Good morning, Portland! This morning, we'll be headed to federal court to see if the feds are following court orders and allowing lawyers into Sheridan Prison. Follow me for updates. Here's some other news to get your day started:
Guns on Campus: The family of Jason Washington, the man fatally shot by Portland State University campus officers Friday while trying to break up a fight, joined PSU students yesterday to protest his death and call for the university to disarm its police officers. It's the first shooting since PSU decided to arm its campus police force in 2015.
Same Ol' Hate: Vancouver, WA alt-righters Patriot Prayer duked it out with Oregon anti-fascist and anarchist groups in downtown Portland Saturday and it went exactly as you'd expect. Eggs and fireworks thrown, dozens injured, some grade-school name-calling, four arrested (for entirely unrelated crimes—who brings meth to a rally?). Portland police officers used flash-bangs and pepper spray to split up the crowd, and eventually deemed the scene a "riot". Here's the bigger question: Why do the feds keep allowing Patriot Prayer to rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza (which is federal property)?
Families Belong Together: At least a thousand people turned out to protest Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy Saturday at the North Park Blocks. The peaceful protest concluded after marching to the Southwest Waterfront Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building and joining the group of protesters who've been camping out in front of the facility for two weeks.
Fake News: For some unfortunate and disappointing reason, CNN thought the violence at the Patriot Prayer rally was connected to the peaceful Occupy ICE protest (which successfully shuttered the ICE offices for more than a week).
bloody hell, @CNN. This is a wholly inaccurate & irresponsible take on what happened in Portland on Saturday.
Don't conflate a riot prompted by a violent far-right group (Patriot Prayer) that bussed people into Portland with non-violent protests outside of ICE facilities. pic.twitter.com/YrTwSunVVU
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 1, 2018
Uptown Squirrel: Thousands of households lost power Sunday following some squirrel mischief.
Child Stabbings: Nine people celebrating a 3-year-old's birthday at a Boise apartment complex were gravely stabbed by a man Saturday. Six of the victims were children. All of them were recent immigrants in the US. Police have yet to define the man's motive.
SPORTS DRAMA: LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers again, this time for the Los Angeles Lakers. He'll be joined by longtime rival, the Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson. DRAMA, COMMENCE. I personally hope this means LeBron will be acting in more films (he was the only reason I enjoyed Trainwreck).
¡Viva México! Mexico has a new president, and he just might be able to stand up to Trump. Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador won in a landslide election yesterday, igniting hope in a country that's felt betrayed by recent leaders.
Sportsball! A series of victorious penalty kicks led to underdog Russia's unexpected win against Spain in the men's World Cup Sunday. Already over it? Check in on Mexico's game against Brazil taking place right now.
Prison Break: A well-known criminal escaped a French prison by helicopter this weekend. Helicopter. What's more, this is the second extreme jailbreak conducted by Redoine Faid—last time, he used explosives.
Trust No One: Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces 20-year-old groping allegations from a female reporter.
Barbie's "Career of the Year" is a robotics engineer and I am here for it.
Introducing the latest Barbie career: Robotics Engineer! With these dolls, girls can imagine coding a world of their own. Shop the Robotics Engineer Barbie now! https://t.co/bi3uLc5po7 pic.twitter.com/ysYup0Ly3T
— Barbie (@Barbie) June 26, 2018