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    Bill Nemitz: Portland celebrates Fourth with music, fireworks and open arms

    The crowd of thousands watches the fireworks display from the Eastern Prom in Portland on Thursday night. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer The fireworks were first-rate. So was the Portland Pops concert. But when I look back on Thursday’s July Fourth festivities on the eastern end of the Portland peninsula, one moment long will stand out above all the others. It came right after music director Eckart Preu led the Portland Symphony Orchestra through a rousing salute to the armed services, during which veterans of each branch proudly stood while their respective anthems were played. As the applause subsided, emcee Lee Nelson of News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ) acknowledged a group of asylum…

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    Robust home sales draw 2 new furniture stores to South Portland

    Two out-of-state furniture chains are opening stores in Greater Portland. Here is a living room display from the Jordan’s Furniture store in Reading, Massachusetts, one of the two chains coming to Maine. The other, Bernie & Phyl’s, opens in the former Toys R Us space Monday. Well-heeled home buyers are drawing attention from out-of-state furniture chains, two of which announced plans to open stores in Greater Portland. Bernie & Phyl’s and Jordan’s Furniture announced last month that they would each open up stores in South Portland. The two locations are almost within sight of each other. Bernie & Phyl’s, which opens Monday, is going in the former Toys ‘R Us…

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    Boys’ lacrosse: Top-ranked Cape Elizabeth pulls away late from South Portland

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Each year the goal is the same for the Cape Elizabeth High boys’ lacrosse team: to be the best in the state. The top-ranked Capers moved a big step closer Saturday. Cape Elizabeth scored the final three goals and held South Portland scoreless in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 9-5 victory in the Class A South semifinals. Phillip Tarling’s goal with four seconds remaining in the third quarter provided the Capers with a momentum-breaking and at the same time momentum-building score. “I think we needed one little momentum goal and that was it there,” said attack Archie McEvoy, who had two goals for the…

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    Game 3 of Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: How and Where to Watch

    Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your Blazers easily on your device. The best-of-seven series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors now shifts to Portland. Both teams are expecting an extremely energetic crowd for Game 3, especially because the Trail Blazers fan base hasn’t seen a Western Conference Finals game in 19 years. After the Warriors held on and defeated the Blazers in Game 2 on Thursday night, Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr said, "We stole one tonight. They played better than we did." Trail Blazer guard CJ McCollum didn’t think the Warriors just stole the game.…

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    Lillard, Aminu pace Portland’s blowout win over Hawks

    ATLANTA (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 36 points, Al-Farouq Aminu added 17 and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 118-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Portland took charge with a 16-0 run in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 21 points. The Hawks pulled within 10 early in the fourth on Trae Young’s runner, but Zach Collins’ follow dunk and Jake Layman’s difficult three-point play made it 97-82 to remove any remaining suspense. Lillard, with his 26th game of at least 30 points, outplayed Young, who scored 18 of his 26 points in…

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    South Portland motels file court action to block council’s shutdown

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Two low-budget motels on Route 1 that face imminent shutdown for alleged illegal activity filed a lawsuit Friday to overturn the City Council’s action. Their attorney, David Lourie, is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep The Knights Inn and the Maine Motel open beyond May 31 – the date their lodging establishment licenses will run out because the council refused to renew them. In the lawsuit, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, Lourie claims the council’s action and the city ordinance on which it was based are discriminatory and unconstitutional. The council decided May 15 not to renew the operating licenses because of several incidents of…

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    Crashed Mustang in Portland street race paid for with counterfeit cash

    PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the vehicles involved in Sunday’s street racing crash in North Portland was recently purchased using counterfeit cash. Two vehicles, a Toyota Scion and a Ford Mustang, were involved in the crash on North Marine Drive and Leadbetter Road that left one person injured. No one involved in the crash has been publicly identified by police. Portland police confirmed to KGW on Tuesday the Mustang involved in the crash was recently bought using $2,000 of counterfeit cash. KGW reported about the scam on May 2 and spoke with the Sandy couple who sold the car. More: Sandy couple scammed with $2,000 of counterfeit cash during car…

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    ‘I’d love to see it’: Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden likes the idea of MLB in Portland

    PORTLAND, Ore. — The campaign to bring Major League Baseball to the Rose City remains in a holding pattern this weekend thanks, in part, to Friday’s pivotal announcement from Portland Public Schools. At the same time, the idea just gained another big-name cheerleader. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said Saturday he was as shocked as anyone else to learn of the big pitch. He said he’s in favor of beefing up the Rose City’s sports profile with a Major League Baseball team. “Well I’m smiling,” he said, “because it really sounds good to be up there with the Timbers and the Thorns and the Blazers.” MORE MLB TO PDX COVERAGE…

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    10 great record stores in Portland

    Portland is a music lover’s paradise, with well over a dozen record stores and enough LPs around town to keep even the snobbiest vinyl fan busy for life. According to Music Millennium owner Terry Currier, Portland actually has more record stores per capita than any city in the U.S. — and more stores, period. With another Record Store Day around the corner, here are 10 top record stores in Portland. 10. Vinyl Resting Place The St. John’s store is a jazz lover’s haven, thanks to the efforts of owners Toby Tobiason and his wife. “We inspect everything before we sell it,” he told the Oregonian. Not into Davis or Coltrane?…

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    Portland weighs new historic districts as answer to development tensions on Munjoy Hill

    Portland city planners are beginning discussions about creating two historic districts on Munjoy Hill as part of a strategy to address concerns over the rapid pace of development that’s leading to large boxy condominiums replacing smaller, more traditional New England-style homes. Although there are no specific boundaries yet proposed for the two districts, maps created by city planners show the general areas under consideration. One potential district may run along the Eastern Promenade and Fore Street from Turner Street to Atlantic Street, reaching a block or two from the outside edge into the neighborhood. The other potential district could run along North Street, from Congress Street to Walnut Street. These…