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PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
In wake of inmate tryst, county officials defend jail staff in letter — Page 7 “We do about 12,000 bookings a year, that’s a lot of people we move in and out of the jail. You can appreciate that people don’t hear about those situations and those stories.” — Cumberland County manager Peter Crichton Crichton
School board to review grant-funded jobs for ‘student-centered’ education — Page 9
Malloch promoted to assistant police chief See page 6
Adviser Alison Perkins (seated at left) meets with members of the Model United Nations club at Casco Bay High School Monday to plan a 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 fundraiser at the school. With Perkins is co-adviser Glenn Cummings (standing). The group received assistance from University of Southern Maine global educators Steven Ganell and Ali Godbout. Casco Bay High School with its Expeditionary Learning model is one of the schools where a $5.2 million Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant is being focused. Other high schools are being prepped for student-centered learning. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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A plunge to the deep end of the planet (NY Times) — For centuries, the daredevils known as submariners have slipped beneath the waves in vehicles made for horizontal travel. Until now. In a stroke, James Cameron has upended the field — literally and figuratively. A man known for imaginative films (“Titanic,” “Avatar”), he has reinvented the way that people explore the deep ocean.This month, Cameron unveiled his unique submersible and announced plans to ride it solo into the planet’s deepest recess, the Challenger Deep in the western Pacific, nearly seven miles down. He calls it a vertical torpedo. The axis of his 24-footlong craft is upright rather than horizontal, speeding the plunge. His goal is to fall and rise as quickly as possible so he can maximize his time investigating the dark seabed. He wants to prowl the bottom for six hours. “It’s very clever,” said Alfred S. McLaren, a retired Navy submariner who helps to run a company that makes submersibles. “Nobody has done this kind of thing before. It’s a great idea.” Just as bullets are spun to steady their flight, Cameron’s craft rotates on its vertical axis — another first. In a test dive, he has already broken the modern depth record for piloted vehicles, going down more than five miles. “He’s done something radical,” said Peter Girguis, a biological oceanographer at Harvard and head of a panel that oversees the nation’s fleet of deep-research vehicles. “He’s set aside the conventional wisdom.” Cameron sees his craft — built in secrecy in Australia over eight years — as greatly expanding the power of scientists to explore the abyss. On the Challenger Deep expedition, he is working with the National Geographic Society, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Hawaii and other scientific groups. “It’s really fun,” he said in an interview during sea trials off Papua New Guinea. “There’s no bigger high in my world.” Cameron, now near the Challenger Deep in the expedition’s ship, is awaiting calm seas for what experts called an audacious bid that will shed light on a hidden world of strange life forms. The deep sea is much harder to explore than outer space. Far from the sun’s warming rays, the inky darkness miles down hovers at temperatures near freezing. Seawater is also corrosive, often full of debris and largely opaque to light and radio waves.
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The Communist Party Central Committee circulated the findings on Friday, one day after the announcement of Bo’s dismissal, and a transcript quickly was leaked online. Its contents were confirmed by a researcher at a ministry-level government institute and by a Chongqing official briefed by colleagues who were present when the report was read at a government meeting. Combined with other actions in recent days, the government’s decision to begin making its case againstBo suggests a campaign to discredit him. Bo, a broadly popular but highly controversial politician whose father was one of China’s revolutionary-era leaders, was openly seeking a spot in China’s top leadership when power changes hands late this year.
Pentagon ﬁnds perils for U.S. if Israel were to strike Iran WASHINGTON (NY Times) — A classified war simulation exercise held this month to assess the American military’s capabilities to respond to an Israeli attack on Iran forecast that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, according to American officials. The officials said the so-called war game was not designed as a rehearsal for American military action — and they emphasized that the exercise’s results were not the only possible outcome of a real-world conflict. But the
game has raised fears among top American planners that it may be impossible to preclude American involvement in any escalating confrontation with Iran, the officials said. In the debate among policymakers over the consequences of any possible Israeli attack, that reaction may give stronger voice to those within the White House, Pentagon and intelligence community who have warned that a strike could prove perilous for the United States. When the exercise had concluded earlier this month, according to the officials, Gen. James N. Mattis, who com-
mands all American forces in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, told aides that an Israeli first-strike would likely have dire consequences across the region and for United States forces there. The two-week war game, called “Internal Look,” played out a narrative in which the United States found it was pulled into the conflict after Iranian missiles struck a Navy warship in the Persian Gulf, killing about 200 Americans, according to officials with knowledge of the exercise. The United States then retaliated by launching its own strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Gender gap persists in cost of health insurance WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage, according to new research and data from online brokers. The new health care law will prohibit such “gender rating,” starting in 2014. But gaps persist in most states, with no evidence that insurers have taken steps to reduce them. For a popular Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in Chicago, a 30-yearold woman pays $375 a month, which is 31 percent more than what a man of the same age pays for the same coverage, according to eHealthInsurance.com, a leading online source of health insurance. In a report to be issued this week, the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, says that in states that have not banned gender rating, more than 90 percent of the best-selling health plans charge women more than men. Mary Beth Senkewicz, deputy insurance commissioner in Florida from 2007 to 2011, said the findings were consistent with her observations. “The gender gap continues,” Senkewicz said. If insurers voluntarily began to narrow the gap, she said, they could reduce the impact that will occur in 2014 when rates are expected to increase for many men under the age of 55. On the other hand, Senkewicz said: “This is a business decision. Insurers may not want to raise rates for men because they might lose some customers.”
Flush with cash, Apple plans buyback and dividend SAN FRANCISCO (NY Times) — Apple announced Monday that it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share beginning in the quarter that starts in July, and its board authorized a $10 billion share buyback. The moves will reward investors by using up some of the company’s cash hoard of nearly $100 billion and likely attract a new group of investors to buy the stock. But the actions are not likely to reduce
the amount of cash in the company’s coffers because Apple continues to generate so much money from its business. In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Apple executives said the plan would place Apple among the top dividend-paying companies in the United States, but would leave it with the flexibility to make big investments that help keep up its growth. “These decisions will not close any doors
for us,” said Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive. Apple stock, which has been on a steep trajectory up, rose about 2 percent to $597.80 a share. Michael Holt of Morningstar, an equities analyst on technology stocks, said a dividend had been already factored into the share price. “People were counting on this cash in their valuations,” he said.
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Lottery retailers oppose plan to sell tickets online BY MAL LEARY CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE
AUGUSTA – Legislation allowing the Maine State Lottery to sell tickets on the Internet drew strong opposition from the network of stores of all sizes that currently get a commission from the state to sell the tickets. “Internet communications and business is a massive and rapidly moving part of our culture,“ said Jerry Reed, Director of the Maine Bureau of Lottery Operations. ”States are starting to actively pursue Internet sales.” Reed told members of the legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee that the lottery needs to bolster sales to the “generation Y” segment of the population between 18 and 30 years old that embrace the Internet. “While our lottery revenue generation is doing reasonably well, our consumer or customer head count participation is flat to slightly down, “he said. The measure, which is a committee bill, would allow the state to engage in online lottery sales no sooner than September 2013. Reed sought the ability to adopt rules to implement the sale of tickets on the Internet. Online gambling was long banned under an interpretation of federal law
by the U.S. Department of Justice. A ruling in December reversed the DOJ’s interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act that banned online gambling and said state lotteries are not prohibited from offering online wagering within their state. “We want to pursue this new opportunity of online gaming in the process of negotiating a new contract with our gaming system vendor,” Reed said. Lawmakers on the committee said they have been “beat up” over the issue from local store owners con-
Proposals to sell lottery tickets online won’t be voted on during this year’s legislative session cerned they will loose sales if Mainers can buy tickets online directly from the Lottery and that will have an impact on the commissions they receive on sales. That continued at the public hearing with opposition from groups representing retailers and by Hollywood Casino which also is concerned about competition. “The slow move to games that provide instant gratification through the internet will have a significant impact on bricks and mortar casinos like Hollywood Casino as well as retailers via
the lottery, “ said Cheryl Timberlake, lobbyist for Penn National Gaming, owner of the Hollywood Casino in Bangor. She suggested that casinos and current lottery retailers should Plowman be the ones to operate any sort of Internet sales operation and would require that users establish accounts and prove they are of age to gamble. “There are a lot if unintended consequences in this as proposed,“ she said. Jamie Py, President of the Energy Marketers Association, represents many of the 1,100 convenience stores in the state. “It’s a pretty big piece of our business, “he said. “I am concerned about what will be booked in a budget for next year and if there is something booked, I am not sure how we back out of that.” Py urged the panel move slowly and deliberately on the issue and get all of the stake holders together to work out legislation. Shelly Doak, Executive Director of the Maine Grocers Association, said there are 400 grocers that sell lottery
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Jail’s history is one of ‘safe, secure and proper’ handling of inmates Editor, Much has been said in the press lately about the “evening sojourn” of two inmates in the Cumberland County Jail (“Sheriff: Jail inmate in maximum security unit escaped, met female prisoner for sex,” Tuesday, March 13 Portland Daily Sun). It is true that this was an inexcusable lapse by those in charge, officers on duty at the time and policies within the system. This should not happen and actions are being taken to prevent this from occurring again. However, this was one event in a long history of safe, secure and proper handling of inmates within the county jail. The jail was built in 1994 and over that time, very few events have transpired causing any safety concerns. In the past year, the Cumberland County Jail has housed 11,131 persons, some of whom are the “worst of the worst,” including federal prisoners from around the country, murderers and rapists. The staff provides a safe, healthy environment for the inmates of a 24/7/365 basis, often dealing with abusive situations to themselves. In the past year, the county transported 6,252 adults to the county courthouse, 13 to Bridgton court, 12 to Bath court and 417 juveniles to all courts for hearings, safely and without incident. All too often, one negative event far exceeds the positive done by those who serve the public faithfully and safely each and every day, often putting their own lives and safe being in harm’s way. You can rest assured the events leading to this “sojourn” will be investigated and remedied, but we should also keep in mind and thank the officers protecting our public safety in our jails and in the line of duty on the streets every day. They choose the profession of public safety and should be applauded for their choice and thanked for their service. Susan Witonis Chairwoman, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Peter Crichton Cumberland County manager We welcome your ideas and opinions on all topics and consider every signed letter for publication. Limit letters to 300 words and include your address and phone number. Longer letters will only be published as space allows and may be edited. Anonymous letters, letters without full names and generic letters will not be published. Please send your letters to: THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN, email@example.com.
