A damning new report shows that hiring more cops will not necessarily reduce crime.
A damning new report shows that hiring more cops will not necessarily reduce crime. Doug Brown

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I, I went off to the right, without saying good goodbye. Where does it go from here? Is it down to the lake I fear? LET'S GO TO PRESS.


• Portland Police and their ardent supporters (hi, People for Portland!) insist that the city's crime rate can only be solved by hiring more cops... but hold on there, sparky! According to a new report featuring the cops' own data, increasing the number of cops will not necessarily lower crime rates. (Tell me again why you ever believe those guys?) Our Alex Zielinski has more.

* The mostly conservative (and absolutely terrible) Newberg School Board has topped themselves again, this time firing their own school superintendent for no given reason (though probably because he refused to discipline teachers who wouldn't go along with the board's racist/homophobic ban against Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols in the district).

• If you happen to see Commissioner Dan Ryan sweating, that could be because he just got some very impressive, formidable competition for his position 2 seat in the May 2022 primary. Folks, meet former Oregon Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence (you'll be hearing a lot from her).

• Multnomah County's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for kids age 5-11 arrived yesterday, and though it was less than half of what was requested, more doses are scheduled to arrive within weeks. Nationally, nearly one million children will have received their first shot by the end of the day.

• You don't have to be vegan to love the food being put out by Plant Based Papi, which, according to this review from Jenni Moore, is good enough to inspire (socially distanced) lines around the block.


• Today in SAD TROMBONE: A federal judge has refused former President Trump's request to keep government documents concerning his actions during the January 6 domestic terror attack away from congressional investigators. Naturally, he will appeal the decision, because he's built his career on dragging things through the courts until they eventually go away.

• Inflation is on the move, with October prices jumping 6.2 percent over last year, due to supply chain problems and the pandemic slowing factory work.

• The 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill are (you guessed it!) being pilloried by members of their own party for daring to help Biden and the country with anything.

• The truest headline of the day: "Vast Majority of Americans Say Facebook Has Made Society Worse."

• Brian Williams, former NBC News anchor and current MSNBC host, has announced his retirement from the network which will go into effect at the end of the year.

• Congratulations (I guess) to actor Paul Rudd, who has been awarded People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" (I guess) for 2021... which I guess this is still a thing. (I guess.)

• RIP great actor Dean Stockwell (Blue Velvet, Paris, Texas, Quantum Leap) who has died at the age of 85.

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: A mostly dry morning, and then... surprise! RAIN. (And a high of 54.)

• And finally... jeez. Kids are getting divorced younger and younger these days.