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The Phoenix Potpourri: Pope Francis causes a stir in New England, Maine

Former Maine governor to sit in U.S. House for Pope's addressU.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has invited former governor and congressman Joe Brennan to join her in the U. S. House of Representatives for the historic address from Pope Francis Thursday, Sept. 24, Pingree's office reported. Brennan will sit in the gallery of the House during the Pope's speech.

A school board member’s grant ambitions; ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini ringside; and lobster marketing 101

Pious Ali vows that if he wins $100,000 grant, he plans summer camp for kidsIf he wins $100,000 from the Nellie Mae EducationFoundation, Portland school board member Pious Ali plans to create a summer camp to help kids learn computer-coding skills, school officials reported.Ali has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. He is one of six nominees from the New England states.

Pink Out Speak Out in Monument Square pits supporters of Planned Parenthood against opponents

Dueling protesters gathered in Monument Square Tuesday, as Planned Parenthood of Northern New England mobilized supporters for a Pink Out Speak Out.The Planned Parenthood rally sought to "highlight the voices and stories of those most affected by defunding Planned Parenthood — the millions of women, men and young people across the country and in Maine who rely on Planned Parenthood’s nonprofit health centers for care."

Why rocks are so political

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:

The Phoenix Potpourri: A search for survivors at sea, and a new PDD identity

Cargo ship El Faro presumed lost in Hurricane JoaquinA vigil was scheduled Tuesday night at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine for victims of the lost cargo ship, El Faro.WCSH-6 reported, “The ship was captained by 53-year-old Michael Davidson from Windham, Maine. At least three other Mainers, including Maine Maritime Academy graduates Dylan Meklin, Danielle Randolph, both of Rockland, and Michael Holland of Wilton are aboard the ship.”
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