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Good Morning, Portland! It's going to rain and storm all day, but are you going to let that stop you from celebrating 420? Being blazed in the wind can be a pretty nice vibe. Speaking of wind, HERE'S THE NEWS!


• The National Weather Service forecasts more thunderstorms and rain today for the Willamette Valley. And maybe—if we play our meteorological cards right—a BABY tornado.

• At a virtual information session on Tuesday night, Portland Public Schools announced it will keep Narcan, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, on its high school campuses.

• Monday afternoon presented a spread of handheld videos and even more questions surrounding a shooting in East Portland by a US Marshals taskforce. OPB's Jonathan Levinson reports that we finally know the name of the man who was injured, and why the Marshals were pursing him.

• As the state of Oregon faces a third year of severe drought, the US Bureau of Reclamation plans to send 50,000 acre-feet of water to downstream farmers along the Oregon / California border. In response, Klamath Tribes are investigating their legal options, calling the agricultural project “perhaps the saddest chapter yet in a long history of treaty violations.”


• Russia has deployed up to 20,000 mercenaries into Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. And in the besieged southern city of Mariupol, a Ukrainian soldier warned a New York Times reporter, “We’re surrounded; they’re bombing us with everything they can.” Hitting them where it hurts, Grand Slam tennis event Wimbledon announced that it has restricted both Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in the event—Russia is being censured for invading Ukraine and Belarus for its complicity.

• During the pandemic I tipped A LOT, and since we're still in the pandemic, I continue to tip amounts that put a chill down the spine of my banking institution. But US and its tipping practices strike the rest of the globe as... odd. Why not just pay servers well? Here's a New York Times long read on tipping and the way automated payment kiosks are pushing our weird habit on other nations.

• I got through this whole quiz, on the environmental impact of the meals we eat, before circling back to ponder the illustration of a bowl of fruit and yogurt—that also has legs and boots. Yes! This New York Times piece was illustrated by former Portlander artist Cari Vander Yacht!

CALLING ALL PIZZA LOVERS! Your favorite week of the year is here: It’s the Mercury’s PIZZA WEEK featuring $3 specialty slices at 28 locations across the Portland area, starting NOW through Sunday, April 24! Eat ’em up!

• Now get out there and bring joy to a dog.