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State Trooper (and supposed public servant) Zachary Kowing put on leave after saying he will defy governors vaccine mandate.
State Trooper (and supposed "public servant") Zachary Kowing put on leave after saying he will defy governor's vaccine mandate. Instagram Screenshot

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Just remember how he would tell you lies and then pretend that everything is so sweet? Why should you sacrifice if you're not satisfied? He's just a canine running 'round in heat. LET'S GO TO PRESS.


• Well, that was quick! Mayor Ted Wheeler's newest communications director, Los Angeles-based reality TV producer Lennox Wiseley, has left the job after only one week, saying “The highly charged political environment surrounding City Hall went beyond expectations." (You can tell she's new to town.) Anyway, our Alex Zielinski has more!

• It's Labor Day weekend and Oregon coastal communities (and particularly hospital workers) are rightly petrified about the crowds that will be flocking to the beach over the next three days, potentially making an already deadly COVID situation exponentially worse.

• An Oregon state trooper/drama mama has been put on paid leave after posting a video stating he's going to proudly and selfishly defy Gov. Kate Brown's vaccine mandate, while also questioning anyone who is following the orders. A true "public servant," indeed.

• Related: Pediatricians in Oregon's Rogue Valley are starting to see the uptick in COVID cases among children, and with school starting back up, they fear that number is going to exponentially increase. (Good thing we have state troopers setting such a great example.)

• 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!

• The 2022 race is already heating up, and yesterday 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.


• Thanks to the Delta variant sweeping the nation, the economy is stumbling again after two strong months of gains, with only 235,000 new jobs added. Economists were hoping for numbers closer to 700,000.

• A state of emergency in New York and New Jersey has been declared by President Joe Biden following the massive floods and destruction caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which has so far killed 49 people.

• President Biden didn't mince words yesterday 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.”

Afghan women are beginning to gather and protest in Kabul, demanding to keep the rights that will most likely be taken away by their new Taliban rulers.

• 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.

• In "I'm shocked... SHOCKED!" news: "Ohio doctor who prescribed deworming drug for Covid founded pro-ivermectin group."

• In "Once again, I'm shocked... SHOCKED!" news: "Doctor says ERs overwhelmed with people overdosing on livestock drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19."

• You know times are tough when you're Kanye West and you're getting dragged by Peppa Pig.

• 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 today with a high of 87. Get yer thong on!

• And finally, going into my weekend like....