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Protestors in front of Zenith energy Tuesday morning. Isabella Garcia

In local news:

• Former state Rep. Mike Nearman pled guilty to official misconduct during the Oregon Capitol insurrection. Nearman allowed armed demonstrators to enter the state capitol in December of last year. Nearman is banned from the Capitol grounds for 18-months, must serve 80 hours of community service, and pay $2,900 in fines.

• I haven’t been able to stop thinking about eating sushi ever since I read Janey Wong’s review of Mitate this morning. You’ve been warned:

• Environmental activists staged both land and water protests this morning in front of Zenith Energy’s oil facility in northwest Portland. The protestors expect the city to greenlight the company’s terminal expansion next month and are preparing to mobilize Portland and Vancouver-based environmental advocacy organizations in response. (Zenith is one of the facilities in Portland’s industrial hub—you know, the one that will cause the largest oil spill in the world when the overdue Cascadia earthquake hits.)

• While I am shocked and appalled at how quickly this summer is flying by, the Mercury’s Burger Week makes the transition to August a little easier!

In national news:

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in parts of the county where COVID-19 cases are surging. CDC officials are concerned about vaccinated peoples’ ability to carry and spread the aggressive and highly-transmissible Delta variant.

• Capitol police and other first responders started testifying about their experiences during the January 6 insurrection today. The officers have described being beaten, feeling like they were going to die, and the lasting mental health impacts they are experiencing over six months later.

• In response to a surge in border crossings, the Biden administration is devising a 21-point plan to assess asylum cases more quickly. The plan would allow asylum seekers to bypass immigration courts which currently have a backlog of 1.2 million cases.

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