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!
GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! If you're hating the world because you're snowed in and think you've missed the Mercury's HIGHBALL week... you are in luck! Almost all the Highball locations will continue serving their creative $8 specialty cocktails until Sunday, March 5! So no need to burn the entire earth just yet... have a drink, and read this NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Dangerously frigid temps are hanging on through the weekend, which means all six of the city's emergency warming shelters will remain open at least through Saturday morning—but they have getting dangerously close to full capacity and officials say they need help from citizens within walking distance who can work a shift and help keep the needy alive.
URGENT: We are facing a critical need for help from the community to keep our warming shelters open!— Multnomah County, OR (@multco) February 24, 2023
Community members who are able to offer support at a warming shelter are encouraged to SIGN UP HERE➡️https://t.co/28GKMI3HIf pic.twitter.com/YwHIehgiUZ
• It's official: Our current city council is packed with devious liars. As we reported earlier this week, Portland City Council shot down a proposal that would've let voters decide on instituting a "transparency watchdog" because, according to them, they "didn't have time to review" the idea. BUT! The Oregonian revealed today that (surprise!) THE COUNCIL LIED, and the real reason they wouldn't approve the proposal is because the city auditor refused to "weaken the powers of the proposed transparency advocate." From the O:
Most council members wanted to water down language in the proposal that, as drafted, would have allowed the new watchdog to “investigate acts of city officials, departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies that relate to records or transparency,” records show.
I'm not sure why these particular council members were so worried about being investigated in the future... because WE'RE VOTING EVERY ONE OF THESE LIARS OUT OF OFFICE IN 2024.
• If you're hyped up for the kick-off of Timbers season starting this Monday, you will not want to miss our Abe Asher's preview of what to expect this year—especially in light of what happened last year! Cue the drama!
• The attorney generals in both Oregon and Washington are suing the FDA because of its over-regulation of the drug mifepristone, which in combination with another drug is used to administer abortions in patients who are up to 10 weeks pregnant. Meanwhile, conservatives in Texas are suing the FDA over the same drug, because they approved it more than 20 years ago.
Today we led a coalition of 23 state attorneys general in supporting a decision by @cvspharmacy and @Walgreens pharmacies to begin offering mifepristone and misoprostol, or “medication abortion,” in their stores.— Ellen Rosenblum (@ORDOJ) February 16, 2023
• If you escape your domicile this weekend and are looking for something fun to do, our EverOut calendar team has got the goods!
Brave the winter weather and warm up with fun and frugal activities and events, from Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop to CSA Share Fair and from The Portland Mercury's Highball to Chili Con V: A Song of Spice and Fire. https://t.co/kmZ2U1sxRY— EverOut Portland (@EverOutPortland) February 24, 2023
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• To the surprise of probably no one, First Lady Jill Biden confirmed to the press that, yep, Hubby Joe will most likely run once again for president.
Democrats defend Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) after a Republican congressman questioned her U.S. “loyalty” and suggested she shouldn’t have access to intelligence briefings, after a conservative news outlet said Chu had ties to the Chinese Communist Party. https://t.co/ufUYj1JO2x— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 24, 2023
• The National Weather Service is predicting more weather trouble for California, which is expected to be slammed by a new wave of rain, wind, snow, and potential flooding.
• Today prosecutors continued to counter the testimony of disgraced former lawyer Alex Murdaugh by tearing it up in tiny pieces, and throwing it back in his almost certainly lying face.
A new bill in the Florida House of Representatives, House Bill 999, would squeeze diversity efforts and consolidate control over public universities. https://t.co/Vx6a6XQ9Dj— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 25, 2023
• A St. Louis bear has been returned after escaping from his zoo enclosure for the second time. (Has anyone checked to see if a cocaine dealer is working the corner?)
• And finally... bears on cocaine > people on cocaine.
If bears actually did cocaine pic.twitter.com/dHz7TdNOZx— Brent Terhune in Des Moines April 7 & 8 (@BrentTerhune) February 24, 2023