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Drafting the city's constitution

Charter Commission
Nineteen people are running to serve in nine open seats on the city's 12-member Charter Commission.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2009

Going to pot

State medical marijuana law advances
The state's medical-marijuana laws, which govern how patients can access pot for medical purposes, is on the brink of significant change.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2009

Holistic healing

Going green
Last month, I got hit with a nasty combination of the flu and tonsillitis, which left me barely able to swallow or speak.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2009


A play grows up at Portland Stage

Hero's journey
It's hard to identify any specific differences in this year's incarnation of The Passion of the Hausfrau , but the one-woman show, which debuted as part of Portland Stage Company's Little Festival of the Unexpected last year, is certainly more polished this time around.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2009

Human-rights campaigner to tour Maine

Ending poverty
On the heels of news that Maine's unemployment rate is on the rise (2600 jobs were lost here in February), the state will host one of the nation's most powerful speakers on economic human rights this week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 2009


The shape of things

Portlander's stories explore the connections between what's inside and out
We are shaped by what surrounds us. Our exteriors — meaning geographical locations, physical infrastructure, and bodies alike — affect our interior states of mind.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 2009


Same-sex marriage

Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Earth Hour

City will participate — what will you be doing?
At 8:30 pm this Saturday, the world will go dark. Or so we hope.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Separate is not equal

Many state benefits, and federal ones, too, are tied specifically to 'marriage'
Many people think civil unions might be a workable compromise. But after nine years in Vermont, there's evidence that enough is wrong with them to convince that state's Senate to back a civil-marriage proposal.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Like riding a bike

Going green
Last week, glimpses of spring made me eager for the days when I can hop on my bike and go for a long ride without worrying about getting hypothermia or skidding out on salty, slushy roads.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2009

Legislative battle takes shape

Gay marriage
The list of Maine's gay-marriage bill co-sponsors — i.e. , those legislators lending the most robust support to the measure — was released last Thursday afternoon.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2009


Branding our outdoor tourism

Love letters to Maine
Eventually, the folks at Maine Huts and Trails, a non-profit that operates in western Maine, hope to establish a 180-mile trail system between the Mahoosuc Range and Moosehead Lake.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2009

Celebrating identity on Munjoy Hill

The Femme Show
Wild costumes. Barbie dolls and hula hoops, burlesque, dancing, storytelling, acting, and film. All these things, and more, will be part of the Femme Show...
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 04, 2009

Saving the earth

Seeing the climate-change forest for the carbon-storing trees.
Former Green gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter's 120 acres in Lexington township will be the first-ever officially designated "carbon sequestration forest." It remains to be seen whether they will also be the only one.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2009


Hope for young homebuyers

The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 23, 2009

Growing good air

Going green
What's greener than houseplants?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009


A long-silent civil-rights heroine comes to Maine

Changing history
It's a writer's dream — to stumble across a story, a figure, or a moment in time, that influenced our history but remains relatively untouched by the hands of academia or pop culture.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 19, 2009


Transmission troubles

We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
Late last month, Maine's second large commercial wind farm officially opened at Stetson Mountain in the eastern part of the state. But for all this potential, both in terms of the power source itself, and the brainpower behind it, Maine risks losing a lot of money.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009


Knowing glances

Field notes
Admit it: Even if you've never posted a Missed Connection on Craigslist, or had one written about you, you've probably perused them.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009


Hurtin' for a yurtin'

Love letters to Maine
Safe to say, we weren't exactly roughing it.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2009

Going green: Ghostbusters

Reducing phantom loads
My monthly rent payment includes heat and electricity, a luxury I'm still getting used to at the new apartment I moved into this summer.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2009

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