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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    The Creative Economy Summit, sponsored by the city of Portland (and with the Phoenix as a supporting sponsor), drew more than 100 people to City Hall today, but the real impact will begin tomorrow.

    Who will change their behavior as a result of an idea they heard or devised at the summit, which included local artists, politicians, representatives of various businesses and educational institutions, as well as other interested people?



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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    Elizabeth Trice, a local activist and grad student at the Muskie School, has posted a survey online asking for Portlanders' opinions on housing trade-offs. It's a clever idea, mainly because it accepts the traditional (and somewhat anti-postmodernist) notion that to get one thing you want you have to give up something else you want.

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  • May 30, 2006
    By webteam

    A new organization which hopes to reform the 2008 presidential election was launched today, and former Maine Governor Angus King is one of the founders. Unity08 plans to create an alternative ticket for voters, by voters (you can choose the nominees online), which will combine women and men from various parties together on one ticket.

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    The Bangor Daily News is reporting today that while Georgia-Pacific is closing a mill in Maine, it's going to build two new machines at existing mills elsewhere in the US.

    The new machines will produce toilet paper and paper towels, and need to be closer to the markets that are growing, in the south and southeast. We're not sure if this means Mainers use less TP and more cloth towels, or whether we just have a lower demand for paperwork.

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  • May 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Stitchez, the men's clothing store on Congress Street where average nerds could find threads to transform them into super-hip nerds, will shut its doors on June 30. On May 19, owner Jon Gilbert sent out an email to his loyal customers in which he wrote "It is with great sadness that I must announce the closing of Stitchez Clothing - Owning this store, meeting with all my customers and trying to provide some diversity & fun to men’s clothing here in Portland has really been a joy - Unfortunately finances are forcing me to close."

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  • May 23, 2006
    By webteam

    The Taxpayers Network, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that claims to be funded by its “80,000+ members” (and whose tax filings tend to support that - with the bulk of their revenue apparently from dues, a revenue line about in sync with their advertised annual dues), has released its annual "50 State Comparisons" booklet, in which all 50 states (and Washington DC) are listed with data on their demographics, taxes, education, public safety, and other statistics.

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  • May 17, 2006
    By webteam
    A group of local officials from around Maine have gathered together in yet another effort to support renewable energy in Maine.

    Called the Coalition to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil, the Web site-less group is led by Cumberland town councilor Jeff Porter, and includes Carrabassett Valley town manager Dave Cota, Carrabassett selectmen Lloyd Cutler and Bob Luce, former Carrabassett selectman Jay Reynolds, and a former game warden, Duane Lewis Sr.

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  • May 16, 2006
    By webteam

    Note: The original post incorrectly stated that councilor Will Gorham opposed the seat tax increase. He in fact supported it.

    Last night, in a marathon Portland city council meeting about next year's city budget, the council passed a significant operational tax increase on some Old Port bar owners. As part of the $256.

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  • May 15, 2006
    By webteam
    A Bangor Daily News story today quotes Maine secretary of state Matt Dunlap saying the state may not be able to comply with a federal law slated to take effect two years from now. Called the "Real ID" act, the law imposes stricter rules for who can get government-issued identity cards (like driver's licenses) and what information must be stored on them in a format readable by digital scanners.

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  • May 12, 2006
    By webteam
    A slightly nutty contest is approaching, and is seeking Maine-based filmmakers to participate. It's called the 48-Hour Film Project, and describes itself, in an apparent attempt to actually attract movie mavens, as a way to spend "a wild, sleepless weekend."

    On Friday, June 2, those who signed up will get the raw materials of a movie - a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre.

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  • May 11, 2006
    By webteam

    The Bangor Daily News reports today that a tidal energy company in Washington DC may want to install underwater generators in the Penobscot River near Verona Island. Maine Tidal Energy Co. filed a request for a prelimary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This permit is the first step to evaluate whether a large underwater turbine project is feasible in the Penobscot River.

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  • May 10, 2006
    By webteam
    The 7th annual Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll award show is tonight, at the Pavilion, 188 Middle St, Portland. It's the biggest local music event of the year, honoring readers' and fans' choices of which acts and artists are at the top of their game.

    It starts at 6 pm tonight (doors open 5:30 pm). Free admission, free food (get there early for the best pickin's), and Budweiser beer specials.

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  • May 09, 2006
    By webteam

    Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine released a 60 plus page report on how governors in New England can rein in gas costs and fight global warming.

    Jennifer Andersen, outreach coordinator of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Matt Davis, advocate for Environment Maine, released the study, which is endorsed by Peter Cavanaugh, director of operations at Metro, and Carey Kish, manager of the statewide carpooling network Go Maine.

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  • May 08, 2006
    By webteam
    A "news broadside" labeled SUP hit the streets again recently, touting that it is the fifth issue of the publication, but the "first international edition." It's not the main story that's the interesting part, though.

    There's no e-mail address or Web site listed on the double-sided 8.5x11" page, and only one name that appears to give attribution to the author.

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  • May 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Current Publishing, a local newspaper company based in Scarborough, has announced two major developments in the past three weeks. Just today, on the company's Web site (aggregating content from all of its newspapers), is an announcement that the company has bought the Monument newspaper in Gray. And on April 18, the company announced the launch of the Weekly Observer, a weekly tabloid which will cover Sanford, Springvale, Acton, and Lebanon.

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