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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Your St. Paddy's Day weather report: Mostly blarney tomorrow with a possible chance of scattered shillelaghs. (That is all the Irish words I know. OH! "BEGORRAH!")
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• It's a messy mess down in the Portland Clean Energy Fund-land: After they gave a $11.5 million green energy grant to nonprofit Diversifying Energy, an Oregonian report cast doubt on the experience of its director, Linda Woodley, and the PCEF yoinked back the grant. In response, Woodley is suing the city of Portland for defamation. Oh, what a tangled web we weave... but don't worry, our Isabella Garcia dissects the drama for you.
Instead of using private dollars to keep four police officers focused on a business district in downtown Portland, a new contract suggests that taxpayers cover the cost:https://t.co/OSzdFTv4kj— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) March 15, 2022
• Get ready to get mad: The Oregon secretary of state’s office is investigating a 99-year-old tax policy—which apparently has NEVER been audited—and surprise! It benefits white, rich landowners while screwing over low-income people of color. (And if Secretary of State Fagan hadn't looked into it, it probably would've kept screwing over folks for another 100 years.)
• While the pandemic is certainly not over, and we should continue protecting the immunocompromised folks around us, there is some heartening COVID news: Oregon now ranks as the second lowest among states in the number of cases per capita. That said, on Tuesday we passed the 700,000 confirmed cases mark since the start of the pandemic... so stay vigilant.
• I don't believe I ordered this:
Six former state lawmakers (all Dems) say urban progressive voices have grown too dominant in the Legislature. They've have launched a new effort to support centrist candidates this year. #orleg #orpolhttps://t.co/gl4QdQcws1— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) March 16, 2022
• The beloved pop-up and farmer's market staple Rangoon Bistro finally has their own brick-and-mortar, and our Janey Wong visited, talked with the creators, and sampled that delicious Burmese food. (Lucky duck.) Check out her review!
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• After Ukrainian president President Volodymyr Zelenskyy passionately spoke before the US Congress today, President Biden announced he will be sending an additional $800 million in weaponry and aid to the beleaguered country. Meanwhile Ukraine is now launching counterattacks on their oppressors near Kyiv, the country's capitol, as the Russians continue to surgically cut off cities from receiving aid, while conducting cruel bombing raids on innocent civilians.
The word 'children' was painted in large Russian script on the ground outside the Mariupol Drama Theatre, Maxar satellite images collected on March 14 showed. Ukraine accused Russia of bombing the theater on Wednesday. Russia denies the attack https://t.co/JtB56K8eCz pic.twitter.com/iV13h0dBXm— Reuters (@Reuters) March 16, 2022
• Not super great news: "A covid surge in Western Europe has U.S. bracing for another wave."
Spain impounded the Crescent, one of the world’s biggest superyachts, on Wednesday. It is the third such vessel the country has seized since it pledged to hunt for suspected superyachts of Russian oligarchs. https://t.co/MykzQ1HmGD— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 16, 2022
• Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo—who was given the boot for unethically advising his governor brother regarding sexual harassment charges—is now suing his former TV bosses for $125 million, claiming they wrongly terminated him.
There were no winners on this season of The Bachelor, but Clayton was the biggest loser of all. https://t.co/QMBobgKlc4— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 16, 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! And it's happening RIGHT NOW through March 20!
• And finally, for those of you who hate ballet because it doesn't have enough dogs in it... well, here you go:
This rendition of Swan Lake is breathtaking…😜🐶🦢👗 pic.twitter.com/AS7THyhuDg— Fred Schultz (@FredSchultz35) March 16, 2022