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Across Ukraine thousands of civilians are participating in basic combat and survival trainings as the fear of a Russian invasion continues to rise.
Across Ukraine thousands of civilians are participating in basic combat and survival trainings as the fear of a Russian invasion continues to rise. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Good Morning, Portland! It's COLD out there this morning, and it looks to be COLD again tonight. Don't lose your nerve! There's baby goats at the end of this. Now, here's the news!

IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Yesterday Ben Smith—the man accused of committing the Normandale Park mass shooting—was formally charged with murder in the second degree and eight additional charges. An affidavit connected to the charges contains more description of Saturday's events, as recorded by a go pro one of the victims wore: "Participants are heard on the video telling [Smith] to leave them alone and return home," Mota writes. "[Smith] responds by demanding they 'make' him leave."

• During a press conference yesterday, OPB's Rebecca Ellis questioned Mayor Ted Wheeler about a public statement he made last April where he called on the city to increase pressure on nightly police abolition demonstrations. Wheeler said he does not regret the statement, "let's make it hurt them a little bit."

• Regarding masks in schools (to the tune of "Sad But True"), Newberg's school system decided that it won't lift the in-school mask mandate early, ahead of the state's March 31 lifting. A major factor was likely the notice from Newberg's interim superintendent who said he would resign if the school system tried it.

• Mark Lanegan, lead singer of the Screaming Trees also passed unexpectedly this week. OPB has more about the "voracious collaborator" who was born in Ellensburg, Wash.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov dismissed yesterday's sanctions from the US and European nations, saying "We're used to it." The brush off comes as Russia has begun moving forces into Eastern Ukraine.

• The Department of Psychiatry at University of Cambridge released a report suggesting that—of a survey of 17,000 children in the United Kingdom—one third felt happier during lockdown. Some of the reasons they gave were "feeling less lonely, avoiding bullying and getting more sleep and exercise" the researchers said.

• RIP Jamal Edwards, British music entrepreneur and founder of SBTV.

• It’s back for 2022! America’s sexiest, funnest dirty movie fest, HUMP! Coming at ya starting THIS THURSDAY, February 24 at Revolution Hall—GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

• In closing, LOOK AT THESE BABY GOATS!