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 Election Night Live Blog
Relive the excitement with the Mercury's Election Night Live Blog! We covered all the parties (and their snacks), the incoming results, AND compared Sam Adams to "a crow landing on a gravestone," PLUS included videos of WRESTLING PUPPIES!
• Portland Voters Approved Sweeping Charter Reforms: What Happens Now?
Portland voters approved a package of city charter amendments Tuesday that completely overhaul the city's government structure. Here's what happens next.
How much do you remember about this week's election? (C'MON... it was only a few days ago!) We bet you'll score HUGE on this week's super-fun edition of POP QUIZ PDX! We believe in you! 🧠💪
• Federal Judge Expresses Disappointment in City's Ongoing Non-Compliance in PPB Settlement
Portland and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) were back in federal court to provide an update on the city’s ongoing attempts to comply with a 2014 settlement agreement with the DOJ. (And the judge was NOT happy with the lack of progress.)
• Officers Shoot Alleged Arsonist in Southeast Portland
There was another mysterious police shooting last week, this time in Southeast Portland. Here's what the cops said (and didn't say).
• TriMet Board Advances Plan to Increase Fare by 30 Cents in 2024
TriMet board members voted this week to proceed with a proposal for a biannual 30 cent fare increase starting in January 2024. Public input opportunities begin in December and the final vote will take place in May.
Time to take out the trash with another hilarious edition of THE TRASH REPORT from Elinor Jones! This week: Elon Musk is a verified loser, anti-charter reform liars, and if you vote? You get PUPPIES! 🐶😍
In Jenni Moore's new column, we're smoking Fountaine's new "Northeast Phonk," My People's Market celebrates five years, and a super smooth show bill of Soccer Mommy and Tops.
• The Fluorescent and Ungovernable Ocean of Like Liquid, Cut Loose
Wanting to explore the ocean's fluorescent and ungovernable side, Morgan Rosskopf and Ashlin Aronin turned Well Well Projects into a trippy, “warm-hearted apocalyptic" installation.
In this week's column: Straight guy feels guilty about earth-shattering BJs he receives from gay pal. Sooo... should he? 🤔
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!