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Dirty money

As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
In memory of Brewster
By AL DIAMON  |  August 05, 2011

Portland’s medical-pot prognosis: Keep patients waiting

The bloom is off the buds, that's for sure.
Stoned-walling
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 22, 2011

A breed apart?

I'm about to stand up for dogs. It must be the heat this weekend, because I'm soooo not a dog person.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 22, 2011
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A true Jewel

People from Biddeford will happily tell you, in a tone meant to convince someone not likely to believe it, "we actually have really good Indian food here." I checked and it's true: the Biddo's got good Indian, at the Jewel of India — a family-run place
Biddo's best Indian expands to South Portland
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2010
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A true Jewel

People from Biddeford will happily tell you, in a tone meant to convince someone not likely to believe it, "we actually have really good Indian food here." I checked and it's true: the Biddo's got good Indian, at the Jewel of India — a family-run place
Biddo's best Indian expands to South Portland
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2010

From away, here to stay: Out-of-towners settle down in Maine

I'm becoming a hick. Or so I'm being told more and more lately.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 2010


Deer Tick

At SPACE Gallery, April 4
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2010

Kooksville

As every sane Mainer knows, the wackiest ideas for improving this state come from people in the immediate vicinity of Portland.
Might be something in the water
By AL DIAMON  |  March 26, 2010

New ways to prevent domestic violence

About eight months ago, the Sanford-based anti-domestic-violence organization Caring Unlimited launched a court-monitoring program that placed observers in York County courtrooms to take notes on domestic-violence case proceedings.
Following Up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010
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Community building

"This is the vestibule," Blainor McGough says, gesturing at the entryway as she welcomes me into the former St. Ansgar's church on Mayo Street. She then explains that the purpose of the vestibule was to heighten people's experience as they enter the ch
Mayo Street Arts opens the doors
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 12, 2010

A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 2010


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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010
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Hope and energy

As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 2010

Hope springs Eternal Otter

The latest scuttlebutt on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ray Lamontagne, and more.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Winged migration

Since their start in the middle of the decade, Brown Bird have been one of the region's go-to chamber-folk outfits, with a couple of dark and stormy albums earning them a following in various nooks of New England. The release of their latest album, Th
Brown Bird and South China fracture and cohere
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2009

Catching up with FairPoint’s decline

We've been telling you for ages how bad the FairPoint deal was for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
On the Ropes Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 27, 2009


Brown Bird in Williamsburg

Along with other Mainers in Brooklyn this weekend playing at the Slumberland Records 20th anniversary celebration, Maine/Rhode Island chamber-folk standouts Brown Bird were also in the borough, playing the narrow Williamsburg bar Spike Hill Sunday nigh
Road Trip
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2009

Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2009

Suspect speaks; victim’s family begins $1-million-plus lawsuit

The widow of Sheldon Weinstein, the Maine State Prison inmate who died in April several days after allegedly being beaten by inmates, has taken the first step toward filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against prison guards, Department of Corrections “policy
 Prison Homicide
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 06, 2009

Haunted Shipyard

Guitar World recently gave credit to KISS for turning “party” into a verb.
Jodi Explodi deliver ghosts of Halloween past
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 30, 2009

Music Seen: Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies

Frost-inducing temperatures finally hit Southern Maine on Monday, but there was mulled wine to help keep warm at the Hogfarm Studio Annex.
At Hogfarm Studio Annex, October 12
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  October 16, 2009


A child shall lead them

There's good news from Sanford: my hometown is experiencing a surfeit of leadership, and it's manifesting itself in a couple of areas.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 09, 2009

The winner and other losers

By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2009

Doom predictions

Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
Gays into the crystal ball
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2009

Holy Boys and Sea Captains

• The HOLY BOYS DANGER CLUB are making a real go of it. They've made a video for "Criminal," off the Lessons for Liars EP from earlier this year. GUY MANLY VIDEOS , who crafted the Cambiata documentary, did the filming. Check the brand-new   www.holy
Sibilance
By PORTLAND MUSIC PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009

Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009


Escape from the chicken coop

In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2009
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Every Friday there's an art walk

This Friday, as the first Friday of every month, Portland art-lovers will wander the streets, checking out the latest and greatest our galleries, museums, and shops have to offer. Nearby communities have their own versions, too.
Portland’s creativity is on display any time you care to look
By ANNA PEROCCHI  |  August 07, 2009
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Hot summer nights

If the coming week is indicative of anything, it's that this is going to be one busy summer. Discs have been flooding into the office and there's no end in sight. In an effort to keep up, here's a collection of four reviews for albums being released be
Before the solstice hits, four albums drop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 12, 2009

Portland Music News: May 29, 2009

Mike Clougs, Monsoon, Anna's Ghost, and more
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 29, 2009