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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Looks like the sun will peek its face out today, and... why do we always assume the sun is smiling, though? I blame that damn Raisin Bran. Anyway, expect a high of 56 today, with showers tomorrow, and another sunny... maybe angry, I don't know... Wednesday. Now let's read some smiley-faced NEWS!
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• After complaints from Mayor Wheeler, Governor Tina Kotek has agreed to use state money to resume the mayor's homeless sweeps near high-crash zones—but it seems like her patience is wearing thin with Wheeler's "whack-a-mole" strategy of dealing with homelessness. “[The mayor and I] need to have a hard conversation about accountability and how this money is being spent,” Kotek told the Oregonian. “What I’m seeing is the city just moving people around.” Funny... that's what the rest of the city is seeing, too!
• Police in Gresham are reviewing an incident in which officers repeatedly tased a homeless person because he refused to leave a stairwell where he had been sleeping. He was sent to the hospital for his injuries, and while he later returned to pick up his things, now his neighbors are worried because he hasn't been seen since.
“They Tased him so many times they had to wheel him out on a gurney,” Don Nguyen said. “It just makes no sense.” Nguyen let Ronald Amato sleep on his property, but a city worker tried to force him to leave, and called the police. https://t.co/pwNhQpEeJ7— Kaia Sand (@mkaiasand) March 26, 2023
• In case you missed it, Portland's most beloved drag queen, Darcelle (AKA Walter Cole) passed away late last week, and in the Mercury's obituary, Andrew Jankowski sweetly describes Darcelle's icon status and some of the many ways Cole helped make Portland a more accepting place. RIP to a true great.
• Congrats to our Portland Thorns for their first–of what will surely be many—big wins this year after they defeated the Orlando Pride in a decisive 4-zip victory in their season opener.
Saddle up your brain, cuz it's time for another POP QUIZ PDX! This week we've got lots of sassy-pants quizzy Qs about the Blazers' double mascot situation, out of control NIMBYs, and... everybody loves Tonya Harding trivia, right? 🤩https://t.co/FUUQeDdYSl— Wm. Steven Humphrey (@WmSteveHumphrey) March 24, 2023
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• President Biden is declaring the tornadoes that whipped through the Mississippi Delta this past weekend which killed 26 people "a major disaster," ordering federal aid to be distributed to the ravaged area. Now residents are faced with the heartbreaking task of searching for their loved ones.
• Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to demonstrate against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for speaking out against the government's plan to overhaul the country's judicial system—which citizens rightly fear could endanger democracy in Israel.
• Today in "oopsy-doodle!": Some of Twitter's basic foundational code—which runs the social network that is now worth less than half of what Elon Musk paid for it—has been reportedly leaked online, and although execs have just found out about it, apparently the code has been "out there" for months. What could possibly go wrong?
well this is going to be fun… pic.twitter.com/sMab5OvAXa— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) March 26, 2023
• A former producer for the grotesque Tucker Carlson show on Fox News has filed a suit against the company for (prepare for the shock of your life) intimidating her into giving misleading testimony in Dominion's voting system's slander case against the network, and then firing her.
• And finally... no surprises, Monday.
"SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKERS" pic.twitter.com/Nbs4XUieyP— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) March 26, 2023