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Good Morning, Portland:
"ONE OF THESE PUGS IS GOING TO PRISON," is how I would explain the plot to Pugs in Prison 4. Darrens Pro Fotos / Gettys Images
Are you amped for the three day weekend? Are you already in the car? If you're still with us, the weekend is looking like a lovely, cool high 70s situation. Barbara, break out the barbie. Now, here's the news!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• I would never dissuade you from starting you Friday morning with a terror-inducing map of wildfire likelihood by area—this is exactly the sort of stuff I thrive upon. OPB reports that the Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer has classified the risk category of every single tax lot in the state. While the map is receiving praise for helping give firefighters ideas on where to focus fire prevention efforts, it's also looking like the map may prove costly for some property owners.
• In related news: Don't forget that Portland has banned all fireworks—other than the Waterfront Blues Festival fireworks show that happens over a river. If you choose to watch those puppies at Oaks Park, remember that post-fireworks nightmare parking lot situation and alternative transit with care.
• Also, although fireworks are not legal in the city, don't call 911 about it—I doubt I have to tell Mercury readers this, but we try to spread the word.
• Speaking of justice and liberty, it's been 16 months since Portland first fell out of compliance with the settlement agreement it made with the US Department of Justice regarding police use-of-force against people with a mental illness. Yet, the city is still a long way from again meeting the requirements. News Editor Alex Zielinski has the update.
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