Good Afternoon News: Free Biketown Rides, Walt Disney World Government Dissolved, and Oregon Invested $5.3 Billion in Fossil Fuels – Blogtown


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Good afternoon, Portland! It’s Earth Day! Go out and party for the planet. Or stay and watch the new season of Russian doll for the planet. Whatever you choose, just remember where you live and that we only have one of these things (our habitable planet).


• THROW YOUR CAR IN THE RIVER, it’s a FREE BIKETOWN WEEKEND! There are a song about it and all. According to Biketown, they’re offering free 60-minute rides by Sunday. Take part in the joys of driving a bright orange chariot around the fifth most bikeable city in the country. This front basket will be jettison your stuff, so make sure you over-elasticize it, or don’t put anything in it.

• Elected leaders are once again taking a heavy hit at the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, where I-5 crosses from Oregon to Washington. Bike Portland reports that the two options on the table both resemble the failed 2013 Columbia River Crossing proposal. But there has been progress on the transit arm – they decided to put in a light rail line to connect the North Portland Expo Center to downtown Vancouver, WA.

• In response to a new report indicating that Oregon has invested at least $5.3 billion of public money in fossil fuel companies, a coalition of nearly 90 organizations is pushing the Treasury to divest.

• Record Store Day is TOMORROW (Saturday April 23), so get out there and support your local record store. If you’re looking for something new, we’ve got a few choices for you. records and new releases you should check out.


• As the Russian invasion of Ukraine gathers momentum, Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have occupied more than three dozen small towns in their effort to seize the country’s eastern territories. At the same time, in Geneva, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented documents on the violence and mass murders discovered when Russian troops withdrew from previously occupied areas. “International humanitarian law has not simply been ignored, but seemingly sidelined,” Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.

• What did Shakespeare write? “My only love was born out of my only hate? Well, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially dissolved Walt Disney World’s private government, in retaliation for the global theme park and intellectual property powerhouse’s opposition to a new Florida law, colloquially known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Is it legal bullshit? Yes. Should Disney have had a private government in the state of Florida? Uh…

• There are still times when it feels like civilization has come a long way: Georgian voters are asking their Secretary of State to stop US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for office, because of his support and potential involvement in the January 6 uprising. .

CALLING ALL PIZZA LOVERS! Your favorite week of the year is here: it’s Mercury‘s PIZZA WEEK with $3 specialty slices at 28 Portland-area locations, starting NOW through Sunday, April 24! Eat them!

• Now here is your signal to leave the building and enter the weekend!

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