Omigod! The Clackamas County Clerk fucked up SO BAD this week! Hahahahahaaaaaa!!
"Omigod! The Clackamas County Clerk fucked up SO BAD this week! Hahahahahaaaaaa!!" Prostock-Studio / iStock / Getty Images Plus

GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)

Four Portland-Area Starbucks Stores Vote to Unionize
The first Starbucks stores in Portland have voted to unionize—and more could be on the way. Abe Asher has the story.

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GETTY IMAGES / JOE RAEDLE

The Mercury's 2022 Primary Election Night Live Blog!
It's the only thing good about these elections: It's the Mercury's Election Night Live Blog! Relive all of Tuesday's night action as it happened. (Featuring gossip, the latest results, and most importantly, the election night party SNACKS.)

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MICHELLE MRUK

• POP QUIZ PDX: Hilarious Local Trivia and More!
This week in the super fun POP QUIZ PDX: Gaaaaaah! What the freak is that GIANT FREAKING MUTANT RABBIT?? (Plus romance novelists who moonlight as murder suspects, creepy fast food night managers, and more! Oh yeah... and a FREE PIZZA contest!) 🐰😱
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PHOTO COURTESY STEVE MORGAN/WIKICOMMONS

In Unionizing Effort, Gresham Cannabis Workers Face Roadblocks
Cannabis growers aren't given the same protections that dispensary workers have when it comes to unionizing. A group of cannabis workers in Gresham hope to change that.
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GETTY IMAGES / FATCAMERA

Photo Essay: Portland Shows Up for "Bans Off Our Bodies" Pro-Choice Rally and March
Portland showed up for the #BansOffOurBodies rally and march last Saturday and raised their voices for abortion rights. Photog Mathieu Lewis Rolland was there and shares some powerful images in this photo essay.

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Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

Comedian Niles Abston Returns to Portland to Practice for His Upcoming Special
Comedian and writer Niles Abston has a lot on his mind. He recently made a short film, got hired to write for a hit FX show, and now he's returning to the Pacific Northwest to work on material for his second stand-up comedy special.
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PHOTO BY ARCHIE BLUE, COURTESY OF NILES ABSTON

• Oregonians Sue State for Not Upholding Constitutional Access to Public Defenders
The lawsuit demands the state refrain from prosecuting any low-income person with a crime if it cannot provide that person with a lawyer.
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GETTY IMAGES / BOONCHAI WEDMAKAWAND

THE TRASH REPORT: Good Rescues, Bad Moms, and Bras That Are Clothes
Hello, trash lovers! Get elbow deep in the most entertaining local and national gossip with THE TRASH REPORT. This week: Good moms gone bad, bras instead of shirts, and goddamn Matt Damon stole your money.
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ROBIN MARCHANT / GETTY IMAGES ENTERTAINMENT

• State and County Health Officials Vary on Mask Recommendations Amid Rising COVID Cases
COVID-19 cases have doubled in Oregon over the past month, prompting differing COVID safety recommendations from state and county health officials.
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PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

• Savage Love: Freyed Nerves
He loves her but doesn't want to have sex with her. However, he *does* want to exchange sexy pics and vids with strangers. WHAT. IS. UP. WITH. THAT? Dan Savage explains what is up with that in the latest edition of SAVAGE LOVE!

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Joe Newton

• House of Ada to Represent Portland's Ballroom Culture Scene on Season 3 of HBO's Legendary
Portland is about to—once again—shine in the national eye. That light is sparkling on the city's own House of Ada.
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HBO, COURTESY OF HOUSE OF ADA

Girl God: The Most Famous Trans Comedy Duo Of All Time Comes to Portland
“We're the most famous trans comedy duo of all time,” April Clark said of Girl God's upcoming show.
“Yeah, for sure,” Grace Freud echoed. “Name one other.”
“I can’t think of any.”
“What about Abbott and Costello?”
“Okay. But we’re more famous than them."
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FELIX WALWORTH



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