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Hello Portland! Let’s cut to the chase today.
In local news:
• Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall told county commissioners on Wednesday that she addressed the issue of the fuzzy barcode during the May primaries in a timely manner and the response was “nothing but success”. Clackamas County commissioners pushed back, asking how Hall can claim success when the work facing the county’s election workers continued to rise and rise until Hall finally accepted help from county staff on election day. Clackamas County didn’t certify its election results until nearly two weeks after Election Day and cost taxpayers $600,000 to duplicate faulty ballots. Hall did, however, find a new ballot printer for the November election.
• Signing bonuses have been a key hiring incentive for agencies like TriMet and the police bureau to tackle employee shortages throughout the pandemic. However, hiring incentives are about to get much harder to deliver as an Oregon exception for pay equity laws ends in September.
Since 2017, Oregon has used nearly $13 million from the Common School Fund to remove abandoned and neglected boats from waterways. But Oregon’s top politicians want it to stop.
—OPB (@OPB) August 11, 2022
• The Salem-Keizer School Board voted Tuesday to prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons on school grounds, joining at least six other Oregon school districts. The ban narrowly passed, with some school board members worrying about inconsistent enforcement of the ban leading to profiling.
• Three current Portland police officers have been flagged by the Multnomah County District Attorney for being so untrustworthy that if they were ever asked to testify in a court case, their past behavior could compromise their testimony. Many other cities have much longer lists of officers who should not be called to the stand, leading local defense attorneys to believe there are Portland officers with a history of behavior contrary to ethics that are always invoked in court cases.
In national news:
• A series of murders of four Muslim men in Albuquerque has put the city’s Muslim community on edge. Tuesday, police announced the arrest of 51-year-old Muhammad Syed, a Muslim man who was regularly involved with the city’s Muslim community and who police say may have been motivated by “interpersonal conflict”. Instead of the news of a suspect in custody bringing relief, some local Muslims describe the news as additional grief and shock.
• Despite the rumors you may have heard, HBO Max is not canceling its scripted shows after merging with discovery+. After the merger was announced, viewers feared that combining the two streaming platforms would mean HBO Max getting into the reality shows that Discovery+ is known for. HBO executives quashed the rumor, confirming that the platform will continue to make scripted series and noting in a presentation of the results that “HBO Max has never been hotter.”
Meta’s new chatbot can convincingly mimic the way humans talk on the internet – and it didn’t take long for it to say something offensive. https://t.co/fCvbDNscCU
— CNN (@CNN) August 11, 2022
• Today in SCIENCE: New research indicates that spiders may have REM-like sleep similar to humans.
• Taylor Swift claimed in federal court this week she never heard of 3LW or their song “Playas Gon’ Play” before she was sued in 2017 for allegedly stealing the lyrics to the song from her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.” Personally, I grew up listening to “Playas Gon’ Play.” Gon’ Play” because it featured on That’s what I call music! seven, AKA my favorite version of NTWICM to ever exist. The song was sandwiched between “The Call” by the Backstreet Boys and “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly, an ICONIC trio. If you, like Ms. Swift, have managed to get this far in life without listening to “Playas Gon’ Play,” here’s your opportunity to rectify that transgression.