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VoteTrac: Results from the Statehouse



The challenge of our age: Special report

Like a growing number of Maine seniors, Jim and Nancy Pike struggle to put food on the table once they've paid their bills each month.
Medicaid needs $10 million more, Maine panel says
Offers of help pour in for elderly Maine couple
Elderly Maine couple’s plight moves others to give
Organizers of Maine aging summit aim for action plan
Group releases ‘Blueprint for Action on Aging’ in Maine

Living with disabilities in Portland

As the city assesses its infrastructure and barriers both physical and emotional, we spend a day in the shoes of those with their own limitations to overcome. Here are their stories.

Maine’s heroin crisis: A special report Video clip included

• As the problems worsen, funding for treatment is cut back
• Why the epidemic? Because heroin is cheap
• One addict’s heartbreak: Susan Kimball reports

Gov. LePage’s drug fight puts focus on hunting down dealers
Let police, public give lifesaving drug, Maine panel says
LePage to offer plan to expand Maine's 'War on Drugs'

Police Beat

The latest police log from your area.

Read Portland restaurant inspection reports

Official restaurant inspection reports, including complaints made by diners for Portland restaurants. Browse to see if restaurants passed or failed. Read the actual reports to learn the details of clean or unsanitary kitchens.
Restaurant inspections a hot item in Augusta
Portland restaurant space rare, too pricey, chefs say
Oversight of Maine restaurants diminishes, just as complaints rise
After infestation, Portland rushed restaurant reopenings
Porthole, Comedy Connection closed again, future is uncertain
Portland eatery inspections, smoking ban get review
Portland starts new push for restaurant safety rules
Second Portland restaurant inspector being groomed
Portland bistro probed as possible source of food-borne illness
Controversial Portland health inspector resigns
Portland restaurant inspections double, but failures decrease

dataBASE: Searchable data

Looking for facts about Maine students, politics, the economy, public safety?

Bird counts at Bradbury Mountain State Park

The Bradbury Mountain hawk count, now in its seventh year, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from March 15 to May 15 in Pownal at Bradbury Mountain State Park.

Quiz: So you think you know Maine artists?

Take our interactive quiz and match prominent Maine artists with their artworks.
Marin gift to Arkansas museum enhances the painter’s stature

Child care oversight in Maine: Complete coverage

An index of stories related to Maine's official oversight of day care centers and documented abuse at the Sunshine Child Care & Preschool in Lyman.
Maine child care licensing supervisor reassigned
Maine may hire more inspectors after reports of abuse at Lyman day care
DHHS stumbles on Lyman day care owner’s abuse
Maine official: State’s response to day care abuse fell short
Maine's lax follow-up policy penalizes some day care sites, critics say
Quality child care tough to find everywhere; more challenging in Maine
Ex-DHHS inspectors say Maine managers ignored child abuse
Maine panel to probe DHHS inaction on child-abuse reports

Maine's 133rd Engineer Battalion: Special report

Columnist Bill Nemitz and Staff Photographer Gabe Souza report from Afghanistan with the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion.

Maine restaurants that failed health inspections in 2014


Panel gives restaurant inspections another look

Chart: Labs sit pretty as top local dogs


Westminster dog show will let mixed-breeds jump through hoops, too

Maine contributions to candidates for governor: Who is giving and how much?

Search contributions to candidates running to be governor of Maine in the 2014 election. Eliot Cutler, Paul LePage and Mike Michaud's campaign finance reports filed with the Maine Ethics Commission.
Michaud has fundraising edge in early race for Maine governor

Maine's top newsmakers of 2013

Maine stole its share of the spotlight in 2013. Before we say goodbye to the year that was, here’s a look at some of the people behind the headlines of 2013 and where they are now.

Press Herald Toy Fund



Ten Mainers to be thankful for

Behold the bounty of Thanksgiving. These 10 individuals – known by their neighbors for their generous hearts and for their genuine commitment to improving the community around them – were chosen by the Portland Press Herald as embodying the spirit of the holiday.

Special section: The life of Nelson Mandela

The former prisoner and president used peace to overcome Apartheid, and in doing so set a moral example for the world.
Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela
Song, dance, tears for Mandela in South Africa
World leaders, barrier-breakers react to Mandela’s death
Mandela’s fight influenced Maine leaders
Mandela inspired music, movies, poems
Gracious and tough, Mandela was fun to cover

Special section: The day we lost Kennedy

Stories, video and photos commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy
A stunned state: ‘What are we going to do now?’
JFK in Maine: State ‘has a chance ... to choose progress’
In their words: Mainers remember Nov. 22, 1963
Mainers remember the day we lost Kennedy
Bill Nemitz: Others' anguish engulfed innocent kid when JFK was killed 50 years ago today

2013 Election coverage

Complete coverage of local elections and referendums.
Meet the candidates for Cape Elizabeth School Board
Meet the candidates for Windham's RSU 14 Board of Directors
Meet the candidates for Gorham School Board
Meet the candidates for Gorham Town Council
Meet the candidates for Westbrook City Council
Meet the candidates for Westbrook mayor
Meet the candidates for Portland City Council
Meet the candidates for Portland school board
Meet the candidates for Windham Town Council
Meet the candidates for South Portland City Council

Maine health and health care news

Maine health and health care headlines, including information on the Affordable Care Act, how to apply for coverage and questions and answers from Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram reporters.
Maine small businesses wrestling with health law
Uninsured care about new health plans, not penalty
LePage: Study backs no broader Medicaid
Mainers can get help navigating Obamacare
Obamacare costlier for Maine than most of U.S.
Sign-ups for insurance will put health care law to the test
Discounted health coverage available in Maine, but many unaware
Insurance markets open to surge of new customers
Few Mainers sign up for insurance in person, but interest is high
Central Maine Medical Center lauds ruling against Anthem
High interest, but Mainers facing familiar difficulties signing up for insurance

Portland Pirates 2013-2014



Complete coverage and video of Maine's trade mission to Iceland

Complete coverage of Maine's trade mission to Iceland from Staff Writer Tom Bell.
Portland's fresh connection with Iceland
Portland waterfront could once again be a contender

2013 Maine Apple Guide


Soup to Nuts: From tree or market, time is ripe for Maine apples

Mainers frustrated with MaineCare ride system


Taxis taking more calls for troubled MaineCare rides broker
Phone calls show MaineCare transport mess persists
Missed MaineCare rides drive health agency losses
MaineCare ride provider has history of problems
MaineCare ride complaint reports fail to add up
Maine won't drop broken rides system for state's poor
MaineCare ride system favors certain patients
Vermont avoided Medicaid transportation problems occurring in Maine

INTERACTIVE: There must be 50 ways to leave Time Warner


Time Warner Cable’s reputation tarnished

Physical restraint incidents in Maine school districts: Searchable database

Statewide data on the number of students placed under physical restraint or placed in seclusion is available for the first time, courtesy of the Maine Department of Education.
Maine’s changes to student restraint rule working, report says
Maine data on student restraint, seclusion to help guide policies

Maine Crime Maps



The music of Portland's streets

The brick sidewalks of Portland's Old Port are a pitch-perfect stage for enterprising street musicians – also known as buskers. And the musicians who entertain for smiles and tips cover a broad range of sounds and styles, from hard rock to bluegrass to the rhythm of an African hand drum.

'The Lobbyist in the henhouse' DEP series


After missed deadlines, Maine dam relicensing bill gains support
Lawmakers plan to keep close watch on Maine DEP
Maine DEP's dam relicensing effort in disarray, records show
Report criticizes DEP as Maine's lake-water quality dips
Request for probe of Maine DEP on hold
Groups call for probe of Maine environmental chief Aho
LePage issues new policy: No more talking to 3 newspapers
The lobbyist in the henhouse: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving?
LePage vetoes bill cutting toxic chemicals in kids' items
More dam relicensing slips past Maine's DEP
Judge voids ruling by Maine's Aho in wind farm case, says it ‘had no rational basis’
Maine appeals reversal of DEP chief’s wind farm decision

INTERACTIVE: Maine, Iceland & Eimskip at a glance


Portland's fresh connection with Iceland

Special report: Where are the jobs of Maine's future?

