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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Get ready for another jump in temperatures with a high of 82 today and leaping up to 99 by Sunday... which sounds like the perfect weather for one those $6 boozy, frozen cocktails your fave bars are serving up during the current Mercury SUMMER OF SLUSHIES! Now let's serve up some NEWS!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• After years of long (sometimes contentious) investigation, yesterday police arrested a man, Christopher Knipe, for the 2019 murder of Sean Kealiher—a prominent Portland anti-fascist who was killed a short walk away from the now closed Cider Riot. Our Alex Zielinski has the story.
Despite a windfall of new funding that could combat Oregon’s meth-fueled behavioral health crisis, leaders have no plan and risk leaving promising approaches on the shelf. Read part 2 of this Lund Report series by @GreenWrites: https://t.co/8BGEowpkrD— OPB (@OPB) August 5, 2022
• There are two organizations in town doing their damnedest to make sure cops are being held accountable for their actions, while the third organization—well, they seem to think they're doing a great job, even though they appear to be fully in the cops' pocket. Find out more about the "citizen-led police accountability group" FIT COG and the measures being taken to make them more accountable in Alex Zielinski's newest HALL MONITOR.
• The Oregon Department of Forestry has retracted their state-wide wildfire risk map and has pledged to redraw it after pushback from property owners who called it inaccurate and claimed it would jack up their insurance rates.
August is high tomato season, and all around Portland BLT specials are hitting restaurant boards. @adamewood has three favs that exemplify the spirit of ethereal seasonal eating. Plus, she shares her own home recipe for BLT bliss. https://t.co/0YHeRePlA3— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 4, 2022
• Hey brainy pants! 🤓 It's time for Portland's funnest trivia quiz, POP QUIZ PDX! This week: local "shadow" mayors, remembering Portland's filthiest fun bar, and which radioactive creature would YOU like to be bitten by? 🤔 (Plus win free pizza!)
Music writer Dave Segal saw Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 by chance at CBGB in the 90s, and their Dadaist tornado of a set was more mind-blowing than that venue’s infamous bathrooms.https://t.co/wEgXhHofoU— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 4, 2022
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• A promising July hiring surge is having economic nay-sayers rethinking their doom 'n' gloom attitudes about the country going into a recession.
• After previously holding the Democrats' climate and tax bill hostage, deeply annoying Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have now BOTH agreed to sign on, clearing it to pass the Senate within days, and giving a much needed WIN for the Dems.
Six months ago, the conventional wisdom was that Dems were totally screwed in the midterms.— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) August 5, 2022
Now, Dems are heading into election ad-buy season with record low unemployment, falling gas prices, bipartisan infrastructure & guns & CHIPS bills, and probably Inflation Reduction Act
• Four officers in Louisville, Kentucky, are now facing federal charges (for several crimes) involving the botched nighttime raid that ended with them killing an innocent Breonna Taylor.
• Serial liar and hate monger Alex Jones is being forced to pay $4.1 million to Sandy Hook parents after repeatedly claiming to his dimwit audience that the massacre never happened. Hefty punitive damages could be next.
• After sentencing her to a Russian penal colony for 9 years, the country has signaled it is ready to play ball with the US and set up a possible prisoner exchange for WNBA star Brittney Griner.
• But this is better:
New research shows while more than a third of voters said they don't trust the process for counting votes in the U.S., after people were shown affirmative but nonpartisan messaging about democratic systems persevering, that number significantly improved. https://t.co/fYVuti9Utd— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) August 5, 2022
• And finally... me going into the weekend like...
“Help” 😅 pic.twitter.com/IIXOB6azrJ— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) August 4, 2022