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Portland Mayor pepper sprayed a man who allegedly accosted him for dining outdoors

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler allegedly pepper-sprayed an individual who accosted him Sunday evening as he was leaving a restaurant where he was dining out. The individual allegedly was angry about Wheeler’s decision to eat out during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a police report, which was made public Monday night.

According to the police report, Wheeler was leaving McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in Southwest Portland with the former Mayor of Portland Sam Adams when he was followed to his vehicle.

According to the report the pair had been eating in an outdoor tent and in Multnomah County outdoor dining is authorized, as long as restaurants operate below capacity.

The man allegedly videotaped the interaction. According to the report, the mayor said he had warned the man that he was carrying pepper spray, telling him to “back off’ before spraying in the eyes.

According to news reports the incident is being investigated.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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