Special report: Where are the jobs of Maine's future?
Report: Nursing, retail top list of Maine job postings

Interactive: Joe Lawlor's bike route


Nerve, virtue drive cyclist's commute to Portland

Train tragedy at Lac-Megantic


Troubled railway says loan on track
'Blitz' on to inspect oil-train contents
Rail line’s bleak outlook a challenge for Maine
Maine railway involved in Lac-Megantic crash gets more time
Police raid office of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway
Rail cars parked on siding leave some Mainers uneasy
Lawsuit filed in Ill. over Quebec train explosion
Class-action suit initiated against Maine company in train crash
Insufficient brake force blamed for train disaster
No more one-man crews on oil trains, Canada says
LePage to attend train crash memorial in Lac-Megantic
Railroad executive puzzled by police raid
'My mission failed': Rail chief admits mistakes in disaster's wake
State preparing for Maine railway shutdown
Michaud, Pingree continue push for safer tanker cars
Train industry to fight proposed ban on one-man rail crews
Maine railroad in crash shut out of Canada
Maine railway seeks loan to operate through bankruptcy
Maine railway to use two-person crews if it gets financing
Volatility of oil on Quebec train was higher than listed

Interactive: Which grocery store has the lowest prices?


Grocery trends mean war for stores

Complete race day coverage of the 2013 Beach to Beacon


Beach to Beacon is 16 and still so sweet

2013 Maine rabies cases through July 31


Lab tests show attacking S. Portland fox did have rabies

Interactive: tour the Beach to Beacon course


Elite runners are ready for the road to victory
Meet the Beach to Beacon elite runners
In Cape Elizabeth race, a Boston accent
Steve Solloway: Elite runner with the perfect script for life
Samuelson praises her sport's strength in wake of tragedy
Beach to Beacon: This is why I run

A Guide to Portland's Food Trucks



2013 Maine High School Graduations


Maine college-bound essayists hope to leave a mark

Maine School Report Cards



VoteTRAC: See how your lawmaker voted on the state budget

The bill was passed by the House (102-43) and the Senate (25-10) on June 13. Gov. Paul LePage vetoed L.D. 1509 on June 24. The House and Senate voted to override the governor's veto on June 26.
Maine legislators opt for compromise instead of a shutdown
Maine budget drama done, it's time for details

VoteTRAC: Early/absentee voting

L.D. 156, sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, would change the Maine Constitution to give cities and towns the option to allow in-person voting before Election Day. Voters would have to approve the change at a statewide referendum.

VoteTRAC: Firearm sales at gun shows

This bill would require background checks for all firearms sales at gun shows, closing the so-called "gun-show loophole" that allows non-licensed sellers to sell guns without background checks at gun shows. The bill may only affect a small amount of sellers, as licensed dealers in Maine are already required to run background checks on buyers at gun shows.

VoteTRAC: Campus smoking veto

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Chipman, a Portland independent, would have prohibited smoking on all public university and community college campuses by August 2014. It originally passed without opposition, but after a veto from Gov. Paul LePage, 52 of 55 House Republicans voted to uphold the veto.
LePage smoking veto upheld, as trend emerges

VoteTRAC: MaineCare expansion and wholesale liquor contract

L.D. 1546 would make expand eligibility for MaineCare, the state's version of Medicaid, the federally funded health insurance program for low-income people. Also, the bill authorizes the state to develop a new wholesale liquor contract and allocates about $189 million from the proceeds to pay a debt to Maine hospitals.
Maine Senate backs bill to expand Medicaid, pay hospital debt

VoteTRAC: Early voting constitutional amendment

L.D. 156, sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, would change the Maine Constitution to give cities and towns the option to allow in-person voting before Election Day. Voters would have to approve the change at a statewide referendum.
Early in-person voting bill gets Maine Senate approval

VoteTRAC: Superintendent residency votes, after LePage's veto

The Maine House of Representatives voted Tuesday to uphold Gov. LePage's veto of LD 6. While a majority voted to override, the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overrule the governor. Find out how your lawmakers voted in this interactive graphic.
LePage's superintendent residency veto stands
For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job

