I am sorry to say that I am evidence of this trend. Check out Maine's smoking stats here.
Portland-based rock/reggae band East Wave Radio were in a single-van crash in Canada over the weekend, and need your help. Specifically, your musical talents, your ears, and your cash.
They were on tour with Canadian reggae star Jah Cutta, who was also in the vehicle, according to a post on EWR's Web site. At least two people were ejected from the vehicle - because they were sleeping in the back of the van.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill (or at least, of FDA approval of the Pill), and you can read its history in this Time magazine article.Consider these sobering stats, though, buried at the end of the article:
A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned
Pregnancy found that 86% of young men and 88% of young women say it is
important to avoid pregnancy in their lives right now.
Montel Williams (talk-show host, multiple sclerosis sufferer, veteran) will deliver the keynote speech at Maine's June 5 medical marijuana conference. Here, he debates the topic with Stephen Baldwin.
A Reuters investigative report today reveals that Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maine, has had a practice of targeting women diagnosed with breast cancer for additional health scrutiny and even cancellation of insurance policies.
If you know someone with breast cancer, or if you have it, or if you know eight women (breast cancer will strike one in eight women in her lifetime) you will want to read this Reuters report.
The Christian Science Monitor Web site has a really interesting post detailing the machinations that may well lead to a Trader Joe's opening here in Portland. Among the questions posed - and, for the most part, answered - are these:
-Why did the Federal Trade Commission decide first that Trader Joe's was not enough competition to negate anti-monopoly claims about the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger, but then decide that putting a Trader Joe's into a market affected by that merger would be a good remedy for the resulting monopoly?
As Portland Phoenix readers well know, we've been covering living conditions in the Maine State Prison's solitary-confinement supermax unit for more than four years now.
But these issues are getting more national attention now. Recently, National Public Radio aired a significant piece on solitary confinement, which you can listen to by clicking here
All those extra police details for President Obama's visit back on April Fool's Day cost the Portland Police Department $13,047.71 in extra staffing costs, reports Commander Mike Sauschuck. That doesn't include other city departments, and obviously doesn't include the heavy Secret Service presence, which is all paid for from federal tax dollars (and would have been spent no matter where Obama had appeared that day).
We're partial to awards with the word "Phoenix" in them, as well as locals doing cool stuff, and locals' cool stuff getting recognized elsewhere around the country. So with a trifecta, we congratulate The Rivals, a feature-length documentary by South Portland's Lone Wolf Documentary Group about the rivalry between the Cape Elizabeth and Mountain Valley high school football teams, for winning the Best Picture award at the 10th annual Phoenix (Arizona) Film Festival!
Phoenix executive editor Peter Kadzis has a rumination on the outcome of this year's Pulitzer Prizes, in which Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal was blanked for the third straight year. He has some theories about why, but it might take until next year to determine which is right...
Four serving US senators and four serving US representatives have been cited in an ethics complaint alleging violations of Congressional gift-receiving rules for allegedly accepting discounts on lodging in DC at a house owned by the mysterious religious group "the Family."
Maine governor John Baldacci, who lived in that house when he served in Congress, was not mentioned in the complaint.
"Misandry": the hatred of males, an unacknowledged but underlying socio-cultural,
economic, political and legal phenomenon endangering the well-being of
both genders. (Via malestudies.org)
Did anyone from Maine's academic community attend/call into the symposium on Male Studies held at Wagner College in New York on Wednesday? It appears that professors from Hobart William Smith College, Springfield College, and McGill University were in attendence, plus, not surprisingly, Christina Hoff Sommers (who I've written about here before).
Make your plans to head to New York City now - Hard Rock Havana, which won Film of the Year in last year's Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival, has been selected to compete at the Tribeca Film Festival, reports director Nicholas Brennan.
He is also at work making a new film that's shooting all over the coast of southern Maine, starring a your Maine veteran, who is also an amputee, in the lead role.
Good news for local food and service workers, hotel staffers, and others who toil especially hard in Portland during the warmer months: There's a new blog looking out for your best interests: www.wage-hour.net. So far, posts have been written by a John Thompson of the Atlanta branch of the labor law firm Fisher & Phillips, which has a branch here in Portland.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at this event...and to find out what's in the Voter Impact Toolkit!
And really, hasn't the "voice of the church" already been quite "unleashed" here in Maine?