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  • 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...

  • '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...

  • Secession, public safety on agenda for Peaks Island residents

    PORTLAND — The Peaks Island Council will hold two meetings this weekend focusing on public safety and secession from the city. The council has scheduled a public safety meeting for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at either the Inn on Peaks Island or the MacVane Community Center. A straw p...

  • Portland mayor calls for 'vigilant watch' on Augusta

    PORTLAND — Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, leading the City Council for a second consecutive year, said Monday that he hopes to capitalize on an electorate energized by the November elections. Also, in a nod to the tide that swept Republicans into control of state government, Mavodones in ...

  • Portland chamber members going mobile

    PORTLAND — The Portland Regional Chamber has gone mobile. Last week, the chamber announced a new smartphone application that will make it easier for shoppers to find local shops and bargains.  Spokeswoman Laura LeBrun said the app will eventually be available for download...

  • Sudanese to rally in Portland for Darfur independence

    PORTLAND — The Sudanese community is coming together Thursday for a Monument Square rally to draw attention to continued violence in their former homeland. Organized by the Fur Cultural Revival and Sudanese Community Association of Maine, the rally will be held from noon to 2 p.m. an...

  • Portland tests camera-activated crosswalk signals

    PORTLAND — New crossing signals that use video cameras to detect pedestrians are being tested at two city intersections. The systems being tested at the Commercial-Franklin street and Park-Deering avenue intersections are designed to make it safer for pedestrians, especially the visu...

  • Running for Boys and Girls: Portland woman plans cross-country trek

    Zoe Romano, 23, runs in Portland with the stroller that will carry her supplies across the country. Romano will leave Jan. 8 from Huntington Beach, Calif., en route to Charleston, N.C., to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

  • The day the music died: Business as usual on Portland's Munjoy Hill

    PORTLAND — On North Star Music Cafe’s last afternoon of business, owner Kim Anderson was out of bread. “Business as usual,” she said. North Star was a cafe without coffee. A piece of notebook paper on the counter announced what was left to eat and drink, with...

  • Welcoming the wreaths

    Hundreds of people greet a caravan of vehicles at Cheverus High School in Portland on Sunday where the Wreaths Across America project stopped on its way to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.