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A new online program at SMCC puts you to the test

All you can learn
Yes, taking classes online is the wave of the future. And you've figured out that the house always wins: Tuition for those classes is vastly more profitable for universities than the traditional in-person, in-classroom instruction.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 26, 2011


Press releases
"Stenographers" is an inflammatory word to use to describe journalists, but it's the only accurate way to respond to news coverage of Paul LePage's inauguration as governor.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 12, 2011

A critical reading of LePage’s inaugural address

Starting points
Governor Paul LePage's inaugural address was fairly short, and was filled with rhetoric much like that from his campaign.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 12, 2011


SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

Fighting censorship
A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide show of solidarity between art galleries and the organizers of the Smithsonian's show.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 15, 2010

Pay what?

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How much would you pay to watch TV programs you can already get for free?
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 15, 2010


Gift Guide 2010: Portland nerdcrafters turn old ideas into new items

Maker's mark
Galen Richmond may work in the best tradition of Maine craft artisans, forging functional creations out of everyday materials most might consider junk, but there the comparison stops.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 10, 2010

Brave the new world

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Maine is in crisis — big budget shortfalls, lots of people unemployed, a cold winter approaching. And there's this new governor, talking about making life easy for business.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2010

County races could use competition

Election prep
All five Cumberland County posts up for election this year have unopposed candidates — and four have incumbents seeking reelection.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 27, 2010

Quick reminders for last-minute voters

Last week, we issued our endorsements for several races and ballot issues. If you just want a quick handy refresher, here's a list of the Portland Phoenix 's endorsements.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 27, 2010

Surrender monkeys: On the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' media kerfuffle

Press releases
Most journalism professionals agree that it is appropriate that media organizations should ban reporters from attending certain types of events in the name of objectivity and limiting perceived bias.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 20, 2010


Maine storyteller heads away for audiences

Tall tales
We here at the Phoenix don't pull this kind of thing often, but this weekend you're missing out. Lewiston native (and Munjoy Hill dweller) Michael Parent has headed 1000 miles southwest from Portland to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, this weekend.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 29, 2010

Could it happen here?

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The news a few years back that the Bush administration had convinced the big telecom companies to allow the authorities to spy on customers without warrants, in the name of fighting terrorism, caused a ruckus.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 22, 2010

State e-mail retrieval: $36K + 1 year — or free, and right now

Bureaufusion Concratic Dept.
Happily, the estimated $36,000 cost state officials told a reporter it would cost to retrieve certain e-mails sent to or from Kurt Adams when he was chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission turns out to have been a gross overstatement.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 16, 2010

Dueling ideas

Maine's senators on cybersecurity
Both of Maine's senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have backed cybersecurity legislation in hopes of avoiding or averting the catastrophes described in David Scharfenberg's main piece. But their approaches have been different, leading to conflicting bills in the US Senate.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 01, 2010

Maine breaches

When many Mainers think of "cybersecurity," they probably remember the 2008 HANNAFORD SECURITY BREACH , when 4.2 million credit- and debit-card numbers were stolen from shoppers at the grocery chain's stores.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 01, 2010


FairPoint's struggles continue

Corporate Albatross Dept.
It has been a very long time since our last FairPoint update, but you can rest assured that the North Carolina-based landline provider's downward slide has continued, as the company attempts to restructure its way out of crushing debt through bankruptcy-court protection.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 01, 2010

Maine's broken e-mail system

Press releases
When Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting asked for electronic copies of e-mails between the chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission and representatives of companies the PUC dealt with, she did not expect to receive a cost estimate of $10,000 from the state — nor to be required to pay $80 for the privilege of receiving that estimate.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 26, 2010

Street musicians at First Friday Art Walk, Portland, August 6

Music seen
With the Tower/Building of Song on hiatus while its creators move apartments (again), the street-music scene on First Friday was quieter than in recent months. But that left more aural room for buskers along Congress Street.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 11, 2010

Crimes + hoaxes

Press releases
Portlanders collectively sucked in their breath with fear when the story broke last Tuesday morning on Facebook and the local news media: a 20-something woman had reported to police that she had been attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of men while she was walking on Baxter Boulevard at 9:30 pm the night before.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 28, 2010

Chris Teret + Man Forever + Guitar Cloud at SPACE Gallery, July 17

Music Seen
When Kid Millions (Oneida) brought his new project, Man Forever, to SPACE Gallery, it was more than an opportunity to see a friend I have long known as a drummer with unusual intensity and stamina.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 21, 2010


Guides for 'Complete Idiots'

Judging By Their Covers Dept.
If you want more proof of the degeneracy of modern American society, look no farther than the series of books labeled The Complete Idiot's Guide To .
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 07, 2010

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