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Good afternoon, Portland! Yes, you're almost to the weekend. First, however, may we present for your informative enjoyment... the THURSDAY AFTERNOON NEWS?
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• The Portland Timbers (and Thorns, for the time being) have a new CEO. Heather Davis was introduced in a press conference today at Providence Park, and... well, you're going to love this...
Davis on Merritt Paulson: “We’re really lucky to have an owner in Merritt that cares so much about this club. … This is his life’s work.” #RCTID #BAONPDX— Ryan Clarke (@RyanTClarke) January 26, 2023
• A trio of progressive state legislators are attempting to pass a bill to force the Oregon State Treasury to divest from select fossil fuel investments, but Treasurer Tobias Reed isn't having it. Hopefully his opposition to the bill is as successful as his gubernatorial campaign.
Wastewater treatment and cold-weather road maintenance could be majorly disrupted next week as over 600 city workers plan to strike over wages. https://t.co/YEwv8SB3e0— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 26, 2023
• The city's leaders would like you to know that they are still very much concerned about the charter reform changes that threaten to break their stranglehold on power, but do not yet have a clear means of stopping them as they appoint the city’s new geographic district-drawing commission.
Let's go, brainiacs! 🧠 It's time to play another super fun edition of POP QUIZ PDX! This week: local kangaroo bans, your choice for what disgusting term to put on your license plate, and LEAVE OUR DOGS ALONE, THIEVES!! 🐶🦹♂️https://t.co/SS0wdixNAz— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 26, 2023
• Make some time if you can for this lovely essay by Rose Wong on food, cultural identities, and eating alone on Lunar New Year.
on the 5th day of lunar new year, I share with you a personal essay I wrote for @portlandmercury about the bittersweet feelings that is this time of year 🐇— Rose Wong 寶怡 (@rosebwong) January 26, 2023
📸 by me on portra 400 film!https://t.co/OaP1hmycxq
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Five police officers in Memphis have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyre Nichols, who died days after a confrontation with police following a traffic stop. Officials in the city are bracing for protests as they prepare to release body camera footage of the incident tomorrow.
• Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an order allowing him to deploy the state's national guard to quell protests in Atlanta fueled by the killing of a protester last week at a planned police training facility.
.@djrothkopf: "Americans once boasted that our ally #Israel was the #MiddleEast’s only democracy. Now it is an apartheid state with a government actively working to roll back basic democratic rights and protections." https://t.co/EmEB6FKMI6— Francisco Taveira (@jftaveira1993) January 26, 2023
• German chancellor Olaf Schulz announced yesterday that, nearly a year after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, his country will send tanks to the Ukrainian troops. The announcement marks a watershed in the conflict, with Ukraine's western allies seemingly now willing to lend the country the weapons it needs to go on the offensive in the conflict against Vladimir Putin's army.
• Not six months after he was brutally attacked on stage in Chautauqua, the great author Salman Rushdie is out with a new book titled Victory City, described by The New York Times as a story about "the enduring power of language." It's a remarkable achievement for Rushdie, who may be as much an authority on the power of language as any author on Earth.
UPDATE: Union Pacific, one of the railroads that successfully fought off workers' demands for paid sick days, announced a record $7 billion profit. The company said it spent $1.7 billion more on stock buybacks in 2022 than on pay and benefits for all of its employees.— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) January 26, 2023
• This was, I thought, a fascinating story on the golfer who walked away: Anthony Kim was at the beginning of a glittering career on the PGA Tour when he decided to give up the game and vanish back into the anonymity of regular life.
• Finally... and this may or may not shock you... the president's taste in ice cream seems pretty weird?
"Customers at The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor in La Crosse, Wis., often ask for 'The Biden Special,' a recreation of the president’s request...that is, until they hear the combo: strawberry and cookies and cream in a sugar cone." https://t.co/cHv8L8NsWh— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) January 26, 2023