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Sen. Snowe’s decision not to run again opens door to Pingree, Michaud

See David Brooks, page 4

Stranger than fiction?


Speculation abounds as Snowe announcement stuns political world Michaud



— See page 3

Co-working office opening Thursday — Page 8

See Natalie Ladd, page 6

Amtrak noise test ‘complex’ See page 7

Patrick Roche, Think Tank’s founder and co-owner, displays the new co-working space at 533 Congress St. The new location is more than twice as big as an existing Think Tank, which is located at 110 Exchange St. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Ancient statue sits in limbo (NY Times) — Cambodia has asked the United States government for help in recovering a thousand-yearold statue of a mythic warrior that sits in limbo at Sotheby’s in New York and that some experts believe was looted amid the convulsions of the Vietnam War and the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. The statue, a sandstone masterwork with a catalog estimate of $2 million to $3 million, was pulled from auction at the last minute last March after the Cambodian government complained it had been “illegally removed.” The Department of Homeland Security has opened an investigation, but Cambodian officials say they have held off asking for the piece to be seized while they negotiate with Sotheby’s for a private purchase. The auction house says that the seller is a “noble European lady” who acquired it in 1975. Although it was severed from its feet and pedestal, which were left behind at a remote Cambodian archaeological site, Sotheby’s says there is no proof that it was taken illegally. The quiet tussle over the relic reveals the swampy terrain of auctioning antiquities with incomplete or disputed pedigrees. Sellers with a good-faith belief in their ownership rights enter a landscape in which ethics and regulations are evolving, governments are increasingly assertive, and lawyers versed in arcane statutes are as necessary as jungle guides. “We live in a different world, and what was acceptable 50 years ago is no longer so,” said Matthew F. Bogdanos, a Marine Corps Reserves colonel and a lawyer, who was awarded a National Humanities Medal for leading the hunt for treasures ransacked from the Baghdad Museum in 2003. ”Whatever the letter of the law may state, in the end you have to ask yourself, ‘Does the item pass the smell test?’ ” Jane A. Levine, senior vice president and worldwide compliance director for Sotheby’s, said the auction house was “aware there are widely divergent views on how to resolve conflicts involving cultural heritage objects.” “Sotheby’s approach to the Khmer sculpture is one of responsible and ethical market behavior and international cooperation between private and public entities,” she said. Archaeologists and Cambodian officials say the case of the footless statue is all the more poignant because of the country’s recent history of genocide and plunder, and because researchers have found the very pedestal and feet belonging to the artwork.


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Virginia Senate passes revised ultrasound bill (NY Times) — Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate narrowly adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound. The revisions were demanded last week by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican said to have national aspirations, after women’s groups protested that the original proposal

would subject some women to unnecessary vaginal probes. Some critics called it “state rape” and the plan drew wide condemnation and was mocked on television comedy shows. The amended version passed the House last week but faced a stiffer battle in the Senate, which includes 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. On Tuesday, after a bitter debate in which Democratic senators pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained, even with the

changes, demeaning to women and insulting to doctors, the bill passed by a vote of 21 to 19. Since the final bill incorporated the changes asked by the governor, he was expected to sign it into law. Virginia would become the eighth state to require that women have ultrasounds before abortions and be offered descriptions of the fetus, a mandate that anti-abortion advocates hope will persuade some not to go through with an abortion.

U.S., Egypt in talks to end Third student dies after prosecution of Americans Ohio school shooting WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Tuesday that the United States and Egypt were engaged in “very intensive discussions” to end the criminal prosecution of staff members at four American-financed non-profit organizations, a case that has strained relations between the two countries. The politically charged trial of the Americans opened on Sunday in Cairo, and then was adjourned for two months. Clinton declined to discuss the details of the negotiations, but she suggested that a resolution could be found before the State Department is faced with a decision to withhold military assistance from Egypt. “We’ve had a lot of very tough conversations,” Clinton said at a

Senate hearing on her department’s proposed budget, “and I think we’re moving toward a resolution.” That resolution has proved elusive, though, ever since the Egyptian authorities raided the local offices of several foreign nongovernmental organizations in late December, including Freedom House, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. Since then, the Egyptian authorities have charged 43 people — 16 of them Americans — with violating laws that regulate such organizations. Of the 16 Americans, 7 are still in Egypt and have been barred from leaving, including the head of the Republican group — Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

CHARDON, Ohio (NY Times) — Two more students have died after a shooting rampage on Monday at a high school outside of Cleveland that left three other students hospitalized with serious injuries, the authorities said Tuesday. One student, Russell King Jr., 17, died early Tuesday morning of gunshot wounds. Demetrius Hewlin also died on Tuesday. Another student, Daniel Parmertor, 16, died on Monday. The students were seated at the same table in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. when a teenage boy at the next table pulled out a .22-caliber gun from a bag and began firing, witnesses said. Tim McKenna, chief of police in Chardon, said the suspect in the case would be in court for a hearing Tuesday afternoon. He said he would not identify the suspect because he is a juvenile. The police did not offer any information about a possible motive or about where the suspect obtained a gun. On Monday night, the family of the suspect, T. J. Lane, 17, of Chardon Township, made his identity public when their lawyer read a statement on WKYC-TV, a local television station, extending condolences to the victims and their families. Lane was not a student at Chardon High but he did know some of his victims, witnesses said.

Syria warned of consequences for violent crackdown BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) — A day after a referendum on a new Constitution and amid sustained violence, Syria came under renewed international pressure from a long list of governments urging an immediate ceasefire and warning that Syria’s leaders would not escape accounting for their actions. Navi Pillay, the United Nations’ top human rights official, told a meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva that in the face of “unspeakable violations that take place every moment,” Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, said in response to a question that “there would be an argument to be made”

that President Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal based on the definition of crimes against humanity. But, she added, the label “limits options, perhaps, to persuade leaders to step down from power.” Her remarks came as a senior official in Tunisia told Reuters on Tuesday that the Tunisian government, which took power after a popular uprising ousted the president last year, would be willing to offer asylum to Assad, who has so far dismissed calls to step down. The call for an immediate ceasefire from members of the Human Rights Council did not go beyond similar calls by other international groups in recent weeks. But diplomats and world leaders have been hoping that a drumbeat of intensified criticism might pressure Syria’s government to stop

its relentless crackdown on its opposition. As diplomats decried the continuing bombardment of the city of Homs, family members of a wounded photographer from Britain, Paul Conroy, who had been trapped in the city said he had been able to escape to Beirut overnight in circumstances that were unclear. The whereabouts of Edith Bouvier, a French journalist who was injured in the same attack last Wednesday in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, were unknown. Although President Nicolas Sarkozy of France told reporters on Tuesday that Ms. Bouvier had been freed, a short time later his office said that it was “not yet able to confirm” her evacuation. The French foreign ministry also said it had “no confirmation” that Bouvier had been rescued.

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Snowe will not seek re-election BY JENNIFER STEINHAUER THE NEW YORK TIMES

In a surprise that could reconfigure the fight to control the Senate, Senator Olympia Snowe, a three-term Republican from Maine, said Tuesday she would not run for reelection, citing excessive partisanship in the Senate. Ms. Snowe, a moderate who cast key votes in bills that were dear to Democrats including the stimulus bill, was facing a Tea Partybacked challenger, but one who had failed to gain much traction in a state where Ms. Snowe remained popular and well known. Ms. Snowe said the lack of comity and

bipartisanship in the current Congress was a key motivating factor to her sudden retirement, which would well upend Republican efforts to retake the Senate; the party needs four seats to do so. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and Ms. Snowe’s ally and sometimes rival, said Tuesday afternoon in a prepared statement she was “absolutely devastated” by the news. “Olympia could always be counted on as a leader who sought solutions, not political advantage,” said Ms. Collins, a fellow moderate. “She served our nation with distinction and she continues to bring honor to our state.”

Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican of Maine, on Capitol Hill in November 2011. (Philip Scott Andrews/ The New York Times)

Pingree, Michaud mulling run for Snowe’s senate seat BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Maine’s two Democratic members of Congress both indicated yesterday that they are considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. In a short statement released an hour after Snowe announced she would not seek a fourth term, 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree made clear she’s already mulling a senate run. “This upcoming election is critical to the future of our working families around the country, and in the coming days I will carefully consider how I can best serve the people of Maine,” Pingree said. Second District Congressman Mike Michaud also made clear he’s considering a senate campaign. “After almost five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives fighting to extend veterans services to all parts of Maine, rebuild our infrastructure and make sure that our economy works for small businesses and hardworking families, I’m seriously considering entering the race. I plan to make a final decision in the coming days,” he said in a statement. Snowe shocked Maine’s political establishment yesterday by announcing that she would not seek re-election. In a statement, Snowe said she and her husband, former Maine governor John McKernan, are in good health. She also predicted she would have won re-election. “I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions,” said Snowe, who is considered a moderate Republican. Snowe’s decision not to run again also caught her staff off guard, according to an employee at the senator’s Portland office. “A lot more will be coming out,” this person said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage was among many who released statements yesterday thanking Snowe for her three decades in the Congress and Senate. State Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth; State Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, and former Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap were already seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate prior to yesterday’s announcement. Former Lisbon Falls selectman Scott D’Amboise was the only Republican in the race against Snowe. The statewide primary is June 5.

Despite the crowded field, Snowe was expected to easily win a fourth six-year term. But with Snowe out of the picture, the race is expected to draw highprofile candidates from both parties. “The real question is: Michaud and Pingree, which of them, or will both of them get into the race?” said Ethan Strimling, a political commentator for Channel 6 and former Democratic state senator and Portland mayoral candidate. “I assume at least one of them will, and possibly both will run, setting up a pretty intense primary,” Strimling said, adding that the existing Democrats in the race likely become “secondary players” if either Pingree or Michaud runs. Then a state senator, Pingree ran for U.S. Senate in 2002, losing to incumbent Republican Susan Collins by 16 points. Ted O’Meara, who ran Independent Eliot Cutler’s campaign for governor in 2010, predicted yesterday that Pingree would decide to run again. He was less sure about Michaud. “I think if he wants to run he will jump in, I don’t think he’d wait for anyone to show their hand,” said O’Meara, a principal at the Portland marketing firm Garrand. “The question is, how eager is he ... to move up to the Senate?” O’Meara predicted the Democratic Party would do everything it could to prevent a primary matchup between Pingree and Michaud, if only because it would leave both U.S. Congress seats open. It’s far less certain who on the Republican side will announce a bid, observers say. Strimling predicted State Senate Majority Kevin Raye, R-Perry, who is already running against Michaud in District 2, will wait to see what Michaud decides. “If Michaud runs, I assume Kevin Raye stays in the second district,” Strimling said. “If not, I assume Kevin Raye runs for U.S. Senate. He’s probably the strongest … at the moment.” Strimling added that the Republican side was “a little thin right now” but said he did not expect LePage would run for senate. Calls to LePage’s spokesperson were not returned after hours yesterday. What about Cutler, who narrowly lost his bid for governor in 2010? O’Meara said he hadn’t heard from Cutler yet, but predicted he would not run. Strimling made a similar prediction.

Indeed, Cutler told the Portland Daily Sun in November that he was “keeping his options open” for a possible run for governor in 2014. He said at the time that he would not run for U.S. Senate. Cutler could not be reached for comment yesterday after business hours. A woman who answered the phone at One Maine, a centrist political organization Cutler leads, declined to comment. No matter who ends up running, Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, predicted Tuesday that the race would become one of the most hotly contested U.S. Senate races in the country. “We’re going to see a lot of outside money,” he said. “Both parties are going to heavily go after this seat, and that wasn’t the case three hours ago.”

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U.S. Sen. Snowe comments on decision not to run After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate. After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers. ––––– As I have long said, what motiGuest Opinion vates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe

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The Possum Republicans Politicians do what they must to get re-elected. So it’s not unexpected that Republican senators like Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch would swing sharply to the right to fend off primary challengers. As Jonathan Weisman reported in The Times on Sunday, Hatch has a lifetime rating of 78 percent from the ultra-free market Club for Growth, but, in the past two years, he has miraculously jumped to 100 percent and 99 percent, respectively. Lugar has earned widespread respect for his thoughtful manner and independent ways. Now he’s more of a reliable Republican foot soldier. Still, it is worth pointing out that this behavior is not entirely honorable. It’s not honorable to adjust your true nature in order to win re-election. It’s not honorable to kowtow to the extremes so you can preserve your political career. But, of course, this is exactly what has been happening in the Republican Party for the past half century. Over these decades, one pattern has been constant: Wingers fight to take over the party, mainstream Republicans bob and weave to keep their seats. Republicans on the extreme ferociously attack their fellow

David Brooks ––––– The New York Times party members. Those in the middle backpedal to avoid conflict. Republicans on the extreme are willing to lose elections in order to promote their principles. Those in the mainstream are quick to fudge their principles if it will help them get a short-term win. In the 1960s and ’70s, the fight was between conservatives and moderates. Conservatives trounced the moderates and have driven them from the party. These days the fight is between the protesters and the professionals. The grass-roots protesters in the Tea Party and elsewhere have certain policy ideas, but they are not that different from the Republicans in the “establishment.” The big difference is that the protesters don’t believe in governance. They have zero tolerance for the compromises needed to get legislation passed. They don’t believe in trimming and coalition

building. For them, politics is more about earning respect and making a statement than it is about enacting legislation. It’s grievance politics, identity politics. Of course, the professional politicians don’t want to get in the way of this torrent of passion and resentment. In private, they bemoan where the party is headed; in public they do nothing. All across the nation, there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown more and more insular, more and more rigid. This year, they have an excellent chance to defeat President Obama, yet the wingers have trashed the party’s reputation by swinging from one embarrassing and unelectable option to the next: Bachmann, Trump, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum. But where have these party leaders been over the past five years, when all the forces that distort the G.O.P. were metastasizing? Where were they during the rise of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? Where were they when Arizona passed its beyond-the-fringe immigration law? Where were they in the summer of 2011 when the House Republicans rejected even the possibility of budget see BROOKS page 5

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Take care: Get a colonoscopy The news from Sloan Kettering that our mutual friend whether she’d had colonoscopy measurably saves lives will Susan Estrich a colonoscopy. Nope. Well into her 60s certainly make me feel better when and she never had one. Why? Because ––––– I start drinking the liquid the night she’d heard it was unpleasant, because Creators before mine. But really, what my docshe didn’t have time, because she was Syndicate tors have been telling me from their too busy taking care of everyone else to own experience is why, as much as I take care of herself, because she trusted hate doing it, I’m pretty religious about the timetable. in fate. It doesn’t matter. There is no good answer. When I say I hate doing it, I don’t mean the nightWhen my friend Judy died of lung cancer 12 years before business, about which even doctors try to reasago, everyone asked me whether she smoked cigasure you. What bothers me is not the discomfort. Any rettes. It drove me slightly crazy. She didn’t. Neither woman who has ever had a child, or watched, knows did my beloved Rosie, who helped me raise my chilthat discomfort is not a reason not to do something dren (and is now taking care of the Estrich dogs) and worth doing. It’s the fear: the moment before the is, knock on wood, approaching three years clean. But doctor tells you the baby looks great, the screen is really, would it matter so much if they had? Would clear, no cancer was detected. they then deserve what they got, or would it just Earlier this week, I had my regular mammogram, make us feel better about our own chances? and the wonderful tech, a woman named Gloria at When I speak at graduations, I always tell the stuCedars-Sinai, asked me over and over again during dents that it’s not the hand you’re dealt but how you the compression whether she was hurting me. I play it; how you adapt to what you cannot change. laughed. “Do women really complain about this?” She I was raped before my college graduation. I didn’t go rolled her eyes. Ridiculous. Of course it hurts, but so to my law school graduation because my father had what? We’re talking about saving lives, ladies. died and I was already working and didn’t have the Katie Couric has done more than anyone to promote money to fly back. Some hands are better than others. colonoscopy — and yet still smart people don’t always Having parents who live to see their 90s is a good hand. listen. I just learned that an old friend, a wonderful Having a father die at 54, which is what happened to woman who is smart, sensible and, yes, amply insured, mine, is less good. But he smoked and drank, and he is suffering from untreatable colon cancer, has used didn’t exercise, and he didn’t take his blood pressure up all options and is at home with 24/7 care. I asked medicine, which doesn’t mean he deserved to die, but it

should be a red flag for his children. The older you get the clearer it is that you can do everything right — get the tests and the checkups, eat the right foods, take the right vitamins, work out and meditate and the rest — and it won’t necessarily save you. Most of the oldest people I know tell me that luck matters. Of course it does. But counting on luck is pure foolishness. There are no guarantees, but regardless of your hand, there are better and worse ways to play it. We need a system in which everyone has access to health care so that all Americans have the chance to play their hands well. But having access is no guarantee. I have too many sad stories that prove it. For adults to avoid a colonoscopy because they can’t face a night in the toilet is sheer foolishness. To skip a mammogram because you don’t like having your breasts squeezed between two plates is just silly. It’s easy to start smoking when you’re young and stupid; it’s hard to stop smoking when you’re older and addicted. Believe me, I know. I tried eight times before I finally succeeded in quitting at 33, and I still wince every time I get a chest X-ray. But we all do hard things in life. We face days so much more difficult than one without a cigarette, or than a night spent in the toilet or an afternoon with your breasts squeezed between two plates. Get a good book, and get a colonoscopy. I’m told you only have to drink half as much liquid as you used to. Take care.

