Inside Portland - July 11th, 2019

Inside Portland (Jul 11th, 2019)

Thorns Help U.S. Win World Cup / Food Carts Search for New Home / PDX Tops Best Airport List Again

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The clouds will stick around for another day or so, but the sun should make a few appearances before the weekend's through. Daily highs will hover around 80.

1. Four current Portland Thorns helped the U.S. win the World Cup earlier this week. Midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan made the national team, along with defender Emily Sonnett and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. The U.S. team also included former Thorns like Alex Morgan. Other current Thorns like Christine Sinclair and Ellie Carpenter played for other countries in the tournament. The World Cup received extensive media coverage, and players hope that coverage continues as the Thorns fight for their third national title in six years. – WILLAMETTE WEEK

2. Mayor Ted Wheeler clashed with Police Union President Daryl Turner in the aftermath of the latest protest-turned-violent in Portland. Turner said police won't be able to address violence on Portland streets until Wheeler "remove[s] the handcuffs from our officers." It isn't clear exactly what Turner was referring to, and the mayor accused Turner of contributing to "misinformation" surrounding the city's response to increasingly frequent clashes between right-wing and left-wing demonstrators. While beefing with Turner, Wheeler is working with Police Chief Danielle Outlaw to come up with new strategies for controlling protestors. He also voiced support for the police tweet that claimed—without evidence—that left-wing protestors put concrete in vegan milkshakes. That tweet hasn't been taken down or given extra context, and it has been widely circulated by national outlets. – WILLAMETTE WEEK

3. One of Portland's representatives in D.C., Rep. Earl Blumenauer, is partnering with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for new environmental legislation. The legislation is meant to mirror President Trump's emergency declaration in response to the situation at the border—but redirected toward climate protection. The resolution doesn't include many concrete details, but instead outlines the need for "a national social, industrial, and economic mobilization" to combat the existential crisis posed by climate change. Our hometown hero's partnership with two nationally recognized figures has given him a new level of attention. – OPB

4. City Council has passed a resolution condemning anti-abortion laws in states like Alabama and Ohio. Introduced by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, the resolution directs city attorneys to file friend-of-the-court briefs in opposition to any new legislation that is proposed around the country. The resolution passed with unanimous support, though Commissioner Amanda Fritz is away on vacation right now. – PORTLAND MERCURY

5. After threatening Oregon State Police, state Sen. Brian Boquist must now give 12 hours notice before coming to the Capitol. That's the ruling handed down by the bi-partisan Senate Committee on Conduct this week. Under the ruling, police will also increase their presence when Sen. Boquist is at the Capitol. The ruling is a temporary fix while an investigation into the comments plays out. Meanwhile, Polk County deputies have launched their own investigation into anonymous threats against Boquist and his family. – OPB

6. The lawmakers who spearheaded the bill allowing noncitizens to acquire an Oregon driver's license are now on the defensive about how that data will be used. It comes after a Washington Post story detailed how the FBI and immigration authorities run ID data through facial recognition software. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign Oregon's ID bill into law, and Rep. Diego Hernandez says he'll work closely with the DMV to assure privacy. – THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

7. A new state law that got little attention has cleared the way for the government to build public facilities—hospitals, police stations, and schools, for example—within the tsunami-inundation zone. The New Yorker did a deep dive into what the writer argues are the inevitably deadly and expensive outcomes of this move. It's a fascinating (and terrifying) read. – THE NEW YORKER

8. Once could be a fluke, twice could be a hyped-up trend, but topping Travel + Leisure's list of best airports seven years in a row proves that Portland International Airport is truly phenomenal. The rankings take into account accessibility, check-in processes, security, shopping, design, and options for food and drink. – THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

9. The food carts on Alder have been cleared out to make way for a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and some have found new homes, but dozens are still searching for a place to go. A plan to move many of the carts to the North Park Blocks fell apart after meeting resistance from neighbors. For now, some 30 carts are sitting in storage until a new location is found. – OPB

10. Oregon Zoo's Asian elephant Chendra is expecting. This pregnancy is actually being celebrated throughout North America, where the Association of Zoos and Aquariums had been hoping for Chendra, whose species is endangered, to conceive. She's expected to give birth in late 2020. – OREGON ZOO

Schuyler Durham writes Inside Portland and Inside Finance. He’s a lifelong Portlander who got his start covering the local music scene, but later became enamored with the complexities of financial and political reporting. After three years in broadcast news, he's now diving back into the digital realm. You can keep up with his writing on Twitter at @SchuylerWriter or watch him goof around on Instagram at @bitterbuddha.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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