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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 06, 2009

Crossword: ''That's B. S.''

At least it's broken up
At least it's broken up
By MATT JONES  |  May 29, 2009


On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing

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

The way they tell stories

Local film
Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly's documentary The Way We Get By has its official Maine premiere in Orono this weekend with an unusual amount of fanfare.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 08, 2009

Official propaganda

Why pay for the governor's publicity machine?
Isn't it sinister or at least creepy in a democracy for citizens to foot the bill for politicians and high officials to propagandize them?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Curiouser and curiouser

Sara Hallie Richardson says hello, to say goodbye
Sara Hallie Richardson, we hardly knew ye.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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

What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2008

UMaine feels the economic pinch

Tuition pressure
The University of Maine system is being asked by the state to describe how it would cut $10.6 million from its budget — the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the state money it gets — on top of the $19.1 million in cuts imposed earlier this year.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

Endorsements, or lack thereof

The Phoenix ’s picks for this election
The Phoenix makes no endorsement for the United States Senate. Neither Republican Susan Collins, the incumbent, nor Democratic challenger Tom Allen would agree to talk with this paper.
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 31, 2008

Maine House candidates

Who wants to go to Augusta?
As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

The plebiscites

There are three referendum questions all Maine voters must consider on Election Day.
Olympia has promised to spend at least $112 million developing a large casino-resort-hotel, likely somewhere in the town of Oxford, roughly an hour’s drive north of Portland.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2008

Crossword: ''Early and often''

An election selection.
An election selection.
By MATT JONES  |  October 29, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

Politics and other mistakes
I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008

Illusion of progress

Politics and other mistakes
As the world teetered on the brink of another Great Depression, I was comforted by the knowledge that if civilization collapsed, I’d still have quality health care.  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2008

Now's the time

A primer on Opportunity Maine
Opportunity Maine is that rare type of public policy — one that enjoys true bipartisan support, and one that is expected to actually work.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008

Crossword: ''The rainbow connection''

Someday you'll find it
Someday you'll find it
By MATT JONES  |  July 30, 2008

Plum Creek plans to cut down 200-year-old trees

North Woods logging
You would think the Plum Creek Timber Company would be doing all it could to avoid negative publicity right now.
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  May 28, 2008

Crossword: ''Center piece''

No theme, but a wide-open middle.
No theme, but a wide-open middle.
By MATT JONES  |  May 07, 2008

Taking from the poor

Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 07, 2008

Bear season

Sports blotter: Vacationland edition
we may have a new weird and unexpected pretender to the great sports-crime throne: the University of MaineWBlack Bears.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2008

Fishing for filmmakers

Maine struggles to attract the movie industry
When you can make Shreveport look like Bridgton for less money, what’s the bottom-line allure of filming in Maine?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2008

Ode to the Lonely Alumnus

Balls and pucks
Last Saturday my alma mater dropped a squeaker for the ages.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  February 27, 2008

The loud business drumbeat

Who really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the mentally ill? Keep searching.
The majority legislative Dems do not share Baldacci’s enthusiasm for these cuts, but they seem resigned to them.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 30, 2008

Cheaper by the quad

Privatized dorms debut in Portland
This fall Portland college students will have yet another housing option, one similar in cost to a snazzy apartment in the West End.
By DAVE BRADY  |  January 30, 2008

Download this

Two Maine Law students take on RIAA big guns
Two third-year law students working at the school’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic are taking on the RIAA on behalf of two university students.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 09, 2008

Gambling on voters

Downeast Mainers pin their hopes on the turn of the ballots
Do you want to expand gambling in Maine by letting the Passamaquoddy Tribe build and operate a slot-machine parlor, high-stakes beano games, and a harness-racing track in Washington County?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 25, 2007

Stacked up

City Council and School Committee candidates answer our questions
For a moment, step away from the yammering about whose fault which snafu is — let’s find some people who know how to make decisions the community can embrace.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 25, 2007


Politics and other mistakes
All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

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