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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Grab that sun while you can get it this morning, because rain moves in tonight and tomorrow—and as long as you're grabbing things, grab that ballot, grab those Mercury endorsements and cheat sheet, and VOTE! (Election day is this coming Tuesday, so grab some DEMOCRACY.) Oh, and let's also grab some NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• In case you haven't noticed, COVID cases are on the rise (and if you haven't gotten it yet, there's a good chance it's coming for you), and while county health officials are advising everyone to keep wearing their masks inside, the good news is that the latest variant, while highly transmissible, will not make you "terribly sick, it’s still a mild virus for the most part.”
A 10,000 square-foot inclusive playground in Gabriel Park will open to the public this Saturday. The project marks another step towards the parks bureau’s goal of creating a large inclusive public playground in every section of the city. https://t.co/fTMfHrEj2J— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 13, 2022
* Everybody's talkin' about our Alex Zielinski's great Hall Monitor column in which she expertly dissects the infuriating Thompson Elk vote this week, in which City Council (bullied by People for Portland) are taking a symbol of defiance against police violence and trying to recast it as the wealthy reclaiming "their" city. It is excellent, and you should read it.
• Speaking of power-hungry wealthy folk: While public campaign financing limits have stopped Portland's wealthy developers from personally donating any more than $250 each to their preferred candidate, Vadim Mozyrsky, they're still able to pump hundreds of thousands into the campaign to unseat Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty by running the money through their PAC, Portland United.
To Peterson, the approval to apply to the academy shows that his campaign has helped move the needle for minorities in the criminal corrections field.https://t.co/BGsGBg0S2e— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 12, 2022
• Hey music lovers! Hear in Portland columnist Jenni Moore has the scoop on the best music to put in your ears, including Portland-based rapper Wynne's new single, and the good news that Pickathon has added GZA and the Phunky Nomads to the bill!
"Bleep-blik-BLORP!" Translated: "Calling all Portland earthlings! It's time for POP QUIZ PDX, featuring quizzy Qs about adorable orangutans, more stupid elk drama, and tourists from other WORLDS!" Also enter to win free pizza, bleek, blorp. 🍕👽https://t.co/zds2Oh2UTQ— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 12, 2022
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Expect hundreds of thousands of people to march nationwide (and here in Portland) on Saturday to protest the Supreme Court's expected overturn of Roe v Wade and to show our dedication for protecting abortion rights for EVERYONE (not just those in the relatively safe environment of Oregon). Here's more local info about tomorrow's march!
Thousands of protesters are expected to march at rallies in Washington and cities across the country Saturday in a nationwide campaign to demand safe and legal access to abortion. https://t.co/65wS99CXpm— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 13, 2022
• OOOOOOH, Putin is gonna be MAD, because now Sweden is heavily considering following its pal Finland into NATO to help push back against Russian aggression. (Good riddance to their historical neutrality!) Meanwhile, Ukraine is holding its first war crimes trial, starring a Russian soldier who brutally gunned down an older citizen for the crime of riding his bicycle.
• WNBA star Brittney Griner will stay in Russian detention for an additional month as she waits to stand trial for allegedly carrying vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis in her luggage.
• Happy Robert Pattinson Day (to those who celebrate).
Say it...Out loud…Happy Birthday, Robert Pattinson 🗣 pic.twitter.com/Fm5udXSJAg— Peacock (@peacockTV) May 13, 2022
• Creepy marionette billionaire Elon Musk says his scheme to buy and revamp Twitter in his ignorant image is temporarily on hold—but he's still committed to the purchase and fucking it up for everybody.
• Hooray for SCIENCE!
BIG NEWS: Researchers grew plants in lunar soil for the first time! 🌱🌖
Congrats to @UF on growing Arabidopsis plants in regolith collected during the Apollo era. We’ll study the same species on #Artemis I as we prep to return to the Moon. https://t.co/fsollo0lvX pic.twitter.com/ZsjKKZXu9v— NASA Space Science (@NASASpaceSci) May 12, 2022
• And finally... have a great weekend everybody, but... you know... manage your expectations.
Therapist: You said you were disappointed with life & how the world operates. What were your expectations?— Into The Forest Dark (@ElliottBlackwe3) May 12, 2022