakes
Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2014



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Checking in: The New Guard and The Writer's Hotel

Literary scene
Former Mainer Shanna McNair started The New Guard, an independent, multi-genre literary review, in order to exalt the writer, no matter if that writer was well-established or just starting out.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 11, 2014

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No tar sands

SoPo committee introduces Clear Skies Ordinance
“People’s feelings are clear...they don’t want to be known as the tar sands capitol of the United States."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2014

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Wielding sister-city influence, or trying to

Portland-Russia relations
Russia’s odious anti-LGBT laws have been widely condemned recently, but this month they come into direct conflict with Portland’s international relations.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2014

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Pulitzer-winner coming to Portland

Dissident Hero
Formerly a reporter for the New York Times covering global terrorism (which is where he won the Pulitzer, in 2002), Hedges is best known for his anti-corporate stance, his criticism of US foreign policy, and his call to action.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014

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Discover the pros of having less stuff

Let's Get Minimal
The Minimalists’ take on simplification is more about why than how, Millburn says, speaking from the passenger seat of the “tour bus” — a 12-year-old Toyota Corolla — that’s taking them on a 100-city tour that stops in Portland on Friday evening.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014



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A street poet's story, captured on film

The Art of Busking
An interview with Barrett Rudich, director of A Place of Truth, a documentary screening at this weekend's Emerge Film Festival.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014

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Left-right convergence - really?

Washington Report
“Unstoppable: A Gathering on Left-Right Convergence,” sponsored by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, featured 26 prominent liberal and conservative leaders discussing issues on which they shared positions. One was the minimum wage.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 06, 2014

Faculty senate plan would save USM over $5 million

#USMfuture
On May 29, the University of Southern Maine faculty senate took a bold step in the #USMfuture saga, revealing an alternative budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year with countermeasures that push against the austerity program enacted as a result of UMaine’s systemwide budget crisis.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 06, 2014

Sanford rolls out the red carpet

Unlikely Headlines
The support of the Sanford community has been equally overwhelming to filmmakers — both local and international.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  May 22, 2014
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