Good morning, Portland! Have you gotten your vaccine yet?
Here are the headlines.
• Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced yesterday that he's hiring an outside prosecutor to review the death investigation of Israel Berry, who was killed by a Gresham police officer last year. Schmidt told the Mercury that because his office often works with police officers when prosecuting other cases, it makes sense to bring in a lawyer with fewer ties to police to work on this case.
• While Oregon still isn't in a great spot regarding our COVID-19 spike, there is good news: The country as a whole is seeing cases drop significantly, and hospitalizations are going down even in the worst-hit places.
• The wave of anti-Asian hate in the United States continues:
Two Asian American women were stabbed by a stranger while waiting at a San Francisco bus stop. It's the latest in a string of violent attacks on Asian Americans across the US.https://t.co/8sxo2vW3lQ— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 5, 2021
• In case you missed it yesterday: A string of suspected arson attempts in Portland's Piedmont neighborhood has residents concerned, especially because the alleged arsonists appear to be targeting homes with progressive and anti-racist lawn signs.
• A crowd of demonstrators gathered on the Portland waterfront yesterday for a national day of remembrance for murdered and missing Indigenous people. One Indigenous speaker there called the widespread abuse Native women face an “ongoing form of genocide, a genocide that has never ended," per the Oregonian.
• In the last two days, two major public universities in Oregon—Portland State University and Oregon State University—said they would require students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID when the new school year starts this fall. The University of Oregon is still weighing its options.
• New lunch spot alert:
What started as a late-night meal delivery service for strippers and sex workers has now expanded, with a walk-up cafe space for mid-day meals https://t.co/o8VuW885zm— Eater PDX (@eaterpdx) May 6, 2021
scumbag Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that makes it harder to vote by mail into law this morning—and he did it at an event that granted exclusive media access to Fox News, just in case there was any confusion about who this law is intended to help and hurt.
• Google has announced that even after the pandemic ends, it will allow its employees to have a hybrid work schedule, doing some work at the office and some work from home. Google is just the latest major employer to make its pandemic work changes permanent, and if highly sought-after jobs like those at Google are made remote, it's a sign other workplaces will also have to offer remote work options in order to compete.
• Here's a fun long-read recommendation: "How Starbucks Suburbanized Music and Almost Got Away With It."
• And finally: mood.