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  • Students tend to flee Portland's most diverse schools

    PORTLAND — As city schools work to streamline and centralize student placements, the number of parents asking to have their children placed in schools outside their local districts has continued to increase. A breakdown of these out-of-district requests, and demographics provided by ...

  • Southern Maine shelters struggle to assist growing homeless population

    PORTLAND — Fifteen minutes before the Oxford Street Shelter begins assigning beds for the night, a line has formed outside. It snakes down the ramp and out into the patio, where men are standing with umbrellas to deflect a light rain.  Recently, the line has grown longer than it... 2

  • Audit finds incapacity, not fraud, at Maine Green Energy Alliance

    AUGUSTA — An audit found that the agency in charge of Maine’s energy programs gave a $3 million grant to a startup nonprofit that was incapable of taking on the responsibility of the contract. And while the audit found no misuse of funds, it concluded that Efficiency Maine Trus...

  • Hope floats for curing MS

    Tugs, trawlers, sailboats, schooners: there's a good chance that if it floats, it was in the water off Portland's Fort Allen Park on Sunday for the final events of the MS Harborfest weekend, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A regatta on Saturday was followed by lobster boat ...

  • Scarborough police identify man who died in fall from Interstate 295 overpass

    SCARBOROUGH — The man who died last week after falling about 30 feet from an Interstate 295 connector overpass was identified Monday as 52-year-old Phillip Faulkner of West Enfield. Faulkner fell from the overpass sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to poli...

  • Riverton library branch to reopen in Portland

    PORTLAND — The Riverton branch of the Portland Public Library will reopen Wednesday after a three-week closure for renovations. The Friends of the Portland Public Library will sponsor an open house Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-8 p.m. to show off the updated space, which includes rearran...

  • Unsung Hero: Kaleigh Colson, Portland student with a cause

    PORTLAND — Kaleigh Colson, a rising senior at Portland High School, has achieved national recognition for her leadership in improving the school climate for all students, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity. Colson’s interest in the cause began when she was a f...

  • Navy seeks public input on environmental clean-up

    BRUNSWICK — The U.S. Navy is seeking public input on its proposal that no further clean-up is necessary at the pesticide shop on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Until the mid-1980s, the buildings on Site 17 were used for mixing, storing and disposing of pesticides and herbici...