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FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)

Exclusive to Fighting the Tides: Students for #USMFuture release letter to university administration- “We’re not going anywhere.”

on April 18, 2014, at 11:13 p.m.
The letter below was sent to me from Students for #USMFuture, one of the groups that has formed in response to the controversy swirling around the state university system of late. I’d like to make it clear that I am in no way affiliated with either the #USMFuture or #UMaineFuture …
USM FREE PRESS (blog)

Head Coach Bergeron optimistic for championships after men’s tennis wins ten straight matches

on April 18, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
This week the Huskies’ men’s tennis team added two more wins, improving their record to 10-3 while remaining undefeated in the Little East Conference with a record of 4-0. The Huskies are also undefeated at home and have won the last ten matches straight. In the match against Salem State …
ANALYSIS
Eric Wilkinson (from left), external affairs representative for ISO-New England; Steve Hinchman, general counsel and senior vice president with GridSolar; Dan Kelley, vice president of Woodard and Curran'’s energy and power engineering group; and John Carroll, spokesman for CMP parent company Iberdrola USA discuss the future of electricity delivery in Maine during an E2Tech program Thursday at the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine.

CMP and solar energy advocates clash over what’s the smartest grid for Maine

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels …
HAPPY NEW LEAR (blog)

Interview with the owners of Kids Gone Raw

on April 18, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
I’m honored to be doing a guest blog for Lauren of Oh, Honestly!, and what better way to contribute to a family-focused blog on being real than a guest post on eating REAL healthy foods.   I interviewed Maggie Knowles and Elizabeth Fraser- my two role models in health, happiness, and …
Former New Hampshire House Speaker William O'Brien (right) and Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO J. Scott Moody in October.

J. Scott Moody to depart as Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Heritage Policy Center’s J. Scott Moody is departing his position as the conservative think tank’s CEO in April to lead the Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, a national organization focused on state and local government, according to a post on the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s news …

Attorney who phoned in bomb threats turns in law license after allegedly threatening wife

By Judy Harrison on April 18, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Oxford County attorney who admitted he phoned in two bomb threats to local schools in 2012 has agreed to turn in his law license in the wake of a new charge of domestic violence terrorizing. The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday that …
THE BOLLARD (blog)

Highlights

on April 18, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
Margy Pepper, Parasol, Video Nasties, Fur

Portland man charged in connection with allegedly filming sexual assault of minor

By Judy Harrison on April 18, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A local man made his first appearance Thursday on a charge of exploitation of children in U.S. District Court. Paul “LT” Henry, 24, of Portland was arrested Wednesday. The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not available Thursday. He was ordered temporarily detained until a bail hearing is …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)

Cape Elizabeth bans tobacco products at Fort Williams, ignores the real problems

on April 18, 2014, at 12:14 a.m.
The Cape Elizabeth Town Council voted 6-1 Monday night to ban smoking and tobacco products from Fort Williams Park, the site of the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse. Councilor David Sherman, who voted in favor of the ban explained his vote, “There are cigarette butts all over the park.” William Brownell, …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)

Cape Elizabeth bans tobacco products at Fort Williams, ignores the real problems

on April 18, 2014, at 12:14 a.m.
The Cape Elizabeth Town Council voted 6-1 Monday night to ban smoking and tobacco products from Fort Williams Park, the site of the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse. Councilor David Sherman, who voted in favor of the ban explained his vote, “There are cigarette butts all over the park.” William Brownell, …

Two Massachusetts men arrested in Portland for illegal elver possession

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two men from Massachusetts were arrested Thursday in Portland after Maine Marine Patrol investigators found them with about 20 pounds of elvers and no license allowing them to possess them. Joshua P. Medeiros, 30, of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Andrew P. Cournoyer, 43, of West Wareham, Mass., …
Despite the occasional zombie walk — they are not real — Portland residents consider their city to be among the safest in the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup: Portland residents among most likely US city dwellers to feel safe at night

By Kathleen Pierce on April 17, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Greater Portlanders feel safe. How safe? More than your average American city dweller come nightfall. A new Gallup Poll released this week ranks Maine’s largest city eighth among metro areas across the country for residents feeling secure walking at night. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 82.2 …

Record number of residents qualify for South Portland’s property tax relief program

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on April 17, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors are likely adding $15,000 to the city tax assistance program after a spike in applications this year, as indicated by majority support at their workshop on Monday. The council is also looking to create a new licensing system for businesses wishing to add outdoor …
From the community
Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated the annual Chrism Mass, one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of the Catholic Church, on Tuesday night, April 15, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Bishop Deeley celebrates Chrism Mass in Portland

Bangor Daily News on April 17, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated the annual Chrism Mass, one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of the Catholic Church, on Tuesday night, April 15, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Every pew of the church was filled for the Mass, which is …
VIDEO
Dockworkers haul a bowline around a bollard as the Nova Star arrives in Portland for the first time on Thursday. The ferry will make daily runs between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, starting in May.

Portland celebrates arrival of Nova Star, restoration of ferry service to Nova Scotia

By Darren Fishell on April 17, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A small crowd met a big ship Thursday at Portland’s Ocean Gateway terminal, celebrating the restoration of ferry service between Maine’s largest city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The celebration heralded the arrival of the Nova Star on its first voyage from Nova Scotia to Portland, more than …

Nova Star ferry arrives in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 17, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
The Nova Star arrives in Portland on Thursday. The ferry will begin daily service to Nova Scotia next month.
Tom Hall

‘You’re driving us out of town’: Older Scarborough residents criticize budget that would raise taxes by $261 on average home

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on April 17, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Changes to the proposed school and municipal budgets for fiscal year 2015 and the proposed dog leash ordinance are still works in progress after Wednesday night’s Scarborough Town Council public hearings. In the public hearing, Town Manager Tom Hall presented updated versions of the proposed budgets. The …

Registered nurse gets 6 months for stealing drugs from ER, falsifying evidence

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 17, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A York County nurse will spend the next six months in prison after he was sentenced on multiple charges of falsifying private records and stealing drugs, according to officials. Michael Worrick-Soule had pleaded guilty to the charges in January and was sentenced on March 26 to two …
CHRIS BUSBY (blog)

The year the music died

on April 17, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Two thousand fourteen is turning into a brutal year for Portland’s dining, arts and nightlife scenes. Several of the city’s most creative and beloved establishments have closed or are preparing to shut down or move away, while others have cut back on live entertainment or consolidated, ceding control to a …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Diner for dinner? Palace is the place

on April 17, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Spring lettuce salad, grass-fed burgers and craft beer is far from typical diner fare. But Palace 2.0 (or is it 3.5?) is no place to nosh nostalgic. “We think what we are doing is pretty fresh,” said Greg Mitchell, who pops open his 1927 diner car in downtown Biddeford Friday …
 
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