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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I know we can't ever be more than friends, you and me. But why do I feel this way? LET'S GO TO PRESS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Yikes! This heatwave we're expecting this weekend is no joke, with temps expected to hit near 110 in the day and 70 at night on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. If you, or someone you know is concerned about their ability to stay cool, check out this piece from our Isabella Garcia about area cooling centers.
PLEASE RT: Cooling centers OPEN from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 25 through at least Monday, June 28 at the following locations:
Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE MLK Blvd
Sunrise Center: 18901 E Burnside St
For transportation help, contact @211info.https://t.co/iNxst5mlx1
— Multnomah County, OR (@multco) June 23, 2021
• City Council will hear a planned ordinance from Commish Dan Ryan that would "de-prioritize" sweeping certain homeless campsites that are considered "low impact." So what exactly falls under the category of "low impact"? Our Alex Zielinski explains it all for you.
• Gov. Kate Brown has commuted the sentences of 41 inmates who risked their lives to battle last year's historic wildfires in the state. As our Blair Stenvick wrote last year, these prisoners were making less than $10 an hour to put their lives in danger for the rest of us.
• Heartening news for Oregon's Native Americans: Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has announced a robust investigation into burial sites on federally-run school sites, which have a history of terrible behavior and causing generations of trauma to Native people.
A Canadian Indigenous group announced the “horrific and shocking discovery” of the remains of hundreds of children at the site of a former school.
The findings are likely to deepen the nation’s debate over its history of exploiting Indigenous people.
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 24, 2021
• In Washington State, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer has made a solemn vow to “arrest, detain and recommend prosecution” for any government official or worker who tries to bring back state-mandated safety restrictions like mask wearing, saying he swore an oath to the “Supreme Judge of the Universe.” Jeez, calm down, Susan! Eat a banana or something, you've got low blood sugar!
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The Biden administration has extended the national eviction moratorium for another month in order to help renters who have been financially suffering because of the pandemic—but! They also said this is probably the last time they will do so.
• Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators are pitching the Biden administration today on a $953 billion infrastructure plan, which is significantly less than the president's $4 trillion proposal, but is bringing obstructionist Republicans back to the table.
• A high-rise condominium near Miami Beach has partially collapsed, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. A search and rescue operation continues, though it's unclear how many people are missing.
• A federal judge has sentenced one of the Trumpy domestic terrorists who invaded the Capitol on January 6, while also lambasting the corrupt members of the GOP who downplayed the event calling their excuses "utter nonsense."
• Related: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that Democrats will form a special commission to investigate the events surrounding the January 6 domestic terrorist attack, whether the Republicans like it or not (and many don't, since they supported and aided the insurrection).
• Two pro-gun rights leaders were tricked into giving graduation speeches to more than 3,000 empty chairs—where students and teachers would be sitting had they not been killed by gun violence.
• Singer Britney Spears spoke in court yesterday in an attempt to end the conservatorship she's been under for the past 13 years, saying she's been traumatized by the bullying behavior of her father and others who have been controlling her life and career.
• 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.
• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Another sunny (and increasingly hot) day with a high of 86!
• And finally... okay, sign spinners, THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED.