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  • November 28, 2006
    By webteam
    We received the following e-mail just now, and it bears reading. (Our comments in red; please add your comments below.) As you'll see, facts don't get in the way of an impassioned argument, and the opinion of the majority of Americans has little connection with these folks' reality. Enjoy.


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




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  • November 28, 2006
    By webteam
    A 20-page report on Portland’s “creative economy,” supplemented by 100-plus pages of “attachments,” used dozens of buzzwords to rehash a meeting that happened six months ago, and left to the imagination most specifics about who, or what, will happen next in the city's efforts to support artists.

    The folks being nominated to pick up the torch as part of the Creative Economy Steering Committee, who are expected to be confirmed by the Portland City Council on December 4, were not named in the report, but as identified by city planning director Lee Urban, are:



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  • November 20, 2006
    By webteam
    A Scarborough 22-year-old who looks suspiciously like "Appliance Man," that kitchen-equipment selling superhero of Portland renown, has won $25,000 in a contest to come up with a new commercial for Snickers candy bars.

    Read the story at KeepMeCurrent.com, and check out the video here:



    (By the way, Portland Appliance, for whom Appliance Man was the mascot, has gone out of business, according to a member of the Ciampi family, who started the company many years ago.)
  • November 13, 2006
    By webteam

    Bowdoin College has decided to divest any direct holdings in the African country Sudan and to avoid investing in companies in the future that have holdings in the country as long as the genocide there continues. The largely Arab Sudanese government has fought non-Arab rebels for three years and has allowed more than 200,000 people in the Darfur region to be killed and another 2.

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  • November 10, 2006
    By webteam

    John Eder has not conceded his race to Jon Hinck and may ask for a recount.

    Eder, a Green Independent who ran for reelection to the state House in Portland's District 118, trailed Democratic opponent Hinck by just 97 votes at the end of election day, according to the Portland city clerk's website and Hinck. Hinck tells the Phoenix he has not received a concession call yet from Eder, and Eder confirmed this in an email sent today to the Phoenix in which he wrote, "I have not contacted my opponent at this point since the matter of a recount is still under review."

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  • November 09, 2006
    By webteam

    Maine Veterans for Peace will march in the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday after initially being banned by the American Legion branch sponsoring the Portland vets celebration. Some area vets objected to the MVFP's dedication of a Congress Street flag to an Iraqi baby killed in the war. The Portland Downtown District, which co-sponsored the Adopt A Flag program, returned MVFP's $100 donation for their commemorative flag in September, shortly before the local American Legion, which was also involved in the flag project, contacted the MVFP and told them they could not march in the parade this year.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By webteam

    Yes, politics are very important, but I can't help being fascinated by Britney Spears, her personal grind with this crazy thing we call life, and her decision to divorce Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed, on election day. Britney's been through a lot at 24 - years on the preteen talent mill the New Mickey Mouse Club, "true" (or not) love with Justin "Sexy Back" Timberlake, kids with Federline.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By webteam

    Pulled from today's press releases, here are US House representatives Tom Allen and Mike Michaud on Donald Rumsfeld's announcement a few hours ago that he will resign from his post as Secretary of Defense:

    Portland, Maine-U.S. Representative Tom Allen today issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld:

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  • November 08, 2006
    By webteam

    The election is over and the results are in, at least for Maine. Virginia, you have to wait a bit.

    State and Federal

    The Dems hung onto the big seat, with Gov. John Baldacci winning reelection with 38.03 % of the votes over contenders Pat LaMarche (14.34 %), Barbara Merrill ( 21.39 %), Phillip Morris NaPier (0.86 %), and Chandler Woodcock (29.

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