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Good Morning, Portland! Amidst the spectral remnants of revelry, this ensorcelled soul now endeavors to chronicle the morning's enigmatic tidings. Each keystroke is akin to the ominous tolling of a cursed bell heralding the dire revelations ahead. Shadows linger, as does the malevolent haze of the night prior, shrouding the fragile remnants of coherence in a ghastly embrace. (Translation: I am hungover from the Mercury holiday party. Here's the news.)

• Thursday night marked the first evening of this year's Hanukkah celebrations. The eight-day festival of lights—which celebrates a day's worth of lighting oil that lasted for eight nights in 200 BCE—is a relatively minor Jewish festival. Over the years it's been pumped up to oppose the far more dominant Christian Christmas. If you're a Mercury reader, you can likely differentiate between Israel (the country)'s intense bombing of the Gaza Strip—which has pulverized buildings and led to a tremendous loss of civilian life— and Hanukkah, a tradition celebrated by Jewish people worldwide. You know who can't differentiate? The protesters who disrupted last night's big menorah lighting ceremony in Pioneer Square. 

• In related news, cameras outside Sunlan Lighting, in North Portland, recorded video of a person on a bike approaching the shop and throwing a brick at the store's beloved, eccentric, and ever-changing visual displaywhich we included in our Say Nice Things About Portland guide. The shop's owner, Kay Newell, told KPTV that the window display had just been changed to include "Hanukkah symbols... a Nativity set for the Christians, and a prayer rug and a picture of a gentleman saying his prayer for Ramadan and the Muslim community." 

• The ongoing atmospheric river confluence dries out a little today, but don't put your booties away. Saturday and Sunday are gonna be WET again. Also, I don't think you were going to swim in the Willamette but there's sewage in there right now.

• That pilot who says he was dealing with the after effects of a mushroom trip when he tried to crash a plane, with 80+ people onboard, has been released on bail. That's unexpected! This week his charges of 84-counts of attempted murder were revised to 84 counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment, so that probably had something to do with it.

• In a move to become even more ineffectual as a city politician, Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez announced that he is running for mayor yesterday. News Editor Courtney Vaughn can fill you in on the deets.

Shane Dixon Kavanaugh's design drag is a podcast I would listen to.

• Multnomah County sent a letter to the Department of Environmental Quality this week, asking it to deny an air quality permit that would allow Zenith Energy to continue to store crude oil in its Portland terminal.

• Jeffry Mitchel's solo exhibition Elefant Medium made our list of art picks for Nov-Dec. You can see a little more of the show in a video PDX Contemporary shared this week:

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• Last week, we ran the headline Coronal Mass Ejection Slams Earth with Super-Hot Plasma Eruption, and I think that sounds like an excellent suggestion for an amateur porn short. Unfortunately TODAY is the LAST DAY to submit a sexy short to the 2024 HUMP! Film Festival. But you can seek inspiration from our fine batch of smut in March, and we're actually selling advance tickets right now—$20 a pop til December 31. Grabb'm before the price swells and strains against the thin fabric keeping it covered.

• Tickets to new shows drop this morning, check on the weekly list (compiled by our calendar team) here.

• Israeli military forces continue to push deeper into Gaza, striking hundreds of targets in the last 24 hours, the New York Times reports. The military claims that Hamas is firing rockets from inside an area that was designated as a safe zone, which the NYT describes as "a makeshift tent camp where thousands of dazed Palestinians live in squalid conditions in scattered farm fields and waterlogged dirt roads." So, like, yeah guys maybe there's a reason that place is chaotic and easy to hide in. Just arm-chairing from Portland, though.

• Reuters published an investigation Thursday, showing that journalist Issam Abdallah, 37, was killed by an Israeli tank crew. The same strike wounded six other reporters. While reporters writing long, detailed pieces about the deaths of other reporters can seem self-aggrandizing, it's important to consider that stories like this are also something a news organization can more easily prove—as the journalists harmed were working with Reuters and in communication with Reuters. Journalists should be considered non combatants, but I agree that so should civilians. I encourage readers to think of this story of as an example of the wider cruelty that surrounds it. Human Rights Watch has called the attack that killed Mr. Abdallah deliberate. International Federation of Journalists says that 68 journalists have been killed, while covering Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip, since the October 7 Hamas attacks that kicked off the war.

• On Wednesday, a gunman shot three people and wounded at least one other at University of Nevada, in Las Vegas. Police gave more information Thursday, saying the gunman—who died in a shootout with police—had a list of targets. The people he shot appear to have been college faculty, and the Associated Press reports that law enforcement believe he had sought a job at the school.

• Remember how surprising it was that everyone really cared about the Notre-Dame spire? It's back.

• Here's a metaphor for choices I made last night and how they're impacting me this morning.

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