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Good Afternoon, Portland. It just randomly got sunny out there, and you're probably thinking about taking off early. NO! STAY INSIDE HERE WITH ME and read the news!
• Today in exhausting news for people with uteruses, Idaho's state senate passed forward to the house a bill that would allow the family members of pregnant people to sue the medical providers they receive abortions from, once a heartbeat is detected in an embryo or fetus. It's obviously the frustrating progeny of Texas' anti-abortion Senate Bill 8, which became law six months ago.
• PBOT plans to raise parking prices across Portland, taking on a “Climate and Equitable Mobility Fee” to incentivize alternative modes of transportation around the city. Why and why now? Isabella Garcia has the explainer.
• And what should you bump while you bust out your old razor scooter and lube it up? Jenni Moore has some tips and hot single news, as well as a few shows you should scoot to.
A coalition of homeless service providers and unhoused Portlanders have announced a mission to get 3,000 homeless Portlanders into permanent housing by the end of 2022. https://t.co/SeKpOrbs3U
— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) March 3, 2022
NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• The Biden administration announced it will grant Temporary Protected Status designation to non-naturalized Ukrainians already in the U.S., shielding them from deportation for 18 months. This impacts an estimated 30,000 Ukrainians here on temporary visas or without legal status.
Medical students at a university in Sumy, Ukraine, saw their school become a war zone overnight. They have no way to travel home and are hoping that authorities can create a safe corridor for them to evacuate. https://t.co/xHOwyhWa0d pic.twitter.com/bU0D8c5gPk
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 4, 2022
• Ukraine is still being pummeled by Russian missiles, but AP reports that other countries are now getting really into "Servant of the People," a Ukrainian comedy show where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy played Ukraine's president, before he actually became Ukraine's president.
• This afternoon the NFL announced it was—effective immediately—dropping all pandemic-related safety protocols. It is the first major league to do so. Teams will still provide PCR tests but the testing isn't mandatory.
• This is the last week to watch HUMP! You can catch a screening hosted by the one and only Dan Savage at Revolution Hall—GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
• Tomorrow is Friday! Stay tuff! Here is actual footage of me crossing things off my to-do list: