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Good morning, Portland! Here are a few news bites to chomp on before starting your day.

Closed Borders Down Under: Australia is taking the drastic step to close the borders of Victoria, one of the country's most populous states, to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne. Military officers and police with "line the border," to enforce the rule.

Xenophobia for All: The cruel leaders of US immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have ordered all international students attending university in the US to return home if their school will be online-only the next semester. If these people who have committed no crime don't leave the US, ICE warns, the students will be deported.

Victory for Standing Rock (For Now): A federal judge has ordered that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be drained while the Army Corps of Engineers produces an environmental review. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which lives downstream from the pipeline, sued the Corps in 2016 for an incomplete and illegal review of the massive project. "It took four long years, but today justice has been served at Standing Rock," said the lawyer who represents the tribe, in a statement.


"She Suffered": The family of Breonna Taylor—the Black woman killed in a Louisville police raid in March—has sued the City of Louisville, claiming that police officers declined to offer medical aid to Taylor as she lay dying in her apartment. “In the six minutes that elapsed from the time Breonna was shot, to the time she died, we have no evidence suggesting that any officer made entry in an attempt to check and assist her,” said the family’s lawyer in an interview with the New York Times. “She suffered."

A Lot in Atlanta: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta, following a weekend of protests that turned violent—leading the the death of an 8-year-old girl by a member of the public. Atlanta's mayor, meanwhile, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wrist Slap for Amy: Amy Cooper, the white New York City dog owner who called the police on Christian Cooper (unrelated), a Black bird watcher, has been charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor.

Calling All Muckrakers:

Knee-Deep: Our sweet prince (and the nation's top infectious disease expert) Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US is seeing more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day and more than 130,000 Americans have died from the virus. In brief, he said in an interview, the US is still “knee-deep in the first wave” of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Goes Viral: In Oregon, the coronavirus' spread has only become more widespread. According to new geographic data release by the state, the virus is no longer concentrated in certain ZIP code "hot spots." Instead, it's... everywhere?

Prison Outbreak: A COVID-19 outbreak at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Eastern Oregon has forced more than 3,000 inmates into quarantine without telephone access. This comes after Gov. Kate Brown released 57 people from the state's 14 prisons in hopes of reducing the impact of COVID-19. Fifty-seven!

Coming August 1: Gov. Brown has appointed Multnomah County District Attorney-elect Mike Schmidt to take office five months early, now that the county's current DA Underhill has decided to call it quits at the end of July.

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Feds Intervene: With federal police now involved in the response to Portland protests, the consequences of an arrest are growing. Yesterday, the feds released seven people who had been arrested on felony charges over the weekend. A federal judge ordered them to adhere to an 8 pm - 6 am curfew and to stay away from the federal courthouse and Justice Center (except to appear in court).

Police Union Prez Does What You'd Expect: Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, is calling on local and state leaders to "defend" the City of Portland from protest activity. In a public statement, Turner accused the nightly demonstrators of defining the meaning of white privilege.

And finally, I'll leave you with this PSA from the state of New Jersey: