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Good morning, Portland! Let's all welcome one of our newest residents, the Oregon Zoo's very own Kiden the Giraffe! Kiden comes to us from South Carolina’s Greenville Zoo.
Well, Kiden, you picked an interesting time to make a big move, but we're glad you're here. Anyway, here are the headlines.
• Gov. Kate Brown will announce which Oregon counties can enter Phase One of her reopening plan at 10 am this morning (hint: Multnomah won't be one of them). We don't have the full list yet, but the Oregonian is reporting that Deschutes, Lane and Jackson counties are among them.
• Kroger, Fred Meyer's parent company, plans to end its extra-$2-an-hour "hero pay" for employees working in a pandemic this week. Notably, the pandemic continues.
According to several former employees, Cooper DuBois’ hefty investment in The Liquor Store gave him a free pass to spend drunken weekends at the bar physically & verbally harassing staff. So now, they’re suing.— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) May 13, 2020
"The community has to know what’s going on.”https://t.co/eUWgN98knI
• Oregon now has its first case of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome—the coronavirus-linked condition that affects young people. A 14-year-old Portland girl has the syndrome, which causes life-threatening inflammation, fever, and stomach pain.
• Dr. Rick Bright, a former top federal scientist turned whistleblower, is testifying before Congress this morning. So far he's detailed how the Trump administration failed to stock up on a potentially life-saving drug ahead of COVID-19, and warned that we are facing "the darkest winter in modern history” if the government doesn't act swiftly (Hint: they probably won't).
• Aimee Stephens, the transgender woman whose landmark workplace discrimination lawsuit made it to the Supreme Court last year, died this week at age 59. Pour one out for Aimee today.
• Canadian oil transportation company Zenith Energy has abandoned plans to build a new pipeline in Portland, after facing pushback from the City of Portland. However, Zenith continues to operate its oil shipping terminal in town.
• Thanks to the firehose of disinformation that is social media making pinhead conspiracy theories readily available to misguided individuals, the Department of Homeland Security now has to spend time advising telecom industry heads how best to protect their 5G cell towers from arson attempts. In related news: 5G technology does not spread COVID-19.
• The City of Portland will pay a $22,000 settlement to a Portlander who was suing the Portland Police Bureau for injuries police inflicted during a 2018 protest. Two other protestors injured by police that day are continuing with their lawsuit, saying they want a jury trial.
• Friendly reminder that you can still buy one of these beauties:
I’m SO! TICKLED! that the cover of my raccoon feature is one of 10 posters available for sale to support the @portlandmercury. I’m buying one! Cuz I love the merc and I still fucking hate raccoons https://t.co/lt0yFnh9j0— Elinor Jones (@ElinorJoneser) May 13, 2020