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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! It's a gorgeous day, but will tomorrow be as impressive? The weather people say, "EHHHHHH... not so much." In other words, expect showers and a high of 47. Okay... LET'S DO SOME HEADLINES.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• The state is getting close to giving out all its available funding provided by the federal and state government, and so the Oregon Housing and Community Services department say they will be closing the application portal for emergency rent assistance FOR GOOD next week on March 14. So if you still need rent help, SIGN UP NOW. Our Alex Zielinski has more on the story.
Oregon will close its online application portal for rent assistance next week. In other words, if you need help paying rent—apply ASAP. https://t.co/Naqrsrsz9z— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) March 8, 2022
• While it may have felt like a rainy, soaking winter, it still wasn't enough to alleviate Oregon's drought, and today Gov. Kate Brown issued a state of emergency for the drought-stricken Klamath County in the southern part of the state.
• A federal judge has put the smack-down on Oregon's ban on "love letters" —those heart-string-pulling missives sent to owners by prospective home buyers. The ban was put into effect because the state found them discriminatory and unfair, while the judge said, "Yeah, okay... but can you maybe punish the discrimination without violating free speech?" (That was my paraphrase... but I bet even his honor would say it was pretty accurate.)
City Disciplines Two Additional Portland Police Officers Implicated in Hit-and-Run Leakhttps://t.co/kGiWQkhKzY— Tess Riski (@tessriski) March 7, 2022
• Love this question posed by OPB: "Who gets to decide the color of the lights on Portland’s Morrison Bridge?" Who indeed? Why, as it turns out, YOU INDEED.
• A "meet-cute" horror/thriller dating movie set in Portland, starring that one Marvel guy and that lady from Normal People? YES PLEASE THANK YOU! Plus there's all sorts of twisty-turnies as well in the new Hulu flick Fresh. Check out the Chase Hutchinson review!
• Land o'Goshen, there is SO MUCH great stuff in our annual SPRING ARTS GUIDE, whether you're a fan of film, visual art, reading, or... if you're like me... drag queens! Miss it at your intellectual peril!
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Ukrainian citizens are getting increasingly caught in Russia's attacks against the country, which is putting extra pressure on the Biden administration and NATO to take harsher measures. Meanwhile, explosions heard in Kyiv are being explained by Ukrainian officials as two Russian fighter jets being blown out of the sky—though that report has not been substantiated yet. And while talks continue between Ukraine and Russia, Putin's ideas will most likely just get more Ukrainians killed.
You can now order four more free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. https://t.co/mWBCow57Kd— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) March 8, 2022
• A victory for Democrats and fans of fair elections: The Supreme Court has allowed the congressional maps decided upon by two lower courts to stand, temporarily stopping Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania from gerrymandering the shit out of their states' districts. Obviously, the fight is still far from over.
• In less pleasant high court news: "The Supreme Court won't review the decision that freed Bill Cosby."
• Gas prices in the US continue to rise (to well over $4 per gallon) as Washington, DC considers banning Russian oil. The good news? Those anti-vax dingbat truckers who are continually circling the nation's capitol are literally going to pay for their stupidity.
Timing is everything: “It looks like they understand that blocking traffic doesn’t help their cause, whatever their cause is. It seems their cause has dissolved with masks coming down, and covid no longer quite the problem it has been nationwide.” https://t.co/kKDb64qbGp— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) March 7, 2022
• Feeling thirsty? Then get ready for the boozy fun of the Mercury’s HIGHBALL—a week of specialty cocktails mixed by the city’s best bartenders… and for only $6 each! Coming at ya March 14!
• And finally... great. Here's yet ANOTHER thing a dog can do better than me. :(
This dog has next level skateboard control.🐕🐾🛹🤯 pic.twitter.com/ohujJw5pID— 𝕐o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) March 7, 2022