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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • Daily grind: A lot goes into the price of a cup of coffee in Portland

    PORTLAND — For most Americans, the cost of cooling off with an iced coffee has gone up this summer. Green coffee beans are commanding higher prices, forcing major manufacturers like J.M Smuckers, which owns national brands like Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts, to hike the price of t...

  • Construction bids lower than expected for Portland's cruise ship mega-berth

    PORTLAND — The bids are in and it appears that local tax dollars will not be needed to build the so-called mega-berth for large cruise ships at Ocean Gateway. Three companies submitted bids for the project, originally estimated to cost as much as $8 million. Paul Pottle, assis...

  • Portland firefighters hope to add pet oxygen masks to life-saving tools

    PORTLAND — In a city that caters to its dog population with special parks, day-care centers, playgroups and boutiques, it's should be little surprise the city has launched a fundraising effort to purchase oxygen masks for four-legged friends. Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne, Planet Dog an... 1

  • Wanted: Caretaker for Cushing Island, Maine

    PORTLAND — A summer community in Casco Bay is looking for a year-round caretaker to watch over island homes. Cushing Island, off the coast of South Portland and next to Peaks Island, has about 45 homes. The island is a part of Portland, but is privately owned. Island Associati...

  • Portland backs off effort to move Parkside police center

    PORTLAND — Neighborhood opposition has convinced the Police Department to back off a plan to move the Parkside Community Policing Center. But a battle over future funding for the Grant Street center could be on the horizon. City Councilor David Marshall, who represents the dis...

  • Wind-swept task force sets Maine's rules

    Part two of a three-part series on Maine's law to fast-track wind turbine development. Next: Flaws in the wind power bill are like skating on dull blades. AUGUSTA — Gov. John Baldacci established the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development by executive order on ... 2

  • This 'stache fights cancer: Portland doc leads facial hair fundraiser

    PORTLAND — Growing a mustache to raise awareness of cancer is an oddball thing to do, but Dr. Lou Jacobs is hoping the idea is quirky enough to catch on. The Farmington-born chiropractor and acupuncturist with a busy practice in Portland sports a neatly waxed, handlebar mustache that...

  • So long, for now: Demolition of Red's Dairy Freeze in South Portland takes only minutes

    SOUTH PORTLAND — It took 50 years for Red's Dairy Freeze to build a fanatical following for its frozen soft-serve treats.  But it only took a matter of minutes on Monday for demolition crews to reduce the building at the corner of Cottage Road and Highland Avenue to a pile of ru...