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Review: Brooklyn Castle

Katie Dellamaggiore's sweet, winning documentary spends one year with the chess team at Intermediate School 318, an inner-city junior high in Brooklyn, where despite a 70 percent poverty rate, the kids, grades 6-9, routinely win national championships.

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 16, 2012
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Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
Jekyll and Hyde
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012

Context: What teachers are for

How can it be called teaching if someone stands at the front of the class and delivers facts? A textbook can do that.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, September 16, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 16, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011

Don't sweat your major — you'll probably change your mind anyway

Chances are that two of you have no friggin' idea what you want to do with your lives, and the one of you who does will change his or her mind by age 25.
Throwing it all away
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011


Budget!!!!


Listen, everyone. We'll have more on the budget moving forward, I'm sure. I'm heading up to Augusta on Wednesday to attend the Maine People's Alliances...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 07, 2011

Protect teachers' pensions

Our governor proposes more money for K-12 education, no cuts in funding for higher education, and increased funding for Medicaid. Good for almost everyone. He also promises to lower the personal state income tax for upper-income earners, and to eliminat
Letters to the Portland Editor, February 25, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 25, 2011
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Future teachers

Newly certified teachers get a wake-up call.
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By DAVID KISH  |  November 19, 2010
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Boston tucks away a $125 million windfall

As debate continues over the city’s finances — and whether the city of Boston can afford firefighters’ raises, branch libraries, community-center staffing, and other costs in tight times — the city is planning to quietly tuck away a one-time windfall of
More for Moneybags?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 21, 2010

Teachers back Allen, but only because he's a Dem


Back in July, the Maine Education Association - the 25,000-member union representing Maine's teacher...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 30, 2008