Portland, ME

Poll suggests that gender turnout will play a key role in Maine’s race for governor

A new Suffolk University poll, which shows a dead heat between Democrat Janet Mills and Republican Shawn Moody, found that female voters strongly …

Politics

The Best American Cities To Take A ‘Beercation’ This Summer

We don’t care who you are, everyone deserves a summer vacation. And summer is nearly over. Those vacation days you’ve been saving up for the perfect trip? <i>Now</i> is your moment to use them. And while you could do the normal, conventional thing and visit friends or hit up a hotel with a nice pool, we …

Beer

A pesto king in our midst: Solo Italiano chef shares the award-winning recipe

Spend a little time with Paolo Laboa, the executive chef at Solo Italiano in Portland, and you’ll probably discover you’ve been doing pesto all …

Italian Food

Rather than steaming it, a Portland restaurant returns ‘cotton candy’ lobster to the sea

Scales' executive chef says, ‘It was just too interesting to cook it.’

Cotton Candy

New poll shows 2018 race for Maine governor’s office in virtual dead heat

Republican Shawn Moody and Democrat Janet Mills are locked in a dead heat in the Maine governor’s election, according to a new poll by Suffolk …

Politics

Bystanders credited with saving life of Portland boy who nearly drowned

NEW GLOUCESTER — Emergency responders are crediting bystanders who trained in CPR with saving the life of a 4-year-old Portland boy who nearly …

CPR

Jobs boom favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds

MONACA, Pennsylvania — The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year under President Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring …

Politics

Canoeist found dead on Saco River beach in Fryeburg

Police are investigating the death of a 28-year-old New Hampshire man who was found dead Sunday on a beach on the Saco River in Fryeburg.Fryeburg …

Canoeing

Book review: Life with father goes under the microscope in ‘Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter’

Woodie Garber was the kind of parent who would tell his enraptured child to close her eyes, and then place a stone in her hand and ask her to guess …

Book Reviews

Red Sox power prospect Bobby Dalbec in Portland

Bobby Dalbec can hit the ball hard and he can hit it far. And he is hitting more often.<p>Thus, Dalbec arrived at Hadlock Field Friday afternoon, the …

Baseball

Maine Sea Goddess forced to step down over photos on social media

ROCKLAND — The 2018 Maine Sea Goddess was forced to step down less than 24 hours after she was crowned because of photos she posted on social media …

Social Media

Maine women lobby Sens. Collins and King to vote against Trump high court nominee

Collins, Kingto opposecourt nomineeNine Maine women visited Sen. Angus King and the staff of Sen. Susan Collins in Washington on Thursday to urge the …

Politics

Maine author Elizabeth Strout named New York Public Library Lion

Pulitzer Prize-winning Maine author Elizabeth Strout is among this year’s five New York Public Library Lions, the institution’s highest honor given …

Books

Another View: Secret recording isn’t what Uber, Lyft passengers sign up for

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are under the microscope for allowing drivers in Missouri to capture video of passengers without their consent. …

Livestreaming

Sewage spill sends 1 million gallons into Maine's Casco Bay

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About a million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled out of a Maine wastewater treatment plant and into a bay, taking a section of a popular trail with it.<p>The overflow happened on Thursday morning in Portland and closed East End Beach while washing away a section of …

Sewage

Kennebunk teacher found not guilty of sexual assault

ALFRED — A former Kennebunk High School Teacher has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting her student after a four-day trial.<p>The York County …

Crime

Rumford Hospital is the 2nd to vote no confidence in its owner’s CEO

RUMFORD — Less than a week after Bridgton Hospital medical staff passed a no confidence vote in Central Maine Healthcare CEO Jeff Brickman, Rumford …

Health Care

CDC issues alert about salmonella tied to chicken, ducks in backyard flocks

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued a nationwide warning that there have been outbreaks of salmonella infections …

Environmental Health

Visit 30 Maine island sites in a single day? Check.

By midafternoon, a strong onshore wind was kicking up a wicked chop in Harpswell Sound, pounding my little boat as we motored south along Orrs …

Sailing

Hiker rescued from Appalachian Trail twice in 2 weeks

REDINGTON TOWNSHIP — For the second time in less than two weeks, a North Carolina woman was carried off the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday after …

Hiking

Rep. Pingree, other Democrats propose shrinking zones for immigration checks

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is co-sponsoring a bill to shrink the size of the border enforcement zone where federal immigration agents have been asking …

Immigration

Beloved blueberry cake shows why Marjorie Standish is Maine’s home cooking icon

I am a Philly girl born and bred, but a while back, I tried to cook my way into being a Mainer. My idea was if I mastered chowder and baked beans and …

Ice Cream

Arizona embryo law could alter abortion debate

When their marriage fell apart, the most contentious issue between Ruby Torres and John Joseph Terrell was the fate of their frozen embryos. There …

Breast Cancer

Sens. Collins and King, Rep. Poliquin testify against tariffs on Canadian newsprint

Tariffs on Canadian newsprint “will cause permanent harm to newspapers, printers and book publishers,” Sen. Susan Collins testified Tuesday. <i>Andrew</i> …

Tariffs

Candidates say LePage’s holdup of campaign funding defies common sense

Several candidates say the Maine governor’s latest push to hold up more than $1 million in budgeted public campaign funding “flies in the face of …

Tour de France

Maine seeks $3 million to beef up security of voter registration system

AUGUSTA — Maine wants to beef up cybersecurity of its voter registration system.<p>Maine Public reports that Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap …

Washing Machines

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.<p>Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The Portland …

Employment

A Portland neighborhood asks: Why build city shelter here?

Day Whitehead admits that he never really thought much about the issue of homelessness until the city of Portland unveiled a proposal last month to …

Homelessness

Auction closes chapter on family farm in Saco that endured for more than 200 years

A farm in Saco that has been owned by the same family for more than 200 years is going on the auction block Thursday.<p>The auction follows a year-long …

Farming

Canada expects legal pot will draw American tourists, but the border and U.S. law stands in the way

BLAINE, Wash. — Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able …

Cannabis