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Good afternoon, Portland! Here's the latest on local news, national news, and a little bit of fun.
In local news:
• Ghost kitchens, changing restrictions, expanded outdoor dining—the last 14 months have been one hell of a rollercoaster for Portland's restaurant industry. For our Spring Reawakening guide, we dug into all the ups and downs, and explored what comes next for the local dining scene.
• Protesters gathered in downtown Portland Tuesday night to mark the year anniversary of George Floyd's death with a march, chants, fireworks, and property destruction. The Portland Police Bureau deemed the demonstration a riot, and responded to the crowd with impact munitions and arrests.
• Today is the four-year anniversary of the racism-fueled stabbings on a MAX train that killed two people. A vigil and march is planned for this afternoon, and will start at 4 pm at the Hollywood Transit Center.
• On Monday, someone posted photos of Donald Trump all over Clackamas High School's front doors, along with smeared beans—meant as a derogatory threat to Latinx people. In a video, the school's principal apologized to families, staff, and students, adding "That type of rhetoric is not welcome at Clackamas High School, ever.” The school is still investigating the incident.
• Photographer Ansel Adams' work idealized the American West as a wild, untamed, and uninhabited wilderness waiting to be experienced by rugged, straight, white men seeking adventure. A new exhibit at the Portland Art Museum challenges this perspective with work from Indigenous artists, LGBTQ+ artists, Black artists, and other underrepresented identities. Read more about it—and peep some beautiful photos—in our piece about Ansel Adams in Our Time.
In national news:
• A mass shooter killed at least nine people at a light rail yard in San Jose today. The suspect, now also deceased, was an employee of the light rail agency, and those killed included transit employees.
• Climate activists have just won some major influence over Exxon Mobile, by electing two of their own to the oil giant's board of directors. That means the two climate-conscious board members can help sway important votes, and could ensure the company invests more in clean energy.
• Amid renewed speculation that the COVID-19 virus might have originated in a Chinese lab, President Joe Biden is telling United States intelligence agencies to ramp up their investigation into the possibility. The US intelligence community has so far been unable to conclusively confirm or deny the origins of the coronavirus.
And just for fun:
• Oooh, look, another opportunity to share your opinion on the internet! That's right, we've got a new Mercury reader survey—and we want your answers!
• Finally, this one's for all the folks who also find themselves suddenly spending a lot of money on trips, shows, and meals out: