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  • Hill-Christian to be acting city manager in Portland

    PORTLAND — Deputy City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian awaits only a Wednesday, Sept. 3, City Council vote to be named acting city manager. The vote is scheduled immediately after councilors formally accept the resignation of City Manager Mark Rees, who will step down that day. Hill-Ch...

  • Brunswick pair charged with federal tax-evasion scheme

    BRUNSWICK — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s for allegedly conspiring to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. ...

  • Police identify man sought in connection with stolen checks

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Police say they have tentatively identified a man who has allegedly been cashing checks stolen in recent burglaries. Based on tips received from the public, Sgt. Steven Webster said police are looking for 40-year-old Kenneth Jackson, who was described as being 6 f...

  • Portland kickball team eliminated by eventual champs

    PORTLAND — The top-seeded Portland All Stars Only kickball team was booted from the 72-team World Adult Kickball Association Founder's Cup tournament in Las Vegas last weekend before the quarterfinal round. The All Stars Only team rolled through early games, with victories of 12-...

  • University of Southern Maine Osher Map Library to reopen in Portland

    PORTLAND — After being closed for nearly two years, the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine will open its doors to researchers and the general public this weekend with a range of events. The reopening of the map library at the corner of Bedford Street and Forest...

  • District 1 seat is Portland's only City Council contest

    PORTLAND — The three City Council seats up for election on Nov. 3 generated little interest from candidates, with only one contested race. Four residents of Peaks Island are also running unopposed to serve on the Peaks Island Council. Marjorie Phyfe, a Sandpiper Road resident, and Rut...

  • Only 1 contested race in Portland School Committee election

    PORTLAND — There are three seats up for election Nov. 3 on the School Committee. But only the ballot in District 2, which represents the West End and Parkside, has a contested race. In District 1, newcomer Jenna Vendil, 25, is running unopposed for the seat being vacat...

  • Portland neighborhoods get go-to police officers

    PORTLAND — The Portland Police Department is now only a text message or phone call away for residents concerned about crime or other issues in their neighborhoods. Police Chief James Craig on Oct. 9 unveiled the department's new "Senior Lead Officer" program, which makes... 1

  • Car excise tax: Too high or necessary?

    Maine voters get the chance to vote for lower motor vehicle excise taxes, thanks to a citizen's initiative that placed it on the Nov. 3 ballot, though municipal officials who oppose the change say there will be consequences if the question is approved. The proposal would cut motor vehicle exci...

  • Time to give up on school consolidation?

    Since its passage in 2007, Maine's school consolidation law has been the subject of much debate, from parents at school board meetings to lawmakers in Augusta. Now Mainers will decide whether or not to repeal the law, which appears as Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The law was designed to re...