Good morning, news: mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, Biden extends student loan repayment moratorium and I need a drink

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Good morning Portland! And a very fine drinksgiving to you. While this side holiday is mostly due to the fact that you have Thursday off and – in many cases – find yourself back in your hometown at the same time as far away friends, At least it’s based on coincidence and not genocide! Raise a glass to what the evening calls for, stay awake until you’re too tired to argue with your family about anything but the most important matters, and for heaven’s sake take a cab home! Now there’s news!

ON THE LOCAL NEWS:
• A related plug: Monday, November 28th-Sunday, December 4th will be the mercury‘s first Holiday Drink Week. A little late for drinksgiving, but just in time to add some spice to the holiday catching up, find $7 specially crafted cocktails available (against all reason and sense) throughout the day at participating locations across Portland. Take THIS seasonal depression!

• Okay, now for the news: According to a class action lawsuit, a new payroll system caused widespread errors at Fred Meyer stores, resulting in some employees receiving only partial payment or, in other cases, no payment at all. While the issues remain unresolved, a representative for Fred Meyer told KOIN that as a chain of hypermarket supermarkets, they “understand the implications”.

• While Mount Hood Meadows originally planned to open its winter ski season this weekend, the ski park announced this week that it has unfortunately had to postpone its opening due to a lack of snow.

• People love to hate in the City of Roses, but do they know our incredible market scene? Now you know:

• A new exhibition by local artist Mike Bennett called Snow Day opens to the public on Friday. “Ultimately, it’s a beautiful winter forest with lots of original characters to explore,” Bennett told KOIN. “Mixed in is also more of a seasonal shop with photo opportunities and lots of surprises and surprise guests throughout the season.”

IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
• People are without power in Ukraine, in cities from Lviv to Kharkiv, after a barrage of Russian missiles bombarded the country’s power plants. The country’s power grid barely recovered from another recent Russian attack that also targeted power systems. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had just announced a plan for such sorties – which will become more dangerous and deadly as winter sets in – called “Points of Invincibility”. It includes a number of government centers that provide basic services (“electricity, mobile communications, internet access, heat, water and first aid supplies”) in the event of prolonged power outages.

• The nation is awakening to another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. A gunman fatally shot six people and injured at least four others New York Times reports. He was found dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Vice News reports that the shooter was a store manager and his victims were in the employees’ break room.

• Update on the horrific mass shooting three days ago: Anderson Lee Aldrich, the person who was disarmed after allegedly killing five people at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, will appear in court today. Prosecutors have yet to file formal charges, but Aldrich’s defense said late at night that the suspect is non-binary — and I don’t have to tell you that’s going to lead to a lot of bullshit.

• The American poet Bernadette Mayer died yesterday. She was 77.

• Amid court challenges to the legality of the Biden-Harris loan forgiveness plan, President Biden has extended the pause in student loan repayments until June 2023. Payments were supposed to start in January, but the new extension defers repayments to 60 days after that June 30 – why didn’t they just say August? That’s a question I have too!

• Here’s a little something for those folks who like to see former President Donald Trump upset. The Supreme Court yesterday said the House may have its tax records.

• Here is your energy for the day:

@olliollioxenfreee #catsoftiktok #fyp #christmastree ♬ Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

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