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Good morning, Portland! Spark up a joint and settle in for today's news.
Here are the headlines.
• Gov. Kate Brown is expected to announce today that Multnomah County can move into the "lower risk" category for COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday. That means restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues can start moving to 50 percent capacity.
• Feeling a little unmoored by the prospect of things opening up more in Portland, after 14 months of staying home? Here's a guide to help you with that:
The pandemic isn’t over, but we’re inching toward a more open Portland. The Mercury is here to help you make sense of what just happened, and chart a new path forward, with our new Spring Reawakening guide. https://t.co/Q8FbTN4dXL— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 24, 2021
• Today is the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota cop. Here's a look at what's changed, and what hasn't changed at all.
• Moderna announced today that its COVID vaccine is effective in kids 12-17 years old, and it will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to use the shots for that age group next month. If approved, Moderna will join Pfizer in offering vaccines for everyone 12 years and older in the United States.
• More good vaccine news: The US is expected to reach a noteworthy milestone of having 50 percent of all adults fully vaccinated today. And 49 percent of those 12 and older have gotten at least one shot.
• The political news that matters most:
🚗 The next time @Olivia_Rodrigo drives through the suburbs, it could be in a different congressional district.— Insider (@thisisinsider) May 25, 2021
Southern California, where she calls home, could undergo major changes following the results of the 2020 Census. https://t.co/MIqde4tCTw
• Because we live in the darkest and most cynical timeline, Republicans in some swing states are still intent on proving that Donald Trump "won" the 2020 election, and are pushing for ballot reviews to "prove" it. Officials have made some headway in their demented quest in Arizona, New Hampshire, and Michigan.
• Four unhoused Portlanders have filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Portland for discarding private property confiscated during city-sanctioned sweeps of homeless campsites. All Portlanders named in the lawsuit describe scenarios in which the city did not adhere to legally binding rules around how the city is supposed to collect and store people's belongings when performing a sweep.
• The Trail Blazers are currently playing the Denver Nuggets in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs, and yesterday Gov. Brown gave fans the go-ahead to sit in sections where they won't have to physically distance from each other—if they can show proof that they're fully vaccinated.
• And finally:
NEW: The social media "killer clown" craze in late 2016 caused police to freak the hell out, according to documents from DC's Metropolitan Police Department https://t.co/j4DLELSyeE— jason wilson (@jason_a_w) May 25, 2021