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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! If you're one of those annoying "I love clouds!" people, well I hope you're happy! We're gonna keep getting a lot of them (mixed in with the much more preferable sun) throughout the week with highs in the 70s. Now let's dip in to some partially sunny NEWS!


• It's been six months since the wildly successful Portland Street Response program—which responds to certain mental health crises instead of woefully untrained cops—has expanded citywide. So why are they still not able to respond to a few very important types of calls? Our Alex Zielinski digs into it for you.

• For you Portland old-timers: Remember waaaaay back in 2008 when the city trotted out their Skatepark Master Plan to build a lot more skateparks, aaaaaaand not much happened? Well, there's a glimmer of hope for the previously promised Steel Bridge Skatepark—a 30,000 square foot covered skatepark at the west side base of the Steel Bridge. Will it FINALLY become a reality? Our Isabella Garcia has the deets.

• A national Republican organization is simply salivating over Oregon gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan and has dropped another million into her campaign coffers. They're desperately hoping this will be the GOP's year thanks to the addition of "shadow Republican/potential spoiler" Betsy Johnson's entry into the race.

• I am kicking myself for missing out on performance artist Adrienne Truscott's show THIS at TBA this year—which involved a LOT of thoughtful nudity and comedy—but at least you can read the Mercury's delightful review of the night, written by McKinzie Smith!


• The looming national railway strike has Congress very worried as it could not only cancel passenger trains, but the much-needed transportation of grains and other necessary goods as well. 

• Following a June conviction in New York, a Chicago jury has also convicted singer R. Kelly of several child pornography and sex abuse charges. Whatever the judge decides for prison time will be on top of the 30 years for which he's already been sentenced.

• A judge in Ohio has temporarily blocked the state's draconian near-total ban on abortion, and for now the situation reverts back to Ohio's previous law, which banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (However, this ruling comes too late for the 10-year-old rape victim who had to travel out of state to get an abortion.)

• Today in HEE-HEE-HEE: Pillow salesman and traitor/insurrectionist Mike Lindell has reportedly had his cellphone yoinked by the FBI in their investigation of an alleged breach of voting machines in Colorado.