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Good afternoon, Portland! Halfway through the week. (C'mon, we can do this!) Let's get to the headlines.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• This Oregon State research is cause for rejoicing in more ways than one: A new study out of Corvallis suggests that hemp compounds can bind to the spike protein in coronaviruses and help the body defend against COVID-19.
As COVID-19 continues to surge, Oregon has another tool at its disposal: Paxlovid, the promising new antiviral drug from Pfizer that is in limited supply. Most of Oregon's initial doses are going to nonprofit clinics across the state. By @ameliaOPB: https://t.co/KcH6lEKeMg— OPB (@OPB) January 12, 2022
• Multnomah County hired a group of more than 100 limited duration employees to help the county reach communities of color, immigrants, and other groups disproportionately at risk from COVID-19, but those employees say they did not get the bonuses that full-time employees got. Not good!
• Just two months after announcing her candidacy, Akasha Lawrence Spence has dropped out of the race for Dan Ryan's city council seat and has endorsed director of the non-profit Equitable Giving Circle AJ McCreary. Alex Zielinski has more.
• The new Scream film, "a horror film where everyone has not only seen every horror film, they’ve seen every horror film in their own franchise," hits theaters on Friday. Matt Baume has our review.
Yimmi Chara has been called up by the Colombian National Team for a friendly match against Honduras.👏
Details: https://t.co/MtwjNcUDVV | #RCTID pic.twitter.com/vcP9RvacRC
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) January 12, 2022
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Though Omicron COVID cases may be peaking in some parts of the country, more Americans are now hospitalized with the virus than at any other point during the pandemic—putting pressure on hospitals that are working with staff shortages due to breakthrough infections.
• Housing costs continue to swell, with new data showing that rent costs increased 0.4 percent in December and dramatically "across the board" in 2021. Economists believe that costs could continue to rise in 2022.
President Biden's overall approval rating in the last seven Quinnipiac polls: 49%, 46%, 42%, 38%, 37%, 36%, 33%.
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) January 12, 2022
• Today in extraordinarily upsetting climate news: Argentina is in the midst of a heatwave not dissimilar to the one we experienced this summer, with temperatures hitting 113 degrees yesterday. More than 700,000 people in the capital Buenos Aires are without power.
• Things continue to go smoothly for embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was caught lying down in the back of a car to avoid being seen as he left Downing Street earlier today—an event reminiscent of when the very competent premier hid in a fridge to avoid an interview on the eve of the 2019 election.
• It’s back for 2022! America’s sexiest, funnest dirty movie fest, HUMP! Coming at ya starting February 24 at Revolution Hall—GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
• Here's to the glories of winter—and one very strong moose.
Basement + moose 😮
Our officers rescued a moose that had become trapped in the basement of a house in Breckenridge on Monday. The moose had fallen through a snow-covered window well and into the home’s basement. pic.twitter.com/5Std9CsCC5
— Colorado Parks and Wildlife (@COParksWildlife) January 11, 2022