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Security guards got in between striking protesters and vans full of picket-line crossers last night outside Portlands Nabisco plant.
Security guards got in between striking protesters and vans full of picket-line crossers last night outside Portland's Nabisco plant. Jordan Brokaw

Good morning, Portland! You know, we really live in an incredible country: One moment you can be tweeting about your cousin's friend's swollen testicles; the next, the White House can be offering to have a doctor call you up and explain how vaccines work to you.

Anyway... here are the headlines!

• A Multnomah County grand jury ruled Wednesday that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Portland Police Officer Curtis Brown with a crime for fatally shooting Michael Ray Townsend outside a Lloyd District hotel in June. Townsend's death follows a deadly trend in Portland, where police are currently under a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice for using disproportionate force against people with mental illnesses.

• Reynolds High School, in Troutdale, is temporarily moving back to distance learning for a week due to COVID-19 exposure among students and staff. "While the number of students or staff who have tested positive are small, these cases have required large numbers of students to quarantine due to possible exposure in the last few days," reads a statement on the school's website.

• Don't miss Alex's reporting on a weirdly contentious Portland City Council vote over the city's response to the Texas abortion ban:

• It was another violent evening outside the Nabisco plant in Northeast Portland last night, with striking protesters blocking vans full of scabs and security guards shoving those protesters out of the way. To think, this whole messy thing could've been avoided if Nabisco simply gave their employees fair wages and reasonable working conditions!

• As Oregon hospitals continue to be packed with (mostly unvaccinated) COVID patients, they're forced to delay other important medical care, including surgeries and cancer treatments. Friendly reminder that getting vaccinated is a free and incredibly easy thing you can to do literally save lives.

• From the AP: "Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified since the group formed a hard-line Cabinet last week that is more in line with their harsh rule in the 1990s than their recent promises of inclusiveness, said two Afghans familiar with the power struggle... In a further sign that the hard-liners had prevailed, the white Taliban flag was raised over the presidential palace, replacing the Afghan national flag."

• Chill, normal country:

• United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is urging all member countries to ban the sale and use of artificial intelligence technology, until the potential human rights implications of these systems can be further evaluated. Bachelet specifically focused on the use of AI to forecast and profile criminal behavior, and said this tech could be “negative, even catastrophic."

• Twenty-four Democratic state attorney generals across the country have signed onto the Biden Department of Justice's lawsuit to block Texas' six-week abortion ban. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is one of them.

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• And finally, some important news to start your day:

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