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.)
• The Mercury’s 2022 General Election Endorsements
You should now have your ballots for the November 8 election in your hot, little hands. Now what? The Mercury Election Strike Force is here to help you take the next step with our handy endorsement guide!
• Wheeler, Ryan Unveil Unfunded Proposal to Criminalize Homelessness
Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Ryan announced an aspirational plan to criminalize homeless camping in public—one that currently doesn't have funding, clear support from other governmental agencies, or interested contractors to carry it out.
Hey, brainy butts! 🤓 It's time for the super fun POP QUIZ PDX. This week's trivia quiz includes presidents lickin' ice cream, which candidates NOT to vote for, and the best named cats at the Oregon Humane Society! Meow, LET'S DO THIS. 😻
• Lawsuit Against Feds' Use of Chemical Weapons on Portlanders in 2020 Heads to Appeals Court
“Anyone who’s been poisoned always wants to know what they were poisoned with," says one of the lead environmental lawyers pushing the feds to disclose which types of chemicals officers used on Portland protesters in 2020.
Hear ye! Hear ye! It's time again for the hilarious TRASH REPORT from Elinor Jones. This week: POTUS in Portland, Pelosi wants to punch Trump's stupid face, and Madonna announces she's gay (duh, yeah, join the club).
• Clean Energy Fund Supporters Urge Council to Maintain Integrity of the Program During Structural Changes
Supporters of the Portland Clean Energy Fund applauded the program's proposed structural changes, but also warned city leaders not to dilute the original intention of the voter-approved fund.
• Stop Motion Director Henry Selick Talks Wendell & Wild, Jordan Peele, and Portland Animation
A new feature from "Nightmare Before Christmas" director Henry Selick opens at the Hollywood this week, and it was co-written with Jordan Peele. The Mercury spoke with Selick about why Portland is the best city to make a stop-motion movie.
• Portland Police Once Again Withhold Name of Officer Who Shot Member of the Public
For the third time this year, the Portland Police Bureau has refused to release the name of a Portland officer who shot a member of the public—despite a city requirement to do so.
• The Mosh Critique: Iceage and Earth, at Aladdin Theater
Iceage's singer straight-up bullied Portland's polite crowd into a respectable pit of chaos and camaraderie. Plus, how our critic rated the mosh pit!
Portland-raised director Todd Field was best known, before now, for his acclaimed "In the Bedroom," but with Cate Blanchett as the central character in his new work "Tár," Field has made his most formally disciplined, ultimately enigmatic work to date.
• Portland to Lower Speed Limit Around Cleveland High School and Return Bike Boxes to SE 26th
Portland will create a "School Speed Zone" around Cleveland High School, making the 20 mph zone one of numerous transportation safety actions in the area City Council approved this week.
Portland-based Rapper Epp's excellent new LP "FOLD," and Lollipop Shoppe shows off the new face of the old Dig A Pony space—your favorite music columnist Jenni Moore found all the coolest shows she wants you to... Hear in Portland.
In this week's SAVAGE LOVE: Slamming orgasms lead to slamming headaches, and polyamory is complicated... who'da thunk?
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!