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Good afternoon, Portland! I took my A/C unit out of my window today, and I challenge you to do the same. Now begins the great contest for how long I can go without turning on my heat—generally November.


• A cyclist died in Portland this afternoon, after they were struck and killed by a semi-trailer truck near the intersection of Southeast Powell Boulevard and 26th Avenue—in front of Cleveland High School. Bike Portland broke the story, but many details are still unknown. One thing we do know is that activists have been warning ODOT the intersection is dangerous for years.

• That was quick! The jury for last week's trial where a protest medic alleged that PPB officers broke her arm and caused PTSD swiftly returned a verdict this morning. No matter what you thought it would be, it's probably not what you expected. News Editor Alex Zielinski has the breakdown.

• The last remaining eviction protections, put in place during the pandemic to help with the public health emergency, ended on Sept 30:

• In this week's Savage Love, a gay Black man in his early 30s writes in to ask if all the objectifying he's dealing with is normal, which leads to some deep musings from Dan Savage about love, relationships, and compatibility.

• Once again it is Tuesday, and once again the Mercury has some free tickets to give away! Enter to win a chance to check out Pop-Up Magazine or Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute—you have until Thursday!


• Today in SUPREME COURT: Former President Trump asked the Supreme Court to intervene, as the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, authorized a third party review of materials seized from his residence. It's hard to tell if the goal is to keep anyone from seeing the documents or to just keep throwing wrenches into the machine until we're all long dead. 

• Elon Musk might buy Twitter again—again again again—in the hopes of averting the impending trial he faces. Also everyone is super mad at him for trying to be a pundit about Russia's invasion of Ukraine—including the president of Ukraine:

• Beloved singer, songwriter, and industry barrier-basher Loretta Lynn died this morning. She was 90. Most immediately you will remember her for songs like "Coal-Miner's Daughter," and "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," but Lynn also pushed the envelope for her time, writing about the stigma of divorce and praise for contraception.

• While you're hitting all the nosh of the Mercury's Wing Week, you might be looking for something specific, like which wings can be made vegetarian or vegan or gluten-free, which ones you can get for takeout, or where you can get wings if you're under 21. All the preceding links lead to relevant lists.

• It ain't no party until the Ukraine taking back some of their country part of the party:

@washingtonpost Ukrainian forces advanced on Lyman as Russia put on a grand ceremony and a pop concert in Moscow’s Red Square celebrating the illegal annexation. #Lyman ♬ original sound - We are a newspaper.