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Seating Arrangements tackles propriety, love, and whales

Island adventure
Winn Van Meter, the patriarch of the WASP-y New England family portrayed in Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements, likes things just so.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012

Portland activist in Palestine

International Relations
Danny Muller, Portland resident and former executive director of Peace Action Maine, first traveled to Palestine in 2003 with Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), a California-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012

Up in the air

Going Green
In late June, Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for our health when they voted against a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012


Open-carry activist takes to the streets

Gun Rights
On a recent sunny morning at Coffee By Design on Congress Street, Norman Hamann is well-armed.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2012


New film deepens 9/11 Truth effort

Still Seeking
More than 50 people turned out on Monday evening to see 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out , the latest documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), the non-profit activist organization that claims Americans don't know the whole truth (or even half of it) about the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 13, 2012

Instant runoff

Going Green
The city is considering a new stormwater fee that would help pay for improvements and maintenance to Portland's old and overburdened wastewater system and in doing so, keep raw sewage, industrial waste, pesticides, oil, and dog crap (some call it a "toxic soup") out of Casco Bay and other local waterways.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 06, 2012


Portland’s three Democratic state house primaries

The race to race again
Many Portland Democrats will have local legislative races to vote in during June 12's primary election, in addition to the top-billed US Senate races.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2012


Dar Williams goes Greek

Modern mythology
Like the spinners of ancient myth, singer-songwriter Dar Williams has long used storytelling as a way to interpret the world around her.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2012

ShortTake: The Whole World Waiting

Review: The Whole World Waiting

Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of documentary vignettes lushly shot by David Meiklejohn at locations in and around Portland, Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 29, 2012


A new documentary explores immigrant youth and their place in Maine and America

The weight of the world
"Back in the Congo, we heard rumors that America is paradise — where everything is perfect, money flows like water, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want, you can get anything," says Emmanuel Muya, one of 15 immigrant high school students featured in a new documentary, The Whole World Waiting , which will premiere at SPACE Gallery on Thursday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2012


The potential of TEDxDirigo

Spreading Ideas
There were several impressive, stick-in-your-mind talks at the TEDxDirigo: Engage conference, held last Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2012


The secret world of USM’s Blade Society

Anything but ‘mundane’
It's a Tuesday night at the University of Southern Maine gym and Rob Tupper is leading a small group of fencing students through an exercise that looks like a cross between a line dance and an army drill.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 16, 2012


Reviving the electric car

Transport Revolution
Electric cars — ones that are completely rechargeable and use no gasoline — are now available in Maine, in addition to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and traditional hybrids, both of which boast higher fuel-efficiency than conventional cars.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 16, 2012

Shipping news

Going Green
The loss of the nascent container-ship line in Portland's harbor last week was not just a blow to the city's desired reputation as a shipping hub — but also to the environment.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2012


Richard Russo pairs with his artist daughter

Marrying story + art
When the biggest news in the literary community is that the federal Department of Justice is suing Apple and five major publishing houses for fixing prices of e-books, or that the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to exactly no one this year, it's easy to wonder whether we're getting away from the primary purpose of writing, and reading, books.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 02, 2012


What’s really behind high gas prices

Priming the Pump
Fingers crossed that we've seen the worst of it — analysts say gas prices won't go any higher than the April 6 peak of $3.94 per gallon — but filling up your tank this summer is still going to cost a big chunk of change.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 02, 2012


Inside Maine's mouth

The state's decaying dental health
Last summer, 29-year-old "Jane," who lives in Portland, had a serious problem involving an "old root canal gone wrong."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 03, 2012

Female Dems could help take back the State House

Political Machinery
More than 25 alumnae and board members of Emerge Maine, the political training program for Democratic women in the state, are running for office in 2012. This is good news for both women and Democrats in Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 18, 2012

Best in Eco-Show

Going Green
In this week's paper, we honor the Best that Portland has to offer, and I'll do so here as well.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 11, 2012


With a Biddeford bout on the slate, MMA is here to stay

Fighting Maine
"I always knew Maine was full of fighting fans," Rumford state representative Matt Peterson says over lunch one day in March. "We're a fighting state, anyway."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 04, 2012

Youth-led projects generate excitement around the state

Launching Maine
Five community projects are vying for a $500 grand prize that will be awarded to one finalist at the League of Young Voters' Launch Maine party this Friday evening.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 04, 2012

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