A firework explodes during last nights protest in front of the Penumbra Kelly Building.
A firework explodes during last night's protest in front of the Penumbra Kelly Building. Suzette Smith

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• Last night, in reaction to yet another young Black man, Daunte Wright, losing his life to police violence in Minneapolis (and outright refusal from the Portland cops to consider systemic changes), a vigil and protest were held on the Waterfront and later in front of the offices housing the Multnomah County Sheriff's department, where fires were lit, objects were thrown, and police bull-rushed and shot "less lethal" munitions at demonstrators. Suzette Smith was there and contributed this report. (To the surprise of no one, more direct action is being planned for tonight.)

• Related: Twenty Portland Police officers will be federally deputized and join a FBI-led task force designed to combat the recent surge of gun violence around the city. Historically, federally deputizing Portland officers hasn't worked out so great for those who enjoy their civil rights—though in this case Portland officers will supposedly have strict boundaries, and can be yanked back at any time. Let's all agree to believe it when we see it.

• Upon recommendations from the FDA and CDC, and "out of an abundance of caution," Oregon is temporarily hitting the brakes on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over concerns about a very small number of recipients (six people out of nearly 7 million) who developed blood clots after taking the vaccine. At this point it's unclear if the removal of J&J doses will affect Oregon's vaccination timeline.

• Woot! Woot! The Portland Mercury's PIZZA WEEK is back, and kicking off Monday, April 19! Check out all the slices you can score for a measly $2 each! (Whole pies are available, too!)


• Kim Potter, the Minneapolis officer (and police union prez) who shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, has resigned along with Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. This will probably do little to stop the nightly protests from those who know that permanent systemic changes won't happen just because two officers decided to retire early.

• This doesn't help, either: Officer Rusten Sheskey, the white Kenosha cop who shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, in the back seven times, paralyzing him from the waist down, will "not be subject to discipline" according to those who think policing in America is not racially biased and therefore a-okay.

• While we're on the topic, DEFUND POLICE ROBOT DOGS, TOO.

• More info on that school shooting incident from yesterday in Knoxville, Tennessee: According to officials, a student opened fire on officers after refusing to come out of a high school bathroom. One cop was injured, and the student was killed, according to the officials who haven't revealed any reason why the altercation started in the first place.

• Twenty years after it first started, President Biden has announced he's ready to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, thereby ending the longest war in American history.

• Hey, insecure Republican anti-vaxxers! This headline is for YOU: "Erectile dysfunction risk is 6 times higher for men with COVID-19."

• HELLO, STONERS! You will be pleased to know that SPLIFF—the short flick film festival about cannabis and all things "stoned"—is kicking off April 16-24 and you can get your tickets NOW. (So hurry up before you forget... because you know you will.)

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: The heat cranks up to a balmy 75 tomorrow with sunny skies!

• And finally, a monologue about opossums, exploding washing machines, and why anti-vaxxers should shut up about the J&J vaccine.