I promised I would hold this plank until I could read all the great Mercury stories from this week. That was seven hours ago.
"I promised I would hold this plank until I could read all the great Mercury stories from this week. That was seven hours ago." filadendron / Getty Images

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.)

Portland's Proposed $56 Million Police Union Contract Funds a 37% Increase in Officers
Portland City Council heard public comment on the proposed PPA contract this week. Here's a dive into its $56 million price tag.

Doug Brown

Kristof’s Thwarted Campaign a Blow to All Unqualified, Entitled White Men
Opinion: Will Nick Kristof's thwarted run for governor hurt all entitled, unqualified white guys? (Another essay banger from your pal, Wm. Steven Humphrey.)
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Bill to End Felony Disenfranchisement Stalls in Oregon Legislature Again
Oregon was (again) poised to be the first state to pass a law restoring the right to vote to prisoners. But, according to House Dems, that bill will have to wait another year.
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Community Split on Need to Relocate Harriet Tubman Middle School Due to Pollution Concerns
With the I-5 freeway set to move even closer to Harriet Tubman Middle School, local leaders and PPS officials are looking to relocate the student body. Not all school community members are on board.

Isabella Garcia

Savage Love: Quickies
Get ready for your sexy questions being answered lickety-split! (That sounds dirty.) It's another educational SAVAGE LOVE, this week focusing on "quickies." (Again, dirty.)

Joe Newton

Film Review: The Worst Person in the World Is So Much More than an Anti-romantic Comedy
Worst Person In the World could be and has been described as an anti-romantic comedy, but it's much more than that. Here's the Mercury's rave review!

City Considers New Placement for Cleaned and Buffed Downtown Elk Statue
What’s going on with the Portland elk statue, anyway? Was it really damaged? When will it return? Our Suzette Smith has the story.

Suzette Smith

Album Review: MAITA's I Just Want to Be Wild For You Mines Disassociation
“We're not really going to believe that we're on tour until we are actually on tour.” Maria Maita-Keppeler said, regarding MAITA’s upcoming dates to support I Just Want to Be Wild For You. Jenni Moore has the album review.


POP QUIZ PDX: Oregon's "Official" Sassy-Ass Weekly Trivia Quiz!
Hey sexy brains! It's time for another POP QUIZ PDX, featuring sassy-ass trivia Qs about local scandals, elks, and your choice for which '90s dance should be the OFFICIAL state dance of Oregon!

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