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  • June 20, 2006
    By webteam
    A moose found wandering in the East End was killed this morning. Portland police say one and possibly two moose came ashore on East End Beach this morning. One ended up in Back Cove, where it was scared off into woods near Payson Park by the sound of emergency vehicles' sirens, as well as some bean bags shot at it.

    A short time later, another moose - or possibly the same one - was spotted back near Munjoy Hill, where it was hit by a tow truck and severely injured.

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  • June 14, 2006
    By webteam

    It's the day after the primary election and the two Dems vying for Senator Olympia Snowe's job have spent most of it not knowing which of them will get the party's nomination. With 94 percent of precincts reporting by mid-afternoon, Jean Hay Bright, of Dixmont, had 50.68% of the vote (that's 22,360 people) and Eric Mehnert, of Orono, had 49.

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  • June 14, 2006
    By webteam
    Portland city attorney Gary Wood issued a press release last night with the city's official response to the vote by Peaks Island residents that they wish to secede from the city of Portland and form their own community.

    Interestingly, the press release included all of the changes made by city officials in the drafting of the response, which may offer clues to the city's possible response when the matter moves to the Legislature.

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  • June 08, 2006
    By webteam

    Here's a sign of the times: today, the Bangor Daily News reported that an Aroostook arts organization has taken refuge inside the Aroostook Centre Mall. The Aroostook Arts and Education Centre, which teaches kids and adults about creative and dramatic arts, will move into a 1385-square-foot space next to Sears as early as this fall.

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  • June 07, 2006
    By webteam

    Boaters in southern Maine can breathe a little easier now that the Strout's Point Wharf Company, a marina in Freeport, is offering biodiesel fuel. The marina announced the new fuel in a press release this week.

    Biodiesel is made from renewable resources like soybeans or vegetable oil and marketed versions usually are mixed with petroleum.

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  • June 06, 2006
    By webteam
    An announcement by the Maine Global Action Network (MeGAN), went statewide last night, marked "urgent," and saying "please broadcast."

    So we hope you'll forgive us for being surprised at the tone of this morning's retraction, which also went to the group's entire e-mail list, including media outlets like the Phoenix, which called the previous announcement a "press release," but then went on to say, "Unfortunately, the press has gotten ahold of it and that is very embarrassing."

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  • June 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Appearing tonight at the South Portland Marriott with Governor John Baldacci is former president Bill Clinton. Why the Dems have flown in their biggest asset to boost a governor whose approval ratings are right up there with Dubya is an interesting point.

    Clinton, who apparently can draw $500 a plate in Maine (and much, much more elsewhere), will attempt to lift the reelection odds of Baldacci, who faces not only a runoff in his own party (admittedly against a dark horse), but the winner of an impressive three-man Republican primary field, and a Green Independent candidate.

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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    The Creative Economy Summit, sponsored by the city of Portland (and with the Phoenix as a supporting sponsor), drew more than 100 people to City Hall today, but the real impact will begin tomorrow.

    Who will change their behavior as a result of an idea they heard or devised at the summit, which included local artists, politicians, representatives of various businesses and educational institutions, as well as other interested people?



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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    Elizabeth Trice, a local activist and grad student at the Muskie School, has posted a survey online asking for Portlanders' opinions on housing trade-offs. It's a clever idea, mainly because it accepts the traditional (and somewhat anti-postmodernist) notion that to get one thing you want you have to give up something else you want.

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  • May 30, 2006
    By webteam

    A new organization which hopes to reform the 2008 presidential election was launched today, and former Maine Governor Angus King is one of the founders. Unity08 plans to create an alternative ticket for voters, by voters (you can choose the nominees online), which will combine women and men from various parties together on one ticket.

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    The Bangor Daily News is reporting today that while Georgia-Pacific is closing a mill in Maine, it's going to build two new machines at existing mills elsewhere in the US.

    The new machines will produce toilet paper and paper towels, and need to be closer to the markets that are growing, in the south and southeast. We're not sure if this means Mainers use less TP and more cloth towels, or whether we just have a lower demand for paperwork.

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  • May 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Stitchez, the men's clothing store on Congress Street where average nerds could find threads to transform them into super-hip nerds, will shut its doors on June 30. On May 19, owner Jon Gilbert sent out an email to his loyal customers in which he wrote "It is with great sadness that I must announce the closing of Stitchez Clothing - Owning this store, meeting with all my customers and trying to provide some diversity & fun to men’s clothing here in Portland has really been a joy - Unfortunately finances are forcing me to close."

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  • May 23, 2006
    By webteam

    The Taxpayers Network, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that claims to be funded by its “80,000+ members” (and whose tax filings tend to support that - with the bulk of their revenue apparently from dues, a revenue line about in sync with their advertised annual dues), has released its annual "50 State Comparisons" booklet, in which all 50 states (and Washington DC) are listed with data on their demographics, taxes, education, public safety, and other statistics.

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  • May 17, 2006
    By webteam
    A group of local officials from around Maine have gathered together in yet another effort to support renewable energy in Maine.

    Called the Coalition to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil, the Web site-less group is led by Cumberland town councilor Jeff Porter, and includes Carrabassett Valley town manager Dave Cota, Carrabassett selectmen Lloyd Cutler and Bob Luce, former Carrabassett selectman Jay Reynolds, and a former game warden, Duane Lewis Sr.

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  • May 16, 2006
    By webteam

    Note: The original post incorrectly stated that councilor Will Gorham opposed the seat tax increase. He in fact supported it.

    Last night, in a marathon Portland city council meeting about next year's city budget, the council passed a significant operational tax increase on some Old Port bar owners. As part of the $256.

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