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  • Plan for Portland-Auburn commuter train gets ‘game changer’ grant

    PORTLAND, Maine — A long envisioned passenger rail service connecting Portland with Auburn took another important step forward Thursday as a national Realtors group announced it has awarded a grant to study, in part, new ways to fund the 29-mile public transit line. The promise of a ...

  • Maine entrepreneurs take a lesson from Google

    PORTLAND — C.H. Becksvoort, a maker of fine furniture in New Gloucester, is on the Web, but not enough potential customers are finding their way to the site. So Peg Becksvoort spent Friday morning with some experts in se...

  • ACLU leader coming to Portland

    PORTLAND — American Civil Liberties Union President Susan Herman is scheduled to speak May 6 at the Maine School of Law. Herman, a centennial professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and an expert on the Supreme Court and criminal procedure, will deliver a speech called "Tortu...

  • Craig to be sworn in as Portland top cop

    PORTLAND — James Craig will be sworn in as the city's 18th police chief Friday, during a ceremony at City Hall. Craig was selected to become police chief in February by City Manager Joe Gray, and the City Council approved Gray's pick unanimously March 2. Craig is a 28-...

  • Update: Health, public safety officials urge swine flu calm

    PORTLAND — A group of regional public health officials, emergency responders and doctors said Tuesday afternoon that they are ready for any massive outbreak of the swine flu that has killed nearly 150 people in Mexico and sickened dozens in the U.S. and other countries. At a pres...

  • Portland Police Beat

    4/22 at 5:01 a.m. Lee Major, 52, of Portland, was arrested by Officer David Mulry on a charge of criminal trespass. 4/22 at 2:05 a.m. Everett Meserve, 52, was arrested by Officer Matthew Eide on a charge of criminal trespass. 4/2...

  • Portland budget expected to get panel's nod

    PORTLAND — The Finance Committee was expected Tuesday night to forward a $189 million city budget to the full City Council for approval. The committee instructed city staff to find $137,000 in cuts to the budget City Manager Joe Gray proposed earlier this month, in order to keep t...

  • Shooting victim not unknown to Portland police

    PORTLAND — Police say David Okot, the man officers shot and killed over the weekend, had more than 50 documented contacts with police and at least eight arrests and convictions. Okot's family also once filed a lawsuit claiming excessive use of force by police against Okot.

  • Vandals tag Riverton school in Portland

    PORTLAND — When teachers, parents and students returned to Riverton Elementary School from vacation on Monday they were greeted with evidence of what the principal called the worst case of vandalism the school has experienced. Vandals tagged all areas of the school that were not ...

  • Portland seeks input on redesign of West End park

    PORTLAND — A West End park is being eyed for renovations and the city is looking for neighborhood input to help craft a plan for its future. Taylor Street Park, also known as MacIntyre Park, is tucked between Emery and May streets and includes a play area, benches and a basketball...