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Good morning, Portland! Today's forecast is "abundant sunshine" with a high of 92 degrees. Well that sounds down right lovely! The news is... less lovely, but it's also not all terrible and that's all you can really ask for these days. Onward!
In local news:
• The city approved its Climate Emergency Workplan yesterday, which dictates Portland’s priorities for addressing climate change over the next three years. The plan lists 43 possible actions to reduce carbon emissions, but critics say the plan does not have enough specifics or metrics given how tight the timeline is. Read about the city’s plans and the concerns here.
• The parking lot next to the Lloyd Center movie theater could become a Home Depot and a residential building, according to a proposal filed with the city last week. The proposal is in the very early stages, but lists a garden center with surface and underground parking for over 700 cars, and an unspecified number of apartments.
Toll reduction believed to be first in Washington state history https://t.co/DbwcTN4d7J— KGW News (@KGWNews) August 24, 2022
• Swastika Mountain, a mountain outside of Cottage Grove, may get a name change early next year for.. obvious reasons. The mountain was named prior to Nazi Germany and actually takes its name from an extinct town named for a cattle ranch that used a swastika symbol as a brand in 1909. The mountain is expected to be renamed Halo, after Chief Halito of the Yoncalla Kalapuya tribe.
• Students in Kent, Washington, are getting an extra long summer due to a teacher strike that’s delaying the first day of school. Educators with the Kent Education Association voted to strike as contract negotiations drag on with the school district. Union members are asking for higher wages, manageable class sizes, and more mental health support for students.
Part of Wajan's patio was smashed to bits Sunday morning. They're still open, though—serving up some of our favorite non-hot super-spiced dishes. Their outdoor dining area was too vast and powerful to be destroyed.https://t.co/WMVy56xqVz— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) August 24, 2022
In national and international news:
• The death toll following Russia’s rocket attack on a Ukrainian train station has risen to 25, as of Thursday morning. Officials say at least two children were killed during the attack. Russia said that it was targeting a military train. In related news, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 137,000 increase in troops by the end of the year, which would bring the country’s troop force to over 1.15 million.
• The rich Hollywood elites are being water hogs, according to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District which serves cities in Southern California like Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village. Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kevin Hart, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne Wade have all received “notices of exceedance” from the water district for using too much water (likely to water their luscious lawns) on a monthly basis more than four times. California placed limits on outdoor water usage earlier this year as the state drought worsens.
The Uvalde, Texas, school board has fired Chief Pete Arredondo over the police response to the Robb Elementary shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Officers waited in a school hallway for more than an hour before confronting the gunman. https://t.co/Z7Z47urTOq— The Associated Press (@AP) August 25, 2022
• A jury awarded Vanessa Bryant $16 million in damages over leaked photos of Kobe Bryant’s body taken by first responders at the fatal helicopter crash site in 2020. The photos, which also included the remains of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were leaked to the public, invading her privacy and causing her emotional distress, according to Bryant’s lawyers.
• As students have been forced to take tests at home due to the pandemic, some schools and universities have adopted new software and other tools like a virtual room scans to ensure students aren’t cheating. A judge ruled this week that requiring students to show a virtual proctor a scan of their room before a test is a violation of the fourth amendment, which protects against unlawful searches and seizures. Digital privacy advocates are calling the decision a landmark ruling.
• And we'll end with a bop today: