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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


Making change

John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 21, 2010

Looking through Portland’s creative kaleidoscope

The annual League of Young Voters ReEmergence event will, organizers hope, be revitalized in 2010 by a relevant, popular focus — Southern Maine’s creative economy — and a wide spread of involved parties who range from visual artists to local arts associations to fashion designers.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 21, 2010

The 'Urban and Rural' plan

Going Green
How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2010


Maine women take to the gridiron

Full Contact
Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2010

Marriage activists get closure, look forward

Moving on
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree expressed what many in the room were feeling at Equality Maine’s annual dinner celebration on Saturday night: the function room at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street elicits “a little bit of PTSD” for Maine’s gay-rights supporters.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 31, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

Reforming the System
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 24, 2010


The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

How far will women go for an orgasm?
Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 22, 2010

Hog wild on the farm

Going green
Perhaps because it's more difficult to do at home, perhaps because for some it's a question of ethics or squeamishness, perhaps because eating less meat is one of the top things we all could do to help the environment, but we don't talk as often about organic, eco-friendly livestock farming.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 17, 2010


Pot bill progresses in Augusta

C'Mon Doc ...
At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 10, 2010

New ways to prevent domestic violence

Following Up
About eight months ago, the Sanford-based anti-domestic-violence organization Caring Unlimited launched a court-monitoring program that placed observers in York County courtrooms to take notes on domestic-violence case proceedings.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 17, 2010


We are born this way

Discovering what it means to be transgender
About 10 years ago, a young man was on his way to becoming a young woman.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2010

Policy matters

 A look at the legal landscape
Identifying and living as a transgender person has intense emotional implications that we touch on in this week's story. But here, as with most social issues, the personal is also political.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2010


Worshipping the woods

Going Green
From its first sentences, Susan Hand Shetterly's Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town drew me in with lyricism: "I leave a window open on April nights and put my pillow close to that cold slice of air because I want to hear spring come back to this small clearing," Shetterly writes, welcoming us not just to her home in Downeast Surry, but into her bed.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 17, 2010


Slam Dunk Season

How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a scheme that — in other circumstances, under others' supervision — had been previously unsuccessful.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 03, 2010

Behind the scenes at Portland’s new movie-making facility

Special Features
If local moviemakers can’t depend on better financial incentives to foster the film industry in Maine — and they can’t, in this budget climate — they can at least focus on creating the infrastructure to support future endeavors.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2010


Power of place

Exploring a New England ghost town in person, and on the page
I'd arranged the trip (Dogtown is about an hour and a half south of Portland) because I was planning to write about Elyssa East's new book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 29, 2010

Bus fares set to climb

Transport Watch
A quick primer on local bus fares and ridership, and whether (and how) to raise those numbers.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 27, 2010


Back to school

Coloring outside the educational lines
Some of us know (or think we know) our paths from a young age. We follow those trails through 12 years of school, and then four (plus) more. Some of us don't. We flounder, we search, we know what we want but we don't know how to achieve it. The crucial component in all these scenarios? Education.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2010

Getting the green light on transport

Going Green
Exciting — if daunting — developments are on the transportation horizon in the greater Portland area.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 26, 2010


Searching for Stephen King

A new biography presents facts but not a full story
In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 13, 2010

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