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UNE to host George Mitchell and other luminaries at its campus in Tangier, Morocco Did you know that University of New England, with locations in Biddeford and Portland also has a campus in Morocco?   Organizers there just announced the lineup for 2017’s Tangier Global Forum, an annual lecture series “devoted to critical examination of the burning issues facing the global community in the 21st century.”   Once founded by UNE scholar Anouar Majid, the…

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Two men dead after two connected shootings in Maine’s Lakes Region According to investigators, two men are dead and a third wounded after exchanging gunfire with Cumberland County police officers. The police said that the altercation began after 59-year old Norman Strobel knocked on the door of a home in Casco, claiming to be a Cumberland Country Sheriff Deputy. When two residents came to answer the door, Strobel fired shots through the window. Four shots…

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Catholic Charities Maine will continue to help resettle refugees Despite Gov. Paul LePage's announcement that while Maine no longer will participate in a federally funded refugee resettlement program, services still will be provided through Catholic Charities. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press last week that its Office of Refugee Resettlement is working to funnel funds to an interim agency, which will likely be Catholic Charities. Last year,…

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South Portland Chicago Dogs show helps family of ill child This comedy show redefines "paying it forward." At Chicago Dogs in South Portland at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, comics Dennis Fogg and George Hamm will perform a benefit show, with all proceeds going toward "helping Mason Walk." The announcement explains, "Last year, Mason's Dad Joshua Dall-Leighton answered a stranger’s plea written on her car for a new kidney. Now Dall-Leighton’s family is facing…

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Lewis plans monthly themed costume and dance party Prepare to party like it’s 2017. At the dawn of the new year, Tina Lewis hopes the Portland community will gather for themed parties every month. Tina Lewis, aka Tina Machina, organizes the Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland (incidentally, they have a Nov. 19 bout at Geno’s Rock Club). Lewis said she plans to start a monthly themed costume and dance party at Portland House of Music…

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Nisbet acquitted of manslaughter; memorial to fire victims planned On Friday, Oct. 21, Portland landlord Gregory Nisbet was acquitted on all six manslaughter charges against him, in a case stemming from the deadly Noyes Street apartment fire. While the judge’s ruling shocked and angered survivors of loved ones killed in the fire, the community plans a memorial event to remember those lost, Oct. 30, 1-4 p.m., in Longfellow Park. According to the event page (https://www.facebook.com/StarsofLight2016/),…

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Urban street art focus of visual artists' exhibit Street art receives a nod in a new exhibit, "colliding in space > < (ur) ban street art," which will be on exhibition from Nov. 4-30 in Portland. The opening reception is First Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery at CTN at 516 Congress St. in Portland.The Union of Maine Visual Artists announced the show, which features more than 30…

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'Gilmore Girls' popup at CBD salutes Netflix revival On Oct. 5, it was a Happy Gilmoreversary! at Coffee by Design in East Bayside.Coffee by Design was among a few coffee shops nationwide to partner on a celebration and promotion of the popular TV show, "Gilmore Girls.""The force is strong with Gilmore Girls #gilmoregirls and Netflix. We're celebrating #Gilmoreversary today, free cup of coffee at CBD 1 Diamond while supplies last," CBD announced on Facebook.The show…

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City councilors endorse each other's challengers in election Incumbent city councilors Jon Hinck (at large) and Ed Suslovic (District 3) face challenges from progressive favorites Pious Ali and Brian Batson, respectively, in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 municipal election. In a twist, the two challengers gained endorsements — Hinck endorsed Suslovic's challenger, and Suslovic threw his support behind Hinck's. Hinck faces a challenge from Pious Ali, who is a youth and community engagement specialist at the University…

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Meetings continue for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Sunday was National Public Lands Day, but dialogue continues about the newly created and controversial Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Officials have held three of the four scheduled listening sessions to hear directly from citizens about their "hopes, ideas and questions" for the new monument, according to the National Park Service. Baxter State Park posted on Facebook, "Our new neighbor Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument…
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