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Good morning, Portland! Hope you’ve bundled appropriately for a brisk, mid-40s February day. Here’s the news you need to start your week:

Christian Guilty: On Friday, Jeremy Christian was unanimously convicted on all 12 criminal charges tied to the 2017 MAX stabbings—including two first-degree murder charges—by a 12-person jury. The verdict comes three years after the tragic attack.

“We’re really grateful for the jury’s service in the case,” says @Muzzakh w/ @CAIROregon. “They said they believed survivors and the victims. That mentality is enough to create a culture change within Oregon that can help us overcome both the hate in our state and our country.”
— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) February 21, 2020

Taking the Stage: Chileans protesting economic inequality have brought their rallying cry to the gates of a major Chile music festival, clashing with armed cops in the streets outside a seaside resort about 75 miles west of Santiago. Ricky Martin, who’s scheduled to perform at the festival, told government leaders to pay attention.

Supreme Disappointment: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent Friday, criticizing the government for regularly asking SCOTUS to issue emergency rulings that favor the GOP-led administration. Sotomayor’s statements followed the court’s whirlwind approval of the White House’s cruel “public charge” rule, which makes it difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits like food stamps and housing vouchers.

It’s Not Just New Hampshire: Bernie Sanders came out of Saturday’s Nevada primary election on top, with Biden, Buttigieg, and Warren trailing far behind. As he sprints towards Super Tuesday, Sanders’ picked up a mystic endorsement from the all-seeing anti-vaxx

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