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Good Morning, Portland: Please remember me, happily / By the rosebush laughing / With bruises on my chin, the time when / We counted every car passing—yes, Iron & Wine tickets hit the streets hot this morning. Let's get into it!

IN LOCAL NEWS:
• On Wednesday Oregon lawmakers listened to hours of testimony at a public hearing on Measure 110. OPB reports: "a stream of advocates, law enforcement officers, attorneys, businesspeople and everyday Oregonians implored lawmakers to tackle surging overdoses and growing public disarray in Portland and beyond — though their prescriptions for how to do so were often starkly different."

• A poll commissioned by the Portland Metro Chamber (FKA Portland Business Alliance) surveyed 500 voters from Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties (250 of which said they voted in Portland) and determined that the representative sample of people think the city is "on the wrong track." The Oregonian notes: "Sentiments, however, have significantly improved from 2021 when 88% said their quality of life was getting worse and 62% felt the Portland region was on the wrong track."

• A little good news! Eugene Weekly is back in print! The Associated Press reports that "in large part by fundraising campaigns and community contributions" the weekly newspaper returned to stands on February 8. Eugene Weekly was out of commission for six weeks, following a revelation that the a large scale embezzlement, allegedly by a staff member, left the publication in debt  by at least $100,000. The alt weekly was forced to lay off staff, although many continued to work on a volunteer basis. The publication also drew in work from journalism students at the University of Oregon, which is also located in Eugene.

• As we approach the dreaded romance holiday that is stressful for romancers and depressing for the un-romanced, you may need to end a relationship so as to avoid a forced pantomime of affection. If you do, be kind. And read food critic Andrea Damewood's list of the best bars and restaurants in Portland to stage a break up. You might want to read it even if you don't want to break up, so you can be wary of any invitations to said places.

• Pressing play on Golden Pear—the new album from Omni Gardens—is like being dropped into a beautifully serene, self-contained world where German electronic composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a household name, beloved by all. Read more about the Portlander behind the ambient project (who also runs Moon Glyph Records!) in this artist profile by music critic Ben Salmon

• Dropping in hot yesterday—we announced the 40+ sandwiches on the slate for the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week, which commences in just ten days on Monday, February 19.

• As I said to earlier, Iron & Wine tickets are on sale this morning for Crystal Ballroom—oh damn, that's gonna be magical—along with multiple Decemberists shows, as well as Lamb Of God & Mastodon—what a morning of heavy hitters! Check the whole list, which was dutifully complied by our patient and thoughtful calendar team.

IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• President Biden will not face criminal charges related to classified documents that were found in—as the Associated Press puts it—"a damaged cardboard box in President Joe Biden’s cluttered Delaware garage." This piece goes into the differences between allegations of Biden's retaining classified information vs. former President Donald Trump hoarding classified documents. But ALSO the report exonerating Biden called him a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

• Something that flew past me—much like the riffs this powerhouse Detroit rock band laid out—is the recent passing of MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer. "Although Kramer and the MC5 are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, they are curiously mythical icons in the collective consciousness of rock music as an art form. Some rock historians consider them prophets of the punk era, which followed them by a decade, when Kramer was imprisoned [for dealing cocaine], writes Joe Lapointe, for the Metro Times.

• Donald Trump won the Nevada Republican caucus. Is there still a possibility that he can't run?

• Comedian Jon Stewart has agreed to host The Daily Show every Monday through the election. He'll also work in an executive producer role into next year. But he's not coming back for realsies so you're gonna have to accept another host, people.

• On Monday, we noted the epic Grammy duet between Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs (we only had cell phone video at that time, but here's the actual performance), which New York Times Popcast host Jon Caramanica described as "crisp and powerful and restrained, but also dead perfect to the thing you remember from the recording... like, yeah, I just picked this guitar up yesterday. I could do this anytime. I'm easy." Following the performance, Chapman's original version of the song pulled a "Running Up That Hill" surging up the iTunes Top Songs chart.

• Okay, this week was a lot, and while you don't have to stop looking at or thinking about the news, you are encouraged to watch these beagles be bad—in slow mo.

@beagleskiko Koko’s face when she tried ginger 😳🤣 Dad made us a doggy stir fry (with not so many noodles)!! 🍜 it was delicious and super healthy 🤤  Let us know if you’d like us to share the recipe!   #dog #beagle #beaglesoftiktok #funnydogs #cutebeagle #dogcontent #dogtok #cookingwithbeagles #cookingwithdogs ♬ LOONEY TUNES PART 2 - Cavendish