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• A Low-Income Housing Complex Was Lauded as a Model for Pulling People Out of Homelessness. Three Years Later, Tenants Are Fleeing.

A low-income housing project was lauded as a model for transitioning people out of homelessness. Three years later, tenants cite habitability issues and safety concerns. Some have gone back to living in shelters.

Courtney Vaughn

• POP QUIZ PDX!

Bwa-HA-HA-HAAAA! 👹 How much do YOU know about Portland's most eeeevil villains? (And our nicest strippers?) Find out by taking this week's super sassy POP QUIZ PDX! 🤓

PAUL ROVERE / GETTY IMAGES

• As PPS Teachers Inch Closer to a Strike, Staff Across the District Ask for Better Treatment

From crowded, overheated classrooms to wages that don't keep up with inflation, Portland Public Schools workers want change. As teachers gear up for a potential strike, other school district staffers are voicing concerns, too.

Taylor Griggs

• The Portland Mercury's 2023 Corn Maze Reviews

The Mercury’s 2023 Corn Maze Reviews have arrived. Here are five Portland-area corn mazes, ranked by difficulty and quality of rustling stalks.

Ben Coleman

• THE TRASH REPORT

This week: living for Bennifer drama, Leo DiCaprio goes to extreme lengths, and thank god for pugs! 😍

CHARLEY GALLAY / GETTY IMAGES

• Oregon State Troopers Will Help Portland Police Patrol Downtown on Bikes

Under orders from Gov. Tina Kotek, Oregon State Police units will start patrolling downtown Portland. Portland Police said OSP troopers will help out the bike team, with a focus on stopping fentanyl dealing and distribution.

Courtney Vaughn

• HEAR IN PORTLAND

Portland-based Nigerian singer-songwriter Izzy Baba Melo has "Something Huge," A Beat Happening's free Lolo Pass showcase is stacked, and honoring a jazz legend. It's all the music/event news you need... HEAR IN PORTLAND.

REED. RICKER, COURTESY OF ALBINA MUSIC TRUST

• Highlights at Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2023

Portland Retro Gaming Expo is one of the most approachable pop culture conventions in town, thanks in part to how much there is to actually do there.

GEOFFRY SMITH, COURTESY OF PORTLAND RETRO GAMING EXPO

• Kickstand Comedy Announces First Show In New Brick and Mortar

Los Angeles comedy troupe Holy Shit Improv kicks off a series of monthly shows with rotating out-of-town talent.

Kickstand Comedy

• Multnomah County Library Opens Temporary Northeast Portland Location

A new, temporary Multnomah County Library location is now open, working as an offset to the system's ongoing renovation and construction projects.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY

• Ticket Alert

Exciting event news: lyrical master Ms. Lauryn Hill will reunite with the Fugees for the 25th anniversary of her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill! Get tix for this and more courtesy of Ticket Alert!

Courtesy of the artist

• SAVAGE LOVE

Masturbation tricks, lube recommendations, and lots more quickie (and sexy) Q & As in this week's lickety-split edition of SAVAGE LOVE!

JOE NEWTON

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