Good morning, Portland! We hope you have a delightful Labor Day weekend. Here's some news to get you back on track as you return to the ol' 9 to 5:
Balls: Portland Trail Blazers owner (and Microsoft co-founder) Paul Allen donated $100,000 to a group seeking to keep the GOP in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. It's the largest campaign donation the billionaire has ever made.
Back to School: Labor Day culminated in teacher unions in three Southern Washington counties ending their strikes after approving new deals with their school districts. “I’m so relieved that I keep crying," said one Camas teacher.
Hazed and Confused: A Portland city employee is suing the city for $250,000, claiming that the Portland Bureau of Transportation repeatedly hazed him in 2016.
Corporate Call Out: Grumpy white people who don't understand civil rights are burning their Nikes after the athletic giant ran an ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Is Nike just banking on social justice? Maybe. But is it negatively impacting the company's stock? Yes.
Kava-Naw: It's the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To make things just a little more stressful, a former Bush administration lawyer released no less than 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time at the Bush White House. Want to watch the hearing live? Look no further.
Timing is Everything: Donald Trump kicked off Labor Day weekend by calling out the top labor union leader in the country. Trump's petty tweets came after Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, spoke about the economic ties and reliance between the US and Canada and Mexico.
Nope: The father of Mollie Tibbetts, the Iowa woman allegedly murdered by an immigrant, published an editorial over the weekend slamming the Trump administration (and MAGA fans) for "appropriating Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist."
incredibly sad video from inside Brazil's gutted National Museum — only the meteorites withstood the fire pic.twitter.com/6BoTJqanSd— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) September 4, 2018