Today's New York Times has a fascinating story that one person quoted in the piece calls "the forgotten story of immigration" - people who are here legally who can't get their visas renewed, and so have to give up everything, including selling their home and business here in Maine. America - land of opportunity...
Now that Herb Adams is termed out of the Legislature, those who seek to fill his shoes will find them daunting, to say the least. I have increasingly begun to think Adams never sleeps, because he seemingly has time for everything. He can spend long periods of time engaged in thoughtful conversation with constituents (or reporters), and then ferret out stuff like what is described in this press release from earlier this week.
A friend - who we will confirm is NOT part of any political effort - just observed the similarities between these two images:
Here's a cool mapping program that lets you see how bad it is - here's the oil spill laid over the map of Maine. If you center the spill on Augusta, it reaches from Casco Bay to the border of Washington County, with outlying areas as far away as Vermont.
(You can also enter other locations, to see how much of other areas of the globe it would cover.)
Yep, going to UMaine (or any of its campuses) is going to cost even more next year:
Heading to Orono? Up 5.5 percent to $10,142.
UMaine-Machias? Up 5 percent to $7,110.
And in between.
Those are still cheaper than any other state school in New England. But when you're slashing programs and not cutting administrators, charging students more for less is pretty crappy. Perhaps it's worth paying more at those other places...
The State Theatre will reopen this fall, according to an announcement we just received. (It's in full below.)
Brief answers to the questions we know you have:
1) No shows are booked as of yet.
2) Renovations are continuing. Most of them are infrastructural at the moment, but there will be cosmetic ones coming in a few months - including a rebuilt stage, new green and dressing rooms, a new sound system, upgraded bars, and a new seating configuration (including a general admission no-seats pit!).
The New Republic has a running series about how health-care reform was ultimately passed in the form we got. Today is part four of the five-part epic, in which the publication reveals that despite hours upon hours of one-on-one conversations with Senate leaders and even President Obama, Olympia Snowe ultimately opposed the deal because it wasn't debated enough.
A couple years back, I was loaned a really nice, very expensive Porsche for a week to test drive.
I thought it was fun, as I wrote, a bit of a lark, and quite frivolous. I thought I was lucky to get a chance to try out such a bizarrely aesthetic-yet-useless car.
But I am now considering myself fortunate for another reason:
Free markets come with a price, the Phoenix editorial this week reminds us. And it goes on: "it should now be impossible for anyone to defend
totally free, unfettered markets. Those who do should be dropped into
the oil slick those markets have created off our coast."
Well, sort of...
As local fashion maven Margaret Logan reports here, David Wood helped dress the Maine teacher of the year for his visit to the White House last month.
(Disclosure right up front: I'm the president of the Maine Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which is hosting this event.)
If you want to learn about open government and public records, come to the Wishcamper Center of the USM Portland campus (it's on Bedford Street) next Thursday, May 27, at 5:30 pm.
Linda Bean's "Perfect Maine Lobster Roll" restaurant has been empty every time I've gone past it since it opened a few months back.
Now, the business - not exactly what we would call known for being a sports bar - is the "official US Soccer bar" in Portland for the 2010 World Cup.
Yeah, so I'm a little slow on the upload. But don't I get credit for hauling my butt out of bed at 3 am Sunday morning to get pics of the fire at South Portland landmark business Red's Dairy Freeze?
Lance Tapley, very familiar to Portland Phoenix readers, has a new national-scope piece on the national anti-supermax movement published at The Crime Report. Give it a read and see where Maine fits into the national effort to prevent torture in American prisons.
Based on the platform approved over the weekend at the state's Republican convention, believers in the national GOP principles - including many of those espoused by the Tea Party - are thick on the ground here in Maine. Which is weird, because Maine has always been a state where Republicans have been less beholden to the national diatribe dialogue and more able to think for themselves.