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.)
• At Least 193 Homeless People Died in Multnomah County in 2021
It’s the highest number of houseless deaths ever recorded in a single year in Multnomah County since data collection began in 2011.
Calling all horny folks! 👀 The Mercury's scientifically hot Portland SEX SURVEY has returned! 😍 Take our anonymous survey and let's find out HOW you do it, WHO you're doing it with, and WHAT you're using to do it! 🍆🍑
Hey smarty butt! 🤓 See how you score on this week's super fun POP QUIZ PDX. This week: Sooo much SCANDAL, including drama at the OLCC, Blazers, local Catholics, and (surprise!) COPS! Prepare to grasp your pearls! 😲
• Oregon Lawmakers Aim to Expand Voting Rights to Incarcerated Oregonians—For The Third Time
State legislators believe their chances of success are better than ever.
Time to get elbow deep in this week's hottest gossip! Featuring: Cocaine dolphins, Mitt Romney wags his finger, and can you imagine Mike Pence having sex? Ew, no, thankyouverymuch. 🤮
• Somebody I Used to Know Is a Polyamory Bait Switch
The new rom-com from Alison Brie and Dave Franco is a polyamory bait switch. Also swapping, Oregon locations are used for Washington settings. But the cast holds it up and the humor is nice & sharp.
• My Perfectly Valid Objections Airs the First Date Anxieties of Trans and Cis People
Portland playwright Mikki Gillette’s new work, "My Perfectly Valid Objections," depicts the minefield trans women navigate, specifically while dating cis men.
This week: Bocha's new album "DIY" centers self-reliance (and smoking weed), Omari Jazz and Kiefer co-headline at PDX Jazz Fest, and London-based R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai returns for our hearts.
In this week's column: A sugar daddy wants to give him his entire fortune. Should he take it?
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