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Nabisco workers on strike get violent treatment from company security guards.
Nabisco workers on strike get violent treatment from company security guards. Jamie Partridge

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I feel real when you touch me, I feel real when you hold me, I feel real, real real. I feel real, I'm real real. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• After making national news for vowing to boycott Texas after the state passed its draconian anti-abortion laws, Portland is walking back that proposal, now saying that it will instead set aside $200,000 to go to groups that support reproductive healthcare.

• The Portland workers' strike against Nabisco has entered into its second month, and tensions are flaring after security guards hired by the company became violent with striking workers. Abe Asher has the details.

• Parents are struggling to understand Portland Public Schools rules about quarantining students who may have been exposed to someone carrying the COVID-19 virus. While riding the bus, unvaccinated students wearing masks must quarantine if they spend 15 minutes within 6 feet of an infected person, but the same kids sitting three feet away from an infected student in the classroom do not have to quarantine, even if they were with them all day.

• The 2022 race for Multnomah County Chair just got more interesting, as longtime housing and homelessness policy advisor Shannon Singleton has thrown her hat into the ring. Singleton feels that she is in the "best position to make the most impact on homelessness, mental health and moving people to permanent housing." Our Alex Zielinski has more.

• Stand-up comedy on the whole is making a shaky return after the pandemic, and one of the city's funniest shows, the BIPOC-led Minority Retort, has come back swinging. The Mercury interviews producer Jason Lamb to find out what changes have been made and what the future holds.

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• The Republican-led effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom has resoundingly failed—while also sending a strong message that Trump-endorsed candidates (like conservative challenger/radio host Larry Elder) may not have the necessary political clout to win future elections.

• Former aides to Trump are pushing hard to turn the majority of Republicans against Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, hoping it will strengthen their racist, anti-immigration platform.

• The Justice Department is asking an US District Court to immediately stop enforcement of the new anti-abortion law in Texas, calling it an "unprecedented scheme" to deny people their constitutional rights.

• A new book on the Trump years by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa has some juicy (read: TERRIFYING) reporting, such as how Veep Mike Pence consulted former Veep Dan Quayle about the president's demands to overturn the election, and how Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took extraordinary methods to make sure Trump didn't launch a nuclear attack during his final days. EEEEEP!

• The FBI has fired agent Michael Langeman for failing to properly investigate the sexual assault allegations against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving up to 175 years in prison. Meanwhile Simone Biles and other Olympic gymnasts are testifying in Congress over the mismanagement of Nassar's investigation.

• Welp, this is where we are right now in the world: "Nicki Minaj said Covid vaccine could make you impotent. Dr. Anthony Fauci shut her down."

• RIP comedian Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) who died of cancer at the age of 61.

• 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!)

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: A cooler, cloudier day today with a high of 68.

• And finally, hope you have friends that will always have your back... kinda like this goat and rooster.

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