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.)

As Portland Public Schools and Teachers Union Stall on Negotiations, District Prepares for Unprecedented Strike

Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers union remain hundreds of millions of dollars apart in contract negotiations. The district is preparing for an unprecedented teacher strike, which could begin as soon as October 30.

Taylor Griggs


How much do YOU know about Hollywood celebs who live (or have lived) in Oregon? And how many of these celebs were lucky enough to meet author Wm. Steven Humphrey? Let's find out in this week's hilarious trivia quiz, POP QUIZ PDX! 🤩


Review: See Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour as Big as You Can

Swifties already know how they want to go about seeing Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour in a movie theater, but for the casual fan, the Mercury's culture editor has some advice—starting with, see it as big as you possibly can.


The Return of Portland Fermentation Festival Is a Big Dill

After a three year hiatus, the 2023 Fermentation Fest promises snacks, a Bacterial Petting Zoo, and a DIY attempt at the lost Neusihin's pickle recipe.


City Faces Potential Lawsuit Over 2022 Police Killing of Unarmed Man

The city of Portland faces a potential lawsuit from the family of an unarmed man killed by police in 2022 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. If the city settles, it will mark the fourth city payout connected to a fatal police shooting since 2020.

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This week's hot gossip includes: George Santos' stolen baby, Taylor Swift is thankfully everywhere, and don't bother texting Dolly Parton! 🦝


Ticket Alert!

We've got some scorching hot events to announce this week: trap megastar Bad Bunny, genre-bending musician Jacob Collier, your favorite drag queen’s favorite drag queen Sasha Colby, and more are headed our way.

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10 Soups to Try in Portland This Fall

Soup season is upon us, and it's time once again to huddle around steaming, restorative broths and stews.

Nong's Khao Man Gai


A victim of childhood abuse is overwhelmed by guilt and shame. Will healing ever be an option? Dan Savage enlists the help of an expert in this week's SAVAGE LOVE.

Joe Newton

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