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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Sam Adams is no longer at City Hall, and that should be sunshine enough for you on this gray January day. Let's do the NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Few items on the ballot last November generated more heated debate than Measure 114, the measure voters narrowly passed giving Oregon one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Now, the interfaith architects of the measure are working to ensure that state legislators fully fund and implement the new law.
• Portland author and podcast host extraordinaire Aubrey Gordon has a new book out titled “You Just Need to Lose Weight” and 19 Other Myths About Fat People—and if her previous work is any example, it will be a must-read for just about every person in the country. Gordon is appearing at Powell's on January 20, and Suzette Smith has the review of the new book.
In “You Just Need to Lose Weight,” Maintenance Phase co-host and Your Fat Friend columnist Aubrey Gordon wrote 20 short, sourced arguments you can hand to your mom (and your doctor) about fatness.https://t.co/cyY02JDjIF— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 12, 2023
• Sam Adams isn't the only person leaving City Hall. Transportation Bureau director Chris Warner is bolting for a job in the Kotek administration, perhaps driven in part by a desire to continue working for a progressive boss instead of new Transportation Commissioner Mingus Mapps.
• A disheartening day in the Oregon media landscape: the venerable Medford Mail Tribune, the largest paper in the Rouge Valley, announced that it is shutting down on Friday.
• Glorious news—vocal powerhouse Sam Smith will bring their Gloria tour to Portland supporting their upcoming album of the same name. Plus, electronic pop experts Sylvan Esso and M83 also have their sights set on the Rose City. Find out when and where to snap up those tix in EverOut's "Ticket Alert" column!
Wake up, brain! 👀 It's time for another super fun POP QUIZ PDX. This week, sassy-ass trivia Qs about new governors, new soccer coaches, and the author's apparent obsession with EGGS. 🤔 (Don't ask.)https://t.co/2EAYjReF6q— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 12, 2023
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The Joe Biden classified document snafu has moved into Special Counsel territory. This morning, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he's naming former Trump-appointed US Attorney for Maryland Robert K. Hur to lead an investigation into the president's handling of classified materials from the Obama administration. Fun times!
BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s reelection campaign sent an email to Chicago Public Schools teachers Wednesday asking them to encourage their students to volunteer to help Lightfoot win a second term as mayor – and earn class credit. @wttw https://t.co/TGNjlIR7Cq— Heather Cherone (@HeatherCherone) January 11, 2023
• The Republicans, a group of people irate over the notion that gas stoves might be bad for you, have decided to allow smoking in the House of Representatives again.
• LAPD Chief Michel Moore, leader of one of the country's most historically violent and racist police departments, said he's "deeply concerned" after three people died after being shot or hit with a taser by LAPD officers in a two-day period. One of those people was English teacher Keenan Anderson, the cousin of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, who died in the hospital after being shot with a taser multiple times following a traffic stop.
The Justice Department accused City National Bank of discrimination by refusing to underwrite mortgages in predominately Black and Latino communities, requiring the bank to pay more than $31 million in the largest redlining settlement in history. https://t.co/IkYaEviwes— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 12, 2023
• Can't find any damn eggs? You're not alone. A little avian flu issue and rising costs due to inflation have led to egg shortages and price hikes in various parts of the country, including, I-am-fairly-certain-even-though-I-didn't-read-it-in-the-New-York-Times, our own humble town.
• Finally... Jennifer Coolidge wasn't the only beloved actor who nailed a Golden Globes acceptance speech.