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Lots of hot air

Going Green
Independent US Senate candidate Angus King opened a recent debate at the University of Southern Maine by congratulating Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Maine's Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has started generating electricity for the power grid from its tidal-energy turbine in Cobscook Bay.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2012

Guns on the street

A police story
Around 6 pm on Wednesday evening, I was walking with a friend who was carrying his rifle across Congress Street to my car.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2012


Yes on One? Duh

You’ve heard all the arguments, seen all the evidence. Are you really still against same-sex marriage?
It would be awesome if this was the last thing I ever had to write about the gay-marriage debate.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2012

Does Portland desire a streetcar?

Transit Alternatives  
Imagine hopping onto a streetcar downtown and being whisked in the direction of your home, whether that be on the East End or in an off-peninsula neighborhood.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2012

MOFGA fair hosts big-name food and farm revolutionaries

Common Ground
In a frank essay published on her blog a few years back, author, farmer, and Radical Homesteader Shannon Hayes came clean about what she dubbed "a new cadre of women — the Über-Moms. We are the over-educated over-achievers, sidestepping the conventional rat race in favor of an alternative maelstrom."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 05, 2012

Curbside composting

Going Green
It seems like such a no-brainer; it's almost shocking that the curbside compost pick-up idea has taken so long to catch on around here.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 29, 2012

Challenging the cinematic norms of gay culture

Film Series
There's no doubt that this fall will bring heated debates about gay rights, as Mainers vote on giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 29, 2012


Reconnecting Portland and Auburn by rail

All Aboard
One of these afternoons, head down to the Grand Trunk building at the bottom of India Street and take a look at the plaque on the wall.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 22, 2012


Tar Sands Disaster?

Big oil’s risky plan could have massive environmental impacts on Maine
The activists, clad mostly in black, flowed slowly and silently down Battery Street in Burlington.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2012

What it takes to make films in Maine

Moving Pictures
After being without one for more than six months, the state Department of Economic and Community Development has hired a new director of the Maine Film Office, which works to lure all image-interested folks, from catalog photographers to big-budget movie producers, to the Pine Tree State.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2012


Mainers, Occupiers rally in Vermont

Protest Watch
A boisterous, multi-lingual, angry crowd of about 500 — including a sizeable contingent from Maine — gathered in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2012

This agrarian life

Going Green
Half of all current farmers are expected to retire within this decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture; for every one farmer and rancher under the age of 25, there are five who are 75 or older.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2012

Republicans step up to defend equality

Gay-Marriage Watch
A group of about 20 Maine Republicans announced their support for same-sex marriage at a press conference on Monday, which advocates hope is "another way of showing how people have changed their minds on this issue over the last few years," according to Matt McTighe, the campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 25, 2012


A new campaign works to bring breastfeeding into the open

It’s just food
You're out to dinner, or at the grocery store, or sitting in the movie theater, and you see a woman nursing her baby.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2012

Against deadly drones

Peace Movement
Drone warfare — the use of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft to carry out air strikes against supposed terrorists — is on the rise and has been over the last few years.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 11, 2012


Considering Monica Wood’s heartfelt memoir

Another Maine, another time
It's April, 1963, in Mexico, Maine — a town on the Androscoggin River in the Western part of the state.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012


Seating Arrangements tackles propriety, love, and whales

Island adventure
Winn Van Meter, the patriarch of the WASP-y New England family portrayed in Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements, likes things just so.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012

Portland activist in Palestine

International Relations
Danny Muller, Portland resident and former executive director of Peace Action Maine, first traveled to Palestine in 2003 with Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), a California-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012

Up in the air

Going Green
In late June, Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for our health when they voted against a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012


Open-carry activist takes to the streets

Gun Rights
On a recent sunny morning at Coffee By Design on Congress Street, Norman Hamann is well-armed.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2012


New film deepens 9/11 Truth effort

Still Seeking
More than 50 people turned out on Monday evening to see 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out , the latest documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), the non-profit activist organization that claims Americans don't know the whole truth (or even half of it) about the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 13, 2012

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