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  • Portland teachers contract freezes salaries in 1st year

    PORTLAND — The School Board unanimously agreed to a new two-year contract with city teachers on Dec. 16. The agreement freezes salaries in the first year and provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase in the second year. The contract also includes more instructional time for...

  • Portland lights up the winter solstice

    Headlights streak around Portland's holiday-bedecked Longfellow Square in this long-exposure photo taken on the winter solstice, Sunday, Dec. 21. Sunset was 4:06 p.m. on the shortest day of the year; by Christmas, sunset will occur a few minutes later at 4:09 p.m.   

  • Scarborough library seeks donations for book sale

    SCARBOROUGH — The Friends of the Scarborough Public Library are soliciting gently used books for the annual book sale in June. Books may be dropped off at the library during normal business hours. Textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines and condensed books are not needed. All proc...

  • Closing a chapter in Brunswick

    Another milestone was reached Tuesday, March 30, in the closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station, with the disestablishment after 37 years of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5, the operational U.S. Navy Air Wing on the base. In a rain-soaked ceremony, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole O'Donnell, right, re...

  • South Portland school custodian faces weapon charge

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A custodian who apparently injured himself with a folding knife in the School Department administrative office has been barred from school grounds. Police were called to 120 Wescott Road, shortly after 10:30 a.m. on March 24 for a medical emergency. Police Lt....

  • Bar board reprimands South Portland attorney

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A South Portland attorney has been reprimanded by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for failing to properly supervise his non-lawyer staff. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on March 25 suspended attorney Paul Latourneau from practicing law for six months. The s...

  • Friends, foes greet Obama in Portland

    PORTLAND — President Barack Obama's visit to Portland on a nearly 70-degree day Thursday brought out hundreds of fans and foes alike. Obama's visit was one stop on a cross-country tour to promote the benefits of a sweeping health-care reform law he signed into law just over a week ag...

  • Obama touts health-care reform benefits in crowd-pleasing speech at Portland Expo

    PORTLAND — While the crowd outside the Exposition Building expressed mixed opinions about President Barack Obama and his new health-care reform law, inside thousands of spectators were so excited they cheered for the microphone check Thursday afternoon. President Obama visited the ci...

  • Full text of President Obama's speech in Portland

    PORTLAND — Here is the full text of President Barack Obama's remarks on health-care reform, as prepared for delivery on Thursday, April 1, at the Portland Expo: Hello, Portland! It is so good to be back in the great state of Maine. When I came here during the campaign, I made...

  • Cape students, residents urge caution on budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Nearly 125 residents, students, parents and teachers gathered in the high school cafeteria Wednesday, March 31, to discuss the fiscal year 2011 school budget proposals. The School Board has met six times to discuss three budget scenarios: • A zero pe...