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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Get ready for a cloudy start to your week, with temps inching up to 76 today and slowly climbing throughout the week until we top out at 90 by next Saturday! Sorry, summer-haters: It ain't going away yet! Here's another thing that never goes away... THE NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• For those Oregon governing bodies who have been trying to convene public meetings without properly inviting and informing citizens what they'll be discussing—WATCH OUT! The state government has passed new legislation that will update and toughen up existing laws, to insure that city councils and other public officials across Oregon adhere to full transparency. OH, and speaking of less than full transparency... OOF! 👇
"At this time, I cannot confidently say Multnomah County is spending our money as effectively as possible."— Public Record And Data Archives (@PRADAPDX) September 10, 2023
• It's official: The Nike Factory Outlet store on Northeast MLK—which has been closed for nearly a year—will not be reopening, dealing a devastating blow to the local Black business community. Portland civil rights activist Ron Herndon (who helped bring the store to MLK back in the 1980s) had this to say: “I think this is a failure of leadership at City Hall ... I just believe folks at City Hall don’t have the skill or creativity to address major issues that impact not only the Black community but all of Portland.” Hello! It's also because City Council is too busy bending over backwards to cater to the greedy needs of rich downtown developers/business owners to help anyone else in our very large city.
Letter from the editor: Gov. Tina Kotek’s decision to hide her new task force’s conversations from the public is opaque, unethical and counterproductive. https://t.co/LD1KwxhNsy— Street Roots (@StreetRoots) September 11, 2023
• Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero sent out an email on Friday warning parents that teachers within the school system could possibly be going on strike as soon as late October. The teachers are negotiating for better wages, classroom temperatures, and more time to plan for their classes.
• Speaking of striking: Dancers at the Magic Tavern strip club in Northwest Portland are unionizing following claims that the management hasn't listened to their cries for safer working conditions, which include a lack of security, gas leaks, uneven floors, and even a pole that was improperly installed. They are the second strip club in the nation to form a union.
• It started as an off-the-cuff idea and then became intensely serious and thoroughly considered... just like a horoscope piece should be. Don't miss this funny (and very informational) guide to local film fests called "An Astrological Guide to Portland’s Film Festival Scene"—it's part of our excellent Fall Arts Guide, on the streets NOW!
It's time to test your brain with this week's super fun POP QUIZ PDX! On the docket: Portland bird swarms, more short-sighted nonsense from City Council, and if a certain local military supply shop closes down, where will I get my NINJA THROWING STARS?? 🥷https://t.co/KyJuPKnRN7— Wm. Steven Humphrey (@WmSteveHumphrey) September 8, 2023
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Nearly 2,500 people have died in the devastating 6.8-magnitude quake that hit Morocco, and still the country's government is only accepting a limited amount of outside rescue aid, infuriating citizens who are still pulling loved ones out of the rubble.
Americans paused to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 22 years after Islamist hijackers seized control of jetliners and crashed them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon https://t.co/1gr0Zcg7uQ pic.twitter.com/zepBYle4HD— Reuters (@Reuters) September 11, 2023
• North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un will be traveling to meet with Vladimir Putin in Russia, where they are expected to discuss getting help from North Korea in fighting Putin's war against Ukraine.
• FDA approval of the latest COVID booster is expected within the next few days, just in time to pair it with your autumn flu shot. The new booster will target the XBB.1.5 strain which is behind the rise of COVID infections this summer, and could stave off a winter surge of nastiness and potential death if enough people get their shot. So when it's your turn... GET IT.
• Today in "about goddamn time": After weeks of pressure, creepy Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales has announced he will step down from his post after kissing soccer star Jenni Hermoso without consent following her team's World Cup win last month.
• SPAAAAAAACE news!
Comet Nishimura is projected to come closest to Earth on Tuesday — but it will still be extremely far away, making it perhaps more likely to be spotted around Sept. 17, when it is predicted to be closest to the sun and at peak brightness.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 11, 2023
Here’s what to know about spotting the… pic.twitter.com/KijCpYw89F
• Billionaire crybaby Elon Musk sadly confirmed that he has had a third child with pop singer Grimes, who they have named (wait for it...) "Tau Techno Mechanicus." (This borders on child abuse... right?)
• And finally... here's hoping your grand schemes for this week go exactly as planned.
The best idiot ever! 😂pic.twitter.com/K0OSNPyLlU— Figen (@TheFigen_) September 10, 2023