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.)
• Oregon Abortion Advocates Brace for Fallout Following Idaho Abortion Ban
We spoke to Oregon abortion advocates and care providers about how Idaho's anti-abortion law will impact demand for the procedure in Oregon. “Idaho is just the beginning,”says An Do of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "We’re at the beginning of an intergenerational fight.”
• City Council to Examine Cops’ Agreement with Private Businesses
Instead of using private dollars to keep four police officers focused on a business district in downtown Portland, a new contract suggests that taxpayers cover the cost.
• The Trash Report: The Best Local and National Gossip of the Week!
The great Elinor Jones returns to the Mercury with her new gossip-packed weekly column, THE TRASH REPORT. This week: Wordle saves a life, all the cool kids who caught Covid, and Avril Lavigne celebrates a "Complicated" birthday!
• Energy Nonprofit Leader Sues City Following Grant Rejection
A nonprofit director is suing the city of Portland, alleging that the city defamed her character when it revoked a grant from her organization earlier this year.
• POP QUIZ PDX: Sassy Local Trivia, Newsy Qs, and the Beast with Orange Teeth
"Gaaaaah! Why does this thing have ORANGE TEETH?" Answer that question and more in this week's sassy-ass local trivia game, POP QUIZ PDX! (Plus, you get to choose which Portland neighborhood has the WORST drivers!)
• Rangoon Bistro’s Burmese Menu Offers a Cross-Section of Southeast Asian Cuisine
Rangoon Bistro has the silken chickpea tofu and pickled green tea leaf salad of your heart's desire, but its new brick and mortar spot also gives the restaurant's three chefs plenty of room to innovate.
• Portland Transportation Leaders Move to Make COVID-Era Restaurant Street Seating Permanent
Good news, restaurant lovers! Following overwhelmingly positive community feedback, Portland transportation leaders will ask City Council to make COVID-era street seating permanent.
• Savage Love: Age Against the Machine
Older folks are gettin' it on! And as proof, Dan Savage fields some sexy questions this week from the over-60s set in the latest edition of SAVAGE LOVE!
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!