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City's Response to Homelessness Questioned After Unhoused Man Killed By Drunk Driver

Photo shows tire marks where a car left I-205 Sunday morning and plowed into Terrence Tombe's tent.
Photo shows tire marks where a car left I-205 Sunday morning and plowed into Terrence Tombe's tent. Alex Zielinski

No one heard the crash that killed Terrence Tombe early Sunday morning. According to those camped on the same strip of land where Tombe's rain-soaked tent stood, the nearby roar of I-205 traffic seemed to block out the sounds of a Honda sedan veering off the freeway's northbound exit ramp to SE Powell, tearing into the tent where Terrence and his cat slept, and crashing into a nearby tree shortly after 3 am.

"I didn't realize what had happened until the morning," said a neighboring camper who identified himself by the name "Country." "And he was gone."

Terrence, 27, died at the scene. His cat, Marshmallow, is still missing. The driver of the car, 20-year-old April Johnson, was arrested Monday on charges of negligent homicide, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving. Terrence is the 63rd person in Portland to be killed by someone driving a car in 2021, making Portland's annual traffic fatality toll the highest in thirty years.

Country, who called Terrence "Shorty T", described him as a quiet man who kept to himself and requested space from other campers. He recalls Terrence setting up his tent near his own after being displaced during a recent city-sanctioned camp sweep from a nearby piece of land.

It's a familiar process for those living in and around the area where SE Powell intersects with I-205 and the I-205 bike path. Some unhoused campers wonder if the city's routine sweeps in the area force vulnerable campers to relocate to more dangerous places, like the patch of land where Terrence died.

"They move us around, over and over," said a man named Iggi, who lives in a tent just north of SE Powell. "It's stressful for us. And we end up living in unsafe areas."

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Good Afternoon, News: Cascadia's Failing on Climate Change, Quakes off the Coast, and More Bad Supreme Court News

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Good afternoon, Portland! Here's the latest on local news, national news, and a little bit of fun.

In local news:

• A new audit shows that the City of Portland isn't prepared to help people with disabilities in the event of an emergency—like a massive earthquake, for example. Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero told OPB that the policies currently in place are "too vague, they’re too superficial for actual use, and in many cases they may be outdated."

• Speaking of natural disasters: Almost 60 earthquakes hit the ocean off the Oregon coast yesterday and today. But don't worry; there isn't a tsunami expected, and this isn't a harbinger of "the big one."

• Here's a good read—"good" meaning "extensive and sobering":

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Oh, Unholy Night: One Portland Sex Worker’s Tale of a Pandemic Christmas Client

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Ebin Lee

“Can I see you tomorrow at noon?” Racist Dad asked.

Christmas is far from my favorite holiday. I’m a Jew whose birthday falls the day before Jesus’, and I’ve always felt he encroaches on my special day. There’s very little that could make me like Christmas less, but seeing Racist Dad would definitely check that box.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get my unemployment checks for late November and early December, and on top of that, it was slow.

The holidays are a hit or miss season for most sex workers. Sometimes you get the bag and sometimes you don’t: It all depends on the vagaries of male desire and the state of their bank accounts.

Clients are funny. Men overall take less care of their health than women, and the fact of a pandemic didn’t make a dent in their conceptions of their boners as utter emergencies that deserve several hundred dollars in illegal attention.

To judge from my inbox, you would never know a respiratory pandemic was on: I never stopped getting emails from clients. It didn’t matter their occupation either—my last client before I took the pandemic off was June 2020, a nurse who worked at the hospital by my house and walked over before his shift. I’d told him there was a $200 upcharge to see me without a mask, which he didn’t want to pay. He showed up at my door, no mask in sight. I gave him my blankest stare and shut the door in his face. Bye, Brad.

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Q&A: Portland Author Stacy Brewster on Masculinity and Aging Queer Joy

Stacy Brewster’s debut collection, What We Pick Up, is out now.
Stacy Brewster’s debut collection, What We Pick Up, is out now. Buckman Publishing

Stacy Brewster’s debut collection, What We Pick Up, spans space and time. The stories take place everywhere from rural Oregon to Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, and occur between the 1930s and present day. The collection centers queer characters dealing with their version of family (both of origin and chosen), masculinity, and love. It is available now.

The Mercury recently spoke with Brewster, who lives in Portland, about how the book came together, writing queer aging and queer joy, and how brotherhood is depicted in fiction.

Mercury: How did this book come together? Tell me your book’s story.

BREWSTER: My book’s story is feeling completely bereft of creativity in the first six months of the pandemic, but feeling like I had a body of work going back eleven years. I printed out a manuscript of this [collection] maybe three years ago, and it sat on the shelf as I was working on screenwriting. I was like, “Yeah, it's not quite baked yet. It's going to sit there.”

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Savage Love: ShareAbortionPill.Info

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Joe Newton

I’m a fan from Italy, so please excuse my English. I’ve been in a hetero relationship with my boyfriend for seven years, we’re both around 30, and we love each other and blah blah blah. Sex is very good but quite standard since we have no particular kinks or fetishes. I always reach orgasm before penetration, but only with fingering. It turns me on when he goes down on me, but it doesn’t “do the trick.” After I come, I feel something is missing if we don’t have penetrative sex that ends with him coming inside me. But because that part isn’t a lot of fun for me—being penetrated doesn’t make me come, and I’m being penetrated after I come—I usually urge him to come quickly, which is a bit frustrating for him. Is it weird that I need this kind of “closure” to sex? Is it weird that I want him coming inside me under these conditions? Where does this need come from? I’m sure you’ll have a great answer!

Weird Orgasmic Needs Defy Easy Rationales

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Good Morning, News: Proud Boy Admits Assault, Neighbor Files Tear Gas Lawsuit, and Somebody Set the Fox News Xmas Tree on Fire

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Christmas heats up at Fox News headquarters. Courtesy 6 News Australia

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it. Always pushing up the hill, searching for the thrill of it. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Portland Police has revealed that 17-year veteran officer John Hughes (who has a bit of a controversial past) was the person who shot and killed the man suspected of carjacking several vehicles on I-5 Monday.

• Right-wing Proud Boy Alan Swinney has admitted he assaulted a woman during an August 2020 downtown protest, but will not have to pay damages as part of a civil suit against him.

• Related: A Portland woman has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the cops' use of tear gas in her neighborhood during protests seeped into her home causing a variety of side effects, such as cramping, irregular periods, and spotting.

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Good Afternoon, News: Roosevelt High School Placed on Lockdown, State Sent Bad Checks to Renters, and Cyclone Hits Hawaii

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Have some free tickets, as a treat! Now onto the headlines.

In local news:

• Portland Public Schools placed Roosevelt High School on lockdown Tuesday after receiving a report of an armed student near the school campus. According to PPS, a student was robbed by another student with a weapon earlier in the day, prompting the lockdown. Astor Elementary and George Middle School were also placed on a lockout after the incident. Roosevelt students were released early afternoon from school.

• Portland police officer John Hughes was identified as the officer responsible for fatally shooting an accused carjacker on Monday. Hughes has been an officer for 17 years. In 2008, Hughes was named in a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau for allegedly tasing an individual while they were on their knees with their hands behind their head.

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Conservationist Terri Preeg Riggsby Announces Run for Vacant Metro Council Seat

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Terri Preeg Riggsby, a regional conservation leader, announced her run for the recently-vacated Metro Council District 6 seat Monday.

Preeg Riggsby is aiming to fill former Metro Councilor Bob Stacey’s seat, who resigned from his position mid-term amid growing health issues. Stacey’s resignation went into effect October 15 and the Metro councilors have until January 13, 2022 to vote to appoint a replacement councilor.

Preeg Riggsby has been a conservation leader for over two decades, currently serving as a West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation district chair and the executive director of Tyron Creek Watershed Council. Preeg Riggsby also previously served as a performance auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State.

In a press release announcing her campaign, Preeg Riggsby attributed her run to wanting to “improve accountability in the Portland area through regional solutions to the urgent homelessness and trash accumulation problems plaguing our communities.”

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Boozy Experiences in Portland This Holiday Season

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With everyone trying to make up for lost time in the pandemic, plus concerns about supply chain shortages, sharing experiences with loved ones instead of gifts have grown in popularity this holiday season.

If you want a fun (and COVID-19 safe) way to explore Portland’s alcohol scene and support local businesses, here’s your guide to the wide range of events and tastings being held throughout the month of December.

Spirit Tasting at the Lloyd Center

Women-led and Eugene-based distiller Thinking Tree Spirits will be heading to the Lloyd Center on Thursday, Dec 9 from 4 to 7 pm to offer free tastings of their farm-to-flask spirits. Thinking Tree Spirits distills two different gins, as well as rum, vodka, cocktails to go, and seasonal offerings.

Lloyd Center, 2201 Lloyd Center

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UPDATED: Portland Police Fatally Shoot Person Accused of Carjacking on I-5

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MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND

Update 12/7, 10:20 am:

Portland officer John Hughes has been identified as the officer responsible for fatally shooting an alleged carjacker yesterday. Hughes, who has worked for the bureau for 17 years, has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Hughes has made headlines for his conduct at the bureau in the past. In 2008, Hughes was sued by an individual who accused Hughes of tasing him while he was on his knees with his hands behind his head. The city settled that lawsuit in 2010.


Update 12/6, 3:30 pm:

Portland police shot and killed a man accused of carjacking Monday morning.

According to Portland Police Bureau (PPB) spokesperson Nathan Sheppard, PPB officers responded to a home invasion robbery call Monday morning. During that robbery, police say an armed person stole a vehicle and then proceeded to commit "several more" carjackings before driving onto Interstate 5 against traffic.

According to Sheppard, the armed individual then attempted another carjacking on the freeway, during which an occupant of the vehicle was shot. That victim was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

PPB officers then shot and killed the armed suspect. This is the fourth fatal shooting by PPB officers this year.

In a tweet following the shooting, PPB Chief Chuck Lovell said while "it is disturbing that one person was injured, I am grateful it was not worse and that no others—including our officers—were injured."

Both lanes of I-5 remain closed to traffic. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is directing northbound drivers off the interstate at North Greeley Avenue and southbound traffic must exit at North Victory Boulevard.

Original story:

Portland police shot a person accused of committing a series of armed carjackings Monday morning on Interstate-5, shutting down a significant section of the freeway in North Portland.

According to a press release, officers with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) responded to reports of multiple armed carjackings shortly before 10 am Monday morning in the area where I-5 intersects with Rosa Parks Way. This armed individual allegedly shot a member of the public while attempting to steal a car, sending the victim to the hospital with a non-fatal wound.

In the press release, PPB vaguely notes that, "At some point, deadly force was deployed by police." It is not immediately clear if the alleged carjacker was injured or killed by this force, as police use the term "deadly force" whenever they fire a gun—regardless of the outcome.

PPB did not respond to the Mercury's request for clarification, yet the Oregonian is reporting that the individual has died.

We'll update this post as more information becomes available.


FREE TICKETS TUESDAY: Enter to Win Tix to See Black Pumas and Jazmine Sullivan!

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It's time to get out in the world again and see some shows! And the Mercury is here to help with FREE TICKET TUESDAY—our way of saying thanks to our great readers and spread the word about some fantastic upcoming performances! (Psst... if you want to say thanks to the Mercury, please consider making a small monthly contribution to keep us alive and kickin'!) And oh boy, do we have some great shows going this week! CHECK 'EM OUT!

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Enter here to win FREE TICKETS to see BLACK PUMAS at the Roseland Theater on Dec 9!

Coming to the Roseland for two big shows this week, Austin's critically acclaimed Black Pumas will wow their audience with their electrifying guitar-driven stage presence, vintage soul-inspired sound, and Eric Burton’s tireless, soul-drenched vocals. The band was recently honored with three Grammy nominations for their self-titled debut—including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and for their hit single “Colors,” Record of the Year, and Best American Roots Performance. Get your tickets here!

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th, Thurs Dec 9, 8 pm, all ages, masks required as well as proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test


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Enter here to win FREE TICKETS to see JAZMINE SULLIVAN at the Roseland Theater on Feb 15!

Prolific R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan is coming to Portland’s Roseland Theater on February 15 in support of her incredible 2021 EP Heaux Tales. Tracks like “Pick Up Your Feelings,” “Girl Like Me,” “Lost One,” and “The Otherside,” not only provide a masterclass in vocals (WOW, can she sing!), but also displays honest testimony, accurately depicting what it feels like to date, love, and break up as a modern woman. Get your tickets here!

