Good Morning, News: St. Louis Inmates Protest, PPB’s Exit Interviews, and Stanford Beats Arizona – Blogtown
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Good morning Portland! It will be another beautiful spring day in the rose city with temperatures in the low 60s. But don’t let the birds singing outside spoil your personal fear! Susan Orlean is here to remind you that we all drive with empty tanks: “I feel like I’m in quicksand,” Orlean told the NYT. “I’m just so exhausted all the time. I do so much less than I usually do … but I achieve a lot less. It’s like a whole new math. I have more time and fewer obligations, but I get so much less done. ”
We’re all in it together or whatever. Now the news:
– A tiny helicopter landed safely on Mars and is now starting a series of tiny experiments to see if it can fly on a planet without an atmosphere.
– Inmates at St. Louis Prison protested their slow – or seemingly nonexistent – trial dates during the COVID-19 Sunday evening by breaking windows and starting fires. Some shouted “We want court dates” and “Help us” to bystanders. The Sunday night riot marks the third time since December that St. Louis inmates are upset about their treatment.
– A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured when a driver rammed his car into a barricade outside the Capitol on Friday. The attack, which occurred a few months after the Trump supporter raided the building and resulted in the deaths of two officers, only put law enforcement further into crisis mode.
– On Sports News Today:
big fan of the new Dodgers outfielder. He’s got a lot of hustle and bustle. pic.twitter.com/kTV00PhRYE
– Lana Berry (@Lana) April 3, 2021
– Other sports news: Stanford women’s basketball team dramatically defeated Arizona by 54:53 in Sunday night’s NCAA women’s final. It is the first time in 29 years that Stanford has won the title. (We hear they were rewarded with a men’s basketball dinner to celebrate.)
– Hospital admissions for COVID-19 have plateaued since mid-March, and the average number of new COVID cases is rising. But is this the “fourth wave” of the deadly disease, or just its final gasp? As reported by the Washington Post, it is not clear.
– The trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop charged with the murder of George Floyd, continues this week. But first, this essay by The Root’s Ishena Robinson examines how the livestream process is putting black trauma in the spotlight.
– Lawyers representing the family of Michael Reinoehl, an anti-fascist protester who was killed by a federal task force outside Olympia last September, say the facts about his death presented by federal investigators are “absolutely resilient”. Read more at OPB.
We analyzed elementary reopening plans for 18 of the largest counties in Portland. Our Findings: Students in whiter, more affluent communities receive up to three times more personal time than students in predominantly black and Latin American schools. https://t.co/M9CEHRQnkp #tellewa
– @ 𝙲𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚣𝚊𝚗𝚘 🇲🇽🇺🇸🍎🎒✏️📰 (@edercampuzano) April 3, 2021
– Thirty-one exit interviews with Portland Police Officers in 2020 reveal what drives our local cops to drop their badges. A foretaste: “The city council is not only stupid, but also idiots. Furthermore, the mayor and city council ignore the actual facts about crime and police work in favor of the imagination of radical leftists and anarchists.” Come for the real talk, stay for the Titanic reference.
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– The three latest additions to the Portland City Council challenge Mayor Ted Wheeler’s request to throw millions behind the police to combat the recent surge in gun violence in the city. “We cannot simply reconcile the fear of violence with the threat of violence,” said Commissioner Carmen Rubio, speaking with Merkur about the trio’s counter-proposal on Friday. Instead, the Commissioner is proposing to fund community programs that are already being used to curb gun violence and to extend the city’s park ranger program to patrol parking lots where gunfire has taken place in the past.
– PPB thinks of this offer as follows:
Press release: Suspects threatened Park Rangers with machete, arrested (photo)
Link: https://t.co/ot7sA1gqMb pic.twitter.com/tU1VjXhhGz
– Portland Police Department (@PortlandPolice) April 3, 2021