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Guten morgen, Portland! We're in for a another warmish and humid day, with highs in the upper 70s. Layer accordingly!
In local news:
• A police oversight board is planning to recommend the city adopt a new tool to respond to Portland’s rising gun violence: A listening software that detects gunshots in the city and alerts the police. However, the software, called ShotSpotter, has created questionable outcomes in cities that use it. During a 16-month period in Chicago, only 9 percent of ShotSpotter alerts sent police to a scene of a gun-related criminal offense—the other alerts were due to loud noises like a door slamming or construction.
• Portland voters will have an opportunity to completely change the structure of our city government this November. It’s a really big opportunity that city leaders have been pushing for for years—except, now that the proposal is heading to the ballot, support for changing the way political power is distributed throughout the city is wavering among the people who currently have the power.
• A reminder that COVID levels are pretty dang high in most of Oregon right now:
• Street parking in Portland is now 20 cents more expensive due to the city’s new Climate and Equitable Mobility Fee. The fee, approved by city council in March and put into effect this month, intends to send a message about the climate costs of driving.
• Over 3,000 athletes from around the world will flock to Eugene, Oregon, next week for the World Athletics Championships. The event has more global participation than the Olympic Games and this is the first time it has taken place in the US.
Backers of a gun safety ballot measure are collecting signatures through the end of the day, but they say they have more than enough to ensure a statewide vote on gun control. #orpol https://t.co/WaTsy1qUmd by @JMShumway
— Oregon Capital Chronicle (@ORCapChronicle) July 6, 2022
• Picture this: You’re sitting at a sun-soaked table, sharing a delectable plate of nachos with your besties while drinking a cold beer in a frosty glass. Lucky for you, that dream can be made reality during the Mercury’s NACHO WEEK! Starting Monday, July 11, through Sunday, July 17, you can grab a full plate of tasty—and creative—nachos for just $6!
In national and international news:
• UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday that he will resign from his position following a string of scandals and several resignations from members of his government earlier this week. Johnson defied COVID-19 lockdown safety measures he created early in the pandemic, flip-flopped on whether he knew about sexual misconduct allegations against the deputy chief whip, and narrowly survived a no-confidence vote by his own party last month.
• Gossip or exposing the creepy behavior of creepy men?: Elon Musk recently had twins on the down low with an executive at his own company, according to court records. The mother, Shivon Zillis (36), first met Musk (51) in 2016 when she joined OpenAI—a company Musk cofounded. Zillis then moved to Tesla in 2017, where Musk is CEO, and is currently a director at Neuralink, where Musk is co-CEO. It’s unclear if any of Musk’s companies have policies that prohibit romantic relationships between a manager and reporting staff member.
• Brittney Griner, the WNBA player who has been jailed in Russia since February, pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling during her trial in Moscow Thursday. Griner said she had no intention of committing a crime and that she unintentionally packed a vape cartridge with cannabis oil in her luggage because she was in a rush.
Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Tamir Rice in 2014, has been hired as the only police officer in a small town in Pennsylvania.https://t.co/v3Q3DIN7Qm
— Drew Scofield (@DrewScofield01) July 6, 2022
• Everybody say “Good job, Newt”:
This is Newt. He's a professional turtle tracker. Has one of the best snoots in the biz. Currently doing a six-week residency with @RWPZoo to help locate turtle populations of conservation concern. So far he's found and befriended more than 20 turtles this season. 14/10 pic.twitter.com/92UmodjEsR
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) July 6, 2022