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Give back to the community while you learn

 Start with service
Volunteering in the community has positive effects on both academic achievement and personal success
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2013

You’re free of parental rules! But still, go to sleep

 Bedtime matters
\Want to know one way to avoid, or at least diminish, these undesirable outcomes?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2013


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all year long

 Eat Mexican
If there’s anything better than sharing a big plate of nachos with a big group of friends, we haven’t found it yet.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2013


Alien abductees gather in Portland

 Taken Up
Millions of people on this planet claim to have been abducted by aliens. About two hundred of them (alleged abductees, that is) will converge on Portland this weekend.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 06, 2013

Know your history

 Urban Planning
It’s become a local wedge issue; you’d be hard-pressed to find a Portlander who doesn’t have thoughts about the fate of Congress Square
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 06, 2013


Girls and guns

 Finding their place in a male-dominated culture
In a new documentary available now through iTunes and a dozen more video-on-demand services, we get to meet a cross-section of female gun-owners.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Prolonging the season

 Going Green
 Going Green
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Beleaguered Baxter Academy prepares to open

 Back to School
For an institution that isn’t even open yet, the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science has certainly engendered a remarkable amount of controversy.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Performance-enhancing classes

 Felting, finance, and food: Portland’s continuing education options
 Felting, finance, and food: Portland’s continuing education options
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Maine students look beyond the moon

 Space Jam
The next Chris Cassidy could be a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium’s 2013 MERITS class.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013


A teenager’s assessment of public school

 Straight from the source
“Why the hell are you reading a book written by a 17-year-old kid?...If you want to know the truth, here it is. I’m a high school student in a public high school in New York. For thirteen years, I’ve been told to shut up and sit down and listen. I’ve been ignored. I’ve been left on the sidelines. Not just me, but millions of students around the country and the world. I will not be silenced any longer. Enough is enough."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013


The breasts have it

 Titillating News
Breasts are pretty universally admired for their aesthetic, erotic, and nutritional benefits, but they are also largely misunderstood, framed too often as sex toys or food sources rather than as the vulnerable and complex organs that they are.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 09, 2013


Susan Conley’s first novel finds poetry in the past and present

 Love and loss
Susan Conley believes in feeding her readers. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in a literary way.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2013

Ozone outrage

 Going Green
 Going Green
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2013

King may have brokered a student-loan deal

 Finance Watch
Lawmakers are considering a bipartisan and White House-supported compromise on student loans this week, in the form of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, co-authored by Maine’s Independent Senator Angus King.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 25, 2013


A trek to the top: Katahdin

 Love Letters to Maine
Last weekend, a mountain kicked my ass.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2013


The most mysterious organ

Mapping the pathways in the brain
What the human brain still has trouble contemplating, however, is how it actually works.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2013

Legislature and guv butt heads on privacy

Surveillance State  
Amid international controversy about privacy and surveillance, Maine put two new privacy laws on the books. Governor Paul LePage vetoed two others, which the legislature had the opportunity to override on Tuesday.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2013

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

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