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Two people stand in a pile of burned scraps, looking down.
Bly residents Tim and Dee McCauley survey the charred wreckage of their chicken coup on July 22, 2021 in Bly, Oregon. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland / Getty Images

In local news:

• The security guard who shot and killed Freddy Nelson Jr. in a North Portland parking lot earlier this year was not licensed to carry a gun, an OPB investigation found. The incident is emblematic of a larger issue of Portland businesses turning to private security firms who can act like police officers, but with minimal oversight.

• Bold claim alert: Old is M. Night Shyamalan’s best work since The Sixth Sense.

• COVID cases are on the rise again—Oregon has seen a 208 percent increase in new daily cases since July 1. Oregon health officials attribute the rise in cases to the July 4th holiday, the relaxing of safety requirements amongst unvaccinated people, and the highly transmissible Delta variant.

• A shift in weather has allowed firefighters to make some more progress containing the Bootleg fire, which has already destroyed an area four times the size of Rhode Island. The fire has burned an estimated 70 homes and is 40 percent contained as of Friday morning.

• It’s Friday, which means it’s POP QUIZ TIME! Step right up and see how smart you really are!

In national news:

• Rescue crews have concluded their search for bodies in the rubble of the Florida condo building that collapsed on June 24. The collapse killed 97 people. Forensic scientists are still examining debris from the 14,000 tons of broken concrete and rebar.

• Some suspects charged with participating in the January 6 insurrection are arguing their attack on the Capitol was no different than protestors’ actions in Portland during last year’s racial justice protests. Government prosecutors, however, are having none of that argument, stating the Capitol attack, unlike Portland’s protests, threatened democracy itself.

• 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.

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