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Silenced on campus

As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.
The college Muzzles
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 22, 2013
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USM prof: Teaching is about spirit, not data

Making an impassioned plea for humanistic considerations to remain paramount in our societal discussion about education and its continual improvement, University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jeremiah Conway follows his own advice.
The turning of souls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 25, 2013
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The secret world of USM’s Blade Society

It's a Tuesday night at the University of Southern Maine gym and Rob Tupper is leading a small group of fencing students through an exercise that looks like a cross between a line dance and an army drill.
Anything but ‘mundane’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 18, 2012
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Restaurant composting closes another local-food loop

You — or your neighbor — may do it at home, but now area restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores are also reducing their waste and producing rich soil by turning food scraps and paper products into compost.
Eat your waste
By AMY ANDERSON  |  April 27, 2012

Will the next Keystone fight happen in New England?

We may have narrowly avoided Keystone XL (for now), but local environmental activists say that Maine and New England are not safe from "the dirtiest oil on earth," with a huge Canadian oil company seeking other routes to pump crude oil out of Alberta.
Dirty business
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 10, 2012
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The second half of the season brings surprises

Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
Comedy and danger
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 30, 2011


The poetry of tough decisions

Nationally acclaimed poet Arielle Greenberg and her husband had a marriage license and a death certificate (of a baby that died in utero) from Belfast town hall, but until this summer, they still lived full-time in Chicago, where Greenberg taught poe
Writers talk
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 02, 2011
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USM’s Bridge leads from safety to tragedy

"Justice is very important here," intones Mr. Alfieri (Patrick Molloy), an aged Italian-American lawyer and the sorrowful Greek chorus of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge .
Shifting ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2011

OccupyMaine sets up camp

After a rain-drenched initial weekend, the folks at OccupyMaine's area in Monument Square have settled in for the long haul.
Activism Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 07, 2011
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Put your money where your home is

FDIC statistics show that in Cumberland County, more than 80 percent of the market share of deposits is in TD Bank, Key Bank, or Bank of America.
Better Banking Bureau
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2011
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The LePage Files

Confidential administration dossiers show Governor Paul LePage crafted significant portions of his regulatory reform agenda by literally copying and pasting passages from the memos his staff received from corporate lobbyists and their clients, turning sw
Confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  July 22, 2011


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A rose for Charlie, in song

On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
In Memoriam
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011
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Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011
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Lock-up lessons

Fixing Maine’s troubled prisons is not an impossible task. In fact, if the state treated adult inmates more along the lines of how it treats juvenile offenders, prison critics — including, surprisingly, the new corrections commissioner, Joseph Ponte — t
The new corrections commissioner wants Maine prisons to learn from the state’s juvenile-treatment model
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 08, 2011
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Reaching a new frontier

Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011
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Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
(Bitter)sweet emotion
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2011


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Review: USM's production of Pinter's Betrayal

For years, married literary agent Jerry (Sage R. Landry) has conducted a love affair with Emma (Meredith Lamothe), the wife of his best friend, Robert (Patrick Molloy), a book publisher.
Affairs of memory
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 19, 2010

Says You! live taping at USM


At 1 pm today, the University of Southern Maine hosts a live taping of the popular NPR show Says You!, an unsnobbish program of "wordplay...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

[live video] UPDATED: Lady Gaga on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at Deering Oaks


That's right -- as we reported earlier, Lady Gaga has decided to get up on a soapbox about DADT at a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 20, 2010
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Fall Arts Preview: Not quite Oklahoma!

Perhaps the most anticipated Maine premiere this season is the darkly caustic family apocalypse of August: Osage County (October 14-November 7), the much-lauded 2007 tragicomedy by Tracey Letts, to be produced by the GOOD THEATER .
August: Osage County + steampunk robots
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 17, 2010


My new excuse

Charlie Colgan isn't to blame for all the mistakes made by . . . uh . . . Charlie Colgan.
Whatever Colgan does, it's not his fault
By AL DIAMON  |  September 10, 2010

Portland Chamber Music Festival at USM's Abromson Center


The Portland Chamber Music Festival, a star-studded annual concert series devoted to both classics and new and innovative music, wraps up at USM's Abromson Center...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2010
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Preparing for June 8

Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
Candidate breakdown for districts 114. 116, and 119
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2010

How can those in the box think outside of the box?

I was disgusted on multiple levels with what the article revealed about the Maine State Prison.
Letters to the Portland editor, May 14, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 14, 2010


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In search of light

Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and
USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2010
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Maine women take to the gridiron

Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Full Contact
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2010
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Pot bill progresses in Augusta

At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010

The cost of torture

In the end, whether mass solitary confinement continues at the Maine State Prison supermax may come down to an issue of money rather than right or wrong. And resolving that issue may come down to whether the state wants to pay more now to pay less in the
Solitary Confinement Bill Hearing
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 26, 2010