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A legacy of weirdness: How ‘Weird Al’ helped shape me as a person

When I was 16 years old, I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic live during his “Running With Scissors” tour. Now 16 years later, I’ve seen him again, but I also got to do something my teenage self only dreamed of: I had a 15-minute phone interview with him (which appeared in the July 23 Portland Phoenix, “‘Weird Al’ on the write”) and met him after the concert. I exploited my powers as a journalist, but for…

Service and support animals in Maine

People who have mental issues, the law has found, are disabled to an extent comparable with those who have physical disabilities, and animals can assist those in either group in many ways. But what is the difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal?

Children can learn rhythm and rhymes through puppy-inspired works

The theme is dogs, from as young as a puppy to as old as a grizzled hound, at Morning Music: Canine Chorus, at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Families with kids ages 1-3 can sign up for this four-session music class that teaches children rhythm and rhymes through puppy-inspired songs, books and poems. Kids will discover fast, slow, high and low rhythms and sounds, as well…
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