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Moon Machar, who arrived in Portland as a 5-year-old a quarter-century ago, has worked tirelessly to help others adjust, and a prize-winning filmmaker noticed.

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Chasing Maine: The Ball Game

   Take a behind-the-scenes trip to Hadlock Field, home of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. With COVID-19 precautions loosening, Hadlock Field is once again a great place to experience the excitement of professional baseball. In this episode of Chasing Maine,...

The next solar frontier

As community solar farms spring up around Maine, RISK-FREE offers of GUARANTEED SAVINGS for subscribers descend on residents – in mailers and online, and even from door-to-door sales agents.  Community solar farms do offer a vital exit ramp from fossil fuel dependence...

Spreading vaccine fears. And cashing in.

Editor's Note: This story is published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity.     Heather Simpson never thought to question vaccines. Her parents vaccinated her when she was a child, and she got tetanus and flu shots as an adult. But when she...

Biden seeks to bring back traditional Democratic voters

It’s not about Trump. Joe Biden knows that. So do Joe Manchin and Josh Hawley.   It’s about people. Donald Trump exploited the discontent of many Americans for his own political gain. Even as Trump fades, Biden and the two senators understand those Americans remain...

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Deaths of Despair

In a remote corner of Maine that locals call ‘The Forgotten County,’ the pandemic triggered isolation, economic struggles and a surge in suicides and overdoses. Hindered by a lack of mental health resources, communities and schools in Washington County banded together to find help for those with anxiety, depression and despair. The Maine Monitor chronicles the heartbreaking losses in a county that seeks solace and solutions to prevent more tragedies.

Defenseless

An investigation by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders. Defendants paid the price.

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers. 

The Last Responders

The Last Responders

Along with provoking a pandemic, COVID-19 has triggered a grief epidemic. It has robbed families of final goodbyes, left loved ones to die with strangers, postponed wakes and funerals. And it has overwhelmed Maine’s “Last Responders,” priests, chaplains, funeral directors and hospice workers who must work around restrictions aimed at diminishing virus infections.

2020: A Class Dismissed

2020: A Class Dismissed

The Maine Monitor spoke to seniors from high schools across the state to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

The Maine Monitor examines Maine’s criminal justice system at a time when there’s appetite for major change. Our series looks at the system – successes and failures – to test whether defendants and victims can rely on it to give them due process.

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Chasing Maine: The Ball Game

Take a behind-the-scenes trip to Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs and a great place to experience the excitement of minor league baseball.

Chasing Maine: The Place of Peace

Chasing Maine: The Place of Peace

 Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is subsiding, we pay another visit to the baby goats at Sunflower Farm Creamery, as in-person visits resume and an effort to hit 100,000 online subscribers is underway.   Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores...

Chasing Maine: The Epic Comeback

Chasing Maine: The Epic Comeback

In a season that will be remembered for COVID protocols, the University of Southern Maine softball team set a school record with 15 straight wins earlier this year. The tie-breaking victory came against Eastern Connecticut, ranked No. 3 nationally. Chasing Maine is a...

Chasing Maine: The Cultural Ambassador

Chasing Maine: The Cultural Ambassador

Messan Jordan Benissan is both a music teacher at Colby College and the owner of the Mé Lon Togo restaurant in Camden. Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, he uses music and food to enhance cultural awareness in his circle of students, friends and customers. Chasing...

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