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  • September 25, 2007
    By Deirdre Fulton
    I've attended a fair number of political rallies, although I must admit that I've only seen one presidential candidate speak live (when he was running for president). Still, it feels fair to say that I've never seen more rabid political fans than those who filled the Portland Expo Center this evening to hear presidential candidate Barack Obama speak.

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  • September 25, 2007
    By Deirdre Fulton

    Earlier this afternoon, about 250 people hand-delivered letters to Representative Tom Allen's Exchange Street office, calling for Allen to vote for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The letters, written by the Maine Campaign to Impeach, included these key points:

    · Bush lied to Congress to start a war without legitimate reasons

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  • September 24, 2007
    By Jeff Inglis
    "Free the Jena 6!" cried demonstrators in Portland's Post Office Park on Thursday afternoon. A group of around 70 people gathered, as part of nationwide demonstrations that day objecting to racially motivated prosecutions in the Louisiana town of Jena. (See here the full story of the six black teenagers expelled from school and charged with attempted murder for beating up a white kid, just a short time after a group of white teens got off scot-free for hanging three nooses from a tree on school grounds.

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  • September 19, 2007
    By webteam
    Here's the unedited text of this week's farewell to the Soundpost:

    The Soundpost, the 108 High St. venue that’s brought a wide array of homegrown and visiting folk and alternative acts to Portland most Sundays in 2007, hosts its final show on September 23rd (see details in 8 Days a Week). Matt Rock and Kate Cox began opening their studio space (fondly remembered by many in its previous incarnation as the old Stillhouse Studio Theatre) to public performances at the end of last year.



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  • September 19, 2007
    By webteam
    Channel 6's Web site is reporting that leaders of both projects hoping to redevelop the Maine State Pier are leaning toward starting the whole process over again. The story paraphrases Bob Baldacci (the gov's brother) and Kevin Mahaney as being in agreement about one thing: a do-over is what we need.

    "Bob Baldacci of Ocean Properties said the process seems to be broken.

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  • September 18, 2007
    By webteam
    Last night, in an enjoyable piece of political theater (in which the Portland Press Herald quotes the governor's brother during a little hissy fit), the Portland City Council failed to approve either proposal for the Maine State Pier's redevelopment. Perhaps the council has seen the light and realized the project has been under a cloud since the beginning.

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  • September 14, 2007
    By webteam
    Joe Black, guitarist for Claymore Minds and a former member of other bands around town, died last Friday when he fell down an elevator shaft in his apartment building on Casco Street; his body was found the following day. Portland police believe his death was accidental.

    Tonight at 6 pm, there will be a memorial gathering for him at Norm's Bar and Grill, at 617 Congress St.

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  • September 06, 2007
    By webteam
    You might not have believed it, and we didn't either when a friend pointed out an essay by Dennis Bailey on the Christian Civic League of Maine's Web site. We know politics makes strange bedfellows. But really? Dennis Bailey - Democratic political consultant, PR guy for Angus King when he was gov, speechwriter for Governor John Baldacci, general liberal guy with a good head for politics - and right-wing nut job Michael Heath, Maine's ultimate anti-tolerance guru?

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