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In local news:

• Portland-based rapper Wynne’s latest release DO MY OWN STUNTS is six tracks full of the hometown hero’s signature pop culture references and quick, witty lines. Check out Jenni Moore’s review of the EP!

• Thanks to pandemic-fueled worker shortages, factory shutdowns, and shipping delays, Portland restaurants have been plagued with food and supply shortage for the past 18 months. Unable to plan with certainty, food industry workers are rolling with the punches and trying to outsmart the supply chain wherever possible.

• Oregon could start requiring truck and large vehicle manufacturers to increase their zero-emission vehicle offerings in an effort to lower the state’s diesel emissions. The Department of Environmental Quality’s commission will vote whether or not to implement a policy to require truck manufacturers to increase their zero-emission semi-truck sales 30 percent by 2030.

• In anticipation of severe winter weather, Portland and Multnomah County will expand severe weather shelters starting this Friday. The Arbor Lodge Shelter in North Portland will open Friday and host indoor beds and outdoor sleeping pods all winter long.

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In national and international news:

• After a full day of deliberations, jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial broke for the evening and will continue deliberating tomorrow. In an unusual move, the judge allowed Rittenhouse to draw numbered slips out of a raffle drum to randomly choose which two jurors would be dismissed as alternates; that task is usually performed by the court clerk.

• A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel is set to discuss expanding eligibility for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults this Friday. While most pharmacies do not verify booster eligibility when taking walk-in appointments, only adults who received Johnson & Johnson are eligible for boosters without restrictions, while Pfizer and Moderna recipient are restricted by their risk level of contracting COVID. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also discussing expanding booster eligibility this week.

• Fully-vaccinated people will be able to gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. “Join the crowd, join the joy, join a historic moment as New York City provides further evidence to the world that we are 100 percent back,” de Blasio said.

• PSA: Don’t eat fruit and veggie barcode stickers and, while you’re at it, stop swallowing your gum.

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