If RINOs were like rhinos, they’d stand up to those who seek to destroy them BROOKS from page 4

compromise? They were lying low, hoping the unpleasantness would pass. The wingers call their Republican opponents RINOs, or Republican In Name Only. But that’s an insult to the rhino, which is a tough, noble beast. If RINOs were like rhinos, they’d stand up to those who seek to destroy them. Actually, what the country needs is some real Rhino Republicans. But the professional Republicans never do that. They’re not rhinos. They’re Opossum Republicans. They tremble for a few seconds then slip into an involuntary coma every time they’re challenged aggressively from the right.

George Washington University Battleground Poll, Obama leads Mitt Romney among independents by 49 percent to 27 percent. Leaders of a party are supposed to educate the party, to police against its worst indulgences, to guard against insular information loops. They’re supposed to define a creed and establish boundaries. Republican leaders haven’t done that. Now the old pious cliché applies: First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Without real opposition, the wingers go from strength to strength. Under their influence, we’ve had a primary campaign that isn’t really an argument about issues. It’s a series of heresy trials in which each of the candidates accuse the others of tribal impurity. Two kinds of candidates emerge from this process: first, those who are forceful but outside the mainstream; second, those who started out mainstream but look weak and unprincipled because they have spent so much time genuflecting before those who despise them. Neither is likely to win in the fall. Before the G.O.P. meshugana campaign, independents were leaning toward the G.O.P. But, in the latest Politico/

‘We must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose’ than divide us. It is SNOWE from page 4 “With my Spartan ancestry time for change in the atmosphere of polarizaway we govern, and I am a fi ghter at heart; and tion and ‘my way or the I believe there are I am well prepared for the unique opportunities highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in electoral battle, so that is not to build support for campaigns and in our that change from outthe issue. However, what I side the United States governing institutions. With my Spartan have had to consider is how Senate. I intend to ancestry I am a fighter productive an additional term help give voice to my at heart; and I am well fellow citizens who prepared for the elec- would be. Unfortunately, I do believe, as I do, that toral battle, so that not realistically expect the we must return to an is not the issue. Howof civility in govpartisanship of recent years era ever, what I have had ernment driven by to consider is how pro- in the Senate to change over a common purpose ductive an additional to fulfill the promthe short term.” term would be. Unforise that is unique to tunately, I do not realAmerica. istically expect the partisanship of In the meantime, as I complete my recent years in the Senate to change third term, I look forward to continuover the short term. So at this stage ing to fight for the people of Maine of my tenure in public service, I have and the future of our nation. And concluded that I am not prepared to I will be forever and unyieldingly commit myself to an additional six grateful for the trust that the people years in the Senate, which is what a of Maine have placed in me, and for fourth term would entail. the phenomenal friendship and assisAs I enter a new chapter, I see a tance I have received over the years vital need for the political center in from my colleagues, my supporters, order for our democracy to flourish and my staff, both in Maine and in and to find solutions that unite rather Washington.

(Senator Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, became only the second woman senator in history to represent Maine, following the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who served from

1949-1973. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate with 74 percent of the vote. She released this statement Tuesday.)

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Stranger than fiction? Everyone in the hospitality biz is abuzz with the the recent story of the upper-management banker who left a 1 percent tip on a $133 lunch check for two, along with a little love note telling the server, who symbolically represents the 99 percent rest-of-us, to "get a real job." The lack-of-tipper in question was outed by his junior banker associate via blog, stating he was appalled on a regular basis by his boss's actions and attitude. His boss, he said, embodied everything wrong with the banking industry, and this story resonated with me on many levels. After web surfing for research (aka dirt) on the incident, I stayed up until 1 a.m. Tuesday morning writing what I thought was a hilariously brilliant, yet socially scathing piece on the blasphemous occurrence. Upon waking up just hours later, I was running on empty, but feeling pretty good about the previous day's accomplishments. My shift at the restaurant went slowly but smoothly, things at the office were productive and interesting, and, shockingly, I was done (or so I thought) with this column several hours before deadline. It promised to be a great day until I poured my coffee, fired up the computer and hit up one of my favorite industry websites only to be told the incriminating 1 percent tip receipt was deemed to be a bogus, Photoshop scam. What was the point of such an exaggerated falsehood except to discredit the legitimacy of the hard-

working 99 percent, and my fellow restaurant workers in particular? Did this Deep Throat Wanna-Be think his prank would go undiscovered? ––––– And who did he think would What It’s bear the brunt of his cowardly Like action? Certainly not uppermanagement bankers like this guy who actually tipped 20 percent, thus doing the right thing, and looking angelic simply for compensating fairly for a difficult job well done. No, the fallout lands on restaurant workers who sadly have true story after story about being stiffed or left 10 percent, receiving nasty notes from real life "tools," and like everyone, are constantly wondering when the economy will pick up, when gas prices will go down, and why yet another restaurant is opening in Portland. The text scuttlebutt this morning with my creative consulting team is that maybe the modification is a cover-up to protect the upper-crusty clientele, and the receipt is real. Someone else said maybe the guy really left cash and it was a joke between himself and the server. But no matter, the reality is stuff like this really happens and I could fill ten columns with examples that reinforce the difference between tipbased jobs and hourly or salaried jobs. What other type of employment pay scale allows for a person's livelihood to be determined on a caseby-case basis, without knowing up front how much

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each pay-unit will net? Most service-based occupations provide an estimate the customer is expected to pay, but not so in the hospitality industry. It makes the whole 1 percent tip fiasco so much more offensive and points out the vulnerability of those who stay in the game, knowing each check presented is a crap shoot. So which is worse? The chip-on-the-shoulder, bad tipping story being true, or a conniving way for someone to make a point? Either way, this incident, and all of our own insider war stories will be a topic of conversation for weeks to come. You can bank on it. The Down Low: People constantly ask me about the worst tipping and treatment stories I've encountered or heard of. The stories are like train wrecks and people can't seem to look away. So, if you're in the industry and have an especially horrifying tale of terror, send it in to The best of the worst will be compiled and reprinted in the near future. Restaurant Week Tip: Ask if the portions being served are the normal size, or if they are reduced or increased along with the set price. (Natalie Ladd is a columnist for the Portland Daily Sun. She has over 30 continuous years of corporate and fine-dining experience in all front-of-the-house management, hourly and under-the-table positions. She can be reached at natalie@portlanddailysun. me.)

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South Portland police hosting mental health forum today BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Law enforcement officers know all too well that individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis rely heavily on first responders for help. Less than a decade ago, the South Portland Police Department had about four officers in the agency with special training for handling mental health calls for service. Now, nearly three quarters of the department’s officers are trained to handle a mental health crisis,

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said Lt. Frank Clark, of the South Portland Police Department. “It’s really (been) a change in the department culture,” Clark said. The department is hosting a community forum on mental health tonight at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd. The goal is to provide a forum to discuss the network that exists for community members in distress and to share the department’s interaction with people who show signs of mental illness. “We all know where the resources are in the community and we all know who is there to help these folks,” Clark said. The Portland Police Department hosted a similar forum in September. At the time, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office second in command, Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon, told The Portland Daily Sun that more than a third of the people who enter the county’s jail are either being treated for or show signs of mental illness. “Thirteen percent have a known mental illness … (and are being) treated already,” Gagnon told The Sun. “There’s 23 percent who have symptoms and … (who) we recommend get treatment.” The forum was the first of its kind in Portland. Roughly 90 percent of the PPD’s officers are given crisis intervention training, according to Portland police Chief Michael Sauschuck. The department works with groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Opportunity Alliance (formerly Youth Alternatives Ingraham) to provide training to its officers and equipment CIT training. The PPD also has people that assist officers on calls involving people with mental illnesses The South Portland forum will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bangor man charged with murder in case of missing Fla. firefighter State police arrested a 24-year-old Bangor man Tuesday and charged him with murder in connection with the case of a missing Florida firefighter, officials said. Daniel Porter was arrested in connection with the disappearance of firefighter Jerry Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla. He was charged with murder, confirmed Stephen McCausland, a Department of

Public Safety spokesman. Porter was named as a person of interest a short time before he was arrested Tuesday at the home in Jackson rented by his father, McCausland said. State police believe Perdomo was killed, but were not releasing details of the homicide investigation Tuesday evening, according to published reports. McCausland would only say the murder was drug related, according to reports.

