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  • South Portland City Council enacts tar sands ban

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city made history Monday night when city councilors voted 6-1 for a land-use ordinance designed to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the waterfront. The law – widely expected to be challenged by the oil industry – makes ...

  • 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 ...

  • South Portland appointment puts environment over development

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Judy Carpenter's 20 years of service on the Planning Board came to a close this week after Mayor Tom Blake chose not to reappoint her to the at-large seat. Blake said he valued Carpenter's service to the community, but felt it was time for a change. Last week, th...

  • 10 Cape students suspended after alcohol charges

    Teenagers charged at Maine Drama Festival  CAPE ELIZABETH — Ten Cape Elizabeth High School students have been suspended, school officials said, after a group was charged with underage drinking at the Maine Drama Festival Class B finals on March 21 at Rockland District High...

  • Fired South Portland worker seeks layoff probe

    Public rally planned April 6 at City Hall SOUTH PORTLAND — One of the five veteran city employees who were laid off last month is calling for an independent investigation into how the workers were selected and how the layoffs were carried out. Deb Smith, the f...

  • South Portland Planning Board OKs zone change for Jetport expansion

    Maine Aviation project to break ground this summer, too SOUTH PORTLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved zone changes for an expansion of the Portland International Jetport. The changes, which must still be addressed by the City Council, wou...

  • Scarborough sharpshooters

    Club says interest rising for firearms training SCARBOROUGH — Depending on your generation, you might think of John Wayne, Charlie's Angels or Jack Bauer when you hear that somebody is packing heat. But movie and TV stereotypes rarely imitate life, and the ...

  • Ethics commission fines Scarborough racino committee

    AUGUSTA — After more than three hours of testimony and deliberation Thursday, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices imposed a $12,250 penalty on the political action committee behind last fall's failed attempt to allow a racino in Scarborough. The Scar...

  • Battle line drawn: Brunswick council backs 1998 border decision

    Gerzofsky: No compelling reason to reverse agreement   BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday unanimously endorsed a 1998 state decision that settled a border dispute with Harpswell, a move that challenges their neighbor's recent Town Meeting vote to revisit the matter. ...

  • Kindergarten parents upset about Falmouth schedule change

    FALMOUTH — Plans for a 2.5-day public school kindergarten program next fall that eliminates the option of five half-days aren't sitting well with some parents. Educators at Lunt School piloted the new program, which requires two full days and one half day, last school year with ...