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A benefit for Milestone and a ground-breaking female comedy show

Ride or Run for Milestone helps combat opioid crisis Anyone looking to join the fight against Maine's crippling problem of heroin addiction can support a nonprofit group waging the battle on the streets.According to the Maine Attorney General’s office, the overall number of drug overdose deaths in 2015 was 272, which surpassed 2014 as the worst year on record by more than 30 percent.One of the key combatants against heroin, the chief cause of overdoses,…

Somali farmers to break ground: Lewiston event follows Trump's controversial comments

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sparked outrage by warning supporters at a rally last week that Islamic extremists may infiltrate refugee groups, including Maine's Somali population.In an instance of unexpected but perhaps meaningful timing, supporters of the state's Somali population will have reason to celebrate exactly a week after Trump's visit. On Thursday, Aug. 11, four Somali Bantu farmer-owners will launch New Roots Cooperative Farm, a 30-acre farm on College Street in Lewiston, which will…

Libertarian appeal: Party aims to pull voters, qualify for debates

The big two have made their presence known in Maine. On Friday, July 29, Stephanie Schriock, president of the political action committee EMILY’S List, campaigned in Portland for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. This Thursday at 2 p.m., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally at Merrill Auditorium (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/portland-me1). Meanwhile, there's the Maine Libertarian Party, with its David-and-Goliath struggle to introduce the public to Gary Johnson and Bill Weld and their Libertarian Party presidential…

Russell speaks at Democratic convention

“Hello, Democrats! My name is Diane Russell, I am a state representative from the beautiful city of Portland, Maine, a proud delegate for Bernie Sanders.” With this introduction, Maine Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, gave a fiery speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Russell received extended applause with her line about supporting Sanders. The Vermont Senator ultimately gave his endorsement to Hillary Clinton, igniting anger at the convention being held this week in Philadelphia.“I am…

Landline rates on the rise? Deregulation of FairPoint service subject of meetings

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is hosting informational meetings in Biddeford, Auburn and Portland over the next seven days as deregulation on traditional "landline" telephone service starts to kick in. The meetings are: • July 28, 6-7 p.m., Biddeford City Hall, 205 Main St., Biddeford.• Aug. 2, 6-7 p.m, Auburn City Hall Council Chambers, 60 Court St., Auburn.• Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m., Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland. "It's rate regulation, the Public Utilities…

'We have had enough of this': BLM protests spark reactions

A protest and march, organized by Portland Racial Justice Congress, "was disruptive, and that is the point," wrote one blogger, after police arrested 18 and broke up the demonstration in the Old Port Friday night. Idman Abdul, 22, and 17 other Maine residents were arrested for obstructing a public way during the Black Lives Matter protest on Commercial Street Friday. Idman Abdul is the name of the individual who issued a press release announcing the…

Medical cannabis turned away as heroin treatment

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has declined to add opiate addiction as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a move that is being used in a campaign to legalize marijuana in Maine. "These kinds of decisions by the state simply underscore the need to pass Question 1," said David Boyer, director of the Yes on 1 campaign. "As we all know, marijuana is a substance less harmful than alcohol, which is widely…

ACA insurance costs on the rise: Co-op's proposed rate hikes would affect over 58,000 in Maine

A public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 will preview proposed rate increases, some as high as nearly 45 percent, by Community Health Options, a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or "co-op," under the Affordable Care Act.Better known as Obamacare, the ACA has been rocked by higher-than-predicted costs for the co-ops, including Maine's, which was once considered a flagship of the 2010 law.In a Maine Bureau of Insurance statement from earlier this year, the agency noted…

Rental scams target Portland-area Craigslist browsers

A rental on Maggie Lane, near Warren Avenue, in Portland, offered a $550 monthly rent, and the situation was unique, according to the Craigslist ad. The listing claimed: "My family and I just moved down to (North Carolina) due to my new job transfer as a military, we will be here for 2 to 3 years. My initial plan was to sell the house but I find it difficult to let go this adorable home, I…

Compromising with developers: Neighborhood groups counseled to avoid all-or-nothing lawsuits

Developers and neighborhood groups in Portland often meet in court as adversaries, but another approach is gaining ground: compromise outside of courtrooms.Peter Monro, cofounder of Keep Portland Livable, a group that opposed the original plan for the so-called Midtown development project near Marginal Way, noted that developments often can be shaped without an "all or nothing" approach. Perhaps Exhibit A is the Midtown development. On Monday, Portland officials announced that the city had closed on…
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