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Taking the reins

Going Green
Thumbing his nose at partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama unveiled a climate-change plan late last month that attempts to use his executive powers to circumvent Congress, where action on climate change (or anything, for that matter) is slow if not completely stalled.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2013


Michaud enters the fray, sort of

Campaign Season
Campaign Season
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2013

South Portlanders petition to put tar-sands project on the ballot

Pre-emptive Petitioning  
In the latest pre-emptive salvo against a potential project that has garnered significant advance attention, a group of South Portlanders has launched a citizens' initiative to change the city's zoning ordinance in order to prevent the Portland Pipe Line Corporation from processing tar-sands oil through its Casco Bay facility.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 13, 2013


Moonbird lives!

Celebrity sightings
This special rufa red knot, marked by a tiny orange band that reads "B95," migrates from Argentina to the Arctic — and back again — every year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 13, 2013


Have a better time with your phone’s help

 App-solutely summer
The following smartphone apps are perfect for road-tripping, festival-going, and making the most of the best three months of the year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013


These New England races involve more than running

 Full steam ahead
Running is just more fun when there are zombies involved!
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013

New insurance model debuts

 Cooperative Care
Among many other things, the Affordable Care Act created a new model of health insurers, called Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), governed by the same people who are covered by their policies.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013

Aboard the omnibus

 Going green
The state legislature is considering an enormous energy bill that combines provisions from several pieces of legislation into a package that encourages natural-gas expansion, energy-efficiency measures, and lowering electricity and heating costs.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013


Summer Guide: Full steam ahead

 These New England alterna-races involve more than running
Are you ready for the Goruck Challenge? Or the Urban Dare??
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 05, 2013


Maine celebrates the Civil War sesquicentennial

Go back in time
"Other than statehood itself, there has been no more disruptive or transformative event in the history of Maine" than the Civil War, says state archivist David Cheever, who oversees the most extensive collection of Civil War documents in the nation.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2013


'War is risk and uncertainty'

Anti-War Movement
Boston University international relations professor Andrew Bacevich, a retired career US Army officer, has engaged in disciplined critique of the Iraq war from the start.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2013

Pingree crusades against military sexual assault

Not In Our Name
Amid a seeming epidemic of military sexual assault — the Pentagon estimates that such incidents have increased 35 percent over the past two years, while at least two military officials assigned to sexual assault prevention units have themselves been charged with inappropriate sexual conduct — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine, is pushing President Barack Obama to "take further action to confront this crisis."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2013


Congress Square's controversial facelift

Urban Development  
The fate of Congress Square Plaza, the hardscaped half-acre on the corner of Congress and High streets, is back on the table, with city officials and downtown stakeholders weighing a new proposal from the hotel developer that wants to buy and build on it.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2013


Nostalgic memoir celebrates Drinking with Men

Raise a glass
Every few years, the bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line (which leads from New York City's Grand Central Station into Connecticut) become endangered by modern-day Puritans who believe commuter trains are inappropriate venues for after-work cocktails. Can you imagine?!  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2013


Maine Women’s Fund awardees are building a new world

Change-makers in our midst
On the surface, they have little in common: An unassuming entrepreneur in her late 50s, an accomplished 38-year-old photojournalist, and a trio of energetic teenagers. But these women do exhibit several shared traits. They are plucky and passionate, clever and unpretentious. They are Mainers. And all five will be honored next Thursday, May 23, at the Maine Women's Fund's annual Leadership Luncheon, which honors those who are making life better for women and girls in this state and beyond.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 16, 2013

Union battles continue

Organized labor
An update on the state employees' union's dispute with the governor, plus union organizers' plans for medical-marijuana workers.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 16, 2013

Let it grow

Going green
In addition to its ecological value, the abundant marine resource is also worth money — millions of pounds of rockweed are harvested every year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2013

Legislature wades through hundreds of proposals

From silly to serious
Want to know what your elected officials are mulling over? Here is a subjective selection of bills that piqued our interest.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2013


Laborers may have a bright future

Unions in Maine
Even as the organized-labor movement continues to falter on the national level, union leaders here in Maine are optimistic about a potential resurgence — or if not that, at least a stanching of the bleeding and an opportunity to prove that pro-union policies are best for local workers and communities.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 03, 2013


When silence speaks volumes

Words off the Page  
On her deathbed, Terry Tempest Williams's mother left her daughter three shelves of cloth-bound journals. When Williams opened them, hoping to find solace as well as perhaps some insight into her mother's soul, all she found was blank pages.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 03, 2013

Should companies be able to patent human genes?

Body Politics
Body Politics
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 24, 2013

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