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Good morning, Portland! We've got another wet and blustery day ahead of us, with a high of 55 degrees. Before you pull on your galoshes, get up to speed on this weekend's news:
-A powerful storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by weather experts, whipped across the drought-ridden West Coast yesterday, triggering numerous landslides and flooding across areas of Northern California.
-Portland wasn’t immune from the cyclone: Yesterday’s windy rainstorm knocked out power for more than 15,000 people in the metro region.
-Owens-Brockway, a glass recycling plant in northeast Portland has agreed to either shut down or install pollution control technology, according to an agreement it made with the state Friday. The facility has been accused of emitting dangerous levels of harmful pollutants over the surrounding neighborhoods.
-City of Portland attorneys met with lawyers representing the Wheeler recall campaign Friday to argue why the campaign should not be allowed an extension on its missed signature-collection deadline.
-If you, like myself, watched Dune this weekend, make time to learn about the original novel’s fascinating Pacific Northwest origins:
Hi, this piece has been on my mind for several months. Thanks to @chaseburnsy for helping shape it & give it a home— Chase "Hutch" Hutchinson (@EclecticHutch) October 21, 2021
For @TheStranger, I dove into how the origins of #DuneMovie came from author Frank Herbert seeing his world facing an environmental threathttps://t.co/v52mAtXpih
-Oregon gave the green light to Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots Friday, allowing all vaccine recipients (not just Pfizer pfolks) to access a third shot.
-In other exciting vaccine news, Fauci says that vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will most likely be available by mid-November, suggesting that most kiddos could be fully vaxxed by the end of the year.
-Righteous headline of the day: "Georgia man used most of Covid business loan to buy $57,000 Pokémon card, prosecutors say"
-A federal trial begins today to determine whether the 2017 deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA was part of a “conspiracy to engage in racially motivated violence.” The trial could offer a blueprint for future litigation against white nationalists and other hate groups. Stay tuned.
-On a similar note:
EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in "Dozens" of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff https://t.co/zlNIXW0hk8— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 25, 2021
-ICYMI, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a film set Thursday, killing a cinematographer and injuring the film’s director. Crew members allege that the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun has a record of risking safety protocol on set.
-A group of armed individuals led a jailbreak in Nigeria, freeing 575 inmates. The wild thing? This is the norm for the West African country. This weekend’s release was the third jailbreak in Nigeria this year. The Associated Press reports that “most of the recent jailbreaks in Nigeria seem not to be connected.”
-Although the world saw a 5.6 percent decline in greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the pandemic, the amount of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere was higher than average in 2020. The BBC explains why.
-The original iPod was born twenty years ago. I leave you with the first ever commercial for the click-wheel wonder: