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.)

PPS and the Teachers' Union Ratified a Contract Agreement. Now What?

The PPS Board of Education and teachers both voted "yes" on a new labor contract this week, officially ending the historic teachers' strike that began November 1. But educators, district leaders, and students have lingering questions and concerns. ⁠

Taylor Griggs


Calling all smarty pants! 🤓 It's time for another super fun POP QUIZ PDX. This week's trivia topics include magic mushrooms, boring football, and YOUR CHOICE for Portland's *sexiest* bridge! 😍🍆🍑 See how well YOU score!

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A Decade After Federal Directives, Portland Police Will Start Using Body Cameras Full-Time

A long-delayed plan to outfit the Portland Police Bureau with body cameras is expected to be implemented next year. The city's $2.6 million contract with Axon comes years after the company lobbied the city and helped inform body camera policy in Portland.

Courtney Vaughn


It's trash diggin' time! This week: Cher is blowing the Xmas roof off, school is back (finally!), and... brace yourselves... Harry Styles got a haircut!


•  New Thing in the Lloyd Center: Secret Room Workshop Pop-Up

Through December 23, Secret Room Workshop Pop-up will host art shows, present workshops, and sell riso-printed art.



In music news this week: "Just Have Fun!"—the new joint EP  from Covi. & Drae Slapz—is... really fun! Jenny Don’t and the Spurs headline a NYE cowboy prom. And Portlanders reeling from the 1905 closure should check out Keys Lounge!


It's the Holiday Edition of the Delightfully Evil TWO EVILS Game Show!

Get those tickets NOW for the most eeeeevil holiday game show of the season... TWO EVILS with Arlo Weierhauser & Kate Murphy! It's the audience vs. special guest comedian ADAM PASI! Go get those ho-ho-hos! 🎅😈

MusicOregon Awards $57,000 in Grants to 18 Portland- and Vancouver-Area Musicians

With its second year of funding, MusicOregon's Echo Fund has awarded $57,000 in grants to 18 Portland- and Vancouver-area musicians. Here's a little about the winners and their projects.

Ticket Alert!

Sebastian Maniscalco, Mariah the Scientist, Feist, Cat Power, and lots more of Portland's hottest upcoming shows are right here! Have YOU got your tickets yet? Here's where to snap 'em up!

Mariah the Scientist (Shamaal Bloodman via Rolling Stone)


She can't get over losing her ex—what's an out-and-proud goddess to do? Dan Savage issues a ruling in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!

Joe Newton

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