VoteTRAC: Superintendent residency votes, before LePage's veto

When it was initially approved in April, LD 6, the bill to waive residency requirements for school superintendents, received more than enough votes to override the Governor's veto. But in a post-veto vote in May, the bill fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overrule the governor. Find out how your lawmakers initially voted, before the veto, in this interactive graphic.
LePage's superintendent residency veto stands
For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job

VoteTrac: Track votes on concealed-carry permit info



SPECIAL SECTION: 20 years of the Portland Sea Dogs


Hadlock homecoming: A chance to relive special times in a special place
Catching up with an early leader

Maine school report card rankings and poverty: interactive charts

A comparison of school district poverty levels and the school ratings assigned from the Maine Department of Education.
Is Maine grading quality, or incomes?

SPECIAL SECTION: Kennebunk Prostitution Case


Accused Zumba client going on trial today
Ex-Kennebunk prostitute to fight having to testify in alleged client's trial
Strong jailed 20 days in Zumba prostitution case
Prosecution seeks year in jail for Zumba defendant
Attorney: 'Love' drove defendant in Zumba case
Prosecution rests case in Zumba trial
What's a 'pimp'? Question at core of Zumba trial
Kennebunk prostitution trial delayed until Feb. 13
Highest court halts secret Kennebunk jury selection
Zumba judge: Won't reconsider decision to exclude media
Kennebunk prostitution case defendant Strong in plea talks
Magazine opus: Scandal in a Maine town exposed anew
Two more suspects identified in Kennebunk prostitution case
Four men fined in Kennebunk prostitution case
Court papers in Zumba case describe confiscated items
Kennebunk police release 15 more names in prostitution case
Four men plead guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case
Evidence files given to Zumba teacher's lawyer
Accused Kennebunk 'johns' to appear in court Wednesday
Judge affirms separate trials for key figures in Zumba case
2 men guilty, third doesn't show in Kennebunk prostitution case
Two more men plead guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case
Motions rejected in Kennebunk prostitution case
Attorney in Kennebunk prostitution case asks to quit
Two sides to discuss plea in Kennebunk prostitution case
18 men who pleaded guilty make Kennebunk prostitution witness list
Can Kennebunk prostitution suspects get fair trial?
Kennebunk prostitution jury pool quizzed in secret
Newspaper objects, but Kennebunk juror review still secret
Judge to decide how to proceed in Kennebunk prostitution case
Maine high court to hear appeal in Kennebunk prostitution case
Dismissal of 46 counts upheld in prostitution case
Judge: Prosecutors can't be called as witnesses in Zumba trial
Strong was smitten lover, not 'pimp,' lawyer says
Witness saw accused Zumba prostitute disrobe; 'really awkward'
Detective: Evidence mishandled in Kennebunk prostitution case
'Very sexual' photos at issue in Zumba case
Evidence complaint rejected in Zumba case
Zumba jurors watch video showing naked Wright
Jurors see sex videos in Zumba trial
Strong found guilty on all 13 counts in Zumba case
Defense: Verdicts in Zumba trial not valid
Alexis Wright, prosecutors begin new round of plea talks
Alexis Wright pleads guilty, will go to jail
Kennebunk police investigating 40 more prostitution suspects

Congratulations to Colin Woodard, 2012 Polk Award winner


Reporter Colin Woodard earns prestigious award

Deadly force: Police & The Mentally Ill


Maine chief: Tasers ‘ineffective’ before shooting
Friends of Maine woman left confused by police shooting
Maine town answers lawsuit over police shooting death
Training to aid mentally ill a priority for Maine police
Maine town sued in shooting death of Army veteran
Search the database: Police use of deadly force 1990-2012
Better data on police shootings eludes U.S.
Maine AG: Trooper justified in shooting of Maine teen
Grand jury indicts Maine teenager shot by state trooper
Reportedly suicidal woman shot by Rumford cop
Man shot by deputy died of head wound
Windham man killed by police had shown no distress to outside world

Follow the Money: Searchable campaign finance databases


Outside campaign funds flooded state in negativity

Truth Test 2012


Truth Test: King ad right on tax decrease, dubious on bond rating

Deadly force series: Day 1



Deadly force series: Day 2



Deadly force series: Day 3



Deadly force series: Day 4



Read the district-by-district guide to legislative candidates


District 25 race called battleground
Maine Clean Election incumbent now a 'sitting duck'
Election 2012: Both sides spending lavishly on Maine's state races

150th Anniversary


Page Turners
Time Machines
Yesterday's News
Selling Points

Virtual Schools in Maine: Special report

Documents expose the flow of money and influence from corporations that stand to profit from state leaders' efforts to expand and deregulate digital education.
Multinational giant set to run first virtual school in Maine

Search Portland's 2011 City Payroll


Portland fire department takes heat for $2 million in overtime

Dining Guide



What Maine Thinks: Poll results


July Poll: 57 percent would back same-sex marriage
Romney faces NAACP, booed for hitting 'Obamacare'
July Poll: For Maine genders, views similar but not equal
July Poll: A third of Mainers losing ground financially

Beach to Beacon 10K race coverage


Someone who inspires her will run with race founder
Beach to Beacon: It's a race, but a whole lot more for center

Lobster Business in Maine



Four Freedoms



Searchable database: 2012 Maine Moose Lottery Winners


Maine's moose lottery: Now they're in the hunt
On eve of lottery, moose level high

Primary Elections Results



2012 Maine High School Graduations



2012 Forty under 40



Investigative series: Painkillers in Maine


News staffers receive award for drug series

Maine Prom '12: Send in your pics!



Supreme Court Health Care Ruling


Health care ruling: Statements from Maine’s delegation

Special Investigative Report: Anatomy of a Recall


Feds move to improve safety rules for ground beef
Still no fix a year after salmonella outbreak
Augusta rally will protest food safety problems
USDA proposes rule calling for improved ground-beef tracking
FDA targets farms, food companies in safety rule changes
Mainer files suit in tainted Hannaford beef case

Search: State worker pensions


Double dip debate before Legislature

Portland Weather 2011



2012 Senate Primary



Portland Interactive Crime Map



Voters' Guide: State Legislature



Fate of the Union



Remembering 9/11



Peeper pleasers Several photos included in this story

Experts agree – this should be a good fall for foliage fans.

Sea Dogs



Map: Apple picking



Maine Open Lighthouse Day



2011 Beach to Beacon



Portland Mayoral Race



2011 Reader's Choice



Portland's Mayoral Race 2011



Portland's Mayoral Election 2011 Full Coverage



2011 High School Graduations



Prom Photos



The death of Osama bin Laden



2011 High School Graduations



Portland Weather 2009



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Pothole Map



Literary Map of Maine


A real page turner

Welfare in Maine



Sugarloaf Chairlift Derailment



Maine 2010 Election Round-Up



Maine Medical Marijuana



Beach to Beacon: Search Results, Read Coverage



Maine Holiday Craft Fairs



This year's Maine apple crop offers early pickin's Several photos included in this story

A fluke May frost that played havoc with some orchards and left others mostly unscathed figures prominently in Maine's 2010 apple season. As they assess the current harvest, growers agree the operative word now is EARLY.
Chef matches apples, pork in a very happy marriage

Did this man kill Sarah Cherry?

The prisoner says he is tired of telling the story. But there’s a court hearing on the horizon that could be his last chance at a new trial. There are some things that he wants the public to hear again. So Dennis Dechaine answers the same questions the officers asked on that summer night in the woods of Bowdoin in 1988. Did you take the girl? Did you kill Sarah Cherry?

Great Sledding Spots!



Governor's Race



Bill Nemitz reports from Afghanistan



Soldier's Toll: Maine - Afghanistan and Iraq



A Dash of Diva



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Moving forward from 390 Congress: A Look Back



Portland's public art



State House



Scene & Heard



Haiti Quake: Mainers respond to catastrophe



Maine Prom Storify



Ten Years Later: A look back at 9/11