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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Two wonderful things happened last weekend: The Barbie movie was released in theaters, breaking box office records, and Taylor Swift graced the Pacific Northwest. If you didn’t snag tix to T Swift, our sister publication, The Stranger, is here to recap the show for you. If you haven’t seen Barbie yet (no spoilers!) Portland showings are selling out, but our city has a gaggle of awesome theaters, so keep trying!

Ok, on to important things. 

In Local News:

  • Police identified the hospital security guard shot and killed Saturday by a gunman at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital as Bobby Smallwood, 44. Smallwood was killed by a suspect who then fled the scene. Police initially searched for him at a Fred Meyer store, then found him in Gresham, where they shot and killed him. The Oregonian reported the suspect was PoniaX Kane Calles, a 33-year-old who had recently threatened hospital staff and previously threatened violence against the woman giving birth to his child. 

  • The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has downgraded its danger assessment of the levels of asbestos in last week’s fire at a former Kmart building. The state agency issued warnings, after debris and ash from Wednesday’s fire tested positive for asbestos. Now, the DEQ says some of the material tested doesn’t contain asbestos, which is a good sign. Still, as reported by Taylor Griggs, residents say they feel uneasy and uninformed about the risk levels. They count the fire as just the latest example of a string of incidents at that property that have caused harm to the community. 

In National/World news:

  • Elon Musk’s attempt to rebrand Twitter as ‘X’ and remove the site’s blue bird logo–the only charming thing about the hellscape social space–might have been premature. Turns out, Meta and Microsoft already have rights to the use of that name. Do you think Elon called up his attorneys and asked them to look into his rights to use the name, and out of spite, they just said, “Yeah, sure dude. Go for it!”

  • North Korea fired two missiles into the sea, in what appears to be a response to the arrival of a U.S. nuclear submarine in South Korea. The United States and South Korea are reportedly bolstering their militaries and weapons programs, in response to North Korea.
  • And finally, everyone’s favorite pro wrestler turned actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, just donated an undisclosed amount to SAG-AFTRA, a nonprofit associated with the Screen Actors Guild union, said to be the largest single donation ever received by the organization. Johnson, the dream boat with a heart of gold, and probably a bank account worth even more gold, said he wanted to step up to help actors who need financial assistance during an ongoing strike. Johnson is among the union’s 2,700 highest-earning members.
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