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.)
• Tenants, Elected Officials Call on City to Close Loopholes in Affordable Housing Program
Dozens of Portlanders gathered in North Portland's Overlook neighborhood to decry a sweeping rent hike for low-income tenants at a city-subsidized apartment complex.
• Merritt Paulson Resigns as CEO of Portland Thorns, Timbers
After days of furious backlash, Timbers/Thorns CEO Merritt Paulson announced that he's stepping down from his position... but at this point doesn't intend on selling the clubs.
Hey Brainy Pants! See how you score on this week's challenging and hilarious POP QUIZ PDX! This week: the latest sports scandals, local rich villains, and... you asked for it, and got it... MONKEY TRIVIA. 🐵
• Protesters Form Human Barricade for Bike Lane, Calling For Safety Changes to SE Powell
Hundreds of green-clad protesters created a human barricade to protect the bike lane on SE 26th Ave. on either side of SE Powell Blvd. while calling on transportation agencies to reinstall the green bike boxes at the intersection.
Need your fix of hot goss? 🫖 Don't miss this week's hilarious edition of THE TRASH REPORT with Elinor Jones! Including: Dark Brandon gets dank, the worst game of F*ck/Marry/Kill yet, and let's hear it for the crying girls! 😭
• AFSCME Accuses County Commissioner Meieran of Retaliating Against Union
The largest public employee union in Multnomah County has accused County Commissioner Sharon Meieran of threatening to undermine labor negotiations in retaliation for not receiving the union's political endorsement.
In this week's Hear in Portland, our Jenni Moore has the deets on Hey Love's fourth anniversary, a new zine that profiles local rappers, a rooftop show for a good cause, and the first ever Trap Kitchen Weekend.
• Shaking the Tree’s Play About Abortion Contains More Than Politics
Masterfully directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe—who has realized Suzan-Lori Parks’ play as an unflinching critique of our own society—"Fucking A" is a must-see production in Portland’s busy fall theatre lineup.
• TriMet Seeks Public Input on Pandemic-Related Bus Service Changes
Following dramatic changes in ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic, TriMet is drafting a plan to overhaul its bus service and increase ridership in an equitable way.
It makes sense that Salt & Straw—long the butt of twee ice cream shop jokes, but never ceasing its inventive stride—would expand into the realm of whiffs and wafts with taste-enhancing perfumes.
• Remembering Film Archivist and Former Clinton Street Theater Owner Dennis Nyback
Portland’s film community mourns Dennis Nyback, a former owner of the Clinton Street Theater who left his mark on the Pacific Northwest via his fervent preservation of the history of global cinema—in all its high and low glories.
In this week's SAVAGE LOVE: A vanilla partner surprisingly says "yes" to kinky sex! Yay! But wait... *NOW WHAT?*
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