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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Oh, hello, did you know that ELECTION DAY is less than a week away? PANIC!! Actually, don't panic—allow our Mercury endorsements and our handy-dandy CHEAT SHEET to show you the way, and sleep eaaaaasy! Now let's sleep on some NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Remember last week when Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Ryan accepted public input about their plan to criminalize homelessness (with a special front-of-the-line appearance from Ryan's wealthy real estate and lobbyist friends)? Well yesterday, the mayor and commish were told to sit down and shut up while the homeless community got their chance to tell them what they think of the plan. Our Alex Zielinski has the deets on what was a VERY illuminating meeting!
Things I've heard the mass encampment plan be compared to so far:— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) November 2, 2022
-Japanese internment camps
-The Superdome during Hurricane Katrina https://t.co/rytI02yGQP
• The mayor of small town Rufus, Oregon was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder during a road rage incident on Halloween, where he allegedly pulled a gun and shot at a family of four. “I think the world of him, and so do a lot of people,” said a Rufus city councilperson who apparently doesn't know him very well.
• Hundreds gathered at Providence Park last night to celebrate the Portland Thorns' THIRD national championship win—AND the news that kick-ass forward, Christine Sinclair, will play another season for the Thorns!
Heads up! A strong atmospheric river is expected to impact southwest WA and northwest OR Thursday night through Friday night, bringing widespread moderate to heavy rain to the region (check out this forecast rainfall graphic for expected rain amounts). A thread 🧵 pic.twitter.com/uu3GJkxsuB— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) November 2, 2022
• Whoopee-doo, author/funny guy David Sedaris is coming to Portland! And in this interview he talks about travel plans, helping his sister study for Star Wars, and asks if we know where he can find a dead body. (He came to the right place!)
Dawn Jones Redstone's first feature "Mother of Color" touches on a woman's eerie communications with her ancestors, the Portland protests—it even has a cameo from Commissioner Hardesty. The screening sold out, but they just added tickets—if you're quick!https://t.co/ouY19VObBZ— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) November 2, 2022
IN NATIONAL/ WORLD NEWS:
• According to recently released emails, Trump's corrupt lawyers who attempted to overthrow the 2020 election was counting on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to issue a stay and rule that ballot counts in Georgia were legitimately in doubt. (Spoiler alert: Their plan imploded.)
A federal judge has ordered that a group monitoring Arizona ballot drop boxes for signs of fraud stay at least 75 feet away from ballot boxes and publicly correct false statements its members have made about Arizona election laws. https://t.co/vabVEnACUX— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 2, 2022
• The shooter who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018 has been formally sentenced to life in prison without the hope of parole.
• Here's a switch: Trump has suddenly decided to settle a lawsuit (which is practically unheard of) involving a group of protesters who say they were assaulted by his private bodyguards during the 2015 presidential campaign.
• Oh great, now Katy Perry's trying to steal my job....
one of my favorite sounds ever is the sound of a crisp new newspaper being read over breakfast for an hour or so… The popping out of it, the folding, the scribbling on the crossword… I hope it never goes out of fashion in our digital world. It is too romantic. 🗞️♥️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 2, 2022
• After former President Obama noted that Georgia senator hopeful Herschel Walker's impressive football career wouldn't help him much as a lawmaker, Walker shot back, "Put my resume against [Obama's] resume... I think I’ve done well." WHAT.
• Today in "unsurprising news": "Ye paid a settlement to former employee who alleged he praised Hitler and Nazis during meetings, documents show."
• And finally... Elon Musk, you'll never ruin THIS:
For anyone threatening to leave Twitter, good luck trying to find this fire content on any other platform pic.twitter.com/afgg9TOgVP— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) November 2, 2022