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Two women killed, Portland driver arrested in I-5 crash early Saturday

Two women whose SUV broke down on Interstate 5 near Portland’s Fremont Bridge were killed in the wee hours Saturday morning by a driver police say was intoxicated.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Portland man, Michael A. Hanson, and charged him with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The two women are Portland’s 41st and 42nd traffic-related deaths this year, according to police.

Police say the women’s SUV broke down on the freeway’s right shoulder at the point where the southbound freeway splits between Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. Another vehicle stopped to help and, as the women crossed the freeway to reach that vehicle, police say Hanson struck them in a 2016 Ford Fusion.

A third pedestrian was not injured, according to police, who are withholding the victims’ identities until their families have been notified.

Portland police closed the freeway from around 2:20

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With Alfond financial gift, UNE to move medical college to Portland campus

A substantial financial gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation will see the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine move to the Portland campus, and the development of new  programs at the Biddeford campus, UNE officials announced Friday. Brianna Soukup Photo/Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD — A substantial gift to the University of New England from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support relocation of the College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Portland campus.

The move will open space to bring new programs to the Biddeford campus and expand existing ones, UNE officials say.

The Harold Alfond Foundation announced that the University of New England is one of eight Maine educational institutions to benefit from a $500 million investment made to confront the state’s long-term economic challenges. Details about UNE’s share of the investment will be outlined with other details at a news conference set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, which may

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Downtown Portland jewelry store intends to sue city for handling of protests

A downtown Portland jewelry store owner intends to sue the City of Portland for its handling of protests in late May.

Noha Kassab, CEO of Kassab Jewelers, said her family-owned store was was broken into and looted early in the morning on May 30. This was during the beginning stages of what would lead to more than 100 days of protest in Portland.

“I started looking on my phone to see who was in my store, it was bunch of people going into the store, broke glass, it was the most painful, disheartening experience I ever faced,” said Kassab.

The store owner said they are still calculating the costs, but estimates $2.5 million in damages.

“I’m not someone who came to this country with money. I came with an American dream. To see my American dream destroyed and it could have been preventable, is disheartening,” said Kassab.

Kassab filed tort

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Maine’s Portland full of seafood, shopping, sea views

When I headed to Portland, Maine to be part of my cousin’s wedding, I was excited to tack on some extra days to explore the area. Portland has always been on my list. My love of seafood is just understood here. Not only are there what seems like countless lobster dishes, but you get to down a big bowl of hearty lobster bisque or a lobster roll all while taking in the coastal views and stunning lighthouses.

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
The historical Portland Regency Hotel (20 Milk St.) was at one time, according to its website, a 19th-century neoclassical armory building and remains a historical site in Portland. The location can’t get any better. It’s located in the Old Port District, close to amazing restaurants, shops, and the waterfront.

Portland Harbor Hotel
Another great option is the Portland Harbor Hotel (468 Fore St.). Their comfortable, modern rooms and

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