Good morning, Portland! Grab some coffee, scrub the public toilet scum off your tongue, and settle in.
Here are the headlines!
Coulda Seen That Coming: Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House and current doofus, has joined the board of the Fox Corporation, Fox News' parent company. The move comes as Disney prepares to buy most of 21st Century Fox—but don't worry, Fox News is going to stay in the ownership of sentient wart Rupert Murdoch.
Justice Time: A Pittsburgh police officer will go on trial this week for shooting and killing Antwon Rose, an unarmed Black teenager, last summer. "Before the police could create a narrative that would justify the shooting of Antwon, we saw the video: We saw him running away," one activist told NPR about Rose's death.
Nice One, California: The New York Times explores how Pacific Gas & Electric, a California energy company, helped cause several recent devastating wildfires in the state by neglecting to care for its infrastructure.
Speaking of Wildfires: Governor Kate Brown has convened a task force to help improve Oregon's response to extreme wildfires, which are becoming an annual thing here. Free tip for the council: figure out how to stop climate change!
Kid Stuff: Oregon's Senate Judiciary Committee is blocking a student-authored sweeping gun control bill, instead opting for less drastic bills. “We are feeling almost disrespected in this political process,” one teenager told the Mercury.
No Charges: A man who hit protesters with his car in downtown Portland last year had his criminal case dismissed yesterday. The protestors were responding to news that a grand jury had found that the police officers who fatally shot Patrick Kimmons should not face any charges.
Laws for Lyft: Two different bills in the Oregon Legislature offer wildly different options for regulating Lyft, Uber and other ridesharing apps. Will lawmakers choose one simple, lobbyist-approved statewide standard, or leave it up to local regulators to determine what works best for their area? I don't have the answer to that, but I can promise you one thing: I will do everything in my power to avoid discussing this topic—along with anything else even remotely political—with my next Lyft driver!
Move Fast and Break Things: Facebook has done a bang-up job weakening local news sources by eating up all the ad dollars—and now Mark Zuckerberg and the gang are bemoaning the lack of local news to promote on their platform.
Infographic of the Day: Republican Rep Devin Nunes is suing Twitter for... letting people roast him? The details of the lawsuit are here, but this image from the complaint sums things up nicely.