Smarter Travel: Portland has metropolitan food and entertainment, but without ‘pretentious big-city attitude’

Emma Rose Schwartz, 12, strikes a famous pose at the Portland Museum of Art during this 2012 file phot. Artists of all skill levels were invited to the museum to sketch Maine State Ballet Dancers, just as Edgar Degas did in 19th century France, to celebrate its current Degas exhibition and the Ballet's upcoming production of Swan Lake. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Another week, another national list of top American cities that includes Portland. This time around, the publication Smarter Travel is urging smarter travelers to visit Maine’s largest city in its list of “America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, Portland’s been lauded by national publications for everything […]

Updated: Could Portland repeal its abortion clinic buffer zone in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling?

(BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Most people following national or regional news by now know that, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot no-protest zone around abortion clinics in the state was unconstitutional. That decision sets a precedent that’s widely expected to have an impact on a federal lawsuit challenging Portland’s abortion […]

With Coyne and Leeman leaving, will the Portland City Council become more liberal?

Cheryl Leeman (BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

A day after the Portland City Council’s only registered Republican — District 4′s Cheryl Leeman — announced she won’t seek re-election, one of the panel’s more conservative Democrats said he’ll be walking away as well. District 5 City Councilor John Coyne confirmed to┬áThe Forecaster’s David Harry in a Wednesday interview that he won’t seek re-election […]