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Hurray for health reform It’s said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies. If the same principle applies to legislation, the Affordable Care Act — which was signed into law two years ago, but for the most part has yet to take effect — sits in a place of high honor. Now, the act — known to its foes as Obamacare, and to the cognoscenti as ObamaRomneycare — isn’t easy to love, since it’s very much a compromise, dictated by the perceived political need to change existing coverage and challenge entrenched interests as little as possible. But the perfect is the enemy of the good; for all its imperfections, this reform would do an enormous amount of good. And one indicator of just how good it is comes from the apparent inability of its opponents to make an honest case against it. To understand the lies, you first have to understand the truth. How would ObamaRomneycare change American health care? For most people the answer is, not at all. In particular, those receiving good health benefits from employers would keep them. The act is aimed, instead, at Americans who fall through the cracks, either going without coverage or relying on the miser-
Paul Krugman ––––– The New York Times ably malfunctioning individual, “non-group” insurance market. The fact is that individual health insurance, as currently constituted, just doesn’t work. If insurers are left free to deny coverage at will — as they are in, say, California — they offer cheap policies to the young and healthy (and try to yank coverage if you get sick) but refuse to cover anyone likely to need expensive care. Yet simply requiring that insurers cover people with preexisting conditions, as in New York, doesn’t work either: premiums are sky-high because only the sick buy insurance. The solution — originally proposed, believe it or not, by analysts at the ultra-right-wing Heritage Foundation — is a three-legged stool of regulation and subsidies. As in New York, insurers are required to cover everyone; in return, everyone is required to buy insurance, so that healthy as well as sick people are
in the risk pool. Finally, subsidies make those mandated insurance purchases affordable for lowerincome families. Can such a system work? It’s already working! Massachusetts enacted a very similar reform six years ago — yes, while Mitt Romney was governor. Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who played a key role in developing both the local and the national reforms (and has published an illustrated guide to reform) has surveyed the results — and finds that Romneycare is working pretty much as advertised. The number of people without insurance has dropped sharply, the quality of care hasn’t suffered, and the program’s cost has been very close to initial projections. Oh, and the budgetary cost per newly insured resident of Massachusetts was actually lower than the projected cost per American insured by the Affordable Care Act. Given this evidence, what’s a virulent opponent of reform to do? The answer is, make stuff up. We all know how the act’s proposal that Medicare evaluate medical procedures for effectiveness see KRUGMAN page 5
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Juked by medicine This still moment on the verge of spring equinox, industrial civilization is taking a rest from its travails of finance and economy. The creaking and groaning vehicle of world banking lurches forward with its latest patch, the Greek fix, but the explosive resignation last week of a Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith, posted as an op-ed essay in no less than the New York Times, afforded a glimpse into the dark place where American values crawled off to die, like turning over a rock in a meadow to find the white slithering things that dwell there, and asserting a broad and anguished truth at the heart of our culture: all is swindle. In the still moment, the nation is digesting this discovery, and I think it will represent a turning point in the arduous plotline of the crime story that banking has become. It’s also the moment of reawakening for the Occupy movement as it now struggles with what it is to become. I doubt that it can avoid turning angrily and maybe viciously political as it focuses its energies on occupying this summer’s looming political conventions. But in this still moment I want to take a break from purely public issues for a second week and discuss some personal things: nutrition and medicine. I hope it will be of interest to some of you. Last week, after a four year misadventure on an ultra lowfat vegan diet (no meat, no cheese, no eggs), I turned around 180 degrees and resumed eating all those verboten things again. I had been feeling not well for a long time, in particular with muscle pain, muscle weakness, penetrating fatigue, and some weird neurological symptoms and I decided to take drastic measures. This personal misadventure started about four and half years ago when my doctor read me the riot act on my cholesterol numbers. The total was around 290. I forget exactly what the LDL (“bad” cholesterol) was, but it wasn’t good, and ditto the HDL (“good” cholesterol) and the triglycerides (oy vay). The upshot was that my doctor put me on a whopping dose of the most powerful statin drug, Crestor 40mg (made by AstraZenica). I left his office feeling like my identity was transformed from a healthy normal person to a prisoner on death row. I thought I had been leading a healthy life. Being self-employed, and
James Howard Kunstler ––––– Kunstler.com master of my own schedule, I was able to work in a lot of exercise. For twenty-five years I was a runner. A hip replacement put an end to that. During that same period, I also swam a mile a day in the local YMCA lap pool. After hip surgery, I walked daily instead of running, kept swimming, and also did at least four weekly sessions in the weight room (including the cardio machines such as the elliptical trainer, easy on the joints). During the temperate months, I also biked many days of the week. Because I got so much exercise, I thought I could eat anything I wanted to, and did. I was a capable cook, having worked in many restaurant jobs during my starving bohemian years, and I could competently put together everything from a butterflied leg of lamb to a flourless chocolate cake. After receiving my “death sentence” from the doc, I went straight to the cardio diet bookshelf and found works by two of the chief authorities on the subject: Dr. Dean Ornish, the popular TV celebrity, and Dr. Caldwell Essylsten, a less public but also renowned nutrition guru from the Cleveland Clinic. Both of them promoted ultra low-fat essentially vegan diets. I used them as a guide for learning how to cook for myself in a new way. This largely revolved around vegetables braised in stocks rather than oil-fried in a wok, lots of brown rice and other whole grains (oats, especially), and the substitution of plant (soy) based protein foods like tofu, tempeh, and the various veggie “burger” products for actual meat. Plenty of salads, of course, and fruit. Of the two diet docs, Essylsten was the most severe. You were barely allowed to eat a nut. However, in defiance I ate the same lunch every day for all those years: peanut butter on one slice of our local Rock Hill 8-grain bread. Otherwise I was pretty strict with myself. Over the next several years I lost about 20 pounds (from 188 to 168 — I am 5 feet, 10 inches). By 2011, my cho-
lesterol was down to 110 total (about equal LDLs and HDLs), but I was feeling not well all the time as described above: lack of stamina, muscle pains, cramps, etc. I was aware that I was getting old, over 60, but I suspected that these were not necessarily natural aging issues. I was having trouble remembering things, names especially, and at times felt like my brain was fogged. I developed neuropathies (tingling and numbness) in my hands and feet. I grew suspicious that these things were connected with the whopping dose of Crestor that I was on. There is, of course, a body of anecdotal chat on the Web about the evils of Crestor and other statin drugs, and in July of 2011 I decided to taper down and get off the stuff. By September it was out of my system. My doctor was rather cross with me. He assured me that an LDL level above 70 was a death sentence, should I get back there. Over the next six months, the brain fog and the name-forgetting went away, but the muscle issues and fatigue-and-stamina problems persisted. I was still on my nearly fatfree vegan diet. My theory was to see how far up my cholesterol would go on diet alone. In November it clocked in at 220 total and I forget the LDL number because my doctor was shaking his head and making clucking sounds as he reported it, along with his now-standard empirical warning that I was back in the death zone. So, all winter I staggered on feeling not well and eating low-fat vegan. There is for sure a large body of counter-argument on the whole cholesterol issue, led by the author-journalist Gary Taubes (a supernaturally fitlooking dude). This argument states that fat is actually a critical and essential component of human diet, and animal fat in particular, which is crucial for the continual process of cell renewal and the processing of many other nutrients, especially many vitamins. There is also a range of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, that you can only get from animal foods. All of these things have a bearing on muscle performance and the health of nerve tissue, in which fats are an indispensible component. Frankly, I knew about these counter-arguments, but the authority of medicine these days militates the opposite way, and in these nearly five
