While you may be enthralled by the #IranElection and #gr88 Twitter streams, the Phoenix's editorial this week has a different take. See for yourself.
Last night's panel on torture was a success, according to those who attended; I had the privilege of sitting with the four panelists earlier in the day yesterday. They were articulate, intelligent, and passionate on the subject -- how it happened here, its ramifications (both practical and social-moral), and how to prevent it in the future.
Here's the full footage from yesterday's press conference with Richard Connor, the new owner and editor and publisher of the Portland Press Herald. It's in five segments of roughly 10 minutes each.
At last, the deal is done. Here's the PPH's story about itself, featuring some congratulatory history as well as boosterism.
Here's a message from the new owner, Richard Connor, which mentions the significant layoffs, but doesn't talk about the almost certain plan to close the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel to focus on Portland.
At 7 pm tomorrow at the First Parish Church (425 Congress Street), a group of torture experts will participate in a panel discussion on torture and accountability as part of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture's (NRCAT) effort to hold people accountable for post-9/11 torture. June is national Torture Awareness Month, and religious and non-religious activists alike are pressuring President Barack Obama to prosecute those US officials who enabled, encouraged, or participated in torture during the Bush-Cheney era.
Word on the street - from several informed sources - is that Richard Connor will close the deal to purchase the Portland Press Herald tomorrow. He even held a celebratory open-bar gathering with Press Herald staffers at Bull Feeney's on Friday evening.
Of course, the celebrations are half-hearted. Yes, Jeannine Guttman is losing her job (which is not something we wish on anyone, it must be said, but if anyone was going to out of this deal it probaby ought to be her).
The white supremacist who is accused of shooting an
African-American man at the US
Holocaust Museum on June 10 has taken advantage of journalists' normal
reporting practices to publish a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler in every
newspaper in the country.
As every media outlet dutifully reported, the suspect, James von
Brunn, is 88 years old.
Attention all PR folk and those who try to manage messages: If you're reinventing and rebranding a company, please try not to break the news in an out-of-office e-mail auto-reply message.
Case in point: Maine Home and Design bought PortCity Life magazine back in April, and told Mainebiz that PCL would be "relaunched with a new name and new design" in September.
When I graduated from high school, we didn't even have a celebrity speaker. It was just my friend Mark, who, it turns out, gave a nice speech, so much as I recall. (I also remember his down-to-the-wire grade-grubbing to ensure that he was our valedictorian and not his academic arch-enemy. He beat her after GPAs were calculated down to the thousandths place.
Josh Marshall over at TalkingPointsMemo says Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is at the center of the national healthcare reform debate - and that she is lining up support for a move that would kill any hope of a single-payer system, as well as any hope of a government-run plan that would compete with private health-insurance companies.
If and when the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram is ever actually sold to Richard Connor, the editors and publishers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Morning Sentinel, and Kennebec Journal will lose their jobs immediately, the PPH reported yesterday afternoon.
Among the 22 non-union employees told their jobs will not survive the sale are:
Your eyes are not deceiving you - we haven't distributed this week's issue of the Portland Phoenix yet. We're holding distribution by one day - until tomorrow morning - to allow the winners to be surprised at tonight's Portland Music Awards show, at the Asylum.
Join us - admission is free (21+), and there's free food (while it lasts).
When I wrote about Maine Huts & Trails earlier this year, I said that one of the organization's challenges would be to raise public recognition -- not only about their facilities, but about Maine's inland landscape in general. Well, in winning Yankee Magazine's Best Walk in the Woods award, they've taken a step in both directions.