Articles by Chris Shorr


Anna Kendrick ‘geeks out’ with James Corden in epic love story soundtrack

on June 24, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
Maine’s own Anna Kendrick appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday, performing a “love story soundtrack” that spanned eleven songs in one take. Kendrick and Corden sang their way through the songs, which painted a light-hearted journey through the different stages of a romantic relationship. Beginning with …

9th Annual Homelessness Summer Solstice Vigil takes place on Tuesday

on June 20, 2016, at 8:03 p.m.
Every so often I receive press releases from various groups in my email inbox. I’m not always sure how or why I’m included in most of the email lists, and I almost always ignore them. However, this evening I received a release from a an advocacy group that’s near and …

Bill Burr shares memories of Maine on weekly podcast

on June 17, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
On his weekly podcast from June 8, world famous comedian Bill Burr went into detail about his love for the state of Maine and the city of Portland, giving shout outs to the Piscataqua River Bridge, the old Comedy Connection in Portland, and southern Maine in general. “I hope they realize …

Justin Alfond endorses Ben Chipman for State Senate

on June 13, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Citing “The actions by Rep. Russell and her campaign” and his belief that “Portland deserves a Senator who bring out the best of our city,” State Senator Justin Alfond endorsed State Rep. Ben Chipman today for the District 27 seat that he will vacate next year. Chipman and Russell- along …

Don’t let Diane Russell fool you

on June 11, 2016, at 2:48 a.m.
When accusations of using her PAC as a slush fund first arose in March, I wondered how Diane Russell would respond. After all, Russell- the current State Rep. for District 39 and candidate for the open State Senate seat for District 27- is known for her self-trumpeting style on social …

The speech I gave at my old high school about being (un)successful

on June 06, 2016, at 12:22 a.m.
Last Wednesday night was an incredibly surreal experience for me, as I gave the keynote speech at my alma mater Deering High School’s academic letter award ceremony. It was a humbling experience- one that I never would have guessed I’d ever have the opportunity for when I was screwing off in …

Iconic Hawkes Plaza repairman lives again in Westbrook

on May 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
In 1989 the Maine Department of Transportation decided that moving roadside signs were a distraction to drivers, effectively shutting down one of the state’s most iconic and beloved landmarks, the Hawkes Plaza TV repairman on Route 302 in Westbrook. Generations of Mainers fondly remember the giant repairman swinging his arms …

Now Trump’s denigrating Native Americans, too.

on May 26, 2016, at 6:57 p.m.
So we can tack Native Americans onto the list that includes Hispanic people, Black people, Muslims, refugees and immigrants of all nationalities, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and just about any other minority or marginalized group in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has outwardly and boastfully offended. Earlier …

Portland police officer catches streaking meteor on dashcam

on May 17, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
While on patrol early Tuesday morning, Portland police Sgt. Tim Farris captured a streaking meteor on his dashcam from Congress Street. Farris posted the video on the Portland Maine Police Department Facebook page, and the clip already has over 45 thousand views in just several hours: The video caught …

Why Mainers aren’t laughing at John Oliver’s bit on LePage

on May 16, 2016, at 1:16 p.m.
As shareable links to the bit on Maine Gov. Paul LePage from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver spread across social media like wildfire in the Pine Tree State, there hasn’t been much laughing. The show, which airs weekly on Sunday nights, is a satirical take on political and social …

Smoke clouds from Canada passing over Maine today

on May 12, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
This morning, the US National Weather Service’s Burlington, Vermont branch posted an interesting message on their Facebook page in regards to the devastating fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta this past week. In the post, the Weather Service pointed out that the gray sky hovering over parts of New England today …

Bates lacrosse team reacts to NCAA tournament selection

on May 10, 2016, at 3:23 a.m.
Pure joy. That’s the best way to describe the Bates College women’s lacrosse team reacting to the news on Sunday night that they’ve been selected to the 2016 NCAA Division III national tournament. Here’s what it looked like: 1994 was the only other year that they’ve made it to …

Family of wild black bears moves into New Hampshire neighborhood

on May 09, 2016, at 3:59 a.m.
About a month ago, a family of wild black bears roamed into a quiet suburban neighborhood in North Conway, New Hampshire, and promptly made themselves right at home. According to eye-witness reports, there’s a mother bear with four cubs who wander around visibly every day, wandering into people’s yards in …

Why we loved the Portland Pirates

on May 06, 2016, at 5:49 a.m.
Back in the spring of 1994, there was a palpable feeling of pride around Portland. We had a new professional hockey team, champions of the American Hockey League in their very first year of existence- and boy were they fun to watch. From that first historic season for the Pirates, …

Portland woman pens epic post about city’s rental market

on May 05, 2016, at 3:46 p.m.
It’s no secret that Portland’s rental market is in shambles. With the vacancy rate hovering somewhere between never-gonna-happen and might-as-well-move-to-Westbrook, working class Portlanders are finding it increasingly impossible to find an affordable place to call home in Maine’s largest city. What once was a market where $1000 could cover move …

Why naming his dog ‘Veto’ shows how detached LePage really is

on May 04, 2016, at 5:17 a.m.
A big part of me is happy for Governor LePage’s new rescue dog, and happy for the guv and his family who appears to be in love with their new puppy after the former “first dog,” Baxter, passed away in March. I’m absolutely thrilled that he adopted the dog from …

How simple carelessness is costing Maine lobstermen millions

on April 30, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Small steps could translate into big dollars for lobstermen.

Portland man shares story of recovery, message of support

on April 28, 2016, at 1:56 a.m.
Much has been made of Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s recent comments about drug addiction and recovery treatment. In regards to the overdose-reversing drug known as naloxone, or Narcan, LePage has said that the drug doesn’t save lives, it merely extends them. As has been reiterated by an endless stream of …

Travel website ranks Portland one of the top craft beer cities in the world

on April 15, 2016, at 2:43 a.m.
Yes, you read that right- Maine’s largest city has been named number 1 on a list of the top cities in the world for craft beer by the website Matador Network. Matador Network bills itself as “the world’s largest independent travel publisher, with over 12 million unique monthly visitors,” and …

Driver takes wrong turn in Portland, gets stuck on walking path

on April 14, 2016, at 12:40 a.m.
Portland’s streets have a reputation for being confusing, what with all the one-ways and crowded intersections, but on Tuesday this driver made a wrong turn of epic proportions on the Back Cove walking trail that runs alongside Baxter Boulevard and I-295 (click to enlarge): The photo was taken by Joe Forestell, …