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Good Afternoon, News: The Newberg Saga Continues, Opioid Companies Settle with Cherokee Nation, and Which Oregonians Get Booster Shots?

by Isabella Garcia

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The Newberg School Board is expected to vote on its proposed ban on Black Lives Matter and Pride signs in the classroom this evening. Omer Messinger / Getty Images

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In local news:

• An estimated 300,000 Oregonians are now eligible for a Pfizer booster shot, Governor Brown announced Tuesday. The booster is available to seniors, people with underlying medical conditions, and people who are at high risk of contracting COVID due to their job, like healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store employees.

• Good news for our gluten-free friends: Latin American-inspired restaurant Mestizo serves up delicious South American dishes completely gluten and soy free. The Mercury’s Janey Wong has the scoop.

• Remember when Newberg teacher Lauren Pefferle wore blackface to school and referred to herself as Rosa Parks to protest the vaccine mandate for Oregon teachers? Well, Pefferle then went on a conservative radio show to explain that getting vaccinated “wasn’t in the best interest” of a student she worked with directly in school. Turns out, the student Pefferle was referring to—whom she works with as a special education assistant—has a chronic lung condition that makes him more susceptible to COVID-19. Wait, did you hear that? That was the sound of me screaming in agony over the state of this godforsaken world.

• Speaking of Newberg, the Newberg School Board is expected vote on whether or not to ban teachers from displaying political signs, including Black Lives Matter and Pride flags, in the classroom during their board meeting tonight at 7 pm. Here’s the link the watch if you’re interested.

In national news:

• A Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 may not be available until late November, not October as the company originally forecast. Pfizer has submitted research to the US Food ad Drug Administration (FDA) on the effectiveness of it’s COVID-19 vaccine in children, but has yet to file an application with the FDA to authorize the vaccine.

• The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma has reached a $75 million settlement with three of the largest opioid distributors in the US, the largest settlement in the sovereign nation’s history. “This settlement will enable us to increase our investments in mental health treatment facilities and other programs to help our people recover,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.

• Get ready for one of the most delicious weeks of the year! The Mercury’s WING WEEK returns Oct 4-10 with 24 creative wing dishes from your fave restaurants and bars—and they’re only $6 per plate! YES, PLEASE!

• Are you ready for some sexy fun? Then don’t miss HUMP! 2021—featuring tons of hotsy-totsy five-minute filthy flicks—coming at ya LIVE AND IN-PERSON at Revolution Hall for two screenings only on October 1! (You can stream it online, too!) GET THOSE TIX QUICK, it’s heading toward a sell-out!

• Hey Savage Love fans! Get your tix now to see Dan Savage live and in-person on October 2 for a reading of his newest book, Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays! (Plus, paid attendees get their own copy of the book!)

• And finally, a video of a beaver chomping on an apple to close out your Tuesday:

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