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Protesters face off with cops on the one-year anniversary of George Floyds murder.
Protesters face off with cops on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder. Alex Zielinski

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Where have you been? 'Cause I never see you out. Are you hiding from me, yeah? Somewhere in the crowd. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• On the year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, roughly 200 protesters marched downtown to the Justice Center where fireworks were lit, a dumpster was set ablaze, and cops (predictably) proclaimed it a "riot" where a few arrests were made. Turmoil also broke out between some protesters who argued and, at least once, physically fought over protest tactics before a chant eventually started: "Why are we here? George Floyd!" Our Alex Zielinski was on the ground and files this report.

• While out covering last night's protest, regular freelance photographer and friend, Mathieu Lewis-Rolland, took this gorgeous pic of the Super Flower Blood Moon over the Steel Bridge. You can find a lot more of Mathieu's excellent work here.

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Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

• As expected, Governor Kate Brown announced that Multnomah County can move into the "lower risk" category starting tomorrow (Thursday) after the county successfully lowered its number of COVID-19 cases, and presented a workable equity plan to make sure underserved communities get vaccinated. "Lower risk" means that restaurants, bars, gyms, and more can increase to 50 percent occupancy, BUT! BUT! BUT! Everyone—vaccinated or not—are strongly encouraged to wear their masks inside these public spaces.

• Multnomah County's move into the "lower risk" category is good news for a lot of people—particularly Blazer fans, 8,000 of whom will be able to watch their fave team play at the first home game of the NBA Playoffs.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• New trouble for Trump: After two years, the Manhattan DA has convened a grand jury to decide whether Florida's most infamous retiree—and/or those in his corrupt organization—will be indicted on criminal charges. Trump had something to say about this, but you can probably predict what it was, and since he's a pathological liar it should be ignored.

• Next week, President Biden plans to travel to Oklahoma to visit the site of the Tulsa Massacre on its 100 year anniversary, in which hundreds of white people burned the Black business district of Greenwood and murdered up to 300 Black residents. Learn more about this national disgrace here.

• The absolutely terrible Arizona Republicans are at it again, this time introducing a bill that would strip their Secretary of State of her ability to defend election lawsuits, so they can get away with even more dastardly shenanigans.

• Speaking of election corruption, Michigan's Secretary of State and Dominion—the maker of voting machines—are warning everyone against allowing no-nothing Trumpers and conspiracy theorists to perform unnecessary audits, because... surprise! They can't be trusted not to fuck with the voting machines.

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will sign a bill that will allow cowardly Texans to carry handguns WITHOUT OBTAINING A LICENSE. (What on earth could possibly go wrong?)

• According to a new report from Facebook, Russia is still the largest producer of disinformation, saying it's learned that the country has launched lie-based campaigns in 50 countries (!!) since 2017.

• Amazon announced an $8.5 billion deal to purchase MGM studios, the home to James Bond, Rocky, and Elle Woods (Legally Blonde).

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Drier today with mostly sunny skies and a high of 73.

• And finally, a good reason to bring back in-school learning!