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  • 'Escape room' games arrive in Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn't some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It's the latest, trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it's happening in Portland a...

  • Portland's debt a 'scary monster in the closet'

    PORTLAND — About 18 hours after the four members of the City Council Finance Committee opposed the new $225 million municipal budget, they warned city debt is becoming unsustainable. "We need to put ourselves on a bit of a diet with the capital improvement plan and make some tough de...

  • Cumberland CMP hearing postponed to Jan. 26

    CUMBERLAND — Weather forced postponement of Tuesday's Planning Board meeting to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Town Hall. A public hearing on a Central Maine Power Co. transmission substation was on the agenda and will instead be held next Wednesday. CMP is seeking major site plan app...

  • UPDATE: Portland police arrest supermarket robbery suspect

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A man arrested in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery within a 24-hour period is currently being held on $50,000 cash bail. Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers said in a press release that 45-year-old Howard Gribbin was arrested on Tuesday evening afte...

  • Panel to update Peaks Island residents on secession from Portland

    PEAKS ISLAND — The Peaks Island Independence Committee on Sunday will meet with residents about the latest effort to secede from the city of Portland. PIIC member Rand Gee said the meeting will update residents on the status of a secession bill that has been submitted to the state Le...

  • Developer: Portland housing market remains strong

    PORTLAND — The city's housing market is good, even great, according to developer Greg Shinberg. You just have to build what people want. "The downtown market for condominiums in Portland is still very good," Shinberg said, as he led a tour of one of the two-bedroom condos at his most...

  • Dining Dish: Spring to bring a slew of new restaurants

    Steve and Michelle Corry, owners of five fifty-five on Congress Street in Portland, plan to open a new restaurant named Petite Jacqueline at 190 State St., the former home of Evangeline. They were granted a ... 2

  • Portland had 25% of Maine's homicides in 2010

    PORTLAND — The Police Department is pushing back against the Maine Department of Public Safety for calling the city's performance "disappointing" in a review of 2010 homicides.  DPS spokesman Stephen McCausland reported the statewide homicide statistics in a Jan. 7 newsletter.

  • Portland, MCLU reach agreement on rules for small religious gatherings

    PORTLAND — Followers of a small mosque and Islamic center at 978 Washington Ave. will be allowed to continue meeting after a lawsuit filed by the Maine Civil Liberties Union against the city was settled last week. As a result, it will be easier for all small religious groups to meet,...

  • Portland gets $200K to plan high school education reforms

    PORTLAND — The School Department will soon begin planning a new education model for all four of the city's high schools. The goal is find ways to better engage students who are at risk of dropping out, while inspiring others to perform better by increasing the relevance of their less...