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Good Morning, Portland! Weather for the weekend? Cool, and it might rain—BUT IT MIGHT NOT; YOU KNOW HOW SHE IS. Portland. Now, let's get into the news.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• On Tuesday afternoon, security guards outside Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland, tackled and tased a 62-year-old man who says he was just there to pick up a prescription. News Editor Courtney Vaughn has the story.
• Last week, Mercury Reporter Taylor Griggs wrote that the union representing Portland Public Schools educators had authorized a strike due to untenable working conditions and the school system's failure to pay teachers wages that would allow them to keep living in Portland. Now we are one week closer to a potential strike. If it happens it will be a first for Portland teachers. In a follow up, Griggs reports that union members are casting votes on whether they also authorize a strike. Listen to a discussion about the story—and totchos—on this morning's City Cast Portland.
• Today in the confluence of people who drive with little concern for human life and people who have dash cams, KGW dropped some harrowing video of the Rose Festival road rage incident that happened this past June.
Dash cam video shows a road rage incident in June when a Portland driver plowed through barricades and nearly hit several people along the Rose Festival's Grand Floral parade route. Here's video & full story: https://t.co/10iu5FUikK pic.twitter.com/fGZj9sbYYO— Kyle Iboshi (@KyleIboshi) October 20, 2023
• This week's Hear in Portland has the scoop on a fire repair benefit for Mississippi Records and a hot new single from Karma Rivera and Chilifa Nem. Music columnist Jenni Moore furthermore considers Providence Park's returning live music concert possibilities.
• Who's going to Blonde Redhead tonight? The new album is a banger. If sad-atmospheric pop isn't your thing, there's plenty of new show tickets dropping this morning—You’re Wrong About and American Hysteria best-friend-podcast live show, a second Jim Gaffigan show, there's some good stuff. The Mercury's calendar team has the round-up.
• The Oregonian recently updated its web text to a serifed typeface, which means that this blog about the publication's move to a san serif typeface in 2015 is now in Palatino, a serifed type! No one else has noticed this and even less people care, but I am delighted by the contradictions.
BREAKING: Sources confirm to me that the OregonLive's typeface has been updated to Palatino pic.twitter.com/7786RI9iaM— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) October 19, 2023
IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• One thing everyone can agree on: Israel launched another bombardment of Gaza Friday morning (due to the time difference, that's like 12 hours ago). A town in the area's south, Khan Younis, reported heavy bombing, despite the fact that refugees fleeing Gaza City and other northern areas had been encouraged to flee southward. Israel's military agreed that it had bombed the Gaza Strip, telling the Associated Press it had struck more than 100 targets linked to Hamas. This morning's news is filled with images of children in hospitals, covered in blood. Take care, but also this is happening, and to ignore it would be an abdication of the duty human beings bear one another.
• Speaking of a reckless embrace of chaos, Ohio Congressman Rep. Jim Jordan seems to be gearing up for a third run at House Speaker, after already trying twice this week and failing to gather enough votes—he had even less support on the second attempt. The House of Representatives' presiding officer position, which Kevin McCarthy was forced from at the beginning of the month, is currently occupied by an interim speaker who can't call the House into session. Personal feuds between ultra-conservative Republicans have led to reports of death threats, as rivals try to pressure one another for votes. It seems unlikely that the House will get any work for a foreseeable future.
• Aaaand he failed again.
Breaking News: Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio failed on a third vote for House speaker, leaving his party with no consensus on a way forward. He received 194 votes and needed 215 to win. https://t.co/qLCHprY5ex— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 20, 2023
• Like every other major media institution, the New York Times reviewed Britney Spears' soon-to-be-released memoir The Woman in Me, but the far more interesting piece is the "takeaways" view—by two writers from their music team, Julia Jacobs and Joe Coscarelli. The music journalists say they obtained a copy of the work, "from a retail store in advance of its authorized release" and they go into deeper details on Spears' life revealed therein, both the strange and the sweet. Now I'm questioning my own recollection of what happens in Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" music video. If you're looking for full excerpts, leading up to the October 24 release date, People published some earlier this week.
• Here's your cat terminology update. Have a good weekend!