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  • Portland Daily Sun publisher shuts down free paper weeks after buying Portland Phoenix

    PORTLAND — Portland Daily Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue confirmed Friday that the free newspaper will publish its final edition on Dec. 23. The paper’s two full-time staff members will move to the Portland Phoenix, which The Sun Newspapers Group, parent company of the Daily Sun...

  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Diners craving tradition, BLTs, line up at Fat Boy in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Even though the first official day of spring was cloudy and cold, the Fat Boy parking lot on Bath Road was still full of cars with their windows halfway down, black wire trays hanging on the glass. Like ice thawing on the Androscoggin River, or pulling rubber boots out of...

  • Projected school budget includes potential tax cuts in Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — A $23.6 million draft budget for fiscal 2012 was presented to the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors Tuesday, with a nearly $19,000 reduction in spending from this year. Kelly Wentworth, director of finance and human resources, said the nearly 1 percent reduction is...

  • 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...