GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)


Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell Will Step Down, as Mayor Announces Interim Chief

Portland's current police chief, Chuck Lovell, will step down from the role next month. Retired Deputy Chief Bob Day will serve as interim chief until mid-2025. Day was head of training when PPB used a derogatory, right-wing meme in training materials.

Courtney Vaughn

POP QUIZ PDX!

Strap on those brains—it's time for another POP QUIZ PDX! This week's sassy trivia Qs include: fire department joy rides, buttholes who harass the Chapman swifts, and behold... Portland's WORST billionaires! 🎩💰🤮

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New Oregon Law Requires Transparency From OHSU About Its Primate Research Center

After years of mishaps and notable animal deaths, new legislation aims to give the public more insight into a federally funded primate testing site at OHSU.

Peta

Making Matta Moves

You had me at "more shrimp paste." Iconic food cart Matta planned a business pivot and landed at Lil’ Dame, where the restaurant collective’s supportive model has given Chef Richard Văn Lê freedom to lean even harder into Vietnamese flavors.

CALL THE HOMIES NETWORK

THE TRASH REPORT

Let's go, trash pandas! 🦝 It's time for the latest hot gossip. This week: Old-on-old crime, Lauren Boebert's Beetlejuice handy, and OH! How dudes love pitting successful women against each other.

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Portland Youths Call for Local, State Climate Action at Annual Climate Strike

Hundreds gathered in downtown Portland to march during a youth-led climate strike. The strike saw teens skip school to demand Gov. Tina Kotek declare a climate emergency. Protesters also lambasted Zenith Energy's operations in Portland.

Suzette Smith

HEAR IN PORTLAND

No more leaving town for a bit—we're staying HEAR IN PORTLAND to catch up on Dani Danger’s debut music video, and a powerful song about trans erasure from Bijoux Cone. Plus, there’s still time to check out the final shows at Doug Fir Lounge.

ALLISON BARR

Where to Pick Up Our Fall Arts Guide

It's another love note from Mercury editor Wm. Steven Humphrey about our bangin' new Fall Arts Guide, and how you can help us put out even more bangin' print issues in the future! 😍

Suzette Smith

What Does Basketball Fashion Have to Do With Basketball?

Fly, a new book by Portland-born author Mitchell S. Jackson, examines the profession of basketball and its intersection with fashion. And it has some of the coolest photos we’ve ever seen.

CHRISTA HARRIS

Why Were So Many Libraries Closed This Summer?

You aren't imagining it. Seven out of 19 Multnomah County libraries are currently closed. Here's what's happening, and why it's all happening at once.

LEVER ARCHITECTURE

SAVAGE LOVE

In this week's column: A reader's wife might be cucking him... but not the way he claims. Also, the girl he dated in high school grew up to be a pro-Domme. Should he book a session?

Joe Newton

WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!