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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

7/7/09

Tuesday July 7

Portland police are showing up in pairs in certain neighborhoods do to anger of the shoorting of a Sudanese immigrant. Portland Police Chief James Craig tells the Portland Press Herald that he has met local Sudanese leaders but he's having less luck reaching out to the young people holding the greatest animosity. Relatives of Okot have filed a notice of claim, saying they intend to bring a $600,000 wrongful death lawsuit.

Knox Village Soup - Camden Hills Regional High School has been designated by Sports Illustrated as having the best high school athletic program in Maine. The Windjammer boys basketball team was unbeaten state Class B champions in 2008-09."

It was the wettest June ever recorded in Bangor and Portland had rain on 21 of its last 24 days.

WCSH - With budgets stretched thin, the cities of Portland and South Portland are looking to cut costs by removing some street lights. . . City Planner Tex Haeuser says the city would like to remove roughly 10% of the street lights, saving South Portland nearly $20,000 a year. . . Portland is proposing a similar plan, but on a much larger scale. There are 7,500 street lights illuminating the city, and city spokesperson Nicole Clegg says one fifth of those lights could be shut off.

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