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Good morning, Portland! In case you haven't been checking your phone's weather app obsessively like most people I know, we're in for one hot weekend—might be a good time to make sure you've got a backup fan ready just in case!
And here are the headlines.
• Yesterday, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell announced that he's directed all officers to only focus on policing traffic violations that threaten public safety. This would limit officers from pulling over drivers for low-level infractions, like a broken headlight during daylight hours or expired tags—policies that have historically been used as pretext to predominately stop and question drivers of color.
• Several more Oregon counties got word this week that they are allowed to reduce their COVID-19 risk levels, thanks to increased vaccination rates. However, it's still not clear exactly when we'll meet that 70 percent threshold as a state—though Gov. Kate Brown says she's confident it'll happen before she has to announce more individual county risk levels.
• More riot cop drama:
Once part of the "unified command" mobilized to respond to Portland unrest, the Multnomah Sheriff's crowd control unit will likely restrict itself to county buildings and personnel- citing same concerns as city RRT: https://t.co/HyfCTRq6UD @ThePortlandTrib— Nick Budnick (@NickBudnick) June 22, 2021
• We've got a slew of interesting Supreme Court rulings this morning! First up, they've ruled that private workplaces in California don't have to allow union organizers to visit with their workers on company property, unless the union is willing to pay for the company's time. The case in question centered around farm workers, who are routinely taken advantage in illegal ways—the exact type of worker who could benefit most from union representation.
• In another, more hopeful ruling, the Court says that cops can't enter your home without a warrant if they only suspect you of a minor crime, such as playing music too loud in your garage at night.
• And finally, here's this one:
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a girl who said “fuck cheer” on Snapchat https://t.co/MFqafWSCZr— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 23, 2021
• Loretta Smith, a former Multnomah County Comissioner and twice Portland City Council candidate, announced yesterday that she's running to represent Oregon's new, sixth district in the United States House—but we don't yet know where exactly that district will be.
• Remember last summer's absolutely devastating wildfire smoke in Portland? I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but there's a good chance we'll see the same thing this summer—or even worse. Fortunately, we've got you covered with a list of things you can do to prepare now, so it's not quite so unbearable.
• And we'll end today with a bit of good local sports news—congrats to these Thorns!
Four Portland Thorns named to US Women's National Team for Tokyo Olympics https://t.co/7mYfuwz0xY— KGW News (@KGWNews) June 23, 2021