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Will the future of Maine comedy include more of a female presence than in the past?

The club scene itself, it's still a boys' club.
Women's words
By LISA BUNKER  |  March 08, 2013

Brennan takes leading role on school support

Maine's high school graduation rate has improved by five percentage points in four years, the state Department of Education announced earlier this week.
Learning for Dollars  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 01, 2013

Haddocks settling Maine?

It's possible there were human Haddocks in Maine well before the Puritans settled Massachusetts, according to historian J. Dennis Robinson.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 22, 2013

How farmers stay busy during the colder months in Maine

When we think of farms, fruits and vegetables, and the bounty of the garden, we don't usually think of February — at least not in Maine, and definitely not after a blizzard of historic proportions.
A year-round occupation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 15, 2013

A bunch of Maine-related whiskey items, some of them a stretch

How did Blood & Whiskey Studio — a custom-printing business based on Peaks Island — get its name?
By JENNY LONG  |  February 08, 2013

Addicted to bad ideas

Solving Maine's most serious problems would be a lot easier if we could eliminate obviously unworkable solutions from the debate.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 11, 2013


At last: same-sex marriage in Maine!

Thousands of same-sex marriages will take place in the Pine Tree State over the next few years, and it all started at 12:01 am on Saturday, December 29.
Just Married  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 04, 2013

Eat more Maine scallops and pollock, and less imported, farmed salmon and shrimp

Fresh Maine sea scallops (dredged by day-boats or caught by divers) are everywhere this fleeting season, rebounding after a collapse that prompted a three-year-moratorium.
Seafood resolutions
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  January 04, 2013

Medical-marijuana caregivers: a growing need

"Common Sensi" is our new series covering the local impact of a national cannabis revolution.
Common Sensi
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 28, 2012

Prison whistleblower to return to Maine

Maine corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte has notified Deane Brown, the inmate whistleblower who in 2005 was the original source for the Phoenix 's lengthy series on prison abuse, that he will be allowed to return to Maine.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 28, 2012

Finding balance

Balancing the state budget is easy. If by "easy," you mean "ridiculously difficult."
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  December 07, 2012

Maine’s same-sex couples get a New Year’s present

Happy New Year, indeed. On November 6, Mainers United for Marriage celebrated as our state became the first to use a popular election to allow committed same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. On Monday, advocates cheered again, when they heard
License to Wed
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 07, 2012

As marijuana laws ease nationwide, Maine leads — and responds

With a marijuana legalization proposal on the horizon and a medical cannabis program that continues to evolve, Maine is an active participant in the country's pot revolution.
Pot revolution
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2012

Back from the brink

The last two Democrats to run for statewide office in Maine got 32 percent of the vote — combined.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 16, 2012

Maine farmers start growing ginger

When chef Aaron Park pickled a batch of fresh, young ginger this fall, its color amazed him.
Taking root
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  November 09, 2012

Alison Pebworth’s thought-provoking ‘Possibilities’

San Francisco's Alison Pebworth had been doing the usual artist thing — spending months working alone in her studio making elaborately symbolic magic realist paintings and occasionally emerging for a gallery show.
America the ‘Beautiful’
By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012

Meters, smart?

A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2012

Is there a difference between what you like and what is good?

Charlie Gaylord is one of Maine's proprietors of what is good.
Talking about ‘taste’
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 19, 2012

Pot patients could be out in the cold

Mainers who live in federally subsidized low-income housing and legally use marijuana to ease symptoms of chronic conditions may find themselves forced to choose between their shelter and their medicine, if a new Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) pol
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012

Tapley racks up another award

Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley, who has covered conditions in the Maine State Prison and throughout the state's corrections system since 2005, will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for "outstanding advocacy
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 12, 2012

Maine celebrates National Co-op Month

It's the Year of the Dragon (Chinese Zodiac), the Year of the Girl (Girl Scouts of the USA), and, perhaps less well known, the International Year of Cooperatives, according to the United Nations.
Just co-operate!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 12, 2012


Hot Plate: Harvest's honey semolina cake

Brian Mercury’s homemade sea salt tastes exactly like that first time you tried to body-board as a kid, when you wound up face-planting in the surf and were gifted with a mouth- and nose-full of ocean water. In a good way.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 05, 2012

Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
Blown away
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 05, 2012

Drunk money

The Bangor Daily News recently asked its readers in an online poll, "Do you travel to New Hampshire to purchase liquor?" The unscientific results: 42 percent said yes, while 58 percent checked no.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 21, 2012

15 reasons the East-West Highway will never be built (plus a political bonus!)

This past spring, out of the blue, Republican Governor Paul LePage and the GOP-controlled Maine Legislature funded a $300,000 study by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of the feasibility of a corporate-owned, toll superhighway across the m
Analysis: Nails in the coffin
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 07, 2012

Interview: Ray Harrington returns to Maine

This weekend, the transplanted Maine stand-up comedian Ray Harrington appears for a weekend of shows at the Comedy Connection, performing a set that will be recorded for a forthcoming record on, as he puts it, a "legitimate label."
Writing from the stage
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 07, 2012


Maine RNC delegates stand for Paul

At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Maine delegates will probably be seated on the roof, somewhere between Michael Steele and American Samoa.
Convention Report
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012

Solitary confinement: bad for chimps, okay for humans?

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is a key cosponsor of legislation that, among other provisions, would outlaw psychologically damaging solitary confinement for more than 500 chimpanzees caged for research in federally supported laboratories.
Primate Rights  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 24, 2012

What it takes to make films in Maine

After being without one for more than six months, the state Department of Economic and Community Development has hired a new director of the Maine Film Office, which works to lure all image-interested folks, from catalog photographers to big-budget movi
Moving Pictures
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 17, 2012

48 hours with Maine filmmakers

Over the weekend, you may have encountered people dying on the street, staring longingly into mirrors, being tormented by puppets, or any number of other events not normally occurring in this area, strange and creative though its denizens are.
Embedded Reporting