Oregon gets an F grade for their response to the COVID pandemic in state prisons.
Oregon gets an "F" grade for their response to the COVID pandemic in state prisons. Spencer Platt / Getty News

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• Have you been hearing about the redistricting battle going on in Oregon which could change the face of state AND national politics? A bit confused by it all? Then don't miss this great explainer from Abe Asher who breaks it all down in a simple and very interesting way!

• After telling furious parents and co-members to "deal with it," the conservative members of the Newberg School Board who instituted the (probably illegal!) ban on Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols from their schools have promised to "rework" it—though not to get rid of it! Instead they intend on making their racist, homophobic ban capable of passing constitutional muster.

• According to a report released yesterday from the Prison Policy Initiative, Oregon was one of three states that scored (wait for it) ZERO POINTS for its efforts to control COVID-19 and subsequent deaths in its state prisons.

• The 2022 race is already heating up, and today Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson announced she will be running for the MultCo chair position next year, which will be vacated by Deborah Kafoury due to term limitations. Find out more about Pederson in this report from our Alex Zielinski.

• Because they didn't do their jobs (like, at all) when Proud Boys and right-wing extremists rampaged through a terrorized Parkrose neighborhood on August 22, the Portland Police is now in the position of asking for help identifying the criminals from reporters and assault victims. (Soooooo... I'm paying them to do nothing, while ALSO paying for me to do their jobs for them? Sounds right on brand.)

• This Friday Marvel is releasing its newest action joint, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which has been getting some juicy buzz... but does it live up to expectations? Find out in this Mercury review from Chase Hutchinson.

• Saddle up, brain! It's time for the weekly POP QUIZ PDX!


• What was left of Hurricane Ida was more than enough to flood cities and kill at least 43 people on the East Coast. Many of the deceased in New York City drowned in their basement apartments.

• President Biden didn't mince words when blasting the Supreme Court for refusing to block the new Texas abortion ban that outlaws an estimated 80-90 percent of women in the state seeking the medical procedure. He vowed an all-out federal government push "to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe.”

• Obstructionist Sen. Joe Manchin is obstructin' again, warning top Democrats to hit "pause" on the president's $3.5 trillion spending package, because... [checks notes]...
"we have so much on our plates right now"?

• A Georgia ex-prosecutor has been indicted for allegedly protecting the white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery, suppressing video evidence so they wouldn't be charged with murdering him.

• Self-professed "moron" and podcaster Joe Rogan, after months of poo-pooing vaccines has confessed to having contracted COVID—and has since doubled down on his bullshit, saying that he took medically disavowed horse dewormer to treat himself, like the fucking idiot he is.

• Cue the "Mama Mia, here we go again" headlines:

• Hey Savage Love fans! Get your tix now to see Dan Savage live and in-person on October 2 for a reading of his newest book, Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays! (Plus, paid attendees get their own copy of the book!)

• Alert! We've combined three of our world-famous film festivals into one, big, sexy, stoney, scary, movie showcase called the Mercury Movie Mashup! It's the best of the best from SPLIFF (our stoner film fest), SLAY (our horror film fest), and HUMP! (the little porn festival that started it all!), featuring all the blood, sex, and weed you can handle in a ONE NIGHT ONLY show at the Clinton Street Theater—go get those tix now!

• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: A sunny, sunny day tomorrow with a high of 87. (Squeezing out a little more of that summer!)

• And finally, COVID-19 had that coronavirus audition in the bag... until Delta showed up.