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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

Bankrupt railroad closes on $3 million loan

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway will be able to keep operating into 2014

October 23, 2013

Pier 1 open for business in South Portland

The homewares chain previously had a store on Forest Avenue until 2005.

October 22, 2013

Founder of Maine lobster processor wins national entrepreneurs award

Kyle Murdock, who launched Sea Hag Seafood last fall, is among five recipients of the award, which comes with a $40,000 grant.

October 23, 2013

Home sales in Maine rise sharply

Sales of existing single-family homes in September rose almost 25 percent from last year.

October 21, 2013

Fashion industry turns a cold shoulder to plus-size customers

The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960, yet women’s plus-size clothing still makes up only about 9 percent of the $190 billion spent annually on clothes.

October 21, 2013

EU lawmakers to vote on stronger data privacy laws

The draft legislation, beefed up after Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. spying, would have significant implications for U.S. internet companies.

October 21, 2013

Tar sands remains sticky wicket in South Portland

High-flying rhetoric, myriad press events and dramatic pronouncements have been the hallmark of the campaign for the Waterfront Protection Ordinance.

October 21, 2013

DeLorme keeping up with a revolution Several photos included in this story

The Yarmouth-based mapping company puts new emphasis on the world of digital products, but yes, it’s still making paper maps.