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.)

Public Backlash Killed the Last I-5 Bridge Replacement Plan. In the New Version, Critics Say Little Has Changed.

Oregon and Washington's DOTs, equipped with a new $600 million federal grant, are prepared to drop billions to replace and expand the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver. Project critics say the public doesn't know what they're in for.

Taylor Griggs


This week's trivia game includes: beloved (and not-so-beloved) celebs in Portland, Nike "swoosh" history, and let's kick Trump off the ballot! See how well YOU score!


Extreme Weather Events Are a Threat to Small Businesses, Like Your Favorite Food Cart

For your favorite food cart—or a similar small business—this unexpected weather event could very well hit like a one-two knockout punch.

Suzette Smith


Let's go, Trash Pandas! It's time for another hilarious TRASH REPORT. This week: wild weather, tiny hot chefs, and what are Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift whispering about?? 🤫


Police Arrest 20 Jewish Activists and Allies During Demonstration in Downtown Portland Supporting Palestine

As South Africa accused Israel of genocide in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Jewish protesters and allies in Portland blocked the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Madison Street, in solidarity. The sit-in demonstration led to 20 arrests.

Kevin Foster

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Suspected Vehicle Arson Investigated at the Home of Portland City Commissioner

According to police and city staff, a car parked in front of Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez’s home in the Eastmoreland neighborhood caught fire late last week. Fire investigators say it was arson.

Gonzalez staff


A new Drae Slapz and Scooter Rogers collab, an intimate soul single from Blossom, and celebrating 400 episodes of Portland music podcast Dan Cable Presents. Catch up on all the hottest music news of the week!

Courtesy of the artists

The Week In Portland Food News

We're delving into some wing-based developments, from the arrival of Nom Nom Wings in the Pearl District to the upcoming opening of the pop-up Daddy's Vegan Wangz 'n Rangz inside Kickstand Comedy.

Bory Debut Perfectly Splits Elliott Smith's Figure 8 and DIY Vibe of Elephant 6

The debut full length record from Bory AKA Portland singer-songwriter Brenden Ramirez perfectly splits the two indie pillars of Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" and DIY collective Elephant 6.



Take your mind off of the freezing weather by plotting some summer plans! The Avett Brothers, Ween, Bush, and the Dead South have dropped dates for outdoor concerts across Oregon. Here's where to get all the hot tickets before they sell out!

Courtesy Sum 41

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