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.)
• Oregon Legislators Aim to Reduce Waste With New Reusable Takeout Container Rules
A new bill could allow Oregonians to bring their own reusable containers to restaurants for takeout orders. The proposed change aims to reduce single-use plastic and landfill waste.
This week's super fun trivia game includes such topics as sketchy Portland NIMBYs, your fave local scandal-plagued figure skater, and can the Blazers support TWO hairy mascots? 🤔
• Auditor Finds Police Lack Data to Judge Effectiveness in Curbing Gun Violence
The Portland Police Bureau still doesn’t track enough data to evaluate whether its gun violence intervention tactics are effective at measurably reducing gun violence, a follow-up report from the city auditor found.
• BEHOLD! Pickathon's 2023 Lineup
Get ready to celebrate: Pickathon has announced its 2023 lineup! Read on to see who'll grace the stage of the best darn little music festival held 16 miles outside of Portland.
Calling all trash pandas! 🦝 This week: bad press for raccoon dogs, Portland mascot wars, and the latest on baby wipes... for men. 👀
• Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Expand Access to Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Healthcare Amid National Attacks
As states across the nation restrict abortion access and launch legislative attacks on LGBTQ Americans, Oregon legislators are looking to protect people seeking reproductive and gender-affirming medical care, as well as doctors providing the services.
• The Crying in H Mart Paperback Release Will Be Author Michelle Zauner's First Book Tour
Ahead of her upcoming Portland appearance, the Mercury spoke with musician and author Michelle Zauner about going on her first book tour for the paperback release of "Crying in H Mart," and being shaped by the places where we live and go.
In this week's music news column: The Get Down celebrates one year as a venue, a dream downtown music bill of Edna Vazquez and Mariachi Tradición, and Joseph's new single “The Sun” reminds us of a pivotal Grey's Anatomy scene.
• Theater Review: The Value of Forbidden Fruit
Shaking the Tree makes theater that is both boundary-pushing and wonderfully relatable. With "Forbidden Fruit," they have raised the bar once again.
• Tides Is Jenny Conlee's Soundtrack to the Pacific Northwest Coast
"Tides," the new solo album from founding Decemberists member Jenny Conlee, is perhaps unsurprisingly inspired by the Pacific Northwest's gray and moody coastline.
In this week's column: "I'm ashamed of my body... is there any way to feel sexy again?"
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