Portland Police tees up a new gun violence reduction team.
Portland Police tees up a new gun violence reduction team. PORTLAND CITY AUDITOR'S OFFICE

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

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• Today in "Your Tax Dollars at Work": Portland City Council is poised to RIGHTLY pay Portlander Aaron Cantu $125,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he was shot in the back of the head by a "less lethal" munition fired randomly into a crowd by Portland Police during a 2018 protest. Cantu suffered a traumatic brain injury from the incident. (Trust me, there has been and will be a LOT more money dished out by the city for this kind of stuff.) Our Alex Zielinski has more!

• Related: The Portland Police Bureau expects to staff up their new gun reduction squad, called the Focused Intervention Team, by the end of the week and put it into action by January. If you're as skeptical as I am about this, you'll be pleased to know that the community oversight group advising the police on the project (particularly on racial matters) seems pleased so far.

• Former state representative Akasha Lawrence Spence has been appointed to serve as Senator for Oregon District 8—even though she's also running for Dan Ryan's commissioner seat. WAIT WHAT? Don't worry, it's all kosher and our Alex Zielinski explains it all for you.

• There is such a backlog of tenant vs. landlord cases in the state, the Oregon Bar is giving paralegals the power to advise and represent tenants in eviction and rental assistance disputes.

• In case you missed it, Portland's first Black police chief, Charles Moose, who served the city from 1993 to 1999, died at the age of 68 on Thanksgiving day.

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• President Biden is hoping to calm a worried nation about the new Omicron virus that's overwhelmed South Africa and is already popping up in other countries, saying that it's a "cause for concern, but not for panic." The World Health Organization is taking a bit of a different tact, saying the variant poses "a very high risk." Sooooo... good luck, I guess?

• Related: The CDC recommends that all eligible adults should get their COVID booster vaccine shots to ward off the impending, highly transmissible Omicron variant. Meanwhile, Pfizer is asking for authorization from the feds to start giving booster shots to 16 and 17 year olds.

• On Wednesday, the Supremes are teeing up to finally take on Roe v Wade, as they will be hearing a Mississippi case regarding a 2018 law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (24 weeks is usually the legal cut off). However, don't be surprised if they try to sidestep overruling Roe while also ruling in favor of Mississippi's draconian law—because that will mean Roe is dead in the water anyway.

• The founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey (AKA another social media guy who refuses to listen to what anybody says) announced that he is willingly stepping down from his role and appointing chief tech officer Parag Agrawal to take his place.

• Things are not looking so great right now for CNN's Chris Cuomo, who reportedly used his industry sources to find out which women would be coming forward to accuse his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, and then pass that info on to his brother's advisors. Sounds kind of ethically sketchy, yah?

• You want to find the perfect gift while also supporting local businesses, yes? YES! Then don't miss the Mercury's Holiday Gift Guide, featuring only the coolest gifts and where to find them... locally!

• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Morning fog turns to a partly sunny day tomorrow with a balmy high of 59.

• And finally, IT IS TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH.