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Good Afternoon, News: Rest in Peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice and American icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dead at the age of 87.
Supreme Court Justice and American icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dead at the age of 87. Robin Marchant / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• Ordinarily we report local news first in GAN, but this clearly takes precedence: In absolutely devastating news, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—one of America's most beloved legal and feminist icons—has died at the age of 87. And may god have mercy on all our souls.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Much needed rainstorms drenched Oregon last night and this afternoon, though flooding, rockfalls, and lightning strikes are still a concern. Air quality warnings continued around much of the state today, but it's a marked improvement over the past few days, and the weekend looks better still. That said, Oregonians have a long road ahead in dealing with the wildfire disaster—but we'll take the bits of good news where we can get it.

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Takeout Club: Reviewing Takeout Options from Nanban, Luc Lac, and a New Salad Delivery Service

Dont sleep on the miso ice cream at Nanban!
Don't sleep on the miso ice cream at Nanban! Sweet visuals

First we couldn't go outside, then we could only go outside—as we learned that the indoors was where coronavirus thrived. Now with all this climate apocalypse wildfire smoke (that has thankfully lessened today, although the Air Quality Index still reports Portland's air as Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups), we're back indoors again!

In response to Portlanders' return to responsible home arrest, here are a few reviews where we salute Portland takeout—new and old—to cheer you on and keep your belly full.

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Sam Adams Endorses Mapps Over Eudaly for Portland City Council Seat

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Mingus Mapps, the challenger to incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in the November race for Portland City Council's fourth position, just got a significant endorsement.

Sam Adams, the former Portland mayor who unsuccessfully ran against Mapps and Eudaly in the May primary, announced Friday that he is endorsing Mapps. Adams secured 27 percent of the vote in May, but was edged out of the November runoff by Mapps and Eudaly, who got 28 and 31 percent of votes, respectively.

In an email announcing his endorsement, Adams said Mapps is the candidate who "is capable of healing, repairing, and rebuilding the city I love."

Adams went on to say that Mapps has the right temperament to work with other council members and "represent all of Portland and every one of the 95 neighborhoods and neighborhood business districts" in the city.

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This Week in Portland Food News: Japanese Food, Mochi Doughuts, and More!

The one-week-old Japanese-inspired restaurant Nanbans menu includes Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki with house-smoked pork belly bacon, yakisoba, and a house okonomiyaki sauce.
The one-week-old Japanese-inspired restaurant Nanban's menu includes Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki with house-smoked pork belly bacon, yakisoba, and a house okonomiyaki sauce. Nanban via Facebook

Welcome to a new edition of Portland food news! We've gathered all the latest happenings in the food scene, including a new Pearl District winery, a drool-worthy smash burger destination, a mochi doughnut pop-up, and an upcoming pasta parlor. Read on for all that and more essential updates. For more ideas, check out our list of places to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, our takeout and delivery directory, and our outdoor dining directory.

Keep in mind that some restaurants may be closed or have reduced hours due to air quality. It’s a good idea to call ahead or check social media before going out anywhere.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


Mikiko Mochi Doughnuts
As the trend of mochi doughnuts gains traction in the city, the pop-up Mikiko Mochi Doughnuts has found a new home in the Bar West space in Northwest Portland. The pop-up is run by couple Emily Mikiko Strocher and Alex McGillivray and features flavors like pandan with matcha, passion orange guava, and ube with li hing (salty dried plum powder). The doughnuts are available from 8 am-1 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, and will also be on West's brunch menu on the weekends.
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We’re Postponing Our "Eyes On the Ground" Panel. Here’s Why!

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As you might be aware, we were planning to host a panel this coming Tuesday, September 22, called "Eyes on the Ground: A Conversation With Portland's Protest Journalists." The panel was intended to give our audience a glimpse into what it’s like for the independent journalists who have been covering the historic Portland protests against police brutality and racial injustice that started after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd in May.

But we’re postponing the panel—until next month, most likely. We’ve chosen to delay it because, as many Portlanders helpfully pointed out, there weren’t any Black journalists in the original panel lineup.

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Talk Dirty to Us on Our New, Sexy Podcast! (But Hurry, the Deadline is TODAY!)

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From the sexy minds behind HUMP! and the Savage Lovecast, it's Five Minute Fuck—a mini podcast featuring your best, dirtiest stories!

We’re looking for erotic fictional tales, orgasmic audioscapes, midnight confessionals, and even real sex. Whatever you think will make for some truly lewd listening!

Each episode of Five Minute Fuck will feature a short piece of audio created by listeners—each 5 minutes or less, and all submitted anonymously. You will be able to binge-listen to all of them at once or savor the episodes slowly. And what do you get for bringing the goods? We will share a portion of streaming revenue among the storytellers that have been selected to be a part of Five Minute Fuck! And we’re going to make a place for it at the 2021 HUMP! Film Festival, too!

So make it short and make it sexy. Gay, straight, bi, trans, couples, throuples—anything goes for your Five Minute Fuck! Well… almost anything. (No animals, No poop, No minors.)

Send your submissions to submissions@fiveminfuck.com.

But hurry, hurry! Deadline for submissions is TODAY, September 18, 2020!


The Best Movies to Stream in Portland This Weekend: September 17-20, 2020

You might not be able to breathe in fresh PNW air right now, but you can watch Alone, a woodsy survival story about a road trip to rural Oregon gone awry.
You might not be able to breathe in fresh PNW air right now, but you can watch Alone, a woodsy survival story about a road trip to rural Oregon gone awry. Magnet Releasing

Another weekend of smoggy isolation is met with some good news in the form of sexy short films (an encore of the 15th Annual Hump Film Fest), Latin American-centered features (the Portland Latin American Film Festival), a chilling small-town horror story (Spiral), and more great movies and shows streaming through Portland theaters and nationwide. Read on for the full scoop, and don't forget to check out our list of where to watch this year's Emmy-nominated shows in preparation for this Sunday's awards ceremony.

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15th Annual Hump Film Fest - Encore Presentation
Our colleagues, the creators of HUMP!, were crushed to cancel their originally planned fall tour. But after receiving enthusiastic support and permission from the filmmakers to show their films online, they knew that the show must go on! Even if we can’t watch together in movie theaters, we can still watch the 16 sexy short films, curated by Dan Savage, in the privacy and safety of our homes. Dan will introduce the show and then take you straight to the great dirty movies that showcase an amazing range of shapes, colors, sexualities, kinks, and fetishes!
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Good Morning, News: Our Savior Rain, Roadside Vigilantes Arrested, and Trump Ramps Up Crime Spree

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Psst... did ya see all the crimes I did this week? Probably the biggest, best crimes anyone ever did ever.
"Psst... did ya see all the crimes I did this week? Probably the biggest, best crimes anyone ever did ever." Scott Olson / Getty News

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Now that it's raining more than ever, know that we'll still have each other. You can stand under my umbrella. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

• After a long, dry month, drenching rains finally came to the area in earnest last night, bringing with it thunder and lightning as well. The National Weather Service warned about flooding in Clackamas County, Southwestern Multnomah County, and downtown Portland could be receiving an excess of rain today as well. The welcome wetness is also expected to help firefighters combat the state's wildfires, and... well, would you look at that? Portland is no longer the city with the worst air quality in the world! As I write this it's merely "unhealthy for sensitive groups." OH SWEET RELIEF. (Still be careful during outdoor activities, though!)

• Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has called for an investigation into members of the Sheriff's Department who allegedly encouraged the armed vigilantes who blocked roads and terrorized people during the wildfires.

• AND WILL YOU LOOK AT THAT: Three Oregon men have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the second degree for reportedly setting up an illegal roadblock and frightening citizens.

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Police Estimate Going Over Annual Budget by at Least $1.5 Million

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Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

According to the Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) calculations, the ongoing protests that have called for cuts to the bureau's budget will contribute to PPB going over its approved annual budget by at least $1.5 million.

PPB outlined this prediction in a memo to the City Budget Office in preparation for the city's upcoming budget check-in, dubbed the Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP). The Fall BMP is an opportunity for City Council to evaluate the current city budget, which was approved by council in late June, and adjust where necessary. City Council is scheduled to vote on BMP adjustments in late October.

PPB's memo, sent on September 9, explains that it's the cost of overtime pay for police officers assigned to protests that will ultimately push the bureau over budget before the end of the fiscal year, in June 2021.

"Confidence in [budget] projections is diminished by unpredictable factors: current protest expense, and expense for anticipated protests at election time—neither of which have any allowance in the budget," the memo reads.

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Good Afternoon, News: Thunderstorms on the Way, Russia's Plot to Destroy Biden, and Trump Wants to Rewrite History Books

Will tonights thunderstorms in Oregon be a wildfire blessing or curse?
Will tonight's thunderstorms in Oregon be a wildfire blessing or curse? amriphoto / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• At a press conference today, Gov. Kate Brown delivered some potential good news about Oregon’s wildfires: A rainstorm expected to hit this evening “will bring welcome moisture,” helping to quell wildfires and expel the toxic smoke that has enveloped the state.
“This is good news for Oregon, good news across the fire front,” said Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
But there’s a catch: “We do expect lightning this evening, and tomorrow,” Grafe continued. “We also expect, like typical with any storm front, the frontal winds. If the moisture doesn’t come to the fires first, the winds will, and that will be problematic.”
Brown also added that Oregonians impacted by wildfires are now eligible to receive financial assistance from the federal government. You can learn more and apply for relief here.

• Portland City Council has approved the updated renter relocation assistance policy, in which landlords will now be forced to pay relocation fees if they raise their tenant's rent by any amount between now and March 2021.

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Watch the Trailer for SLAY: Our New Horror Film Fest Debuting Oct 15-31!

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SLAY Film Festival

We're living through horrifying times... correct? Then what better time for SLAY—the horror film festival featuring short, deliciously TERRIFYING flicks? SLAY comes to you from the makers of HUMP! and SPLIFF, who asked artists, filmmakers, and generally bored people to make short, eight-minute-or-less horror flicks—and wow! Did you deliver! We received hundreds of submissions from all over the Northwest and the world, and have picked the best 32 of these entries for the debut of the SLAY film festival, premiering October 15-31, 2020.

In fact, we got so many great submissions we were able to break SLAY into two volumes—so you can watch just one, or if you really want to be scared witless, WATCH BOTH for a discount. Get your tickets now and here!

Need more fun? No problem. After watching SLAY you'll be able to vote on the best flicks in four categories: "Goriest," "Funniest," "Scariest," and "Best in Show." Plus all finalists will share the revenue from SLAY, which means you'll be helping support these talented artists and filmmakers!

So what can you expect from the debut of SLAY? All kinds of TERROR... from creepy, to hilarious, to sexy, to poop-your-pants horrifying! CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE! And don't miss the absolutely scare-tastic premiere of the funnest film festival of the season, SLAY! Get those tickets now!


Watch Live: Gov. Brown Delivers Wildfire Update for Thursday, September 17

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Governor Kate Brown will be giving a 1 pm press conference today to provide updates on the current state of Oregon wildfires and the progress being made to contain them. Her last press conference was this past Monday, where Brown and various state firefighting and public health officials gave reporters both good and bad news: the recent changes in the weather that helped firefighters go into attack mode on the state's many blazes, and sadly, more information about the dead and missing.

Today Brown is expected to be joined by these same officials who will be sharing the latest info on controlling the state's wildfires, Oregon's terrible air quality, rescue and recovery efforts, and how the rain and thunderstorms moving into the area will help or perhaps worsen our situation.

Find out the latest updates for Thursday, September 17 by WATCHING THE GOVERNOR'S LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE AT 1 PM.


Where to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah 2020 in Portland

Bring sweetness into your new year this Rosh Hashanah with baked goods from Baker & Spice.
Bring sweetness into your new year this Rosh Hashanah with baked goods from Baker & Spice. Baker & Spice via Instagram

Religious or not, Rosh Hashanah is as good an opportunity as any to 1) experience fun Jewish cultural traditions and 2) get a fresh start on this dumpster fire of a year. In addition to a roundup of Jewish new year specials available at local restaurants, we've compiled some virtual and socially distant in-person events to help you celebrate the High Holidays in Portland. See them all below. 

Keep in mind that in-person events may be canceled due to poor air quality

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
Baker & Spice
The charming bakery's High Holidays menu includes pear frangipane tartlets, "honey bee cake" (a buttermilk honey cake with boozy bourbon currants, topped with toasted almonds and butter glaze), and rugelach in two flavors (walnut apricot cinnamon or cherry chocolate cardamom).
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Good Morning, News: Wildfires Exacerbate COVID-19 in Oregon Prisons, Rain's Coming, and Goats Save the Day

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Good morning, Portland! Welcome to another hazy day, in which Portland continues to resemble the inside of your college bong.

Here are the headlines.

• At least two Oregon prison inmates, who were among the 2,500 people evacuated to different prisons because of the wildfires, have recently tested positive for COVID-19. That means the wildfires have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus among one of the state's most vulnerable populations.

• Now, some good (?) news about the fires: The Oregonian is reporting that a "storm system is poised to bring rain showers to parts of Oregon over the next two days, helping clear out wildfire smoke. But the change in weather has prompted a pair of new concerns: thunderstorms and flash flooding."

• Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Hurricane Sally has left 550,000 people without power in the Gulf Coast.

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Good Afternoon, News: Attack on Wildfires is Working, Trump's Blundering Town Hall, and COVID Vaccine "6-8 Months Away"

Dr. Robert Redfield says if all Americans wore masks, virus could be eradicated within six to 12 weeks.
Dr. Robert Redfield says if all Americans wore masks, virus could be eradicated within six to 12 weeks. Andrew Harnik / Getty News

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• According to their latest report, the Oregon Department of Forestry is closely monitoring 12 major wildfires in the state—which is down from the 17 reported yesterday—and the huge Riverside fire is now 3 percent contained, which may not sound like much, but containment was at 0 percent yesterday and shows that, thanks to the change of weather, the firefighters are now able to attack the blaze. All 12 of the major fires now have some percentage of containment, all the way up to 40 percent contained in the Echo Mountain fires outside of Lincoln City.

• While the terrible air quality in Portland due to wildfire smoke dropped to merely "very unhealthy" this morning, it popped back up to "hazardous" this afternoon. On the upside, the air quality in certain pockets on the coast have returned to "good," which is giving the rest of us hope. We're currently under an air quality advisory until Thursday, when rain is forecasted to reduce the smoke by the weekend. Fingers crossed!

• Positive news for those whose lives were tragically upended by the Oregon wildfires: FEMA is now on the ground in the state, and Rep. Greg Walden says that anyone “adversely affected” should register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going online to DisasterAssistance.gov.

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