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Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull has once again stuck his big stupid foot in his big stupid mouth.
Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull has once again stuck his big stupid foot in his big stupid mouth. Courtesy Clackamas County

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Color you peach and black. Color me takin' aback. Crucial... I think I want ya. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• The state is giving some 24,000 workers out of 42,000 state executive branch employees an extra six weeks (until November 30) to get vaccinated, after unions pushed for more concessions, including getting extra time off if they suffered side effects from the vaccines.

• The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has once again run afoul of state law, this time a judge has agreed with the ACLU that when the cops livestreamed protests in 2020, they were "collecting information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity." That's a state law no-no! Our Alex Zielinski has more.

• Also in trouble again: Clackamas County commissioner Mark Shull is drawing mass condemnation for stupidly sharing an antisemitic meme on Facebook comparing COVID-19 health restrictions to the Holocaust. This is the same ding-dong who, in July, compared vaccine passports to Jim Crow laws. Somebody needs to take an analogy class! (And maybe get recalled?)

• Not ready to brave the crowds just yet? No problem, you can still enjoy some great art and performances with the Time-Based Art Festival's virtual events! And the Mercury has some superb suggestions.

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• Answering calls from critics, President Biden is now vowing to double America's purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to 1 billion doses that will be shared with the world. Working with leaders from other countries, he hopes to hit a 70 percent global vaccination rate.

• The House has passed legislation that would avoid a government shutdown and extend the debt limit until after the 2022 elections. But don't worry! Obstructionist Senate Republicans (and a couple of foot-dragging Dems) will do everything in their power to stop it.

• Former president and forever loser Donald Trump is taking his niece and the New York Times to court, saying that a 2018 story about his shady taxes violated a settlement agreement with his niece and the Times forced her into it.

• The House committee investigating the January 6 domestic terrorist attack on the nation's capitol will reportedly be issuing subpoenas to top Trump aides to find out what the former president knew about the riot and any plans he may have had to start it.

• RIP beloved actor Willie Garson (Carrie's best male friend on Sex and the City) who has died at the age of 57.

• Today in "Too Good to Be True" news: "Two Men Found Vehicle With ‘Free Car’ Sign, Took It for a Ride, Then Found Naked Dead Body in Back."

• Are you ready for some sexy fun? Then don't miss HUMP! 2021—featuring tons of hotsy-totsy five-minute filthy flicks—coming at ya LIVE AND IN-PERSON at Revolution Hall for two screenings only on October 1! (You can stream it online, too!) GET THOSE TIX QUICK, it's heading toward a sell-out!

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: A touch cooler and cloudier today with a reasonable high of 72.

• And finally, I wasn't around yesterday, so you get this today! YOU ARE WELCOME!