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The Big Hurt: Cruising with music that floats

I'm not usually one to plan ahead, but let's consider my Valentine's Day nailed down . Buddy, I've got three words for you, plus a number: Boyz II Men Cruise.
Love boat
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 10, 2010

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

Going for 'Distance'

To get an idea of the remarkable sprawl of supplies, clutter, and chaos involved in SPACE Gallery's forthcoming exhibit by Swoon and guest collaborators, "Distance Don't Matter," there are two good places to look: the gallery itself, and SPACE Executiv
From the Dumpster to the Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2009

Larry's Kidney

In this nonfiction account pretty accurately described by the book's subtitle, Daniel Asa Rose accompanies his nebbishy but mobbed-up relative on a mission for a Chinese two-fer: to get the organ he desperately needs and — why not, as long as we're here
Being the true story of how I found myself in China with my black-sheep cousin and his mail-order bride, skirting the law to get him a transplant — and save his life
By DANIEL ASA ROSE  |  July 24, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: April 24,2009

Having worked at Guy Gannett for years, I have sadly watched the papers drop in size, content, quality .
What was once a top-quality, prestigious paper, has surely come down.

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
Non-lethal weapons
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008


Up the Yangtze

Chang sets his camera on a luxury cruise liner sailing up and down the Yangtze.
The new Chinese Dream
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2008

The Big Hurt: Neglected press-release roundup

Nothing shakes off the doldrums like a short vacation to the bottom of the press-release barrel.
Music news that only a publicist could love
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2008

The princess bride

When it comes to weddings, at this point in my life, I have no idea what I should want.
Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007