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Gavin Dunphy fills his tank up at C.N. Brown's gas station in Pittsfield on Jan. 20.

Gas prices hold steady through holiday weekend

By Darren Fishell on July 06, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
PORTLAND | Gas prices held steady through the Independence Day weekend in Maine and the country as a whole, driven by crude oil prices edging down. Maine’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline held steady at $2.79, close to the national average as of Sunday, which was …

I am a national expert on Gov. LePage, apparently.

on July 06, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
Over at The Daily Beast, Luke O’Neil wrote a piece called The Idiot Thug Running Maine in which I was quoted. From O’Neil’s piece (not my quote): The “combative” governor, as The New York Times called him—which is New England shorthand for “asshole”—hasn’t so much protested his innocence as he …
Authorities respond to a false report of a shooting at a home in Standish on Sunday night.

Police label false report of shooting in Standish a ‘swatting’ hoax

By Beth Brogan on July 06, 2015, at 7:49 a.m.
Police believe the tactical teams from six law enforcement agencies that went to a home Sunday evening on Bonny Eagle Road for a report of a shooting responded to a hoax known as “swatting.” At 7:46 p.m. Sunday, the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center received a call …

Sea Dogs’ Haley shuts down Binghamton Mets

on July 05, 2015, at 10:31 p.m.
BINGHAMTON, New York — The Portland Sea Dogs used a strong start from Justin Haley to defeat the Binghamton Mets 6-1 Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium. Portland can snap a 10-series losing streak with a win on Monday night. Haley (3-9) set the tone with six scoreless innings on four …

Mexican laborer’s message to Donald Trump immediately goes viral

on July 05, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
Despite recent poll results showing a surprising (or troubling) level of support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, “The Donald,” has had a pretty rough go of it since announcing his candidacy just a couple of weeks ago. What isn’t surprising is that Trump, notorious for being pompous and hot-headed, …

Catbird Creamery makes the best ice cream sundae in Maine

on July 05, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
The sundae at Catbird Creamery is ridiculous.  First you pick your cookie—you can get a chocolate chip cookie, a snicker doodle cookie, or a crumb cake cone bowl—and then you pick your topping. There is hot fudge, butterscotch, and fruit sauce, which is determined seasonally or, according to shop owner …
Paul Kendrick, an outspoken advocate for victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, stands outside the Falmouth home of former Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone in this 2012 file photo.

Defamation trial involving Maine man, former head of orphanages set to start

By Judy Harrison on July 05, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | A civil trial set to begin Monday could justify claims that a former Catholic brother in Haiti sexually abused orphans for years or prove that a zealous advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse has been defaming Michael Geilenfeld so vehemently that he was wrongfully imprisoned for …
Cariana Venible, who aspires to join a professional break dancing group one day, sits on Commercial Street on Tuesday, June 30, holding a sign asking for money.

In Portland, panhandlers cause friction amid growth of tourism, homelessness

By Francis Flisiuk, BDN Staff on July 05, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
With the U.S. Supreme Court declaring last week that bans on panhandling are unconstitutional, what’s seen as growing visibility of panhandlers in Portland has some in the city’s thriving tourism industry concerned the practice may make the city less attractive to visitors. Visitors interviewed on Congress Street, however, said they …

Looking into the eyes of freedom

on July 03, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
Whenever I walk the Revolutionary battlefield in Concord, Mass., I’m heartened by our nation’s resilience. Studying the world-famous Minuteman statue, and on the same ground where, in the spring of 1775, a hastily formed American militia awaited King George’s troops, I can’t help but value the cost of freedom. This drive …

Friday Fails: Fido not afraid of fireworks

on July 03, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Welcome to Friday Fails, where nothing goes according to plan. Here’s my favorite video of a wiener dog attacking a Roman candle. Someone forgot to tell this pint-sized pup that dogs are supposed to be scared of fireworks. Be safe out there this holiday weekend. Handle your freedom flares with …

Stephen King’s Suffer the Little Children to be adapted into a Maine-produced film

on July 03, 2015, at 6:20 a.m.
Corey Norman is a Maine-based filmmaker and co-owner of Bonfire Films. Upon its release last year, their movie The Hanover House was met with a great deal of acclaim. At present, Bonfire Films is in the pre-production phase for Suffer the Little Children, an adaptation of a Stephen King story …
Abe Dufort walks up and down a median panhandling, which he says he spends eight hours a day doing for money Tuesday, June 30, in Portland.

Supreme Court rulings may nix Portland panhandling law

By Judy Harrison on July 03, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court quietly reversed a decision Monday in a Massachusetts anti-panhandling case that most likely will keep a similar law off the books in Portland, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. The nation’s high court reversed a ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of …

Wild pitch gives Sea Dogs 6-5 win over Fisher Cats in 16th inning

on July 03, 2015, at 1:57 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Portland Sea Dogs walked off with a 6-5 win in a 16-inning marathon over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a game that began on Thursday night at Hadlock Field and ended five hours and nine minutes later at 12:14 a.m. on Friday morning. Outfielder Cole …

Dollar Tree to sell 7 Maine stores to appease trade officials

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | Discount retailer Dollar Tree will sell seven Maine stores to a private equity firm as a condition of its $9.2 billion acquisition of competitor Family Dollar. The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Dollar Tree, requiring it to sell 330 stores nationwide, including its locations …

Jeweler G.M. Pollack going out of business

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2015, at 5 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Jeweler G.M. Pollack & Sons is going out of business after almost 60 years in business in Maine and New Hampshire, according to CBS 13. The company has gradually closed its 12 stores, consolidating down to five earlier this month. As of Thursday, it had closed …

South Portland man pleads not guilty to child porn charges

By Judy Harrison on July 02, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
A South Portland man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to child pornography charges. Wayne Niski, 28, was arrested in March by Maine State Police and charged in state court with possession and dissemination of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 16. …

What will Portland’s minimum wage be? There are at least five possibilities

on July 02, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
Portland City Councilor and former state lawmaker Jon Hinck announced on Wednesday that he, Mayor Michael Brennan and fellow councilor Justin Costa would be reviving a proposal to establish a citywide minimum wage of $10.10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2016. The City Council is already due to consider a …

Incoming Portland city manager appoints deputy

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
Incoming Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced Thursday that he has appointed Anita LaChance, acting deputy city manager, to serve as deputy city manager on a permanent basis. LaChance was previously director of recreation and facilities management for the city and also served as budget director, assistant …

Girls Golf Fair rescheduled to July 12

on July 02, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Riverside South Golf Course, 1158 Riverside St., Portland, Maine For more information: 207-809-9030; PORTLAND, Maine — The second annual Girls Golf Fair for girls of all ages and playing levels will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at …

43rd annual Maine Tennis Association Championships

on July 02, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The 43rd annual Maine Tennis Association Championships will be held July 10-12, at the Fore River (Waynflete) Tennis Complex. The event is sanctioned as a major outdoor tournament by the Maine Tennis Association. Competition will be held in men’s and women’s open singles and doubles, as well …
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