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In local news:
• Dozens of Portlanders protested sweeping rent hikes at an affordable housing complex subsidized by the city in North Portland Monday. Former city commissioner Chloe Eudaly and current commish Jo Ann Hardesty made appearances, agreeing that the city needs to address loopholes in Portland’s affordable housing policies that allow for 30 to 50 percent rent increases. Following the protest, commish Dan Ryan, who oversees the housing bureau, scheduled a work session for the topic November 1.
• A recent study from OHSU found a nearly 50 percent gap between services for substance abuse disorder treatment, prevention, recovery, and harm reduction in Oregon compared to need in the state. Less than one in four organizations surveyed could not offer language interpretation services for clients and fewer than one in five organizations were able to provide services tailored to LGBTQ people.
University of Oregon's new program, The Home flight Scholars Program, will cover full tuition and fees and provide advising and mentorship opportunities for Native American undergrad students. https://t.co/KzPFTw2Lkk— OPB (@OPB) October 11, 2022
• This hazy air is expected to stick around through Friday, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Cedar Creek fire and fires in Washington are causing continuous smoke in Lane County and intermittent smoke in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Douglas counties.
• Today is the last day to vote for home state hero Musio Chavez in the USA Mullet Championships. Chavez is from Woodburn, and his mullet is named “The Oregon Tail.” Even if you don’t vote, do yourself a favor and check out some of the mullet names on the voting page because they are a TREAT.
You are not prepared for the emotional turn this mullet video takes. pic.twitter.com/0lwzZQ1Mxn— Samantha Swindler (@editorswindler) October 10, 2022
• It’s the triumphant return of HUMP! 2022—America’s sweetest li’l porn festival—for one night only on Wednesday, October 26 at Revolution Hall! GET THOSE TIX NOW!
In national and international news:
• Prosecutors dropped charges against Adnan Syed Tuesday in the killing of Hae Min Lee—aka the 1999 killing publicized in the first season of the “Serial” podcast. Syed was released from prison after two decades last month after DNA evidence did not match his own. While prosecutors in Baltimore had 30 days to retry the case, they decided to drop the charges.
• New Zealand’s government is proposing a tax on farm animals’ burps—which contain greenhouse gasses—as a way to address climate change. Policy makers argue that farmers would be able to recoup the costs in other places, while farmers believe the tax would decrease food production and shutter small farms. About half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions come from farms, due to the major industry in the country.
About 36% of all US counties are “maternity care deserts,” and the number of counties where there is limited or no access to maternity care appears to be growing, according to a new report https://t.co/8Gk3ep81Nm— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2022
• In recent months, law enforcement and the US Drug Enforcement Agency have raised alarms about “rainbow fentanyl”—fentanyl pills that are in a variety of colors as opposed to the usual blue—claiming that dealers are using the pills to lure in children. However, illegal drug researchers say fentanyl pills have always come in an array of colors and there isn’t any evidence that dealers are targeting youth. "Fentanyl’s a very potent drug that's causing a lot of overdose death but it's taken on a mythical life of its own," said one researcher.
• A pro-Russia hacking group has claimed responsibility for temporarily taking down several US airport websites Monday. It’s not clear how many airport websites were hit, but there appeared to be no flight disruptions due to the hack.
• This video provided me with a lot of peace and joy this morning—I hope it does the same for you.
Summer of Bears 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/ZT81bmeWNC— Ranger Tiffany (@RangerTMcCauley) September 8, 2021