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Good morning, Portland! And goooooood morning, WING WEEK! This week, try 24 creative wings from Portland restaurants and bars for on $6 per plate! And don't worry about them being too spicy, the cloudy/rainy weather this week will be sure to cool you off.
- The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is reeling from allegations that longtime coach Paul Riley sexually coerced and harassed players—including members of the Portland Thorns. It’s caused a reckoning within Thorns leadership, who said they heard similar allegations against Riley when he led the Thorns in 2015. NWSL cancelled all of its games this weekend in response, but that didn’t keep Thorns’ supporters from holding a rally for the players Saturday evening.
“F— your silence”— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) October 3, 2021
Portland Thorns fans are calling for accountability tonight outside Providence Park stadium
Tonight’s soccer game is canceled after allegations of sexual misconduct were revealed against a former coach pic.twitter.com/xjaEcyjaKw
- COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining in Oregon, but hospitals are still expecting to remain full of COVID patients into December, according to Oregon Health & Science University.
- Related: Legacy Health has placed nearly 800 employees on unpaid leave for refusing to meet the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements by the end of September. The move is a foreshadowing one, as Oregon nears its get-vaccinated-or-get-fired deadlines for all health care workers on October 18.
- Kaiser Permanente workers are prepared to strike as soon as this week amid a standstill over contract negotiations with management. Workers say they’ve been overworked, underpaid, and undervalued during a global pandemic—and that their bosses could care less.
- Not long after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, city leaders embarked on a movement to dismantle the city’s current structure of law enforcement. In November, Minneapolis-ians (-ites?) will vote to decide whether or not the city’s police department should be replaced by a “public safety” bureau that doesn’t solely rely on police to resolve conflict in the city. Here’s how that campaign is going.
- The Southern California coast has been doused with 120,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Pacific Ocean from an offshore oil drilling rig. The oil has already begun to kill native shorebirds and fish, and local officials are fearing worse long-term impacts.
- The conservative-skewed Supreme Court begins a new term today, where justices will hear cases on abortion access, gun laws, religious freedoms and other consequential issues. Here's a sneak peek.
- Introducing: the Pandora Papers, the latest info leak from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealing how the world’s wealthiest use offshore companies to conceal their wealth and buy property in other countries.
— And finally, today in "Nobody Asked You, Idaho":
October 4th is National Taco Day! How about a twist on the traditional taco with this recipe from the Idaho Beef Council!#NationalTacoDay #IdahoBeefCouncil— IDAHO.gov (@IDAHOgov) October 4, 2021