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Honored for torture exposé, Tapley points out more work to be done

Laurels
At an October 26 event attended by five previous awardees and nearly 30 others, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine presented Portland Phoenix writer Lance Tapley with its 2012 Roger Baldwin Award, recognizing his nearly 100 stories over seven years exposing solitary confinement and other torture of inmates in Maine's prison system.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 08, 2012

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On being undead

Why I’m bailing from giving the gift of life
I've been an organ donor since I first got a driver's license, more than 20 years ago. But Friday morning, after getting off the phone with the New England Organ Bank, I took a black marker and crossed out that line on my license.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 24, 2012

Rating the campaigns

Press Releases
When reporters are trying to get info on candidates to share with voters, campaign staff hold the keys to the kingdom.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 18, 2012

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Bullies beware

Youth Culture
Wells rapper and man-about-town Spose is not a fan of bullies — or pulling punches.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2012

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Tapley racks up another award

Laurels
Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley, who has covered conditions in the Maine State Prison and throughout the state's corrections system since 2005, will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for "outstanding advocacy for prison reform."
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2012

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The Outsiders: Also on the ballot, and making good points


Three candidates you haven't heard a lot about from the mainstream media are, nevertheless, running for US Senate.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 03, 2012



Mistrust

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The Gallup polling company last week released a report saying Americans' trust in the mass media hit a new low this year.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 26, 2012

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Using the Constitution’s protections — all at once

In my rights mind
On the occasion of this week's 225th birthday of the US Constitution, I wanted to embrace our culture's all-or-nothing ethos, by not just exercising all of my Constitutional rights, but using as many as possible all at once.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2012

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Not all toll hikes are created equal

Driving Expenses
The Maine Turnpike Authority has decided to increase tolls, starting November 1, to raise $21 million in additional revenue for highway maintenance and debt repayment.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2012

It's an online world now

Press Releases
The Portland Press Herald editorial crew needs some lessons on online communication and Internet copyright law.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 22, 2012

Mosque welcomes visitors

Community Building  
Don't believe what you read or hear in the news about Muslims.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 15, 2012



Avoiding the issues

Press Releases
Governor Paul LePage's "Gestapo" mess has largely subsided, but ripples remain — among them key insights into the squeamishness of Maine journalists, and the information thereby denied to the people of the Pine Tree State.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 25, 2012

Back to the polls

Press Releases
The debate about how to phrase the same-sex marriage question on November's ballot has just begun, with Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers proposing a very simple option: "Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  June 27, 2012

Encounter with a racist

Human Relations
I've never really liked racists. Today, I see a little value in them after all.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 18, 2012

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GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012

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Celestial Update

This brief transit
Back in the 18th century, observing the Transit of Venus took a ridiculous amount of effort, involving ships, draft animals, wagons with wooden wheels, and telescopes made by the best optics engineer in the world. Today — say it with me — there's an app for that.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012



Ask questions

Press Releases
Portland residents concerned about the drowning death of Nathan Bihlmaier saw the advantage of having competing news organizations last week, and may yet continue benefiting from this as the investigation continues.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012

Obama Occupies

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It's no surprise that the mainstream media are treating the latest policy moves by President Barack Obama as part of the strategic maneuvering supporting his reelection bid.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  May 02, 2012

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Small cities poised to thrive

Seeing the future
The future of America can be found not in its largest cities nor its deepest wilds, but in the small cities dotting its landscape, recovering from decades of neglect and economic ravaging.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 25, 2012

King-BIW deal resurfaces during tax-incentive scrutiny

Corporate Welfare Watch
Bath Iron Works staff subsidize their own jobs as a result of a 15-year-old deal now coming under criticism from a national watchdog group.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 20, 2012

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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


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