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Last of once-thriving Phoenix papers shut down in Portland

April 2, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An alternative weekly paper known for arts coverage and political reporting in Maine’s largest city has shut down.

The Bangor Daily News reports the weekly Portland Phoenix shut down after its last February edition. The paper had recently lost key advertisers.

Phoenix publisher Mark Guerringue says he made the decision to close the weekly and lay off its two full-time employees. He hopes the closure’s temporary.

The Phoenix scaled back from weekly to biweekly in January. The paper was once one of four Phoenix weeklies that covered news and arts in New England cities. The others were in Boston, Providence and Worcester.

All four are now closed. Guerringue allowed the Portland Phoenix to outlive the others when he bought it five years ago. He says online competition hurt the paper.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com