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Exploring the hidden landscapes below
I am crouching somewhere off Portland's peninsula, an inch of water pooled around my winter boots, a dark tunnel of concrete stretching out in front as well as far behind me.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 13, 2013


Review: Girl Model

The sad world of teenage exploitation
The opening shot of Girl Model, the 2011 documentary exposing the exploitative modeling industry in Russia and Japan, scans a gray and cold Siberian cityscape.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 13, 2013

Sands of time

Going Green
Even as gathering signs point to the inevitable construction of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline through middle America, tar-sands opponents convened in South Portland on Monday night to oppose the transport of that same viscous petroleum product through Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 13, 2013


Examining ‘Seneca, Selma, and Stonewall’

Making History
It will be recalled as the most famous line from President Barack Obama's second inaugural address delivered January 21.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 06, 2013


Brennan takes leading role on school support

Learning for Dollars  
Maine's high school graduation rate has improved by five percentage points in four years, the state Department of Education announced earlier this week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 27, 2013


Groundfishing in New England faces a bleak present and an uncertain future

Sink or swim?
As recently as 2008, Maine groundfishermen were feeling fairly optimistic.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 20, 2013


How farmers stay busy during the colder months in Maine

A year-round occupation
When we think of farms, fruits and vegetables, and the bounty of the garden, we don't usually think of February — at least not in Maine, and definitely not after a blizzard of historic proportions.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2013

Back to our roots

Going Green
It's a fundamental notch in any homesteader's totem pole: Root-cellaring, or the practice of storing fresh, whole, harvested fruits and vegetables in a cool environment (usually underground) in order to enjoy them long after the growing season has ended.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2013


Documentary shows America’s system is far from neat

Health care on the rocks
Toward the end of 2012, the US Census Bureau reported that for the first time in years, the number of uninsured Americans had actually fallen — to 48.6 million, from an all-time high of 49.9 million in 2010.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2013


A bunch of Maine-related whiskey items, some of them a stretch

How did Blood & Whiskey Studio — a custom-printing business based on Peaks Island — get its name?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2013


Roorbach’s newest book tastes of envy, mystery

Crossing the divide
Secrets and food and celebrity and bodies. These are the subjects of Maine author Bill Roorbach's new novel, Life Among Giants, a literary mystery with a tinge of soap-opera sudsiness.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2013

No tar-sands oil here, please

Defensive Action
Close to 1500 people from around the Northeast and Canada gathered in downtown Portland on Saturday to protest a potential project that would pipe tar-sands oil from western Canada through New England to Portland Harbor.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2013


Learning to eat more with less impact

Plant-based practice
In the course of an hour, Chris McClay convinced me that I just may be able to live without cheese.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2013


Local suspense novel conjures summertime

Mysterious strangers
If these chilly winter days have you dreaming of sunbathing on the beach, a new mystery novel by Maine author Josh Pahigian could be just the thing to turn up the heat.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2013


Documentary revives the AIDS fight in archival footage

Fighting back
More than 30 "archival cinematographers" are credited at the end of David France's Oscar-nominated documentary, How to Survive a Plague .
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 16, 2013

Greasing the wheels

Going Green
In the six months since we wrote about them last, the folks at Portland's Garbage to Garden curbside composting program have seen impressive growth.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2013


Indigenous-rights movement grows

Refusing Idleness
A nascent but growing protest movement originating from indigenous people in Canada has found sympathizers in Maine, where 0.7 percent of the population identifies as American Indian.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 09, 2013


At last: same-sex marriage in Maine!

Just Married  
Thousands of same-sex marriages will take place in the Pine Tree State over the next few years, and it all started at 12:01 am on Saturday, December 29.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2012

Get it done

Going Green
Unity College, a small school in Waldo County with a focus on environmental issues, announced this year that it will pull its investments from the fossil-fuel industry — underscoring that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to address climate change.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 19, 2012

Working toward a greener 2013

Environment Dept.
Maine's environmental activists believe they will be forced to "play defense" next year, as Governor Paul LePage attempts to dismantle the Renewable Portfolio Standards Law and international oil barons consider routing toxic tar sands through the state.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 12, 2012
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