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Good Afternoon, News: Troopers to Police Proud Boys, Oregon's Biggest COVID Day Yet, and Trump's Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

A Proud Boy wrestles a protester during a Portland clash in 2017.
A Proud Boy wrestles a protester during a Portland clash in 2017. Doug Brown

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• In response to the far-right, white nationalist-aligned Proud Boys coming to Portland on Saturday, Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state emergency, assigning Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to have jurisdiction over the rally. The Portland Police Bureau will work under OSP and MSCO—and all three law enforcement agencies will have the power to use CS gas (or tear gas), despite a recent ban from Mayor Ted Wheeler. (Note: All three agencies include officers who have been chummy and more than accommodating with those in far-right organizations—which is a baaaaaad sign for peaceful protesters showing up to demonstrate against hate. Be careful out there.)

• To learn more about the Proud Boys, their past visits, and the questionable deference they've received from the Portland Police, check out this very informative story by our Alex Zielinski.

• In this fascinating investigative piece from OPB, it's noted that Oregon has an unlawful paramilitary activity law that would stop weapons-carrying groups like the Proud Boys from causing civil unrest. This was pointed out to Mayor Wheeler as a possible legal response to violent right-wing groups like the Proud Boys... and was promptly ignored.

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Portland Prepares For An (Unwanted) Visit From the Proud Boys

Members of the Proud Boys shake hands during a August 2019 rally in Portland.
Members of the Proud Boys shake hands during a August 2019 rally in Portland. Karen Ducey / Getty Images

By now, you may have heard: The Proud Boys, a national far-right organization rooted in white nationalism and male chauvinism, is visiting Portland this weekend.

The group has planned a noon rally at Delta Park, where attendees from across the country plan to "take back" Portland from the grips of several villains, including (but not limited to) Black Lives Matter protesters, antifascist activists, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

The dramatic rhetoric surrounding this rally comes straight from Tucker Carlson's soundbites, with organizers accusing Wheeler of allowing "domestic terrorists" to besiege his city. In a press release, the Proud Boys said they were protesting on behalf of Jay Danielson, the man who was shot and killed during a pro-Trump rally in Portland, along with other "victims" of Wheeler's leadership, including Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The press statement goes on to suggest that the two police officers shot in Louisville during a Wednesday protest were "emboldened by Wheeler's inaction in Portland."

While the group says they intend on having a "peaceful" demonstration, it's clear they're preparing for a fight.

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This Week in Portland Food News: Delivery Chicken, Birria Tacos, and More!

Doug Miriellos new cheffed up Nashville-style chicken project Charlies Hot Chicken serves loaded crinkle-cut fries.
Doug Miriello's new "cheffed up" Nashville-style chicken project Charlie's Hot Chicken serves loaded crinkle-cut fries. Charlie's Hot Chicken

Put on your sweatpants, queue up some Netflix, and order some chicken: Dimo's Apizza chef Doug Miriello has launched his new Nashville-style hot chicken delivery-only concept, and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok is teaming up with Reef Kitchens to offer his famed fish sauce wings for delivery as well. In other news, there's a new birria cart and a new outdoor bar highlighting gin cocktails. Read on for all that and more essential updates. For more ideas, check out our list of places to drink fresh hop beer, our takeout and delivery directory, and our outdoor dining directory.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


Birreria PDX
If you just binged the new season of Taco Chronicles on Netflix and are now jonesing for tacos stuffed with birria (spicy stewed meat), the new food cart Birreria PDX, which opened in early September, is here for you. Offerings include consommé (broth), quesabirria (a quesadilla with birria), queso tacos, tortas, mulitas, and even ramen birria.
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Gov. Brown Puts State Troopers, Sheriff's Office in Charge of Policing Proud Boy Rally

Gov. Kate Brown and OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton.
Gov. Kate Brown and OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. State of Oregon screenshot

Gov. Kate Brown is giving the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MSCO) jurisdiction over Portland this weekend in preparation of a planned far-right rally on Saturday. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) will work under OSP and MSCO—and all three law enforcement agencies will have the power to use CS gas (or tear gas), despite a recent ban from Mayor Ted Wheeler.

“I am incredibly concerned about the increased risk of violence this weekend," Brown said at a press conference Friday morning. “I need to do everything I can as governor to assure the safety of Oregonians.”

The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist organization with white supremacist ties that has staged violent rallies in Portland before, plans to hold a demonstration in Delta Park on Saturday. Left-wing and antifascist organizers are planning several counter-demonstrations, including one across the street from Delta Park. OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese will have jurisdiction over Portland for a 48-hour period on Saturday and Sunday, serving as joint incident commanders.

"You will see a massive influx of Oregon State Police troopers beginning tomorrow morning," Hampton said. "They will be saturating North Portland, Interstate 5, between the venues of Delta Park and Peninsula Park, with our colleagues, the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.”

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The Best Movies to Stream in Portland This Weekend: September 24-27, 2020

Do what Brad and Janet didnt do and stay in your car for double-feature screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Friday and Sunday at the 99 Drive-In.
Do what Brad and Janet didn't do and stay in your car for double-feature screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Friday and Sunday at the 99 Drive-In.

Fall has officially fallen, but there are still a couple of drive-in theaters catering to car-havers! We've rounded up options at Cinema Under the Stars and the Northwest Film Center's Cinema Unbound. If you'd prefer to hygge it up at home, we've also compiled movies streaming online through local theaters (like the noir thriller Native Son and the kung-fu film Shaolin vs. Lama) and through national platforms (like the Sherlock Holmes spinoff Enola Holmes on Netflix). Also, be sure to check out our guide to online film festivals this season.  

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Say Anything
Join the Rose City Rollers in swooning over John Cusack's sweet courtship of his valedictorian high-school sweetheart in Cameron Crowe's directorial debut Say Anything. The Coop food truck will be on-site selling tasty BBQ. 
Cinema Under the Stars at Oaks Park
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Good Morning, News: RBG Lies in State, Resisting the Proud Boys, and The Most 2020 Debate Ever

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court. Getty images / pool

Good morning, Portland! It's time for another rainy Friday.

Here are the headlines.

• Even after being publicly contradicted by Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders, Donald Trump is doubling down on his refusal to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election. I know Trump lies as often as he breathes, but this feels like a situation where we should believe what he's saying and prepare accordingly?

• Meanwhile, another transition in Washington, D.C.:

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Good Afternoon, News: Eviction Moratorium Extended, Double-Checking Fed Approved Vaccines, and How Cops Get Away with Murder

Louisville cops point weapons at protesters during last nights Breonna Taylor demonstration.
Louisville cops point weapons at protesters during last night's Breonna Taylor demonstration. Jon Cherry / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• Thirteen Portland protesters were arrested last night during a demonstration in response to the Kentucky grand jury that exonerated the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Federal officers joined Portland Police in using munitions and physical violence to disperse the demonstration.

• Teri Jacobs, an independent photojournalist, is suing the city of Portland and a group of Portland Police officers for injuries sustained while covering a protest last month, including being hit in the face by a police baton. Blair Stenvick has more on this infuriating story.

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Activists Counter a Planned Proud Boy Rally with "Black Joy Weekend"

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A planned Proud Boy rally this weekend has inspired local activists to counter the far-right group's appearance in Portland with a donation-based outreach plan called "Black Joy Weekend" (Sept. 25-27)—an event intended to lessen the emotional fallout caused by the rally while "fostering relief, healing, and joy for Black Portlanders."

The Proud Boys are a white nationalist organization that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their violent Portland rallies—also attended by other far-right groups such as Patriot Prayer—have garnered national attention, and the group uses video from these clashes to further promote their cause.

Formed by Brown Hope and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, "Black Joy Weekend" intends to counteract the anticipated trauma that's associated with violent clashes between Proud Boys, protesters, and police, by financially supporting Black Portlanders and encouraging them to avoid what could be a dangerous, violent situation. Instead they are asked to use the money to "live their best lives." Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 and distribute the money via a Google form to 200 self-identified Black Portlanders, giving each applicant $150 to "fund a family activity and a shared meal for four people." Those who choose to also take a family vacation to the beach this weekend could receive an extra $150.

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What the World Needs Now Is a New Nancy Meyers Film

Pictured: The Father of the Bride cast, and one beautiful kitchen.
Pictured: The Father of the Bride cast, and one beautiful kitchen. screenshot

Even if you’ve never heard director Nancy Meyers’ name, you are probably familiar with her oeuvre.

She’s the genius auteur behind such white-women-with-mild-personal-dilemmas flicks like Baby Boom, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated (it really wasn’t that complicated!), and The Intern. Meyers is responsible for pioneering what I call kitchencore, in which her protagonists may have fucked up personal lives, but their kitchens are always enormous and decked out, perfect for whipping up some honey-lavender ice cream for an ex-husband played by Alec Baldwin at a moment’s notice. She’s also given us some of Diane Keaton's most delightful roles. (Take that, Woody Allen!)

Meyers’ work is like if the acclaimed late Norah Ephron shot all her movies through a sunny Instagram filter. And from The Parent Trap to the Father of the Bride series to The Holiday, they’ve always served as cinematic comfort food for me. I think the last Meyers movie I re-watched was Something’s Gotta Give, an early-2000s Hamptons-set love triangle between Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves as a young, handsome doctor. I streamed it on New Year’s Eve when I was home sick with a brutal sinus infection (in retrospect, definitely an omen for 2020). The white/beige color palette and smooth pacing of Keaton and Nicholson gradually realizing they’re meant for each other went down easier than cough medicine.

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Fresh Hop Beers to Try in Portland Before They're Gone: Fall 2020 Edition

Double Mountain Brewerys new Killer fresh hop series is made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops per barrel.
Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" fresh hop series is made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops per barrel. Double Mountain Brewery

It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. And Pacific Northwest craft beer drinkers are particularly blessed: Because of the bounty and proximity of the hops in Yakima Valley and Willamette Valley, it's hard to beat the range of fresh hop beers available in our region. These beers are only here for an extremely limited time, so we've rounded up a list of beers to try, including Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" series and Little Beast's Green Keeper, so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season. For more food and drink inspiration, check out our full food and drink calendar, our full in-person dining directory, and our takeout & delivery directory.

