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Chemistry set: Get Hard works thanks to leads, in spite of unoriginal jokes

on April 15, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
Get Hard starts from a premise that isn’t particularly funny — a jail-bound millionaire (Will Ferrell) gets prison survival training from his car washer (Kevin Hart) who he assumes has been to prison because he’s black — but it manages to get laughs in spite of itself, thanks to the chemistry …
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It all adds up: Michel Droge’s ‘Tiny Catastrophes’ matter

on April 15, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
In German we have a saying, “Kleinvieh macht auch Mist,” or, “Small animals also produce manure.” What it basically means is that lots of little things do add up to something bigger. Admittedly, it’s not a very propitious comparison, but one could say the same about Michel Droge’s “Tiny Catastrophes” …
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Weekday IPA

on April 15, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
As the weather warms up, my tastes turn away from sweet malt and toward the quenching bitterness of hops. No other style of beer showcases the flavors and aromas of the hop flower (Humulus lupulus) more than IPA. American IPAs, along with other similarly assertive styles, have been heavily emphasized …
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ACRONYMS & ACRIMONY: Earth Day 2015 finds GMO debate at crisis point

on April 15, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
When Robert Frost first coined his oft-quoted wisdom that “good fences make good neighbors,” he clearly failed to anticipate the era of genetically modified organisms blowing across America’s agricultural landscape. Adding good policy to supplement good fences is proving to remain controversial, with organic producers sitting by in limbo, trying …
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Paper chase: Monica Wood’s two-act play Papermaker debuts at Portland Stage

on April 15, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
Portland plays host of the world premier of Papermaker, a play in two acts by Monica Wood, on Tuesday, April 21 at Portland Stage. With stories, novels, a memoir and writing guides already in her repertoire, Wood is walking into the theater world on solid footing. She wrote the script …
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Paradise found: Riordan’s quest to honor son’s death reaches to Malawi

on April 15, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
The story of Irish guidance counselor Mags Riordan and the clinic she founded in Malawi in honor of a son who drowned there is at turns heart-rending, inspiring and transformative. Riordan founded The Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic, in Cape Maclear, Malawi, in 1999 to serve an area where there had …

Red Cross to honor Southern Maine ‘Real Heroes’

on April 15, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When faced with a challenge, everyday people often respond by doing extraordinary things. The American Red Cross will honor six individuals and one organization from Southern Maine at its Real Heroes Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. The event, hosted by …

Formation of new parent-teacher group stirs controversy in York

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on April 15, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
Questions have swirled in the York school community recently about the motivation of some board members of the newly created York Parent Teacher Association and even about the legality of the chapter itself. And all can be answered forthrightly, said PTA president Meghan May. At a meeting …
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Hate crime investigated after words spray-painted on market

on April 15, 2015, at 10:31 a.m.
Portland police say a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt who spray-painted the words “Alah” (sic) and “dick” on separate parts of the wall of a Portland Halaal Market was committing a hate crime. Police are investigating the incident at 269 Saint John St. as “anti-Muslim graffiti” placed “on …

Fire destroys shed, greenhouse at Buxton farm

By Jared Pelletier, CBS 13 on April 15, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
Crews battled a fire at Frugal Farmers in Buxton early Wednesday morning. The fire started at around 1 a.m. at the family-owned farm located on Rankin Road. Firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 5 a.m. Owner Bruce Richards says it started near a shed for storage, and …

Dry weather could lead to fast-spreading fires, weather service warns

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2015, at 9:07 a.m.
GRAY | After a winter which seemingly did not want to end, the state is finally experiencing spring conditions. However, with dry weather comes the risk for fast-spreading fires, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s Gray forecast office has posted a red flag warning for southern …
SETH AND THE CITY

Here’s what ‘the most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the IRS’ sounds like

on April 15, 2015, at 6 a.m.
    Have you never been targeted by scammers pretending to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service? Do you feel left out? Well, listen to this audio file. The above recording was made of a telephone message left for a South Portland resident. In it, a man claiming to …
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Here’s what ‘the most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the IRS’ sounds like

on April 15, 2015, at 6 a.m.
    Have you never been targeted by scammers pretending to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service? Do you feel left out? Well, listen to this audio file. The above recording was made of a telephone message left for a South Portland resident. In it, a man claiming to …

Portland grant funding drops off as demand increases

By David Harry on April 14, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
A plan to help people left most vulnerable by expected changes to city general assistance, homeless and public health programs will rely largely on $4.28 million in city funds and federal Community Development Block Grants. Funding from the Consolidated Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan will …

Reports: Amtrak Downeaster train derails in Portland

By Seth Koenig on April 14, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
Amtrak announced Tuesday afternoon that two Downeaster trains connecting Portland and Boston — northbound 685 and southbound 686 — have been canceled due to what the organization called an “incident on the railroad in the Portland area.” Multiple media outlets have reported a Boston-bound train, which departed …
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Why is everybody leaving Portland City Hall? It’s complicated

on April 14, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
Acting Portland City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian announced last week she’s leaving to take a job as the assistant city manager of Cincinnati. Hill-Christian would have been a frontrunner to be named Portland’s permanent city manager if she’d wanted to be (she didn’t), and she seemingly remains widely liked and respected in …
Merrill “Mike” Kimball stands during a recess in his murder trial in Portland on April 6. Kimball, 72, is accused of shooting Leon Kelley on Oct. 6, 2013, in North Yarmouth.

Jurors in Maine bee farm murder trial request replay of 911 call

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2015, at 1:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | As the 12 jurors prepare for their first full day of deliberations on Wednesday, a 911 tape of the October 2013 incident in which Merrill Kimball shot and killed Leon Kelley at a North Yarmouth bee farm might hold the key to a verdict in the murder …
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Surveillance video shows a suspect spraying graffiti on the side of Portland's Halaal Market early Sunday morning.

Portland police release video of anti-Muslim hate crime

By Seth Koenig on April 14, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
Police released video footage Tuesday afternoon of an individual apparently spray painting the side of the Portland Halaal Market in what’s been classified as a hate crime. The anti-Muslim graffiti, which reportedly used a derogatory phrase aimed at Allah, was discovered by market employees when they opened …

Anti-Muslim graffiti perpetrator caught on surveillance video

on April 14, 2015, at 1:05 p.m.
Surveillance video shows a suspect spraying graffiti on the side of Portland’s Halaal Market early Sunday morning.
Plastic shopping bags litter the streets, trees and bushes in Portland.

Freeport considers fee or ban for plastic, paper shopping bags

By John Swinconeck, The Times Record on April 14, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
Freeport could be the next town in Maine to impose a ban or fee on the use of single-use plastic or paper bags. The town council will take up the issue tonight. Freeport is dependent on retailers, from the downtown outlet stores to Shaw’s supermarket. In September …
 
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