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September COVID deaths nearly match all-time record.
September COVID deaths nearly match all-time record. BRANDON BELL / GETTY IMAGES

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! We are young but getting old before our time. We'll leave the TV and the radio behind. Don't you wonder what we'll find, steppin' out tonight? LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• The Oregon Health Authority reported 52 COVID-19 deaths yesterday, and while those fatalities happened earlier in September, it puts Oregon on track to match the deadliest virus month on record.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has formed a political action committee to help him raise funds for what is expected to be a potential run for governor of Oregon. I know it's still too early for slogans, but how about: "Nicholas Kristof: Another Entitled White Guy Who Thinks His Opinions Matter."

• Democratic legislators Sen. Kayse Jama and Rep. Khanh Pham are putting together a very necessary workgroup to improve the way Oregon welcomes Afghan refugees in order to smooth the path for those arriving in the coming months—and those from other countries arriving in the future.

• A memorial/protest was held last night downtown to honor the memory of Sean Kealiher, an activist who was killed by the driver of an SUV close to the now closed Cider Riot bar. His murder has never been solved.

• RIP David Kennedy (co-founder of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy) who died earlier this week at the age of 82.

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• Nearly 70 million retirees living on Social Security will get a substantial 5.9 percent increase in their monthly payments—which is nice, but still not quite enough to keep up with inflation.

• The US is once again opening their borders to legal travelers from Canada and Mexico, as long as they are fully vaccinated.

• Today in "Our Broken Criminal Justice System": "Black Americans are incarcerated at nearly five times the rate of whites, new report on state prisons finds."

• For the first time, the FDA has approved an e-cigarette saying that this particular one significantly cuts down the deadly poisons one inhales in regular cigarettes. They rejected flavored products from the same company, concerned they would be attractive to kids.

• Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to temporarily extend the debt ceiling, putting off yet another economic crisis (with absolutely zero help from Republicans).

• This morning, actor William Shatner (Star Trek's Captain Kirk) took a joy ride on Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin spacecraft for a quick 10-minute journey to the upper atmosphere (where many have gone before).

• That's more like it: "Monument honoring indigenous women to replace Columbus statue in Mexico City."

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