Articles by Erin Rhoda


The history of Portland’s destruction and rebirth, in pictures

on April 09, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.
Maine’s largest city has burned down quite a bit.
Portland, as seen from a plane landing at the jetport on Dec. 7, 2015.

Your best comments on LePage’s claim that a southern Maine company will shed 900 jobs

By Erin Rhoda on April 07, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
The majority of the commenters were skeptical.
Michelle Hanson, owner of Frederick's Southside, recently won U.S. Small Business Administration's Woman Owned Small Business of the Year award for the state of Maine. Hanson stands behind the front counter with her two children Paul and Danielle, who often help with the restaurant.

Women-owned firms in Maine are making money faster than any other state

By Erin Rhoda on April 07, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
What we lack in size, we make up in effort.

One Life Project

By Erin Rhoda and Kelly Donnelly on April 04, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
The night you create solutions to end Maine’s opiate epidemic With U.S. Sen. Angus King & U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin The public is encouraged to attend the One Life Project where they will come together to answer questions about how to address addiction in Maine. The event will be modeled …

Woolwich dinner on Thursday will benefit children of woman whose death is under investigation

By The Lincoln County News, on March 28, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
The Taste of Maine in Woolwich will host a benefit for the family of Kimi Hill, 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 31. Hill, of Wiscasset, died in Somerset County on Sunday, March 20. The Maine State Police are investigating the incident. During A Night of Honor for Kimi Hill, …
The audience listens intently as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the City Club of Cleveland about middle class economics in Ohio March 18, 2015.

The American middle class loses its distinction as richest in the world

By Erin Rhoda on March 19, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
The American middle class is no longer the most affluent.

See one of the coolest maps of Maine (before we knew where the state really was)

on March 19, 2016, at 11 a.m.
It depicts Maine with its disputed boundaries in 1820, the year it became the country’s 23rd state.

The story of a husband and wife who froze to death at a pivotal point in Maine history — and became poetry

on March 15, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
A real story from “those days of material and political struggle” as Maine became a state.

How a special bond formed between a Maine coon cat and a girl with autism

on March 15, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
“From the very start, they just seemed to connect.”
Ed and Pat Jillson, of Sabattus.

Longtime Maine couple combine love of one another, and the land, in short film

By Erin Rhoda on March 14, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
“You have to have it in your blood, or you wouldn’t last.”

See the surprising discovery researchers made about female and male brains

on March 13, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Researchers analyzed more than 1,400 brain specimens searching for a real difference between male and female noggins.

See a compilation of bad drivers in Portland

on March 12, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.
OK, OK, Portland drivers aren’t that bad. They’re usually not flying through the air, leaving sparks in their wake. We’re talking more about little courtesies. Like making sure to put on your blinker. Or, you know, not nearly running over a pedestrian. There’s probably no perfect driver. But seeing all the mistakes at …

See how the mental health system in Maine collapsed, in one map

By Erin Rhoda on March 10, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
The criminal justice system has become the de facto mental health system.

Watch this remarkable 1954 video narrated by E.B. White of a Deer Isle lobsterman

on March 09, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
It shows a day in the life of Eugene Eaton — when lobster traps were made of wood, and fresh lobsters were stored in a bushel basket.
 U.S. Sen. Angus King talks to the media after hosting a round table to get input from federal and local law enforcement about terrorist attacks on Friday in Bangor.

Collins, King share Garrett Brown’s story to gain support for bill to fight heroin epidemic

By Erin Rhoda on March 02, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation this week to combat the opioid and heroin epidemics by expanding treatment and recovery programs. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is co-sponsored by independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, both of whom have drawn significance from the story of Garrett …
Garrett Brown at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston on June 28, 2013.

We were moved by your responses to Garrett’s story. Here are some of our favorites

By Erin Rhoda on Feb. 27, 2016, at 9:11 a.m.
We received hundreds of comments in response to our story.
Garrett Brown hugs his mother, Traci, before entering the Augusta courthouse June 30, 2015.

See how Garrett Brown’s life and heroin addiction unfolded

By Erin Rhoda and Gabor Degre on Feb. 26, 2016, at 4:02 p.m.
Garrett’s life illuminates the human toll of a heroin addiction left untreated.
Garrett Brown is pictured in his room at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston on June 28, 2013.

Inside the life and fall of a young Maine man addicted to heroin

on Feb. 24, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Garrett let me document his life for more than two years because he wanted his story to matter.

These Maine towns are renowned around the world for their singular contributions to society

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 7:09 a.m.
Check out Maine’s most surprising capitals.

‘It’s hard to hate up close': How a Portland man went from prison to the national spotlight

on Feb. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
“Never believe anyone who tells you you can’t go somewhere because of where you have been or that you can’t do something because of what you have done,” said Christopher Poulos.