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Good Afternoon, News: City to Remove Deposit Protections, Trump Election Pressure Led to Home Harassment, and Trimet’s Service Shortage Continues

by Suzette Smith

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The bipartisan committee listens to a recording of Former U.S. President Donald Trump asking So what are we going to do here folks? I only need 11,000 votes.

The bipartisan committee listens to a recording of Donald Trump asking “So what are we going to do here folks? I only need 11,000 votes.” Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

Good Afternoon, Portland! Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell. People always ask how we keep starting fires! We read the news! (We read the news.)


• What’s your relationship to your rental deposit? Always get it back? Kiss it, and consider it gone? Whatever it was, it’s likely to change again now that Portland’s City Council will vote to roll back a 2020 city policy that limiting how much a landlord can withhold for repairs or replacements.

• TriMet has no plans to increase its service levels, citing a severe driver shortage. The agency cut service by nine percent in January, and the situation hasn’t improved since then—it may be worse.

• An OUTDOOR TERRACE? FOR OUR DOWNTOWN LIBRARY? I’ve gotten you way too hype for this fairly dry rundown of the upcoming three month Central Library closure:

• Portlander turned New Yorker, Hazel Newlevant, is passionate about indie comics—especially memoir graphic novels. Treat yourself to this fun flock of six works by trans cartoonists that you must read immediately.

• What’s up Sandwich Week? Whoooa oh oh oh oh oh. Through Sunday, June 26, look for $8 sandos from 30 (!) participating local restaurants. There’s a lot of katsu out there, and even more veg options—including a strawberry basil ice cream sando—dang! You’re in the thick of the Mercury’s SANDWICH WEEK:


• Something we learned from today’s Jan 6 committee hearing: In his ongoing attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Trump targeted election workers and Republican leaders. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified that groups protested in front of his home on a weekly basis, after he refused to decertify his state’s electors. An election worker that Trump targeted, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, was inundated with threats from his supporters.

• Between 2010 and 2019, fatalities rose 36 percent for cyclists and nearly doubled for those on foot.

• “The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subject had none,” Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said during a Texas Senate committee, according to NPR. McCraw went on to say that there were enough armored police officers to stop the Uvalde shooting, three minutes after it began. This could also be a good time to revisit this 2005 episode of Radiolab, “No Special Duty.”

• If your publication is not transposing your face onto the body of a rare Galápagos then I don’t even know where your priorities are at.

@washingtonpost The “fantastic giant tortoise” — a rare Galápagos species with a huge, flared shell — has only been identified once, more than a century ago, in 1906. It’s since widely been considered extinct. But that’s not the case, researchers found this week. #telenovela ♬ original sound – We are a newspaper.

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