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  • 'Naked Shakespeare' gets reprieve, but Portland council says bars still have to keep their distance

    PORTLAND — The City Council voted Monday night to amend an ordinance that had resulted in the banishment of Shakespeare performances from a local bar. The council did not, however, support a proposal by Councilor David Marshall to eventually do away with the requirement that bars ...

  • Portland schools may face $3M budget cut

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 21, will consider a resolution authorizing the superintendent to begin working on a strategy to identify nearly $3 million in potential cuts to the current budget. The resolution follows an announcement by Gov. John Baldacci that...

  • Water supply, fluoridation motivate Portland Water District candidates

    PORTLAND — A one-year seat on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees has attracted two candidates, one with a passion for Sebago Lake and the other an advocate for discontinuing the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water. Kenneth Levinsky and Oliver Outerbridge are r...

  • Brunswick base agency seeks slice of Downeaster subsidy for airport operations

    BRUNSWICK — The agency redeveloping Brunswick Naval Air Station is eyeing funds that have been used to subsidize the Amtrak Downeaster. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority says the money is needed to operate the airport after the Navy base is decommissioned. ... 1

  • TABOR up for vote a second time

    Maine voters will again decide whether to impose strict spending caps on state government, two years after a similar measure was narrowly defeated. The proposal, known as a taxpayer's bill of rights, or TABOR II, will appear as Question 4 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The concep...

  • Voters to decide on medical marijuana dispensaries

    Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine, but for patients with recommendations from their doctor allowing its use, growing their own is the only legal way to supply themselves. Question 5 on the Nov. 3 ballot would legalize nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, which would b...

  • Open house at ecomaine

    Four-year-old Brady Lee, left, of Saco, and Ursula Elmquist, 2, of South Portland, race their dump trucks down a track atop the ecomaine landfill in Portland on Oct. 10 as part of an open house at the facility. Guided tours highlighted the various stages of trash treatment at the 240-acre site.

  • Scarborough council gets Payne Road recommendation

    SCARBOROUGH — Planning staff Wednesday backed the most recent of eight suggested intersection redesigns to control traffic along Payne Road southwest of Haigis Parkway. The plan recommended at a special Town Council meeting would create a new, 550-foot spur of Payne Road  that w...

  • South Portland council eyes city-wide green building standards

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council signaled support Wednesday night for a new ordinance that would require energy-efficient certification for some building projects, but did not move forward a specific proposal. Instead, councilors are planning to hold a panel discussion with an ex...

  • Beginning of a wish in Scarborough

    Four-year-old Kyle St. Clair of Scarborough is a big train buff. So when Make-A-Wish volunteers Teresa Canty and Nicole Matushenko went to his house Monday, Oct. 12, with details about the trip to Walt Disney World they arranged for Kyle and his family, they also organized a ride on the Bayley's Cam...