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YOUR SUNDAY READING LIST: Controversial Cop Body Cams, Pickathon Freshens Up, and Monkeypox… Not Just for the Gays!

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by Wm. Steven Humphrey

GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It’s the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being “the last to know,” then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email’s in-box… and then… YOUR HEAD.)

 


City Selects Controversial Vendor for Body Camera Pilot Program

The city of Portland gave Axon approval to run its body camera pilot program in May, shrugging community requests to provide input on the decision in the process.

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Retired Portland Cop Convicted for Driving Car Into Burglary Suspect During Protest

Retired Portland cop Scott Groshong pleaded guilty to charges of assault and misconduct for driving his car into an individual who he believed had just robbed a store during a protest.

MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND

THE TRASH REPORT

Trash lovers… let’s go! It’s time for the newest TRASH REPORT from Elinor Jones. This week: Josh Hawley on the run, Biden’s COVID break, and Schwarzenegger’s gassy problem. 🦨

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Multnomah County COVID Contact Tracing Could Not Keep Up With Pandemic Surges, Audit Finds

Multnomah County contact tracers were unable to keep up with the speed of COVID spread throughout the pandemic, a county audit found. During the omicron wave in late 2021, only 10 percent of people who reported COVID cases to the county were called.

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Pickathon 2022 Is Getting a Remodel, New Stages, and a Nature-Inspired Layout

Big changes are afoot for 2022’s edition of Pickathon—including revamping most of the stages with an eye on sustainability and inclusivity. Our Jenni Moore has the deets on the funnest fest of the summer!

KATIE SUMMER

The Shoebox Is Now 21ten Theatre

21ten is the new incarnation of Southeast Portland’s small, scrappy Shoebox Theater and its first major production adapts Mindy Kaling’s breakout play about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Just a lot to like!

Suzette Smith

• Burgerville Workers of Color Call for Resignation of Manager for Racist Actions

People of color working at the Oregon Convention Center Burgerville location are lobbying to have their store manager removed for his allegedly racist actions.

BURGERVILLE WORKERS UNITED

Everything You Need to Know About Monkeypox—and Not Just You Gays

Like an insistent, annoying customer trying to cut in line at the coffee shop, here comes monkeypox to butt into our lives. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

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Portland Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Person in East Portland

A person who was allegedly firing a gun from a front yard in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood was fatally shot by a Portland police officer Wednesday night—the third time police have fired at a member of the public this week.

DOUG BROWN

SAVAGE LOVE

A guy who ignores you and your desires during sex deserves an instant DTMFA, right? But what if he’s just sooooooo hot? Dan determines if this woman should give a pass to her hot-but-terrible lover.

JOE NEWTON

 

WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN’. I hope you didn’t have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!

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