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Good Morning, News: Portland Heatwave Continues, Blazers’ New Coach, and Don’t Even THINK About Fireworks!

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by Wm. Steven Humphrey

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Portlanders keeping cool in the Keller Fountain during Sundays edition of the heatwave.

Portlanders keeping cool in the Keller Fountain during Sunday’s edition of the heatwave. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Strange voices are sayin’ (what did they say?) things I can’t understand. It’s too close for comfort, this heat has got right out of hand. LET’S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Expect more record-breaking temperatures today as forecasters predict temps to hit a whopping 115 degrees today, after breaking records on Saturday (108) and Sunday (112). Folks, this heat is NO JOKE, and it’s imperative that we look out for our neighbors (houseless and housed) who may be in danger. Our Isabella Garcia has gathered a great list of cooling sites across the county, so check it out here.

• As if the heat wasn’t unsettling enough, more than 6,000 PGE customers across Oregon lost their electricity yesterday as the power grid became unstable due to the massive use of air conditioners.

• Check out this insanely thorough thread about what you can do to beat the heat:

• After almost 24 hours without a peep, Portland Police finally revealed the name of the cop who shot and killed a man in apparent mental crisis on June 24 in the Lloyd neighborhood. 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend was shot by Officer Curtis Brown after Townsend approached the officer with a screwdriver-like object, according to video released by the police. This is the second police shooting of a person in mental crisis this year. Read more from our Alex Zielinski.

• TriMet has unveiled its new high-capacity, frequent service bus, dubbed “Frequent Express,” that will serve Division Street riders (that’s Line 2) starting in 2022. Our Isabella Garcia has the deets.

• In sporting news: The Portland Trail Blazers has announced they will be replacing former coach Terry Stotts with Chaunce Billups, an assistant coach with the LA Clippers and five time All-Star. While many were expressing support for the new coach, some fans asked star player Dame Lillard to use his clout to reverse the decision, pointing out that Billups was once accused of rape, though never officially charged and the case was settled out of court. Dame was not happy about the push-back:

• Hey sexy brain! It’s time to take the weekly, super fun POP QUIZ PDX, testing your knowledge about all things Portland. This week’s popular “subjective” question asks “Who’s the greatest Blazers player of all time?” THINKING CAPS ON!

• PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Fireworks, especially right now, are the shittiest idea of them all.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• Rescuers are still frantically searching for survivors following the collapse of a Florida condo last week, while nine people have been confirmed dead, and more than 150 are reported missing. There is some hope that “voids” or empty pockets in the wreckage may be holding survivors, but those hopes are fading as each day passes.

• Related: An engineer’s report noted structural problems with the now collapsed condominium, way back in 2018.

• Here’s some promising COVID news, even as the Delta variant zeroes in on communities with low vaccination rates: A new study indicates that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines boost the immune system to the point where they could protect recipients from the coronavirus for years.

• A good ruling from our sketchy Supreme Court: The justices voted to reject a Virginia school’s plea to reinstate their transgender bathroom ban, leaving the lower court’s ruling in place that such bans are (NO SHIT!) unconstitutional.

• Over the weekend, the military launched what they called “defensive” airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, saying they targeted Iran-backed militia groups who they believe were behind drone attacks on American personnel.

• According to a new book by Michael Wolff, as loser President Trump was watching the January 6 domestic terrorist attack on the nation’s capitol, he made fun of his followers—particularly their outfits—calling them “idiots” and “the great unwashed.” (He left out “deplorables”!)

• Like sex, weed, and scares? Get a sweet taste of ALL our fun film fests (HUMP, SPLIFF, and SLAY) with the Mercury‘s SUMMER MOVIE MASHUP! Get those tickets now!

• Too hot for ya? Get ready for a cool July when the Mercury‘s SUMMER OF SLUSHIES kicks off on July 1! $5 delicious, boozy frozen concoctions from your fave bars all damn month long!

• And now… THE WEATHER REPORT: Portland’s record-breaking heatwave continues with temps predicted to hit 115 today—though they’re expected to drop down to a frosty 95 tomorrow.

• And finally, IN MEMORIAM: Remembering when white people had rhythm.

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