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Brennan pushes lawmakers for more state funding for USM

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
The University of Southern Maine in recent months has proposed significant cuts to programs, faculty and staff — measures administrators say is necessary to put the school on solid financial footing while preparing for a revitalization and new investments in high-demand 21st century programs, like the university’s nascent cyber security …
Judge Joseph M. Jabar

Maine court considers whether assault at fraternity house in Orono could have been foreseen

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 10, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a case that could create a nationwide legal ripple effect, justices with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday grappled with questions about who could — or should — have foreseen an assault that took place inside the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house in Orono. The …
Yarmouth Town Council will talk with the public during the next couple of months to determine whether the Route 1 bridge over Main Street will be repaired or torn down.

Yarmouth councilors opt for new Route 1 bridge

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Dec. 10, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Town councilors Monday decided to keep a Route 1 bridge over Main Street instead of creating an at-grade intersection. At an operations committee meeting Dec. 8, councilors said they plan to approve the creation of a new bridge at the Dec. 18 Town Council meeting. They also …
The concept site plan for the proposed Rivalries sports pub and grill in Falmouth.

Portland sports bar plans to add Falmouth location

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Dec. 10, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
A Portland-based sports pub could be expanding to Falmouth as soon as next August. Lance Meader, owner of Rivalries, and architect Michael Hays of Grant Hays Associates appeared before Town Council Monday night to request amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance and the Tidewater Village design guidelines …

Crews fight fire in building at Sebago Lake State Park

By CBS 13 on Dec. 10, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
CASCO | Fire crews are on the scene of a fire Wednesday morning at Sebago Lake State Park. The call came in just before 7 a.m. Cumberland County Dispatch said one of the state park buildings is on fire. Several towns are on the scene. A tanker truck was …

Biddeford man pleads guilty in connection with Keene, NH riots

By Martha Shanahan, The Keene Sentinel on Dec. 10, 2014, at 7:46 a.m.
Ten people charged with crimes during the chaotic October Pumpkin Festival weekend in Keene have had their first days in court. The young men, accused of participating in riots that engulfed the neighborhood around Keene State College, appeared before Judge Edward J. Burke at the 8th Circuit Court District Division …
Goose Rocks Beach as seen in this November 2013 file photo.

High court ruling will allow Kennebunkport to argue lot-by-lot for public access to private beach properties

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | Both the town of Kennebunkport and a group of private property owners are claiming victory in a dispute between the two parties over public access to beach land after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruling on Tuesday. The state’s highest court ruled the town could take its …
York interim Town Manager Steve Burns.

York interim town manager receives support to take on permanent position

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on Dec. 09, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
Praising interim Town Manager Steve Burns for the work he’s done thus far, three members of the Board of Selectmen Monday night voted to begin the process to make his job permanent. The board majority decided to begin contract negotiations with Burns, who has been interim manager …
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Urban cross-country skiing: It’s a thing, and Portland’s one of the best places in America for it

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
Tip of the cap here to my colleague, photojournalist Troy R. Bennett, who flipped this list my way — and who so often is sent out into treacherous winter weather to photographically document how treacherous it is. USA Today, one of the country’s most widely distributed newspaper, released its ranking …
Democratic Sen.-elect Catherine Breen of Falmouth speaks with reporters after learning she had won the contested Senate District 25 election on Tuesday in Augusta.

Democrat wins Senate election after investigation reveals ‘phantom ballots’ for GOP opponent did not exist

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 09, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After mystery swirled around a contested southern Maine Senate district election for weeks, Catherine Breen — who saw Election Day victory slip from her grasp after an initial recount — is headed to the Senate after all. Breen, a Falmouth Democrat, was declared the victor on election …
Dawn Stiles

Former Spurwink official, LePage transition team member starts work as Portland DHHS director

By David Harry on Dec. 09, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
With a background in government and nonprofits, the city’s new director of health and human services expects her experience will be a critical tool in running the department. “All the work I’ve done gives me insight into how government works and connections and contacts that will be …
Naomi Beal (left) chairwoman of the Friends School of Portland building committee, and Head of School Jenny Rowe stand at the school's future location on Monday in Cumberland.

Friends School of Portland eyes fundraising goal for new building

By Alex Lear on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
Friends School of Portland, which plans to open a new building next fall near the Falmouth town line, is striving to raise $52,000 toward the project by the end of the year. “That will bring us to the $2.47 million that we set out to raise,” Head …
A water main break on Pearl Street in Portland caused the federal courthouse to shut down for the day in this June 2013 file photo.

Portland-area water rates rising as pipes break, infrastructure costs mount

By William Hall on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Driven by the need to replace aging mains and other infrastructure, the quasi-municipal authority that pumps water to the city and 10 surrounding communities may nearly double capital spending in 2015 and increase water prices by 3.8 percent. The rate increase factors into the Portland Water District’s …
Tape surrounds the building at 20-24 Noyes St. in Portland where a fire killed five people on Nov. 1. A sixth victim died later in the hospital.

Portland task force formed after fatal fire begins its work

By David Harry on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
The task force created to review city code enforcement procedures and staffing began a series of meetings this month, with an eye toward having recommendations ready for city councilors by Feb. 10. The first task force meeting came on Dec. 3, a day before Cumberland County Superior …
"Playing Bears," a sculpture by Old Town native Bernard Langlais, is installed at the Portland International Jetport in August. The work is one of 10 by Langlais on display throughout the city.

Art from renowned wood sculptor Langlais to be displayed throughout Portland

By David Harry on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Don’t worry about the bears at play at the Portland International Jetport — they are actually welcome additions to the city art scene. The bears are among 10 pieces sculpted by the late Bernard Langlais that are being displayed at public sites throughout the city, including the …
Performers from Maine Inside Out, an organization that works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to create original performances, line up backstage at Westbrook High School recently.

South Portland program offers incarcerated juveniles therapy through theater

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
Zack Gregoire spent three years inside the Long Creek Youth Development Facility, where he went through all the routine counseling required. However, Gregoire, now 18, also found a different kind of therapy that helped him get through while inside, and even have fun. In 2013, he …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …
York County sheriff's deputies are looking to find this Christmas tree which was stolen from a Newfield residence Sunday night or Monday morning.

Police seek Grinch who stole Christmas tree from York County home

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.
NEWFIELD | A Christmas tree was stolen from a Bond Spring Road home recently, and police are seeking the culprit. The theft occurred overnight Sunday into Monday morning, according to Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office. The tree’s owner planted and nurtured the 6-foot-tall pine …
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Casco Bay High School junior Judy Albdoor raises her hand with a question Monday at the University of Maine Law School in Portland during a workshop with the dean. The workshop was part of the Street Law program, designed to increase awareness of legal professions among high school students, specifically among minorities.

‘I thought they were scary people’: Portland program aims to increase youth interest, diversity in legal professions

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 08, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
Casco Bay High School juniors Cassaundra Bull and Lona Peter said they had always considered police and lawyers — the principal players in the criminal justice system — to be “terrifying” adversaries. “I thought they were scary people,” Bull said. “Just the idea of cops is frightening,” …

Police study video for clues to theft of 30 wreaths from Saco cemetery

By CBS 13 on Dec. 08, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
Saco police are searching for the person they say stole more than two dozen wreaths from a cemetery. The theft occurred at Laurel Hill Cemetery, according to police. They said about 30 wreaths were stolen and the first theft was reported the day before Thanksgiving. Officials said …
 
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