David Bidler

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Paleo in Maine explores a new old way of eating

Portland-based fitness coach and activist David Bidler has written and self-published a new book, Paleo in Maine , exploring the ins and outs of following a "paleo" diet, an eating style popularized by physiologist Loren Cordain, based on the available
The modern caveman
By DAVID BIDLER  |  April 20, 2013

AG exonerates guards

Critics of the state's prison system will press for an independent investigation after expressing dismay with the attorney general's long-delayed conclusion October 28 that Maine State Prison inmate Victor Valdez died last November from "a natural death.
Valdez prison death
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2010

Time for law to end torture

In a collaborative effort between human-rights activists and incarcerated Mainers, a bill to end the use and abuse of solitary confinement has been drafted and will be submitted to legislators soon.
Letters to the Portland Editor, September 18, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 18, 2009

Prison ‘troublemaker’ confronts racism, medical abuse

Vacillating between grit and despair — between aggressive lawsuits and suicide attempts — Deane Brown, the prisoner who in 2005 blew the whistle on the torture of mentally ill inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement “Supermax” unit, is s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 11, 2009

Torture for the hostage-taker?

Will Michael Chasse, the inmate who allegedly held two people hostage on June 30 at the Maine State Prison, now be tortured by Governor John Baldacci’s administration?
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 09, 2008

Promoting human rights at home

“We have a holier-than-thou” attitude in the United States about human-rights violations abroad, said Bart Carhart, a student organizer of the new Amnesty International chapter at the University of Southern Maine.
The enemy within
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 02, 2008


Three prison-reform events

Three events centered on Martin Luther King Day will kick off a prison-reform movement in Maine.
Getting organized
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 16, 2008

Group seeks to hold Maine to UN standard

Next week Portland-based prison activists will be knocking on Munjoy Hill doors.
Outlawing torture
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: May 4, 2007

God bless the First Amendment.
Go, Lance, go!