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  • After three decades, 'right time' for Loughlin to leave Portland PD

    PORTLAND — Assistant Police Chief Joe Loughlin had no intention of becoming a police officer when he graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1975 with a degree in natural science. "I wanted to be a park ranger or naturalist," Loughlin said, but there was a lack of jobs at the time, and th...

  • Portland's Parkside neighborhood gets 'medical home' for those without health insurance

    PORTLAND — The city has used a $1.3 million federal grant to open up a new health care facility in the Parkside neighborhood. The Portland Community Health Center, 180 Parkside Ave., is a full ...

  • SMCC scholarship honors slain Sudanese security guard

    PORTLAND — Reward money intended to help catch a killer is now being used to help Africans enter the law enforcement profession. Southern Maine Community College announced last week that a portion of the $20,000 reward being offered to help solve the murder of James Angelo will be us...

  • The year in review: Beware of snark

    For the last several years, it's been a tradition at The Forecaster to review the last 365 days with a lengthy satire of local news. This year we're trading parody for snark. We've also scrubbed assigning anthems to the faux news stories. Why? Because we're in a recession. Snark is cheaper...

  • Trapped in the Christmas spirit

    Lobsterman Greg Griffin of Cape Elizabeth fashioned this unusual Christmas Tree at his business on Highland Avenue in Scarborough. The traps are decorated with lobster pot markers. Merry Christmas to all

  • Buy Local Scarborough releases guide

    SCARBOROUGH — The first guide from Buy Local Scarborough has been released, featuring 75 member companies. Printed locally by Brown Fox Printing, 1,000 copies of the guide are available in member locations and online at buy...

  • Not on the naughty list

    Willy Bryan, 72, wasn't bashful when Santa patted him on the head for being a good boy this year during a breakfast visit Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bath.

  • Health-care panel rescheduled to Jan. 4 in Cape Elizabeth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Due to a winter storm on Dec. 9, the high school Advanced Placement government class had to reschedule a panel discussion on health-care reform. The public forum is now scheduled for Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 345 Ocean Hou...