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Review: Scallops and lamb soar at Havana South

If you visit the Web site of Havana South, a new restaurant in the Old Port, you will find a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama looking handsome and happy.
Hitting the high points
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 03, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2010

Anti-solitary campaign expands

As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Back to school

Some of us know (or think we know) our paths from a young age. We follow those trails through 12 years of school, and then four (plus) more. Some of us don't. We flounder, we search, we know what we want but we don't know how to achieve it. The crucial
Coloring outside the educational lines
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2010
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Start tasting

The events of the last decade have spoiled our taste for speculation.
New and renewed flavors in Portland's food scene
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 01, 2010
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Three-hour tours

They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009


Orthodox caveman

Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2009
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Lesbians unite

For centuries, sundry artists have extolled Maine as a locale for all sort of idylls and creations. This weekend, a series of plays will limn our state's romanticism with seductive specificity: as a setting for imaginative and sensual women loving wome
Reclaiming the state's history and image
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 28, 2009
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Greens see red, must seek more green

In a move Maine Green Independent Party leaders say unfairly targets them, but that Maine Democrats say is simply protecting taxpayer money, the Legislature last month passed a law requiring gubernatorial candidates to raise tens of thousands of dollar
Campaign planning
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 31, 2009
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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009

I've got you under my skin

The first rule for running a successful race for governor is never to say anything of substance about anything. Taking even the most innocuous of positions (Do you think Maine should have an official state skin disease?) will only cost a candidate vote
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 12, 2009


Maine Greens readying for 2010

The Maine Green Independent Party, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009, announced its seven-member steering committee after its annual convention in Augusta early this month.
 To the left, to the left
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 15, 2009
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Gulf War vet 'saved' by Phoenix article

Yesterday, we published "Soldiers Committing Suicide," by Jason Notte, and just hours later, Mike Fitzgerald left our Portland editor a voicemail saying he's experiencing the same things a man described in the story had.
Portland Marine Corps vet shares his heart-wrenching story
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 13, 2009
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What I learned from Free Fare Friday

Truth be told, I am an elitist asshole who rarely takes the bus.
Bus stop
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2008
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We told you so

FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008
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Judge orders injections for Maine prisoner

A Maryland court has ordered Maine prisoner Deane Brown to be forcibly injected with insulin, if necessary.
Maryland exile
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 23, 2008


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Symphony of buds

Apart from being an ephemeral player in the local music scene — he played at Strange Maine last fall, while living in Bar Harbor — New Hampshire-based upright bassist Nat Baldwin has some very influential friends.
Nat Baldwin and friends make a familiar but beguiling album
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008
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Earthquake!

Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008

A “good” tax break in the making

Legislative leadership supports it, and so does Governor John Baldacci. Last year, the Taxation Committee gave it a unanimous “ought to pass” report. It looks golden.
Historic rehab
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008

Tear me apart

Are people in southern Maine finally smartening up?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 12, 2007

Nat Baldwin

On record, Baldwin’s songs are lushly arranged and well-populated with guitar and effects.
Music seen at Strange Maine, October 11, 2007
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 24, 2007


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Exiled Maine prisoners report abuse, danger

Maine corrections officials and Governor John Baldacci refuse to comment on them or the state’s responsibility for their care.
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 26, 2007
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Fall out boys and girls

Everything about that sounds worldly and intellectually satisfying, something you could say for much of what’s happening this fall on the local music front.
Somehow, things heat up as summer closes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2007
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Pier pressure

When you go to Old Orchard Beach and ask Barbra Womack where she’s from, she says “down the street.”
Some unlikely players join the fight against the gentrification of Old Orchard Beach
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  August 08, 2007
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Maine prison bosses violate court orders

In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007
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Classic love

Classic summer starts with a rock-and-roll fundraiser?
Romantic performances statewide
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  June 13, 2007


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Ride, don't drive

This summer, with price gouging at the pumps at an all-time high, motoring vacations promise to be an even more miserable travel experience than usual.
Oil companies gouge us every time we get behind the wheel, so try a no-car vacation
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 11, 2007
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Inmate sues prison officials in federal court

Did the Maine Department of Corrections violate the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee by keeping inmate and human-rights activist Deane Brown from contact with the news media?
First amendment watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 18, 2007
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Editors' picks: Food

Spark, Bliss, Pam's Pizza, Duffy's and more. 
Best eats in Quahog County, best Thursday night two-fer, best destination dinner, and more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2007

Statewide protests Saturday

In nearly 100 communities around Maine, citizens will protest the Iraq war on Saturday.
Locals rise up against Iraq war
By BLY LAURITANO-WERNER  |  March 14, 2007