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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
| 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?
| March 25, 2009
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
| February 04, 2009
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
| January 09, 2009
Canadian family keeps their trash
It’s hard to hide from consumerism when the evidence is slowly accumulating in the garage.
| January 30, 2008
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
| January 22, 2008
Ace in the hole
Fairway Solitaire ought to come with a warning label.
Fairway Solitaire is a stroke of genius
| January 14, 2008
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.
| August 29, 2007
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.
| November 15, 2006
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
| November 08, 2006
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
| February 16, 2006
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