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Hydration check: When was the last time you drank a glass of water? Pour yourself a glass and hydrate while catching up on the headlines!
In local news:
• Oregon has officially missed its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adult Oregonians by today, meaning mask, capacity limits, and physical distancing requirements are still in effect. Vaccination rates have dramatically fallen throughout the country. Oregon is expected to reach the 70 percent benchmark by June 29, according to The Oregonian.
• When it comes to workers' rights and the labor movement, where do police unions fit in? “The working class are the people who make society work without reaping a comparable economic benefit,” guest columnist Olivia Pace writes. “This doesn’t apply to police.”
Blanchet House volunteers are giving out cold drinks and water refills on this very hot day in #Portland. You can help by bringing us your gently used or new reusable water bottles. We'll sanitize, fill, and distribute! Drop off M-Sat, 8-10 or 1:30-4:30. https://t.co/PEpZgL3bvq. pic.twitter.com/3aPJKZLJkF
— Blanchet House (@blanchethouse) June 21, 2021
• A wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation has burned 6,200 acres and is zero percent contained. No structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported, but the fire perimeter is only 2 miles away from Highway 26 as of Sunday night. The fire is believed to have started Friday afternoon.
• The Blues Festival will look a bit different this year. Titled “Upriver 2021,” the event will take place July 1-5 at The Lot at Zindell Yards where pods of two to six people can sit and enjoy a 4-hour stretch of live music.
In national and international news:
• The Trump Organization is suing New York City for wrongful termination of contracts. Mayor Bill deBlasio announced the city’s termination of contracts with the organization in January following the capitol insurrection. New York City lawyers maintain that the city had the right to terminate the contracts because the Trump Organization was involved with criminal acts (because… ya know… its founder incited a riot on the nation’s capital).
• On July 20, Jeff Bezos and three other people who have too much money will board a reusable rocket and spend 11 minutes in space. Yeah, it’s a cool scientific advancement and all, but the REAL news is that nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition to stop Bezos from returning to Earth. The petition has almost doubled in signatures since Sunday night and is still gaining signatures rapidly.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Democrats might revisit the filibuster rules in the Senate if major voting rights and election reform legislation fails to pass this week. https://t.co/NxPdkKLNJU
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 21, 2021
• Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter, will be the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. In case you encounter some transphobic losers screeching about unfair advantages, you can tell them that Hubbard meets all of the International Olympics Committee’s qualifications for trans athletes. You can also remind them that if their concern is truly about unfair advantages, then they should also be upset about Michael Phelps’s body producing half the amount of lactic acid than the typical person, and that basketball player Sun Mingming (7’9”) was often over a foot taller than his peers.
• From the makers of HUMP! and SPLIFF comes a new film fest that features short documentaries made by YOU! It's called SCOOP! and you can find out more about it here.
• Even if you watched Sha’Carri Richardson crush the 100-meter sprint and secure her spot in the Tokyo Olympics this weekend, you should watch it again because she’s THAT good.
REMEMBER THE NAME.
Let us introduce you to the newest member of the U.S. Olympic Team: Sha'Carri Richardson.@usatf | #TrackFieldTrials21 x #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/O2wvaRgI8X
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 20, 2021