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  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 VOL. 3 NO. 184 PORTLAND, ME PORTLANDS DAILY NEWSPAPER 699-5801

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    A homeless man calling himself Boomer said hes been in Portland for 45 years and now camps in Lincoln Park. Of the nearby OccupyMaine protesters camping in the park, he said, Theyre here, theyre making their point, I guess, theyre pretty good neighbors, they dont give us a hard time, we dont give them a hard time, they stay to their end, we stay to ours. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

    Protesters greet LePage at jobs forum

    In wake of impact, new re boat temporarily out of service, again

    Portland's newest fi re vessel is temporarily out of service for all non-emergency calls after it sus-tained damage during a training exercise, city offi cials said Wednes-day.

    The $3.2 million MV City of Port-land IV, which joined the munici-pal fl eet in 2009, was being used for training Oct. 15 when offi cials say it collided with something under the surface of the water

    near Fort Gorges, causing damage to the boat's propeller and shaft. Fire offi cials were doing exercises in an area where groundings have occurred over the summer, said Nicole Clegg, a city spokeswoman.

    "They were doing training out there because of that increased activity out there," she said.

    The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. off Fort Gorges in the area of underwater ship wreckage, Portland Fire Department's fourth re boat in history awaits launch in early

    July 2009. (Photo courtesy of Michael A. Mason, CET, Project Manager, A.F. The-riault & Son Ltd., Meteghan, Nova Scotia)

    Homeless, OccupyMaine share Lincoln Park

    SOUTH PORTLAND A handful of protesters carrying signs arguing for more green jobs and the preservation of same-day voter registration greeted Gov. Paul LePage yesterday at an event intended to promote job creation.

    The forum held at Southern Maine Com-

    munity College was billed as a job creation round table focused on improving the business climate and assist-ing with job creation.

    LePage was to be joined by senior members of his cabi-net, SMCC President Donald Cantor, and local business

    leaders to discuss impediments to job cre-ation.

    But the event had stoked controversy this week because LePages offi ce declined to invite representatives from the states nonprofi t sector an issue not lost on the protesters.

    In an update to their fellow demonstra-tors, OccupyMaine protesters said they held a great discussion at camp of what it means to be homeless. They wouldnt have to go far to fi nd out fi rst hand. Home-less people share Lincoln Park with the anti-Wall Street group.

    They dont say anything, to be honest, they stay over in their corner, said Steve Soldan, a participant in OccupyMaine.

    Soldan said the nearby homeless encampment coexists with the Occupy-Maine protesters, whose tent city sprawls across most of the park. But Soldan said the homeless are welcome in more than a fi gurative sense.

    Anyone whos homeless is part of this movement, whether or not they realize it, he said.

    A man calling himself Boomer said

    BY CASEY CONLEYTHE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

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  • Page 2 THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN, Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Greece moves forward on new austerity bill

    ATHENS Despite one of the largest demonstrations in Athens in months, the Greek Parliament took the fi rst step Wednesday night toward push-ing a new raft of austerity measures into law and secur-ing crucial rescue funding by approving a bill in principle.

    The controversial bill which includes additional wage and pension cuts, public sector layoffs and changes to collective bargaining rules passed with all 154 governing party legisla-tors in Greeces 300-seat Parlia-ment voting in favor. There were 141 votes against the bill with fi ve legislators absent from the roll call. The bill cannot become law until a second vote on the separate articles of the legisla-tion on Thursday. The mea-sures are expected to pass.

    Earlier, skirmishes between demonstrators and the police had broken out outside the Par-liament as tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets at the

    start of a two-day general strike called by the countrys two main labor unions. A crowd of dozens of youths took advantage of the moment to smash several store-fronts and begin looting.

    The police put crowd esti-mates at around 80,000 people; some news Web sites said more than 100,000. The police would not release offi cial fi gures yet.

    A spokesman for the Athens police said that 38 offi cers and three demonstrators were hurt in Wednesdays clashes. Greek media said at least six demon-strators were injured. Police said fi ve people were arrested and another 28 detained briefl y for questioning.

    The debt-ridden government must pass the austerity mea-sures to secure the next install-ment of aid from the European Union. Only that will avert a default next month that could shake the euro zone and rever-berate through the global econ-omy.

    European Union leaders are preparing to meet Sunday to decide on the release of the installment, $11 billion, part

    of a $150 billion bailout engi-neered last year. They will also be looking at a much broader European rescue designed to protect the bloc should Greece default.

    On Wednesday, shops, bak-eries and gas stations closed. Most international travel was suspended, with many fl ights canceled, the national rail ser-vice halted and ferries moored in port. Public transporta-tion was running on a limited service to enable workers to attend protest rallies. Tax offi ces, courts and schools shut down, hospitals were operat-ing with only emergency staff and customs offi cials walked off the job.

    Civil servants, who have been the most vociferous in their protests, continued sit-ins at ministries and state agencies, obliging government offi cials to meet in other venues including the Parliament building, which was the scene of violent clashes between protesters and the police in June when the last set of austerity measures was voted into law.

    The skirmishes came as small groups of demonstrators wear-ing hoods and armed with clubs and fl ags began throwing rocks at the police outside Parliament. The police fi red back tear gas. Some demonstrators set fi re to a guard booth. Blocks away, dem-onstrators set fi re to garbage dumpsters, which are piled high with trash due to a recent strike by garbage collectors.

    Many in the crowds said they did not normally protest, but that the situation had evolved dramatically in recent months.

    Weve reached a certain limit, said Vasia Retsou, 30, a public school kindergarten teacher, who said she had come to protest for the fi rst time, as she marched in a group of stu-dents.

    Anastasia Dotsi, 70, a retired bank worker, said anger had driven her out to protest. We have been crushed as a people, she said. She said her son and daughter, who both work in the private sector, had not been paid in months and were struggling to pay their mortgages and sup-port their families.

    BY RACHEL DONADIO AND NIKI KITSANTONIS

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Seeking edge, Perry pushes at taxLAS VEGAS Gov. Rick

    Perry of Texas said Wednes-day that he would propose a fl at tax next week as part of a tax overhaul program, signaling a new effort to separate himself from Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican fi eld.

    Mr. Perry signaled his intent in a speech to Republicans on Wednes-day morning after Tuesday nights brawl of a Republi-can debate. He has in the past suggested support for some form of a fl at tax, but has backed off from endors-ing one. Mr. Perry recently recruited as an adviser Steve Forbes, who ran for president in 1996 on a

    pledge of implementing a single fl at tax on income, without any deductions.

    Mr. Perry did not offer details of how his plan would work. He said he wanted to scrap the three million words of the cur-rent tax code and start with something simple: a fl at tax.

    Mr. Perry said his plan would also advocate a seri-ous round of spending cuts and endorse a balanced budget amendment.

    His remarks come after one of his opponents for the nomination, Herman Cain, has gained traction with his 9-9-9 plan, which seeks to tax personal and corpo-

    rate income at 9 percent, while imposing a 9 percent national sales tax.

    In his remarks, Mr. Perry picked up where he left off Tuesday night in trying to differentiate himself from Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts gover-nor, telling an audience of Republicans that he was not a candidate of the establishment.

    Mr. Perrys appearance also comes as his standing in m