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  • February 24, 2006
    By webteam

    If you're hip to skip tax season this year in protest of the war or pollution or the Supreme Court nominations - whatever, pick your injustice - this is the meeting for you.

    Larry Dansinger's Maine War Tax Resistance Center will hold two meetings on how to avoid paying your taxes and also avoid subsequent fines or jail time. The first, tomorrow, will be held at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor, 170 Park Street, from 10 am to 3 pm.

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  • February 23, 2006
    By webteam
    --UPDATED 3:35 pm, Friday, February 25, with interview of Phil Harriman--
    --UPDATED 9:20 am, Tuesday, February 28, with interview of Adam Mack--

    With no fanfare, Maine Governor John Baldacci issued a proclamation declaring February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in the state of Maine, after a request from a group whose self-given task is to get "significant public landmarks" named for Reagan in every single county - that's right, county - in the US.


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  • February 22, 2006
    By webteam

    Maine Model, the local UPN reality show which was easily one of the most cringingly enjoyable spectacles on Wednesday nights last fall, will hold an open casting call on March 4 at the Maine Mall for its second season set to air in April. And this time you don't have to be 5'7" or taller to qualify, which, according to creator and host John Marshall, means a lot more fine women are in the running.

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  • February 21, 2006
    By webteam
    The company that conducts stevedoring operations in Portland Harbor - loading and unloading container ships - is embroiled in an international dispute over whether a company that is owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates should be allowed to buy the firm, P&O Ports, headquartered in London.

    Senator Susan Collins, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, issued a press release Tuesday touting a letter she sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Treasury Secretary John Snow, calling for increased scrutiny over the deal, in which Dubai Ports World would purchase P&O Ports for a reported $6.


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  • February 20, 2006
    By webteam
    Matt Robbins's 1972 Les Paul Gold Top guitar has been found. A local merchant returned it to Robbins recently. So stop searching under your couch cushions, in hopes you'd find that beauty. And good job to the store!

  • February 17, 2006
    By webteam
    Trying to project an air of certainty, officials of the Center for Cultural Exchange told members of the local media that the organization will stay in its Longfellow Square building, with a new executive director, while couching their message in carefully worded hedges.

    The center will run at a "subdued" level of activity this year, and will not have a 2006 version of its Festival of Cultural Exchange, which began in 2004 (see "Rate of Exchange," by Sam Pfeifle, August 6, 2004) and generated controversy with local merchants in 2005 over access to a busy section of Congress Street (see "CCE Schedules Meetings to Clear the Air," by Sara Donnelly, September 2, 2005).

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  • February 16, 2006
    By webteam
    Greg Field, executive director at Peace Action Maine since May 2002, is leaving the state's largest peace organization effective Monday, February 20. He is leaving to work with Sustainable Harvest International, based in Surry, Maine, according to an e-mail from Field.

    Group treasurer Sally Breen said "we're all so sad" Field is leaving, but she recognized that "like so many non-profits, we just can't pay him what he's worth."

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  • February 14, 2006
    By webteam

    Terra Firma, the iconic Portland shoe store which has attracted cool kids seeking kicks for close to two decades, is closing. That's right, downtown store owner Samara Yandell recently decided to go into a different line of work. Reached late last week about her decision, Yandell was reluctant to say exactly what that line of work is, other than to specify that it has nothing to do with footwear.

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  • February 14, 2006
    By webteam
    Well, it's Valentine's Day, and in Portland that means the phantom has struck again, posting red hearts all over the city, including prominently high on the Gulf of Maine Research Institute building on Commercial Street. Late last year, the Phoenix reported on a controversy over the phantom's identity, including a city council candidate's claim to be one of the people involved.

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  • February 13, 2006
    By webteam
    The TD Banknorth company has announced that its annual race for charity, the Beach to Beacon 10K, will benefit the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation, to the tune of $30,000 in cash, to help the town-specific foundation improve the education of kids in one of Maine's richest towns.

    The race, which has a history of helping charities supporting Maine's young people, has in the past supported the Boys and Girls Clubs (supporting needy kids throughout the state), Riding To The Top (an agency providing horse-riding therapy for disabled children), Seeds of Peace (promoting peace in the Middle East), and Opportunity Farm (providing housing for at-risk and homeless young people).

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  • February 06, 2006
    By webteam

    On February 2, Michele Olsen withdrew her application for a city bar license for the club "Chaotic," according to the city clerk's office. No reason was given on the withdrawal form. Olsen had planned to open her club at the corner of Fore and Exchange Streets, where the bar "The Basement" had been located. Olsen and Industry owner Brian Hanson both requested bar licenses to sell liquor in the Old Port and were both denied during a city council meeting on January 18

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  • February 06, 2006
    By webteam

    According to Wells Staley-Mays, the spokesperson for the group Fur Cultural Renewal of New England, the bill to require the state to divest about $50 million in holdings in war torn Sudan is in trouble (see "Squeezing Sudan," January 13). LD 1758, sponsored by Portland senator Ethan Strimling, was considered by the Maine legislature's Labor Committee in January.

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  • January 31, 2006
    By webteam

    Maine's first video podcasters, Mary Jenkins and Karla Preston, have entered the stratosphere of podcasting, joining the Podshow Network, home to some of the Internet's very first podcasts, including the Daily Source Code, by former MTV VJ Adam Curry, known almost as well now for founding podcasting.

    The duo's talk-and-comedy podcast, distributed through iTunes, is in both audio-only and video-enabled formats, which will now include advertising arranged by Podshow.

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  • January 31, 2006
    By webteam
    The 1972 Les Paul Gold Top guitar owned by Matt Robbins of King Memphis has been stolen, along with the original black Gibson case, the original owner's manual in the case pocket, and a receipt from 1975 for the purchase of the guitar by its previous owner from Starbird Music on Forest Avenue in Portland.

    The guitar was stolen from Robbins's car, parked near his workplace, right next to the courthouse and a block from the Portland police station.

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  • January 30, 2006
    By webteam
    A Company of Girls needs some more nominations for its annual Arthur Hall Award, recognizing an artist whose commitment to community has made Maine a better place. The award's namesake died in 2000 in Camden, after a long career bringing dance to schools, communities, colleges, and the public around the world.

    The group has received very few nominations and needs some more.

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