Good morning, Portland. It's officially the hottest year in Portland history, with 30 days that have hit 90 degrees. Fun! Another thing that is fun: The city will continue to be plagued with unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke today.
Free Ride: What's up with that new free shuttle putzing around the Central Eastside? As always, we're a little suspicious.
Fake News of the Day: A wildly inaccurate study by a security company found that Oregon has the lowest number of sex offenders per capita. Turns out, it's the exact opposite.
:( :( :( A 64-year-old man visiting the Columbia River Gorge with his family for his birthday died yesterday after falling off a platform overlooking Bridal Veil Falls.
Public testimony was overwhelmingly in support of a zoning change for Portland’s mobile home parks that will make it harder to close and redevelop them. Council appears ready to vote on it. pic.twitter.com/vtCgyCO5mx— Amelia Templeton (@ameliaOPB) August 22, 2018
Long Road to Freedom: Seven of the 100+ immigrant men detained in a Sheridan, Oregon prison since June were released on bond this week—and several spoke about their experience at a press conference yesterday. More are expected to be reunited with family in the US later this week.
Tucker Carlson Writes US Policy Now: After hearing a falsely reported story on Carlson's late night Fox show, Trump declared he's directing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study the "large scale killing" of white farmers in South Africa. South Africa clapped back (with facts).
Keep Talking, Don: Trump may have already implicated himself (on his FAVORITE TV show, no less) by trying to explain his involvement in the crimes that his former lawyer, Micheal Cohen, pleas guilty to Tuesday.
Don's Got Jokes:
If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
Hurricane Lane Approaches: A major hurricane is spiraling towards Hawaii for the first time in decades. Here's how Hawaiians are preparing for the storm.
Study Proves Men Are Creeps: A new study crunching online dating data found that for women, men's desirability peaks at 50—while women's' desirability peaks at 18. Turns out a lot of men in their 30s really want to date teenage girls. Ugh. Here's the New York Times' succinct (but accurate) reasoning: "Women want brains. Men care less."
Beto Believe It: Former El Paso punk rocker and current Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke has a real shot at unseating Senator Ted Cruz in the November election. Here are two videos proving this:
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 21, 2018