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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Here's your daily reminder that a) IT'S HOT! b) you can get $6 boozy, frozen cocktails in July and August from your fave bars with the Mercury's SUMMER OF SLUSHIES, and c) also just wanted to remind you to read some NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a city-wide state of emergency to combat the rising number of shootings in Portland, setting a goal of reducing gun-related fatalities by 10 percent over the next two years. But will his proposed plan work? Our Alex Zielinski dives into the details.
In short, the plan promises more of the same. (By investments in gun violence intervention programs already up and running.) https://t.co/FPPgQweaGB— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) July 21, 2022
• Portland City Council has approved the largest climate investment in the city's history—to the tune of $107 million! Whooooo-WHEE! So where's all that money going? Our Isabella Garcia explains it all for you.
• COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Oregon, and with them, a rise in hospitalizations. Unfortunately, our hospitals (particularly those in the southern and central parts of the state) are having a tough time keeping up with the virus as they are understaffed and nearing full capacity. (Wear yer damn mask.)
• Your tax dollars at work: "City of Portland agreed to pay Housing Bureau Director $87,000 to resign."
The Portland Sketch Comedy Festival returns this weekend after a two-year pandemic pause. Who's new on the line-up and who're the local legends? We've got the goof news.https://t.co/LLG9xFk4fl— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) July 21, 2022
• Expect cooler temps through Saturday, but LOOK OUT! We could be hitting multiple 100 degree days as soon as next Tuesday!
• Thinking caps on! It's time for another hilarious POP QUIZ PDX! This week's trivia covers Portland's most annoying insects, people who pee in our corn flakes, and YOUR pick for who should replace Biden... if that's something you'd like.
The boss is going back on tour! Legendary heartland rocker Bruce Springsteen will stop over early next year with his E Street Band in tow. And it's about damn time you heard the good news: Megawatt star Lizzo has added a second Portland date! https://t.co/vgoQNAySqu— EverOut Portland (@EverOutPortland) July 21, 2022
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Grab yer popcorn! Another revealing January 6 hearing will be hitting prime time tonight (8 pm EST, 5 pm PST) and will be focusing on what was happening in the White House while domestic terrorists were rampaging through the nation's capitol, and in particular what Trump was doing to stop it. (Spoiler Alert: NOTHING.)
• RELATED: A watchdog from the Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into why all those Secret Service texts from January 5 and 6 were suddenly deleted after investigators asked for them.
• Here's one for the Twitter Hall of Fame:
Former first lady Melania Trump said in a new interview with Fox that she was "unaware" of the ongoing riot on January 6, 2021, because she was too busy photographing a rug in the White House https://t.co/I9MqEANHCh— CNN (@CNN) July 21, 2022
• President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19—but don't panic! He is reportedly only experiencing mild symptoms and is taking Paxlovid (a drug that can lessen the severity of the virus) while he works from the President's residence for the next five days.
BREAKING: The first US polio case in over 9 years happened because they were not vaccinated. They now have paralysis.— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 21, 2022
I don't know who needs to hear this right now, but vaccines work.
• The House has passed legislation that would guarantee access to contraception to all Americans—against the wishes of almost every Republican (of course). Can you believe we actually have to be wasting our time with this?
• And finally... hey, Twin Peaks fans! You are going to LOVE this.
david lynch ads for coffee in a can, set in the world of twin peaks, only ever aired in japan. wild pic.twitter.com/4HHwvp6mHK— ecto🦠drome (@ecto_fun) July 20, 2022