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In local news:

• The Portland police violated state law when they filmed protest activity in 2020 and shared live-streamed footage online and internally, a Multnomah County judge ruled Monday. The judge agreed with the ACLU that, by livestreaming protests from PPB devices, PPB was "collecting information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity,” which violates Oregon law. 

• A positive COVID case at the state Capitol forced state leaders to adjourn until tomorrow, delaying the already tense redistricting process. House leaders have until September 27 to pass new maps for the state’s 90 legislative districts and six congressional districts, or forfeit their ability to control the process.

• This year’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) is offering a slew of virtual shows and experiences for these COVID-times. Here’s a look:

• Third shots of the COVID-19 vaccine may be available for people 65 and older and those at high risk for COVID as early as next week, according to Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen. The state agency is just waiting on the FDA to approve the booster shot, which is expected some time this week.

• A prosecutor in Washington declined to file charges against the officers who shot and killed Michael Reinoehl while trying to arrest him for the murder of Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, who was shot after a pro-Trump rally in downtown Portland last year. While the prosecutor found the force justified under state law, he urged the US Attorney’s Office to investigate the shooting under federal law.

In national and international news:

• In his first address before the UN General Assembly, President Biden called for world leaders to come together to address the pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses. While Biden stressed that the US is still a reliable international partner, he declined to address criticism over the US military’s recent withdrawal from Afghanistan.

• George Holliday, the man who filmed Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King in 1991, died Sunday due to complications of COVID-19. Holliday’s video of King’s beating was broadcast across hundreds of news stations and is heralded as an early example of the power of citizen journalism.

• The intense media coverage of Gabby Petito’s death has been frustrating for some Native American leaders who have watched as the media ignores the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Since 2000, Indigenous people have made up 21 percent of the homicides in Wyoming where Petito went missing, despite only being 3 percent of the population. Additionally, 30 percent of Indigenous homicide victims received media coverage, as compared to 51 percent of their white counterparts.

• Feeding your furry friend bugs can help fight climate change! Dog and cat food accounts for up to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the US. As pet owners show more interest in buying climate-conscious food for Spot and Snowball, pet food companies like Mars and Nestlé are developing insect-based food alternatives.

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SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30