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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Doesn't look like we're quite going to hit the predicted 94 degree temps today—though we're apparently going to give it a another go tomorrow. In the meantime? Here's some hot chip NEWS!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Portland's City Council has approved the new "Climate Energy Workplan" which is a three-year plan for the city to take steps to mitigate the effects of climate change. HOWEVER! Critics are arguing that the steps are too small, and we need to hit the gas (figuratively) in order to really make a dent. Our Isabella Garcia has more!
While Portland's Climate Emergency Workplan sets the city’s intention to respond to the climate crisis, critics argue that the plan is aspirational due to a lack of specifics. https://t.co/6vTRUkaCG1— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 24, 2022
• McMinnville police officers have shot and killed a 69-year-old man who may have been intending on committing "suicide by cop." An investigation into the shooting is taking place.
• School's already in session... at least for Mayor Wheeler who's attempting to teach kids to help demonize the homeless with his new ban on homeless people on school routes. And since actual school starts in under a week, the mayor's sweep squads are particularly busy right now. Since there's not enough places for them to go, expect them soon in your neighborhood!
Here's what Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's string of emergency homeless camping bans along high crash corridors, common walking routes to schools & around school buildings looks like on a map.— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) August 24, 2022
Courtesy of data viz wizard @mfriesen https://t.co/Osc40VJeSlhttps://t.co/zA9afq3bRD pic.twitter.com/dMWWIPS5GK
• Oh no! The beloved Indonesian restaurant Wajan had its gigantic patio partially destroyed by a hit and run driver. But they're still open and cookin', and our Suzette Smith talks to the owners to get the low-down. (And suggest some perfect dishes from their menu for you to try!)
The merc’s landing page currently is “find a patio!” then “we regret to inform you that the patio has been partially destroyed” pic.twitter.com/u9TvMH3dWz— Elinor Jones (@ElinorJoneser) August 24, 2022
• While many rural counties are already banning voter-approved psilocybin treatment centers in their areas (even before they're built), they may want to read THIS article: "‘Magic mushroom’ psychedelic approved by Oregon voters may help heavy drinkers quit, new research shows."
• Here's a hot tip... read this!
Hello! Here's a note from Editor-in-Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey on the two types of tips the Portland Mercury reaaaaally likes. 💡https://t.co/9uRNP3srgG— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 24, 2022
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Just in time for the midterms, President Biden finally got around to student loan relief, announcing that the government intends on cancelling $10,000 of load debt for qualified borrowers (earning less than $125,000 per year) and $20,000 for recipients of the Pell Grant—a move that could help up to 40 million people. There seems to be three types of hot takes on Twitter today: "UNFAIR!!!!" and "Not nearly enough 🙄" and "Wow, I don't about you, but I can really use $10,000."
Just think of it like a vaccine, but for student loans. Just because smallpox killed a bunch of people doesn’t mean it should keep happening. Now get in the pit and try to love someone ❤️— Sean Jordan (@SeanSJordan) August 24, 2022
• Today Ukraine celebrated their national independence day, and right on cue Russia bombed the shit out of a railway station, killing 22 people and injuring at least 50.
• According to a released email, even Trump's own lawyer agreed that the DOJ was right and the former prez needed to send those boxes full of confidential state secrets back to the White House.
'That's not what our report said': Mueller lawyer nails Bill Barr for lying in bombshell Trump memo https://t.co/sBBQeNaJ1H— Raw Story (@RawStory) August 24, 2022
• If Tuesday's primary elections in Florida and New York are any indication, the Republicans decision to torpedo Roe v Wade was a grave miscalculation. But is it enough to turn the so-called "Red Wave" in November into a ripple? LET'S GOOOOOOOO!
• And finally... be the penguins.
Penguins chasing a butterfly.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/J3lUISA3yQ— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 24, 2022