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  • Taxes up, but no layoffs in Portland municipal budget

    PORTLAND — The acting city manager is proposing a more than $200 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012, up about $4.4 million over the current year's budget. The budget proposed by Pat Finnigan includes no layoffs – missing from the budget for the first time in thr...

  • Legislative hearing slated for Peaks Island secession bill

    PORTLAND — A legislative subcommittee will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 11, on a bill that would allow Peaks Island residents to vote on seceding from the city. The Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government has scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. in Room 214 of t...

  • 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...