years I allowed the authority of my doctor to persuade me to drive down my cholesterol by all means available. I now regard this as a mistake, perhaps even a personal fiasco. I think I have done a lot of damage to my system and that it will take a long time to repair. But I am back in the realm of meat, cheese, and eggs. And, yes, I do eat a lot of vegetables, especially green and leafy ones, and I am watching my carbohydrates (but not eschewing them). I’ve also come to a conclusion about what started this whole long melodrama. At the time I first got my high cholesterol “riot act” reading, I was also eating a lot of sugar and refined white flour in a certain form. In the evenings, after a day that included at least two episodes of strenuous exercise, I allowed myself to eat Pepperidge Farm cookies and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I probably ran through a bag of cookies every two or three days and ditto a pint of ice cream. I now believe that my cholesterol numbers were high not so much because of the meat and cheese that I was eating, but because I regularly consumed too much sugar and refined flour. That is my current theory and narrative. So, I’m back to an omnivore’s diet. (The first time I had real eggs scrambled in butter in nearly five years was quite a moment!) It’s been about ten days. I can’t say that I’ve noticed any marked improvements. As I said above, it will probably take a long time to undo the damage done. I’ll check in again on this theme after a while and let you know how things are going. I’m scheduled to go in for another routine physical on Friday. I imagine it will be a contentious session. But I wonder if doctors are losing their legitimacy now in a way similar to the other authority figures in our culture: the political leaders, the bankers, the economists, the business executives. To get back to where I started this blog, all is swindle these days. And medicine, being the lifeand-death racket that it is, may be the biggest swindle of them all. (James Howard Kunstler is the author of several books, including “The Long Emergency,” “The Geography of Nowhere” and “The Witch of Hebron.” Contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Scares aside, this health reform is coming just in time KRUGMAN from page 4
became, in the fevered imagination of the right, an evil plan to create death panels. And rest assured, this lie will be back in force once the general election campaign is in full swing. For now, however, most of the disinformation involves claims about costs. Each new report from the Congressional Budget Office is touted as proof that the true cost of Obamacare is exploding, even when — as was the case with the latest report — the document says on its very first page that projected costs have actually fallen slightly. Nor are we
talking about random pundits making these false claims. We are, instead, talking about people like the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, who issued a completely fraudulent press release after the latest budget office report. Because the truth does not, sad to say, always prevail, there is a real chance that these lies will succeed in killing health reform before it really gets started. And that would be an immense tragedy for America, because this health reform is coming just in time. As I said, the reform is mainly aimed at Americans who fall through the cracks in our current
system — an important goal in its own right. But what makes reform truly urgent is the fact that the cracks are rapidly getting wider, because fewer and fewer jobs come with health benefits; employment-based coverage actually declined even during the “Bush boom” of 2003 to 2007, and has plunged since. What this means is that the Affordable Care Act is the only thing protecting us from an imminent surge in the number of Americans who can’t afford essential care. So this reform had better survive — because if it doesn’t, many Americans who need health care won’t.
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Malloch promoted to assistant police chief BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Cmdr. Vern Malloch has been named assistant chief of the Portland police department, a relatively new position that has broad oversight duties across the organization and is second in command behind Chief Mike Sauschuck. The appointment, which Sauschuck announced yesterday, takes effect immediately. Malloch has served as interim assistant chief for the past six months. “I think Vern is a consummate professional, and somebody I respect for his intelligence and for his institutional knowledge,” Sauschuck said in a phone interview yesterday. “I wouldn’t have anyone else as my second in command.” Malloch, who lives in Portland, is a 28-year veteran of the force. He started in 1984 as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to commander, the department’s third in charge, in 2010. Over the years, he led both the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division as well as a unit that worked closely with neighborhood groups. Malloch has also led several high-profile initiatives, including oversight of the Portland Jetport after the September 11 terrorist attacks, coordination of security during President Barack Obama’s visit in 2010, and the creation of a cold-case squad, which cracked two unsolved murders. In a phone interview yesterday, Malloch said the promotion to assistant chief was “something [he] had hoped for.” “I’ve had extensive discussions with the chief, and I am very pleased that he has put his trust with me and selected me,” he said. “Mike and I have worked well for our entire careers, so I couldn't be any happier.” Malloch was one of five finalists earlier this year for police chief — a position that eventually went to Sauschuck. Malloch’s appointment is likely to be the first of many internal promotions announced over the next several weeks. The department has several vacant supervisory positions right now, and Sauschuck reiterated yesterday that filling those positions remains one of his top priorities. Indeed, in a private email to the police department that was obtained by The Portland Daily Sun announcing Malloch's promotion, Sauschuck made clear he also wants to fill other vacancies with internal candidates. “My primary goal is to fill all of our supervisory vacancies with internal processes and existing lists,” Sauschuck said in the email. “My intention is to push these processes through before the current
lists expire at the end of June.” In the email, Sauschuck said he interviewed two internal candidates for the position before choosing Malloch. The department has 162 sworn officers and 54 administrative personnel. As assistant chief, Malloch will supervise almost every aspect of the organization, including detectives, the regional dispatch center and internal affairs. Malloch will also supervise the commander, who overMalloch sees the patrol division, and head the department when Sauschuck is away. The positions of commander and assistant chief are both only about three years old. They were created by former chief James Craig during a restructuring that occurred shortly after he was hired in 2009. Craig left the department in August to become police chief in Cincinnati. Sauschuck served in both capacities before officially taking over as chief earlier this month. Councilor Ed Suslovic, who chairs the city council’s Public Safety subcommittee that oversees the police department, said Malloch and Sauschuck have demonstrated they can work well together. “I think they have made a great team together, and I think they will continue to make a great team together,” he said. “I also think its a testament to their professionalism and their positive approach to things.” Suslovic added, “These are two people who were competing for the same job, and instead of being at each other’s throats, they continue to work really well together. Portland is getting the best possible deal to continue to have both of them at the helm of the department.” Mayor Michael Brennan, who admitted he has not had much interaction with Malloch since being sworn in as mayor in December but has heard good things, said he was pleased to see another internal candidate named to a top position. “Clearly there are positions where we want to do national searches for, and this was not one of them,” Brennan said. “As I said, I think it’s a good thing that the police chief was able to act quickly promote internally to fill this position.” City spokesperson Nicole Clegg said the assistant chief position pays about $88,000 per year.
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City resident charged with two unsolved commercial burglaries DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS A local man with a history of arrests for commercial burglary was charged with two unsolved commercial break-ins in Downtown Portland reported over the past 15 months. Charles Alan, 42, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for burglary on March 17, when Sgt. Charles Libby and Ofc. Rick Ray of the Crime Reduc-
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tion Unit spotted him walking on Grant and High streets. He was taken into custody without incident. Alan is accused of burglarizing Hair Update Salon, at 57 Oak St. downtown, sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2010. After his arrest, he was also charged with a burglary at The Porthole restaurant on March 14 at about 11:20 p.m. Det. Sgt. Dean Goodale, who is in charge of crimes against property, said Alan has been arrested in the past for commercial burglary. — Marge Niblock
Police searching for stolen tractor Maine State Police are looking for a new $40,000 tractor that was stolen from a sales lot in Union. The 2011 Kubota model L45, with a bucket loader on the front and a backhoe on the rear, was stolen from Union Farm Equipment on Route 17 at about 2 a.m. Monday, state police reported. Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock said a lone male jumped the fence, started the tractor and then used the tractor’s bucket to ram through the front gate where it was then driven into a ramp truck. A motorist on Route 17 later reported seeing the ramp truck with the tractor on it driving toward Augusta about 2:20 a.m.
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County officials defend jail staff in letter to the editor BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Top county officials yesterday released a letter to the editor defending Cumberland County Jail staff in the wake of an incident in which a prisoner housed in a maximum security unit was caught sneaking back to his cell following a late-night rendezvous with a female inmate. "All too often, one negative event far exceeds the positive done by those who serve the public faithfully and safely each and every day, often putting their own lives and safe being in harm's way," reads the letter signed by Susan WitoCrichton nis, chair of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners; and Peter Crichton, Cumberland County manager (for a full copy of the letter, see Letters to the Editor, page 4). Last weekend, authorities say, 23-year-old Arien L'Italien was caught crawling on the floor of the jail's maximum security unit after he spent about an hour in a female prisoner's cell. L'Italien and the woman, 25-year-old Karla Wilson, were engaged in consensual sex, according to
Sheriff Kevin Joyce. "From this day forward, (there) will be a different way of doing business," Joyce said during a news conference Monday, launchL’Italien ing an internal review. The letter from Crichton and Witonis, dated Friday, was distributed to media for general publication "so people understand that Wilson there are a lot of good things that happen. Most of the things that happen at the jail are good and positive," Crichton said in an interview yesterday with The Portland Daily Sun. "As county manager, I'm always concerned about making sure people are aware of the good work that we do," Crichton said. The letter acknowledges "an inexcusable lapse by those in charge, officers on duty at the time and policies within the system," but Crichton said he worried that one incident would overshadow the excellent performance of jail staff. "We do about 12,000 bookings a year, that's a lot of people we
ACLU of Maine: McKee to receive 2012 Justice Louis Scolnik Award The ACLU of Maine Foundation will present the 2012 Justice Louis Scolnik Award to Walt McKee on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, the organization reported. A reception for event sponsors will take place at 6 p.m. “Walt combines a passionate sense of justice with a legendary work ethic,” said Shenna Bellows, executive director of the ACLU of Maine. “We are proud to recognize him for his extraordinary commitment to improving our criminal justice system.” McKee chairs the Legislative Committee of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, appearing regularly before the Maine Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee as a civil liberties volunteer advocate on criminal justice legislation. He has testified on numerous critical criminal justice bills. “On many issues, McKee and the ACLU of Maine are the only voices advocating the civil liberties position,” an ACLU of Maine press release stated. “It takes a lot of courage to advocate for criminal justice reform,” said Bellows. “Walt’s by the book and straightforward style has made him a respected voice on issues that are often controversial.” As an attorney, McKee has tried over 150 criminal and civil jury trials, and his cases have often involved groundbreaking legal issues, such as those in his successful defense of a high profile medical marijuana advocate and a civil lawsuit against a county jail and the medical services contractor over the suicide of an inmate. In 2011, McKee collaborated with the ACLU of Maine on the successful case of State of Maine v. Ronald LaPlante, a Fourth Amendment case upholding limits on the ability of law enforcement to stop motorists. — Staff Report
move in and out of the jail. You can appreciate that people don't hear about those situations and those stories," he said. In 2009, the state started paying for the increased expenses of jails through legislation and created a board of corrections. Counties manage the county jails and their day to day operations, but funding comes from the state, Crichton said. The jail is nationally accredited, the only one in the state that meets over 380 accreditation criteria, Crichton said. "I always think it's good to point out the good work that people do," he said. "There's a review that's being done," Crichton said, noting that officials will review last weekend's incident internally. "I have all the confidence in the world that they will do the review in the appropriate way," he said. L'Italien, of Biddeford, was being held at the county jail on federal charges stemming from a Jan. 27 shootout with U.S. Marshals. After the incident, L'Italien was transfered to the jail's super max unit. Wilson was being held at the jail awaiting trial for four counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault. Following last weekend's incident, Wilson was moved to the intake unit, officials reported.
Spring in March
It’s ice cream weather, as shown by the sign for Beal’s ice cream stand in Gorham. Temperatures will “skyrocket” to record-shattering levels today through Thursday, the National Weather Service reported. “There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how unusual it is to have an airmass this warm this early in the season,” the National Weather Service reported. “On Sunday, both Caribou and Bangor shattered records with Bangor’s 76 (degrees) being the earliest 70 (degrees or higher) reading on record, and Caribou’s 64 (degrees) being the earliest 60 (degrees or higher) reading on record. And temperatures Tuesday through Thursday will be even warmer than Sunday.” (NATALIE LADD PHOTO)
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Portland school district officials say cafeterias do not serve ‘pink slime’ DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS The Portland Public Schools’ food service does not purchase ground beef products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef, also known by critics as “pink slime,” the school district reported Sunday. In fact, the district buys precooked beef burgers from a national company that does not use LFTB. “In addition, growing portions of Portland’s ground beef purchases are from local companies committed to natural and sustainable farming practices,” a district press release stated. Portland’s school lunch program currently purchases burgers from the Maine Grind in Portland that uses ground beef from Herring Brothers Meats in Guilford — a Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Associationcertified processing facility. Herring Brothers uses 100 percent Maine beef with no LFTB, other fillers, or chemicals in their ground beef, the press release stated. In the last few years, Portland’s school lunches have also featured burgers from Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport. Unlike most other school districts in the country, Portland does not purchase ground beef from the U.S. Department of Agriculture School Commodities Market. All USDA food
dollars are received in cash that can be spent with any vendor rather than being locked into commodities foods, the press release explained. “Portland is one of only 30 school districts in the country to have this distinction. That enables the school system to purchase more food from local companies. It also gives the district more flexibility to access the best products at the best prices,” according to the release. In 2011, eight of Portland’s elementary schools received the USDA’s Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge Bronze Award. The award recognizes excellence in school meals, with menus that meet nutrition standards above and beyond federal and state requirements.
Panel discussion planned at USM on transgender revolution in Maine The “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,” or LGBT Collection of University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine will present a panel discussion, “Maine’s T Revolution: How being transgender in Maine has changed, is changing, and still needs to change.” The discussion will take place Wednesday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Glickman Family Library, Portland. This event is free and open to the public and includes an ASL interpreter.
The panel includes Lisa Bunker as facilitator, Margaret Cook, JamieLynn Kane, Alex Roan and P.J. Mears. The panel will be followed by open discussion. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity and the Women and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Susie R. Bock at 780-4269 or bocks@usm. maine.edu.
Tourism, hospitality program embraced by UMaine System board The University of Maine System Board of Trustees on Monday approved a new tourism and hospitality program at the University of Southern Maine. “This is Maine’s first comprehensive, four-year program in tourism at a public university,” said USM President Selma Botman in a press release. “Our partners in the legislature and industry identified a need, and a statewide team led by Dean Joseph McDonnell and Professor Kreg Ettenger designed a creative, interdisciplinary approach to sustaining and growing Maine’s largest industry.” Development of a tourism program within the University of Maine System is a direct response to needs expressed by leaders in Maine’s hospitality industry, and the final recommendation of a committee of industry stakeholders convened by Maine’s state legislature to address the state’s tourism workforce, the press release noted. First sponsored in February 2011 by State Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the resolve to consider such a program within the state gained support from the university system and Maine Community College System; Department of Economic and Community Development; Maine Tourism Association; Maine Innkeepers Association; Maine Restaurant Association; and Maine Chamber of Commerce. “Having a four-year tourism and hospitality program at USM raises awareness of the hospitality and tourism industry in Maine, affirming its substantial economic role in the state and the role travel and tourism plays
throughout the world,” said Maine’s Director of Tourism Carolann Ouellete. “This degree program provides an excellent opportunity to develop leaders for the industry within the state and provides Maine businesses with a skilled and educated workforce with an understanding of immediate and long-range issues related to the industry.”
Portland High School student wins first in classical writing contest Lucy Bauer, an honors Latin poetry student at Portland High School, has won first place in the Maine Classics Association of New England writing contest, the Portland school district reported. Bauer, a junior, submitted an essay titled “Gladiatrice,” which juxtaposed a creative story of a female gladiator Bauer with supporting quotations from Juvenal’s “Satire VI.” Entrants are judged on creativity, correct usage of the English language, use of authentic Latin or Greek sources and adherence to the topic. This year’s topic was “Gaming in the Ancient World.”
Students win creative writing awards from Women’s Literary Union The Woman’s Literary Union held its annual Creative Writing Contest award luncheon on Friday, March 16 at the Woodfords Club in Portland, the group announced. The following students won cash awards: First place: Elizabeth Yeaton, Deering High; second place: Abby Onos, South Portland High; third place: Paige Richardson, Greely High. Honorable mentions went to: Valerie Carpentier, Deering High; Alexis Stephenson, Deering High; Mollie Braley, Greely High; Hannah Somes, Greely High; and Alison Pelczar, Scarborough High.
Abby Onos, Elizabeth Yeaton and Paige Richardson were among the winners at the Woman's Literary Union Creative Writing Contest award luncheon. (COURTESY PHOTO)
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School board to review jobs in student-centered ‘Pathways’ New positions to be funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation student-centered approaches to learning. Out of 48 applicants, Portland is one of only four communities throughout New England to receive a grant. The others are Sanford; BurlingtonWinooski, Vt.; and Pittsfield, N.H. Already, Casco Bay High School in Portland is being considered as a model for this grant-funded exploration of new ways to teach, Harrison said. Information on the school board agenda notes that one of the new positions — the Strategic Systems Building Coordinator — would implement Casco Bay High's Expeditionary Learning model and "identify and deliver two new student learning pathway models." Although details vary, the Nellie Mae Foundation suggests that student-centered approaches embrace four key principles: • "Flexible learning time that includes learning opportunities outside the traditional school calendar." • "Learning environments that extend beyond the school’s walls, harnessing community assets." • "Curriculum and assessment promoting skills and knowledge needed for success in and beyond college." • "Progression based on mastery of skills and knowledge, versus hours on task or credits." Partnering with groups like LearningWorks and the city's Refugee Services Program, which has multilingual staff to help "new arrival secondary migrant refugees in Portland," could involve apprenticeships, internships or other educational opportunities, said Lynn D'Ambrose, senior program officer at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. "They really want to capitalize on the community," D'Ambrose said of the Portland school board, which she credited for its involvement in the initiative. Already, one public forum has been held about this effort, titled "Pathways to Success." Although terms such as "student learning pathway models" are cited in school board literature, D'Ambrose said the goal will be to make the changes "accessible" and easier for the public to understand. "They're really going to bring it down to the level of, 'What will this mean to my child?'" she said. Harrison said the new models for high school education won't necessarily discard traditional education. "We should be clear there's likely to still be the option of the traditional model," she said. Students, parents and Model United Nations club adviser Alison Perkins (from left), other community members co-adviser Glenn Cummings and club member Summer Leppanen meet Monday at Casco Bay High School to plan an are invited to the final of two April fundraiser. Model United Nations is an authentic simu- forums about the high school lation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral "Pathways to Success" initiabodies. More than 400,000 middle school, high school and tive on Monday, March 26, 6:30 college/university students worldwide participate every to 7:30 p.m., in the Deering year, according to the club website at www.un.org. (DAVID High School auditorium. CARKHUFF PHOTO) Tonight's school board meetBY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Portland school board is expected to begin the process of hiring three personnel to spearhead "a student-centered model of education" at Portland High School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School, as well as at Portland Arts and Technology High School and at Portland Adult Education. The new positions are funded in their first year through a $5.2 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. School board members will review the jobs of Strategic Systems Building Coordinator, at the district office, with an $85,000 salary; Pathway Model Teacher Leader, at Portland High School, with an $80,000 salary; and Pathway Model Teacher Leader, at Deering High School, with an $80,000 salary. "All four of the Portland’s public high schools — Deering, Portland, Casco Bay and Portland Arts and Technology High School — will participate in this multi-year initiative, along with Portland Adult Education. Partners include Jobs for Maine's Graduates, LearningWorks Inc. and the city's Refugee Services Program," states the school board agenda. "The whole initiative is about promoting a model of student-centered learning," said Mary Sullivan Harrison, vice president for programs at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation announced on Feb. 14 that it awarded a total of $16.4 million in grants over three years to support
ing starts at 7 p.m. at Room 250, Casco Bay High School. Also on the agenda tonight: • A public hearing on Superintendent James Morse's proposed $94,948,537 budget for Fiscal Year 2013. In a letter by Morse, the budget was summarized: "My budget represents a 3.65 percent increase over this year’s budget. With state and federal funds falling far short of our needs, Portland taxpayers would be asked to carry a greater burden — an $85 rise in property taxes on a $250,000 home." Major reasons for spending more money in FY 2013 included a list of goals cited by Morse, who said he wanted to "continue implementing a multi-year plan to align our academic programs across schools and to provide more professional development; invest in cutting-edge computers and other technology for the classroom, and purchase equipment that makes district operations more efficient; begin the process of seeking funds to replace Hall Elementary School by FY 2016, and to renovate Presumpscot, Longfellow, Reiche and Lyseth elementary schools; fulfill our obligation through our contract with the Portland Education Association to pay for teachers’ 'step' increases, at a cost of $918,584." "Other salary increases in my budget cost $440,415; cover a projected 7 percent rise in health insur-
ance costs, totaling $715,500; pay for $2,092,643 in salaries that had been funded by the federal Jobs Bill," Morse wrote. The school district will end FY 2012 with a fund balance of approximately $2.2 million, Morse said. "I recommend using roughly half of this balance, $1 million, to fund strategic initiatives. We recognize that this is an issue that is decided at the discretion of the Portland City Council and respectfully request their consideration on this matter," he wrote. • New business on the agenda includes consideration and action to authorize the superintendent to grant a retirement incentive to all employees who qualify for the incentive and who submitted applications by Feb. 15; Morse said 26 employees have submitted their intent to retire as of the Feb. 15 deadline with a savings to the district of approximately $227,036. • Consideration and action to renew contracts of the principals for the 2012-2013 school year who have been employed more than two years, including Christine Bearce; Dawn Carrigan; Beverly Coursey; Michael Johnson; Cynthia Loring; Kathleen MarquisGirard; Derek Pierce; Stephen Rogers; Suellyn Santiago; Marcia Gendron; Sandra Gorsuch-Plummer; Kelly Hasson; Sheila Jepson; Michael McCarthy; J. Peter McCormack; James Moses; Steven Nolan; David Turner; Robert Wood; Kimberly Wike; and Lenore Williams.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have the sense that the world is full of promise and that you’re just the one to make good. It’s as though the sky was painted for you alone and the angels are awaiting your orders. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have a clear intention for the day and a stellar sense of direction to help you head toward it. You’re also willing to change your tactics or jump onto a different path whenever necessary. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re constantly learning and growing, and sometimes you just want to stop and take stock of where you are. Love helps you do this. Having someone to talk to and share special moments with will help you to realize your many blessings. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The imbalance in your life will be set right. You’re realizing more and more that just because things aren’t quite the way you want them to be doesn’t mean they are not perfect in the grand scheme. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes you talk off of the top of your head, and it doesn’t come out the way you want it to. People hear your heart, though, and it’s in the right place. So anything you say that’s a little off won’t count for much. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There’s much to gain from keeping up with loved ones. They may vent about topics that are irrelevant to you, and yet you can appreciate the fact that others have different priorities and interests. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re going into a new season, but you won’t forget your heritage. You’ll attract good fortune as you pay homage to the ghosts who have inspired the person you are today.
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Today is Tuesday, March 20, the 80th day of 2012. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 1:14 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1912, a coal mine explosion in McCurtain, Okla., claimed the lives of 73 workers. On this date: In 1413, England’s King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V. In 1727, physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris after escaping his exile on Elba, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel about slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” was first published in book form after being serialized. In 1933, the state of Florida executed Giuseppe Zangara for the shooting death of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak at a Miami event attended by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the presumed target. In 1952, the U.S. Senate ratified, 66-10, the Treaty of Peace with Japan. At the Academy Awards, “An American in Paris” was named best picture of 1951; Humphrey Bogart best actor for “The African Queen”; Vivien Leigh best actress for “A Streetcar Named Desire”; and George Stevens best director for “A Place in the Sun.” In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. In 1977, voters in Paris chose former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac to be the French capital’s first mayor in more than a century. In 1985, Libby Riddles of Teller, Ala., became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race. In 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients. In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo (ohm shin-ree-kyoh) cult members. In 1999, Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop. One year ago: As Japanese officials reported progress in their battle to gain control over a leaking, tsunami-stricken nuclear complex, the discovery of more radiation-tainted vegetables and tap water added to public fears about contaminated food and drink. Today’s Birthdays: Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 90. Actor Hal Linden is 81. Country singer Don Edwards is 73. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 69. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug is 66. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 64. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 63. Actor William Hurt is 62. Rock musician Carl Palmer is 62. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 61. Actress Amy Aquino is 55. Movie director Spike Lee is 55. Actress Theresa Russell is 55. Actress Holly Hunter is 54. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom is 51. Actress-model-designer Kathy Ireland is 49. Actress Liza Snyder is 44. Actor Michael Rapaport is 42. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 41. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 36. Actor Michael Genadry is 34.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: My wife of three years always seems to have something derogatory to say about “Janie,” my 20-year-old daughter from my ﬁrst marriage. If Janie vacuums, my wife says she didn’t do it right. If she has a half-ﬁ lled garbage can, my wife tells her it needs to be emptied, etc. I am so tired of the nitpicking, but I don’t know what to do. My wife and I have a toddler girl and a 7-month-old boy, and I love them more than anything. But don’t you think she should mind her own business about my older daughter? -On the Edge in Pittsburgh Dear Edge: To some extent, yes. Janie is a member of the household and should do her chores. However, your wife needs to ﬁnd better ways to handle Janie, or she will create resentment all around. Please don’t simmer silently. Talk to your wife so she understands how much this bothers you. See a counselor who specializes in blended families. And contact the National Stepfamily Resource Center (stepfamilies.info) for help. Dear Annie: We are volunteers at an educational center that teaches English, provides tutoring and offers social services to minorities. The problem is our supervisor. He is constantly rude and sharp with the volunteers, as well as with prospective ﬁnancial donors who could help support the program. When we bring this to his attention, he will take some responsibility in the moment, but he proceeds the next day as if the conversation never took place. Over the past seven years, his behavior has gotten worse. I know he received some counseling in the past, but there has been no improvement. We have watched him bark orders at the paid staff, and he seldom uses “please” or “thank you” with anyone. He speaks poorly of others and disregards any suggestions made to him. He takes advantage of the volunteers by asking them to do personal favors, and he once asked
a volunteer to loan him money. He reports to a board where he has formed a couple of friendships that are more personal than professional, and they aren’t inclined to do anything. How do we handle this? We don’t want to quit, although a couple of valuable people have left and it has had a huge impact. We have put a lot of time and energy into this program and have formed relationships with the students. We don’t want to shortchange them because of this supervisor. Any suggestions? -- Feeling Stepped On Dear Stepped On: Asking for personal favors and loans is completely inappropriate and should be reported. However, if continuous attempts to get the supervisor to change his ways have failed and the board will not intervene, your choice is to put up with this behavior or leave. Some people would interpret the supervisor’s personality as more brusque than bullying and would ignore most of it. In fact, you might even be able to correct him at the time, as long as you use tolerant humor. If you opt to stay, this is the tack we would recommend. Dear Annie: Your advice to “Not a Mommy” was spot on. I, too, have never wanted kids. When asked to hold a baby, I reply, “Thanks. I can see it from here.” Older women used to ask, “Who will care for you when you’re old?” But where are those adult children now? Living across the country with families of their own? It makes no sense to have a child to support you in your old age, to save your marriage or to please your husband, parents or society. One of the ﬁrst things I told my ﬁance was that if he wanted kids, he needed to move on. We’ve been married 28 years. A woman shouldn’t feel bad because she is not mother material. Children are better off with someone who will cherish them. -- Not Mother Material
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Mets’ owners to settle Madoff suit for $162 million BY RICHARD SANDOMIR AND KEN BELSON THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the Mets, on Monday settled the federal lawsuit brought against them by Irving H. Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, for $162 million. Picard, in turn, dropped all claims that the men turned a blind eye to warnings that Madoff was operating a fraud during their many years of investing with him. The agreement, which must be approved by the court, is a significant victory for Wilpon and Katz. In addition to no longer having to fight a costly and damaging legal battle against a well-heeled opponent who accused them of being willfully blind, they are now obligated to pay a fraction of the $1 billion the trustee originally sought. The settlement puts to rest the most cantankerous and lengthy fight waged by the trustee, and one that was filled with a number of setbacks that could have affected the trustee’s ability to recoup funds from other investors with Madoff. Wilpon and Katz, and their families and businesses, will not have to pay much money, if any, out of pocket. Instead, they will now be eligible to receive up to $178 million from the billions of dollars that the trustee collects from the net winners. If they get the full recovery within three years, $162 million of it will go to the trustee; if not, Wilpon and Katz are responsible to pay the rest over the fourth and fifth years. The $178 million is how much Wilpon and Katz had in accounts in which they were considered net losers, while the $162 million is how much the Mets had in accounts that were deemed net winners. Wilpon and Katz, speaking outside the Manhattan federal courthouse on Worth Street, said they were relieved by the settlement because it would allow them to get back to running their businesses and because the settlement affirmed that they had acted in good faith. “I guess I can smile now,” Wilpon said. “Maybe I can take a day off.” He said he would return to the Mets’ training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Tuesday, where his first priority is to “bring the Mets back to the prominence our fans deserve and the city of New York deserves.” To Mets fans, he added: “Stick with us. We’ll be there. We’ve done it before, twice, in 33 years. We’ll do it again.” The settlement of $162 million represents the amount of fictitious profits that Wilpon, Katz and their associates withdrew from their Madoff-related accounts over the six years before the liquidation of Madoff’s businesses. The figure includes the $83 million that the Mets owners had already been ordered to pay the trustee by Judge Jed S. Rakoff of United States District Court. David J. Sheehan, counsel to the trustee, said the chances of recovering all the money from the Mets owners was good, and it would allow the trustee to spend more time trying to recoup money from hundreds of other net winners. “This settlement is for the benefit of all the customers,” Sheehan said outside the courtroom. “That was our ultimate goal, to enhance the fund, which we did today, by $162 million. That is what we focused on. It isn’t whether we win or lose, it’s whether we enhanced the fund and helped the victims. That’s what we did today, so that’s why we did it.” While Sheehan was eager to move on, legal analysts were mystified why the trustee settled for so little. Wilpon and Katz may not have to spend any money and the trustee no longer views them as having acted in bad faith. “The terms seem too good to be true for Wilpon and Katz,” said Bradley D. Simon, a former federal prosecutor who now focuses on white-collar civil litigation for Simon & Partners. “I certainly consider this a capitulation by the trustee. It seems quite one-sided.”
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Tuesday, March 20 ‘The Face of the Ghetto: Pictures by Jewish Photographers from the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944’ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Maine Jewish Museum will be displaying The Face of the Ghetto from March 19 through May 1. The exhibition is currently on display at The United Nations. The Maine Jewish Museum will be the first museum in the U.S. to host this exhibition as it begins a two-year tour throughout the country. This exhibition presents recently discovered photographs of community life in the Lodz Ghetto, taken by its Jewish inhabitants. The exhibition is curated by the Topography of Terror Foundation, Berlin (Germany) in cooperation with the State Archive in Lodz (Poland). While researching in the National Archives in Lodz, historian Dr. Ingo Loose and curator Dr. Thomas Lutz came across 27 photo albums. Inside were about 12,000 contact prints in small format, sorted thematically and taken by Jewish photographers at the request of the ghetto’s Jewish Council. This collection of images — which is hardly known, even among experts in the field — shows a decisive step in the persecution of Jews in the Lizmannstadt Ghetto. Through this exhibition, these photographs are accessible to the public for the very first time.” Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and other times by appointment. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St. www.treeoflifemuseum.org
Free Income Tax Preparation 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free Income Tax Preparation at the Portland Public Library. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is 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. With electronic filing and direct deposit, refunds can be received in as little as eight days. Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 776-6316.
Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Maine Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring Street, Portland, Gov. Paul LePage in attendance. “The Pine Tree Council and Boy Scouts of America will host on Tuesday the First Maine Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting. Governor LePage will deliver a keynote address on the importance of mentoring and role models and how scouting in Maine helps fill that role. The Governor is also scheduled to present the Meritorious Action medal to John Kearney.” www.pinetreebsa.org/index.htm
‘Facebook for Seniors’ 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Portland Public Library will continue to offer three-session workshops titled “Facebook for Seniors” for folks wanting to learn how to use the popular social media tool. The course will be held on Tuesdays in March: March 20 and 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The course will cover building a Facebook account, privacy settings and advanced settings like uploading videos and sharing web links. Participants must have an email account. Patrick Therrien from the Maine State Library will be teaching the course. Registration is required and those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list for the next session. 871-1700, ext. 708.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival 5 p.m. The Maine Jewish Film Festival returns to Portland’s Nickelodeon Cinemas March 17-22, for its 15th year. “The Festival curates a selection of films that explore the Jewish experience through independent documentaries, feature films and shorts. The 2012 Festival line-up includes American and foreign films as well as a local short film.” Today at 5 p.m. is the LGBT Film Forum at Styxx on Spring Street. “Join us for appetizers and good company. Cash bar. Cohosted by MJFF and the DownEast Pride Alliance prior to the screening of ‘Eyes Wide Open.’ Be sure to buy a ticket for the film. This event is free and open to the public.” Today at 5:15 p.m. is Mishmosh, a film program at Nickelodeon Cinemas on Temple Street. Other festival highlights include: “David” (2011, feature, U.S.) through an act of good faith, Daud, a young Muslim boy inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their Orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community; “Dolphin Boy” (2011, documentary, Israel) about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul, and about the healing powers of nature and of love; “In Heaven, Underground” (2011, documentary, Germany) an enchanting journey through the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, one of Europe’s oldest Jewish cemeteries. It is s surprisingly sweet, funny and sober film; “Burial of Names” (2011, documentary, U.S./Auburn, Maine) members of a small Jewish community gather to bury Jewish artifacts. “Since the festival began in 1998, it has presented over 300 domestic and foreign films, brought more than 70 guest artists from the U.S. and around the world to Maine and
Join Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Mike Windsor, and Bill Culina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, to learn how to attract birds to your backyard using feeders and native plantings. This program will be offered a second time at CMBG in Boothbay on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) sold over 30,000 tickets to Jewish and non-Jewish attendees in venues throughout greater Portland and the state. Portland is the smallest city in the nation to boast an independent, professional Jewish film festival.” Tickets on sale through mjff.org.
Trek Across Maine orientation event 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Resolve to get fit in 2012 and discover an exciting new way to renew or maintain an active lifestyle. Team up with the oldest voluntary health organization and register for the American Lung Association’s 28th annual Trek Across Maine event. Join the American Lung Association at Allspeed Bicycle & Ski, 72 Auburn St., Portland. “Meet new people while American Lung Association staff members discuss the Trek Across Maine cycling event, the organization’s largest fundraiser nationwide, scheduled for the weekend of June 15 across the beautiful state of Maine. The Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile adventure, from the mountains to the sea, providing breathtaking views, adventure and an unmatched sense of camaraderie. Proceeds from the bike trek benefit lung disease research, advocacy, and programs as well as the Fight for Air.”
Health care discussion with the CATO Institute 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Maine Heritage Policy Center invites the public to attend a reception and briefing: “Maine on the Front Lines in the Fight Against ObamaCare with Mr. Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies, CATO Institute,” at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St., Portland. Tickets $30 and include hors d’oeuvres. “Please join us for a cocktail reception and briefing with national expert Michael Cannon to hear the latest update on the most important health policy issue facing Maine. ... ObamaCare. This law is already increasing the cost of health insurance and will cause greater premium increases in the years to come. Michael Cannon will discuss how Maine is working to halt the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will provide you with an opportunity to hear the latest from Washington, D.C., as well as share your views and concerns.”
Foreside Garden Club 7 p.m. The next meeting of the Foreside Garden Club will be held at the Falmouth Public Library. The program will feature a presentation on clematis by Cindy Tibbetts of Hummingbird Farm. All are welcome to attend. FMI call Mimi Hinkel at 829-3578
Franklin and Spring Streets issues in design 7 p.m. Downtown Corridors: Franklin and Spring Streets, (Re) Designing the Greater Portland Landscape: Issues in Contemporary Design and Development (Program 2 of 4) with Maine Historical Society. “Downtown corridors move
us through and help define Portland’s urban landscape. Roadways like Congress and State Streets connect, bisect, and/or bypass neighborhoods. These corridors are defined by architecture, travel patterns, business and residential development, pedestrian routes, and landscape features. But certain corridors — like Franklin and Spring Streets — are the source of much dissatisfaction. Efforts to modernize and streamline traffic flow through the city in the 1960s and ‘70s disrupted neighborhoods, demolished buildings, and fundamentally altered the historic feel of parts of the city. What are our options moving forward? Stakeholders will share their ideas, discuss current initiatives, and consider what future development along these routes might look like. In Partnership with Greater Portland Landmarks. Open to the public. Suggested donation: $10 ($5 for MHS/ GPL members).”
‘Uncle Bob’ by Mad Horse Theatre Company 7:30 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company’s Dark Night Series returns with Austin Pendleton’s “Uncle Bob.” “The reclusive Bob is an angry old man who has never done anything meaningful in his life. He is a failed actor and writer, he has driven away his loving wife, and he is dying of AIDS. A surprise visit by his nephew, Josh, who carries his own baggage, is more than Bob can handle. Josh, an unemployed college drop out, arrives on Bob’s doorstep uninvited and declares that he is there to take care of him. A loving family reunion this is not. The visit filled with name-calling and open scorn as the two men reconnect and discover, much to their chagrin, that they are kindred spirits. ‘Uncle Bob’ boldly explores those perplexing questions about life and death that existential philosophers ponder endlessly.” “Uncle Bob” marks the directorial debut of Mad Horse Theatre Company member Nate Speckman. It stars guest artists Jacob Cote and Paul Haley. The production opened Monday, March 19, and will run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through March 28. All performances will be at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, in Portland. Show time is 7:30 p.m. All performances are Pay What You Can, with a suggested donation of $10.
Wednesday, March 21 Attracting Birds to Your Backyard 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ‘Join Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Mike Windsor and Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to learn how to attract birds to your backyard.” $15/$20. www.maineaudubon.org see next page
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Brown Bag Lecture Series with Robichaux, Peavey noon to 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Portland Public Library.”Join Celebrated Maine painter Marguerite Robichaux and her friend, award-winning Maine writer Elizabeth Peavey, at the Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 21 when they talk about their new book Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship. The book takes readers on adventures through the woods and towns in their home state of Maine. Glorious Slow Going consists of nine stories of their various adventures written in Peavey’s humorous voice and is illustrated with Robichaux’s oil paintings and watercolors. The lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium with a book signing afterward.
Transgender panel discussion at USM 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,” or LGBT Collection of University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine will present a panel discussion, “Maine’s T Revolution: How being transgender in Maine has changed, is changing, and still needs to change.” The discussion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Glickman Family Library, Portland. This event is free and open to the public and includes an ASL interpreter. The panel includes Lisa Bunker as facilitator, Margaret Cook, Jamie-Lynn Kane, Alex Roan and P.J. Mears. The panel will be followed by open discussion. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity and the Women and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Susie R. Bock at 7804269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Wine Extravaganza 6 p.m. Mercy’s seventh annual Gourmet Gala for Gary’s House Food and Wine Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and will feature 16 restaurants and chefs from greater Portland’s restaurants and caterers. Hosted by comedian Joe Ricchio with guest judge Sam Hayward, James Beard Award winner and Chef at Fore Street, this food and wine extravaganza includes both a silent and a live auction, as well as live music by Paper Street Jazz Band. And all new this year — beer tasting! This event is open to the general public, details follow: Doors open at 6 p.m., judging is 6-7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Cost: $40 per person Highlights: Ricchio as the guest MC and auctioneer, Hayward. Auction items include airline tickets, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, art and much more.
Thursday, March 22 ‘Little Me’ at St. Lawrence 7 p.m. “Little Me,” the musical comedy by Neil Simon (book), Cy Coleman (music), and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) will be presented by Good Theater March 7 to April 1 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. on Munjoy Hill in Portland. “Little Me” is directed by Brian P. Allen with musical direction by Victoria Stubbs, leading the threepiece band, and choreography by Tyler Sperry. Performances for Little Me are as follows: Wednesdays 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturday 7:30 p.m. ($30), Sundays 2 p.m. ($30) with a special added matinee on Saturday March 24, 3 p.m. ($25). Call 885-5883 for reservations and information. www.goodtheater.com
Trey McIntyre Project 7:30 p.m. “McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers today, creating works for Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and others as well as his own company. In its Maine premiere, his company of 11 exquisite dancers bring works guided by Trey McIntyre’s unparalleled ear for musical structures, ‘Blue Until June’ featuring the music of Etta James and ‘The Sweeter End’ with an original score by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Merrill Auditorium, Portland.
‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’ at Lucid Stage 8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents the American classic with the tongue twisting title, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. The play opens March 15, and runs Thursday to Sunday through April 1, at Lucid Stage in Portland. “Zindel’s masterpiece, which won an Obie Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the story of single mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer, and her teenage daughters, Ruth and Matilda. Abandoned by her husband and saddled with two children, Beatrice hates the world. She thinks she just needs the right opportunity, and everything will get better. Older sister Ruth knows the reputation her mother has around town, but she seems sadly fated to
The second annual “Walk to Remember Darien Richardson will be held on Saturday, March 24 at Portland’s Back Cove (Baxter Boulevard) at 1 p.m. This event draws attention to the victim of an unsolved homicide in Portland. (COURTESY IMAGE) repeat her mother’s mistakes in her own life. Shy Matilda, or Tillie, is the joke of her school and her family, until a teacher opens her eyes to the wonders of science. When Tilllie’s project on the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigold seeds is chosen for the school science fair, the dysfunctional family dynamic comes to a head.” www. lucidstage.com
Friday, March 23 ‘Religion and the State’ at USM 9 a.m. International experts on religions and how they intertwine with law and government will gather in Portland for a daylong conference hosted by Maine Law and the University of Southern Maine. “Religion and the State: American, French and European Perspectives,” kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Wishcamper Center, with a welcome from Dean Peter Pitegoff and an introduction by Prof. Malick Ghachem of Maine Law. The keynote address, scheduled for 9:15 a.m., will be delivered by Prof. Joseph Weiler of New York University School of Law. Weiler is one of the world’s leading experts on the law of the European Union. Participants in the conference include professors from the U.S., France and Italy. Panel discussions, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be moderated by USM Prof. of History and Political Science, Francesca Vassallo, and Maine Law Prof. Martin Rogoff. The conference will be held at 133 Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. For more information, email Francesca.email@example.com, or call 780-4294.
Annette Vance Dorey at the Portland Public Library noon to 1 p.m. Annette Vance Dorey, author of “Maine Mothers Who Murdered, 1875 to 1925 — Doing Time in the State Prison.” The Friday Local Author Series is held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5. Portland Public Library.
Vigil for peace at State Street Church noon to midnight. “State Street Church, United Church of Christ, 159 State Street in Portland, is having a vigil for all who wish to meditate or pray for peace in this world, that ways be found to address critical issues without the violence of military force or occupation. The church will open its chapel from noon until midnight on Friday, March 23. Any who are concerned about the actual and threatened violence in our world, are welcome to come in for any length of time to this interfaith vigil which takes place without spoken word. Individuals may contemplate, meditate, pray, as they wish. All who desire peaceful ways to address problems and crises, please come. Information: 774-6396.”
Cornerstones of Science 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Cornerstones of Science and Maine Library partners announce a new program to introduce astronomy and the wonders of the night sky through handson telescope viewing. Cornerstones of Science will provide quality, easy-to-use telescopes to partner libraries that can be checked out and taken home by library users. Portland Public Library is one of three libraries in Maine to pilot The Library STAR program, or Sharing Telescopes and Astronomy Resources. By early summer, up to 18 public libraries will be equipped with telescopes for night sky viewing. To celebrate the arrival of this new telescope, Portland Public Library is offering an introductory presentation and handson training by Ron Thompson, an amateur astronomer and Yarmouth resident at the Portland Public Library, March 23
from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium on the Lower Level of the Main Library. The Library Telescope program is considered a gateway to learning more astronomy and to lead people to seek out more information at their local library, planetarium or observatory or college. The telescope program also engages families and communities across many generations and interests. The program also will serve to stimulate interest in science, engineering and math by encouraging self-directed discovery and research. Another integral goal is to introduce families and individuals to the night sky — one of Maine’s natural — and due to light pollution — increasingly vulnerable resources. For more information about The Library STAR program visit www. cornerstonesofscience.org.”
‘Crazy Horse’ screened at PMA 6:30 p.m. Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art. Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. “Film contains nudity. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colorful places dedicated to women, Crazy Horse — a legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. In French with English subtitles.”
‘Violence Against Women and The Darfur Genocide’ 7 p.m. Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine) will present the short documentary film, “Violence Against Women and The Darfur Genocide” at The Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. “This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. This film contains graphic images of violence. The film will be followed by an update on the ongoing genocide in Sudan by El-Fadel Arbab, Darfur Genocide survivor and former child slave, as well as a question and answer period. Fur Cultural Revival holds rallies and events in support of the marginalized peoples of Sudan on the 23rd of each month to commemorate the anniversary of The U.S. Congress’ declaration of Darfur as a Genocide. Southern Maine boasts the largest organized Sudanese refugee population in the U.S.” For further information, please see www.furculturalrevival.org or contact El-Fadel Arbab at 221-5197.
‘Cinderella’ by Windham Center Stage 7 p.m. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical fairy tale “Cinderella,” is presented by Windham Center Stage Theater. “First seen as a television spectacular in 1957, and remade for television in 1965 and 1997, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ spins its own version of the traditional story, woven through with such beloved songs as ‘In My Own Little Corner,’ ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ and ‘Impossible.’ With the script and score lovingly adapted for elementary and middle school performers, this classic seems as fresh as today. After all, even if we know the story by heart, we still hold our breath until we are sure that the slipper fits. Windham Center Stage is a community theater serving the Sebago Lakes Region of Southern Maine. The theater produces the only children’s show in the area in which every child receives a part. ‘Cinderella’ is directed by Mary Wassick, music directed by Diane Hancock, and features more than 75 local children in two fantastic casts.” Through March 25. Shows will be performed Friday evenings at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats must be reserved. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 5. Call 893-2098. see next page
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Saturday, March 24 Adoptable Dogs in Wells 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will visit Pet Quarters, Route 1 (45 Wells Plaza), Wells with adoptable dogs. For more information, call Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244 or Pet Quarters at 641-0620.
Darien Leigh Richardson walk 12:30 p.m. Darien Leigh Richardson — A Walk To Remember on Baxter Blvd (Back Bay) Portland Maine, Rain or Shine. Meeting at the Parking Lot on Preble St Ext. across from Hannafords. On Feb. 28, 2010, Richardson, 25, of South Portland, died unexpectedly due to complications from a gunshot wound. This event draws attention to the unsolved homicide in Portland. “The vision of Remembering Darien is to help innocent victims of violent crimes to heal and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of incomprehensible violence. This organization is committed to advocating for victims and their families, as well as providing emotional support and resources required to help those affected by violent crimes find justice and peace in their healing journey.” www.rememberingdarien.org
Museum of Modern Art Library bibliographer 6 p.m. The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will present a lecture in Osher Hall by David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York. “Senior manages the development of the library’s collection with a particular focus on artists’ publications and other experimental publications in the fields of modern and contemporary art and design and has lectured widely on the history of artists’ publications and modes of archiving avant garde art activities of the 20th century. His writing has recently appeared in C Magazine, Frieze and the Bulletins of the Serving Library. For the past four years, he has published an artist’s book series through Printed Matter, which includes publications by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon and Aaron Flint Jamison, and he also curates the annual program of events for the New York Art Book Fair at PS1. Since 2008, this program has involved over 100 performances, talks, screenings and concerts.” www.meca.edu
Renae De Liz at Casablanca Comics 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public can meet Womanthology founder and creator Renae De Liz at Casablanca Comics in Portland. “Womanthology is a large-scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, including top industry professionals created for charity. The purpose of the book is to showcase the works of female creators of every age and experience levels.” De Liz will be joined by other creators of the book for a signing and discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Casablanca Comics is located at 151 Middle St. in Portland’s Old Port. 780-1676 or www. casablancacomics.com.
Sunday, March 25 Maine Maple Sunday at New Gloucester farm 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maple Syrup Sunday at Norumbega Farm in New Gloucester, 402 Woodman Road. “This is only the second year that the Fralichs’ son Noah has been tapping trees and producing syrup. Last season focused on building a classic maple sugar shack, assembling a stove for boiling, and finding the trees for tapping. This season Noah is back at it and more ready than ever to get the maple syrup flowing. On Maine Maple Sunday, the farm will be open for tours of the classic sugar shack (built by hand in the winter of 2011) and sampling of fresh syrup over waffles; with ice cream; or with baked apples. The Hon. Unity Dow, an acclaimed author, Bottles of maple human rights activist and former judge syrup will also be who was the first woman to serve on available for sale.” Botswana’s High Court, will deliver the For information University of Maine School of Law’s annual contact Michael Justice for Women Lecture in Portland on or Noah Fralich at Tuesday, March 27. (COURTESY PHOTO) 653-6151.
Maine Historical Society and Greater Portland Landmarks are sponsoring a program on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. that will explore the history and future plans for two of Portland’s central downtown corridors, the Franklin and Spring Street Corridors. “This program is the second in a four-part series — (Re) Designing the Greater Portland Landscape: Issues in Contemporary Design and Development — that provides an immersion in historic and contemporary issues related to the Greater Portland landscape through case studies and rigorous discussion of specific sites and current infrastructure and development projects,” organizers report. Here, Franklin Street is shown with The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the background. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
Introduction to meditation and Buddhism 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Introduction to meditation and Buddhism. Learn basic posture for a sitting practice and engage with the meditation, as well as a basic introduction to Buddhism. “Both practical and timeless is the Buddha’s Dharma (Buddhist teachings) can lead us, through our own direct experience and efforts from darkness to light from stress and suffering to stillness and contentment. A light vegetarian lunch will be offered. Narottama is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and has been leading meditation and Dharma classes for over 15 years.” Cost $55. Contact: Dharmasuri@gmail.com to register, or sign up at Nagaloka, 54 York St., Portland. www.nagalokabuddhistcenter.org
Monday, March 26 ‘Bipolar Expeditions’ author lecture 6 p.m. The University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities is hosting a lecture by New York University Professor of Anthropology Emily Martin on her book, “Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture.” The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 26 at the WCHP Lecture Hall on UNE’s Portland Campus on Stevens Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. prior to the lecture at UNE’s Art Gallery. The Bangor Public Library and the Cary Library in Houlton will host events related to the lecture. More information on the Bangor Public Library event can be found here: www.bpl.lib.me.us/ emilymartinmania2012.html. “In this illustrated lecture, Martin will explore psychiatric categories involving emotion through ethnographic fieldwork in the contemporary U.S. She will explore how these categories are culturally created, measured and applied in relation to gender and race; then modified, contested, and rejected in contexts such as clinical rounds, patient advocacy support groups, and internet newsgroups.”
Pathways to Success forum 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students, parents and other community members are invited to forums about the Portland Public Schools’ high school initiative, Pathways to Success. “Funded by a multi-year, $5 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the initiative will implement new models of student-centered learning in the high schools, including internships, other opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and stronger partnerships with community organizations.” The final forum will be held March 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Deering High School auditorium. Parents, students and community members may attend whichever forum is most convenient. Translators will be available at both forums. Additional meetings will be planned later in the spring to provide more detailed information about the plans for Pathways to Success. www.portlandschools.org
Tuesday, March 27 Life coach at Falmouth Memorial Library 6:30 p.m. Deb Bergeron, personal and professional life coach will be a guest speaker at the Falmouth Memorial Library. Bergeron will be presenting a one-hour workshop titled “Put the Stress on Wellness. Techniques to Stay Cool, Calm and Collected!” This workshop focuses on wellness and gives people many proven stress management techniques. This workshop is free and open to the public.
Extraordinary Histories of Ordinary Things 7 p.m. Maine Historical Society Book Group: Extraordinary Histories of Ordinary Things. Facilitator: Larissa Vigue Picard. “In recent years, historians have cultivated a fresh and imaginative new genre: studies that trace broad historical narratives through the stories of individual, seeminglysmall objects, ideas, or phenomenon. This year’s book discussion group will examine four particularly interesting examples: studies of the evolution of artificial light; how the lowly codfish changed the world; the toothpick as a paradigm for American manufacturing; and the influence of rum on the development of the New World. Registration required. Space is limited.” www.mainehistory.org
Film: ‘Splinters’ at SPACE 7 p.m. “‘Splinters’ is the first feature length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years later, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but a means to prestige.” SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Doors open at 7 p.m., film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7, $5 for SPACE members.
‘Juggling Truths – When Justice is a Moving Target’ 7 p.m. “The Hon. Unity Dow, an acclaimed author, human rights activist and former judge who was the first woman to serve on Botswana’s High Court, will deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s annual Justice for Women Lecture in Portland on March 27. This marks the inaugural year for this new lecture series. During her visit to Maine, Dow will meet with Law School faculty and students, community leaders, high school students and other groups, including the Mitchell Institute and CIEE, an international exchange organization based in Portland. The Law School established the Justice for Women Lecture series with support from attorney and civic leader Catherine Lee and other donors. Dow is one of the world’s foremost advocates for the rights of women and indigenous groups. In 1998 Dow became the first female judge appointed to the High Court of Botswana, and she served on the court until 2009.” Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will present Dow with a key to the city. Brennan, Dow, Lee and Dean Peter Pitegoff of the Law School will speak briefly. The Justice for Women Lecture is scheduled at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Dow’s lecture is titled “Juggling Truths – When Justice is a Moving Target.” The event is free.