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  • Portland schools await more state budget cuts

    PORTLAND — The School Committee may have to consider implementing all $3.4 million in cuts identified by the superintendent of schools to cope with the mid-budget curtailment of state education funds. On Friday, Nov. 20, Gov. John Baldacci issued an executive order to cut $63 million...

  • Portland asks federal court to allow code enforcement at Islamic Center

    PORTLAND — The city claims the owner of a Washington Avenue building at the center of a religious rights dispute is not keeping her end of a temporary court agreement. Now, the city is asking the U.S. District Court to allow it to proceed with enforcement to bring unapproved propert...

  • Gun incident comes as Portland schools evaluate security systems, procedures

    PORTLAND — School officials got a sobering reminder last week that they must study and improve security measures, the School Committee chairman said, when a teaching assistant brought a handgun to Riverton Elementary School last week. The teacher's aide is licensed to carry a conceale...

  • Portland author wins National Book Award for civil rights narrative

    PORTLAND — For four years, Portland author Phillip Hoose sought an interview with Claudette Colvin, an African American woman who in 1955 at the age of 15 refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

  • Downtown Portland kicks off holiday season on Friday

    PORTLAND — The city's holiday season kicks off Friday, with the annual tree lighting and horse and train rides. The lights on the city's Christmas tree will be turned on at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in Monument Square. The annual event will feature performances by members of the Portlan...

  • Portland taking steps to calm school-zone traffic on Cumberland Avenue

    PORTLAND — Facing increased pressure from parents and administrators at Portland High School, the city's Public Services Department has agreed to install two flashing yellow lights on Cumberland Avenue. The lights will indicate to drivers that they are about to enter a 15-mph scho...

  • Charter Commission zeroes in on proposal for an elected Portland mayor

    PORTLAND — The Charter Commission is moving closer to recommending the city have a more powerful, popularly elected mayor. Commissioners considered a rough draft Nov. 19 that highlights some of the key points the group has discussed and reached consensus on since the panel was ele...

  • Holiday helpers

    Members of the Interact Club at Yarmouth High School sort and pack toys on Nov. 17 in the high school cafeteria for Operation Christmas Child, a project that sends gifts to needy children around world.