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💨 ‘Tear Gas Ted’ pepper sprayed a Portlander

Plus, check out these CBD teas.

Welcome to Wednesday.

Yesterday I asked you if Portland pizza is better than New York pizza. And reader Mick responded with some very salient points.

“For gourmet / creative pizza, I think there could be a real argument for Portland beating NYC,” Mick said. “But if we are strictly talking about your basic slice of pizza — nobody does it better than New York.” 

What do you think, pizza enthusiasts? Also, I (mostly) grew up with Costco pizza, so I really want a-pizza this saucy education. Sorry, I’ll stop, you can crust me on this one. 

Today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members get a special Quarantine Bingo game. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Let’s dive in.

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3 things to know today 

💢 Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a man outside of McMenamins. The man, who Wheeler said wasn’t wearing a mask, accused the mayor of not wearing a mask in public and began closely following him down the street. Wheeler said he warned the man to back away and when he didn’t, the mayor pepper-sprayed him in the eyes. Read the full breakdown here, via The Oregonian.

💉 The Oregon BIPOC Caucus want to prioritize vaccinating essential workers. In a letter to the Vaccine Advisory Committee, the lawmakers advocated for the “need to prioritize the people who are in significantly vulnerable situations and who are dying right now — frontline workers, adults in custody, and people in low-income senior housing, and other congregate care facilities.” Get the rest of the story here from OPB. 

⚖️ A man who smashed up a local gas station and yelled anti-Muslim slurs is facing six counts of bias crimes. The suspect came in to purchase cigarettes last Friday and shouted at the clerk, who is from Afghanistan, threatening him with violence and trashing the surroundings. The incident was caught on video. The Oregonian has the rest of the details here

3 things to make you smile

🎨 Remember artist Mike Bennett’s Bernie Sanders cutout? It raised $7,500 for Meals on Wheels. Bennett said he followed Sanders’ lead for donations — the Vermont senator began selling sweaters with the viral meme on them and donated the proceeds to Vermont’s Meals on Wheels program. KGW has the rest of the interview with Bennett here

🍵 Check out these cozy CBD teas. Get Portland Mercury’s own Blair Stenvick’s recommendations here

🍲 Kachka has reopened and we’re doing the Hopak dance. In addition to Russian and East European-inspired dishes, you can also get their infused cocktails to go — including their famous Horseradish Vodka. Here is where you can get their online delivery/pickup

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Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.


✊ Lunch & Learn with Equitable Giving Circle about Historic Activists  (Online)

📓 Combine nature and writing with this virtual workshop (Online)

😂 Crack up with Quarantine Comedy (Online)

🎥 LOVE that journey for me — it’s Schitt’s Creek trivia (Online)


🌿 Learn how to nurture and grow your seedlings (Online)

🎨 Let’s paint a moose! (Online)


🍋 Get fizzy with it: Try 10 different hard seltzers at the 1st virtual OMSI After Dark of 2021  (Online)

😍 Enjoy the magic of shrinky dinks (Online)


🤔 Get your pandemic wedding questions answered (Online)

Thursday, February 4

🍅 Learn how to cook a healthy and nourishing meal (Online)

Friday, February 5

🎨 Let’s paint a snow day! (Online)

Saturday, February 6

🎨 Learn how to paint some spirited horses (Online)

☝️One more thing …

It’s last call for doughnut nominations! 

What’s the ultimate Portland doughnut? We’re on a quest to find out, and you can tell us about your fave by noon today

(📸: Cassie Ruud)

Also! We got some snow yesterday, here's my okay-ish picture of it. Please send me any pictures you got of the flurries? Thank you. 💖

Thank you for reading all the way to the end, ande will see you tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

P.S. Know a friend who’s got a sweet tooth? Or someone who has Very Strong Opinions about Portland’s pizza scene? Why not do us (and them) a solid and forward this email?

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