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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! It’s “Hell” day, AKA the release date of Sleater-Kinney’s new single. The longtime Portland band just dropped a new video, featuring former Rose City resident, writer and filmmaker, Miranda July. The band is set to release a new album, Little Rope, in January.
In Local News:
- Portland Fire & Rescue, along with Portland Police, reported eight overdoses in one day in the Pearl District, all suspected to be fentanyl-related, and each involving young adults in their late teens and early 20s, many of whom likely thought they were using cocaine. Police said four people were taken to a hospital and four others refused treatment. All of them are expected to survive. Monday’s incidents are the latest in a slew of recent overdoses, many of them fatal, including reports of children being poisoned after being exposed to the substance.
- Middle school students in Tualatin are back at school today, after a bomb threat led school district officials to evacuate Hazelbrook Middle school last Friday, and cancel classes Monday. The bomb threat named district officials and school board members. School leaders think it might be related to a recent viral video that showed a student violently attacking another student.
- It's Wing Week! That means more than 60 eateries are hooking you up with delicious renditions of wings (vegan options available at some sites) for just $8. Click here and dive in. Chow!
- If you haven’t had a chance to catch our interactive comedy game show, Two Evils, I pity you, but there’s still time to turn your life around. Hosts Kate Murphy and Arlo Weierhauser are innately funny, with just the right amount of neuroses, nerdiness and improvisational chops to disarm seasoned stand-up comedians. The next show is Wednesday, October 11 at the Siren Theater, with special guest Kyle Kinane. Don’t sleep on this one!
Coming October 11: It's the Halloween-y episode of TWO EVILS—the hilarious comedy game show where YOU can win prizes while laughing your butt off with our super special guest, @kylekinane! (Get those tix quick, it's gonna be a sell out!) 😈🏃♀️https://t.co/ELoOlgT3V0— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) October 2, 2023
In National/World News:
- If you get a strange noise and buzzing on your cell phone this Wednesday, it’s just the government spying on you…err…testing an emergency system. An emergency alert test is set to affect all TVs, radios and cell phones at 11:20 a.m. PT. The scheduled system test will help the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) make sure their alert systems work in the case of emergencies like natural disasters.
IMPORTANT: On Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs.— FEMA (@fema) October 2, 2023
This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed.
Info & FAQs: https://t.co/KKyrIr4e03 pic.twitter.com/xDW92DwcAy
- Speaking of disasters, former President Donald Trump–a man who loves bragging rights–can now say he’s the only president to have been indicted four times. Trump was in court Monday in New York, where state prosecutors say he committed fraud by purposely misstating the value of his properties by at least $812 million there. Attorneys and a judge argue Trump inflated the value of his properties to investors, while undervaluing them on tax documents to avoid hefty real estate taxes. If the state’s case doesn’t get shot down in an appeal, Trump could be barred from doing business in New York and have to pay the state $250 million in penalties.
- In other Florida man headlines, Rep. Matt Gaetz is making moves to try to replace current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. A vote on whether McCarthy should vacate the seat is slated to happen this afternoon. McCarthy has taken heat for working with Democrats to avert a government shutdown. Gaetz is the subject of a Congressional investigation into sexual misconduct.
- In what might be the most YOLO move ever, a 104-year-old woman from Chicago just set the world record for oldest skydiver. Dorothy Hoffner made the tandem jump Sunday, noting "age is just a number." Reporters said she set down her walker and boarded a plane to make the big jump. This wasn't her first skydive. What a boss!
At 104 years old, Dorothy Hoffner fell.— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) October 2, 2023
Then she kept falling, and falling, and falling. And when the lifelong Chicagoan finally touched the ground Sunday, she landed in the history books and became the oldest person to ever sky-dive. https://t.co/m3lo82lY4t