This Just In (131)

Collins Keeps Moderate Image as Billionaire DeVos Appointed to Secretary of Education

Collins Keeps Moderate Image as Billionaire DeVos Appointed to Secretary of Education On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The private- and charter-school advocate snuck in with a 50-50 vote after two GOP Senators —Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski — voted not to confirm. A tie-breaking vote went to Vice President Mike Pence. Donald Trump’s nomination of DeVos received unprecedented opposition from U.S. constituents. While some in Maine applauded…

Portland Food Council Celebrates Launch, Offers Plan for Sustainable Food Systems

The Portland Food Council celebrated its official launch this week, giving a presentation which included a blueprint for a dynamic local food system that involves urban agriculture and sustainability practices. The reception marked an evolution of the Council since its original inception in 2012 as the Mayor's Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System, which launched by then-Mayor Michael Brennan out of ideas from a community food forum, which included Jonah Fertig of MOFGA,…

"Move That Way!" Mainers Share Lessons from the Women's March

Last weekend, the collective strength of the Women’s March resulted in the largest mass protest in U.S. history. While the movement’s massive scale was inspiring — an estimated 5 million people worldwide, and 500,000 in the nation’s capital — it offered important lessons in intersectionality and inclusion of political resistance going forward. As the activist and scholar Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor wrote in In These Times this week: “The United States has just experienced a corporate hijacking.…

Women's March Solidarity Ripples Through Maine

What began as a singular protest and coalesced into a massive movement nationally, internationally, and statewide, the Women's March on Washington will mark the first day of Donald Trump's presidency. At 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21, ralliers will begin to collect in D.C., in solidarity with a national citizens' movement for human rights. And as of Tuesday afternoon, 616 sister marches have been registered worldwide, occurring in all 50 states and 61 countries (a spokesperson from…

"It's Bad For Business," Committee of local merchants hold first meeting to curb panhandling downtown

William Higgins of Portland packed a cardboard sign that read “panhandling is not a crime, brother can you spare a dime,” before he left his house last Monday. But it wasn’t for begging on the streets. In fact, Higgins never panhandled in his life before. Instead, he brought it with him to a meeting inside the conference room of the Portland Downtown District, a nonprofit trade group of local merchants.   The meeting was the first…

Local efforts to oppose Dakota Access pipeline collide with Portland institutions

Local efforts to oppose the Dakota Pipeline have pushed beyond hashtags and social media and hit the streets. On December 19 and 30, small groups of protestors gathered at the Portland TD Banknorth branch at 1 Portland Sq., protesting the bank's status as a financial backer in the proposed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.  The most recent effort, mobilized by the Portland branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO),…

Local Journalism Matters: Grand State aims to bridge the gap between Maine reporting and online visual mediums

If you’re like most media consumers, you read your news online. There, on social media feeds (depending on algorithms such as which pages you like and the types of content your friends share), stories and articles stream in constantly, leaving you to sort out the useful from the drivel. Over two million articles are uploaded to the Internet every day, but not all are valuable to the media consumer. Trending topics, no matter how banal,…

A new city initiative forms to plan for a more resilient Bayside in the face of climate change

No neighborhood in Portland is as vulnerable to environmental hazards - exacerbated by climate change - than Bayside. In response to the increasing anxiety that bigger storms, king tides and nuisance flooding bring to the area, the city of Portland has launched a new initiative that aims to discuss and eventually exercise strategies to make the Bayside Neighborhood more resilient to climate change. It’s called “Bayside Adapts,” and it aims to bring scientists, engineers, sustainability…

New exhibit of dinosaur bones, dung, art and animatronics educate (and terrify) visitors

A new dinosaur exhibit at the Portland Science Center combines childhood wonders with an art show for the grown-ups. Dinosaurs Unearthed has enough life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, and fossils to keep busloads of kids entertained and enthralled for hours. And a decades-long painting project by artist Philip Carlo Paratore will keep the chaperones from getting restless. Powered by customized mechanical technology and a dynamic jointing system, the dinosaurs, ranging from a Velociraptor to a Triceratops…

What's next with pot? Recount sought; rulemaking awaited in new frontier of marijuana legalization

Marijuana legalization is now the law of the land in Maine, barring any 11th hour surprises, and supporters say they now want to turn their attention to what could be a lengthy rulemaking process "It will probably be a year before anything happens, We just have a commitment to making this a safe and a great system," said Patricia Rosi, CEO with Wellness Connection of Maine, the state's largest operator of medical marijuana dispensaries. Wellness…
Subscribe to this RSS feed