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Good morning, Portland! It's the last day of *relatively cool* before we return to the mid-80s this week. Don't want to turn on the oven during the heat? Consider opting for delicious roasted meat over rice from the takeout-only Cantonese restaurant YāYā PDX. Now, the news:
- Gov. Kate Brown directed state officials with Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) yesterday to enact temporary rules to protect workers from future extreme heat events like the state experienced last month. It’s welcome news, but could have been a liiittle more useful to put into place before the recent heat wave that the county’s called a “unprecedented mass casualty event.”
- A fire in the Umpqua National Forest—just east of Roseburg—has prompted evacuation orders for some nearby communities. The wildfire, which has been dubbed the Jack Fire, currently spans some 900 acres.
- Welcome back to society:
The Sword Society meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Rainbow City, 21 S.E. 11th Ave. During Sword Society meet ups, people of all ages can play fight with foam swords or plastic light sabers while listening to electronic dance music. Read more: https://t.co/RfL35zRsrP pic.twitter.com/gpEsNQGphn
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 7, 2021
- A group of county commissioners decided against re-appointing disgraced (and expelled) former state representative Mike Nearman to his old seat in the state House of Representatives Tuesday, instead selecting Anna Scharf—a former Nearman staffer—to replace him as the state representative from House District 23.
- If you’ve ever considered owning an 80-acre lavender farm in Portland’s West Hills, here's your opportunity.
-This is surely going to go over well:
- Ammon Bundy—Malheur National Wildlife Refuge insurrectionist turned Idaho gubernatorial candidate—wants to take over Idaho’s public lands (duh) and turn them into public housing (twist!).
-After residents' first tango with ranked-choice voting, NYC has a mayoral candidate for its Democratic primary: Centrist Democrat Eric Adams.
-The extra-transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 now makes up more than half of all COVID cases in the US, according to the CDC. (And, according to new research out of Israel, is threatening the strength of the Pfizer vaccine!?)
- Today in our new segment, "White Hot Rage":
The 4x100 relay will take place in Tokyo on August 5 and 6, after Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension expires. But USA Track and Field today chose not to include the nation’s best female runner on the Olympic relay team. https://t.co/vgpbM5QUwF
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 6, 2021
- Six months since the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol, prosecutors have made 535 arrests, put more than 70 people behind bars, and sentenced one person. Here’s a handy check-in on where these investigations stand.
- Haiti President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his home last night. According to the Associated Press, Moïse "had been ruling by decree for more than a year after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded he step down in recent months."