All posts by Chris Shorr

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works on a lobster boat, advocates for the marginalized and downtrodden, and occasionally ruffles feathers in City Hall and Augusta.

Portland’s “Turkey Day Streaker” revisited

Fitzpatrick Stadium before the artificial turf was installed in 2001.

On Thanksgiving Day, fourteen years ago in 2000, a teenaged Jon DiDonato stood shivering in an obscure corner of the west end of Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, under the shadow of Hadlock Field. Roughly ten thousand people had shown up for that year’s annual Thanksgiving Day football game between storied crosstown rivals Portland High and […]

Wyclef Jean tips cap to Maine boxing champ

Wyclef Jean.

On Sunday morning, local boxing star Russell Lamour Jr. received a surprising video message from a friend in California. The sender had met hip hop recording artist, musician, actor, and politician,¬†Wyclef Jean. During the conversation, Lamour was mentioned, and Jean said that he had heard of the newly crowned International Boxing Association North American middleweight […]

#RememberNoyes campaign launched to aid victims of tragic Portland fire

The scene on Noyes Street in Portland on Monday. Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN.

Lately, I’ve devoted most of my columns to the various political races that will finally be decided on tomorrow. So naturally I planned on writing something about Election Day for this post. But that was before a horrific fire took the lives of five young adults in Portland on Saturday morning. As the events and […]

That time Obama came to Portland (pics and video)

Obama laughs as he shakes hands with a woman who was lifted onto someone's shoulders.

You might have heard that President Obama was in Portland last night, it was pretty big news. His visit caused major traffic delays, which upset many Portlanders who were unable (or unwilling) to attend the event. But for the thousands of people who waited in line and crammed into the age old Portland Expo building, […]

Mike Michaud receives endorsement from Maine Small Business Coalition


On Tuesday morning in Portland, Mike Michaud accepted an endorsement from the Maine Small Business Coalition in his campaign to be Maine’s governor at Arabica Coffee on Commercial Street. Flanked by members of the MSBC, Michaud addressed a smattering of media folks and campaign workers, as well as a busy coffee house full of patrons. […]