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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 …

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.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010, 6:23 pm

Maine hostile to all-important start-ups, report says

Are start-up costs choking Maine businesses? That’s the question posed by the conservative think-tank Maine Heritage Policy Center after releasing a series of reports this week on job creation in Maine. The reports find that the state created just over …

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010, 8:49 pm

Homeowner defaults persist despite recovery

According to the quarterly report presented June 10 to the Maine Legislature, more than 20,000 Maine homeowners have defaulted on their mortgages in the past year.

Monday, June 14th, 2010, 6:56 pm

U.S. secretary of energy tours offshore energy efforts

ORONO — President Barack Obama’s top energy official toured a University of Maine center focused on developing technologies to harness offshore wind energy and called it “truly impressive” and a “vanguard of technical development.” The center is “part of the …