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Good Morning, Portland! It's going to rain today, and the weekend looks cloudy and dank.

• Students and activists at Portland State University continue to demonstrate on behalf of Palestinians and other the people in Gaza, caught in the chaos and destruction of Israel's brutal war aimed at rooting out the terrorist organization Hamas. (Although Hamas is not just in Gaza.) Last night, several people chained themselves to the doors of the school's Neuberger Center once more (as they did on Wednesday morning), this time bolstered by a crowd of about 30 others. A representative from the school confirmed that Campus Public Safety officers and the Portland Police Bureau responded again to the situation and arrested four protesters. When those who were not arrested attempted to block the exit of a police vehicle, police in tactical gear "began to use physical force," the PSU Vanguard reported last night. "In the process, CPSO Chief Halliburton collapsed." Halliburton was moved from the scene in an ambulance.

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•Whether you are about to embark on a three-day weekend of hedonism, hiking, or just laying on your floor in recovery pose (🙋) let me also remind you that Memorial Day weekend is the time of year Portlanders can GET INTO Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum in Sellwood. The Oregonian's Samantha Swindler—ever a repository of knowledge on weird local stuff—reports that the Rae Room will be open Sat-Mon this weekend, instead of only on Memorial Day. The guided tour spots are filled, but the public can still wander "the century-old mausoleum’s eight stories and seven miles of corridors."

• Don't sleep on these local music releases, Hear in Portland has the recs:

This week's news quiz is funny and contains USEFUL BRIDGE NEWS:

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• The Friday morning ticket drop is upon us. Are any shows coming to Portland in the upcoming weeks and months worth their weight in biscuits? Our hardworking calendar team has compiled a list so that you and I may JUDGE THEM!

• Let's give murder and betrayal the secondary slots in World News today, as we wistfully consider the life of a Shiba Inu whose expression of surprise made her immortal. Kabosu's owner Atsuko Sato wrote on social media this morning that her beloved pet had "crossed the rainbow bridge." She thanked fans for their support, and assured: "She went very peacefully without suffering, as if falling asleep while feeling the warmth of my hands petting her... I am certain that Kabosu was the happiest dog in the world." Kabosu, nicknamed Doge, was 18 years old and had been experiencing health problems for the past few years, although she appeared as recently as March, wrapped up in a sponge-like pouch.

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• Want to ruin your weekend? Go ahead! Start considering who Donald Trump will chose for his vice presidental running mate.

• The first Biden v. Trump 2024 presidential debate is expected to drop in June on CNN. [Sigh]

• The UN Court—the International Court of Justice—has ruled that "Israel must immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah," the NYT reports. But there's no real means of enforcement and "hard-line politicians in Israel immediately vowed that Israel would not comply."

• This week the bodies of three more people who were kidnapped during the October 7 attacks on Israel have been recovered. The recovery appears to be related to Israeli military assaults in Jabaliya, which is not in Rafah, but about 2.5 miles north of Gaza City. Israeli officials (who appear to be the main source of this news) said that the three had died during the October 7 attacks, but their bodies were taken as Hamas retreated into Gaza. Israeli authorities say that, by their count, around 125 hostages remain in Gaza, but it is not known if they are alive or have died.

Super Size Me documentary director Morgan Spurlock has died from complications related to cancer. He was 53. Listen, if you were to give a famous dog top-billing over me I would be fine with it.

• Returning to the strange story of US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and an upside-down American flag that the New York Times seems to have gone to quite a bit of trouble to prove flew over his Alexandria, VA home over three year ago... and following reports of a second inflammatory flag, "more than three dozen Democratic congressmen" called for Alito to recuse himself from election-related cases. And I get it; flag people are weirdly serious about their flags. This is like the time I aggressively made the sign of the cross at my parents during an argument. What matters is what he thinks it means. Still, we're taking congressmen, and you can get three dozen congressmen by putting pizza in the break room.

• In conclusion, I deeply identify with this story of respecting elders by doing crimes.

@watchthatscomedy ELDERLY CHINESE RESEPECT 🇨🇳  (Aaron Chen)  #china #chinese #aaronchen #standup #comedy #standupcomedy #aussie #australia #straya ♬ original sound - That’s Comedy