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Good morning, Portland! Turn that Monday frown upside-down because it appears that summer is showing up this week! Today starts with a high of 72 and next weekend is expected to reach the 90s. Get your jorts ready.
- After numerous complaints from Old Town residents and property owners, the city of Portland conducted a series of fast-paced homeless camp sweeps over the past several months. Now, Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to replicate those whirlwind sweeps across the city. Here's how homeless Portlanders who called Old Town home were impacted by the cleanups.
- There's been much grumbling about Oregon's Measure 110, a law that decriminalized small amounts of hard drugs and creating a funding stream for addiction recovery programs. Here's a glimmer of hope among the discourse: A nonprofit addiction treatment provider in Southeast Oregon's Harney County is using Measure 110 grant dollars to open a coffee house run by people in recovery to serve as a community and resource center for others in the recovery population.
- BREAKING: Sandwich lovers rejoice! Starting today, June 20 through Sunday, June 26, get deeeeelicious $8 sammies from 30 (!) local restaurants. It’s the Mercury's first-ever Sandwich Week! Get it!
- Wooden beams from a cargo ship that crashed near Oregon's coast in the late 1600s were discovered in sea caves off the shore north of Manzanita Friday. The recovered timber could help inform how the ship came apart in the first place—and guide scientists to the rest of the long-lost wreck.
- In case you skipped Portland's glorious Pride Parade on Sunday, here's a snippet that seems to capture the *~*vibe*~* well:
- In completely regressive news: The global governing body for professional swimming voted to effectively ban transgender women from participating in women's swimming competitions. Trans women can compete if they can prove that they did not experience any part of male puberty before age 12, which feels... really hard to prove? Goddammit, swim overlords!
- In related anti-LGBTQ news, a high court in Japan agreed with a lower court that banning same-sex marriage is not unconstitutional. This ruling comes a week after the Tokyo government passed a bill that recognizes same-sex partnership agreements.
-Sunday marked Juneteenth, making it 157 years since slavery of Black people ended in the United States. The date became a federal holiday last year:
Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. after the Civil War, became a federal holiday in 2021. This year, the celebrations may already resonate in new ways.
Here’s a brief guide to the holiday's history. https://t.co/1nwmsffKv2
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 19, 2022
- More than 200 people of the Amhara ethnicity were were killed in Ethiopia in what appears to be a hate-driven attack. According to the Associated Press, "Ethiopia is experiencing widespread ethnic tensions in several regions, most of them over historical grievances and political tensions." The government said it's hoping to find a "lasting solution" to keep these horrendous killings at bay.
- In a shocking election twist, French President Emmanuel Macron's party is no longer the majority in the French Parliament. While Macron won his second term as president in April, he presides over a "deeply disenchanted and divided country" (sound familiar?) where his future successes hinge on winning support of those outside of his party.
- In other global election news, Colombia elected its first leftist president, former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro. Petro's vice-president will be human rights advocate Francia Márquez, marking the first time that a Black woman fills the post.