Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland

Head of Long Creek put on leave amid investigation

By Jake Bleiberg on March 24, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
The superintendent of the Long Creek Youth Development Center was put on administrative leave earlier this week, according to multiple informed sources.
Sally Moulton, 67, of Harpswell punches trainer Andy Anderson's glove during a Rock Steady Boxing class in Brunswick which she attends with her husband John who has Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program adapted to people with the disease.

Parkinson’s patients are fighting back against the disease, literally

By Meg Haskell on March 24, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
“It’s fun and kind of edgy, and it’s a lot more fun to tell your grandchildren that you’re boxing than telling them you’re going to physical therapy.”

Oil spill bill probably dead in the water

on March 23, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

By Alex Steed on March 23, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

By Jake Bleiberg on March 23, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.

Cumberland County Jail investigating suicide attempt

on March 22, 2017, at 6:49 p.m.
Human rights advocate Zainah Anwar of Malaysia will deliver the University of Maine School of Law's sixth annual Justice for Women Lecture, "What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women's Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts," Thursday at the Abromson Community Education Center. On Tuesday, Anwar spoke to students at Deering High School.

Global rights activist in Maine: Trump, Muslim extremists use same strategy

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“There’s a lot of change going on in the Muslim world — new scholarship that upholds equality and justice and the possibility of reform.”
The Cumberland County Jail, where an inmate recently attempted suicide.

Cumberland County Jail investigating suicide attempt by 26-year-old man

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
Portland rescue workers treated Dante Majeroni at the jail and en route to Maine Medical Center.

Finally, a place to chuck axes inside

on March 21, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Tonight: Portland isn’t on the list of cities not cooperating with ICE; the City Council is deadlocked over the school bond; and a Westbrook gym is encouraging people to throw sharp objects.
Lucas Houk (center) of Portland raises his arms to celebrate on Monday after being honored as the gold medalist in the Men's 5K Cross Country Freestyle event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Maine athletes win big at Special Olympics World Winter Games

By Pete Warner on March 21, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Lucas Houk of Portland earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
City Councilor Nicholas Mavodones present a plan to bond $32 million to renovate two Portland elementary schools and seek state funding for renovations at two others.

Portland council deadlocks over $64 million school bond after hours-long discussion

By Jake Bleiberg on March 21, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
The failure to reach a final decision Tuesday is merely the latest in a long series of delays in addressing facilities needs at the the four elementary schools, which have not had major renovations since they were built 55 to 65 years ago.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

Amazon will start charging sales tax for Maine shoppers, state officials say

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.

City Council set to vote on school bond

on March 20, 2017, at 3:31 p.m.
Student Quinn Coon works with a staff member in a makeshift teaching space at Harrison Lyseth Elementary School in Portland on Thursday. City government is considering funding renovations to Lyseth and other schools in the system.

What Portland’s school bond vote could mean for its residents

By Jake Bleiberg on March 20, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.
Whether and how much money to borrow to renovate city schools has been the pivotal political issue in Portland over the last year.
Craft breweries are on the rise in all but one county in Maine.

When it comes to craft breweries in the U.S., Maine reigns supreme

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
For Maine, the rate of new breweries coming online beat the national average for five of the six years between 2010 and 2015.

The Portland mayor who got a boulevard named after him

By Troy R. Bennett on March 20, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.

The six-time Portland mayor who got his own boulevard

on March 20, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
Percival’s father presented the Portland with its first public library.