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Protesters march near the Supreme Court to demand an end to gun violence and call for abortion rights protection.
Protesters march near the Supreme Court to demand an end to gun violence and call for abortion rights protection. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Good Afternoon, Portland: We're looking at some textbook Pacific Northwest weather this weekend—not too cold, not too hot, and just tons of rain. Madonna and I, we like it.


• If you live in the city, there's probably not much you can do to help out the migrating bird-os, who may be confused by unnatural sources of light. But the readers further out may be curious about doing their fowl friends a solid—just by turning off their porch lights.

• Goodbye Jake Silberman! Portland's crowd work comedian is making trails to New York City. Read about his experiences performing in small towns during the pandemic and his advice to the up and coming, next generation of comedians of Portland in his Mercury Exit Interview.

Daaaamn Clackamas County, back at it again with the inaccurate primary vote numbers.

• When Oregon voters passed 2020's landmark drug decriminalization law they earmarked hundreds of millions of dollars of cannabis taxes to pay for drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services. However, OPB reports that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has encountered seemingly endless difficulties when it comes to distributing that funding. Six months after drug decriminalization went into effect, the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council announced they are finalizing contracts with the grant awardees and looking forward to voting to approve the contracts, likely in the fall.

• Are you psyched for upcoming shows from Ice Cube, Rochelle Jordan, and Blackwater Holylight? How about a super sexy new single from The Last Artful, Dodgr? Read the roundup of local music news in this week's Hear in Portland column!


• According to a Gallup poll released yesterday, a majority of US adults consider themselves "pro-choice." The highest pro-choice affiliation Gallup has measured was 56 percent in '95. But the new poll is an increase of 5 to 10 percent from recent numbers.

• Today in non-binary tortoise news: This rare albino tortoise made their debut at a Swiss zoo today. Reuters notes that "their gender has yet to be determined." I mean, haven't we all?

• The highs and lows of the world's richest, Twitter-fancying man unfortunately continue to have real-world consequences for those trapped in his orbit—in this particular instance his employees. Today Elon Musk announced that he is considering laying off ten percent of Tesla's workforce, after the company's stock plunged nine percent.

• There's good news for Tesla's workforce: The US economy continues its broad-based hiring glow-up, as the Labor Department announced that US employers added 390,000 jobs in May.

• Wishing a very happy Pride to all the corporations. They try so hard.