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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! In the night, in my dreams, I'm in love with you. 'Cause you talk to me like lovers do. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Big transportation news: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have reached a potential agreement to transfer ownership of 82nd Ave. from the state to the city. The long, busy stretch of road serving East Portland has fallen into disrepair, but it was the recent deaths of two pedestrians on 82nd that spurred officials to action. Our Isabella Garcia has more!
What needs to happen next? The Legislature needs to allocate their part of this deal ($80 million) during this session. Please continue to let your Representatives and Senators know that this is an important issue for you and your family.— Representative Khanh Pham, House District 46 (@KhanhPhamForOR) June 4, 2021
• As the city and its police union enter into their fifth month of contract negotiations, the two groups are finally delving into what should count as discipline for Portland Police Bureau (PPB) cops who commit misconduct. To the surprise of no one, cops are insisting on being treated better than 98 percent of the workforce in America... but they are sensitive (and consistently violent) snowflakes, after all. Check out this great explainer of the process by our Alex Zielinski!
• Sex workers and advocates presented their case to members of the Oregon legislature yesterday in a bid for lawmakers to throw their support behind a bill that would repeal laws against prostitution.
State Rep. Mike Nearman “more likely than not” purposefully allowed far-right demonstrators into the locked Oregon Capitol in December as his fellow lawmakers met inside, an investigation has found. #orpol #orleg https://t.co/xp9Y6ErgS3— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) June 3, 2021
• Thanks to the shooting prowess of Michael Porter Jr., the Denver Nuggets clinched the first round playoff series and eliminated our beloved Blazers, 126-115.
• Our Blair Stenvick has a very interesting peek at the Vanport Mosaic Festival (kicking off this weekend) that includes a chat with the director of Martha Bakes, a play about a woman who was enslaved by—and escaped—Martha Washington. (Yes, that Martha Washington.)
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The CDC is sounding the alarm about the worrying uptick of teens who are being hospitalized by COVID-19, and is encouraging parents to get kids 12-and over vaccinated.
There are a lot of people responsible for the resurgence of anti-Black voter suppression efforts. But none of them would have happened without Chief Justice Roberts. https://t.co/uYFduwfL9r @thedailybeast— Jay Michaelson (@jaymichaelson) June 4, 2021
• In a definite improvement over the last check-in, the US added 559,000 jobs in May, and while the economy isn't roaring back as expected, this report signals a welcome boost.
• Due to an alarming shortage of COVID-19 vaccines abroad and an ample supply here, Busy Bee Biden is quickly shipping 25 million doses to those in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America—and that's just to start, as he's promising to send a total of 80 million shots worldwide by the end of June.
• It took TWO FULL YEARS, but the House Judiciary Committee is finally going to be able to grill Trump's former White House lawyer, Don McGhan, about the former president's probable attempts to collude with Russia to win the 2016 election.
• Oh, well, here's a shocker: Former Veep and mama's boy Mike Pence is still under the drooling thrall of Trump, singing his praises in a speech while also saying the two "may never see eye-to-eye" about the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol in which Trump riled the crowd into an attempted assassination attempt on Pence. WHAT A PAL.
Is Melania ever going to be seen in public with Donald again?— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 4, 2021
• Turns out that Trumpy domestic terrorists caused a whopping $1.5 million (so far!) in damage when they attacked the US capitol on January 6, and prosecutors say these convicted butter-dicks should foot the bill.
• At long, looooong last, Facebook is reportedly planning to end a shitty policy where politicians could post any racist, false, dog-whistle blowing statement they wanted, simply because it was "newsworthy."
• IN UFO NEWS: The long awaited government report on unidentified flying objects is about to be released, and it apparently cannot confirm the existence of aliens—but it also cannot confirm it ain't! Conclusion: Those UFOs are definitely... something.
The U.S. government cannot give a definitive explanation of aerial phenomena spotted by military pilots but has found no evidence that they are linked to aliens, according to two officials briefed on an intelligence report examining the issue. https://t.co/JbsFlNmHY9— The Associated Press (@AP) June 4, 2021
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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Cooler and partly cloudy today with a much more reasonable high of 77!
• And finally, the current reigning greatest pop star in the world, Dua Lipa, has dropped a brand new video for her song "Love Again" off Future Nostalgia, and it's a hotsy-totsy rodeo tribute—though I could've done without the "sexy rodeo clowns."