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Hate crime investigated after words spray-painted on market

Portland police say a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt who spray-painted the words "Alah" (sic) and "dick" on separate parts of the wall of a Portland Halaal Market was committing a hate crime.Police are investigating the incident at 269 Saint John St. as "anti-Muslim graffiti" placed "on a business that caters to the Muslim community."

The Phoenix Potpourri: Minimum wage far from settled in Portland

Advocates for a higher wage were not pleased earlier this month when a city finance committee recommended a minimum wage of $8.75 an hour, which was an increase from the current rate of $7.50 but less than what Mayor Michael Brennan had hoped for – an increase to $9.50 an hour that would be effective July 1.

The Phoenix Potpourri: ‘Pop-up park’ on Federal Street wins city OK

After city councilors initially postponed action on a “pop-up park,” the city-dubbed “Federal Street Folly,” the prolonged street closure on a small section of Federal Street won approval Monday night. The section of Federal Street will be closed to motorists from July 3 to Oct. 12 “to create a park-like environment.” (The Portland Press Herald gives a blow-by-blow on Monday's discussion; see http://tinyurl.com/lx9xxlr.)

Phoenix Potpourri: Fatal crashes dominate weekend driving news

Whether they were driving on two wheels or on four, Saturday was deadly for several motorists in Maine.Three fatal motor vehicle crashes on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday came scarcely a week after Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the "New England Drive to Save Lives" speeding-enforcement campaign for all six New England states.

Signature-gathering to begin; wording defined for scenic-view protection referendum

Clashes between Portland residents and the city over its pace and scale of development just coalesced around a new idea – protecting views through zoning and “scenic viewpoint protection.”A referendum to change Portland’s rezoning process and protect scenic views of the working waterfront is closer to going to voters, now that wording has been hammered out.

The Phoenix Potpourri: Former Red Claws executive Jennings takes the helm at City Hall

Portland has hired a new city manager.Jon Jennings, who had a hand in one of Portland’s biggest land-use projects with the Thompson’s Point development; who was an NBA Development-League Executive of the Year and one-time assistant coach for the Boston Celtics; and who worked most recently as the assistant city manager for economic development in the city of South Portland, will now helm the city of Portland.
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