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Good Morning, Portland. There's no rest for the rain-loving, and we're looking at a day of cool drippy boys falling on us from above—not a ton but pretty constant. Looks like a good day to sing the songs of thinking fellars.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• According to an audit that was released today, life inside Multnomah County Jail facilities is disproportionately worse for people who are Black or have a mental illness. Mercury News Editor Alex Zielinski has the story.
• Kells Irish Brewery is suing its insurance for $2 million dollars for allegedly refusing to compensate the business for its COVID-19 losses. Kells' lawyers say that the Irish brewpub paid high premiums with the understanding that its insurance covered any unexpected losses, so that should have included the coronavirus pandemic.
Over two dozen donors, many of them real estate developers, have donated to a new political action committee that supports a November ballot measure put forward by People for Portland to build more shelters. https://t.co/sQZ0IxnguO
— OPB (@OPB) April 26, 2022
IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• Remember when everyone was blaming inflation on wage increases and the ABSOLUTELY MEAGER pandemic assistance that the federal government issued? WELL, the Guardian reports that US corporate profits are up and THEY'RE STILL RAISING PRICES.
• And a very fine Big Beef Recall to you and yours. There's some e-coli making the rounds out in New Jersey, but if your meat isn't from there you're probably fine.
• A congressional candidate and the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party named John Bennett recently called for the execution of US Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci at a campaign stop. "We should try Anthony Fauci and put him in front of a firing squad," Bennett said to the cheering crowd. He then added: "And for the Secret Service, if they're listening, I'm not advocating we kill Anthony Fauci until he's convicted of his crimes through a court." That's totally how that works.
• Speaking of pandemics, I am legit screaming over here for the new unexpected favorite, mousepox:
Researchers have been using machine learning to help predict which animal viruses have the potential to jump the species barrier and cause human outbreaks.
In recent runs, the algorithms unexpectedly put mousepox in the top ranks of risky pathogens.https://t.co/5QYzcAp3yk
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 27, 2022
• Now here is your energy for the rest of the day, be you the dog or the turtle in this scenario.