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PPD officer, K-9 compete in N.Y., earn honors

On Friday, Portland Police Officer Christian Stickney and his partner K-9 Blaze took first place in a police patrol dog course competition, the city reported. The event was sponsored by the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Police Department, and K9Robbyfarm. Officer Stickney and K-9 Blaze competed against 22 teams from all over the Northeast.After taking first place in the patrol dog competition, the team of Officer Stickney and K-9 Blaze completed an exam for narcotics detection certified through... Read more

Columns

The sands of time

Ageism. It's a nasty word, but lately, it has become part of my own self-vocabulary. Everyone knows love what I do, but the hour glass is starting to mess with me. My hands really hurt. I get tired easier than I did just a few years ago, and I can't shake a virus that refuses to vacate my body. Working much less as a result, I was a little jealous of Derek Jeter retiring at... Read more

Sun Sports

Undefeated Raging Bulls on the road unti…

The first-place Southern Maine Raging Bulls (8-0), a semi-pro football team made of former high school and college standouts, will play their final two regular season games on the road. The Raging Bulls play in the four-team Northern Division of the New EnglandFootball League's top (AAA) Colonial Conference with the New Hampshire Wolfpack, Lowell Nor'Easter and Merrimack Valley Pride. The Bulls, in their 17th season, have the league's best offense and defense, having outscored their opponents 257-40. In... Read more

Calendar

Music calendar

Friday, Sept 26 Geoff Muldaur at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25; 8 p.m.www.onelongfellowsquare.com Saturday, Sept 27 Phantom Buffalo and Foam Castles at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $10; 9:30 p.m.www.portlandempire.com Novel Jazz Septet at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $18; 2 p.m.www.onelongfellowsquare.com John Hammond at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25; 8 p.m.www.onelongfellowsquare.com The Black Lips, with King Kahn & BBQ Show, and Coke Weed at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland.... Read more

Culture

'Brighton Beach Memoirs' seizes on every…

Portland Stage Company opens their season with, in my opinion, one of the great scripts from the latter part of the last century. BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, by Neil Simon, is a classic look at the dynamics of a close family unit during the "Roosevelt Recession" of 1937. The enormous deficit The New Deal created, and the large taxes imposed, resulted in the secondary crash. Evoking Miller's ALL MY SONS or William's family portrait plays, Simon offers... Read more

All Things Digital

Instagram

My 20-something step-daughter mentioned the other day that she's hardly on Facebook anymore and prefers Instagram as her main social network. I'm familiar with Instagram and even have the app on my iPhone, but hadn't really played with it yet. "How could it be better than Facebook?" I wondered. I didn't realize how significant the photo captions were. Instagram is to smart phones what Facebook is to computers, which may offer an explanation as to... Read more

Local Business

Three issues before the FCC that could c…

(Recently, CEO) Fletcher Kittredge and I attended the Community Fiber Networks conference in Springfield, Mass. Community leaders throughout New England came together there to talk about the impact of better broadband to community development, share experiences in deploying networks, and discuss important policy issues around broadband deployments. During a panel discussion yesterday, FCC Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn made a remarkable statement that I shared on Twitter: "The next six months are going to... Read more

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