Whooo! You're a BUSY BEE. Look, it's completely understandable that since you've been SO busy, you may have missed some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! So while you're lounging about this weekend, catch up on the knowledge you need by reading some of these A+++ Mercury articles! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• Cleaning Up Portland's Anticipated Oil Spill Could Cost $2.6 Billion, Report Finds
Following a major earthquake, an oil tank farm in Northwest Portland could spill nearly 200 million gallons of fuel into the Willamette River and surrounding area, causing $2.6 billion in damages and clean up costs.
• Hedwig and the Angry Inch Returns to the Ellyn Bye and to Rocking Your Face Off
Returning to live theater with a production like Portland Center Stage’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch is nothing short of a shock to the system. But it’s also a reminder of how good theater can be and why we missed it so much.
• With New Season Approaching, How Has Demand for Timbers Tickets Changed?
Disenchantment toward management and club values is just one of several reasons that season ticket sales for the Portland Timbers are undergoing change. Abe Asher digs into why.
• Savage Love: Cum Drunk
A gentleman wants to video himself drinking a large quantity of… ummm… a certain bodily fluid. How safe is this anyway? Dan Savage and a guest doc offer their diagnosis in this week’s SAVAGE LOVE!
• Oregon Will End Indoor Mask Requirement No Later Than March 31
Oregon officials will end indoor mask requirements no later than March 31. Health officials predict COVID hospitalizations will no longer strain the healthcare system by the end of next month.
• Flying Fish's Beer Garden Concept Cart, Chef Shack, to Feature a Cast of Rotating Local Talent
Chef Shack, a new concept food cart in the Flying Fish beer garden, delivers inspired menus of fresh seafood and an exciting schedule of big name chef appearances.
• Portland Religious Group Sues City of Brookings for Restricting Meal Services for Homeless Residents
A Portland-based religious organization has joined a federal lawsuit against the SW Oregon city of Brookings for its policy that restricts free meal service for homeless residents at community churches.
• Hear in Portland: MAITA’s Homecoming Show, Wynne and Charlie 3rown Drop Fire, and Beaverton's New Performing Arts Center
The best upcoming shows (check), hot new music to put in your ears (check), and upcoming cool stuff to look forward to (check, check, check!)... it's all in the latest edition of HEAR IN PORTLAND!
• Portland City Workers Agree to New Labor Contract, Averting a Major Strike
A union representing more than one thousand city of Portland workers reached a contract agreement with the city Wednesday, narrowly avoiding a strike that was set to begin Thursday morning.
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