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th, Tues Feb 15, 8 pm, all ages, current policy: masks required as well as proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test


GOOD LUCK, and all winners will be notified by this Thursday. And check back in next week for another Mercury FREE TICKET TUESDAY!


Good Morning, News: How Overturning Roe Impacts Oregonians, the Fight Over Transportation Funds, and Facebook Sued for Rohingya Genocide

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Signs from a 2019 abortion rights rally in Portland. BLAIR STENVICK

Good morning, Portland! Here's a vaccination update that is either good or bad, depending on whether you're a glass 60 percent full or 40 percent empty type of person:

And here are the headlines.

• Portland police shot and killed a man accused of carjacking Monday morning, resulting in the closing of I-5 for much of the day. This is the fourth fatal shooting by PPB officers this year. We'll likely be getting more details about this case in the coming days and weeks.

• Sunrise Movement PDX, a youth environmental group, is urging Governor Kate Brown to direct Oregon’s recent influx of federal infrastructure money towards public transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation projects in an effort to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. Right now, most of those funds are set to go toward widening freeways.

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The Top 35 Events in Portland This Week: Dec 6-12, 2021

Ginger Minj and Gidget Galores non-denominational holiday musical spectacular is here! Winter Wonderland comes to the Aladdin Theatre for one night only on Thursday.
Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore's non-denominational holiday musical spectacular is here! Winter Wonderland comes to the Aladdin Theatre for one night only on Thursday.

It's a big week for big names here in Portland. From a night of stand-up with Jim Gaffigan to Laura Marling, and from the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art and Craft Market to Unicornimas, we've compiled our picks through Sunday below to help you sort out your schedule. 

TUESDAY
MUSIC
Handel's Messiah
The Oregon Symphony, the PSU Chamber Choir, and four soloists will revive Handel's holiday masterpiece Messiah
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Friday-Sunday)

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Youth Climate Activists Demand Federal Transportation Dollars Fund Public Transit and Pedestrian Projects, Not Freeways

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Sunrise Movement PDX rallying outside ODOT headquarters. Isabella Garcia

Sunrise Movement PDX, a youth environmental group, is urging Governor Kate Brown to direct Oregon’s recent influx of federal infrastructure money towards public transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation projects in an effort to reduce the state’s carbon emissions.

“This funding is an opportunity to make serious progress towards decarbonizing our transportation system and building climate resilient infrastructure,” Sunrise PDX stated in a letter sent to Brown Thursday evening. “Are you a climate leader? We will be watching.”

The request to invest federal money from President Biden’s historic infrastructure package in public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects is only the latest addition to Sunrise PDX’s Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)demands. The youth group has been hosting rallies outside of ODOT’s headquarters in downtown Portland every other Wednesday since April. In the beginning, it was a handful of Sunrise members clustered outside the transportation agency’s building. By week ten, the group had swelled to thirty people and featured state Representative Khanh Pham—a freshman legislator who has pushed hard for environmental and transportation safety causes—as a speaker. On October 27, or week 14, the group hosted a Halloween-themed strike, complete with costumes and an ODOT-themed Monster Mash parody.

The youth activists have their sights set on ODOT because transportation accounts for 40 percent of Oregon’s carbon emissions. If the state wants to meet its goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, decarbonizing the transportation sector will be crucial.

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Good Afternoon, News: Police Shoot & Kill Suspected Carjacker, Timbers Clinch Spot in MLS Cup, and Nunes Resigns to Suck Up to Trump

American traitor Rep. Devin Nunes will resign to become chief boot licker at Trumps media company.
American traitor Rep. Devin Nunes will resign to become chief boot licker at Trump's "media" company. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• A significant portion of I-5 was shut down today when a person suspected of a series of carjackings was shot and killed by police. Our Alex Zielinski has the latest details.

• According to police, on Sunday a 27-year-old man was struck and killed while inside his tent near an I-205 interstate offramp by an allegedly intoxicated driver. The driver has been arrested and is being charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving.

• Congrats to our Portland Timbers, who clinched a spot in the upcoming MLS Cup Final (to be played here in Portland on Dec 11) by defeating Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday!

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