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Ray Routhier writes about pop culture, entertainment, music, TV and lifestyle issues. In more than 23 years at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, he has been continually fascinated with stories that show the unique character of Maine’s people and places. The word he uses most for stories he’s drawn to is “quirky.” He’s written about the changing cable TV and Internet landscapes, and what those changes mean for the future of information and entertainment. He’s dug clams, raked blueberries and rode on the back of a garbage truck, all in pursuit of stories about real Mainers. He’s had a ball interviewing a range of celebrities from Anna Kendrick and Patrick Dempsey to Billy Joel and Tony Bennett. His passions, besides writing, include baseball history, old movies and “Jeopardy!” A native of Manchester, N.H., he graduated with a degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Published
    April 17, 2012

    Pedicabs to roam the city’s streets

    PORTLAND — A fleet of bicycle taxis — pedicabs they’re called — is scheduled to be roaming Portland’s downtown and Old Port areas this summer looking for tourists and others in search of a gasoline-free lift.

  • Published
    March 28, 2012

    Will ‘Bully’ find its way to Maine cinemas?

    The controversial documentary opens Friday with no rating — though we may be waiting on distributors to see the film here.

  • Published
    March 19, 2012

    Governor has MPBN execs scrambling

    Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate all state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network has network officials scrambling to convince state legislators the money is crucial to the public broadcaster’s mission, and has longtime MPBN listeners and viewers angry and ready to take action.

  • Published
    March 19, 2012

    MPBN officials scramble to keep funding secure

    Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate all state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network has network officials scrambling to convince state legislators the money is crucial to the public broadcaster’s mission, and has longtime MPBN listeners and viewers angry and ready to take action.

  • Published
    February 20, 2012

    Attracting shows to Cumberland County Civic Center a challenge

    Will a shiny new lobby and bigger loading docks bring the likes of Lady Gaga or Madonna to the Cumberland County Civic Center?

  • Published
    February 4, 2012

    Teen going from Greely to Grammys

    Thanks to having to wear braces on his teeth, Myles Nuzzi of Cumberland will get a chance to sing for the biggest names in the music business this week during events related to the Grammy Awards.

  • Published
    February 4, 2012

    Greely student ready for Grammy Awards

    Thanks to having to wear braces on his teeth, Myles Nuzzi of Cumberland will get a chance to sing for the biggest names in the music business this week during events related to the Grammy Awards.

  • Published
    January 25, 2012

    Oscar nominees include two Mainers

    Mainers will have two strong contenders to root for when Oscar time arrives this year.

  • Published
    January 24, 2012

    Two from Maine given chance to taste Oscar glory

    The list of nominations for this year’s Academy Awards includes Glenn Close and Alexander Libby.

  • Published
    January 15, 2012

    Quilt shop to be in ‘swimsuit issue’

    Kathie Ferland-Medina knew very little about quilting, or the quilt business, when she found herself suddenly running a quilt shop eight years ago.

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