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Economic system favors multi-millionaires, hurts ordinary citizens

Editor, I believe that most Americans are beginning to realize that the ...

Defining patriotism: What is the role of ‘thoughtful, engaged, compassionate citizens’?

In light of our many national issues and with recent controversies – ...

The Fourth at a glance

On Saturday, Americans can reflect on the adoption of the Declaration of ...

From the ashes

In Portland we get to celebrate two historical occasions on Independence Day. ...

Same-sex marriage in Maine, by the numbers

From Dec. 29, 2012, when same-sex marriage became legal in Maine, up ...

8Days: Dead streamed live at the State

THURSDAY 7/2 CHARM | Hey, get to know the bird of a ...

LePage loses budget battle: Governor also embroiled in flap over legislator’s firing

The legislature’s $6.7 biennial state budget got vetoed, and legislators responded by ...

Timelessness in verse: Sholl underpins an argument for poetry in everyday life

_by Robert Gibbons In February of this year The New York Times ...

Honoring influences: H.O.M.E. series gives nod to past

As Portland’s local music community continues to grow and evolve, as both ...

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The Tourister: Top five destinations to take your dog

1. Wells and York beaches. Check first, but these are the dog-friendliest beach communities. Scarborough used to be, now it’s a toss-up. Take Ferry Beach: Scarborough has become a mystery maze for dog owners. Just to read up on the town’s ordinance about dogs on beaches, visit https://sites.google.com/a/scarboroughmaine.org/town/ and click on “Learn About…” You may […]

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Stop doing the bare minimum

How many times have you spent an evening out with friends, staring at your phone on the table amongst wine glasses. stifling your disappointment. waiting. “For the love of god. just text me back.” While conversations happen around you, all you want to do is dissect the excuses and replay every happening that got you […]

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Inside Out introspection: Pixar triumphs with mind-searching study

Over the span of 15 movies, Pixar Animation has personified toys, insects, rats, fish, cars, monsters and robots. Now, with Inside Out we learn that feelings have feelings, too. Inside Out, which looks at the inner workings of the mind, marks a return to form for Pixar. The computer animation company has yet to make an outright bad […]

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‘Labor of love’: Tempo Dulu is open for business at The Danforth Inn

Dining out in Portland just keeps getting better, and there’s no telling how far restaurants will go to achieve a higher level of excellence. In March, I attended a pop-up dinner at Natalie’s at The Camden Harbour Inn — when guest Executive Chef Lawrence Klang presented the menu. I wrote about this experience for the Phoenix. My […]

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Can you dig it? Aluminum solves so many problems for summer brew fanciers

Summer is time for fishing, hiking, cycling, picnicking and and all manner of outdoor shenanigans. What do all these activities have in common, except for the fun? None of them are conducive to a cooler filled with multiple clinking, fragile, heavy glass bottles and all of them are enhanced by beer consumption. Thankfully, drinking beer […]

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Zodiac Zone

The Moon is in Aquarius for friendship and gatherings this holiday weekend. Mercury, our planet of road trips, aligns with Jupiter and Venus for vacation plans. That trio in Gemini/Leo helps personalities mesh. Wild ideas become brilliant realities. Put together a dream team. Aries: By choice or by default, you are central to this weekend’s […]

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Thompson’s Point rainout: Attendees of first concert in series find it’s snugger to move indoors

Cold, wet weather forced a change of plans for the State Theatre and Forefront Partners’ season-opening concert of the Thompson’s Point summer concert series. What was to be the first-ever outdoor concert at the Thompson’s Point development, located behind the Amtrak station, became an exercise in emergency adaptation. The concert was moved indoors, to the […]

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Phoenix Potpourri: Another city administrator gives his notice

Schools superintendent Caulk leaving Portland school district for Kentucky job Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, who was hired three years ago, in July 2012, to lead Portland’s school system, is leaving for a job in Kentucky. On Saturday, the Fayette County Board of Education — head of the 40,000-student Lexington, Ky. public school system — confirmed that […]

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The Phoenix Potpourri: LePage stirs anger with comments

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who has a history of stirring controversy with remarks that incite reactions, spurred rebukes for making jokes about visiting violence on people. On June 25, the Bangor Daily News reported, “A day after Gov. Paul LePage told a group of high school students that he would ‘like to shoot’ a Bangor Daily […]

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Monuments men: National park debate veers into discussion of President Obama using executive power

Ready for a twist on the ongoing debate over creating a “North Woods National Park?” How about starting with a national monument created by President Obama via executive order? Presidential historian, CNN analyst and conservation author Douglas Brinkley, who has conducted in-depth interviews with both the president and Vice-President Biden, offered that scenario in Kennebunkport […]

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