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IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Yesterday marked the still devastating anniversary of the 2017 MAX stabbings in which white supremacist Jeremy Christian murdered two people and severely injured another after harassing two women of color. Our Isabella Garcia interviews stabbing survivor Micha Fletcher in this very powerful and moving piece.
"I do it so I don't forget": Every year, Micah Fletcher returns to the MAX station were Jeremy Christian killed two people and wounded Fletcher. On the 4th anniversary of the attack, Fletcher shared the lesson he learned from the event with the Mercury. https://t.co/bLvBgPEsHx— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 27, 2021
• Two Tacoma, Washington police officers have been rightly charged with murder while another was charged with manslaughter in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who was tasered, handcuffed, and hogtied by the cops, all while pleading that he couldn't breathe.
• Multnomah County entered into the "lower risk" category today, which means certain businesses can return to 50 percent occupancy—though officials still strongly encourage people to continue wearing their masks inside public spaces. (A very good idea since there are now six reported cases of the highly transmissible B.1.617 COVID variant in Oregon, which has absolutely devastated India.)
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says Columbia County's Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance should be declared invalid. https://t.co/EeZunOtrtw— KOIN News (@KOINNews) May 27, 2021
• Mercury Blazers correspondent Arthur Bradford has a great preview of tonight's game against the Nuggets, as well as an interview with the sound technician responsible for providing all the crowd noises during the pandemic! [INSERT WILD CHEERS HERE.]
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Busy Bee Biden is expected to release another sweeping proposal that would put major investments (to the tune of $6 trillion) into infrastructure, education, climate change, and health care—all things the country desperately needs to push us past simple pandemic recovery and into fixing problems that have grown over decades of inaction. Deficit hawks (those who aren't concerned about our current or future shitty situation) don't like that idea very much!
• Biden also says he's going to release the results of the investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 virus, which many scientists still say was unlikely to have originated in a Chinese lab—though the infamously secretive Chinese government is not being much help.
Breaking NYT: Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have been investigating whether Ukrainian officials helped orchestrate a plan to meddle in the 2020 campaign, including using Rudy Giuliani to spread lies about Biden and tilt the election in Trump's favor. https://t.co/y9WZAHjoiz— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 27, 2021
• Get ready to be SHOCKED TO YOUR CORE: Senate Republicans are set to vote against a commission to investigate the domestic terrorist attack of the nation's capitol. Mmmmm... probably because some of them will be implicated? Just a wild hunch!
In the last 24 hours, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has ramped up the pressure on his GOP Senate colleagues to oppose a bill creating a January 6 commission, according to two Republicans familiar with his effort https://t.co/OOa39d9vdN— CNN (@CNN) May 27, 2021
• Former House Speaker (and incurable weenie) Paul Ryan will be making a speech tonight warning the GOP to stop following their dark lord Donald Trump into the bowels of hell. (Unfortunately it won't be anywhere near that interesting, and since he's too cowardly to even mention Trump by name, expect him to fall flat on his stupid, weenie face.)
• The transit worker who killed nine people at a rail yard in San Jose, California, has a history of violent outbursts and threats toward women, according the murderer's ex-wife and former girlfriend.
• John Davis, one of the actual singers behind the popular fakey singing duo Milli Vanilli, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 66.
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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: A mostly sunny day tomorrow with a high of 68—and even sunnier, warmer skies this Memorial Day weekend!
• And finally, you're probably traveling to visit your parents soon... and if so, I don't want you to forget THIS GUY.
waiter your parents are friends with pic.twitter.com/1ya3Y8uCs0— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) May 25, 2021