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  • May 31, 2007
    By webteam

    A group of southern Maine residents has appointed themselves the task of naming Portland's "official" poet laureate. Which is odd, not just because two of them don't even live in Portland.

    The term "poet laureate" is usually used to designate someone chosen by a government body to represent that body (and its constituency) poetically - not, as this group is trying to do, a person chosen by private citizens and then foisted on the government as a fait accompli.

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  • May 29, 2007
    By webteam

    Rustic Overtones went on WCYY's SpinOut show with Mark Curdo recently to announce they were reuniting, but have been cagey about when they would play their reunion show on the patio at CYY.

    The details are being announced on WCYY today, so keep listening at 93.9 and 94.3 FM.

    Check next week's issue of the Portland Phoenix for more on what all this means.
  • May 28, 2007
    By webteam
    It's Memorial Day, and we're here at work, and in comes this e-mail from the fact-haters at the Christian Civic League of Maine, announcing that - and yes, make sure you're sitting down - "the Christian ministry has allowed [its] deep concerns over sexual morality to drop from its top priority." Which means, I guess, that the failure of their initiative to re-legalize discrimination against gays (defeated by the "No On 1" campaign in November 2006) might be sinking in.

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  • May 24, 2007
    By webteam
    The "Maine-based" company Goombah - whose contact information both in the e-mail and on the Web site are Boston area-coded phone numbers - sent this yesterday, just before the American Idol finale. Anybody want to guess how much they paid Jordin or American Idol to get this photo? (Hey, wait - we put it online! CHECK, PLEASE!)
  • May 21, 2007
    By webteam
    Okay, so on Friday, Ethan Strimling, a state senator serving part of Portland, held a big get-together in the West End, at which he told the assembled masses, "I am officially announcing today, in front of you, that I am exploring the possibility of entering the race for United States Congress."

    Which doesn't take us far beyond the long-rumored interest Strimling has had in the seat Tom Allen has held since 1997.

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  • May 07, 2007
    By webteam
    Chicky's Fine Diner, the outpost of local-music and diner culture in a historic space in Westbrook, closed Saturday for good.

    The diner, which celebrated its third anniversary at the end of last month, closed for financial problems, according to co-owner Blake Smithson, who said the club faced the costs of renewing all of its various food, beverage, and entertainment licenses, as well as some overdue tax payments, and "the specter of June, July, and August" - the lowest-revenue three-month period of the year.

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