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Good morning, Portland! Could you use a shot... and perhaps a beer? If so, we've got ya covered.

Here are the headlines.

• Four months after its celebratory kick-off, the campaign to recall Mayor Ted Wheeler has come to an unceremonious end. The campaign failed to get even half of the required signatures to get on the ballot, and a last-minute lawsuit to buy them more time failed.

• Well, color me shocked: The New York Times ex-columnist who woke up one day and decided he ought to be governor of Oregon has a lot of fancy out-of-state friends with deep pockets. Yep, I'm talking about Nick Kristof, who has already raised more than a million bucks for the campaign.

• Gresham High School students are speaking out about a school resource officer—aka a cop who hangs out at school—who they say consistently targets students of color for mistreatment. According to OPB, students of color feel "targeted, harassed, intimidated, discriminated against and profiled by the school resource officer."

Why is a drought-stricken Oregon town agreeing to give a tech giant a bunch of its desperately needed water? The Dalles City Council just voted 5-0 to provide Google with more water to cool the company's two new data centers there. Both parties refuse to say just how much water is being given for the $28.5 million price tag. The future might not have enough water, but damn it, we're still going to be able to do our precious little internet searches!

• Want to know what's going on with the Portland Thorns, after the fallout from news that a coach sexually coerced players and Thorns management turned a blind eye? Interested in learning more context about politics and Portland soccer fans? Check out this wonderfully reported piece from Mercury contributor Abe Asher.

• How do things continue to be bad in newer, more fucked-up ways?

• Reporters with NPR got their hands on taped recordings of conversations among top National Rifle Association (NRA) officials 20 years ago about how the organization would respond to school shootings. The conversations, which took place after the Columbine tragedy, offer a peek behind the curtain into how one of the most powerful and detrimental organizations in the country operated.

• Now that a billion-dollar infrastructure bill is headed to President Joe Biden's desk, it's time to once again try to pass the social safety net portions of his "Build Back Better" plan. That means five infuriatingly "moderate" Democrats—including Oregon's own Kurt Schrader—now hold the cards.

• Over the weekend, eight people tragically died at Astroworld, Travis Scott's music festival, as they were trampled in a crowd of fans. Scott already faces multiple lawsuits for failing to make the festival safe—but online conspiracy theorists are, of course, taking things a few steps further. QAnon influencers are insisting the Astroworld deaths were part of a mass satanic ritual—and their followers are buying it.

• And finally: A daylight savings mood!