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Fans of the Thorns and Timbers boycott concessions and merchandise following managements cover-up of sexual harassment accusations.
Fans of the Thorns and Timbers boycott concessions and merchandise following management's cover-up of sexual harassment accusations. Steph Chambers / Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! You leave without a word, no message, no number. And now my head is pounding like rolling thunder. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

• First things first, the most delicious week of the year HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! The Mercury’s WING WEEK is happening all this week (Oct 4-10) with 24 creative wing dishes from your fave restaurants and bars—and they’re only $6 per plate! GET YOUR WINGS ON.

• According to a new study from Portland State, the wholly excellent Portland Street Response program—that answers non-violent 911 calls about houseless people or those in mental distress instead of the cops—is just as fantastic and necessary as we all knew it would be. (Well, everyone except three brake-pumpers on city council—guess who they were!) Our Alex Zielinski has the details.

• The "Recall Wheeler" campaign is apparently not going to collect enough signatures to meet the necessary deadline needed to get on the November ballot—but they're not giving up yet, and are suing the city for refusing to extend the deadline. Alex Zielinski explains why.

• Related: If you're tired of the constant barrage of "Portland is Dead" media coverage from no-nothing rich people, out-of-town pundits, and certain local editorial boards, this article by Zoë Carpenter in The Nation is a refreshing blast of truth that correctly points out that those who are rushing to clean up Portland's tarnished reputation are the ones that caused it, while also ignoring the calls for reform that was previously pushing the city in a more just direction. (Seriously, send this article to all of your nay-saying out-of-town relatives.)

• Fans of the Portland Thorns and Timbers soccer teams are rightfully PISSED by the way the Thorns management and owner Merritt Paulson handled sexual coercion charges leveled against former coach Paul Riley, and have declared a boycott of the teams' concessions and merchandise.

• A huge fire ripped through the beloved Hawthorne building that houses Lounge Lizard, Really Good Stuff, and Riyadh’s Lebanese Restaurant yesterday, injuring two Portland firefighters.

• Portland band No One of Consequence has launched a debut album that critic Ray Gill, Jr. calls a "sonic dreamscape" that's "really something special." Check out the review here.

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• Unable to get obstructionist moderate Democrats to see the light, President Biden has conceded that he will need to lower the price tag on his $3.5 trillion social and environmental plan. While debate is still underway, the final cost will probably be between $1.9 trillion and $2.3 trillion—and some very necessary humanitarian programs will fall by the wayside.

• Speaking of obstructionists, hypocritical Senate Republicans are once again planning to block a debt ceiling vote which could endanger the global economy (not that they give a shit). However, they might indeed give a shit that Biden is seriously considering changing the rules surrounding their beloved filibuster.

• A Facebook whistleblower testified before Congress yesterday, spilling the beans about how her former company blatantly ignores the harm it causes to children and democracy.

• Good news for those with student debt: The Department of Education is announcing a new program that will revise previous restrictions and allow tens of thousands of borrowers to get out of debt.

• Something to keep an eye on: The FBI has raided the headquarters of the New York City police union for unknown reasons (though members of the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office were involved), and hours later the president of the union resigned. (Here's your reminder that police unions are inherently corrupt and should never be lumped in with actual workers' unions.)

• NASA is preparing to play a real-life game of "Asteroids" by launching an experimental rocket that will nudge a passing asteroid off its intended course as practice for any future possible collisions with the Earth.

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• Get ready for the fun fright of your life with SLAY—the Mercury's short HORROR film fest coming at ya online from Oct 22-31, and LIVE and IN-PERSON at the Clinton Street Theater on Oct 29 & 30! GET THOSE TICKETS NOW.

• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Some sun and a chance of showers today with a high of 60!

• And finally, depending on the morning, I'm either the puppy or the chick in this video.

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