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Good Afternoon, Portland! The world is a museum of people who have different ways to cook a turkey, and I’m just passing through.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• We should just ignore the angry man in the comments yelling stuff that isn't true, but if some asshat tries to tell you that local advocacy group Don't Shoot Portland will get a large payout from the settlement of a June 2020 lawsuit that accused Portland police of "indiscriminate use" of tear gas and impact munitions against nonviolent protesters, they don't know anything. Go off to your 600 American flag icon followers, Greg—or read News Editor Alex Zielinski's explanation of the agreement.
• The arguments surrounding flavored tobacco, and the possible banning of it in Multnomah County, are varied and cavernous. On Monday night, retailers and health officials offered public testimony about the proposed ban. Isabella Garcia reports on their concerns.
• As part of the midterms, voters passed a $450 million bond to make campus and technology improvements at Portland Community College. OPB's Meerah Powell reports on where that money is headed:
Voters supported a historic bond for PCC. The college will improve campus facilities as well as its technology infrastructure for remote learning. That’ll happen simultaneously with the development of a strategic plan to address declining enrollment. https://t.co/kUhvDbWleI— Meerah Powell (@meerahpowell) November 29, 2022
• Carrying a gun while drinking it a terrible idea. Barry Washington Jr. reminded Ian Cranston of this, outside a Bend nightclub, in 2021, just before Cranston shot and killed him. Washington had just moved to Central Oregon, and his family expressed that they feel Cranston's actions were racially motivated—Cranston is white and Washington was Black. In some small justice, today Cranston was sentenced to ten years in a state prison for the crime.
• Only Alex Zielinski could make a New Seasons unionization mega list (no one is calling it this) and still have it read with respect for the importance of the story—and the people whose livelihoods it impacts. Check out which locations are organizing and the status of their efforts. We'll update as needed.
IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• NBC reports that two of five Oath Keepers on trial for the Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol—the extremist militia's founder Stewart Rhodes and leader of its Florida chapter Kelly Meggs—have been found guilty of seditious conspiracy by a federal jury. All five defendants were found guilty of obstruction of an official. Read more about the verdicts or just peep this cheatsheet:
My verdict cheat sheet for those following along pic.twitter.com/zoHTlAQmUR— Daniel Barnes (@dnlbrns) November 29, 2022
• The US Senate passed new legislation to mandate federal recognition for same-sex marriages this afternoon. While the federal government does currently recognize same-sex marriage, that recognition is based on 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which was ruled upon based on Roe v. Wade. The bill would not require any state to allow same-sex couples to marry, but it would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
• As Russian forces retreat, in areas of Ukraine near the city of Kherson, villagers must balance elation with horror—as they unearth evidence of what are likely war crimes committed by Russian soldiers.
• Nothing like curling up with a book and some hot tea on a cold, rainy evening. Here are some of my favorite books right now:
@johnschu where are they all going #booktok #barnesandnoble ♬ original sound - big time book guy