High Adventure on the sea: Maine products shipped to Boston for local-foods promotion

Overdose Awareness Day vigil: Crowd marches to remember those lost to heroin epidemic

The crowd, subdued and meditative, spread across Monument Square Monday night. Before ...

Lobster boat memories

It’s been about a year since I’ve been on a lobster boat, ...

Collective soul searching: When Durkheim’s theory of positive group think comes to mind

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time walking. In part this ...

The Phoenix Potpourri

King, Pingree both backing shorter job-permit wait time for asylum seekers Following ...

Mayoral positioning: Candidates Brennan, Strimling react to poll showing challenger in lead

“Unexpected” is how Ethan Strimling’s campaign depicted a poll last week showing ...

Student survival guide: Degrees of uncertainty as students at USM struggle with lost classes, faculty

As the 2015-2016 academic year begins at University of Southern Maine, many ...

Student survival guide: USM regroups as new president vows to build on ‘painful’ past

Back to school season is a critical time for the University of ...

The Art of Poetry at Federal Street Folly: Longtime collaborators of word and image appear at park

Back in 1978, Robert Gibbons and Bradford Fuller were strangers who happened ...

Enrollment and dollars at USM

The financially troubling waters that the administrators at University of Southern Maine ...

University of Southern Maine: History and aspirations

While the University of Southern Maine is frequently in the news these ...

Student survival guide: Your cheat-sheet user’s guide to Portland

You’ve unpacked the crates, figured out the WiFi and called home to ...

Morgan’s worlds: Chantarelle trilogy chronicler visits Longfellow Books

Dive back into the fantastic literary universe of G.A. Morgan Friday night ...

Hip hop high school: Summit emcee considers teaching class, a la the YMCA

Will Bruno, aka Trix, was born in the Bronx and grew up ...

8Days: Metal madness and kittens to cuddle

THURSDAY, Sept. 3 MAGIC DICK | Since the J. Geils Band’s initial ...

No Bull: Former rodeo rider gets back to country roots

Joel Thetford used to hang on for dear life on the champion ...

Suspects at HOME: City to get the Big Easy star treatment

Some of the biggest names on the New Orleans music scene will ...

Toy stories: Paper theater creates intimate stories on a small scale

Feeling disaffected with CGI overkill and other digital onslaughts of modern entertainment? ...

Slacker attack: Chemistry, bloody stoner fun abound in American Ultra

American Ultra is the kind of film where the plot description almost works ...

Ich bin ein Berliner Weisse: Tasting the tart German concoction

Berliner Weisse is an amazing, and profoundly under-appreciated summer beer. This German ...

Cerrado: Margaritas closes on Brown Street, remains open on St. John

On Aug. 17, the popular Brown Street Margaritas bid sayonara to its ...

Five-course Interview: Porthole returns with local feel, waterfront appeal

Chances are that, during your first time to the Old Port, you ...

Student survival guide: Cheap eats on a student budget

It’s no secret that college students are usually scraping by financially; just ...

Zodiac Zone

Waning Moon sets up seasonal cleaning and garage sales. Find treasures you ...

My ‘culinary vacation’: Learning how to cook like a Food Network star

When I first pulled into the driveway of the Mirabelle house, a ...

‘Shroom snacks: Lisbon mushroom purveyor finds perfect treat for dogs

At the Wednesday Portland Farmer’s Market in Monument Square last week, a ...

Out There: Tips for conquering the quirks of rural Maine

I make no secret of the fact that I find tourist season ...

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The pot trail, from Oregon to New England: Congressman campaigns for legalization in N.H., Maine

New Hampshire is not exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to marijuana legalization, but Granite State voters are hearing plenty about pot. One reason: presidential politics. U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., swung through the Live Free or Die state en route to speaking to marijuana legalization advocates in Portland last week. Maine is […]

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The Phoenix Potpourri: Police say murder suspect, victim apparent strangers in Saco incident

Police said there is no indication that a suspect in a fatal throat-slitting at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco on Aug. 19, 31-year-old Connor MacCalister of Saco, knew the victim, Wendy Boudreau, 59, also of Saco. The crime shocked the community and left the public grappling with a crime with no apparent motive. A funeral […]

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Changing the coaching roster at City Hall

After months of speculation, Ethan Strimling has finally thrown his hat into the ring for Portland’s 2015 mayoral race. As Strimling likes to do in his roles as political commentator for the Portland Press Herald and News Channel 6, I’d like to make a “bold prediction” about the eventual outcome of the race: Strimling is going […]

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Sky hacks: Travelers find ways to stretch their dollars

When Kevin Ormsby’s grandmother was nearing the end of her life, the native Mainer living in North Carolina, knew he needed to come home to Lewiston. But he didn’t turn to the generous bereavement offers from major airlines or even the dozens of discount online ticket vendors — he “hacked” onto the flight for free. […]

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Record summer so far: Portland International Jetport, by the numbers

If you’re looking to fly on the cheap, get in line at the Portland Jetport. While it’s unclear how airline loyalty programs and other corner-cutting maneuvers play into passenger numbers, one thing is apparent: the jetport has been a popular place this summer. “We’ve more than made up for the earlier year to date numbers,” […]

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Come sail away: Maine traveler finds a way to live on the water

For Anne Bryant, a seabound homesteader, traveling initiated a complete perspective shift on how life can be lived. Life doesn’t have to be spent stuck in one location, working the same job, seeing the same people and falling into the same mundane routine. After eight years of living in Maine, Bryant said “no” to the […]

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Heroin, then and now: Portland march, vigil set against backdrop of worsening trend

Less than a month ago, when Portland paramedics responded to 14 heroin overdoses including two deaths in a 24-hour period, a feeling of horror-stricken déjà vu set in. A WCSH-6 report from May 2013 could be recited like a first draft of this summer’s grim news. The news from that spring two seasons ago read: […]

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Anti-corruption protests in Iraq reach Congress Street

Just down the street from last weekend’s Art Festival, a group of about 30 Iraqi-Americans held signs like “Corruption and Isis, two sides of the same coin,”  forming a line in front of City Hall to demonstrate solidarity with anti-corruption protests in Iraq. Indicative of the fragile coalition government, the demonstrators were both Sunni and […]

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8Days: Fur, Vintage Trouble and stoner soul

THURSDAY, Aug. 27 VEGAN LIVING | Kristin Lajeunesse is at the very least an inspiration. She’s dedicated her life to my two favorite things, food and travel. She’s a risk taker that’s managed to work exclusively online, while she focuses on eating at and writing about every vegan restaurant in the country. That’s right. Kristin […]

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Fan fare: Tables set at music venues, but crowds thin and musical appetites meager

Four venues in four hours last Thursday night yielded a cornucopia of musical talent but a dearth of fans for this reporter. One night doesn’t equate to a trend or even a troubling short-term pattern, but one of the side effects of live music fever might be a headache caused when performers cannot fill the […]

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