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Good Afternoon, News: Vaccines For Kids on the Way, All Boosters Approved for Oregonians, and Wheeler Recall Effort on the Rocks

by Isabella Garcia The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! VACCINES FOR ALL! Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County In…

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Booster Shots Approved for Oregonians Who Received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

by Isabella Garcia Eligible Oregonians can now receive any of the three vaccine types as a booster shot, thanks to the approved “mix-and-match” strategy. Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County Oregon’s regional immunization advisory group recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines Friday, paving the way for…

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This Week In Portland Food News: Nacheaux Opens Its New Food Hall, Two New Pizzerias Are Coming, and Ruby Jewel Closes

by EverOut Staff You can now get freshly baked cookies and other treats at Karnival Korner, part of Nacheaux‘s new Unicorn Creationz Food Hall. Unicorn Creationz Food Hall In this week’s edition of food news, Nacheaux opens its Unicorn Creationz Food Hall (complete with a New Orleans-style speakeasy and a dessert shop). Plus, two exciting…

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This Week in Portland Event News: Chelsea Handler, Tig Notaro, and More

by EverOut Staff We can’t wait to hear about Chelsea Handler’s new romance with fellow comedian and longtime friend Jo Koy during her Vaccinated and Horny Tour. In a mere four months, comedy powerhouses Chelsea Handler and Tig Notaro will roll through town a day apart (choose your fighter, or go to both). We’ve got…

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Oregon and Washington Officials Consider Interstate 5 Bridge Designs

by Isabella Garcia The current Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. Oregon Department of Transportation City and transportation department officials from Portland and Vancouver got a first look at the possible designs for the proposed Interstate 5 bridge replacement Thursday morning. The project is the region’s second attempt at replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge…

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Good Afternoon, News: Anonymous Cops Get Courtroom Slap Down, Oregon COVID Deaths Undercounted, and CDC Panel Gives Boosters A-OK

by Wm. Steven Humphrey Judge scolds city, tells them to reveal names of anonymous violent protest cops. PAULA BRONSTEIN / GETTY IMAGES The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because…

Tryin’ to hold back this feelin’ for so long

by Anonymous Let me show you how sweet it could be One elementary intelligence-gathering method used in journalism and law enforcement is called a “float.” Have you ever heard of people placing ping pong balls or colored dye in part of a stream to see where it comes out. That’s a very similar concept. Using…

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Good Afternoon, News: City & County Anti-Vaxxers Fired, Portland Food Workers Impacted By Extreme Weather, and the Netflix Walkout

by Blair Stenvick The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! It’s nice that this stock photo anti-vaxxer still at…

Another T-Shirt Projection

by Anonymous Sometimes we tell each other what we want to hear. Sometimes we grow frustrated at others not doing the work we should be doing ourselves. We all do our best to excuse ourselves and grant amnesty to those who fail to challenge us. We can easily forgive others trespasses, as long as it…

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Good Afternoon, News: Tinned Tuna is Trendy, FCC Considers Spam Text Restrictions, and the New Concert Normal

by Isabella Garcia The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! Spam text reports increased by 146 percent in 2020.…

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Mayor Wheeler’s Office Considers Banning Homeless Camping Downtown

by Alex Zielinski Scene from a downtown Portland sidewalk. Doug Brown Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office has been discussing a strategy to ban homeless camping from areas of downtown Portland—and to move those campers into a “high-population outdoor camping zone.” The plan, which has been largely discussed in closed-door conversations with city staff, has drawn alarm…

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APANO Director Duncan Hwang Seeks Vacant Metro Council Seat

by Isabella Garcia Duncan Hwang Maddie Maschger Duncan Hwang, a transportation and housing justice advocate and interim co-director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), announced his run for the recently-vacated Metro Council District 6 seat Tuesday. Hwang is aiming to fill former Metro Councilor Bob Stacey’s seat, who resigned from his position…

Lower the Intensity

by Anonymous You told me you read this so I figure this was the best way to let you know where I am at right now. Obviously, we’ve all been through a lot these past 19 months, and many of us were in difficult work or relationship situations before covid ever even started. I think…

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These Are the Top 32 Events Happening in Portland This Week: Oct 18-24, 2021

by EverOut Staff The Oregon Symphony will take you on a musical journey to Halloween Town during their live performance of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This week brings a wide-ranging host of popular bands through town, from Death Cab For Cutie to Bleachers and Jungle to Rebirth Brass Band. Plus, get in the Halloween spirit…

Just Return the Cart Please

by Anonymous You are literally two parking spaces from the shopping cart return. What the fuck is wrong with you that you can’t walk the cart the 5 fucking meters and return it where the others are. Or even better yet, have one of the kids you are with do it. All they have to…

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Good Afternoon, News: NWSL Championship Game Yanked from Portland, Oregon Prison Workers Won’t Get Vaccinated, and More Supply Chain Drama!

by Blair Stenvick The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! The National Women’s Soccer League championship game will no…

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Savage Love: Mind the Gap

by Dan Savage Joe Newton Thirty-year-old trans woman here, Dan, and I have a question about what is surely one of your favorite subjects: the “age gap discourse.” About four years ago, I had a sexual experience that I go back and forth on whether to label as sexual assault. When I was 26 years…

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If I Ever Run for Governor, Please Don’t Vote for Me

by Blair Stenvick Nick Kristof Ilya S. Savenok / getty images Nick Kristof, the longtime New York Times opinion columnist, is probably running for governor of Oregon. From an OPB report yesterday: On Tuesday, Kristof officially formed a political action committee, a move that will allow him to raise money and hire staff ahead of…

That’s nonsense, I invented electricity.

by Anonymous With some tension in the air, there is a lot of interpersonal relationship energy being thrown around willy-nilly. Reminders to ourselves never hurt. Let’s speak with more honesty and kindness to ourselves. This is one of the greatest challenges any group or individual human can ever commit themselves to undertake. Everything is research…

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Environmental, Equity Groups Skeptical of ODOT’s Tolling Plans

by Isabella Garcia Traffic on I-5 North, one of the corridors ODOT plans to toll. Oregon Department of Transportation A plan to add tolling to Portland-area freeways is starting to take shape through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Tolling Program. While the program has far more questions than answers—like what sections of the freeways…

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Over 200 City, County Employees Poised to Lose Their Job Monday Over Vaccine Mandates

by Isabella Garcia A Multnomah County worker gets vaccinated at a county health clinic. Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County Over one hundred City of Portland employees and 73 Multnomah County employees will be fired if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19—or receive an exemption—by Monday, the day that both governments’ staff vaccine mandates goes…

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Good Morning, News: Where Your Homeless Tax $$ is Going, Weed Farm State of Emergency, and Texas Abortion Ban Back in Business

by Wm. Steven Humphrey The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! Jackson County wants the state to declare a…

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