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Good morning, Portland! Today is going to be hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms, AKA the perfect weather for talking to your coworkers around the water cooler about how much you prefer a dry heat to this humidity. Here are some news tidbits you can add to the convo as well!
In local news:
• New Seasons management wasted no time dusting off its anti-union moves after employees at the Seven Corners location filed to unionize Friday. Informational zines about the union effort were removed from the employee break room over the weekend and New Seasons CEO Nancy Lebold penned a letter warning employees of being misled about the benefits of unionizing. Workers at the store have filed two unfair labor practice complaints against the company.
• City Commish Hardesty weighed in on Twitter:
• OMSI will screen a series of 360-degree films made by homeless youth this evening. The never-before-seen films were created last year through the nonprofit Outside the Frame, but never received a proper screening because the work needed to be watched through a 360-degree VR headset. However, thanks to a partnership with OMSI and its nifty planetarium, the films can be viewed as intended.
• Homegrown tech giant Tektronix is looking to downsize its 300 acre campus by leasing or selling two of its many office buildings. The announcement isn’t surprising—the company adopted a hybrid work model during the pandemic and some employees have understandably decided that working for home is more convenient than commuting to Beaverton during peak rush hour. Beaverton city officials say the sale could present an opportunity for sustainable redevelopment in the area.
• Pedalpalooza kicked off three months of lovely bike rides last night with its first ride of the summer. There are hundreds of rides scheduled throughout the next dozen weeks —check out a schedule here.
In national news:
• A person injured during the shooting on the New York City subway in April is suing Glock, the gun manufacturer, over its marketing and distribution practices that allowed the alleged gunman to purchase the gun more easily, the lawsuit argues. The lawsuit says that Glock, while originally marketing its guns towards police in the 1980s, knowingly produced and sold more guns than legitimate buyers demanded, creating a secondary market for resold weapons. The suspected shooter bought the Glock he used in the attack at a pawn shop.
• Yet another gun violence story: At least four people were killed Wednesday during a shooting at a hospital campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to local police, law enforcement responded to a call of an armed man at the St. Francis Hospital around 5 pm and, upon arriving, heard gunshots on the second floor of a physician office building. The gunman died from a self-inflicted injury, police said.
• Wait! I'm getting a message from the future: This clip is definitely going to be used in a documentary six years from now about how awful the public dialogue around the Depp/Heard defamation case was:
Fans outside the courthouse chant Johnny Depp's name after the verdict was announced in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
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— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) June 1, 2022
• The California Department of Justice released a 500-page report Wednesday detailing the state’s role in perpetuating discrimination against African Americans—a major step forward in the fight for monetary reparations for the descendants of enslaved people. “I know a lot of people say we don’t need to keep doing studies, but the reality is until it comes from some source that people think is objective, then it is going to be harder to convince everybody of some of the inequalities described,” said Justin Hansford, director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. California’s African American reparations task force will use the report to release a comprehensive reparations plan next year.
• Instagram is rolling out an Amber Alert feature on the app that will share a photo, name, and description of a missing children that’s actively being looked for in the user’s area. The feature is intended to further awareness within the first few hours of child abductions to increase the likelihood of finding the child. The alert will be activated by law enforcement and show up in the user’s Instagram feed.
• Let’s end today with a knit frog wearing a knit sweater: