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A person gives a thumbs up. Thy are wearign a mask and have a bandaid on their arm from where they just got the vaccine.
VACCINES FOR ALL! Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County

In local news:

• Booster shots for Oregonians who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved Friday. According to the Oregon Health Authority, eligible Oregonians should schedule a booster shot with their healthcare provider or a local pharmacy. More details on who is eligible for the boosters can be found here.

• The city of Portland doesn’t believe the campaign to recall Mayor Ted Wheeler should be granted an extension to collect more signatures, saying the group’s last minute lawsuit against the city’s recall laws “undermines our democracy.” The campaign launched a federal lawsuit against the city in early October, claiming the pandemic interfered with its ability to collect enough signatures to place the recall effort on the ballot within the given 90-day period. Alex Zielinski has more details on the city’s response.

• The Portland Clean Energy Fund, which raises money for climate-conscious initiatives through a one percent business tax, is planning to distribute 12,000 to 15,000 portable heat pumps and cooling units to low-income people and Portlanders of color over the next five years. The new Heat Response Program aims to mitigate the impacts of future heatwaves, like the June heatwave that killed 60 people in Multnomah County, most of whom did not have access to air conditioning.

• Frank Herbert’s Dune has made it’s way to the silver screen—but the sci-fi fantasy novel has strong roots in Oregon’s landscape. Chase Hutchinson has a look at how the Oregon Dunes near Florence inspired the famed novel.

In national news:

• GOOD NEWS ALERT: A recent study shows that kid-size doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are nearly 91 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in kids ages 5 to 11. Advisors to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will debate the evidence next week. If the FDA authorizes the shots and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines who is eligible in quick succession, kids could be receiving vaccines by early November.

• Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died Thursday after actor Alec Baldwin shot a prop firearm on set of Rust. While details are scant as police investigate the incident, crew members allege that the prop gun had already been misfired at least three times in days prior to the incident. Union crew members were also forced off the set and replaced with a nonunion crew the morning of the accident after they voiced opposition to “a serious lack of safety meetings” during production.

• The Supreme Court will start to hear arguments on the Texas law that functionally bans abortions on November 1. The ban will remain in place while people argue whether or not people who can get pregnant should have access to BASIC HEALTH SERVICES.

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• Plus, if you—like me—are shocked that we are already so far into October and you have not done anything remotely spooky or scary, might I suggest SLAY—the Mercury's short horror film fest? Online screenings are starting TONIGHT as well as IN-PERSON at the Clinton Street Theater on Oct 29 & 30! GET THOSE TICKETS NOW.