Preble Street director nominated for national service award The executive director of the Preble Street Resource Center is one of 20 national finalists nominated for the Medal of Honor recipients’ Citizen Service Before Self Honors. Mark Swann, of Portland, was chosen as a finalist for his work with the nonprofit that has helped thousands of homeless, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced Tuesday. Swann is one of 10 finalist being recognized for “their willingness to sacrifice for others through a prolonged series of selfless acts,” according to the foundation. The other 10 people are chosen for a single act of heroism. “After a handful of shelters in his area closed, Swann mobilized resources and developed a shelter that has saved thousands of lives,” reads the foundation’s description of Swann’s nomination for the award.

Pre-kindergarten enrollment noted Portland parents who would like to enroll their children in pre-kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year may apply to the Portland Public Schools’ free pre-kindergarten program, the school district reported Tuesday. Children must be 4 years old on or before Oct. 15 to be eligible for the program, which is a collaborative effort between the school district, the Opportunity Alliance and Catherine Morrill Day Nursery. Applications are posted at The deadline for applications is March 16. If the number of applications exceeds classroom capacity, students will be selected by a lottery. After March 16, applications will be accepted and placements made as space allows.

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Rail authority: Bringing train to Brunswick to test noise levels a ‘complex’ task BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

A train car is shown on tracks in Brunswick in the area of town where the state plans to build a layover facility for the Amtrak Downeaster. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority may not be able to transport a full-sized train set to Brunswick for a noise test, as requested by neighbors there who worry about impacts from expansion of the Amtrak Downeaster line to their community, an official said Tuesday. NNEPRA Executive Director Patricia Quinn said this request may be difficult to satisfy. "It's not an easy thing to accomplish. We don't have trains around that we can get up there. It's more complex," she said Tuesday, a day after the Brunswick Town Council met to discuss noise mitigation. NNEPRA is entering its third and final season of rehabilitating approximately 30 miles of existing freight rail line between the Portland Transportation Center in Portland and the proposed Maine Street Station in Brunswick. The rail extension project, primarily funded with a $38.3 million High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Grant through federal stimulus money, is being handled by the rail authority and when finished this year will extend passenger rail service north to Brunswick. Late this fall, the first Amtrak train should make the Portland-to-Brunswick run, based on current construction forecasts, Quinn said. As part of the project, the rail authority proposes to build a layover facility for overnight maintenance of trains in Brunswick, although a date of completion hasn't been announced. "It's still very much in the preliminary stages. We sent out a request for qualifications, we're going to review those, and then send out an RFP (request for proposals)," Quinn said Tuesday.

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Think Tank co-working space opens second site BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Think Tank, one of two “co-working spaces” that launched last year in Portland, is opening a second location. Patrick Roche, Think Tank’s founder and co-owner, says the new space at 533 Congress St. will have eight offices, at least six dedicated desks and two conference rooms. The two-level space is outfitted with Ikea furniture, a lounge and plenty of room for members to float between workstations. The new location is more than twice as big as the existing Think Tank, at 110 Exchange St. Roche says he decided to open the new space to meet demand for amenities that aren’t available at the current location. “It’s demand from private offices and a more dynamic, adaptable space for programming and conference space,” he said, adding that the existing location has just one private office. “Aside from the fact that we have more private offices here, it affords people the ability to ... work in an engaging, collaborative atmosphere.” The new location is scheduled to open Thursday, March 1. Already, two of the eight offices have been rented, Roche said. Co-working spaces like Think Tank and Peloton Labs, which opened within eight weeks of each other last year, have the amenities of an office at a fraction of the cost. Members can rent desks or offices, or choose to work alongside other members at various work spaces set up throughout the office. In Portland and elsewhere, these spaces tend to attract freelance writers, artists, graphic designers and other professionals who would rather work in an office than at home. Roche says at least five members at the Exchange Street location work fulltime for large companies in New York or Boston, but who have chosen to live in Portland for the quality of life and work remotely. “A lot of the people who we have here are leaving a home office environment or a coffee shop environment,” said Peter Bass, a local developer who opened Peloton Labs, at 795 Congress St., last March. “I find we are a step above that. There are people to talk to, ideas going back and forth.” Bass said Peloton Labs has about 50 members at various membership levels. Roche, 32, first encountered a coworking space in 2004, while living in New York City. Years later, while living in Northampton, Mass., Roche and several friends shared a large loft space that he called “Miscellaneous Ideation.” From that initial concept, he launched the original Think Tank location Jan. 1, 2011. Today, the 2,600-square-foot space has about 25 members. Eric Poulin is a partner with Roche in both Think Tank locations.

Patrick Roche, Think Tank’s founder and co-owner, said a new location on Congress Street is scheduled to open March 1. Already, two of the eight offices have been rented, Roche said. BELOW: The new space covers two levels, with a former stairwell converted to a center cubicle. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

Like most co-working centers, Think Tank has no staff other than Roche, and is completely “self-regulating.” Members bring their own computers, but wireless Internet, fax machines and scanners are provided. Roche expects the new space will have a different atmosphere than Exchange Street. The new space to have more energy and dynamism because of its size, which in turn should lead to more collaboration, he said. Walking into the new 6,500-squarefoot space, guests are met by a “coworking bar” with five raised stools.

To the left is a conference table and an Ikea living room set and two roughly 12-feet by 12-feet offices. Walls are painted a mix of pastel blue and lime green. More offices and conference rooms are on the second level. Roche envisions holding public events and speakers in the lounge area, which is located at the rear of the space and is ringed by a second floor hallway. A trained carpenter, Roche did much of the interior work himself. Morgan Myer, of Portland Post Products, a high-end video finishing company, has been a member at Think

Tank since last April. He says the co-working atmosphere works well for the company, which has two employees and two freelancers. “The location was key for me because I live in the West End, and walking to work is excellent,” said Myer, whose company rents the only office at Exchange Street. “Having a central location close to other ad agencies was really important to us.” Post Productions is growing, and Myer isn’t sure if the company will rent a larger space at the new Think Tank or move to a traditional office. But, he says having co-working spaces like Think Tank around makes it easier to bring in freelancers and other part-time help. “What I love about the Think Tank model is that it gives you the opportunity to expand without necessarily expanding your infrastructure,” Myer said. “It gives you a desk, connectivity, and a central location to work out of.” Floating memberships at Think Tank start at between $75 and $100 a month, while desks can be rented for $250. Private offices cost between $350 and $600 per month. Certain membership levels will also include access to the Think Tank location on Exchange. Peloton Labs offers similar membership options but uses a slightly different pricing model.

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Wednesday, Feb. 29 Adela and Jude 8 p.m. Adela and Jude, Dark Hallow Bottling Company, no cover, at Empire Dine and Dance. To soothe the souls of saints and sinners everywhere, Adela & Jude took up the sword to martyr our way to fame. portlandempire?ref=ts

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release party at The Big Easy 10 p.m. Educated Advocates “Back to Class” Album Release Party at The Big Easy. Come celebrate the release of Educated Advocates second full length album “Back To Class” Rap Night style. Performers include: Educated Advocates, Trails, Spose w/Sly Chi, OD & Guop. Followed by open mic at the of the night with live beats from Shupe, Mike B & Jay Caron. $3 Door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Music begins at 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 Zach Deputy Band 8 p.m. Zach Deputy Band with Lost between SounD at Port City Music Hall. Soul-singer and guitarist Zach Deputy taps into the spirit of Al Green, Taj Mahaland Stevie Wonder, creating a soulful rhythm and blues. He is known as a master of live looping and a staple in the grass-roots club and festival circuit.

Friday, March 2 John Eddie CD Release Party 8:30 p.m. John Eddie CD Release Party at Empire Dine and Dance. John’s always been a great songwriter; now he’s an even better one. During his tenure at Sony, and later Elektra, his perennial Next Big Thing status got in the way of the truth of the matter he had already arrived. All you had to do was tune out the din of hype and listen. His material was unfailingly clever, often funny, alternately foot-stomping and heartbreaking. After John went on his own and launched Thrill Show Recordings, the more stripped-down sound of his subsequent albums made his gifts much more apparent.

Saturday, March 3 Jane’s Addiction at the State 7 p.m. SOLD OUT. The alternative rock pioneers — frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass — are poised to deliver an immersive theatrical experience as only they can.

Melissa Ferrick and Audrey Ryan 8:30 p.m. Melissa Ferrick and Audrey Ryan at Empire Dine and Dance. Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick emerged in 1994 as part of a group of new female alternative singer/ songwriters, much in the vein of Liz Phair. Ferrick began singing in coffeehouses after dropping out of college, eventually winding up in Boston. Her major breakthrough arrived one night when she replaced Morrissey’s opening act less than an hour before showtime. Ferrick’s performance impressed Morrissey and he invited her to open for him

She is a jazz-pop artist whose influences would appear to range from Joni Mitchell to Edie Brickell. And she has a high-pitched voice with original phrasing and backup that includes her own impressively syncopated work on electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, as well as her standout violin lines, which lift a song when you least expect it. — Boston Globe.

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Monday, March 12 Sourvein, Meatsaw, Finisher and Paige Turner 9 p.m. Sourvein, Meatsaw, Finisher and Paige Turner at Geno’s, 625 Congress St. Meatsaw, stoner/punk. We play our own premium blend of punk rock and “stoner” rock. From Cliff Island, N.H.

Wednesday, March 14

Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies 7 p.m. Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies will play a set at Asylum for WCYY’s The Black Keys Preshow Party. Pete & The Zombies is a rockabilly/twisted Americana band from Portland. Imagine a band with slap upright rockabilly bass, Brian Setzer on lead guitar, Johnny Cash playing flattop, singing original songs that were the result of an all night songwriting session between Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and David Lynch. High energy roots rock and roll with witty, wry, darkly humorous lyrics.

The Black Keys with Arctic Monkeys 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. The State Theatre presents The Black Keys with special guests Arctic Monkeys at the Cumberland County Civic Center. $45 General Admission www. or

The Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Day at the Zoo 8:30 p.m. The Infamous Stringdusters with Hot Day at the Zoo at Empire Dine and Dance. The Stringdusters are taking improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship, songwriting and experimental performance. Hot Day at the Zoo is based out of Lowell, Mass. This progressively modern, four-piece string band (guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass) is pioneering a new genre of music their fans are calling “ZooGrass.”

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9 p.m. The Vanishing Act, The Waldos and Huak at Geno’s. The Vanishing Act plays Death Metal / Emo / Grindcore. Portland’s The Waldos play Experimental, Jazz, Punk, Maths. Portland’s Huak is Post-Punk.

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Friday, March 9

The Fogcutters 8 p.m. The Fogcutters at Empire Dine and Dance. The Fogcutters are a 21-piece big band with a fresh approach to a traditional style of music that incorporates modern sounds and a melting pot of musical styles. The band plays standard big band repertoire but isn’t afraid to cross into uncharted territories, and the band is proud to back the lush and soulful vocal stylings of Stephanie Davis and Phil Divinsky. Boasting 13 horns, a rockin’ rhythm section and two of Portland’s brightest voices, it’s hard not to love The Fogcutters style and energy. portlandempire?ref=ts

Waranimal, others at SPACE 8:30 p.m. Waranimal, Barnburner, Sylvia, Phantom Glue, Death Cloud at SPACE Gallery. $8, 18 plus. Tickets at SPACE or at all Bull Moose locations. Are you in the mood for metal? Party vikings Waranimal appear out of the mists of time with one mission only: to shred. Montreal’s Barnburner blaze a path of destruction from the north. Sylvia

Friday, March 16 8 p.m. Whiskey Kill’s Pissed Off Betty CD Release Party w special guests Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies and Rockabilly DJ DangerWilRobinson. Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies is a rockabilly/twisted Americana band from Portland. Imagine a band with slap upright rockabilly bass, Brian Setzer on lead guitar, Johnny Cash playing flattop, singing original songs that were the result of an all night songwriting session between Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and David Lynch. High energy roots rock and roll with witty, wry, darkly humorous lyrics.

WCLZ Presents The Head & The Heart 8 p.m. The State Theatre, The Head & The Heart, with Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives, Black Girls. Composed largely of transplants to the Seattle area, The Head and the Heart write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we’ve all been sold. Stylistically, think a folksy Beatles or Crosby Stills Nash & Young with more instrumental force.


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By Holiday Mathis however, inspire people, and that is just what you’ll do. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you smile at someone, you give that person a gift. You’ll be generous in this way, delivering something bright and lovely to friends and strangers alike. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll influence others from a distance. Your process is undetectable (even you don’t know exactly how you are able to be so persuasive), but the results are undeniable. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Hiding your true emotions only causes stress and strain. Honesty sets you free. Say what you feel, if not with words, then with your facial expressions, body language and actions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You treat others with kindness, but you don’t let them take advantage of you. For many, this would be a difficult balance to strike, though it comes quite naturally to you today. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The way you relate to others is an act of creativity. Exercise your social muscle, especially through humor. Keeping things light will be the best way. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 29). This truly special birthday is the start of a passionate year. You’ll have to make a conscious effort toward moderation, as personal connections will have great intensity and situations will bring out heightened emotions. Work becomes far more interesting in March. May brings commitments and lucrative contracts. Aries and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 24, 12, 49 and 10.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You like people who can keep a secret. You also like people who can’t keep a secret and are careful to forewarn you of their inability. You’ll enjoy a connection with someone who falls into one of those categories today. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your brain did amazing things last night while you were sleeping. You were healed, rebuilt and refreshed. New ideas were assimilated into who you are now -someone different from who you were yesterday. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see and create humor in more areas of your life? Understanding what’s so funny will help you reduce stress, be joyful and keep the good times coming. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Even the most devout, enlightened people on the planet don’t stay connected with their joy at every moment of every day. But you’re doing better and better with this challenge all the time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll have a good sense of your own attention span, which is on the short side right now. You’ll find brief, to-the-point instructions quite helpful, and you’ll avoid complicated solutions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your opportunities will seem to sit quietly, not wanting to draw attention to themselves. Don’t be fooled! New prospects open up to the one who is savvy enough to recognize them as such and act. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People motivate themselves. You cannot assume responsibility for making anyone’s motivation happen. You can,

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Feb. 29, the 60th day of 2012. There are 306 days left in the year. This is Leap Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 29, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing America to move “toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” The discovery of a “pulsar,” a star which emits regular radio waves, was announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell in Cambridge, England. At the Grammy Awards, the 5th Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away” won record of the year for 1967, while album of the year honors went to The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” On this date: In 1504, Christopher Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth voyage to the West, used a correctly predicted lunar eclipse to frighten hostile natives into providing food for his crew. In 1792, composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy. In 1796, President George Washington proclaimed Jay’s Treaty, which settled some outstanding differences with Britain, in effect. In 1892, the United States and Britain agreed to submit to arbitration their dispute over sealhunting rights in the Bering Sea. (A commission later ruled in favor of Britain.) In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member commission to facilitate completion of the Panama Canal. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a second Neutrality Act as he appealed to American businesses not to increase exports to belligerents. In 1940, “Gone with the Wind” won eight Academy Awards, including best picture of 1939; Hattie McDaniel won for best supporting actress, the first black performer so honored. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term of office. In 1960, the first Playboy Club, featuring waitresses clad in “bunny” outfits, opened in Chicago. In 1984, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he was stepping down after more than 15 combined years in power. In 1996, Daniel Green was convicted in Lumberton, N.C., of murdering James R. Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, during a 1993 roadside holdup. (Green and an accomplice, Larry Martin Demery, were sentenced to life in prison.) In 2008, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to “play on people’s fears to scare up votes” with a TV ad showing sleeping children and asking who would be more qualified to answer a national security emergency call at 3 a.m. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Michele Morgan is 92. Former All-Star baseball player Al Rosen is 88. Actor Joss Ackland is 84. Actor Alex Rocco is 76. Former space shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma is 76. Actor Dennis Farina is 68. Actress Phyllis Frelich is 68. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 52. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 40. Rapper Ja Rule is 36.


