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American dream goes global (NY Times) — Samir N. Kapadia seemed to be on the rise in Washington, moving from an internship on Capitol Hill to jobs at a major foundation and a consulting firm. Yet his days, he felt, had become routine. By contrast, friends and relatives in India, his native country, were telling him about their lives in that newly surging nation. One was creating an e-commerce business, another a public relations company, still others a magazine, a business incubator and a gossip and events Web site. “I’d sit there on Facebook and on the phone and hear about them starting all these companies and doing all these dynamic things,” recalled Kapadia, 25, who was born in India but grew up in the United States. Last year, he quit his job and moved to Mumbai. In growing numbers, experts say, highly educated children of immigrants to the United States are uprooting themselves and moving to their ancestral countries. They are embracing homelands that their parents once spurned but that are now economic powers. Enterprising Americans have always sought opportunities abroad. But this new wave underscores the evolving nature of global migration, and the challenges to American economic supremacy and competitiveness. In interviews, many of these Americans said they did not know how long they would live abroad; some said it was possible that they would remain expatriates for many years, if not for the rest of their lives. Their decisions to leave have, in many cases, troubled their immigrant parents. Yet most said they had been pushed by the dismal hiring climate in the United States or pulled by prospects abroad. “Markets are opening; people are coming up with ideas every day; there’s so much opportunity to mold and create,” said Kapadia, now a researcher at Gateway House, a new foreign-policy research organization in Mumbai. “People here are running much faster than the people in Washington.” For generations, the world’s less-developed countries have suffered so-called brain drain — the flight of many of their best and brightest to the West. That has not stopped, but now a reverse flow has begun, particularly to countries like China and India and, to a lesser extent,

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100 tornadoes in 24 hours WOODWARD, Okla. (NY Times) — The tornadoes were unrelenting — more than 100 in 24 hours over a stretch of the Plains states. They tossed vehicles and ripped through homes. They drove families to their basements and whipped debris across small towns throughout the Midwest. In some areas, baseball-size hail rained from the sky. And yet, in a stroke that some officials have attributed to a more vigilant and persistent warning system, relatively few

people were killed or injured. As of Monday morning, there were six confirmed deaths from the weekend storms in Woodward, a rural community about 140 miles from Oklahoma City. Local emergency management officials said on Monday that four children were among the victims and that 31 people had been hurt, with injuries ranging from minor wounds to those requiring hospitalization. A spokeswoman for the state’s chief medi-

cal examiner identified five of the victims as Frank Hobbie and two girls, ages 5 and 7, all of whom died after the tornado hit their mobile home park, and Derrin Juul and a 10-year-old girl, both of whom died in a house a few miles away. It was believed that the two girls killed with Hobbie were his daughters, and that the 10-year-old girl was Juul’s daughter. The identity of the sixth victim, a critically injured child who was airlifted to a Texas hospital, had not been released.

Afghan forces end Taliban Media firms sue to force attack that shook capital opening of Zimmerman file KABUL, Afghanistan (NY Times) — The complex attacks that immobilized much of Kabul and touched the main cities of three eastern Afghan provinces ended Monday morning with 39 of the attackers killed, 16 of them in Kabul, according to senior Afghan officials. Life slowly returned to normal in the shaken capital as Kabul residents ventured out on foot and in cars. Those passing by the unfinished buildings commandeered by the insurgents near the Parliament and Embassy Quarter slowed their cars and craned their necks to see the top floors where much of Sunday’s violent drama unfolded, stretching on into the early morning. Inside the buildings, there were unexploded

grenades, shattered bits of rocket launchers and bullet casings from the attackers as well as the Afghan crisis response units and their Norwegian special force mentors. Given the sustained firefights, a remarkably small number of civilians were killed nationwide, just five, officials said. They attributed that in part to the improvement of the Afghan security forces, who they said took strenuous efforts to avoid civilian casualties. It also involved the apparent preference of the attackers, who officials said were from the Haqqani network of the Taliban, for killing soldiers and policemen. Numbers differed on the number of security force members killed — the Interior Ministry said 8, the president’s office said 11, with 42 wounded.

(NY Times) — Lawyers representing more than 20 media companies on Monday asked the Florida judge overseeing the trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch organizer who killed the teenager Trayvon Martin, to unseal the court file. The Seminole County judge who presided over Zimmerman’s brief court appearance on Thursday agreed to a request by Mark M. O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, to keep documents related to the case private. State Attorney Angela B. Corey did not object to O’Mara’s request during the hearing. In an eight-page motion, the lawyers for the media companies, which included The New York Times Company, argued that the records were improperly sealed because O’Mara did not submit evidence showing that closing them was necessary to prevent a “serious and imminent” threat to the administration of justice. George Freeman, assistant general counsel and vice president of the Times Company, said that the judge, Jessica Recksiedler, did not go through the procedural steps required before a file can be sealed. “Just because a case gets a lot of publicity does not mean that papers should be sealed,” Freeman said. O’Mara had no comment on the motion because he was still reviewing it, said Jimmy Woods, a spokesman.

Declining as a manufacturer, Japan weighs reinvention AMAGASAKI, Japan (NY Times) — A few years ago, the densely built-up coastal region around this port was called Panel Bay because of its concentration of factories making the sophisticated flat-panel screens that were symbols of Japan’s manufacturing prowess. But now the area has become a grim symbol of its industrial decline. In recent months, many of those plants have been closed or partially sold off, as the once seemingly invincible electronics industry has lost out to Chinese and South Korean challengers. Panasonic alone shut down two of its three factories here in March while

Sharp, desperate to cover losses from its $10 billion flatpanel plant in nearby Sakai, accepted a bailout from a Taiwanese technology company — a stunning reversal in a nation that once prided itself on being Asia’s economic leader. The demise of Panel Bay is the latest sign of what many Japanese fear is the hollowing out of their heavily industrialized economy, which has been in a gradual but relentless decline since the bursting of its twin real estate and stock bubbles in the early 1990s. The decline is largely a result of growing competition from Asian rivals, an aging work force and merciless

gains by the yen. But many officials and business leaders now fear that this trend has accelerated since last year’s nuclear accident in Fukushima, which has raised the prospect of higher energy prices and even power failures. The increased price pressures have wounded many of Japan’s corporate giants. Last week, Sony — the Apple-like innovator of the 1980s — forecast a $6.4 billion loss amid reports it may cut 10,000 workers, a drastic step in a nation where layoffs are still seen as socially unacceptable. Even Japanese carmakers like Toyota, which last year handed

back the title of world’s largest auto company to General Motors after the supply disruptions from the tsunami, fear that they are becoming vulnerable to game-changing competition in electric cars or just lower-cost producers in South Korea and elsewhere. “It is time for Japan to find a new model for its economy,” said Masatomo Onishi, a professor of business at Kansai University. “We can follow the United States into a more postindustrial economy, or we can follow Germany into high-end manufacturing, but we shouldn’t be trying to compete with China in mass production.”


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Charges pending against Casco man following domestic assault, accident DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS Charges are pending against a Casco man who allegedly was involved in a domestic violence incident then crashed his car while attempting to flee from the scene. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday that 20-year-old Matthew Burnham is expected to be charged with domestic violence assault, obstructing a crime to be reported, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal speed and operating without a license. Police say that Burnham was involved with a domesBurnham tic incident at his Shadow Lane home in Casco yesterday morning, an incident that is still under investigation. As the domestic incident was reported to police, Burnham allegedly fled the residence using the victim’s minivan, according to a press release, and passed officers as he fled the scene. While driving in the area of Roosevelt Trail, police say, Burnham lost control of the minivan due to the high rate of speed at which he was traveling and subsequently caused the vehicle to flip, hit a parked car and land off the roadway.

Burnham was extricated from the minivan by the Casco Fire and EMS Department and taken to Bridgeton Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Person killed by Downeaster train Investigators reported that one person was dead Monday after being hit by an Amtrak train, the Downeaster, in Biddeford, WGME-13 (www.wgme. com) is reporting. The accident happened in Biddeford around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, the TV station reported. The name and age of the person killed were not released as of presstime.

Westbrook PD seeks man wanted on warrants for drug trafficking Westbrook Police sought the community’s help locating Arthur Nye, who is wanted on arrest warrants for aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and violation of conditional release, police reported Monday. Nye has previous criminal history including a conviction for drug trafficking, Westbrook police said. Anyone with information can call the Westbrook Police Depart-

ment at 854-0644, or call the Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 591-8117.

College student dies in Standish crash Clark Noonan of Bangor was killed in a crash that happened early Saturday morning in Standish. The single motor vehicle crash occurred on the Chadbourne Road between Route 114 and White Rock Road, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Upon their arrival, emergency crews found a 2008 Silver Mazda 626 off the road, and entangled in a chain link fence, the sheriff’s office reported. It appeared that the Mazda 626 was traveling north on the Chadbourne Road at a high rate of speed, lost control, leaving the roadway, causing it to roll over several times, before coming to a rest, the sheriff’s office reported. Noonan was a 20-year-old basketball player and student at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, WGME-TV reported.

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GSA officials get a grilling over a trip to Las Vegas BY JENNIFER STEINHAUER THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON — It is a remarkable moment when Congressional Democrats and Republicans turn their scorn from each other and join forces to focus it on someone else. But that is precisely what happened on Monday when members of both parties on a Congressional oversight committee grilled the former head and other officials from the General Services Administration over profligate spending at a conference held in Las Vegas in 2010, which included taxpayer-financed hotel suites, tuxedos and Italian wine, and an appearance by a clown. One by one, committee members took aim like heatseeking missiles at the witnesses, although one — Jeffrey Neely, the official who helped plan the Las Vegas event, which cost more than $800,000 — repeatedly refused to answer questions, even one confirming his job title, citing his Fifth Amendment rights. Lawmakers criticized the officials for the huge expenditures; Summer Special: 60’x20’ $1935 Includes Everything!

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A kid with Skittles In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the excellent Bill Moyers hosted political activist Angela Glover Blackwell on his weekly interview show, Moyers & Company and in the course of things, Ms. Blackwell said, “America does not want to talk about race.” In point of fact, we’ll talk about it all the live-long day, just not very honestly. The Trayvon Martin incident certainly provoked a broad media conversation about race all over the cable TV networks and the Internet. It’s been an inconclusive discussion because the facts of the case are so muddled and the truth may never be known, or may not satisfy anyone if it becomes known. Mostly, the talk followed predictable patterns of grievance, accusation, and especially hand-wringing — the latter well represented by Bill Moyers, the embodiment of 1960s-vintage idealist Democratic liberalism, who came on the scene as a close aide to President Lyndon Johnson at the height of the civil rights struggle. The reason the race conversation remains so constricted in America is because the central question makes everyone so uncomfortable. That question is: what accounts for the failure to

James Howard Kunstler ––––– Kunstler.com thrive of such a large percentage of black America? It is uncomfortable for whites (especially Progressives) because it implies a failure of the social justice movement itself, and in particular the watershed civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It’s uncomfortable for blacks because it stirs up immense anxiety over the stigma of racial inferiority. The crucial moment in this recent history of race relations, it seems to me, must be located in the events between 1966 and 1970. This was the historical moment that followed the deconstruction of legal race codes with the passage into law of the Public Accommodations Act of 1964 and then the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These two legislative milestones, promoted and signed by Lyndon Johnson, were supposed to conclude the unfinished business of the Civil War and emancipation, which had festered so long in the Jim Crow inurnment.

The expectation was that the removal of legal obstacles to full citizenship would hasten economic justice and cultural equality, but just then something curious happened: the youth revolt of the late 1960s was underway and young black America immediately opted for separatism. Opposition to anything and everything was the motif for my generation back then. A few years after the 1964 Public Accommodations Act passed, the black students at my college demanded (and were given) their own separate student union building. During the riots that followed the Kent State shootings in the spring of 1971, somebody burned the building down — a mystery never solved. I believe the black separatist movement of that time derived largely from anxiety around the issues of cultural assimilation — that is, of black and white America forming a true and complete common culture. In any case, it was at this moment of history that the multicultural movement presented itself as an “out” for white America. Multiculturalism allowed white America to pretend that common culture was not important. It also promoted the see KUNSTLER page 5


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It’s about behavior at least as much as it’s about race and probably more most frightening outcome of all, which is the posKUNSTLER from page 4 sibility of race war. Well, it’s hard not to sympathize unfortunate idea that we could have a functioning with that, but it still leaves us with the burden of all civil society with different standards of behavior for the tragic choices we made since those heady days of different ethnic groups. It has left the nation with 1964 and 1965 when Bill Moyers could stand behind the unanswered question of black America’s selfPresident Johnson signing those landmark civil evident failure to thrive, and an enormous body of rights bills, basking in the broad-based belief that narrative affecting to explain it away as “structural real human progress was being made. racism.” I don’t know for sure what Trayvon Martin was Bill Moyers did not even attempt to address the doing in the moments before George Zimmerman failure to thrive question in his interview with shot him in the Florida condo cluster. The public Angela Glover Blackwell. Both of these people are may never learn what really went on, even after about as well-intentioned as anyone in the country Mr. Zimmerman’s trial. People don’t get shot for no where race relations are concerned, but neither of reason, though sometimes it is not a good reason, or them was able to honestly confront the issue. one we want to talk about. My own opinion is that it’s about behavior at least as much as it’s about race and probably more, and (James Howard Kunstler is the author of sevwe continue to make tragic decisions in this country eral books, including “The Long Emergency,” “The about what behavior is okay and what’s not. Geography of Nowhere” and “The Witch of Hebron.” Are there proportionately more black men in Contact him by emailing jhkunstler@mac.com.) prison than members of other races in America? Yes there are, and most of them behaved badly enough to get locked up, whether our drug laws are stupid or not. Is something preventing black children from learning in school? Probably a number of things, but I would begin absolutely with the duty to teach them to speak English intelligibly — something that nobody expresses any interest in, especially white Progressives. Do white people fear black males who affect to act as if they are dangerous? Maybe black men should stop trying to scare people. Are these “racist” observations or exercises in reality-testing? I doubt even that question can be settled conclusively in our time. The truth is that white America is too uncomfortable with the discomfort of black America and white America will do anything, and will bend Trayvon Martin, left, and George Zimmerman in a booking photo on Wednesday. any view of reality, in order to avoid the (The New York Times)

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LePage vetoes Maine Legislature’s attempt to fund general assistance in budget legislation BY CRAIG LYONS THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Even after being authored by a bipartisan committee and approved by both the Senate and House of Representatives, a supplemental budget that sought to put additional money into the general assistance program failed to get Gov. Paul LePage's approval. "It's very disappointing," said Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, during an interview yesterday. The mayor was a member of a coalition of municipal leaders who opposed the governor's budget proposal, especially in regards to the general assistance program. LePage on Saturday exercised a line-item veto on the proposed changes to the general assistance program and nixed the Legislature's attempt to restore funding that he had cut. Saturday's line-item veto is considered the first that's been used by a Maine governor. LePage has remained steadfast in his attempt to reform the state's general assistance program by vetoing changes made by the Legislature to better fund the program. "General Assistance is a welfare program that, like most others, has gotten out of control," LePage said, in a statement. "The amounts vetoed will put this issue back on the table

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and the Legislature must summon the political courage to fix the program structurally." "Hiding from our problems will not make them go away" he added. "The Maine people expect leadership and those in Augusta must deliver." The governor's veto only removed the funding from the Legislature's changes. The committee's proposal includes a 10-percent cut to general assistance, a restriction on housing assistance, a reduction in the reimbursement rate

for cities and towns and calls for the formation of a working group that would review and make recommendations to the general assistance program. The funding and program changes made by the Legislature would only stay in place for one year and need to be revisited in 2013. The governor's proposal sought to reduce the level of assistance to 50 percent, limit the availability of housing assistance to a 90-day time period and prevent people who get benefits through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families from receiving general assistance benefits. The Legislature's amended supplemental budget mirrored a general assistance funding proposal developed by the Maine Mayors Coalition for Jobs and Economic Development. Brennan said the amendments, which were made by the Appropriations Committee and overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature, appealed to both political parties, supported the general assistance program but made some cuts. For the city of Portland, the difference between the two general assistance proposals is the loss of nearly $2.2 million versus a loss of nearly $300,000. In his letter to the Legislature about the veto, LePage said the structural

changes to the general assistance program are needed to keep it affordable and sustainable. He added the additional funding only delays making the decision that could lead to reforming the system. "This approach is irresponsible and does not serve Maine people — it is time for bold action and real change," the governor wrote. Brennan said the governor is mistaken in his assumption that the proposal included in the supplemental budget wouldn't result in structural change. He said the measures included in the budget reduced the reimbursement rate and limited the amount of money available for housing and created a working group to look at the possible ways to change the general assistance program. "I think the Legislature did the right thing," he said. Brennan said he hopes the Legislature convenes a session to override the governor's veto. The second line-item veto addressed the revisions in the supplemental budget dealing with the disproportionate share hospital funding. The funding comes through the Medicaid program and, according to the governor's office, cannot be used for people who are involuntarily committed to public institutions as a result of criminal charges.

Legislators react to LePage vetoes, try to chart path BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Legislators who thought they were going home until mid-May are back in Augusta today, trying to figure out the legal steps for pursuing a possible

override of Gov. Paul LePage's lineitem vetoes to the state's supplemental budget. "By the Maine State Constitution, both parties will take a poll of their members," said Sen. Justin Alfond,

D-Portland. But there was a scramble over the weekend for legislators to figure out exactly how to proceed. "This is the first time in our state's history that a line-item veto has ever been executed so we don't have much precedent on how this polling should happen," Alfond said. Early Saturday morning, Gov. LePage vetoed parts of the General Fund Second Supplemental Budget proposal, marking the first time a Maine governor has used the line item veto privilege, according to a LePage statement. LePage said the budget — passed by the Maine House 120-26 and by the Maine Senate 35-0 — "largely ignores welfare reform," noting that the General Assistance welfare program has grown from nearly $7 million in 2008 to a projected $14.3 million in 2013. One dispute is how much the state should reduce its percentage of general assistance reimbursement. Legislators stopped short of a 50 percent cap to general assistance funding for towns and cities. The $40 million budget package passed by legislators would cut the state reimbursement to municipalities for general assistance to 85 percent, but LePage wanted the rate set at 50 percent. "I am looking at a way to sustain our welfare programs. This budget keeps Maine on the same path it’s been on for 40 years," LePage said last week in a statement. But after taking aim at the legis-

lative proposal to balance the state budget through June 30, 2013, LePage also set legislators on a path to possibly override his vetoes. "The votes in the House and the Senate were very, very strong and bipartisan, and I would hope that the Legislature would not give up its power and its voice to a governor who is driven by extreme ideology," Alfond said. Alfond said the governor's budget proposal would hurt Portland and force more homeless people into the streets, particularly in the downtown area. "The state has made general assistance a state municipal program and by the state going to 50 percent this quickly would hurt people, it would raise property taxes in Portland, and it would hurt all of our downtown because more clients would not be able to get their services," Alfond said yesterday. The governor's budget proposal, as retained by the line item vetoes, also would put "more pressure on all of our infrastructure like Preble Street and our shelters," Alfond said. Alfond said the minority party already is polling its members. "On the Democratic side, we are already making those calls and taking our polling," he said. "Democrats do not want to abdicate what they believe is their responsibility to the voters," Alfond said. see REACT page 7


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State revenues improving in Maine, surplus expected BY MAL LEARY CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE

AUGUSTA — After three quarters of the budget year revenues are $35 million over estimates and Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett says his pessimism is fast being replaced with optimism that the state will end the budget year with a revenue surplus. “March was a good month, up $13.5 million over estimates,” said Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett. “It was driven by corporate taxes above estimates and sales taxes coming in above estimates.” He said the revenue reports this month are confusing because the $13.7 million in revenue that was misplaced in a holding account in January is added into the figures for March. He said the $13.5 million figure is the revenues over estimate for March with the cash from January set aside. “That is why you see the big increase in the year to date figure from February to March and the revenue surplus at $35 million,” he said. Millett said he is optimistic about revenues over the

last three months of the budget year after the January mistake revenues were properly assigned by revenue category. He said there is now a clear pattern of increased sales, income and corporate income taxes that started last fall. “I am more optimistic than I have been in the last two or three months, “ he said.” Things are looking better. We are in pretty good shape at the three quarters mark.” But Millett declined to give an estimate on what the size of the revenue surplus might be, saying the Revenue Forecasting Committee meets April 30 and once they have done their work he will have a clearer picture of revenues through the end of the budget year. “I am very concerned about April, an April surprise and I think we always have to be concerned about that,” he said. Millett said he has seen years where the filing deadline has yielded good news with unexpected revenues, and he has seen years when the tax filings have been substantially below estimates. This year the filing deadline is

April 17. “I am always nervous until the filings are in and we have analyzed them,” he said. Members of the legislature’s Appropriations committee share his concern. Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, is the co-chairman of the panel and like Millett has seen both good and bad “surprises” in April. “April is always a critically important revenue month,” he said. “We know from history that it is difficult sometimes to predict and we have seen surprises in April, both positive and negative.” Rosen said he is pleased to see that revenues appear to be on the rebound and that it is likely the state will end the year with a surplus. “I am looking forward to what the Revenue Forecasting Committee does later this month,” he said, “we are going to be back in working on a 2013 Medicaid budget in May and it would be good if they had a better revenue forecast for us.” Rosen said the panel is waiting for new usage projections from the Depart-

ment of Health and Human Services to work on the Medicaid budget. He said the more than 24,000 Mainers that were continued as eligible for the program after they no longer were eligible skewed projections and the committee needs the accurate data. The program currently is projected to have an $85 million shortfall in 2013. “We do have our work cut out for us, “said Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, the lead democrat on the committee. She said the slow but constant increase in sales tax revenues is most encouraging to her. “I have been watching the sales tax in particular because I think that is a good indication of how working families in Maine are doing,” she said. Sales taxes are $11 million above estimates after the first nine months of the budget year. The detailed categories show solid growth over a year ago, with building supplies up 20 percent and autos and transportation up nearly 16 percent. Consumer sales, which Rotundo believes is a good measure of consumer confidence is up 11 percent over a year ago.

