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Good morning, Portland! Let's hope you got your rain fix over the weekend because, summer's back! Expect sunny days in the mid-70s to 80s throughout the week. Some good news: The weekend downpour did help Oregon fire crews slow the spread of still-burning wildfires. Now, the headlines:
- Nabisco workers reached a tentative agreement Saturday on a new union contract with their parent company Mondelez International, ending a strike that began in Portland more than five weeks ago. The agreement was passed despite Portland workers’ strong opposition.
- Two weeks into in-person school, how are Portland Public Schools students and staff doing? Mercury reporter Isabella Garcia brings us up to speed.
- Today in a new segment: "What's the Happs With Mingus Mapps"
- A federal advisory group has recommended Pfizer booster shots for people 65 or older, or those who run a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Yet Oregon health officials still need to meet with other federal and state committees before green-lighting the rollout of booster shots in the state. OPB's got the rundown.
- Meanwhile, hundreds flocked to Salem over the weekend to protest Oregon’s vaccine and masks mandates, blaming Gov. Kate Brown for economic instability and for…. limiting their right to kill people with a deadly virus?
BREAKING: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and highly effective in children 5 to 11, the companies say. If the regulatory review goes smoothly, millions of children could be immunized by Halloween.https://t.co/X4Loeks07c— Apoorva Mandavilli (@apoorva_nyc) September 20, 2021
- President Biden is using public health concerns as an excuse to send thousands of migrants seeking asylum in the US—currently camped on the Texas border—back to their countries of origin. The encampment of 14,000 individuals is mostly made up of Haitians fleeing a country wracked by political upheaval and natural disaster.
- Authorities in Wyoming have discovered the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, the woman who disappeared while on a cross-country “van life” trek with her boyfriend. Said boyfriend remains on the lam.
Hundreds of indigenous women are missing from the same area in which Gabby’s remains were found. https://t.co/Gm31za15Uu— Terri Harley • Civil Disobedience Effects Change (@TerriResists) September 20, 2021
- I leave you with a healthy dose of SEA VESSEL DRAMA: Australia cancelled a submarine contract with France worth $66 billion last week, choosing instead to work with the US and the UK. France is piiiissed.