After you've read the news today you might be interested in the Oregonian's non-chickenshit endorsement in the Senate District 22 race. We don't agree with it, and reject the characterization of Jo Ann Bowman as an "uncompromizing, polarizing force." But at least the O weighed in. I'll be Tweeting from today's selection hearing at Multnomah County on the hashtag #hallmonitor, and will have a blog update here at 11, wifi-permitting, if you're interested in following the decisions of the county commissioners. Meanwhile, enjoy the Mercury's news section...

Sarah Mirk has a great feature on Portland's dead freeways in this week's issue—the roads that were planned but never built.


Dead Freeway Society: Photo by Jason Kinney

And of course there's heaps of the hyper-local coverage you've come to expect:

SUSPENSION OF BELIEF Mayor Sam Adams rescinds his support for a 12 lane Columbia bridge.

PAINTING THE TOWN RED Protester Chani Geller is charged with a felony for splattering red paint over city hall in protest about the death in police custody of James Chasse, jr.

DEFIANCE Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman defies Nick Fish, Amanda Fritz, and Randy Leonard—a majority of his council colleagues—and keeps a secret police list under wraps.

INN'S OUT Mayor Adams backs down on the convention center hotel. It's dead, for the time being.

SPARE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER The mayor seeks feedback on his new "sidewalk management" plan. Feedback is largely positive, although there's skepticism it's just another plan to target homeless people, in disguise.

DAVIDS VS GOLIATH Is the 2010 Governor's race already over?

Read the goddamn news.