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  • South Portland tar sands ban: 1 vote down, 2 to go

    SOUTH PORTLAND — An ordinance that would prevent unrefined tar sands oil from being piped through the city passed the first of three hurdles in a special meeting Wednesday night. The City Council voted 6-1 in a first reading of the so-called “Clear Skies” ordinance.

  • Missing South Portland woman found safe in Waterford

    WATERFORD — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing for 48 hours was found safe in the woods of Waterford Wednesday morning. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing since Monday, was found safe by Maine Search and Rescue Dogs canine handler Elizabeth Fossett and he...

  • Correction

    A July 3 story, "Woods: Ethics complaint an attempt to 'improve the process,'" incorrectly identified Councilor Steve Woods as chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council. He resigned from the leadership post on June 11.

  • New assistant principal in Cape Elizabeth practices what he preaches

    CAPE ELIZABETH — After 22 years of teaching, Nate Carpenter decided to take the advice he usually gives to students and apply it to his own career. His ambition and passion for education and inspiring kids is what led Principal Jeff Shedd to select Carpenter as Cape Elizabeth High Sc...

  • South Portland planners defer to council on Thornton Heights green space

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Although the green space at the corner of Westbrook and Main streets was taken out of the proposed new Thornton Heights Commercial Zone, it remained at the center of discussion during the Planning Board's latest review of the zone. Faced with plans for a new Dun...

  • 'American Idol' in Portland: 'I'm just hoping that today's the day my dream will come true'

    PORTLAND — Hundreds of eager performers from across the region flocked to the Maine State Pier on Wednesday morning for a chance to be the next "American Idol." For the first time, the long-running singing competition show that made artists like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson in...

  • Human rights panel to decide Brunswick school bullying claim

    BRUNSWICK — An investigation by the Maine Human Rights Commission has found reasonable grounds to believe the School Department discriminated against a 13-year-old student who claimed he was physically and emotionally abused by other students at Brunswick Junior High School. Com...

  • Knightville block party gets South Portland council OK

    SOUTH PORTLAND — After postponing their initial vote on ordinance changes that would effectively ban tar sands from the city, city councilors Monday approved a street closure for a Knightville block party, formed a new committee for preserving city history, and OK'd zoning changes to s...

  • Scarborough 4th-grader on a mission to ban bottled water

    SCARBOROUGH — Did you know that Americans use 1,000 plastic water bottles every second, and that most all will end up in landfills, even though they can be recycled? Nina Chase, a bright, soon-to-be grade 4 student at Wentworth Intermediate School, does. And she's doing somethin...

  • Scarborough dog panel hopes to ease beach strain

    SCARBOROUGH — Although hostility between dog owners and advocates for endangered birds may continue on town beaches, members of the recently formed ad-hoc committee on canine education and enforcement hope to improve conditions on town beaches – and to diffuse tension.