Note: Availability may vary due to the ephemeral nature of fresh hops; we'd recommend calling ahead or checking online before visiting.

Binary Brewing
The digitally minded brewery launched Farm 'n Kettle, a fresh hop pale, available on tap at Uptown Beer Co. and various tap houses.
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Good Morning, News: Breonna Taylor Verdict Ignites Protests, Beaten Photojournalist Sues Cops, and Trump Refuses a Peaceful Election Transition

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Louisville police arrest 100 protesters following grand jurys refusal to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.
Louisville police arrest 100 protesters following grand jury's refusal to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Jon Cherry / Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! My eyes roll in my head, I toss and turn in my bed, in the morning when I think about you (yes I do). LET'S GO TO PRESS.

• In response to a Kentucky grand jury who refused to charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, protests erupted across the country last night, including Portland. Protesters gathered at the downtown Justice Center where speeches were made, and later a smaller crowd began throwing rocks at the Central Precinct. Police report that three Molotov cocktails were thrown at which point they declared the gathering a "riot" and with the help of federal officers fired munitions and air-borne irritants, while using physical force to push the demonstrators out of the area. Several people were arrested.

• The Portland Parks Bureau has denied a permit for violent, right-wing, white nationalist group Proud Boys to hold a rally this Saturday at Delta Park. The city says their estimated number of participants exceeds safety mandates during the COVID crisis.

• Reminder: The far-right agitators who planned to commit violence before the Trump caravan debacle in Portland, are doing it again in advance of this weekend's Proud Boy rally. Read this story and then watch the cops, who also have this information, to see who they end up defending.

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Photojournalist Sues City and Police Officers For Injuries at Portland Protest

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MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND

Teri Jacobs, an independent photojournalist, is suing the city of Portland and a group of Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers for injuries she sustained while covering a protest last month.

On August 18, Jacobs was covering a nightly protest against police brutality and racial injustice near the Multnomah Building on SE Hawthorne Boulevard. While documenting the police action against protesters, Jacobs was pulled by one PPB officer, shoved to the ground, and hit in the head, neck, shoulders, and face with a truncheon, or police baton.

The encounter was captured by another protest attendee and posted to Twitter that night:

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Good Afternoon, News: Proud Boys Denied Park Permit, Good Wildfire News, and No Justice for Breonna Taylor

A grand jury refuses to hold officers accountable for the murder of Breonna Taylor.
A grand jury refuses to hold officers accountable for the murder of Breonna Taylor. Brandon Bell / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• The Portland Parks Bureau has denied a permit for violent, right-wing, white nationalist group Proud Boys to hold a rally this Saturday at Delta Park. The city says their estimated number of participants exceeds safety mandates during the COVID crisis.

• Investigative journalism site Bellingcat has a fascinating/horrifying story about leaked chats from the far right-wing Patriot Coalition of Oregon (often seen at demonstrations alongside Proud Boys) who suggest mass shootings and violent attacks on Portland protesters as well as disguising themselves as Antifa so they can beat journalists and then blame it on members of the left.

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Fire Update: More Rain This Week Will Help, But Some Fires Will Last to October

Fire wreckage in Mill City, Oregon last week.
Fire wreckage in Mill City, Oregon last week. mathieu Lewis Rolland

State firefighters are continuing to make progress on wildfires that ravaged the state of Oregon this month—and the forecast of rain in the next few days should help quell the fires more.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Kate Brown told reporters that three of the 10 major fires spread throughout the state have now calmed enough that the local fire districts are taking control from state authorities in fighting them. The other seven fires are contained between 13 and 38 percent, and Brown said she has “a lot of confidence that we’ve turned the corner.”

As of Wednesday, there are nine confirmed deaths associated with the wildfires, and five people who are missing or unaccounted for. Brown said that “the loss of life has been much less than was expected” for the fires, and credited Oregon’s fire teams with doing “exactly what needed to be done,” despite being “understaffed and under-resourced.”

Doug Grafe, chief of fire prevention with the Oregon Department of Forestry, said that heavy rain over the next three days should further improve conditions, especially in the western part of the state.

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New Savage Love: Missed Connections

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Joe Newton

Married guy here. I’m 33, the wife is 31. Our fifth anniversary is next month but we’ve been together for almost eight years. We’ve recently both come out to each other as bi. She tried to tell me a long time ago whereas I came to the realization only recently. We’re both interested in new sexual encounters and this weekend we met up with a with a male escort. It was my first sexual experience with a man and the first sexual encounter between my wife and another man in eight years… and we found it lacking. It was too short, and too impersonal. Is this how it usually goes with escorts? Should we have been more upfront with our interests ahead of time? We don’t want to keep spending the money if we’re not getting the experience we want. We need to stay fairly discreet for most of these encounters due to our careers. Appreciate any input.


Basking In Confusion Over Underwhelming, Pitifully Lackluster Experience


P.S. A shoutout to my amazing wife for going from learning I’m bi to fucking another dude with me three months later!

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