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Good morning, Portland! What’s remaining of yesterday’s snow will probably be washed away by today’s rain showers. BUT more snowfall is possible this evening, if you’re into that kind of thing.
In local news:
• Harriet Tubman Middle School teacher Bryan Chu is alleging Portland Public Schools placed him on leave in retaliation for speaking out against the district’s plans to relocate the school. Meanwhile, Chu’s students are calling on the district to return their teacher to the classroom. “It feels really heartbreaking to be honest, because when you have someone who’s such a light in the community and such a leader who engages with the students so much, to have them be taken from you unwillingly is a really hard thing to deal with,” one of Chu’s students told the Mercury.
• Yesterday’s odd snowfall left an estimated 100,000 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington without power Monday morning. That number dropped to 60,000 by noon and is hovering around 13,000 as of this morning.
• As drought conditions continue throughout the state this year, more than 1,000 farmers in the Klamath Basin will have access to about one-seventh of the water they would normally receive during a wetter year. This is the third year that water flow has been restricted by the irrigation system, which is managed by the federal government. Water allocations could decrease later in the year if drought conditions worsen during the summer.
• What do rabid animals, gubernatorial candidates, and Vanessa Hudgens’ clairvoyance have in common? They are all covered in the latest edition of THE TRASH REPORT—your guide to the latest pop culture trash, which is key to a well-rounded education!
Jennifer Drain, 33-year-old woman shot to death in Portland’s Old Town, was former foster child seeking housing, beauty amid suffering https://t.co/cFbTVKQkTD pic.twitter.com/qj67GRgvCI
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) April 11, 2022
In national news:
• Five people were shot and 13 injured in a New York City subway station Tuesday morning during rush hour commute, according to police. The shooter has not be found. Early reports also stated that multiple undetonated explosives were found, but the NYPD clarified on Twitter that “there are NO active explosive devices at this time.”
• The US is experiencing a shortage of baby formula, leading some retailers to limit the amount customers can buy per transaction. In 2021, an estimated 8 percent of baby formula products were out of stock at any given time. During March 2022, 29 percent of baby formula products were out of stock across the country.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs into law a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Similar anti-abortion bills approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and in other states have been stopped by the courts. https://t.co/NActdGdP7E
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 12, 2022
• It’s Britney’s baby, bitch: Britney Spears announced she is pregnant Monday! In an Instagram post, Spears said she plans to keep out of the public eye to avoid paparazzi and do lots of yoga. Good for you, Brit!
• WEED AND PIZZA! Now that I have your attention, I want to let you know about two fabulous upcoming events. First, SPLIFF Film Festival—short, hilarious, trippy, and thoughtful mini-movies about cannabis and made by stoners—is coming to Revolution Hall for one night only on Saturday, April 16. Get your tickets here! Second, the the Mercury’s PIZZA WEEK featuring $3 specialty slices at 28 locations across the Portland area starts Monday, April 18!
• And let’s end today with the literary stylings of Mariah Carey: