Good morning, Portland! Friendly reminder to drink your veggies today.
And here are the headlines.
• Portlanders gathered Monday evening to remember Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday. The demonstration signaled the start of Portland's fair-weather protest season, echoing the rage, fear, and frustrations on display during 2020's protests against police brutality. Police declared the protest a riot shortly after 10:15 pm, and then bull-rushed the crowd and shot "less lethal" weapons at protesters. Get more insight and visuals from last night from Suzette Smith, who was on the ground.
• Meanwhile, there was a similar protester and police dynamic in Brooklyn Center, where Wright was shot. Cops there used a 7 pm government-imposed curfew as a pretense for arresting at least 40 people.
Police arrested at least 40 people at protests in Minnesota over the police killing of #DaunteWright.— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 13, 2021
Brooklyn Center's city council reportedly passed a resolution banning police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, but police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and flash grenades. pic.twitter.com/J5dNDwFO7O
• The United States is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six women developed dangerous blood clots after receiving the shot. The FDA and CDC say the move comes out of an "abundance of caution," and will give them time to investigate the "extremely rare" blood clots. For context, over 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given out in the US.
• Newly surfaced plans from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) shows that the agency plans to encroach on Harriet Tubman Middle School's campus as part of its Interstate 5 freeway widening project. The ODOT map showing these plans was created two years ago—but Portland Public Schools' board members hadn't seen it until two weeks ago.
• Cottonwood School is located near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Southwest Portland, a frequent site of protests and aggressive responses from armed federal agents. Now, parents and students say the school is littered with debris from those agents' weapons—and they're calling on the Department of Homeland Security to cease its chemical warfare tactics in the neighborhood.
• The prosecution has rested in the trial against Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop who killed George Floyd last year in Minneapolis, after an exhaustive case that included 38 witnesses and a lot of emotional, devastating testimony. Now, the defense will have the chance to present its case.
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• Scientists say that the Western US could be entering the worst drought we've seen in modern history, spurred by climate change—meaning wildfire season probably isn't going to be improving anytime soon. Time to stock up on gas masks!
• The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced yesterday that it would not hold major events in states that passed transphobic laws banning trans students from participating in sports teams that align with their gender. "When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected," an NCAA statement reads.
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Oh hey pic.twitter.com/4hdtVZs5CJ— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) April 8, 2021