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E-BIKES! WHEEEEEEE!!!!!
E-BIKES! WHEEEEEEE!!!!! Greice Baltieri / Getty Images

Good Morning, Portland. I hope you can get out there and enjoy some of this surprisingly sunny—though typical for early February—weather we're having. The week continues to look at highs 50-degree temperatures during the day. Go on a walk. Get lunch. BUT BEFORE THAT...

HERE'S SOME LOCAL NEWS:

• Yesterday, representatives from the City of Portland and the Portland Police Association (PPA) both expressed support for the four-year contract that both parties have tentatively agreed upon. Negotiations took two years and the document is 120-pages long, so Portland Mercury News Editor Alex Zielinski dove in to break down some of the more notable aspects of the deal.

• E-bikes are fun, efficient ways to get around, but they're also notoriously dangerous for the everyday pocketbook. Bike Portland reports that Oregon House Representative Karin Power plans to propose an e-bike subsidy bill, in 2023, to help defray consumer cost.

• A stolen SUV crashed into Capitol Bar, over the weekend KGW reports. Though it appears no one was seriously hurt in the crash, the bar's owners say they're in a pickle, having just purchased the business a week before. The new owners set up a fundraiser to help pay their employees, who had only just started at a new workplace before it was smooshed by hot metal.

• DID YOU CATCH THIS STORY about a man tricking a woman into thinking he was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent? She thought he was training her to be an agent FOR A YEAR! The Oregonian first reported on this wildly mundane badge-flashing affair. Always check what a badge actually says!

NOW, IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• As the Oregon Health Authority continues to consider when to lift the state indoor mask mandate, governors from New York, Massachusetts and California have all announced separate intentions to allow the general indoor mask requirements for their respective states to lapse. In New York and California, the mandates will end as soon as next week. There's still some debate about when schools should stop requiring masks.

• This week, the New York Times remembered the heroic ophthalmologist, Li Wenliang, who in December 2019 tried to spread the word about a dangerous new virus that he had observed in his Wuhan, China hospital. Dr. Li died of coronavirus only months later, in February 2020.

•In shocking tone shifts, please keep your eyes peeled for a half-pickle, half-man. OPB reports that the Portland Pickles lost their Dillon the Pickle mascot costume on a recent Delta airlines flight back from the Dominican Republic.

• 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!

• And finally, here's a little bit of sweetness for your morning!

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