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News

  • Pain and gain

    Rich Kimball feels the burn at the 2011 Behind Bars Bench Press Competition at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on April 2. Almost $1,000 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project by 16 officers who competed.

  • Portland businesses urge LePage to 'get back on track'

    PORTLAND — While the debate continues over Gov. Paul LePage's removal of a labor history mural at the Department of Labor, members of the business community are growing impatient about the legislative agenda in Augusta. The Portland Community Chamber is encouraging its members to use...

  • Clean out your shed: Great Portland Bike Swap is this weekend

    FREEPORT — As he has for many years, Fred Robie will use his personality and passion for bicycles to help people find their own ride at the Great Portland Bike Swap on Sunda...

  • Portland plays down fishing heritage to justify waterfront changes

    PORTLAND — City officials are downplaying the role of commercial fishing on the waterfront in an effort to convince the state to approve new zoning rules. Proposed changes to the city's waterfront zoning that would allow more non-marine uses are being reviewed by the shoreland zoning...

  • Portland Museum of Art to discuss mural dispute

    PORTLAND — The Portland Museum of Art will host a round-table discussion Friday about the removal of the Maine labor history mural from the Department of Labor building in Augusta. The panel will include PMA Director Mark Bessire; Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the Colb...

  • Bail system best Maine can afford, or threat to due process?

    Third in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on "Maine’s bail system: a 19th century holdover." Next: How to improve the system. Jon Gale, a Portland attorney, periodically serves as “lawyer of the day” in district court, representing defen...

  • The Art Forecast: No shortage of discoveries in Portland Museum of Art Biennial

    PORTLAND — Open juried group art shows tend to be eclectic grab bags, but the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, the seventh in the museum’s biennial series since 1998, strikes me more as three shows in one. Somehow, the three predominant strains of the exhibition – in...

  • Conservation district honors Billings for environmental reporting

    GORHAM — Staff writer Randy Billings of The Forecaster was among nine individuals and groups honored March 30 at the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District's annual meeting. Billings, who covers South Portland and Portland for the weekly newspaper, was named the dis...

  • ZBA likely to approve 370-space Scarborough Beach parking lot

    SCARBOROUGH — A new parking lot, picnic area and beach access point at Scarborough Beach came closer to reality Thursday evening. After a more than six-hour meeting, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals reached consensus on allowing a special exception to the land use ordinance for...

  • Jazzapalooza returns to South Portland April 5

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Student jazz musicians from across the city will converge on the South Portland Auditorium stage on Tuesday, April 5, for the annual Jazzapalooza. Jazz musicians from the high school and middle school ensembles, bands and combos will begin performing at 7 p.m.