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In local news:
• As of this week, it’s easier to get a vaccine in Oregon! You can now self-schedule an appointment for your first dose at the Oregon Convention Center online—previously, the vaccination center only offered appointments by lottery. Plus, all 45 Walmart pharmacies in Oregon are offering walk-up COVID-19 vaccines.
The City is offering COVID-19 vaccinations for BIPOC, immigrants, & refugees. The clinics are drive-thru and no ID is required. Thank you to @MultCoHealth and @PDXFire. Sign up links are below:
May 7 https://t.co/XafCEMdrDh
May 8 https://t.co/TPmQ759LNM pic.twitter.com/z4JmI2FNCD
— Office of Equity (@PDXEquity) May 4, 2021
• In full circle news: former Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt was arrested during an undercover “sex trafficking sting” and charged with commercial sexual solicitation, a crime that was created by a 2011 bill Hunt voted in favor of.
• The faculty strike at Oregon Institute of Technology ended early Tuesday morning after reaching a tentative agreement. The strike, which started last week, made history as the first faculty strike in Oregon higher education history.
In national news:
• Severe storms continue to rake over the south, leaving at least three people dead in Georgia and Tennessee. High winds flipped over semi trucks and caused over 300,000 homes and businesses to lose power from Texas to Virginia.
• Protests in Colombia continue this week even after President Iván Duque announced he would withdraw the tax proposal that sparked demonstrations. The proposed tax reform aimed to lower the threshold at which salaries are taxed, prompting tens of thousands of people who are already financially struggling during the pandemic to take to the streets.
REPORTER: Why isn’t your goal higher for vaccinations? The US is currently administering ~1m 1st doses per day…?
BIDEN: I’d like to get it at 100% but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July 4…We’re going to be vaccinating people into next fall. pic.twitter.com/ZJNj3WpxfK
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 4, 2021
• Stacey Abrams: champion of voter rights, Democratic power house, and full-fledged romantic. Before she was a state representative in Georgia, Abrams penned eight romance novels under the name Selena Montgomery. Her first three books, originally published about 20 years ago, will be reissued in hardcover in 2022.
• As a hip and trendy member of Gen Z, it’s my responsibility to let y’all know that all the cool kids are wearing journalism-related apparel this summer. Lucky for you, the Mercury just released new t-shirt designs!
• Here’s one more reason to look forward to summer: The Portland Mercury and Jim Beam proudly present the Summer of Slushies! Get boozy, frozen, custom-made slushies at your favorite bars during the month of July—and for only $5 each!
• And if you’re looking for a reason to wake up before dawn and stare at the sky for a while, here you go!
This year, the forecast for the #EtaAquariid shower calls for the greatest number of meteors to fall before dawn tomorrow. But don’t discount Thurs. This shower has a broad maximum! Where and when to look: https://t.co/TMiloPk45e
📸 Eliot Herman pic.twitter.com/VdKcDgLu4u
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) May 4, 2021