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Good Morning, Portland! This is the last Good Morning, News of the year! When we return to you on Tuesday January 2—it will be 2024. Note to self: It will be 2024. 2024. 2024. You may expect typos from me in the new year.

IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Weather today: High of 52, low of 45, and it's going to be a little bit gusty (10-20 mph winds). Expect some rain tonight because it's Portland.

• The mother of the man shot by police at Mall 205 on Wednesday afternoon identified her son to the Oregonian yesterday. She appears to have learned of the shooting from the man's friends, who were waiting for him outside the Target. “I’m not saying my son was an angel, by any means, but he is somebody’s child,” she told the Oregonian. “But if he is running away from you, why are you shooting?”

• Video was released yesterday, showing moments before the shooting. 

• Yesterday afternoon Eugene Oregon's Eugene Weekly was forced to suspend its print run and lay off its staff. Sure, community newspapers are facing difficult times, but this isn't that. "Despite the support — and the love — of ownership, staff and community, we found ourselves struggling financially over the last few years" a release from the publication read. "Now we know why." Eugene Weekly alleges that it is the victim of prolonged embezzlement. 

• Jessie Burke didn't make the Portland Villains list this year, but you do have to use an intercom system to buy a coffee in her hotel's coffee shop. She bought a building in the city's social services corridor, and she's continually concern-mad that there are houseless people around it. 

• So, as I mentioned, this is the last Good Morning, News of 2023. Have some fun this weekend; shake a noisemaker. Don't make me tell the story (again) of the New Year's Eve where I joined an impromptu street band of people playing brass instruments, and we marched around the Eastside neighborhoods. People paid us to leave! Good times. Speaking of walking, Don't forget that from 8 pm on December 31 until 3 am on January 1, Trimet transit is free—including Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN in Vancouver, WA. And I hear you, that would be great... if any of it ran late. Well, your wish is mixed results! MAX trains are running on longer schedules—two hours later for the blue, orange, and green lines; an hour and a half later for the red.

• Y'know? It's not even the last minute. Do you not have NYE plans? We have OPTIONS for you: a live-show-focused list from our music columnist Jenni Moore, a rundown of food-world NYE celebrations from our Food News writer Julianne Bell, and a comprehensive round-up of the best parties from our EverOut calendar team.

• This year Wynne cosplayed as Marilyn Monroe, Nonbinary Girlfriend's Anaïs Genevieve burned a wedding dress, and Mal London searched an abandoned barn for his missing date. We're showing love to music videos made by Portlanders in 2023. Here are music columnist Jenni Moore's five favorites.

IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• One of the many terrifying aspects of Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine is the advancement of drone bombings. Watch your butts, society. Technology to destroy is continually being advanced by wars that are allowed to fester and draw on human ingenuity. Just today, Russia launched what is being called the "biggest aerial barrage of the war," using dozens of drones and 122 misses—killing at least 30 civilians in Ukraine and injuring at least 144 during an 18-hour assault. The Associated Press reports that "Western officials and analysts had recently warned that Russia limited its cruise missile strikes for months in an apparent effort to build up stockpiles for massive strikes during the winter, hoping to break the Ukrainians’ spirit."

• A few HARROWING stories coming out of Gaza and Israel right now, thanks to the New York Times. These are reads for people who think war could sometimes be okay—and not ALWAYS lead to horrific suffering—but instead they will probably only be read by people who know better. The NYT investigated the revolting sexual violence of Hamas' October 7 attacks on Israel. Good to keep in mind that this is progressive reporting on the sexual violence that accompanies war. It's not that things are getting worse. We're just looking at the bad things more clearly.

• The New York Times also published this illustrative media piece about a deadly October 31 bombing in Northern Gaza, by Israel's military. Israel said it was targeting a Hamas leader, but the bombing killed at least 136 civilians in the surrounding neighborhood and wounded hundreds more.

• In the United States—despite what conservative politicians are telling you—murders are down.

• Uhhhhh... something else good (please?) former President Donald Trump won't be on Maine's presidential primary ballot. The state's Secretary of State ruled that his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election disqualified him. Nice.

• Streams in Alaska are turning orange. Not only does this look metal as heck, but some scientists think it may actually be caused by metal—iron leaching out of the riverbed rocks. Other scientists hypothesize that thawing wetlands are releasing bacteria, which is in turn mobilizing iron—still pretty metal. The big concern at the moment: It's crashing biodiversity, wiping out whole seasons of river life. To be clear, this is climate change.

• The only thing that can save us now is Love Honk.