Category Archives: City

Transforming USM: Just what do they mean by ‘Metropolitan University,’ and what will the change cost?

University of Southern Maine buildings can be seen over Interstate 295 in Portland. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Over at least the last year or so, University of Maine System trustees have pushed each of their seven universities to define its identity or specialty. For the University of Southern Maine, that conversation has centered around the establishment — or, perhaps re-establishment — of the school as “Maine’s Metropolitan University.” The term has evoked imagery […]

Portland Phoenix to sue Dig Portland over ‘trade secrets,’ lost staff and advertising

(BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a legal dispute. The new publisher of the Portland Phoenix has announced his newspaper will sue the nascent Dig Portland over what he calls breaches of contract by two former Phoenix leaders now working for Dig. In late October, at […]