At Forum, SPD Chief Candidates Answer Tough Questions On Race

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission.)

SEATTLE, WA — The three candidates for the open Seattle police chief job met the public Wednesday night at a forum at the Seattle Vocational Institute in the heart of the Central District. The police reform group Not This Time organized the event, which was largely an opportunity for Seattle’s black community to ask the candidates about issues like racism, profiling, and officer-involved shootings.

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Columbia City Ale House Employee Detained by ICE Agents

by Carolyn Bick and Alex Garland

Miguel Martinez decided to work a double shift at Columbia City Ale House Tuesday. He was tired, but looking forward to getting home to his children, who are visiting from Florida, where they live with their mother. Ambling outside into the sunshine for a quick break and to move his car before his next shift began, Martinez met with the last thing he’d expected: two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents dressed in plainclothes. Continue reading Columbia City Ale House Employee Detained by ICE Agents

Columbia City Beatwalk Brings Funk and Soul to South Seattle

by Gus Marshall

Music floated through the streets as people packed restaurants and bars, spilling out onto the sidewalks of Rainier Avenue in the warm, sunny glow of the evening to celebrate the second installment of Columbia City’s 24th-annual Beatwalk.

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An Uplifting Night with Mujeres in Music & Media

by Irene Jagla

The notes of a Tlingit warrior song reverberated through the Bethaday Community Learning Center. The song, explained the singer, was passed down by Native sisters in British Columbia, Canada, and was meant to affirm Native survival and honor the gathered audience’s presence on Native land. It was also meant to ensure that the evening’s three panelists—all women of color DJs—could speak from a place of power.

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Over 400 Immigrants in Seattle Naturalized on the Fourth of July

by Susan Fried

In the midst of continued protests and uncertainty over the Trump administration’s policies around immigration and an unprecedented backlog of pending citizen applications, 498 people from 84 countries became United States citizens at the annual Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Beats for Ballots, Frida Fest, Muddy Lotus Arts Festival, and more!

Friday, July 6th:

Live Music: Darren Loucas EP Release
“The Royal Room presents the long-awaited EP Release show from Darren Loucas. Also on the bill are Robin Holcomb and Barton Carroll, two of America’s finest songwriters. Please join us for a rare evening of darkly poetic and exhilarating music from three of Seattle’s most singularly talented musicians.”
Royal Room hosts events all weekend. See website for more. ALL AGES (until 10 PM).
Time: Shows start 7 PM, Fri
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Cost varies (donations appreciated)

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Mental Health in the Food Industry

by Jake Uitti

Restaurant life is hard. In such a hectic atmosphere, tempers can flare and palliatives can seem necessary. Chefs working over equally hot burners to create any number of dishes in a given night can feel the pressure to succeed moment to moment. But often this same surge for success can require an equally fervent release. And it’s this culinary roller coaster that can be increasingly addictive and potentially dangerous, says longtime Seattle chef Karen Nelson.

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