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  • Judge voids permit for Amtrak layover facility in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Construction of an Amtrak passenger train layover facility is being put on hold after a superior court judge last week voided a storm water permit issued for the project. The July 2 ruling by Justice Joyce Wheeler found that the Northern New England Passenger Rail Au...

  • Portland City Council promises new tack after repealing Planned Parenthood buffer zone

    PORTLAND — City councilors Monday repealed a Congress Street buffer zone established for Planned Parenthood last November, conceding a June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a similar law gave them little legal ground to stand on. “It looks like we have zero chance o...

  • South Portland woman missing in Waterford

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A 77-year-old South Portland woman with dementia was reported missing Monday night in Waterford, where she was vacationing at a cottage with her family, according to the Maine Warden Service. Cpl. John MacDonald said a witness may have been the last to see ...

  • Portland beer-maker brews 20th-anniversary celebration

    PORTLAND — It was near a poet's birthplace, and then a source of the region's metallic might. But the expansive brick complex at 86 Newbury St. is now the state's biggest source of beer. "If I said I knew we would be here like this, I'd be lying to you," Shipyard Brewing Co. owner Fr...

  • South Portland tar sands vote delayed to Wednesday

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The first City Council vote on an ordinance that would ban tar sands in the city was rescheduled to Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center gymnasium. The City Council postponed the vote Monday because of a fire and safety hazard posed by the more t...

  • Online school adds new twists to public education in Maine

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Virtual public education is coming to Maine. Maine Connections Academy, the state's first online public school, will begin its first year just after Labor Day. It is already generating questions about how it all works and whether it offers an effective model for educ...

  • Point, counter-point: Free speech thrives in Portland's Congress Square

    Cory Tracy, left, trades glances with Brother Terry from the Deliverance Center during their daily protests in Portland's Congress Square Park. Tracy, an atheist, has been protesting against proselytizers from the church since May. Brother Terry declined to provide his last name.

  • Harpswell Democratic Rep. Saxton drops out of House District 51 race

    HARPSWELL — First-term state Rep. Jeremy Saxton, D-Harpswell, will not seek re-election in November. In an interview Monday, Saxton said he decided to bow out to spend more time with his family and to help run the marina his family owns on Basin Point in South Harpswell. 

  • Portland Latino festival aids church fundraising

    PORTLAND — Buy a brick, save a church. That's the plan for Sacred Heart Church as the Sacred Heart-St. Dominic Parish looks to raise $200,000 – with a Latino Festival thrown in for good measure on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The festival in the church hall and parking lo...

  • Late-night party to mark king tide in Portland

    PORTLAND — Street theatre, puppetry and trailers from flood movies will welcome the highest tide of the year just after midnight on Monday, July 14. The "King Tide BYO Chair Party" will be held in East Bayside, at Cove Street and Marginal Way, where the astronomically high tide is ex...