Good Morning, Portland! I hope you have good weekend plans—between the air quality clearing up and lovely temperatures in the 80s all weekend, this may well be the best weekend in August to get outside and do some activities! Let's get to the news.
Elon Musk is a sad boy. He's had a really rough year, and also is under investigation for maaaybe manipulating the stock markets by tweeting that Tesla is about to go private for $420 per share, "funding secure."
That guy who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple also refused to bake a cake for a trans woman. The state's civil rights division decided he is required to make the cake, and, get this, he's suing the state over it!
Trump canceled plans for a showy military parade in Washington DC, blaming officials at the city level for inflated costs. The parade could have cost more that $90 million. Maaan, if Trump got to live like his buddy Kim Jong Un, no one would dare talk about costs before throwing a military parade!
This dictator wants a military parade in his honor like Stalin and Kim Jong Un.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 17, 2018
Socialized Medicine: New York University's school of medicine is planning to offer free tuition to students studying to become doctors. Students will still pay nearly $30,000 a year in room and board, but NYU hopes the program will help doctors choose specialties based on caring for people instead of making money to pay of tremendous student loans. Less plastic surgeons, more primary practice doctors!
A CIA official believes China is planning to replace the United States as a global superpower.
Trump is expecting a "red wave" in November, but the results of special elections may show that may wrest control of the house from Republicans instead. FiveThirtyEight gives Democrats a 75 percent chance of retaking the house this year.
Asylum seekers are being denied asylum in increasing numbers, thanks to the Trump Administration's stricter policies—namely that those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence don't have grounds for an asylum claim.
Chipotle keeps making people sick, and now the company is retraining its employees so they stop leaving food out at unsafe temperatures. Here's the real question: Who the hell still eats Chipotle?
2018 and mfs still eating chipotle????
— peu (@Omareezy) August 16, 2018
The far-right is trying to take over Sweden—and polls show they may sweep into parliament with 25 percent of the votes.
Local Satanist group Satanic Portland has announced that it is splitting from the Satanic Temple over alleged far-right ties.
The toxic algae bloom grossing up the Willamette may have a clear cause: the lagoon at Ross Island.
Oregon is officially seeking Federal permission to begin tolling highways in the Portland area.
You know what you could get up to this Friday? Buying tickets to some big shows and talks coming into town. Starting at 10 am, tickets go on sale to see Secretary John Kerry at Powell's Books. He's coming on September 16 to talk about his memoir, Every Day is Extra.
Also going on sale at 10 am: tickets for a My Brother, My Brother and Me live show at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on September 28. The McElroy brothers who star the podcast are also making appearances in Seattle (including an Adventure Zone live show!) before them visit Rose City, so you've got options.
That's all folks! Enjoy your weekend! Here's some cheetahs at the Oregon Zoo playing fetch using a catapult.