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Friday, August 27th, 2010, 2:26 pm

A bittersweet end to Recovery Summer, corporate profits soar and Goldman Sachs gets Auto-Tuned

In the same vein as Justin’s Signal Watch, or Mario’s In The Know, The Haul is kicking off an end-of-the-week Business Round-up for national business and economic news. Follow what I’m reading and make suggestions on Twitter. I’m also kicking …

Friday, July 23rd, 2010, 1:28 pm

Street food vendors stake claim to city sidewalks

Most pushcart food vendors will tell you there’s an unspoken agreement among the 23 licensed sidewalk restaurateurs currently operating in Portland: Once you get a spot, stick with it, and no one will mess with you. Well, usually.

Friday, July 16th, 2010, 12:46 am

Question for the crowd

So I had a little conversation on Twitter last night with Alec Maybarduk about whether Darden’s move to raise their own rock lobsters would actually affect the price of lobster across the market. This all came about when Alec retweeted …

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010, 8:00 am

North America’s biggest buyer of lobster looks to grow their own

North America’s largest buyer of lobster is looking to set up overseas farms to raise their own rock lobster, ultimately reducing their demand for clawless crustaceans caught by fishermen. The move is pretty far down the line and likely will …

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010, 8:00 am

‘We only sell marijuana here’

Is Northeast Patients Group really into South Park? The California-based marijuana group, which recently got a green light from the Department of Health and Human Services to set up four marijuana dispensaries across Maine, is considering setting up a pot …

Monday, July 12th, 2010, 7:22 pm

Snowe will back financial overhaul bill

“To ensure we avoid another financial catastrophe such as the one that plunged our nation into the worst recession since the Great Depression, it is imperative that we implement an aggressive overhaul of the American financial regulatory system,” she said today in a news release.

Friday, July 9th, 2010, 7:29 pm

DHHS awards permits to pot dispensaries

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday awarded permits to the dispensaries that will be allowed to sell marijuana to those with prescriptions. Well, most of them, at least. Dispensaries won’t be opened in District 1, serving York …

Sunday, July 4th, 2010, 6:15 am

For some, living in a vehicle is common sense

In a converted bus parked among the weeds in an industrial area just off the Portland peninsula, a man named Steve is living the good life.

“I live like a king,” he said last Friday, seated at his kitchen table of his converted bus, eating chips and salsa while country music played in the next room and the air conditioner hummed.

Friday, July 2nd, 2010, 11:31 pm

Business groups make final push before financial reform vote

The Chamber of Commerce and other national business groups are planning a last-minute push to sway senators — including Maine Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — into blocking the financial reform bill when the Senate reconvenes July 12. Reuters …

Friday, July 2nd, 2010, 8:12 pm

Private sector not recovering fast enough for long-term unemployed

As expected, today’s June jobs report from the Department of Labor held some bad news for the U.S. economy. Overall, the U.S. shed 125,000 jobs in June. Only 83,000 jobs were created in the private sector in June. Though it …