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Rising up

Alt-performance-art rebels stage a 'Revolution!'
Almost two years ago, Byron Nilsen was walking home from a night downtown when he was attacked by two men on Cumberland Avenue who took issue with the way Nilsen was dressed (he "looked like a faggot," they said).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 16, 2010

Preservation techniques: canning, freezing, drying, and pickling

Going green
This is the time of year when abundance can be guilt-inducing; too much of a good thing often ends up as rot.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2010

BP oil spill impacts might be more than hypothetical

What if?
Less than a month before the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, more than 400 representatives from New England government agencies, maritime businesses, and relevant non-profits like the Friends of Casco Bay gathered at Portland's Holiday Inn by the Bay.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2010

Relieve road rage — with coloring books?

Traffic report
Traveling north this weekend? Leave some extra time, but don't be terrified by last weekend's dire reports.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 28, 2010

Street scene

New program forges personal connections with the homeless
Walking down Congress Street with John Dana and Jesse Flynn on a Friday afternoon, I am struck by how many people's names they know.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 21, 2010


Gay-marriage win; progressive agenda loss?

Court Complications
Gay-rights supporters won a huge victory on July 8, when a federal judge in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, thereby denying legally married same-sex couples important federal benefits — was unconstitutional because it violated two Amendments, the Fifth and the Tenth.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 19, 2010

Get a green night’s sleep

Going Green
This month, I'm making a big purchase.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 07, 2010

Ramping up safe-drinking strategies

Summer Nights
It'll come as no surprise to anyone who was out and about during the long, hot, holiday weekend that Portland's drinking and nightlife scenes get a little bit more . . . intense during the summer months.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 07, 2010

Expanding emergency contraception options

Repro rights
A new "morning-after pill" is on the verge of being approved for prescription use in the United States; this one could be safely and effectively taken for five mornings after unprotected sex.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 01, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

Venue Watch
As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2010


Strange trips

Seeking the Pine Tree State’s weirder side
If you want this summer’s eerie subject matter to hit a bit closer to home, or a bit closer to reality, check out Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State , by Michelle Souliere (The History Press; $17.99).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 16, 2010


Viral bloodsuckers for the summer

Could The Passage be the best vampire novel?
It might require you to buy a bigger beach tote, but there's no doubt that summer's must-read is Justin Cronin's The Passage , a hulking 766-page epic that traces the genesis and fallout of apocalyptic viral vampirism.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 16, 2010

Setting the stage for November

Post-primary musings
It's been more than a week since the June 8 primary election, which saw Republican PAUL LEPAGE (Waterville mayor and Marden's exec) beat a large field of better-financed competitors, and LIBBY MITCHELL (state senate president) pull out ahead of the Democratic pack, poised to become Maine's first-ever female governor.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 16, 2010


Pop-up pirate

A first-time surfer takes to the waves
I've written first-hand about trapeze lessons, smelt fishing, and cruise vacations (oh, my!), but as I headed toward surf lessons at Scarborough's Higgins Beach one morning in May, I had more butterflies in my stomach than usual.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2010

Layers of buying local

Going green
When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2010


Fighting back

Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security payments and health-insurance subsidies.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010


Preparing for June 8

Candidate breakdown for districts 114, 116, and 119
Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 26, 2010


Fortnight to fitness

Shaping up for the summer — in two exhausting weeks
If you’re reading this now, it may be too late. It’s the middle of May, and beach season is right around the corner.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 19, 2010


Bragdon vs. Trevorrow, Greens, District 120

Primary 2010
Charles Bragdon and Anna Trevorrow vie in the East End legislative race
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 19, 2010

Warning buzz

Going Green
Right now there are millions of bees pollinating blueberries in Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 12, 2010

The way robots should be

Maine’s burgeoning automaton population
While Ray Kurzweil pursues the Nanotech Revolution, robotics researchers in Maine are chasing their own futuristic outcomes. Here’s what’s new on the local robot scene (didn’t know we had one of those, didja?).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 28, 2010

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