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.)


Rene Gonzalez Announces Bid For Portland Mayor

Known for his hardline policies on homelessness and drugs, Commissioner Gonzalez has won over swaths of conservative voters, while alienating the city's progressive base.

Gonzalez Campaign

POP QUIZ PDX!

Don't miss this week's super fun POP QUIZ PDX, featuring sassy-ass local trivia about moist atmospheric rivers, toppled statues, and your choice for Portland's next mayor (and yes... Mayor McCheese is a much better choice than what we have now)! 🧠

Courtesy McDonald's

Police Fatally Shoot Man While Responding To Theft Call in Northeast Portland

Police fatally shot a man outside a food processing facility in Northeast Portland last week, after responding to a report of someone stealing electricity from a business. The shooting happened near one of several RVs outside the warehouse.

Courtney Vaughn

The Portland Teachers’ Strike Is Over. The Conversation About Oregon’s Education System Is Just Heating Up.

Though recollections of the Portland teachers' strike, which ended last week, won't fit neatly into a single narrative, there's no question about its impact. The strike had impacts beyond just Portland, prompting broader labor and education conversations.

Taylor Griggs

THE TRASH REPORT

This week: Spotify wraps it up, unemployed George Santos, and Paris Hilton < Paris, France. It's the week's hottest gossip!

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HEAR IN PORTLAND

The Thesis celebrates nine years of lit, local-focus hip-hop, Ms. Arietta Ward throws you a party for HER birthday, and two prolific Pacific Northwest drag queens celebrate at the Schnitz.

 JIJI LEE

Dracula, a Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really Is Easy, Entertaining, and Empowering

"Dracula, a Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really" is a lively and entertaining horror production that feels unexpectedly perfect for the dark days of our holiday season.

SHAWNTE SIMS, COURTESY PORTLAND CENTER STAGE

Zupan's Adds Hanukkah Menu, Curated by Jacob & Sons Chef Noah Jacob

Just in time for Hanukkah, Portlanders can feast upon some delicious Jewish deli news. Zupan’s Markets announced they're offering a menu of Hanukkah holiday dishes, curated by Chef Noah Jacob, formerly of Jacob & Sons Delicatessen.

ZUPAN'S MARKET

The Great Santa Debate

What to say about Santa? The hilarious Elinor Jones presents the pros and cons of the biggest lie of the holiday season. 

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The Holiday Brisket Roundup

Looking for Portland’s finest, most tender brisket for your Jewish celebrations? We have the picks you need from the city's finest makers!

Ben Coleman

SAVAGE LOVE

He screwed up his longtime relationship by chasing after his unattainable neighbor. Now he's 40 years old with no obvious prospects. What's a lonely guy to do? Dan Savage rides to the rescue with some solid advice.

Joe Newton

WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!