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Good morning, Portland! We're set for another gloomy morning and sunny afternoon with highs in the low 80s. Hmmm, that sounds like perfect slushie weather. On to the news!
In local news:
• The Portland Police Bureau selected a new civilian director of training—a civilian who helps train cops—and it is… a Los Angeles police officer of 19 years? Thomas Datro, who will hang up his badge to take the position, was selected from 18 candidates to serve as the newly-created civilian trainer, a position the police department had to create due to its ongoing settlement with the US Department of Justice. Chief Chuck Lovell believes Datro will contribute to the bureau’s reform efforts, while some folks outside the bureau aren’t stoked that the civilian trainer is another cop.
• ICYMI: Homeless camp Hamlet 33 was self-regulated, incorporated into the surrounding community, and home to people looking to make the leap to housing—AKA everything the city wants its new (slow to open) sanctioned camps to be. So, Hamlet 33 residents were confused when the city swept the camp, undermining their efforts of seeking permanent housing. Hear from the camp’s former residents here.
Photo gallery: Portland Metro Fire Camp provides the opportunity for young women to get hands-on experience and explore possible careers in firefighting. https://t.co/cI6ino0Ekn— OPB (@OPB) July 17, 2022
• World Athletics Championship events were held through the weekend in Eugene, Oregon. The latest tidbit that’s got everyone talking: Oregon sprinter (and Eagles wide receiver) Devon Allen started running 0.099 seconds after the start gun was fired, but current rules state runners must start 0.1 seconds after the gun. In other words, Allen’s reaction time was 0.001 second too fast and he is now disqualified from competing.
In national news:
• Nearly 400 law enforcement officials were present at the Uvalde elementary school where a gunman killed 21 students and teachers, but “egregiously poor decision-making” kept officials from confronting the gunman for more than an hour, a new investigative report revealed. The report criticized state, federal, and local law enforcement for failing to follow active shooter training and to prioritize saving innocent lives over their own safety. One major failing included never assigning a command person to lead the response at the school.
• West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin isn’t done stomping his little foot and screwing up climate investments for all of us. Manchin refused to vote on a Democratic healthcare and climate package Friday as long as it included hefty climate investments—Manchin thinks the federal government should avoid “unnecessary” spending amid record-high inflation. President Biden urged Senate Democrats to cut the climate portion and pass the healthcare bill to keep things moving.
The Parkland school shooter — who killed 17 people in 2018 — faces life in prison or the death penalty.— NPR (@NPR) July 17, 2022
Opening statements in his trial begin on Monday.https://t.co/vLLbN94CnV
• Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes the US Supreme Court was “clearly wrong” when it legalized same-sex marriage in its Obergefell v Hodges ruling in 2015. On his podcast (since when does Ted Cruz have a podcast?), Cruz argued that the decision should have been left up to individual states, not SCOTUS. We’re still in a deadly pandemic with a nationwide housing crisis and rising gun violence, and Cruz is most concerned with GAY PEOPLE HAVING RIGHTS?
• Jury selection begins today in the trial of former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon is facing criminal contempt of Congress charges after refusing to cooperate with the January 6 investigation committee. Trump has tried to protect Bannon from testifying to the committee by asserting “executive privilege.”
• Speaking of Steve Bannon, this is literally what I hear when he talks: