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Good morning, Portland! It’s Tuesday, March 21, and as of yesterday it’s officially spring!  That means we can expect cherry blossoms soon, but first... allergies. 🤧


• Speaking of sneezing, researchers say allergy season could be worse this year, but don’t worry, Portland doesn’t even rank in the top 20 worst cities for pollen allergies, according to a new report from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation.

• Apparently Oregonians are still luddites when it comes to fueling up. That’s why some are decrying a move by state legislators to allow you to pump your own gas. Only Oregon and New Jersey have laws restricting self-service gas, but recently, Oregon eased up on its rules in some rural areas. Now, a bill would allow up to half of a gas station’s pumps to be self-service. Prepare to get yer mitts dirty!

• If you enjoyed the book, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, you’re in luck. Zauner, who fronts indie-rock band Japanese Breakfast, is launching a book tour for the 2021 memoir that’s being turned into a screenplay. Ahead of her Portland stop on March 31, the Mercury spoke with the musician and author about going on her first book tour for the paperback release of Crying in H Mart, writing a screenplay based on her memoir, and being shaped by the places where we live and go.

• Speaking of food, Portland chefs are known for taking risks with dishes that challenge a traditional palate and lean on fusion for fun. Ramen connoisseurs Hapa PDX are doing just that with a new restaurant in Beaverton, Hapa Pizza. Yes, you read that right. The eatery offers a phở -braised brisket pizza. Get the rundown on Filipino fusion cart Makulít, a forthcoming vegan patisserie, and more, with the latest Portland Food News rundown


Wyoming has officially banned abortion pills. It’s one of several moves states have initiated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last year.

• As the Washington Post recently noted, antisemitic tweets have spiked since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. When journalists asked about it, they got... a poop emoji? This week, the social media platform’s owner announced that press inquiries to the site’s media handle generate a poop emoji auto-reply.