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Good morning, Portland! Here's a vaccination update that is either good or bad, depending on whether you're a glass 60 percent full or 40 percent empty type of person:
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░ 60.0%— US Vaccine Tracker (@USVaccineCount) December 7, 2021
And here are the headlines.
• Portland police shot and killed a man accused of carjacking Monday morning, resulting in the closing of I-5 for much of the day. This is the fourth fatal shooting by PPB officers this year. We'll likely be getting more details about this case in the coming days and weeks.
• Sunrise Movement PDX, a youth environmental group, is urging Governor Kate Brown to direct Oregon’s recent influx of federal infrastructure money towards public transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation projects in an effort to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. Right now, most of those funds are set to go toward widening freeways.
• Thank god we live in a blue state, right? Nothing can touch us here!
"If Roe v. Wade were overturned, Oregon would still have its own laws allowing abortions. But abortion rights advocates say many Oregonians — particularly those in remote, rural areas — will have diminished access to those services."— Jenn Chávez (@portable_chavez) December 6, 2021
By @AprilEhrlich: https://t.co/kGGgm1IeRe
• The fight between the Portland Teachers Association (PTA) and Portland Public Schools (PPS) continues, as the teachers' union is asking for one "asynchronous" learning day for kids each week to help give overworked, understaffed teachers time to catch up on work. PPS is against the idea, and a Monday night bargaining session didn't change that dynamic.
• The Biden administration announced yesterday that no United States diplomats will be attending the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, in protest of the Chinese government's treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, which includes forcing them into reeducation camps. A Chinese official called the move "political provocation" and threatened retaliation.
• God damnit:
SPECIAL REPORT: To build electric cars, manufacturers need to mine nickel.— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 7, 2021
To dig up more nickel, a mining company plans to bulldoze a section of pristine rainforest.
The “ethical dilemma” of when promising tech results in environmental harm:https://t.co/l2oS8eqqE8
• Hate and disinformation spread on Facebook fueled the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and now the company is being sued by refugees in the US and the UK for $150 billion—and that's just the beginning. “At the core of this complaint is the realization that Facebook was willing to trade the lives of the Rohingya people for better market penetration in a small country in southeast Asia," reads one of the lawsuits.
• As I type this, President Joe Biden is on a call with Vladimir Putin, trying to warn him invading Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russian troops are currently stationed at the Russia-Ukraine border, and Biden is threatening economic sanctions from United States' allies if those troops strike.
• And finally, here's a little holiday gift from us at the Mercury to our readers:
Whew, what a year! You deserve a let loose and treat yourself this holiday season, and the Mercury's got you covered with our Holiday Debauchery Guide.https://t.co/hcWt7omM3s— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) December 6, 2021