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Good Afternoon, Portland! Welcome to the city's strange and beautiful February weather. I hope you get to leave your desk soon and push off into relaxation and revelry. Here's all the news you need as you head into the weekend:
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• What do legislators want to spend federal infrastructure money on? BIKES! (Okay, not just bikes.) President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act bestowed the Oregon Department of Transportation with $1.2 billion in transportation funding. Isabella Garcia has the rundown of what's on the horizon, from highway repairs to electric vehicles to walking and biking incentive programs.
• Was the Thompson Elk statue removed from SW Main in 2020 for reasons of safety or was it actually damaged? We got into the nitty gritty (truthfully, this article contains descriptions of modified power washing) to bring you the latest Elk update.
• As you slide out of your office and into the weekend, you'll want something new to keep the vibe moving. Jenni Moore has all your "Must Listen" and "Next In the Queue" picks—plus an upcoming show that you absolutely must not miss!
• Bless you, Portland Monthly. You went there. Check on this round-up / taste test of NINE KINDS OF MAYONNAISE. Which is your favorite and why didn't the Kewpie brand win this? Kewpie was robbed.
• I, for one, choose the vampire ballet:
It’s one of those perfect ‘brain in two places’ kind of workdays. Half of it is wrapped up in some coverage on the end of Kristof’s gubernatorial bid for tomorrow. The other half, a story on 🧛🏼♂️🩰https://t.co/mAv3gVGtnt
— John Notarianni (@jnot) February 18, 2022
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison for shooting Daunte Wright—a 20-year old Black man who Potter and another office pulled over for expired tags and an air freshener tag hanging from his rear view mirror. "[Potter] got a slap on the wrist, and we still, every night, sit around crying, waiting on my son to come home," Aubrey Wright, Daunte Wright's father
• Why do I get the feeling that we're going to spend the next two decades finding out wack stuff President Trump did—and was allowed to do?
BREAKING: The 15 boxes of White House records stored at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence included classified national security information, the national archives says. The agency said it has referred the matter to the Justice Department. https://t.co/fV651RQ99t
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 18, 2022
• After 22 days of gridlock on the streets of Canada's capitol, Ottawa, police forces began arresting demonstrators and towing the long haul vehicles. The Ottawa Police Service said that, as of Friday afternoon, 70 people had been arrested and 21 vehicles had been towed.
IN COSMIC NEWS:
• Happy birthday to a sturdy little robot helicopter! NASA's Ingenuity landed with the Perseverance rover on Mars one year ago today. Space.com reports that Ingenuity was the first rotorcraft to "ply the skies of a world beyond Earth." It has currently completed 19 flights, and scientists say it's still going strong.
• 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!
• Going into the weekend, I know you love to party, and I love that you love to party, but please remember to eat more than a slice of white bread.