Articles by Noah Hurowitz


Jonah Lehrer’s scandal sparks debate on how journalists should deal with plagiarizers

on Feb. 20, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.
“Purposeful plagiarism is one of the cardinal sins of journalism from which reporters can never recover their credibility,” wrote Al Hunt, then the Wall Street Journal D.C. bureau chief, in a 1991 editorial. “There is no statute of limitations on that judgement.” The issue of how to deal with plagiarizers …

Former Free Press News Editor reflects on his time abroad

on Dec. 04, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
It’s 2 a.m. as I write this, procrastinating from writing a 40-page research paper due in 48 hours. This predicament is all too familiar, but the context in which I’m currently disrupting my already disrupted sleep schedule is totally foreign –– like, actually. Usually, I’d go eat some late night …
Sidestepping puddles, students march to Alfond Arena to receive their degrees during commencement exercises at the University of Maine in Orono in May.

Maine college grads face high student loan debt in a slow economy

By Noah Hurowitz on Aug. 17, 2012, at 4:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | Katherine Hulit graduated from the University of Southern Maine in May with a degree in philosophy and women and gender studies and $19,564 in student loan debt. Hulit, 28, said she has no idea when she will be able to fully pay off what she owes for …
Gene Richardson of Hampden flies his Cessna 182 as a volunteer for Angel Flight Northeast.

Volunteer pilots shuttle sick patients to medical treatment

By Noah Hurowitz on Aug. 06, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.
A few times a month, Gene Richardson fuels up his Cessna 182 airplane and takes it up into the skies over Maine. But he doesn’t just fly for his own pleasure. Richardson, of Hampden, is one of many volunteer pilots who, through Angel Flight Northeast, provide free transportation for patients …
Smoke rises from a dry dock as fire crews respond Wednesday to a fire on the USS Miami SSN 755 submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Man accused of setting fire to nuclear sub in Kittery denied bail

By Noah Hurowitz on Aug. 01, 2012, at 1:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | A federal judge denied bail Wednesday to Casey James Fury, the man accused of setting a fire to the USS Miami in May, causing over $400 million in damage. Despite a recommendation for bail conditions from the probation office, U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich denied bail …
Traveling pianist Dotan Negrin and his dog Brando perform on Commercial Street in Portland on Friday, July 27, 2012.

Traveling pianist takes to the streets on a rainy day in Portland

By Noah Hurowitz on July 27, 2012, at 6:38 p.m.
A sporadic drizzle Friday didn’t keep Dotan Negrin from adding Portland to the list of cities he has entertained with tunes played on his upright piano. Passers-by stopped Friday to watch Negrin, a New York City-based performer, who travels around the country in a van with his …
Smoke rises from a dry dock as fire crews respond May 23, 2012 to a fire on the USS Miami SSN 755 submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Man charged with arson in $400M submarine fire appears in federal court

By Noah Hurowitz on July 23, 2012, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | A civilian employee at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery accused of intentionally setting a fire on May 23 that caused $400 million in damage to the nuclear attack submarine USS Miami was in U.S. District Court on Monday for an initial appearance. Casey James Fury, 24, …
Thomas Ptacek of Homeless Voices for Justice speaks against an ordinance banning pedestrians, such as panhandlers, from median strips in Portland at a city council meeting Monday night July 16, 2012.

Portland rejects plan to limit panhandling

By Noah Hurowitz on July 16, 2012, at 11:10 p.m.
The City Council voted 6-3 against an ordinance banning people from standing on median strips except as necessary to cross the street, a ban that homeless advocates say unfairly targeted homeless people who panhandle on median strips throughout Portland. City Councilor Ed Suslovic said the ordinance was …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman listens to local restauranteur and President of the Downtown District, Doug Fuss, speak during the public comment period regarding a new food truck ordinance Monday night July 16, 2012.

Portland sets rules for food trucks in the city

By Noah Hurowitz on July 16, 2012, at 9:24 p.m.
The City Council unanimously passed a number of amendments to city code Monday designed to allow and regulate food trucks in the city. The amendments add food truck vendors to the definition of street vendors and would require each vendor on the peninsula — any area south …
Portland city councillor Ed Suslovic addresses residents at a public meeting at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Thursday, July12, 2012.

Portland intersection with high rate of accidents may be changed to roundabout

By Noah Hurowitz on July 13, 2012, at 12:15 a.m.
Residents attending a public meeting Thursday evening at the University of Southern Maine had no shortage of complaints regarding the six-way intersection of Deering Avenue, Brighton Avenue and Falmouth Street. The intersection has been the subject of a number of meetings seeking public comment on five proposed …
Portland Police officers gather outside a brick apartment building at 105/107 India Street Wednesday morning, July 11, after an overnight shooting left one dead. The sidewalk had what appeared to be blood drops covering several yards up toward the corner of India and Congress Street.

Man killed in Portland shooting was involved in fatal car accident last month, family of survivor says

By Noah Hurowitz and Seth Koenig on July 11, 2012, at 6:53 a.m.
Matthew Blanchard, 24, of South Portland was the man killed in an early Wednesday morning triple shooting in Portland, according to reports. The uncle of one of the survivors, 20-year-old John Howard, told WGME-TV that his nephew, Blanchard and the third victim, 24-year-old Josh Hersom, were out …

Police identify body found in Portland over the weekend

By Noah Hurowitz on July 09, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.
Portland police have identified the body found Sunday morning as being that of Mitchell Abadie, a 47-year old transient who apparently had been in the area for several months. An autopsy performed Monday found that Abadie died of natural causes. Abadie’s body was found in a grassy …
Phantom Fireworks features an arsenal of colorfully packaged mortars, firecrackers and rockets.

Fireworks stores banking on parties and other special occasions for year-round success

By Noah Hurowitz on July 06, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | The Independence Day crowds were gone Friday morning from Phantom Fireworks in Scarborough, along with about half of the store’s work force, many of whom were hired temporarily to manage the Fourth of July rush. Fireworks have been legal in Maine since Jan. 1, and Gov. Paul …
Portland police Officer Zack Finley shows off the abilities of Mako, a 15-month-old German shepherd born in Slovakia, Friday afternoon in front of members of the Rotary Club of Portland.

Rotary Club donation funds new K-9 unit for Portland Police Department

By Noah Hurowitz on July 06, 2012, at 3:54 p.m.
When Mako sinks his teeth into a trainer’s protected arm, he won’t let go until his partner, Portland police Officer Zack Finley, gives him the command. Mako, a 15-month-old German shepherd born in Slovakia, showed off his abilities Friday afternoon in front of members of the Rotary …
Gov. Paul LePage and Phantom Fireworks Vice President William Weimer tour the Scarborough store on Monday, July 2, 2012.

LePage, fire marshal tout fireworks safety while visiting new Scarborough store

By Noah Hurowitz on July 02, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
In the runup to the first Fourth of July in decades in which consumer fireworks are widely legal in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage and State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas used the recent opening of a new fireworks store in Scarborough to stress the importance of fireworks safety. …
Congress Street in Portland was blocked off after fire a fire started at an apartment house on Monday, July 2, 2012.

Children playing with sparklers blamed for apartment house fire in Portland

By Noah Hurowitz on July 02, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.
Two children playing with sparklers caused a two-alarm fire Monday morning that led to the evacuation of a 22-unit apartment building and the blocking off of a section of Congress Street. There were no reported serious injuries as a result of the fire, although one firefighter was …
Col. John Jansen, chief of staff of the Maine Army National Guard, addresses attendees of the grand opening of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting Portland with South Portland Thursday, June 28, 2012.

New Maine Veterans Memorial Bridge opens between Portland and South Portland

By Noah Hurowitz on June 28, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
Three blasts from a Howitzer cannon marked the opening of the new Maine Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting Portland and South Portland in a ceremony that featured speeches from local and national dignitaries and members of the military. The bridge opens today to all traffic, however final construction …
Dale McCormick speaks in Monument Square at the Dyke March in Portland on Friday, June 15, 2012.

Dale McCormick speaks to Portland Dyke March participants

By Noah Hurowitz on June 15, 2012, at 9:39 p.m.
Speaking at the seventh annual Portland Dyke March on Friday, Dale McCormick steered clear of the controversy that led to her resignation as executive director of the Maine State Housing Authority. In her address, McCormick voiced support for President Barack Obama’s track record on gay rights and …

University system chancellor visits Portland campus in wake of no-confidence vote

on May 10, 2012, at 12:13 p.m.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page pledged his support Thursday in helping the University of Southern Maine move on from the recent controversy surrounding a no-confidence vote in USM President Selma Botman. “Everyone I’ve talked to is driven by a desire to see a better University of Southern Maine and …

Over half of faculty voted no confidence in President Botman

on May 02, 2012, at 9:31 p.m.
Over half of all faculty at the University of Southern Maine cast votes saying they don’t have confidence in USM President Selma Botman. The vote needed a two-thirds majority to pass and be considered the will of the faculty. But with a voter turnout of about 75 percent, over 68 …