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  • South Portland City Council bans tar sands

    SOUTH PORTLAND —  South Portland made history Monday night when the City Council voted 6-1 to pass a land-use ordinance meant to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the city’s waterfront. It makes South Portland the first municipality in the country to b...

  • Mayor proposes $9.50 Portland minimum wage by 2015

    PORTLAND — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the ...

  • Officials concerned about spread of hemlock-destroying aphid

    HARPSWELL — State entomologists say a woolly adelgid infestation in Cundy's Harbor means the invasion of the hemlock-destroying aphid is farther north than ever and likely spreading. Officials with the state Fo...

  • 2 recommended for Portland school positions

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday is expected to appoint two new school administrators. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. is recommending Ira Waltz as the new principal of Deering High School and Hiram Sibley to fill the assistant principal position at King Middle School.

  • Saving trees to housing the needy: Fact-checking the Democratic candidates for Maine governor

    Editor’s note: Last of a two-part series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the campaign resumes of the candidates for governor. One takes credit for leading the fight to save the Maine forests. One takes credit for lowering M...

  • Highway headache

    Firefighters respond to a fully engulfed truck fire near Exit 22 on southbound Interstate 295 in Freeport shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday, May 14. The driver of the truck, which is owned by Central Maine Disposal, escaped without injuries and said the flames apparently started in the cab's wiring. So...

  • Education alliance offers GPS, vernal pool programs in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — The Cathance River Education Alliance is offering programs on Global Positioning Systems and vernal pools this month. State forester Ken Canfield will discuss GPS at the Ecology Center on the Cathance River Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15. He will ...

  • Magical moment

    The fifth annual Mother-Daughter Princess Tea Party at the South Portland Community Center attracted more than 80 mothers, daughters and grandmothers last week, and found the princesses reaching excitedly for magic dust during a show by Dennis Labbe, a.k.a. Mr. Magic.

  • He rocks

    Roland Charles and his rocks attract a crowd of kids at the Environmental Fair at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland on May 7. The fair, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, included exhibitors from local and state government and non-profit organizations.

  • Trader Joe's files paperwork to open Portland store

    PORTLAND — Trader Joe's this week submitted an application to open a store in the former Wild Oats space on Marginal Way. The application, received by the city clerk's office May 10, says Trader Joe's would operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, and sell beer and wine. ...