Plus, a game of I Spy (for our members).

🌹 The Rose City Riveters are demanding change: Now.

Plus, a game of I Spy (for our members).

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Tuesday.

Did ya have a good weekend? Get up to anything fun? I mostly stayed home and rewatched "Stranger Things" because I was in need of some solid eldritch horror to kick off October. But that’s beside the point.

We got a full docket of local news to talk about with all of you — from the city denying an extension on this group’s effort to recall the mayor, the latest on how COVID-19 cases are hitting healthcare workers across the state, a Portland-based podcaster sharing the stories of Muslim-Americans in a post 9/11 world, and how PDX soccer fans are showing solidarity and support for the Thorns during the National Women’s Soccer League upheaval. 

It’s a lot to cover — let’s get scrolling. 

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How today’s Portland news has us feeling. Tag #bridgeliner to be featured here. (📸: Courtesy of Giphy)

3 things to know today

➡️ Thorns fans gathered on Saturday to demand change and protest the team owner’s silence in an ongoing sexual harassment case. Last week, the Northwest Women’s Soccer League opened up investigations into former Thorns coach Paul Riley, who was accused by two former players of sexual harassment. The Rose City Riveters (an organized Thorns fan group), called for accountability among the soccer team’s management, who according to a news story from The Athletic, allegedly silenced players after Riley was let go from his coaching position in 2015. The NWSL has since launched investigations into the allegations, including the circumstances around Riley’s departure as the Thorns’ coach. On Sunday, the Timbers Army showed solidarity with large banners reading: “cut out the rot,” “believe, support, and protect NWSL players,” and “you knew.” (Willamette Week / The Athletic / KGW)

📅 The city denied the Recall Ted Wheeler campaign an extension, and their deadline is Wednesday. In documentation requested by Willamette Week, the treasurer for the campaign emailed city officials, asking for a deadline extension and citing the summer’s historic heat wave and the spread of the delta variant as challenges the campaign faced in collecting signatures. Louise Hansen, the city’s election officer, rebutted the points in her return email denying the extension, stating that the heat wave happened before the group began collecting signatures and that there weren’t social distancing mandates in place over the summer. As of Sept. 8, the group had only collected 13,000 of the required 48,000 signatures needed to place the mayor’s name on a recall ballot. (Willamette Week / KOIN)

💉 Here’s the latest COVID-19 news round up in Oregon. For starters, hospitalizations are on the decline, but experts at Oregon Health and Human Science University say most hospitals across the state will stay full through the end of the year. Next, Legacy has placed about 800 members of their staff on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with the hospital’s vaccination requirements by the end of September. And over at Kaiser Permanente, about 3,400 healthcare workers are primed to strike over working conditions, and the union opened up voting on Monday night. Results may not be immediately known until later this week. (Portland Mercury / OregonLive / KPTV)

3 things to make you smile / feel big feelings

👑 Meet this 3,000-pound King, the Oregon Zoo’s newest rhino resident. He’s an 8-year-old Black Rhinoceros, and according to his handlers, he’s making himself right at home in the Rhino Ridge enclosure. The zoo’s rhino enclosure manager, Kelly Gomez, promised that if King is out and about, he’ll be “hard to miss.” After watching a couple of videos of this handsome fella — we completely agree. (OregonLive / Oregon Zoo’s YouTube)

👻 Calling all local monsters! The Underhill Haunted House needs you — as well as folks specializing in volunteer support, makeup and costuming, construction, and art to help add to its super scary skeleton-filled haunted house this month. If this sounds right up your dark and creepy alley, you can take your monster paw and click on this link to apply. The event will run through Halloween, and whether you show up as a ghost, a ghoul, or a very scared attendee, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter (if you dare). (PDX Pipeline / Underhill Haunted House)

🎙️ This Portland-based podcaster is telling the stories of Muslim-Americans in a post 9/11 world. The network, Rifelion run by Portlander Asad Butt, released a seven-part podcast called “King of the World,” which examines the experiences of Butt’s friend Shahjehan Khan and his family navigating the world after the historic event. Khan tackles some very tough subjects across the series, covering things like addiction, violence, and Islamophobia — both Butt and Khan hope “King of the World” will help start many of these same conversations across America and provide solidarity and education to fellow Muslim-Americans. (PDX Monthly / Rifelion)

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Today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are playing a game of I Spy, where we test their sleuthing skills by showing them a partial picture of a location here in Stumptown and they have to guess where it was taken. 

Sound like fun? Guess what — it gets better: This week, folks who guess correctly are getting a personalized weekend guide. Let’s face it, by the end of the week, we’re all a little burned out and thinking is a challenge. So we’re making it easy on them.

If this sounds right up your alley and you’d like to support local journalism, sign up as a member for only $8 a month. If supporting us financially isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, send this newsletter along to a friend and help spread the word. Thank you so much, you rock. 

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📜 Ever wondered how paleontologists illustrate new creatures after they’ve been catalogued? This OMSI Science Pub will show you precisely how (OMSI)


🌹 Help the Rose City Festival Foundation raise money for next year’s Rose Festival with this fun auction thru Oct. 13 (Online)

🍗 Chow down on some delicious wings with Portland Mercury’s Wing Week thru Oct. 10 (Across PDX)

✔️ Meal plan for the fall and winter and talk about fresh, in season produce during this chill workshop (Online)


🎵 Check out this free concert at Dawson Park, with live music by Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful Music and a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic onsite (Eliot neighborhood at N Williams Ave and N Stanton St)


📸 Join Pro Photo Supply on a film photo walk through the streets of their Northwest neighborhood (Slabtown)

💌 Come learn about a new way to engage with others and yourself in a positive way with this workshop from Positive Inner Self (Online)

Wednesday, Oct. 13

🗣️ Join Portland Urban Debate Team as they celebrate their second year empowering students in advocacy, public policy, and critical thinking through debate (Online)

🃏Hang out with Raven’s Wing for their monthly tarot salon with Iris, a reader for more than 25 years, leads a discussion of the tarot and it’s many magical meanings (Sellwood)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

That’s all for today, you’re a champ, stay cool, and we’ll see you here tomorrow.

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-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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