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Ex-USM staffers claim age discrimination

In complaints filed with the University of Southern Maine's Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, a state legislator and five former colleagues allege they were discriminated against in a recent department restructuring because of their ages. The comp
Litigation Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2009

FairPoint finally responds ? but not to customers

As the Portland Phoenix went to press, FairPoint Communications was supposed to submit to state regulators its plan for fixing the problems that have plagued the company — and brought in legions of customer complaints
Is anybody home?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 25, 2009
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Congress's war on toys

Incredible, but true: until this past Friday, America was on a fast track to outlaw grandmothers selling children's sweaters for charity.
A new US law threatens to handcuff local indie artisans — and could render certain kids' products contraband
By LISSA HARRIS  |  February 04, 2009
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Congress bans kids from libraries?

Is it possible that Congress has just inadvertently turned millions of children’s books into contraband?
New safety law may prohibit children under 12 from libraries – or make many books illegal
By LISSA HARRIS  |  January 09, 2009

Canadian family keeps their trash

It’s hard to hide from consumerism when the evidence is slowly accumulating in the garage.
Screening
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2008
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Bought and sold

So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
By GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2008


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Ace in the hole

Fairway Solitaire ought to come with a warning label.
Fairway Solitaire  is a stroke of genius
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 14, 2008
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We’re all doing time

The facts are almost unbelievable: As a nation, our incarceration rate is five times what it was 30 years ago and the highest in the world.
Personally
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 29, 2007
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Buy nothing day strikes a blow for compassion

The local incarnation of Buy Nothing Day has grown each year and it continues to get more rooted.
Anti-Consumerism
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006
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Cheap cuts both ways

“Think big-box stores and bargains are synonymous? Think again,” declared a report on buying appliances in the September 2005 issue of Consumer Reports . Inside the box: Portland author Stacy Mitchell explores the real cost of faceless corporate retai
Excerpt from Big-Box Swindle
By STACY MITCHELL  |  November 08, 2006
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Burning money

You’d think, with nearly $30 million to spend on heating oil for poor people this winter, the Maine State Housing Authority would have bargained a pretty good price with the oil dealers, right? Wrong.
State gives extra millions to oil dealers, leaving the poor and elderly out in the cold
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 16, 2006