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In local news:
• Mackenzie Lewis, an affiliate of right-wing group Patriot Prayer, was found guilty Wednesday of engaging in a riot during a Portland street brawl on May Day 2019. Lewis will be sentenced on August 1 and faces up to 5 years in prison. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and member Russell Shultz, who were originally defendants in the trial, were acquitted earlier this week.
• City Council approved a whopping $107 million in green energy projects through the Portland Clean Energy Fund Wednesday. That’s a lot of money, so here’s a breakdown of where it’s going.
• The state is politely requesting that you put your mask on:
State urges Oregonians to mask up against COVID-19 as hospitals face another ‘crisis’ https://t.co/D3i0PkfZBz— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 20, 2022
• There are 32 known cases of Monkeypox in Oregon, but health officials note that the number is probably an undercount. The good news: Because the infection transmits through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, you can reduce your risk of being infected by knowing the signs, limiting skin contact, and seek a vaccination if you believe you're at high risk. The bad news: Vaccine supply for Monkeypox is limited and backlogged, with over 500 people deemed high-risk on the waitlist.
• The Trail Blazers’ newest member Shaedon Sharpe slightly tore tissue in his left shoulder in a game earlier this month. The team announced Wednesday that the injury will not require surgery and Sharpe is expected to be available for training camp in September.
City of Portland employees want to work remotely, at least for most of the week. A survey conducted in June of about half of the city’s total workforce found most had no interest in returning to the office full-time. By @Rjaellis: https://t.co/RoNdT5v3ZW— OPB (@OPB) July 21, 2022
In national news:
• During a speech Wednesday, President Joe Biden called climate change a national emergency… and then proceeded to not actually use his executive authority to declare climate change a national emergency. Declaring a national emergency would make it easier to direct federal resources to fighting climate change. Biden did, however, announce $2.3 billion for infrastructure projects related to climate resiliency, like protecting against fires and floods.
On June 4, a male goat was born in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. His name is Simba, after the owners favorite Lion King character.— NPR (@NPR) July 20, 2022
As he grew, so did his ears. And they grew and grew and grew....23 inches. https://t.co/QbQQEu9zk3
• A more diverse nursing workforce can lead to better maternal health outcomes, according to a new report from Columbia University. The report found that states with more racially diverse nurses reported fewer health complications for moms in childbirth. The findings were consistent for both white and non-white mothers.
• A federal grand jury indicted two men in the case of the 53 migrants who were found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio last month. Homero Zamorano Jr., 46, and Christian Martinez, 28, were indicted on counts of transporting migrants illegally resulting in death and transporting migrants illegally resulting in serious injury. Conviction could result in life sentences.
• Let’s end today with a woodsy frolic:
Woodsy frolics pic.twitter.com/uV6GLHP0eP— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) July 20, 2022