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  • March 20, 2006
    By webteam
    South Portland residents told their city council to buy the armory property at the base of the Casco Bay Bridge, leading councilors to decide to bid on the building, in what one local newspaper alleges was a secret meeting that might have violated the state's open-meeting law. And during Sunshine Week, at that!

    Mayor Maxine Beecher apparently told the Forecaster that the city would bid on the armory March 22, during a hearing before a federal bankruptcy judge.

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  • March 20, 2006
    By webteam

    Greg Young, owner of Youngo's, has closed down the tiny coffeeshop which defied economic odds for two years. Opened in 2004, Youngo's Cafe was located in Bramhall Square, on the end of Congress Street where the commercial properties meld into a row of apartment buildings. The location was in some ways dubious - parking was practically nonexistent - and it's always tough to make a go of a business based on hawking $2 cups of coffee.

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  • March 16, 2006
    By webteam
    The Alehouse has sued Eric Cianchette's company, ELC Inc., alleging that Cianchette, the Portland bar's landlord, is trying to force them out of their space by failing to perform structural improvements required by the state fire marshal.

    One of Cianchette's properties, the Portland Regency Hotel, sued the Alehouse and its owners, Russ and AJ Riseman, in late 2005, alleging that noise from the Alehouse was disturbing hotel guests and costing the hotel money.

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  • March 14, 2006
    By webteam
    WMGX, the '70s and '80s rock station at 93.1 on your FM dial, is no more. Of course, there's still something there, but it's now called "The Coast" and has dumped its '70s tunes in favor of newer, younger pop stuff, like, the station suggests, "Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy."

    The station's promo explaining itself, also posted online, lists all the names the station has gone by in the past 30 years, and describes the station's commitment to "serving the Portland community."

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  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam
    "Tina's Law" has been voted "ought to pass" by legislators intent on cracking down on bad driving on Maine roads. But in their zeal to lock up folks whose driver's licenses have been suspended many times, they have also devised a plan in which the innocent could go to jail.

    Try this on for size: You're walking your dog and it takes a dump on a city sidewalk or greenspace.

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  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam

    The Portland Friends Meeting, a Quaker group, is sponsoring an eight-week film series on nonviolence to help local activists learn what worked and what didn't in past peace movements. The Phoenix caught up with this festival a little late (there have already been two screenings) but, don't worry, there are still six more full length documentaries to enjoy and learn from.

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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam

    A baby born January 22 at Mercy Hospital was, sadly, not named for the Phoenix newspaper, though his name is Phoenix.

    "My husband picked the name," said mother Tara Burke. Her husband's favorite car is a Pontiac Firebird, and the mythical creature was also an inspiration.

    As noted on the family's Web site, "The Phoenix is made of all the most desirable parts of earth's creatures: the snake's neck, the crane's forehead, the dragon's stripes, the fish's tail, the tortoise's shell, the swallow's throat, and the fowl's bill.

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  • March 07, 2006
    By webteam

    Yesterday, South Dakota banned all abortions except those to save the life of the mother when the pro-life governor of the state, Michael Rounds, signed legislation severely restricting reproductive choice.

    According to the New York Times, Rounds released a statement after signing the legislation saying:

    "In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society.

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  • March 06, 2006
    By webteam

    "It’s a hate movie, not a Date Movie," chanted nearly 30 protestors outside the Regal Cinemas Clarks Pond 8 movie theater in South Portland this afternoon.

    The movie, which opponents say contains a scene in which a couple out on a date see a homeless person sleeping outside, yell "Bumfight!" and attack the person, is a spoof of romantic comedies, according to film publicity materials.

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  • March 03, 2006
    By webteam
    The Dresden Dolls show in Orono tonight has been canceled. According to a posting from the Dolls on MySpace.com, the band's two members are sick, and are flying to Japan Saturday. As a result, they are canceling the show "to preserve their health and avoid death."

    No word on a rescheduled performance.

  • March 02, 2006
    By webteam

    Portland's Green rep John Eder is soliciting activists for an anti-war demonstration on the city's Casco Bay Bridge. Called "Lights in the Darkness," the demonstration will coincide with the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.

    Bring a candle or lantern to the bridge on Sunday, March 12 at 6 pm. If you don't have a candle, there will be some available.

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  • March 01, 2006
    By webteam

    Peter Bass is still plodding through the last permitting stages with the Portland Planning Board, but that doesn't mean he can't get rolling on selling the eight condos for artists he's developing at the Sacred Heart School. Bass's development company Random Orbit won the nod from the city council in January to buy the circa 1920s school.

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  • February 28, 2006
    By webteam
    The Bakery Photographic Collective is looking for new members as part of its move to a much-larger space, in Westbrook, than the group has occupied in Portland. The group recently signed a 10-year lease on 4000 square feet in the Dana Warp Mill on Westbrook's Presumpscot riverfront, and hopes to move in July 1.

    The group previously occupied 800 square feet in the old Calderwood Bakery building on Pleasant Street in Portland.

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  • February 28, 2006
    By webteam
    The Nine Inch Nails show slated for tonight at the Cumberland County Civic Center has been postponed. No date has been set, but the show's promoters (Tea Party Concerts and Live Nation) say all tickets will be honored at the future date, and refunds are available to those who want them.

    Lauren Wayne, Tea Party and Live Nation's rep here in Portland, said the group's founder, Trent Reznor, is ill.

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  • February 28, 2006
    By webteam
    Dexter Kamilewicz, an independent candidate challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Allen for the US House of Representatives seat for southern Maine, continues to call for an immediate pullout of American troops from Iraq.

    He also is demanding an investigation into whether charges should be laid against anyone for crimes against humanity and crimes against the US Constitution, and on February 6 wrote to senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, as well as Allen and Maine's 2nd District congressman, Mike Michaud, on the subject.

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