The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

Another beautiful day at the US Supreme Court, where rights continue to crumble.
Another beautiful day at the US Supreme Court, where rights continue to crumble. Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images
Good afternoon, Portland! Here are today's headlines.


• After 16 months, Portland is still out of compliance with settlement it reached with the Department of Justice in 2014 regarding police use-of-force against people with a mental illness. The details are not flattering: of the seven sections of the settlement agreement, the city is out of compliance with six. Alex Zielinski has more.

• The Portland Business Alliance is reportedly weighing a legal challenge to the charter reform ballot measure that would drastically change the format of the city's government and elections. It's not just PBA: Mingus Mapps' PAC and a PAC led by failed city council candidate Vadim Mozyrsky are also opposing reform.

• The University of Oregon has completed its purchase of the former Concordia University campus in northeast Portland and plans to re-open it as UO Portland in 2023. The purchase was financed in part by a $425 million donation from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, who is a graduate of the university.

• Two weeks after Buoy Beer's landmark building in Astoria collapsed, the brewery is back in business—opening a pop-up operation at the Astoria Food Hall. The brewery has resumed its canning operation as well.


• The Supreme Court brought the curtain down on one of its most damaging terms ever by kneecapping the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate emissions from power plants and its power to act regulate generally without congressional approval. The vote was 6-3, the result, according to Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas, could be "cataclysmic for modern administrative law."

• There was one positive note from the court's decisions released today: John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh joined the court's three liberals to reject an attempt to block the Biden administration from ending a Trump-era program forcing asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico. The policy has allegedly been responsible for widespread suffering at the border.

• With that, Justice Stephen Breyer's tenure on the high court is over. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first ever Black woman to serve on the court, was sworn in as his replacement today.

• The California Assembly today passed a bill allowing San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles to set up supervised drug sites where people could legally take drugs with medical personnel on hand. The bill will head to the state Senate for its approval in August.

• Finally... a sweet moment, caught on camera.