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Dame clarified he has no plans to leave Portland during a press conference Friday. Steph Chambers / Getty Images
TGIF, friends! Need some help making plans for the weekend? Here you go! Now onto the headlines:
In local news:
• In an increasingly digital world, Blue Moon Camera & Machine is preserving the art of analog photography. But don’t worry, they aren’t exclusionary, infuriating hipsters about it. “A big part of Blue Moon is our community,” says Blue Moon employee Zeb Andrews. “It’s just about being genuine, passionate, and enthusiastic about film, and giving people a space to go to resonate with that.”
• The Bootleg fire is now seven percent contained, but continues to spread erratically, prompting another wave of evacuations in Lake County Thursday night. The fire is the largest wildfire currently burning in the nation and has already destroyed 21 homes.
• Blazers sweetheart Damian Lillard debunked trading rumors during a press conference today, adding that he expects to be wearing a Blazers uniform next season. While Dame plans to stay in Portland for now, he did say the team needs to step it up if they ever want to evolve from a playoffs-team to a championship-team: “There’s a lot of positives, but I think we’ve reached that point where it’s not enough. Do we actually want to win at all?”
Damian Lillard on reports that he will request a trade:
• A stunningly vibrant, 3.5 foot-long Moonfish washed up on shore near Seaside this week. Beachgoers reported the fish to the Seaside Aquarium, which is now freezing the fish for future education purposes. While it’s not unheard of for these tropical, warm-water fish to swim off the Oregon coast, I can’t help but feel like this is just another omen in a long list of climate catastrophes this month.
• Have you taken our PDX Pop Quiz yet? Last week’s quiz was hard for many of y’all (myself included, no shame!), but you have a chance to redeem yourself this week! Remember: it’s not about how many times you fall down, but how many times you stand up to try again!
Hey sweet brains! Here’s my newest POP QUIZ PDX chock full of sassy-pants trivia about Portland, plus some rando Qs, just to keep it spicy. Here’s a sneaky peek at a couple of this week’s questions…. 1/3 https://t.co/dD3LKKzK5C pic.twitter.com/CePwPJm1D3
— Wm. Steven Humphrey (@WmSteveHumphrey) July 16, 2021
In national and international news:
• Greenland’s government has suspended its oil explorations, citing the threat of climate change and the need to focus on renewable energies. The country started looking for oil surrounding the country in hopes of using the money from forecasted oil reserves to gain independence from Denmark.
• Rescuers continue to search for hundreds of missing people after unprecedented floods swept across Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. As of Friday afternoon, at least 120 people have died and thousands have lost their homes due to the flooding.
Catastrophic flooding — the worst in decades — in Germany and parts of Belgium has killed at least 120 people.
• Researchers have linked at least 4 percent of the world’s cancer cases in 2020—about 741,300 people—to alcohol. According to the study in Lancet Oncology, ethanol breaks down into a carcinogen called acetaldehyde, which damages your DNA and makes it harder for the cells to repair damage—like cancer cells. Unfortunately, the findings indicate even low levels of alcohol consumption can contribute to the risk of developing cancer.
• Calling all word nerds: Dictionary.com added 300 new words and definitions this week! Words like “long hauler,” someone with longterm COVID-19 symptoms, and “doomscrolling,” obsessively checking for news updates on social media, we’re included in the additions, because what is language if not a reflection of the times.
• From the makers of HUMP! and SPLIFF comes a new film fest that features short documentaries made by YOU! It’s called SCOOP! and you can find out more about it here.
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