Portland's mayor wants the state to kick in more for USM

With no end to budget cuts in sight over at USM, Portland’s mayor has taken it upon himself to triage the ailing local institution.Mayor Michael Brennan is showing his support for the financially beleaguered University of Southern Maine with a proposal that would appropriate $2 million to help curbs falling enrollment and retain current students.

Some USM students are looking for a way out

As Portland’s “metropolitan” university continues to address its budget crisis with another round of cuts, some students are looking to distance themselves from the beleaguered institution.Allie Athearn enrolled at Husson University as a freshman but transferred to USM in her second year for what she thought would be a better, more widely-respected school.
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Stephen King’s supernatural 'Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County'

T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp, and Stephen KingFew performances begin with a standing ovation, or have one of the artists responsible for that which is about to be witnessed, escorted to their seat moments before the story on stage unfolds. Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County engaged an enthusiastic Merrill Auditorium audience last Thursday, which included the musical’s composer. John Mellencamp underscored the simple, yet extremely compelling story line offered by Maine icon Stephen…
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Leaning tower across from Congress Square could have a new tenant

With the city leading another meeting this week on the future of Portland’s Congress Square — which has become a symbol for the tensions between development and preservation — it turns out that the oft-critiqued building across the corner is negotiating a deal for its first tenant in years. We’re talking about the Swartz Building, of course, that long-vacant, plywood-fronted brick structure that features a clock tower tilting back several degrees from center. The attorney…

Who’s missing from the city’s new task force?

When the city last week announced it was addressing the terrible Noyes Street fire by putting together a panel to examine how officials inspect buildings, there was one group noticeably absent from the task force: anyone that resembled the mostly young victims who died in the blaze.Appointed by acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian, the task force includes representatives from local and out-of-state fire departments, code enforcement officers, zoning officials and landlords. It will review fire,…
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