GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• Timbers Anthem Singer Madison Shanley Confronts Club Over Handling of Abuse Cases
National anthem singer Madison Shanley made a big noise at Sunday's Timbers/Galaxy match by wearing a "YOU KNEW" T-shirt. She tells our Abe Asher why she did it and how Timbers management attempted to silence her.
• THE TRASH REPORT: Bad Celebrities and Good Animals (Also, Scary Animals!)
Don't miss the latest hilarious edition of Elinor Jones' gossip column, THE TRASH REPORT! This week: Sea lions possessed by human souls, juicier Oscar news than "the slap," and flamingoes that witnessed the JFK assassination! 🦩
• The Risks and Rewards of Portland’s Clean Energy Fund
The Portland Clean Energy Fund is a first-of-it’s-kind program that was designed to break tradition and bring equity to the green energy field. But what happens when a nontraditional program's success is measured by a traditional oversight system?
• Zaap Thai Brings the Isaan Region Flavors of Northeast Thailand to Northeast Portland
Zaap Thai draws its menu from Isaan, Thailand's northeastern-most and largest region, while also working dishes from Bangkok and Saipan into the mix.
• Villages Are Effective Alternative Shelters for Unhoused People, PSU Study Finds
The analysis of "tiny pod villages" in the Portland region, offers one of the first in-depth analyses of the village model as a form of alternative shelter for unhoused people—a solution that's grown in popularity across the country in recent years.
• Savage Love: Entrance Exam
He wants to date her, but her excuses not to meet in person are growing increasingly... bizarre. Dan Savage smells a potential "catfish" situation in the latest SAVAGE LOVE!
• Bullseye Glass Neighbors Still Unsure of Toxic Exposure Six Years Later
In 2016, Portlanders in the Brooklyn neighborhood learned that they had been exposed to toxic metals from a nearby glass manufacturer for over 40 years. Six years later, they still don’t have clear answers on how their health was affected.
• New Oregon Bill Allows for Double the Amount of THC in Edibles
Oregon's edibles are doubling their allowed THC dosage, but that's just a piece of how bill SB 408 impacts the state's cannabis regulation.
• POP QUIZ PDX
This week: Sassy-pants trivia Qs about shady cops, bullet trains, and "Which cereal mascot is your DAD?" (Plus... a free pizza prize!) 🧐🍕😋
• Everything Everywhere All at Once Review: You Will Remember Where You Were When You First Saw It
You don't wanna miss the new mind-blowing flick, Everything Everywhere All at Once, which reviewer Matt Baume calls a "boundlessly inventive experience, touching family drama, adventure, sci-fi voyage, and love story."
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