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.)


The Mercury's Endorsements for the May 2024 Primary Election!

Grab your ballot, because it's time to vote! And don't worry—we've done all the research for you with our May election endorsements. Check 'em out and see if you agree! (Ooh, and if you're in a rush, check out our handy-dandy Voter Cheat Sheet!)

 

Police Arrest 30 During Portland State University Library Raid and Ongoing Protest

Cops swarmed the Portland State University campus on Thursday (twice!) to disband a days-long occupation. So far, 30 arrests were made. However, a prominent educators' union is now denouncing the university's response.

Suzette Smith

POP QUIZ PDX!

Strap on your brain, it's time to play POP QUIZ PDX—your local, super fun trivia quiz. This week: runaway animals, rail-hopping trains, and billion dollar babies (often "crybabies"). See how well YOU score!

ALEXANDRUM79 / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

What Would You Do With $15 Million of City Money? Petition Would Give Portlanders a Say

If Portlanders could use a percentage of the city's budget to work on projects most important to them, what would they choose? If voters approve a participatory budgeting initiative this year, we would get to find out.

Taylor Griggs

STREET VIEW

Portland's 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax is on the ballot for renewal in the upcoming election, sparking some debate about local transportation funding—namely should the tax be more expensive? Our latest Street View column investigates the gas tax discourse. 

PBOT

The People’s Courts Serves up Pickleball With a Side of Apizza Scholls

Portland rec center and pickleball stronghold the People's Courts opened to much fanfare in August 2023. Here's how it's doing.

Sean Bascom

THE TRASH REPORT

Saddle up, trash pandas! It's time to ride into this week's filthiest gossip with THE TRASH REPORT. This week: The White House "bore"-espondent's dinner, Kristi Noem: pet murderer, and the horny allure of Zendaya!

TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES

Where to Get Food & Drink for Cinco de Mayo

Technically, the holiday commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French. In the United States, it's also a day to celebrate Mexican American culture—and some really fantastic local food.

Tamale Boy

HEAR IN PORTLAND

Portland rapper J Prodigy's first single goes "Swish", finally we're getting Nasalrod's vinyl split release show, and Blossom teases a rock song from her new album. Here's the latest new music news you need!

IZZY-BABA-MELO, TRILLLOGY PRODUCTION STUDIOS

TICKET ALERT!

Billie Eilish is coming to the Moda Center, Slipknot announces their latest tour, and viral crooner Stephen Sanchez is coming to Troutdale. Get these tix and a whole lot more with help from the Mercury's TICKET ALERT!

Courtesy of the artist

SAVAGE LOVE

Online lust, stinky butts, and falling in love with one's sex worker—all these horny questions and more in this edition of SAVAGE LOVE "quickies"!

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!