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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 ...

  • 'Where will we be next?': Recovery slow a year after deadly Yarmouth explosion

    YARMOUTH — From rental homes and staying with relatives, to apartments and extended stays at hotels, Rosemary and Robert MacKay have moved eight times in the last year. That was when their Gables Drive home was destroyed in a deadly explosion, and there's still no end to their s...

  • Falmouth man pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

    FALMOUTH — Adam White, 27, of Rockaway Drive, on June 19 pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

  • Leeman to leave Portland City Council

    PORTLAND — City Councilor Cheryl Leeman, a two-time mayor, longtime councilor and former School Committee member, Tuesday announced she will not seek re-election this fall. “Although I have enjoyed my work on the City Council, I am calling it quits. I plan to spend more time wi...

  • Falmouth councilors pick Farber for chairwoman

    FALMOUTH — At its first meeting since Election Day, the Town Council elected a new chairwoman, reviewed a zoning ordinance amendment, and made a cost-saving change to its five-year Capital Improvement Plan. On June 18, Karen Farber, a former School Board member who has now served two...

  • Builder tests market with energy-efficient home in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — When Josh Wojcik decided to launch Upright Properties, a construction company specializing in energy-efficient homes, by doing its first project in Yarmouth, he knew he was taking a major risk. But he was confident it would be a risk worth taking. "There's a real en...

  • History pulls into Maine ports with the Nina and Pinta

    HARPSWELL — On a recent afternoon, bright sun bathed anxious crowds pouring down a South Harpswell pier to climb aboard two squat black vessels berthed in the green waters of Pott's Harbor. The two ships, exact replicas of the Nina and Pinta – two of the three ships Christ...

  • For women in Cumberland, it's run early, feel better

    CUMBERLAND — Why anyone would want to get out of bed early enough for a 5:30 a.m. running group? Just ask one of the more than 40 women who are participating this summer in "Run and Done," which meets at the Greely High School parking lot every Tuesday morning. The group's goa...

  • Portland art collective falls victim to rising rents, demand for space

    PORTLAND — After more than five years at 511 Congress St., evolving economic realities are forcing Constellation Gallery to search for a new home. The gallery and studio, which serves as a home base for the 30 or so members of the Maine Art Collective, has never been a moneymake...