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Weather phenomenon on Sebago Lake causes bizarre “waves of snowballs”

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About a month ago, Stone Point Studio of Maine posted an amazing video to their YouTube page of a rare weather phenomenon taking place on Sebago Lake: The video, which has roughly 183,000 views on the studio’s Facebook page and 17,000 views on their YouTube page, has also been shared widely on news sites around the […]

Why concussion revelations have me scared for my future

I'm #80, looking out onto the field as the pregame coin toss takes place before a game against Portland High School in 2001.

Things got hazy as soon as I took the fullback’s foot off my jaw. One of my teammates tackled him hard, right next to me, and he sort of helicoptered into my face. Immediately I felt a searing pain in my jaw, and I was seeing stars, but I was so jacked up to play […]

Does LePage think he’d be a better president than Obama?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raises Gov. Paul LePage's hand at a Republican rally in Portland in 2014. Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN.

For years Mainers have been pulling our hair out over the absurdity, idiocy, and outright delusions that have come from Gov. Paul LePage’s mouth. Now, Iowans can join the club. Stumping for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential bid, LePage showed up at the Iowa caucuses on Monday to give one of his patented “what the […]

Why won’t Gov. LePage’s office talk to Rachel Maddow?

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In the past several years, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has skewered Maine Gov. Paul LePage on several occasions for various reasons, as have countless other pundits and journalists. LePage, whose remaining base of support comes from the farthest reaches of Tea Party bat-shittery after years of childish outbursts and boorish bullying, has apparently taken Maddow’s […]

How Portland’s “Batman” saved a man’s life last night

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If you aren’t familiar with Portland’s own Batman, allow me to introduce you to Roger Goodoak, founder of the Maine Homeless Veteran’s Alliance. I wrote about the remarkable work that Goodoak does for my column in The Portland Phoenix back in August. An excerpt from that column: “His job isn’t very clearly defined, but basically […]

Remember to Remember

Nate MacConnell and Crystal Young pose together at their Junior Prom in the spring of 2001.

Two years ago on this date, I wrote this story with the help of a friend named Emily O’Rourke, and the response was amazing. In the spirit of the piece, I think it’s only fitting that I repost it on the anniversary of this tragic, community-altering event. On the morning of Sunday, January 13, 2002 Emily […]