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Good Afternoon, Portland! Last night I ended up in a 20k Twitter "space," listening to Buzzfeed tech reporter Katie Notopoulos and Garbage Day columnist Ryan Broderick eulogize Twitter and interview archetypes from the site—furries, anime icons, someone who was masturbating(?)—as well as people who argued Twitter's historical relevance as a tool of change. I doubt Twitter will actually die. NOW, LET'S HIT SOME ACTUAL NEWS!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Imelda's is closing! AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE PORTLAND. After nearly 29 years, the founder of one of Portland's most iconic shoe shops, Pam Coven, wrote that she feels ready for "the next chapter," now that both her children are grown. Why this matters to you: In-store and online closing sales start today. Imelda's will announce its final day soon.
• WORKERS ARE SCARCE AND THEREFORE POWERFUL—WORKERS ARE AT THEIR MOST POWERFUL UNITED! Workers at the Afuri Ramen and Dumpling restaurant in downtown Portland filed for union recognition with the National Labor Relations Board today. Abe Asher has the tea.
• If you're going to George Lopez at the Schnitz tonight, make sure to get there when doors open so you can catch Mariachi Tradición. Forest Grove High School’s orchestra and mariachi department head Lesslie Nuñez founded the group in 2016, and their performances were some of the most electrifying sets at Pickathon 2022.
• Tegan and Sara play the Crystal Ballroom tomorrow! Do you have tickets? What the heck have those two been up to? The answer to at least the latter question can be found in this profile.
• This week's food news brings all manner of edible and drinkable delights, from wood-fired pizza and ranch water at the Austin import Lustre Pearl to raclette-smothered potatoes and beer at the newly opened Grand Fir Brewing.
• In related news, Monday November 28-Sunday December 4 will be the Mercury's first ever Holiday Drink Week. At participating locations, you’ll find $7 specially crafted cocktails, and (against all reason and sense) they'll be available all day long—take THAT seasonal depression!
IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• The Hill's website is alive with multiple photos of former president Donald Trump mid-yell. So you know everyone's doing their job right. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced today that a special counsel will investigate Trump's involvement in the 2020 presidential election and the potential mishandling of sensitive documents at the end of his presidency. Trump immediately yelled about the situation on Fox News.
• Mass blackouts blanket Ukraine right now. The country's prime minister said that the barrage of missiles from Russia on Tuesday targeted points in the nation's power grid. As a result, nearly half of Ukraine's energy systems are currently down. Not only is that inconvenient but as the weather shifts into winter it will become deadly.
• In related news, Russia hinted that it wants to make a deal to release basketball star Brittney Griner, but the US says that's probably not really a thing.
• Sometimes life feels difficult, but at least you are not this cat: