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Good Morning, Portland! You know you're doing your job right when you accidentally imply that the Portland Business Alliance is about to start World War III—they're not. Then everyone starts yelling about how "unconfirmed" the background of the missile that struck Poland yesterday remains. Hear more about that mess in the international news section. Let's get the local stuff first!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• While the first proposed package of charter amendments to alter Portland’s form of government passed in last week’s general election, the commission that proposed those changes is far from done. The second phase of the process involves reviewing the charter with a new focus on environmental justice, voting rights, and amendments proposed by city bureaus. Environmental advocates are urging a charter amendment that would oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the city. Don't stress, voters will get to weigh in on the second phase of amendments in the May or November 2024 election. Isabella Garcia reports.
• Last October, Owens-Brockway glass recycling plant, was given two options: shut down or install pollution control technology. OPB's Monica Samayoa reports that the plant has received a permit to begin installing technology to reduce particulate matter, and needs to have it installed and working by May 2024.
• Happy Birthday, Darcelle!
“I hope Darcelle’s turns into a spaceship and takes over the universe. I hope it has a very, very, very long life—just as long as Darcelle, times a hundred.” Happy 92nd Birthday Darcelle 🎉https://t.co/bOOKrNp92S— Portland Monthly (@PoMoMagazine) November 16, 2022
• Did you get a chance to check on the Mercury's Free Ticket Tuesday this week? There's a Tuesday in the name, but you actually have until Thursday to enter!
IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL / SPACE NEWS:
• Yesterday—though technically today, due to time zones—a missile smashed into a grain silo in Poland, near its border with Ukraine, killing two people. As it occurred at the same time Russia was attempting to smoosh Ukraine into more pliant paste with about 100 missiles, there were some reports that Russia hit Poland with a missile. The Kremlin eventually denied they fired the missile. Even early reports that the missile was a Russian-made S-300 missile dating from the Soviet era have been relegated to “most probably” levels of certainty. As of this morning, theories that the projectile was a stray munition from Ukraine's air defense OR that Russia intentionally fired near the border, precisely to cause a situation like this abound. Ukraine's military has said they tried to intercept a Russian missile at the time and area of the explosion. "Whatever the outcome of that investigation [into the explosion in Poland], Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is squarely to blame for the ongoing violence," Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau told the Guardian.
• Good morning, fact check. A story widely shared on social media—even by Trudeau—about Iran preparing to execute 15,000 detainees isn't true and has been debunked. That doesn't mean things are by any means good for the detainees—two protesters had been sentenced to death as of Tuesday.
This is what happens when reputable sources like Newsweek publish stories that lack basic context and facts. Even Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted the inaccurate claim.— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) November 15, 2022
The Iranian regime is horrible as it actually is. Report the facts on what it's doing. pic.twitter.com/xwiPtmmUSY
• Accuracy is more important than ever now that America's Top Liar has announced his intention to run for president again in 2024.
• After many delays, NASA launched a rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft this morning. The Artemis I flight test, will carry several mannequins—nicknamed Moonikins—to the Moon, where it will orbit within 80 miles of the lunar surface. The launch is part of a longview plan to send astronauts back to explore more of the Earth's moon.
• There are many things that are interesting about the work of Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf, but what I really RESPECT is how he's been gradually scaling back and making his songs simpler—AND somehow they are better than ever. We just eat it up.