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In this week's Phoenix, plus odds and ends

-- Aside from all the new articles, can you discern a difference between this week's print version of the Phoenix and last week's?

-- Also, in This Just In, I take a tour of the new art gallery / tattoo shop in the Bull Moose-Videoport complex (not online yet), as well as the brain of the guy who runs it:



-- In other news, mark your calendars for tomorrow evening's Peninsula Transit Study public forum, which will take place at 7 p.m., at the Ocean Gateway Terminal (across Commercial Street from Franklin Arterial). From the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee's web site: "PACTS has funded this study to provide the City with an evaluation which emphasizes public and human-powered transit as a preferred feasible alternative to single-occupancy vehicles. The study evaluation will include the potential, methods, and benefits of expanding and optimizing a transportation system for the Portland Peninsula." Basically, the study is looking at ways to decrease the number of cars that drive onto the peninsula each day. Now that local sensible-transportation advocates have made their voices heard regarding larger-scale transit priorities in the region, they surely will want to attend this meeting in the hopes of shaping policy even closer-to-home.

-- If free trade is more your activism bag, make a note of tomorrow night's Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission meeting, to be held at the South Portland Community Center at 6 p.m. "This hearing is the latest in a series of public hearings around the State...to get input from citizens about how international trade agreements are impacting their lives," a press release reads. District Two congressman Mike Michaud will speak at the beginning of the hearing.
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