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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! It might not be summer quite yet, but the weather doesn’t know that! Get ready for another gorgeous, mostly sunny day. Today's high will be 76, with a low of 50.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
- This weekend marks the start of a months-long pause on MAX Red Line service- ya know, the one that provides transport to and from the airport. TriMet is planning to offer a shuttle instead, but says to add at least an extra 30 minutes to each trip to PDX if you’re using public transit. First it was the airport carpet, now they’re coming for our trains?!!
If you're planning to take transit to or from PDX in the next four months, be prepared: @trimet will halt service on the MAX Red Line from the Gateway Transit Center to the airport starting this weekend, temporarily replacing the train with a shuttle.https://t.co/Zbwga0PvrR— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) June 12, 2023
- A jury found electrical utility PacifiCorp was responsible for a series of devastating wildfires in 2020 in Santiam Canyon, Lincoln City and Southern Oregon, because the electric provider failed to proactively shut off power, causing its lines to spark in high winds. The company has denied any wrongdoing and says it plans to appeal. Shocking!
First picture ever of a newly hatched electrician still has part of the egg shell on its head pic.twitter.com/wg7gIxg3Vh— Dr. Paulette Steeves (@PauletteSteeves) June 12, 2023
• A Vancouver man filed suit against a Portland bait and tackle shop, accusing the shop’s employee and security guard of racial profiling and discrimination, after he was accused of shoplifting from Fisherman’s Marine Supply. Nguyen Cao, a real estate agent and avid fisherman, was accosted by security and ordered to empty his pockets, before being threatened with force and thrown out of the store. Apparently, it’s not the first time customers have accused the shop of racist tactics. Oof.
- Monday, June 19 is Juneteenth, the federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Find Juneteenth events, from park celebrations to a cookout and market with live music, courtesy of the team at Everout.
- And finally, after a Republican-led Senate walkout in the Oregon Legislature that has stalled key bills and angered taxpayers, lawmakers are trying to negotiate a compromise just weeks before the legislative session is set to end. Lawmakers could be considering compromises to HB 2002, the healthcare bill at the heart of the walkout, which aims to shore up abortion access in Oregon and transgender care.
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
- Former President Donald Trump is set to be arraigned today in Florida on federal charges that he purposely withheld documents containing sensitive military information. How will he run his presidential campaign if he’s sentenced to prison? Maybe his cellmate could help him come up with some sick burns against Ron DeSantis and Mike Pence. Trump was most recently in court for a civil case in which he was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation.
- Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak will retire from the show after its next season, ending a 41-year stint (now he can buy ALL the vowels)! Sajak will stay on with the show’s production company as a consultant, but a replacement host has yet to be announced.
- For the first time in history, the Denver Nuggets won an NBA championship Monday night. The Nuggets pulled off a 94-89 win over the Miami Heat, ending the 2023 season. Sadly, hours after the city’s championship win, 10 people were injured in a shooting near where fans had been celebrating. Police aren’t sure what led the suspect to open fire, but he has since been arrested.
- In a story that’s equal parts terrifying and miraculous, a 76-year-old woman in Ecuador was found alive in a coffin, after she had been declared dead at a hospital. A doctor declared Bella Montoya died of a stroke, but when funeral directors went to change her clothes, she reportedly gasped for air. This isn’t the first time a patient has been declared dead, only to be found alive hours later.
'Dead' woman found breathing in coffin at own wake https://t.co/IgeRfNnl81— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 13, 2023