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• Portland Approves New Public Camping Ordinance, After Facing Legal Pressure

Portland's new public camping laws are now final. Unhoused residents no longer face restricted hours for camping, but they could be fined or jailed for refusing available shelter. A homeless advocate says fines will likely be paid with tax dollars.

Courtney Vaughn

POP QUIZ PDX!

This week's sassy-ass trivia questions include: Zebras! Protests! Elections! And gum! See how well YOU score, smarty pants! 🤓

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Dark Money Casts a Shadow on Maxine Dexter’s Campaign

In one of Oregon’s most progressive Congressional districts, anonymous super PAC money and tensions over Israel’s war in Gaza have taken the spotlight. (You've seen the mailers.)

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THE TRASH REPORT

Get ready for a garbage can full of hot gossip! In this week's hilarious edition: Trump farts & sleeps in court, Lauren Boebert gets "Beetlejuiced," and some more Brad Pitt-inspired misogyny. 🦝

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Industrial Northwest Redevelopment Plan Includes Streetcar Extension and Housing

A big chunk of industrial Northwest Portland is set to get a major makeover, complete with new housing, green space, street redesigns—and an extension of the streetcar to connect the new neighborhood to the rest of downtown, and beyond.

City of Portland

Evil Does Not Exist Is about Glamping and Other Forces Beyond Our Control

The latest narrative feature from Japanese writer-director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) addresses the question: Is glamping evil? Hamaguchi's answer may surprise you.

COURTESY OF JANUS

Measure 110 Was Short-Lived in Oregon, but Its Legacy Could Live on Elsewhere

Oregon legislators were quick to claw back Measure 110, but policy experts say other states and countries are looking at Oregon as a model for their own decriminalization efforts.

Courtney Vaughn

Spend the Night Celebrates Nine Years of Electronic Dance Music Parties

Todd Edwards and Conducta headline the anniversary at Holocene, which also features STN resident DJs tag-teaming the warm up set.

PHOTO BY BEN FULLER

HEAR IN PORTLAND

Don't miss the music news you need to know, and shows you need to see. This week: Nonbinary Girlfriend, Moorea Masa & The Mood, young rap sensation That Girl Lay Lay, plus new music from Talilo Marfil!

Courtesy Moorea Masa

New Life Is a Scrappy Portland-Shot Sci-Fi Horror That Tears Through the Soul

New Life exists right alongside Pig as a great Portland-shot movie that plays with our expectations.

OURTESY OF BRAINSTORM MEDIA

TICKET ALERT

Trap prodigy Yeat, genre-defying electronic duo Sofi Tukker, and nu-disco phenom Sophie Ellis-Bextor (and her infectious bop “Murder on the Dancefloor”) are coming soon to a venue near you! Get those tix quick with help from TICKET ALERT! 

Courtesy Yeat

SAVAGE LOVE

"My boyfriend is secretly asking for 'punitive' acts from strangers. That's cheating... right?" Dan Savage issues a ruling in the newest edition of SAVAGE LOVE!

JOE NEWTON

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