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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I have been friends with “Laura” since my husband and I moved here 22 years ago. She is financially better off than I am (and flaunts it), but it never bothered me until she decided we should exchange Christmas gifts a few years back. Laura can be very judgmental, and finding the right present for her was difficult. Costume jewelry would be rejected, and the real stuff was out of reach. Meanwhile, whenever Laura was selling Tupperware or purses, I always bought something in order to be supportive. Last year, she started a baking business, so I bought her a cupcake holder for Christmas. However, she had a Christmas party a few days before the actual holiday, so instead of giving her the holder, I gave her a hostess gift of a cookbook, intending to give her the cupcake holder at our personal gift exchange. The day after her party, she called and told me off. She said my presents were “cheap.” I tried to explain about the hostess gift, but she would hear none of it. I was angry, and so was she. On her birthday two weeks later, I texted, “Happy birthday,” but she didn’t respond. In fact, Laura has not spoken a word to me for more than a year. Last summer, I tried to mend things. I sent a letter saying I was sorry I’d hurt her feelings, but a Christmas gift seemed like a silly reason to end a 20-year friendship. I heard nothing back. I’m still upset about it. My husband says I am better off without her if she measures a friendship by the quality of the gifts. The problem is, when Laura was selling real estate, she helped my son purchase his first home. He is getting married in July. Should I send her an invitation? -- California Dear California: You are not obligated to invite Laura to the wedding. But if you do and she chooses to attend, it creates

the opportunity to renew the friendship (if that’s what you want). Unless you cannot afford to have her as a guest, there is no downside to sending an invitation. Dear Annie: Whenever my husband makes a mistake, does something incorrectly or doesn’t know the answer, he uses a very whiny voice and says, “I guess I’m just stupid.” Our children and I have reminded him on numerous occasions that he is not stupid. We have asked why he thinks a simple mistake is so terrible. We have tried ignoring the comment, asking him whether he is looking to garner sympathy or attention, and requesting point-blank that he stop saying that. Nothing seems to work. Lately, he is using this comment more and more often. Is this type of self-deprecating behavior normal? -- Mary from Missouri Dear Mary: This sounds like a pattern from childhood combined with a need to be constantly reassured. If everything else about your husband seems normal, we’d ignore this, perhaps patting him on the shoulder and saying, “It’s OK, dear.” But if you notice other unusual behaviors, or if this particular annoyance gets out of hand, please suggest he see his doctor. Sometimes, when behavior becomes repetitive and obsessive, it requires medical attention. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Life Isn’t Easy,” whose wife ran off with another man but refuses to sign divorce papers. He says he can’t afford a lawyer. He should check his state law. I am a judge in Michigan, and in this state, he only needs to file a complaint, and if his wife fails to respond or appear, he can obtain a divorce. If she does show up or file papers, he can still proceed on his own but may need some limited legal advice. -- Michigan Judge

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to:, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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As same-sex marriage supporters celebrate victories in Washington and Maryland this month, they are keeping a wary eye on New Hampshire, where lawmakers may soon vote to repeal the state’s twoyear-old law allowing gay couples to wed. A repeal bill appears to have a good chance of passing in the State House and Senate, which are both controlled by Republicans. The bigger question is whether they can muster enough votes to overcome a promised veto from Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat. Based on party lines, House and Senate Republicans both have veto-proof majorities. But this is an issue where party allegiance gets muddy. In a state whose “Live Free or Die” motto figures into many a policy decision, even many opponents of same-sex marriage wish the issue would just disappear. Republican lawmakers with libertarian leanings, a sizable group, seem especially unhappy to be facing a repeal vote, as well as those who maintain that cutting spending should be the legislature’s sole concern. Both groups appear worried about a backlash from their constituents. Rep. Andrew Manuse, a Republican, said in an e-mail that he would support a repeal because he objected to government “using its power to redefine a religious, social and societal institution.” But he added, “I really am not focusing on this issue.” Should the repeal pass, New Hampshire would be the first state in which a legislature has reversed itself on the issue of same-sex marriage. In Maine, voters repealed a marriage law through a referendum in November 2009, shortly after the Legislature approved it. This fall, a ballot initiative will ask voters to make same-sex marriage legal again. The California Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that same-sex couples there had a right to marry, but voters banned same-sex marriage in an initiative later that year. The issue remains in court. In a recent poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 59 percent of respondents were either strongly or somewhat opposed to repealing the law, while 32 percent said they supported repeal. Rep. David Bates, a Republican, filed the repeal bill in January 2011, shortly after Republicans took control of the legislature. But House leaders postponed a vote, saying they needed to focus on the budget. Under legislative rules, the bill must come up for a vote this year, although lawmakers could vote to table it again. A House vote would need to take place by March 29, the deadline for the House to send its legislation to the Senate. Mr. Bates said Monday that he was working on ways to broaden the bill’s support in both chambers, like changing or removing a sentence that states, “Children can only be conceived naturally through copulation by heterosexual couples.” “I recognize there’s things in it that some aren’t happy with,” he said, “so we’re going to change it, get it to a place where as many people as possible are comfortable with it.” Mr. Bates dismissed the University of New Hampshire poll findings, saying, “It’s just not credible to suggest the people of New Hampshire are the aberration of the nation.” A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted this month found that 40 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage, while 23 percent supported civil unions for gay couples and 31 percent said there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship. When New Hampshire became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage, in 2009 — following California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont — it was not an easy feat. The law passed with close votes in both chambers, which were then under Democratic control, and with last-minute support from Governor Lynch, who had preferred civil unions.

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Wednesday, Feb. 29 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is again offering free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation and free electronic filing in Portland at the Main Branch of the Public Library at 5 Monument Square, at the AARP State Office located at 1685 Congress St. and at The Woods at Canco. “With electronic filing and direct deposit, refunds can be received in as little as eight days. Tax preparation is done at the library on Tuesday and Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. The last appointment or walk-in each day is at 5:30 p.m. The Woods at Canco location is open for tax preparation each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Thursdays, the AARP State Office is open for tax preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Although walk-ins are accepted at both the library and the AARP state office, making an appointment is recommended. The Woods at Canco is an appointment only site.” To make an appointment at any of these three sites, call 776-6316. The AARP Tax-Aide program also operates other sites in the greater Portland area and throughout Maine. To locate those sites, go to www.

Public forum on the Affordable Care Act 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, in association with Consumers for Affordable Health Care and the University of Maine School of Law, will host a public forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the USM Portland campus. The event is free and open to the public. “Passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act made comprehensive health reform a nationwide issue that impacts consumers, providers, and payers of health care in very different ways. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to the law focused on key provisions from March 26-28.” The public forum will provide a brief overview of the ACA, an analysis of the constitutional issues to be argued to the Supreme Court, and a discussion of the law and its impact on Mainers. The forum will include a moderated discussion of the ACA from both sides of the debate and a question and answer session with panel experts.

MAMM SLAMM deadline extension 5 p.m. “The Maine Academy of Modern Music is extending the deadline to register for MAMM SLAMM — bands now have until Feb. 29 to rally for the $1,000 prize, and the coveted recording time, radio play, plum gigs and professional marketing direction. Get out of the garage and onto the stage! The MAMM SLAMM is the hottest high school battle of the bands in Maine! It’s a platform for serious musicians to showcase not only their songwriting and performance skills, but to highlight their web presence, marketing abilities, signature appearance and all the other factors that go into being a professional touring and recording band.” Bands have until Feb. 29 to register at; the competition starts with preliminary rounds at The Big Easy on March 24 and 25. Finals will be held April 28.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 ‘Sweetgrass’ screening 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Sweetgrass,” at the Portland Public Library. The Portland Public Library announces its Winter Documentary Film Series, to be held Wednesday’s throughout the winter from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium at the Main Library. Dates for the series are: Feb. 29, and March 7, March 21 and March 28. This series is made possible by a partnership between the Portland Public Library and POV (Point of View), Public Television’s premier documentary series. Films are offered free to the public and facilitated group discussions will be offered after select showings. The award-winning POV series is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 300 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV’s Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. For more information visit

Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization meeting 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization Quarterly Meeting, East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland. Adams School development project update, social time, MHNO committee reports. Visit the website:

Open house for TIP 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open house for those interested in meeting current volunteers and hearing from some of the

Dick Dubois of Auburn enjoys a fairy-tale themed landscape exhibit, complete with a gnome house, while visiting the Portland Flower Show in 2011. This year, the Portland Flower Show starts Wednesday, March 7 and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Portland Company complex. Visit for details. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) first responders assisted in Portland and surrounding areas by the Trauma Intervention Program in Portland. TIP Portland Maine Chapter, Community Counseling Center, 165 Lancaster St. Leslie Skillin-Calder, 553-9311 or skilll@

‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 7 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.”

Thursday, March 1 Wren Saunders, bassoon, and Nicole Rabata, flute noon. Wren Saunders, bassoon, received a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in bassoon performance. While at New England Conservatory she studied with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist, Richard Svoboda. Nicole Rabata, flute, has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician. Rabata has performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival and has performed and presented a lecture at the National Flute Conventions in both San Diego and New York City. She has adjudicated and coached chamber music at the Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program, and recently spent a month teaching and performing in India, coaching chamber music at the Gandhi Ashram school in the Himalayan foothills. She currently serves on the faculty at Colby College, where she maintains an active flute studio and is principal flute in the Colby Symphony Orchestra. Nicole is a founding member of the Bayside Trio and Harlequine Ensemble, Ensemble-inResidence at Bowdoin College. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Concerts are free and open to the public. For information call the Portland Conservatory of Music at 775-3356.

USM Art Gallery photo exhibit 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Art Gallery in Gorham will display a photography exhibit, “The Myths,” from Friday, March 2 through Wednesday, April 4. Curated by Director of VoxPhotographs Heather Frederick, the exhibit consists of 36 pieces encompassing a range of innovative and historic techniques by seven New England photographers: Sharon Arnold, Bev Conway, Jesseca Ferguson, Cig Harvey, Rose Marasco, Abigail Wellman, and Amy Wilton. An opening reception from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 1 will begin with a panel discussion from 4:15-5:30 p.m. on the evolving role of women as photographers and subjects. Panelists include Portland Museum of Art Senior

Curator Susan Danly, who will provide opening remarks; “The Myths” exhibit curator Heather Frederick; USM Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Rebecca Lockridge; USM Distinguished Professor Rose Marasco; and exhibiting artist Cig Harvey. The snow date for the opening reception and discussion is 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 8.

Opening reception for ‘Show Boat’ 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Opening reception for “Show Boat” — a visual celebration of the sea and all its joys and mysteries. The public can join the Constellation Gallery artists for the opening of the March show “Show Boat” in our main gallery. “Our artists will be exhibiting pieces that explore the depths of beauty, danger, excitement and history that are equal parts of life on and near the sea. Light refreshments provided. All are welcome.” 511 Congress St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle plan forum 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The city of Portland will host a public forum in Merrill Rehearsal Hall, City Hall, Portland, to present highlights from a developing draft Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter for the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “The chapter will propose a vision for biking and walking in Portland along with goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures to promote, improve and increase bicycle and pedestrian transportation. This forum offers the public an opportunity discuss the Plan and to provide comments prior to review for adoption by City Council committees, the Planning Board, and the full City Council.” To review the draft materials, visit the city’s website at

‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 7 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.”

‘The Tempest’ 8 p.m. William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Lucid Stage, through March 4. “The story of Prospero, one time Duke of Milan, now cast out and master of a dark and mysterious island. After years with only the company of his daughter and the spirits of his island, his enemies unwittingly pass with the sphere of his power, and he conjures a storm to wreck their vessel and draw them into his world. Will he punish them for having wronged him so long ago, or will he find forgiveness in his heart? You may find a different answer than you expect at Lucid Stage.” 29 Baxter Blvd, Portland. Also 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. see next page

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Author Howie Carr at Nonesuch Books

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “New York Times best-selling author Howie Carr will be signing copies of his new crime novel, ‘Hard Knocks,’ at the Nonesuch Books South Portland store on March 3. Popular Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr has written two previous best sellers, ‘The Brothers Bulger,’ and ‘Hitman.’” Nonesuch Books & Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland. 799-2659 or

Friday, March 2 ‘Raising Rufus’ at the Portland Public Library noon to 1 p.m. Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, author of “Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story.”The Friday Local Author Series is held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5. Portland Public Library. The Portland Public Library will host a book talk by this awardwinning Brunswick author as part of their Friday Local Author Series. Books will be available for signing and light refreshments served. “Verdino-Süllwold’s novel, ‘Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story,’ was released in November by Weiala Press, an independent publisher in Brunswick and is being distributed to booksellers by Independent Publisher Services in Chicago.”

Meet Archie Comics artist Dan Parent

First Friday Art Walk at Constellation 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “The Constellation Gallery will be welcoming visitors with a wide range of original art and reasonably priced prints provided by our resident artists and invited contributors. Check out ‘Show Boat,’ our March show celebrating the beauty, danger and excitement of life on and near the sea. On exhibit in our main gallery. Light refreshments provided. All are welcome.” 511 Congress St.

‘Elusive Liberty’ at Meg Perry 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. “Elusive Liberty” by artist G. Bud Swenson. “Nine years ago we were led into a war in Iraq, based on lies, at a terrible cost to the country: over four thousand military personnel killed and many thousands maimed both physically or psychological over one hundred thousand Iraqi civilians killed and the complete destruction of a sovereign nation that offered no threat; over a trillion US dollars spent; the implementation of torture and the erosion of our civil liberties.” For further information, call 443-2899.

‘Visual Poetry: A Painting Show’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Visual Poetry: A Painting Show” exhibition in the Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library through April 3. A new exhibit in the Lewis Gallery this month, Visual Poetry: A Painting Show, features paintings curated by four prominent art galleries in Portland: Greenhut Galleries, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Aucocisco Galleries and Gleason Fine Art. Visual Poetry is an inclusive title combining the visual with the written — the show aims to make connections between visual art and the library. The Lewis Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Main Library. A reception for the exhibit will be held at the Library on March 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk.

Madness Immemorial at the Green Hand Bookshop 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of Madness Immemorial: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, artwork by Brandon Kawashima and Michelle Souliere. The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. Friday, March 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (on display through the month of March). FMI: Contact Michelle Souliere at253-6808 or michelle. Greetings from the Green Hand Bookshop. Here is the info for this month’s First Friday opening, with sample images attached. “Instead of the usual March Madness, why not sample something darker? Brandon Kawashima and Michelle Souliere have assembled a select body of new work in tribute to their eldritch literary idol, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of his death (March 15, 1937). Crawling chaos and other treasures from the deep dark spaces of our cosmos. Accursed imagery wrought in shadows and jeweled tones brought forth for your viewing pleasure. Make your March a little more interesting!”

Lisa Dombek’s new paintings 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday opening reception, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland. Lisa Dombek’s new paintings from her Celestial Phases series and other Selected Works. Twenty percent of art sales to benefit St. Lawrence Arts. Viewing through March during scheduled events or by appointment. Call 347-3075 (Whitney McDorr, Theatre Manager) or 773-2822 for further information.

Portland Pirates 7 p.m. Portland Pirates hockey, Portland Pirates vs. Connecticut at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 7 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and

The Portland Pirates and the Maine College of Art celebrated the release of the club’s special 20th Anniversary logo at the Karu Media Collective at the Maine College of Art in Portland. The logo, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Portland Pirates franchise in 1993, will be included in all aspects of operation, including Pirates merchandise, and on a special alternate jersey to be worn for select games during the 2012-13 season. On Friday at 7 p.m., the Portland Pirates host Connecticut at the Cumberland County Civic Center. (COURTESY IMAGE) letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.”

‘The Birthday Party’ by Acorn 7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions, a nonprofit company based in the Dana Warp Mill in downtown Westbrook, continues off its second season of Studio Series presentations with Harold Pinter’s first full-length play “The Birthday Party.” Long-time Acorn collaborator and veteran theater artist Michael Howard directs an ensemble of six actors in a production that will be staged in a modified arena set-up in the Acorn Studio Theater. The Birthday Party features Pinter as his most mysterious and electrifying. In the play, Stanley, a boarder away on holiday, is terrorized by two men from his past association with a shadowy organization of questionable repute. Acorn’s production features Equity actor Harlan Baker, company members Joshua Brassard, Joe Quinn and Jeffrey Roberts, along with guest artists Elizabeth Guest, and Kat Moraros. The show runs from Feb. 24 through March 11, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased on-line at or by calling 854-0065.

Saturday, March 3 New Gloucester History Barn Open House 9 a.m. to noon. The next monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House is at Intervale Road (Route 231 behind the Town Hall). The exhibits will feature displays about New Gloucester veterans, new acquisitions and framed historic archival photographs. Admission is free. Sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in OOB 10:30 a.m. Help Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! “We’ll be reading the story the Lorax, making Truffula Tree Cupcakes, making a Lorax to take home and more!” Libby Memorial Library. FMI: 934-4351 or

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Casablanca Comics will welcome Archie Comics artist Dan Parent at the store in Portland. Dan Parent is the regular artist of Archie Comics, including the current storyline of “Archie Meets Kiss!”. In addition, he is also the writer and artist of the new series “Kevin Keller” from Archie. He will be meeting fans and signing books as part of Casablanca Comics 25th Anniversary celebration. Casablanca Comics is located at 151 Middle St. in Portland’s Old Port. The phone number is 780-1676. The website is

‘Great Maine Outdoor Weekend’ 2 p.m. Maine state parks will participate in the upcoming “Great Maine Outdoor Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park will take advantage of its clam flats to offer a fun steamer dig. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, features Wabanaki Nature Legends, 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3. A short walk on the White Pines Trail with stops for stories based on Wabanaki Legends. Winter Steamer Dig, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Try your hand at digging steamer clams! For more information about Maine state parks, go to:

Catherine McAuley High in state championship 4 p.m. The Catherine McAuley High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday night, Feb. 25, won the Western Class A Championship Basketball Tournament game against number two ranked Scarborough High School. The Lions will now go on to compete for the Class A State Championship for the second year in a row this Saturday night at 4 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The Lions will face Cony, who, like McAuley, went undefeated this season with a 21-0 record. see next page

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‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.”

International Women’s Day Celebration

(the Chamber Singers), Colby, Bowdoin and Bates colleges, and the Portland area women’s quartet known as “Rally.” Terri Hatt, who volunteered three years as a Big Sister for the mentoring agency until her death in January 2009, created and coordinated the public event for the first two years. “We’ve once again put out the call to college and other adult groups from around the region and we’re so pleased with just how many enthusiastic singers want to return to support us once again,” said Jan McCormick, the event’s volunteer coordinator. “This is a unique event and should be experienced by everyone who loves quality a cappella singing.” Tickets can be purchased by calling 773-5437, or at the door. The advance ticket price is $12 and admission at the door is $15 per person. Groups of 6 or more, paying in advance, will be admitted at the special group discount of $10 per person.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join Women Around the World for Greater Portland’s third annual celebration of International Women’s Deering High in state Day to be held March 3 at the championship Woodfords Club in Portland. On Friday at 5 p.m. at the Green Hand Bookshop, Brandon 7 p.m. Boys’ Class A State Bas“Women around the World is a Kawashima and Michelle Souliere have assembled a select ketball Championship, Hampnewly formed nonprofit orga- body of new work in tribute to their eldritch literary idol, den Academy vs. Deering High. nization which promotes the Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to coincide with the 75th anniCumberland County Civic Center. positive image and achieve- versary of his death (March 15, 1937). Pictured is band artTickets: Reserved Seats — $9 ments of women locally and work from the Watchers. (COURTESY IMAGE) Adult General Admission — $8 / globally. International Women’s Student & Senior General Admission — $5. www.thecivicDay focuses the world’s attention on the economic, social, and political achievements of women. Come celebrate with ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ international food and music and an international fashion 8 p.m. A new musical based on the 1988 film. Watch as con show featuring women from over 50 different countries who man Lawrence takes the less sophisticated grifter Freddy now live in Maine. Admission is $15 per person. A limited under his wing, though not necessarily out of the goodness number of scholarships will be available.” Contact: Margie of his heart ... hilarity ensues.” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” MacDonald for tickets at 671-1164 or email to womenaruns Feb. 24 to March 10 at Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at Acappellooza 12 2:30 p.m. Fridays at 8 p.m. Visit 6 p.m. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fifth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical Sunday, March 4 concert at USM’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus). “Acappellooza 12” is an annual event, created by the late Terri Hatt, who was a Big Sister Barbara Walsh at the Maine Irish Heritage Center 2 p.m. “Maine Maritime Museum and the Maine Irish Heriwith the organization. The 2012 program will feature seven tage Center host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have Walsh as she discusses her latest book August Gale. Baragain volunteered to help the local nonprofit organization bara — who has interviewed killers, bad cops, and crooked raise funds to support kids needing mentors in Southern politicians in the course of her journalistic career-faces the Maine. The concert is sponsored by Systems Engineermost challenging story of her lifetime: asking her father ing. It features a cappella groups volunteering from USM

about his childhood pain. In the process, she takes us on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death. Together, she and her father journey to Newfoundland to learn about the 1935 storm, and along the way her dad begins to talk about the man he cannot forgive. As she recreates the scenes of the violent hurricane and a small boy’s tender past, she holds onto a hidden desire: to heal her father and redeem the grandfather she has never met.” Lecture and book signing will be held in Portland at the Maine Irish Heritage Center (34 Gray St. on the corner of State and Gray). The lecture is free. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. 780-0118 or www.

Vancouver Chamber Choir at Merrill 3 p.m. Portland Ovations will present the Vancouver Chamber Choir at Merrill Auditorium for an afternoon concert. “Canada’s foremost vocal ensemble for more than 40 years, the Vancouver Chamber Choir is internationally renowned for the depth and range of its repertoire, interpretive skills, and performing excellence.” The program for their Merrill Auditorium performance features works by Thomas Weelkes, Andrea Gabrieli, Johan Sebastian Bach, Robert Ingari, and Electo Silva amongst others. Ovations Offstage offers a pre-performance lecture, “Considering Choral Arts” at 2 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium with Bob Russell, Music Director of the Choral Arts Society. The discussion will focus on the expressive values inherent in Renaissance music and music of the modern era. The USM Chamber Singers will join Russell and help bring his ideas to life. Tickets for the Vancouver Chamber Choir are $34 for Ovations’ Members, $38 for the general public and a limited amount of $10 student tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, contact PortTix at 842-0800 or visit the box office window at Merrill Auditorium. Tickets are also available online at

‘The Children’s Hour’ at McAuley High 3 p.m. Catherine McAuley High School Limelighters present this play by Lillian Hellman. It is loosely based on a true story about a malicious child who wreaks vengeance by accusing her school teachers of being lesbians. Her lie causes catastrophic consequences for all involved. For mature audiences. 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. The suggested donation of $10 includes a Victorian Tea. Reserve tickets by calling 797-3802.

Monday, March 5 ‘Marx Reloaded’ film discussion

7:30 p.m. University of Southern Maine Philosophy Symposium sponsored film: “Marx Reloaded,” at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. 828.5600. “‘Marx Reloaded’ is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx’s ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-09. The crisis trigAre you looking for a way to grow… gered the deepest global Are you looking for “FREE” advertising in both print media and on-line? recession in 70 years and prompted the U.S. govAre you looking to grow your business and earn new revenue? ernment to spend more than $1 trillion in order to rescue its banking system from collapse. Today the full implications of the crisis in Europe and around the WITH OUR DEALS: world still remain unclear. Nevertheless, should we • You get the front page banner, page 3 placement and website exposure accept the crisis as an for 3 or 4 full days! unfortunate side-effect of • You decide how many to sell, when they expire and how much to charge! the free market? Or is there another explanation as to • You get 50% of the money from sales back within 15 days after the Deal ends! why it happened and its • You get the email addresses of everyone who purchased a Deal! likely effects on our society, • You can run again in as soon as 3-6 months our economy and our whole way of life?” Sponsored by (based on the type of business)! the USM Philosophy Sym• You get at least a 1/4 page of free advertising after the Deal has run! posium. Followed by discussion with Jason Read, Think Deals aren’t for you or your business? USM Professor of Philosophy.” Doors open at 7 p.m., Let us help you come up with a cost effective, enticing film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7/$5 for SPACE Portland Daily Sun Deal that makes sense Members, free for USM Call Natalie at 699-5806 for more information and will help kick off your New Year right! staff and students with ID. and to book your Daily Deal today.

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