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Team USAs gold-winning Sunisa Lee kicking ass and taking names on the balance beam in the all-around gymnastic finals.
Team USA's gold-winning Sunisa Lee kicking ass and taking names on the balance beam in the all-around gymnastic finals. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I'll stand up on a cloud, shout out loud, "You're the one for me." With your love by my side, the world will be mine. You're the one for me. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• The National Weather Service has issued a warning for the state of Oregon, saying that we can expect dangerously high temperatures over the next three days. And due to oncoming thunderstorms, we may also see lightning strikes, and (you guessed it) dangerous new fires.

• Oregon's Office of Emergency Management has issued a report about the state's failures to deal with our last deadly heatwave and makes suggestions for how to improve... just as highs in the mid-to-upper 90s arrive today and tomorrow. Multnomah County is trying to get ahead of the situation this time around, opening five cooling sites (an increase from last month's three centers) and extending the hours at 15 public libraries.

• The contract for the controversial Clean & Safe program—a security/clean-up crew staffed by security guards and cops that patrol the downtown area—is up for renewal, and Portland's citizens gave the city and the business owners that funds them an earful about how the program repeatedly hassles houseless folks while taking money from small businesses that don't want the service. Find out a lot more about this program and the many objections against it from our Alex Zielinski.

• If you're not familiar with one of Portland's best rappers, Mic Capes... well, let's change that, shall we? Jenni Moore has a review of Mic's newest release In Spite Of..., and even Dame Lillard is a fan!

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• In WOOT WOOT Olympics news: Team USA's Sunisa Lee grabbed the gold for her outstanding performance in the women's individual all-around gymnastics final, making it the fifth straight time America can claim the win.

• Related: A Texas deputy attorney general (who can go fuck himself) has apologized for calling Olympic gymnast Simone Biles a "national embarrassment" after she stepped out of the competition to take care of her mental health. Thanks for the apology, and he can still go fuck himself.

• Thanks to a ruling by the Supreme Court, the Biden administration says it will be forced to let the nationwide moratorium on evictions expire at the end of the month—but is asking Congress to step in and pass their own extension.

• Tsunami warnings were issued in Alaska, after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake—the strongest in decades—shook the state early this morning.

• Good news: Comedic actor Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is recovering after collapsing on the set Tuesday due to a heart-related illness.

• RIP to Dusty Hill—the long-bearded bassist for rock band ZZ Top—who has died at the age of 72.

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• Too hot for ya? Get ready for a cool July because the Mercury's SUMMER OF SLUSHIES is serving up $5 delicious, boozy frozen concoctions from your fave bars all damn month long! BUT HURRY! The "damn month" runs out this Sunday!

• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: As previously mentioned, the weather is heating up again with an expected high of 95 today (and 98 tomorrow)!

• And finally, if all Olympic swimmers were like her, I might actually watch the Olympics.