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  • Southern Maine schools prohibit some restraints as state considers policy changes

    PORTLAND — After school superintendents received two letters from the state Department of Education – one in July 2009, the second last September – several southern Maine schools have updated their therapeutic restraint and seclusion policies to prohibit holds that res... 1

  • Portland council requires cameras outside Bayside bar

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday approved an 18-month contract that includes raises for police officers. But much of the council's meeting was spent discussing a Bayside bar. Rockin' Rickey's Tavern, 94 Portland St., received its liquor license from the City Council, but ...

  • Cohen, credited with restoring voter trust, ends tenure as Portland city clerk

    PORTLAND — Linda Cohen said she tries not to think "lasts." Not the last time she will climb the winding staircase at City Hall. Not the last birth, marriage or death she will certify. But Friday, Jan. 7, will be full of lasts, when Portland's city clerk for the last decade st...

  • Passport security concerns put squeeze on municipal services

    HARPSWELL — A change in federal law governing handling of passport applications is causing problems for some towns, and may cost them thousands of dollars in income. The change prevents offices that provide certified copies of birth certificates from also processing passport applicat...

  • UPDATED: Maine PUC to probe CMP 'smart' meter policy

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced Tuesday that it will investigate Central Maine Power Co.'s installation of "smart" electric meters. The probe was sought in complaints asking the regulatory agency to require CMP to offer customers a formal opt-out provision. ... 1

  • Looking for a sign: Portland police need help

    PORTLAND — Welcome to Portland? Not if you're a motorist driving into the city along the Fore River Parkway to West Commercial Street. That's because Portland police are looking for the public's help finding a 5-by-8-foot "Welcome" sign that was stolen in early December.

  • Ethics complaint filed over Portland Press Herald donation to proponents of mayoral election

    PORTLAND — An opponent of the successful effort to have an elected mayor has filed a formal ethics complaint over nearly $47,000 in free advertising provided to the campaign by The Portland Press Herald. Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethic...

  • Surf's up

    A solitary surfer rides the waves at Higgins Beach in Scarborough during a snow storm last week. The beach has been a topic of discussion as surfers and beachgoers fight for the right to park along nearby streets, while some Higgins Beach residents lobby the Town Council to protect their neighbor...