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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

Everything you want to know about Massachusetts and medical marijuana but were afraid to ask

Here in Massachusetts and around the country, it's been a celebratory few weeks as marijuana prohibitions have gone up in smoke. But f or doctors, black marketeers, and the entrepreneurs who will soon form Massachusetts's first legal marijuana economy,
Haze of Glory
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  November 16, 2012

No obligations

There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
State laws
By AL DIAMON  |  April 20, 2012

Over-the-border inhumanity

My heart sank when I heard that the Fuentes brothers, who own the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville, had been arrested, their restaurants raided by federal agents.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 14, 2011

A breed apart?

I'm about to stand up for dogs. It must be the heat this weekend, because I'm soooo not a dog person.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 22, 2011

After 'Black Friday,' a local poker player's lament

If you think the only thing on television these days other than those silly P90X infomercials is poker, then you're probably on to something.
Know When To Hold 'Em
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  April 29, 2011


The Royally Screwed Tenenbaum

After more than seven years and dozens of petitions, motions, and court appearances, the title fight over the future of music washed up on the South Boston waterfront this week.
Sharing is caring
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011

Getting rid of e-waste

I'm doing a major apartment clean-up and I'm trying to dispose of my unwanted items as responsibly as possible. I'm recycling (both curbside and through Goodwill) as much as I can. But what to do with the electronic waste I've accumulated over the year
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2011

2011 predictions: Winds of chance

It's impossible to predict the future, obviously, but we at the Phoenix have peered into our crystal ball in search of important issues that will arise in 2011.
A casino, wind-power exploration, fighting hunger, challenging Snowe, and more head our way in 2011
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2010

Know what you're doing

Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
Governors: listen to your legislators
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2010
Florida, not only bestiality-friendly state in nation

Florida, not only bestiality-friendly state in nation

  The most disturbing bit of information from this blog post should not be that Florida struck down a law banning bestiality in its state...
By webteam  |  May 07, 2010


Mysterious announcement on the West End News' Web site about "Portland's First Ever Female-Bodied and Allied Topless Adventure," about which I am struggling to find...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 22, 2010

From the Office of Interdepartmental Cooperation

Hey, pal, where's the fire?
By DAVID KISH  |  February 26, 2010


Amid all the 9/11 memorials and healthcare debates, you might not have heard about a new law that actually will affect your daily life. Specifically,...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 15, 2009