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Big top on the small screen

Kids on film
Circus Smirkus, the Vermont-based youth circus that visits Maine every summer, will appear on Maine televisions in a documentary highlighting both the performances and the struggles — physical and financial — of a small traveling show.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 04, 2012

More questions, some answers

Press Releases
We know a lot more now about the deal that handed Donald Sussman, the hedge-fund mogul, progressive philanthropist, and husband of Chellie Pingree, 75 percent of the Portland Press Herald and its siblings.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 04, 2012


Add it to the reading list

The sixth annual Maine Festival of the Book
It'll be no surprise to any of our readers that we here at the Portland Phoenix are big fans of reading — and we're grateful for the time you take to read our work every week!
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 02, 2012


An object lesson in research as storytelling

Living history
John Brown's body may now lie a-mouldering in his grave, as the song suggests, but in life the Connecticut-born Kansan settler who led an assault on a federal installation in Virginia almost never stopped moving in his passionate zeal to rid the United States of the scourge of slavery.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2012


Behrens's solid second effort

Driving forward
If there is a male equivalent to "chick lit," Peter Behrens's latest novel, The O'Briens , is probably it, a detail-rich, character-driven historical novel that lightly touches issues of family loyalty and individual aspirations.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2012


Mad Horse's cutting choice of Zindel's Gamma Rays

When a group of tender seeds are exposed to toxic radiation, the ones receiving the smallest dose develop normally; those that are moderately exposed mutate into larger-than-life oddities, and the ones getting the heaviest dose wither and die.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 21, 2012

Distant view

Press releases
Of all the coverage of Olympia Snowe's decision not to run for re-election this year, the Maine media should have been expected to handle it best.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 07, 2012


The power of texting

Mobile phones and alternative currencies are changing how the whole world pays for everything
Money — crispy banknotes and jangly coins — is as old-fashioned as, well, mechanical typewriters.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 02, 2012


Camp closes; curfew passes; activism continues

Occupy Watch
Let's just say it: The first phase of OccupyMaine ended with a fizzle, not a bang. The showing at Friday's 10 pm deadline for Occupiers to be out of Lincoln Park was poor.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 15, 2012

At union request, Sussman steps up for Press Herald

Cash Injections
It was not the owners of the Portland Press Herald who sought out Maine hedge-fund mogul S. Donald Sussman to proffer a cash infusion to save the ailing newspaper. Rather, it was the idea of the Press Herald 's unionized employees.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 15, 2012


As encampment fades, protest shifts back to core issues

Occupy Transition
Even as Portland city officials continue to pressure OccupyMaine to leave Lincoln Park, they have done the Occupation a great favor, perhaps unintentionally.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012

Question authority

Press Releases
Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012

Citizens overwhelmingly support Occupy encampment

Occupy Watch
As OccupyMaine's request to stay in Lincoln Park is considered by a Maine judge, it appears the Portland City Council's decisions (which the judge is reviewing) were based more on individual councilors' views and less on constituent complaints than elected officials have let on.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 01, 2012


Sign conundrum continues; monuments 'join' movement

Occupy Watch
The mystery of where OccupyMaine's signs went is partially solved: it turns out their removal was witnessed — and by a police officer!
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 25, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Online Freedom
Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2012

Court looms; camp signs missing

Occupy Watch
OccupyMaine has filed its comments on the city's reality-detached answer to Occupy's lawsuit, and a hearing on the Occupiers' request for court protection from city eviction is scheduled for next week.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2012

New faces

Press releases
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers announced at 4 pm last Friday that an effort was under way to bring in new owners to take over the papers, in the wake of Richard Connor's abrupt departure back in October.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2012

10 fun things in the OccupyMaine-Portland lawsuit

Legal ease
OccupyMaine sued Portland late last year, seeking a court's permission to stay in Lincoln Park, given that the City Council has refused to brook any possibility of anyone remaining overnight in a city park for any reason (including free speech, expression, or assembly).
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 21, 2012

#Occupy Media

Press Releases
The tent villages of the Occupy movement — including those here in Maine — are excellent visual reminders of, and ever-present embodiments of, the social- and economic-justice challenges that our society faces.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 14, 2011


Portland’s Occupiers express their holiday wishes

Many people in the mainstream media are still running around asking “What does Occupy want?” And they’re dragging their zoned-out, tuned-out audiences along with them. It’s very simple: Occupy wants what Occupy wants.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2011


You know you need it

If you’re reading this, you’re the 99 percent. Here’s what people should get you — and what you should get all your friends.
There are a lot of things that the 99 percent need.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2011

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