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  • Maine's bail system: A 19th century holdover

    People who set bail in Maine have almost no legal training First in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Next week: bail commissioners can lack the information they need to set the right bail. If you are arrested in Maine, everyone you deal with &nd...

  • Out of service

    Firefighters from Yarmouth and Freeport use foam to neutralize a gas spill around noon on Saturday, March 19, at the Irving station on Mallet Drive. The spill took place when a customer took her dog for a walk while fueling her car and the pump shut-off failed. In addition to firefighters, an EPA re...

  • UPDATE: More questions than answers after Maine Cottage Furniture closes; bank begins liquidation

    YARMOUTH — Government officials and customers are wondering what happened after Maine Cottage Furniture, a nationally known retailer, abruptly closed with no public explanation. Customers who have paid for furniture are not expected to get their money back after the company's lender,... 1

  • Cumberland town councilor to step down after 12 years

    CUMBERLAND — After 12 years on the Town Council, at-large Councilor Jeff Porter is not seeking re-election for another term. "I've served four terms, and I think it's time for somebody else to run," he said Monday. "I've had a pretty good run; I've really enjoyed being able to serve ...

  • Portland City Council: University of New England parking a big problem

    UNE looks for ways to deter cemetery parking PORTLAND — The City Council has given its staff until June to come up with a plan to deal with parking complaints directed at the University of New England. University students and staff have been parking along the access road to ...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget may rise nearly 3% in fiscal 2012

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 budget next year could increase nearly 3 percent under a proposed spending plan presented Monday evening by Superintendent Robert Hasson. The $28.9 million fiscal 2012 budget is about $821,000 larger than this year's budget. More tha...

  • Portland to appeal Hall School rank on state building list

    PORTLAND — School officials plan to appeal the rank of the Fred P. Hall Elementary School on the state school construction list. The state released a preliminary list of school construction priorities on March 9 and gave school districts 60 days to review the list and make formal app...

  • Live where you study, study where you live

    Portland women start the Field Academy PORTLAND — Imagine you are 17, and a participant in a brand new school called the Field Academy. You wake up on the floor of a church in Jackson, Miss., where you are are on a six-week field trip to study the civil rights movement. ...

  • Maine groups unite to raise funds for Japan relief

    PORTLAND — As the death toll from Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami mount and officials there struggle to avoid a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, four local groups are teaming up to raise funds for the relief effort. The funding, however, will not just go to general relie...

  • Community garden may soon take root in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — The pilot phase of a community garden may soon spring up at the Twin Brook Recreation Area. The Cumberland Community Garden Initiative, which requires Planning Board and Maine Department of Environmental Protection amendments, is expected to go before the Town Council fo...