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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Because you like all things "sexy," I feel the need to remind you that this weekend is your LAST CHANCE to see America's sweetest li'l porn festival HUMP! screening live at Revolution Hall, and... what's this? Ooooh, one screening is sold out and more are on the way, so get them tickets quick! And now, let's get some NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Benjamin Smith, the accused gunman in last year's Normandale Park mass shooting, apparently changed his mind and pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally shooting one person and injuring four others during a racial justice march. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18, and while the loved ones of slain activist June Knightly are finding some small satisfaction in this news, it doesn't erase the hurt that at the time of the shooting Portland Police incorrectly said that the activists were armed (they were not), and have refused to correct or retract the falsehood. Our Isabella Garcia has more.
• Don't miss this banger of a story from Street Roots, which interviews what a property owner learned about how the city's sketchy plans to set up mass internment camps for the homeless.
“Bowman also gave Street Roots new details about the city’s security plans, which include a private contractor-patrolled 1,000-foot perimeter and ‘weapons checks’ at camp entrances.”— K. Rambo (@k_rambo_) March 8, 2023
This and much, much more via @Piperamcdaniel https://t.co/UVjrEEcFax
• Justifiably angry Portlanders once again interrupted and shut down a City Council meeting for the second week in a row, demanding that Commissioner Rene Gonzalez' ban of bureau employees handing out tents to the homeless (even in freezing weather) be overturned. There was an altercation between one activist and a security guard, and at this point the mayor still refuses to overrule the ban. (Grab your popcorn and let's see what happens next week!)
• Get to know those candidates: The race for the County Commission seat vacated by Jessica Vega Pederson when she was elected County Chair in November is starting to solidify, and our Isabella Garcia talks to the three top candidates to glean where their priorities lie.
Get all the hottest music news in this week's edition of HEAR IN PORTLAND, including a new TYuS single that has major throwback vibes, and a triple-threat bill at Lollipop Shoppe! 🔥https://t.co/p8FTTu0GMY— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) March 8, 2023
• WEATHER TIIIIIIME! Don't be surprised if you see even more rogue snow showers this morning, but they'll quickly turn to rain that will last throughout the day, with a high of 45.
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Putin has stepped up his attacks on neighboring Ukraine with advanced weaponry including hypersonic missiles and drones, hitting residential buildings across the country and knocking out power in many areas. One such attack temporarily shut down Europe's biggest nuclear plant, putting it in danger of melting down until electricity was ultimately restored.
In its latest court filing, Dominion says Fox News needs to "retract the lies."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 9, 2023
"Despite having conceded it was all a lie, and despite internal documents proving they knew it was a lie all along, Fox still will not retract the lies and tell its audience the truth."
• While being furiously grilled in front of a Senate panel today, Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw issued an apology for the hazardous train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and insured that he will "make the situation right." For the first time in a long while, both Democrats and Republicans are in agreement: His company fucked this up, and his apology means next to nothing.
• The state of California is refusing to renew its $54 million contract with Walgreens, following the drug store's cowardly decision to refuse to sell abortion pills after being threatened with lawsuits by Republican-led states. (To Governor Kotek: Maybe its time for Oregon to find a new drug store as well?)
Chaim Topol, Tevye in Film and Stage Versions of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 87 https://t.co/YPSDKnFpd8— Variety (@Variety) March 9, 2023
• Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis has been censured by authorities for propagating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and has been forced to admit that (shocks of all shocks) she didn't tell the truth.
• And finally, it's time to play... IS IT A "BANGER"... OR IS IT NOT A "BANGER"?
love these guys and their shuffling so much pic.twitter.com/JeTK6VPz8x— SLUG (@generalslug) March 8, 2023