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Jim Cyr, special assistant for communications for Speaker of the House Robert Nutting, said the Republican Speaker has been communicating with other leaders and that the leadership hoped "to get more clarity" today about how to respond to the governor's vetoes. "There's nothing in recent memory with a situation just like this," Cyr Alfond said, noting that legislators technically did not adjourn because the session resumes May 15. Legislators could poll within their parties, determine that an override vote is warranted and readjourn and override the governor's vetoes.

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LePage said the budget problems need a longterm fix. "General Assistance is a welfare program that, like most others, has gotten out of control," he said in a statement. "The amounts vetoed will put this issue back on the table and the Legislature must summon the political courage to fix the program structurally. Hiding from our problems will not make them go away. The Maine people expect leadership and those in Augusta must deliver." The second item Governor LePage vetoed related to the Legislature’s revisions to the supplemental budget involving Disproportionate Share Hospital funding. Alfond said this issue pertains to money allocated for clients that come from the jail and prison system that need psychological testing to stand trial. In the past the federal government

“The state has made general assistance a state municipal program and by the state going to 50 percent this quickly would hurt people, it would raise property taxes in Portland, and it would hurt all of our downtown because more clients would not be able to get their services.” — Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland has paid for their treatment, but now says it won't. LePage said the Legislature’s revisions "ignored rules governing federal compliance and audit warnings from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General’s Office."


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Thursday, April 19 USM School of Music Jazz Ensembles 7:30 p.m. From classic big band to modern jazz, the University of Southern Maine School of Music Jazz Ensembles will get you grooving at their spring concert, in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by School of Music faculty member Chris Oberholtzer, will perform jazz favorites like Miles Davis’ Seven Steps To Heaven and Gillespie & Coots’ You Go to My Head, plus other memorable examples of big band literature like Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla, Flight of the Foo Birds by Neal Hefti, Moten Swing, by Buster & Benny Moten, and more. Tickets cost $6 general public; $3 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. For reservations, contact the Music Box Office at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or 780-5555. For more information on the USM School of Music’s spring concert season and programs of study, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music. Sign up for e-notices, or on Facebook as USM School of Music, www.facebook.com/ Music.USM.

Friday, April 20 USM students perform original works 8 p.m. Be the first to hear a live performance of new musical compositions from classical to contemporary at the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Composers Showcase, in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham. The event is free. Students in the USM Composers Ensemble worked throughout the semester to create their own original pieces under the direction of School of Music faculty member Dan Sonenberg.

Saturday, April 21 Joel Carpenter at Local Music Night 7 p.m. Reindeer Recording Artist Joel Carpenter, a Portland-based acoustic singer-songwriter, will be hosting another night of local talent as Coffee House Bookings presents Local Music Night at The Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. In addition to performing songs from his recent debut CD “Dirty Words” Joel will be turning the stage over to a great line-up of local acts that will include Tom Cook, Louis Grassi and Whit Walker. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10, available from the artists, at the door, or by visiting facebook.com/joelcarpentermusic. com.

Zemya and Improvox in Brunswick 8 pm. A cappella ensembles Zemya and Improvox in concert at the Frontier Cinema Gallery & Cafe, Brunswick. Additional vocal exploration “Vortex” with Improvox from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Jai Yoga Studio. Concert tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door; Reserve Tickets at 755-5222; Workshop $10. RSVP to Matt: 891-9593. www.explorefrontier.com

Sunday, April 22 Electronic funk duo, J.WAIL 8 p.m. Colorado live electronic funk duo, J.WAIL, has announced a string of dates in the Northeast for their upcoming “Colorphorms Tour,” one of which include a stop in Portland at The New Venue. Just a few short weeks after the release of the new album, “Lazers n’ Flowers,” J.WAIL is ready to hit the road and share their version of world clashing modern day womps, wobbles and glitches with wailing guitar riffs and live drums to accompany. http://venuemusicbar.com/blog

Wednesday, April 25 Imogen Cooper on piano 7:30 p.m. Merrill Auditorium, Portland. British pianist Imogen Cooper is lauded for her virtuosity, poetic poise and suave athleticism. With an enormous range within the

A free special program of Jewish/Chinese fusion music will be presented at Temple Beth-El on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The members of the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble include Lan Tung, on the erhu (Chinese violin), Jonathan Bernard on percussion and Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng (Chinese zither). During the week of April 25-29, the trio will perform with the Oratorio Chorale, and present school programs. (COURTESY PHOTO) classical repertoire, she makes beautiful work of challenging music. http://portlandovations.org

Oratorio Chorale, Orchid Ensemble in Maine 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, the Oratorio Chorale brings a new and innovative program to two venues on the coast of Maine, part of a five-day residency with the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble. During the week the Orchid Ensemble will provide school presentations of East-West music, and a program of Chinese-Jewish music of the Asian Diaspora. The musical programs are billed as “Cold Fusion,” in which the Oratorio Chorale will perform with the Orchid Ensemble’s Lan Tung, of Taiwan and Canada, on the erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang, of Taiwan and the U.S. on the zheng (Chinese zither), and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. This ensemble blends these ancient instruments and traditions from China and beyond. The school programs will feature instruments, music and stories from China and around the world. Student participation will be offered at Morse High School, at Bath Middle School, the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, and for students at Temple Beth-El in Portland. In addition, a free special program of Jewish/Chinese fusion music will be presented at Temple Beth-El on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Among other music that evening, the Oratorio Chorale will perform a composition by Moshe Denberg. Based on the Orchid Ensemble’s “Ten Thousand Miles to Kai-Feng,” this program explores the Jewish presence along the Silk Road and in China, from the 7th century and beyond. It features music that combines Jewish and Asian traditions. Oratorio Chorale and Orchid Ensemble performances take place on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Montgomery Theater, Morse High School, Bath, and on Sunday, April 29, at 3

p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Tickets to the weekend concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, students half price, children under twelve free. For ticket information, contact 798-7985, or visit www.oratoriochorale.org for ticket venues.

O.A.R. at the State Theatre 8 p.m. O.A.R. at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. O.A.R.’s latest album, “King,” marks a new beginning for the band, while also paying homage to their past. It is the seventh studio effort in a career that began with their high school recording, The Wanderer. www.statetheatreportland.comTickets available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com. $30 advance, $35 day of show.

Friday, May 11 Portland Chamber Music Festival 8 p.m. An evening with the Portland Chamber Music Festival featuring five musicians performing a diverse program including pieces by Mozart, Dvorak, Wuorninen, and Rebecca Clarke. This lineup of the PCMF will include Clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg of New York; co-founder and artistic director of the PCMF, Jennifer Elowitch, and Georgia native, Gabriela Diaz, on violins; Stefanie Taylor, a worldclass performing violist; and Boston University faculty member Marc Johnson on his fine, old Italian cello made in 1730 by Francesco Stradivarius. At the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. $25, Seniors $20. For details see: www.freeportperformingarts.com or call 888-702-7730


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‘Verbal judo’ training helps police defuse tense situations BY MARGE NIBLOCK SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

If anyone enters into a verbal disagreement with a Portland police officer, and the officer says something like: “Is there anything I can say to earn your cooperation at this time? I’d like to think so,” that person may want to pay attention. This may be a clue that all verbal options are being exhausted, and the next step, according to police, could consist of arrest, control of the suspect and transport. The Portland Police Department is deploying a technique that aims to keep dialogue going, to avoid those "final straw" situations. It's called "verbal judo," and Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck is among its adherents. “Verbal juudo has been extremely successful for us," Sauschuck said. "Communication skills are the key. It’s all about talking. The words that come out of our mouths are an officer safety concern.” “Complaints and lawsuits (against police) have plummeted,” said Sgt. Robert Doherty, who has taught the course to more than 2,500 pupils since the department inaugurated it in 2005. He said that the major complaint against police is rudeness, and this course teaches people how to redirect behavior with words. “This has made me a better communicator,” said Doherty. “It’s about treating people with respect and fairness. When you talk, you are speaking for your organization.” Personal feelings shouldn’t come into play, he noted. George J. Thompson, Ph.D. created

Officer Kristan Steele, a rookie with the Portland Police Department, said she found “verbal jud0” training useful. (MARGE NIBLOCK PHOTO)

the course in 1981 after a 10-year career as a college English professor followed by five years working as a police officer. Portland’s department initiated the course in April 2005, after several of Portland’s officers were trained in Florida by Thompson, who died this past summer. The course has been adopted worldwide. Officer Kristan Steele, a rookie with the Portland Police Department, said, “The course was a lot better than I had anticipated.” She credited Doherty for "his passion for verbal judo,” adding, “I’ve seen how he uses it and it is very effective.” During a recent session, Doherty teamed up with Officer Jeff Calloway

of the Portland Police Department Crime Reduction Unit, who has also taught many of these courses to Portland’s officers. Sauschuck paid a surprise visit to the classroom on a recent Tuesday afternoon, noting he has also taught the course on numerous occasions and is a believer in it. Twenty-eight people involved in law enforcement took the class this spring, one of whom was a Maine game warden. Others were from various departments within Maine, including staff from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, a hearing officer from the Department of Public Safety, and seven Portland police officers. Benefits of the course are increased officer safety; enhanced professionalism; decreased liability for the organization; lessened stress; and increased morale, officials said. The goal of the course is to make someone a better police officer. “It’s about defusing and de-escalating situations. It’s adding a tool to our tool bag,” Doherty said. Interaction with the public improves when words are used as tools and not as weapons, he noted. Training in tactical communications makes the use of professional presence and words "force options," submerging the officers’ egos so that confrontation may be avoided, officials familiar with the class note. Power and safety rise when ego is submerged, they say. Police deal with people undergoing trauma and crisis situations on a daily basis. Officers are also encouraged to identify their “hot buttons” or triggers, to avoid inappropriate reactions on their part. The course stresses deflection and redirection techniques to

defuse emotional situations. Officers are encouraged to identify themselves when first interacting with a stopped motorist. Even though most officers have name tags on their uniforms, it was stressed that you become a specific person with this type of introduction, rather than just a uniform with a badge. Many people aren’t aware that traffic stops are situations placing police in great danger. A short video of a Utah traffic stop was shown, with the officer being shot because he permitted the driver and the passenger to exit the car. It was stressed that when traffic stops are made, officers should caution people to remain in their vehicles. The recent training included a role-playing scenario for a routine traffic-stop for speeding, with all class members participating; and a complaint regarding a loud party. Verbal judo also stresses the importance of active listening: being open and unbiased; hearing literally; interpreting accurately; and using paraphrasing as a clarification tool. Being able to show empathy is also an important part of the job for an officer, officials said, noting it allows someone to see a situation from another person’s vantage point, without necessarily agreeing with that person. A personal danger zone must be kept at all times by officers, which is an important control technique. Attention to someone’s body language is also of major importance for safety. When a contradiction exists between someone’s voice and other nonverbals, the nonverbal element should be believed, officers learned in the class.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 108th day of 2012. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” directed by Tex Avery. On this date: In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.) In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union. In 1911, the town of Palm Beach, Fla., was incorporated. In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II. In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day. In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek (DOOB’-chek), was deposed. In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon. In 1972, the Boston Marathon allowed women to compete for the first time; Nina Kuscsik was the first officially recognized women’s champion, with a time of 3:10:26. In 1975, Cambodia’s five-year war ended as the capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, which instituted radical policies that claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives until the regime was overthrown in 1979. In 1986, at London’s Heathrow Airport, a bomb was discovered in the bag of a pregnant Irish woman about to board an El Al jetliner to Israel; she’d been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian fiance. One year ago: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Japan, where she expressed confidence the country would fully recover from its tsunami and nuclear disasters. Actor Michael Sarrazin, 70, died in Montreal. Today’s Birthdays: Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 64. Actress Olivia Hussey is 61. Actor Clarke Peters is 60. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 57. Actor Sean Bean is 53. Actor Joel Murray is 50. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 48. Actress Lela Rochon is 48. Actor William Mapother is 47. Actress Leslie Bega is 45. Actress Kimberly Elise is 45. Singer Liz Phair is 45. Rapper-actor Redman is 42. Actress Jennifer Garner is 40. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 39. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham (Spice Girls) is 38. Actresssinger Lindsay Korman is 34. Actress Rooney Mara is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 17. Actress Dee Dee Davis is 16.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I am 24 and have four small children under age 10. My mother was in a car accident last fall that left her paralyzed from the chest down, and she now lives with us. With hardly any help from my older sister, I struggle every day trying to take care of everyone’s needs. Mom screams at me and makes the smallest of things seem like the end of the world. I don’t want to see her in a nursing home, but I cannot do this 24/7. I’m losing my mind and my life. My kids don’t want to be around me, and my oldest son’s grades are declining. Do I keep going, hoping things will get better? Or do I break the news to my mom that I love her dearly but can’t take care of her? -- A. Dear A.: You sound like a wonderful, caring daughter, but Mom is probably depressed and angry, and is taking it out on you. There are limits to what you can reasonably do for her without sacrificing the well-being of your children. Please don’t feel guilty. Your mother needs more help than you can give her. She not only requires round-the-clock physical care, but also would benefit from counseling to deal with her other issues and come to terms with her current situation. Please look into home-health care options, including a fulltime caregiver (perhaps your sister would contribute to the cost), as well as nearby nursing homes. Most do an excellent job, and you can visit Mom every day, not only to cheer her up, but also to check on her care. Then please get some counseling for yourself in order to get through this, because we doubt Mom is going to make it easy. Dear Annie: Is it OK to ask my 80-year-old parents whether they will leave any inheritance for my siblings and me? I’m not looking to spend it. But getting an answer will help with our future retirement planning. Of course, as with most families, there are all kinds of additional “wonderful” dynamics

at work that complicate asking. What is your stance on this? -- Wondering Dear Wondering: Children should never assume there is an inheritance to receive. Plan your retirement according to what you can manage on your own. You can, however, discuss your parents’ plans for their future care, asking whether they have a health care power of attorney, a will, any wishes for their funeral, etc. These are important things that ought to be arranged while your parents are capable of doing so. However, if they resist discussing end-of-life issues, please leave it alone. Dear Annie: I teach treatment of sexual dysfunction at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. You correctly identify low testosterone as an important cause of loss of desire. However, I have found in many cases that the cause is simple boredom with a wife’s participation. Men and women both require an average of 12 minutes of foreplay to reach full arousal. A wife who takes turns providing pleasure should find her partner more eager for sex. Men respond to action far more than words. When there is an expectation of prolonged mutual pleasuring, it creates a lovely aura of arousal long before the clothes come off. Please remind women that a man is aroused by the sight of his wife’s naked body not because she’s a supermodel, but because her body is only shown to him. Mood lighting can help. A semi-closed dressing gown or the sight of her in one of his not-quite-long-enough shirts can be a powerful visual stimulant to a man who sees offering sex as the most powerful statement of love and caring. You do great good by helping women understand that men will never behave or understand them the way a girlfriend does. We men really are different and often are unable to express our needs clearly. -- D.B. M.D. Loma Linda, Calif.

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

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Sheri Piers of Falmouth is the first American woman to cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon, finishing 10th overall in the women’s field, completing the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 55 seconds, the Bangor Daily News reported. Piers had finished as high as 11th in the race, the newspaper reported. Piers, 39, is a mother of three, a nurse practitioner, and a 2:37 marathoner, according to Runner's World Magazine.

Pirates lose to Providence, fall short of making hockey playoffs In only the fifth time in the Portland Pirates’ 19-year history that they will not make the playoffs, the hockey team lost to the Providence Bruins Sunday 3-2 in front of 10,198 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center on the final day of the season, the Pirates reported. The Pirates needed to win and either a Manchester Monarchs or Syracuse Crunch loss on the final day of the regular season to qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Manchester and Syracuse both won their games. After a scoreless first period, the Pirates scored the game’s first goal when Marc-Antoine Pouliot hammered home a rebound shot on the power play for his 12th goal of the season. Brett Sterling and Brett MacLean grabbed assists on the goal at 1:08 of the second period. But Providence would battle back and tie the game with six minutes left in the middle frame. Providence took the lead for good at 9:28. Before Sunday, the Pirates were 26-0-3-2 when leading after two periods. The Pirates are affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes, something Managing Owner/CEO/Alternate Governor Brian Petrovek mentioned in a note to fans. "Our future Coyotes gave it their all, down to the final period of play, but it was just not enough to take us into the postseason," Petrovek said. "We’re all disappointed about how the season ended, but for us, and I know for many of you, this was a season of success in so many ways, and a great beginning to our new affiliation with the Coyotes." The Pirates had passed the Manchester Monarchs to move into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Connecticut Whale 2-1 in front of 3,280 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center on April 11. Portland had won a season-high five straight games on home ice.


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Tuesday, April 17 April Vacation Camp: Shaking up Shakespeare 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17, 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grades 6-9, $150. “The curtain is going up ... on a mini camp filled with the excitement and magic of theater! Portland Stage Affiliate Artists will lead students in fun, challenging and enriching activities, through which students learn to use their bodies, voices, minds and imaginations. Theme-based explorations help develop your child’s ability to work as part of an ensemble, improve focus and concentration, and learn active listening skills while also reveling in spontaneity and creativity. This three-day theater intensives will cover the basics and then some, plus end with an open studio for families to see what we’ve learned. Call 774-1043, ext. 117, or email theaterforkids@portlandstage.org.

Last minute tax help in Portland noon to 6 p.m. Last-minute tax help is available at the Forest Ave. Post Office. “IRS certified volunteer income tax preparers will be at the Forest Ave. Post office to prepare and file tax returns for individuals still needing to file their federal and state income tax returns for 2011. In fact, they can help with the filing or amending of returns for 2009 and 2010 as well. And, if necessary, explain the proper procedures for requesting an extension or if taxes are owed of the various options for payment. Volunteers preparing tax returns are trained and tested each year and designed by the IRS as Certified Volunteer Income Tax Preparers. The training these volunteers receive enables them to complete all but the most complex individual income tax returns. When coming to a tax preparation site, taxpayers should bring a copy of their 2010 federal and state of Maine tax returns, driver’s license or other form of picture, Social Security cards for themselves and anyone else who will be claimed as a dependent, all tax documents received for 2011 such as Forms W-2, 1099 and 1098T. Also, if itemizing deductions, bring cancelled checks or receipts for medical expenses, mortgage interest statement, real estate taxes and charitable contributions, etc. If preparing returns for 2009 or 2010, bring all of the tax documents for those years. If amending a return, bring the original return along with the information indicating that an amended return is needed. Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 329-6911.”

Explore the Night Sky at the library 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium. “Cornerstones of Science and Maine Library partners announce a new program to introduce astronomy and the wonders of the night sky through hands-on 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 hands-on training by Ron Thompson, an amateur astronomer and Yarmouth resident at the Portland Public Library, April 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium on the Lower Level of the Main Library. This program is for children ages 10 and older.”

Employment Resources Workshop 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Portland Public Library is hosting an Employment Resources Workshop to cover topics such as: The value of networking and how to use it to open doors of opportunity; the latest social media in building connections; LearningExpress Library to help you with job searching; latest interviewing skills and tactics and what transferable skills are and how to display on your resumé. Meeting Room No. 5 at the Portland Public Library. To register visit: www.maine.gov/msl/commons.

Films about animation/reanimation 7:30 p.m. SPACE Gallery presents an evening of films about animation/reanimation. “Convento,” with “Lifelike” and “The Meaning of Robots,” SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Doors open at 7 p.m., film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7/$5 for SPACE Members and students with ID. www.space538.org

UMF one-act play festival 7:30 p.m. A student-directed, one-act play festival will be presented by the University of Maine at Farmington from Tuesday, April 17, through Sunday, April 22, at the UMF Alumni Theater. Featuring student casts and crews, UMF’s one-acts are directed by the students in the Directing II class and involve numerous other UMF Theatre students as well as students in all majors across campus. Performances are open to the public. Tickets prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for seniors and are available at the time of the performance.

Volunteer Justin Edelstein (left) helps Rahmatullah Habibzai with his 1040 tax form at the Portland Public Library as part of an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which offered free federal and state of Maine income tax preparation and free electronic filing in Portland at the Main Branch of the Public Library. Today is the last day for tax assistance. Last-minute tax help is available at the Forest Ave. Post Office from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment, call 329-6911. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

Food Coma TV Season 2 Premiere Party 9 p.m. Food Coma TV, based on Joe Ricchio’s exceedingly popular blog Portland Food Coma, is a series of short films that reports on the oft-overlooked food culture of Maine that exists outside of Portland’s city limits. Join the Food Coma TV crew for the launch of their second season, with the all-girl garage punk of The Outfits and a DJ’ed set by Nathaniel Meiklejohn. SPACE Gallery. $10, 21-plus. www. space538.org/events.php

funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Portland along with a group of community volunteers and the Community Food Security Coalition are organizing the event. At Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland.

Rachel Carson panel discussion

noon to 1 p.m. Jonathan Aldrich will give an author talk and poetry reading at the Brown Bag Lecture Series in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library. He will read his own poems and others’ from the new anthology “Branching out: Fifteen Years of Poetry Readings in Tenants Harbor.” Audience members are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

5 p.m. A discussion to highlight the influence of Rachel Carson on the perspectives and lives of five current female environmental leaders in Maine. The event will be moderated by Naomi Schalit, executive director of Pinetree Watchdog. Panelists include: Pattie Aho, DEP Commissioner; Michele Dionne, Ph.D., Research Director, Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve; Melissa Welsh Innes, Maine State Representative, D-Yarmouth; Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Amanda Sears, associate director, Environmental Health Strategy Center. Sponsored by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Lecture Hall, Portland. For more information, see Rachel Carson: A Life in Perspective or 228-8450.

Trayvon Martin memorial, dialogue

Architalx 2012 with Mikyoung Kim

Wednesday, April 18 Jonathan Aldrich poetry reading and lecture

5 p.m. A memorial for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the young man who was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla. “You are invited to to join fellow Mainers in a Memorial for Trayvon and community dialogue addressing justice and an end to racist violence. ... All are welcome to attend as we collectively imagine what living out justice for Trayvon Martin looks like on an individual and community level.” 5 p.m. to 6 p.m, Memorial in Monument Square; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Community Dialogue at Portland Public Library. For more information, call 772-1051.

Thursday, April 19 Local food system public forum 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The city of Portland will host a Community Food Forum to discuss and get feedback on the region’s food system. The forum was developed in an effort to respond to a demonstrated community desire to increase dialogue and involvement in the food systems that support the community. Local farmers, fishermen, gardeners, cooks, food workers, food processors, emergency food providers, local food organizers and advocates are encouraged to attend. During the forum, attendees will identify gaps within the local food system and develop strategies to help fill them, and strive to broaden the vision and goal to feed Portland locally. Admission is free, however, space is limited. Attendees are asked to register in advance at http://portlandfoodforum.wordpress.com/. Interested parties unable to attend the forum can also sign up to receive updates on the process. The Community Food Forum is sponsored by Healthy Portland, a program of the Public Health Division, city of Portland HHS Department, and

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At Bernard A. Osher Auditorium, Mikyoung Kim. Principal and Design Director, Mikyoung Kim Design Boston. Mikyoung Kim is an award-winning international landscape architect and artist whose work focuses on merging sculptural vision with the urban landscape. Projects are comprised of designs that meld site, sculpture and sustainable initiatives. Over the past five years, she has been involved in projects at various scales that focus on the choreographed experience with the use of a wide range of technologies with light and color. www.mikyoungkim. com. Architalx is an annual lecture series that showcases leaders in the architecture and design fields, and provides the opportunity for inspiration and dialogue with the Maine creative community and the general public. Tickets: $8 online/$10 at the door. Tickets available online at www. architalx.org. Seating is limited; overflow seating with video feed is available.

Dinner honoring lawyer Peter J. DeTroy 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lawyer and civic leader Peter J. DeTroy III has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Law Alumni Association. He will be honored Thursday at the association’s annual dinner at the Portland Country Club. A 1972 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, DeTroy was selected for his significant contributions to the legal profession, cultural and charitable organizations, and his longstanding support of Maine Law. DeTroy is a member of the Portland-based firm Norman Hanson DeTroy LLC, where he has worked since 1977. For additional information please contact Mary Roy at mroy@usm.maine.edu see next page


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MJFF Yom Hashoah Film Project 6:45 p.m. For the 10th consecutive year, the Maine Jewish Film Festival will offer Southern Maine’s “most visible and widely attended community observance of Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) with the screening of a free film, open to the public.” The 2012 MJFF Yom Hashoah Film Project will highlight the award winning feature film, La Rafle. This year the Free Yom Hashoah Film Project will be held at the Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 831-7495 or visit www.mjff.org.

The Civil War of 1812 7 p.m. Part of a public program series at Maine Historical Society that explores the connections between literature, art and history. The Civil War of 1812 with Alan Taylor, Professor of History, University of California, Davis. http://www. mainehistory.org

History of the Masons in New Gloucester 7 p.m. At the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, next to the Town Hall on Route 231, Dick McCann will speak about the history of the Masons in New Gloucester. The Masons have been a presence in town since 1803. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. A members’ business meeting will follow.

‘A Life In The Theater’ 7:30 p.m. David Mamet’s homage to show business at Freeport Factory Stage: “A Life In The Theater.” “This production features two of Portland’s most important and talented actors: Will Rhys and Dustin Tucker, and is directed by PSC Affiliate Artist, Sally Wood. Rhys and Tucker play two actors: Rhys, a sage professional with years of shows under his belt, and Tucker a promising upstart who endures counseling, life lessons and endless opinions from his elder. The relationship between the two men is ultimately transformative, and will leave audiences swept up by their experiences both on and off stage. This play is peppered with plenty of salty language, and is intended for adult audiences.” Performances are April 19-May 5, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday performances are Pay-What-You-Can. (Pay-what-you-can performances are intended to be a community benefit for those who really want to see good plays, but simply can’t afford to do so) Ticket prices for all other performances are $19 general admission and $15 students/seniors. Special group pricing is available. Five-Pass Subscriptions can be purchased at $15/pass general and $12/pass student/senior.

Saad Zackariah, 15, (left) and Mukhtar Muqtar, 15, prepare to water the East End Community School garden as part of the Cultivating Community Youth Growers program. Cultivating Community is part of the locavore movement in Portland. On Thursday, April 19, a film screening of the film, “Locavore” will be held at the Portland Food Co-op, 56 Hampshire St., Portland. Visit www.space538.org for details. On Sunday, April 22, Cultivating Community will kick off the growing season at the Boyd Street farm. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) of Penzance,” April 20 to May 5. “Gilbert and Sullivan at their finest! Young Frederic joins a band of tender-hearted pirates, indentured until his 21st birthday. Alas, discovering he is a leap-year baby, this could take longer than expected.” www.lyricmusictheater.org

Food+Farm: Locavore (at Portland Food Co-op)

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7:30 p.m. “‘Locavore’ is a documentary about the inevitable return to the local diet. Less than a generation ago human beings worldwide traveled less than 10 miles to obtain the majority of the food they ate. Today the average conventionally grown vegetable has traveled more than 1500 miles by the time it has reached your pantry. Our food today is over processed, stale, and lacks nutrition. This new film, featuring some of the neo-pioneers of the Locavore movement will educate, inspire, and revitalize bringing health to our bodies and our communities. The screening will be held at the Portland Food Co-op, 56 Hampshire St., Portland. Come learn how to become a member/owner.” SPACE Gallery. www.space538.org/events.php

8 p.m. Sixx Pak Entertainment presents Foam N’ Glow “‘America’s Largest Foam Party’ fuses high-energy music, ultraviolet dancers, fire performers, CO2 shows and foam into one mind-blowing combination.” More than 50,000 party people in attendance. Portland Expo, www.portlandcalendar.com

Friday, April 20 Author Martha Manning noon to 1 p.m. Author talk at the Portland Public Library Local Author Series. Author Martha Manning speaks about her book, “Trackless Snow: One Woman’s Journey from Shame to Grace,” at the Friday Local Author Series at Portland Public Library in Meeting Room No. 5. “This talk deals with the bold adventure of taking a daring look into one’s trackless snow as part of your life tasks. Trackless Snow symbolizes areas of your life that have been left unexplored. This talk is particularly geared toward older women who have ignored or forgone parts of themselves due to the exigencies of life.”

Saturday, April 21 Maine’s gunpowder mills 9 a.m. “During the Civil War, at least one fourth of the gunpowder used by the Union soldiers was manufactured at the gunpowder mill located on the Presumpscot River in Gorham-Windham, mllls being located on both sides of the river. On Saturday, April 21, Windham Historical Society will present a program about these mills and the part they played in the Civil War and other wars as well as for expansion of the nation. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Society museum, 234 Windham Center Road. The public is invited. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. At 1 p.m., following a lunch break,a tour of the gunpowder mill site and view of the artifacts still in place will be conducted by the Society and Don Wescott, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. For more information, contact David Tanguay, 892-1306 or email Kay Soldier at kso48@aol.com.”

Food+Farm: Grow Fair at SPACE

‘The Pirates of Penzance’

10 a.m. Food+Farm: Grow Fair at SPACE Gallery. “As part of Food+Farm, we offer our first Grow Fair. A variety of events, workshops and hands-on learning experience to help you along the way to producing your own food. Maine Master Gardeners will offer free 20-Minute Gardener consultations. Urban Farm Fermentory will offer intensive workshops in home scale organic gardening and kombucha-making. Plus a variety of hands-on food production learning activities, including a seed-bomb making workshop, a harvest calendar making project for the kids and more.” www.space538. org/events.php

8 p.m. Lyric Music Theater of South Portland, an all-volunteer community theater that has been entertaining Southern Maine for more than half a century, will present “The Pirates

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The state’s largest gem and mineral show to be held at Saint Joseph’s College, April 21 and 22. The

‘Hedda Gabler’ at USM 7:30 p.m. “Hedda Gabler,” by Henrik Ibsen, directed by William Steele, University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre. April 20-21 and April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 and April 29 at 5 p.m.; special discount show at 5 p.m. on April 25, all seats $5; tickets $15, $8 for students, $11 seniors and USM employees and alumni. www.usm.maine. edu/theatre

Gem & Mineral Show

Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society presents its 29th annual Gem & Mineral Show at Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. It is the state’s largest gem and mineral show. “More than 25 vendors, including 12 displaying jewelry, will show gems, rocks, fluorescent minerals, crystals, fossils and geodes. The show also features gold panning and gem-cutting demonstrations, along with many unusual, one-of-a-kind items for sale. Children will be able to dig for treasures in the mini-mine, win prizes on the spin wheel and handle rocks and gems at the touch table.” The event runs at the Harold Alfond Center gymnasium on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show includes a silent auction and hourly door prizes. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students 18 and under, and free for children 12 and under. Admission includes entry into our grand prize raffle drawn at the end of the show. For more information, contact mlasalle@sjcme.edu or 893-6627.

Daylily and Hosta Society 11 a.m. The Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society will have as guest speaker Lori Jones. Jones, from Knoll Cottage Daylilies in Southampton, Mass., hybridizes large unusual form daylilies that are Zone 5 Hardy. Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society meets at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland in the Horticulture Building on Slocum Drive. The public is invited to attend. For more events and information go to www.smdhs.info.

Race Judicata 1:30 p.m. The sneakers will hit the pavement for a good cause as the Maine Law Student Bar Association hosts the annual Race Judicata, a 5K race/walk along Portland’s scenic Back Cove. Race Judicata is a fundraiser for Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. At the clinic, third-year law students provide legal services to low-income clients. The “student attorneys” are specially licensed by the state and federal courts, and they work under the close supervision of Maine Law professors. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three males and females overall, and top two in the following age groups: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80 and over. Registration is $15, visit www.active.com/running/portland-me/race-judicata-5k-race-and-walk-2012, or $20 on the day of the race. For more information, contact Maine Law student and race organizer Chris Harmon at charmon126@gmail.com. see next page


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Figure drawing with a live model 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join Constellation Gallery for this open, drop in studio session of figure drawing with a live model. $10 fee. “This session provides the opportunity to work in a studio environment and interact with other artists as you draw from a live model in your preferred medium. The workshop is open to adults of all skill levels from complete beginners to experienced artists. Bring your own supplies. Light refreshments served.” Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St. www.constellationart.com

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing 7 p.m. Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene, Route 77, will host an old-fashioned hymn sing. Refreshments following. FMI call Pastor Jon, 318-3515.

Maine Roller Derby 6 p.m. Maine Roller Derby’s Calamity Janes vs Pair O’Dice (Massachusetts), Portland Expo, tickets $10 adv, $13 doors; kids aged 5-12 $5, kids under 5 free. Afterparty at Flask Lounge. www.mainerollerderby.com/events

Sunday, April 22 Wake Up the Farm event at Boyd Street with Portland’s Cultivating Community

“The Meaning of Robots,” screening Tuesday, April 17 at SPACE Gallery, “is a character exploration, a documentary, a Henry Darger-esque allegory set in one studio apartment on 27th street in New York City.” (Image courtesy of Matthew Lenski)

9 a.m. “Celebrate Earth Day by coming out to Cultivating Community’s Boyd St. Urban Farm in downtown Portland and help them get ready for the 2012 growing season. You’ll help CC wake up the farm and you’ll get hands-on experience and an opportunity to ask the CC staff about your farming/gardening questions. Activities for all ages and skill

levels. Cultivating Community’s mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems

that sustain us all.” www.space538.org/events.php

2012 Urban Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Monument Square, MENSK and the City of Portland will host Portland’s 2012 Urban Earth Day Celebration. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will kick off the event, which will showcase many of Portland’s environmental and non-profit organizations, artists and sustainable businesses. Attendees can learn about local efforts to promote sustainable business practices and improve Portland’s urban environment. “The event offers fun, free activities for all ages including demonstrations on green technology, local agricultural practices, urban gardening, recycling, bike decorating, a parade, and live music!” www.MENSKmaine.org

Spotlight Concert Series: ‘Carmina Burana’

4/13 THROUGH 4/21 Two Locations: 885 Roosevelt Trail Route 302, Windham Mon-Fri 9-5

& 152 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough Tues-Fri 9-4, Sat 8-2 Coupon Expires 4/21/12

3 p.m. University of Southern Maine presents “Carmina Burana.” “It’s a musical homecoming when alumni join the USM Concert Band and USM Chorale in this impressive performance, conducted by Peter Martin with preparation by Robert Russell. ‘Carmina,’ made popular through movie and commercial placements, combines the rich, full sound of dissonant chords with driving rhythms that make it an amazing experience to hear – and perform. All alumni are invited to take part! Come for the concert Sunday, or stay the weekend and enjoy masterclass instruction from School of Music graduates, as well as a special Saturday evening reception. Alumni who would like to join in the performance should contact Peter Martin at pmartin@usm. maine.edu for rehearsal and lodging information. $15 recommended donation at the door. Proceeds go toward music scholarships.” Merrill Auditorium, Portland.


The Portland Daily Sun, Tuesday, April 17, 2012