Good afternoon, Portland! Hope you're enjoying the sun, since it appears to be the last we'll be seeing of it for another week or so. Now: THE NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
- Dan Ryan is no longer in charge of the Bureau of Development Services, but Ryan's replacement Carmen Rubio says she's unwilling to reconsider the city's deal with Zenith Energy that allows the company to continue running oil trains through the city. Here's more on the where the fight to stop Zenith stands.
Despite a change in bureau leadership, city officials are holding steady in their decision to green light Zenith Energy’s liquid fuel operations along Portland’s waterfront.https://t.co/lHeIys1JHd— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 30, 2023
- Emergency warming shelters will not re-open tonight despite the freezing temperatures in the forecast and the fact that 350 people utilized the shelters last night. Apparently it's now too warm. Go figure. Isabella Garcia has the full update.
- Vadim Mozyrsky wants a job in politics and he doesn't care who knows it (or, apparently, if he's particularly qualified). After finishing third in a primary for City Council last spring, Mozyrsky is now sizing up a bid for Multnomah County District Attorney despite the fact that he has no experience in criminal law and isn't even a member of the state bar.
While this year's sockeye run in Bristol Bay, Alaska may have been huge, scientists and fishermen are finding the salmon themselves are shrinking in size. And what that means for the future is no small fry. By @pdxpamar: https://t.co/ViNjgcge6A— OPB (@OPB) January 30, 2023
- Kate Brown is heading to Harvard. The former governor, who left office just a few weeks ago, will spend a week later this spring as visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Former US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, whose Clark County-based Congressional seat is now represented by a Democrat, will be a fellow at the institute as well.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
- A sixth Memphis police officer involved in the attack on Tyre Nichols has been placed on administrative leave over his conduct. Preston Hemphill, who hit Nichols in the torso with his taser shortly after Nichols was pulled over, was recorded on his body camera footage saying, "I hope they stomp his ass." Three Memphis Fire Department personnel have been fired as well.
Three Memphis Fire Department personnel who responded to the Tyre Nichols beating have been fired, according to the department. https://t.co/KgYv3QILfZ— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 30, 2023
- Memphis disbanded its street crime unit after Nichols' death, but in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to double the state funding for similar police units.
- Jair Bolsonaro likes Florida so much he just doesn't want to go home (I'm sure that's the reason, anyway). The clown show ex-president of Brazil has applied for an extended six-month tourist visa to stay in the US and not be forced to return to his home country where he may face legal issues due to his anti-democratic conduct in office.
- Speaking of far right ex-presidents in legal trouble: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has convened a grand jury to look into all that hush money Stormy Daniels was allegedly paid to keep quiet about her affair with Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election. Would be a real shame if Trump were criminally indicted in multiple states at the same time...
This is insane behavior that only comes off as normal in a repressive apartheid state like Israel.— Honda Wang (@HondaWang) January 30, 2023
Imagine being arrested because your neighbor or your nephew committed a crime. pic.twitter.com/s1uEQfpGd6
- Law enforcement in Atlanta have viciously cracked down in recent days on protesters trying to prevent the construction of a massive police training facility in a forested area outside the city, which Natasha Lennard writes is a result of that movement's success in using a variety of tactics including direct action to stall the project.
- Finally... here's to 93-year-old Gene Hackman.
Good morning and happy birthday, Gene Hackman ☕ ✨ pic.twitter.com/DahkLnJZWS— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) January 30, 2023