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Good Morning, Portland: Are you amped for the three day weekend? Are you already in the car? If you're still with us, the weekend is looking like a lovely, cool high 70s situation. Barbara, break out the barbie. Now, here's the news!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• I would never dissuade you from starting you Friday morning with a terror-inducing map of wildfire likelihood by area—this is exactly the sort of stuff I thrive upon. OPB reports that the Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer has classified the risk category of every single tax lot in the state. While the map is receiving praise for helping give firefighters ideas on where to focus fire prevention efforts, it's also looking like the map may prove costly for some property owners.
• In related news: Don't forget that Portland has banned all fireworks—other than the Waterfront Blues Festival fireworks show that happens over a river. If you choose to watch those puppies at Oaks Park, remember that post-fireworks nightmare parking lot situation and alternative transit with care.
• Also, although fireworks are not legal in the city, don't call 911 about it—I doubt I have to tell Mercury readers this, but we try to spread the word.
Do NOT call 9-1-1 to report illegal fireworks usage.
To help ensure that our 9-1-1 system remains available for reporting ACTIVE fires, SERIOUS medical problems and CRIMES in progress, we ask you NOT to call 9-1-1 to report fireworks.
ALL fireworks are illegal in Portland. pic.twitter.com/1upZU6EdGS
— Portland Fire & Rescue (@PDXFire) June 30, 2022
• Speaking of justice and liberty, it's been 16 months since Portland first fell out of compliance with the settlement agreement it made with the US Department of Justice regarding police use-of-force against people with a mental illness. Yet, the city is still a long way from again meeting the requirements. News Editor Alex Zielinski has the update.
• I did something bad—I failed to notice that Strawberry Museum had a second pop-up at the Montavilla cafe Zuckercreme. Luckily Zuckercreme owner Brittany Sigal is holding one more Strawberry Brunch, for distracted culture editors and strawberry lovers of all sorts. According to the cafe's social media, it'll still carry lots of strawberry stuff in the cafe for the rest of the summer, before they jump into new, seasonal, pop-up market programing. Read about Strawberry Brunch and other fun events happening this weekend in our Everout round-up.
• For the the second time in two years, Moonstruck Chocolate Co. is changing hands:
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The Supreme Court isn't just smoking privacy rights—it's smoking the already smoldering environment. Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Not only is that bad for trees, it might be bad for regulating of our big business bros in the future.
• If you're like my mom, you think that a post-Roe v. Wade world will involve sending unsupported pregnant people to a sort of Disneyland spa resort where they'll receive foot massages until they effortlessly give birth and definitely do not die. The New York Times took a look ahead at more likely impacts of the health care procedure ban in Texas. It ain't Disneyland.
• I don't know how many times Amazon has to give us the finger before we give up on it. But here's one more:
• Now that we've entered July, all the corporations may bury their OG rainbow flag under the old oak tree out back until next year.