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  • South Portland City Council bans tar sands

    SOUTH PORTLAND —  South Portland made history Monday night when the City Council voted 6-1 to pass a land-use ordinance meant to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the city’s waterfront. It makes South Portland the first municipality in the country to b...

  • Mayor proposes $9.50 Portland minimum wage by 2015

    PORTLAND — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the ...

  • New Hampshire man admits starting fires in Yarmouth, York

    PORTLAND — Everett S. Stickney of Exeter, N.H., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of arson for fires that destroyed more than two dozen businesses in January at 500 Route 1 in Yarmouth and at a York office building. He also pleaded guilty to a third count of po...

  • Veranda Street bridge to close June 24 for up to 3 months

    PORTLAND — The Veranda Street bridge will close for three months next week so crews can replace the 1920s-era span. Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Wentworth said the street will be closed to vehicular traffic for about three months starting on Wednesday, June 24....

  • Speed dating for a good cause launches in Portland

    PORTLAND — April LaFrance noticed what many members of the city's young adult population have come to accept as a depressing truth in an otherwise fabulous town: the dating scene leaves much to be desired. "I have a lot of single friends and found that it is especially difficult ...

  • South Portland firefighter dies on duty

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Hundreds of people attended funeral services Tuesday in Biddeford for a South Portland firefighter who died on duty last week.  Fire Department spokesman Lt. Robb Couture said Debra Cole had a stroke and collapsed while working an overtime shift on June 10 at th...

  • SAD 75 board votes to close West Harpswell School

    TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors voted Thursday night to close the West Harpswell School after the 2009-2010 school year. The vote was 13-1, with Jane Meisenbach casting the dissenting vote. School board members said the decision was...

  • Police plan June 17 community forum

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Police Department has scheduled a community forum on Wednesday, June 17, from 6-8 p.m., at the Community Center to discuss crime trends and other issues. A press release from the department said the purpose is to develop a mutual understanding between police ...

  • City to hold public forum on armory

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A community forum about the future of the former National Guard Armory will be held Wednesday, June 17, from 7-9 p.m., in the council chambers of City Hall, 25 Cottage Road. City officials are considering rezoning the armory and about 2.5 acres of land, purchased...