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Good morning, Portland! Not to be the bearer of bad news but uhhh, some of this stuff is pretty heavy today. Here are some relaxing nature sounds to listen to while you read.
In local news:
• Multnomah County’s charter review is sending three major amendments to the ballot this November: removing gendered language from the county charter, implementing ranked choice voting by 2026, and allowing non-citizens to vote in county elections. If voters approve the non-citizen voting amendment, the county would become the first jurisdiction in Oregon to give non-citizens the right to vote.
• A father and daughter were attacked Saturday afternoon on the Eastbank Esplanade in what police believe to be an anti-Asian bias crime. According to police, a man approached the family, made comments about what he thought was their Japanese descent, and then punched the father before punching the 5-year-old daughter in the head repeatedly until bystanders intervened. Police have arrested a suspect.
• Did you notice less fireworks in your neighborhood this year? Because I sure didn't:
• Environmental activists are blaming the death of an endangered sea lion pup on beach visitors who ignored signs to stay a safe distance from the pup. Volunteers with local marine life organizations placed signs around the pup on the beach in mid-June, noting that it was not abandoned and the mother sea lion was likely out fishing—the mother will only return for the pup if she feels it is safe. However, volunteers say they observed hundreds of beach goers getting close to the pup and some going as far to try to drag it back into the ocean. The mother did not return for five days and the pup died of starvation and dehydration.
In national and international news:
• A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday, killing six people and injuring at least 30. A person of interest was taken into police custody on Monday evening following a manhunt. The identities of the victims have not been released, but emergency health workers said they ranged from 8 to 85 years old and at least four of the injured people are children.
• Shots were fired during a Fourth of July fireworks show in Philadelphia Monday, leaving two police officers injured. Both officers are out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. A viral video on Twitter showed people fleeing the celebration area as fireworks exploded in the background. Police said the fireworks disguised where the shots were coming from and police have not arrested any suspects.
Today is day 185 of the year, and the country has already experienced at least 308 mass shootings so far. At least 308 in just over 26 weeks. This averages out to more than 11 a week. https://t.co/BWkow3uRv4
— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2022
• Ohio police released body camera footage from the pursuit and shooting of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man who police shot more than 60 times following an attempted traffic stop in June. Police said a shot appeared to come from Walker’s vehicle during a police pursuit and a bullet casing was found in the car, but Walker was unarmed when he was shot by police after fleeing on foot. Police say that moments prior to the shooting, officers believed Walker was “moving into a firing position.” The officers handcuffed Walker before trying to perform first aid.
• Brittney Griner, the WNBA player who has been detained in Russia on drug charges since February, wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to not forget about her and other American detainees. Griner was detained in an airport on February 17 after being accused of carrying hashish oil in her luggage. The basketball player’s trial started on Friday in Russia, with legal experts believing she will likely be found guilty because most cases don’t go to trial in Russia unless the defendant is presumed guilty.
• Well I, for one, am shocked and appalled: