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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Don't tell your mother. Kiss one another. Die for each other. We're cool for the summer. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Today in "DEFUND THE SHERIFFS": A few sheriffs across Oregon have taken it upon themselves to inform Gov. Kate Brown on social media that they will not be enforcing any mask mandates, even though (*checks notes*) no state official has asked them to, and (*checks notes again*) they're only doing it to win votes from the people who might die after ignoring mask mandates. ALL RIGHTY THEN.
• To the surprise of NO ONE, Portland Police have been very resistant to changes put forth by the Department of Justice. However in the latest settlement hearing, the city says they are eager to remedy the cops' non-compliant behavior—though community activists are rightly skeptical. Our Isabella Garcia has a great informational piece that breaks it all down for you!
After falling out of compliance with the city’s DOJ settlement due to PPB’s protest policing in 2020, Portland officials say they are eager to resolve PPB’s use of force and accountability issues. Community representatives still need to be convinced. https://t.co/98EzgapnUJ— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 26, 2021
• OHA researchers say that hospitalizations will keep rising with a peak on September 6 of around 1,200 Oregonians in the hospital. (That's up from the earlier projection of a peak of just over 1,000 hospitalizations by September 3.)
• The Oregon Poison Center is reporting more cases of people getting sick after taking a parasite drug meant for animals that, according to the GENIUSES on Facebook and Reddit, will prevent COVID-19. Surprise... IT DOESN'T. However it can cause nausea, low blood pressure, hives, and seizures. Oh yeah! And death.
• Entertain your brain with the latest edition of POP QUIZ PDX, our weekly trivia game featuring hilarious, sassy Qs about local scandals, Portland weirdo history, and a "subjective" question about Dr. Pepper knockoffs! (I'm sorry, but... "Dr. Perfect"?)
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The Supreme Court has blocked the CDC's eviction moratorium which was supposed to expire in early October. (While we certainly can blame the Supremes for this one, the actual fault lies with Congress who has the authority to make such a moratorium, but didn't.)
• Thirteen US service members in addition to more than 113 Afghans were killed yesterday and scores more were injured in a terrorist bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, where thousands are still desperately trying to escape the country. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, and President Biden gave a national address saying that the murderers will be held responsible, and vowed to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan. Republicans are behaving exactly how you'd expect.
“We do not believe there was a second explosion at or near the Baron hotel... it was one suicide bomber”— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 27, 2021
US Army Major General Taylor confirms 13 US soldiers were killed in the Kabul airport attack, adding wounded US troops have been flown to Germanyhttps://t.co/F46hXcaz8L pic.twitter.com/Q5LQUxvGZg
• Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd gave an interview to NBC explaining why he shot Ashli Babbett who, along with thousands of other violent right-wingers, were rampaging through the Capitol. “I know that day I saved countless lives,” Byrd said. “I know members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in jeopardy and in serious danger. And that’s my job.”
• U.S. Capitol Police officers are suing Donald Trump, his corrupt allies, and domestic terrorist extremist groups for inspiring the January 6 attack on the nation's capitol, and the brutal abuse right-wingers inflicted upon them.
• Tropical Storm Ida is expected to hit the Gulf Coast Sunday evening as a Category 3 hurricane—the same size as Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.
• Today in "Huh... what are the odds?":
• Hey Savage Love fans! Get your tix now to see Dan Savage live and in-person on October 2 for a reading of his newest book, Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays! (Plus, paid attendees get their own copy of the book!)
• Alert! We've combined three of our world-famous film festivals into one, big, sexy, stoney, scary, movie showcase called the Mercury Movie Mashup! It's the best of the best from SPLIFF (our stoner film fest), SLAY (our horror film fest), and HUMP! (the little porn festival that started it all!), featuring all the blood, sex, and weed you can handle in a ONE NIGHT ONLY show at the Clinton Street Theater—go get those tix now!
• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Chance of a teensy shower today with afternoon sun and a high of 75.
• And finally, are you looking to make some positive changes in your life? Maybe this isn't the best advice.