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.)


Portland Will Pay Nearly $1.6 Million for Independent Monitor to Oversee City's Compliance With DOJ Settlement

An independent monitor will now oversee an ongoing settlement agreement between the US DOJ and the city regarding police practices. The oversight team includes the current LAPD inspector general and a former Portland youth violence prevention team lead.

Courtney Vaughn

POP QUIZ PDX!

Hey smarty butt! It's time to test your trivia knowledge with the newest POP QUIZ PDX! This week: Nike scandals, more Nike scandals, and... wait. Seriously? EVEN *MORE* NIKE SCANDALS?? (How are they finding time to make shoes?) See how well YOU score! 🤓

NATABA / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Despite Record-High Traffic Crash Deaths, PBOT Leaders Say Vision Zero Is Working

In 2023, 69 people died in traffic crashes in Portland—the most in decades. But Portland transportation leaders say their commitment to ending traffic violence remains strong. Transportation safety advocates aren't necessarily inclined to believe them.⁠

PBOT

The Hype About The People’s Joker Is Entirely Warranted

You may have heard about The People's Joker, the hilarious debut feature from Vera Drew that parodies comic book icons to tell a trans coming out story. Well, it opened at the Hollywood Theatre this weekend, and it's worth the hype.

 HAUNTED GAY RIDE PRODUCTIONS AND ALTERED INNOCENCE

Mike Norris Out as Portland Thorns Coach in Staff Shakeup

Another big shake up for the Portland Thorns as Mike Norris is out as the team's head coach, and will become the team's technical director. And now a global search is on for a new head coach to lead the Thorns. 

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•  THE TRASH REPORT

Calling all Trash Pandas! 🦝 Get all the latest garbage-y gossip. This week: don't poop during a volcanic emergency, Margot Robbie monopolizes the movies, and a gory tale of a turkey's revenge! 🦃🔪

Courtesy Hasbro

Photo Essay: Biking in Circles at the Ladds 500

More than 1,000 Portlanders gathered for the Ladds 500—the biggest year yet for one of the city's most emblematic bike events. It was a great time for all—even if you forgot to keep track of your laps. ("Counting is bullshit" anyway, right?)

Taylor Griggs

New Plan Seeks to Help Lower Southeast Portland “Rise”

Lower SE Portland is home to quiet streets and relatively affordable homes—but at the cost of important infrastructure and commercial amenities. A new city plan aims to course-correct, but residents want to make sure their  neighborhoods stay intact.

City of Portland

This Wednesday: It's the TWO EVILS Comedy Game Show!

Looking for a good laugh? Don't miss the funniest game show in town, "TWO EVILS" starring Arlo Weierhauser & Kate Murphy, in which the audience competes against special guest comedian ZAK TOSCANI for fabulous (and evil) prizes! Get those tix NOW, babies!

TICKET ALERT

Rap auteur Future is coming with Metro Boomin, art rock experimentalist St. Vincent has unveiled dates for her All Born Screaming tour, and corny dad joker Kevin Hart will reveal his maturity level. Get those tix now with our TICKET ALERT!

Future & Metro Boomin

SAVAGE LOVE

Her boyfriend wants permission to hire sex workers. Is this a case of irreconcilable differences? The honorable Dan Savage issues a ruling in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!

Joe Newton

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