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  1. by Egan Orion Special to the SGN For small businesses on Capitol Hill and across Seattle, two dates in 2020 symbolize the story of this oh-so-bad year: Monday, March 23, when Gov. Inslee announced a two-week shutdown of all nonessential businesses to curtail the spread of the coronavirus; and Saturday, May 30, when violence between police and protesters erupted on the streets of downtown Seattle in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The first told businesses if and how they could be open; the second started months of protests on Capitol Hill that put them on the frontlines and for some, in the crosshairs. 2020 was perhaps the hardest year in a generation to run a small business on Capitol Hill, as owners swam upstream against a tide of government mandates, fear of the virus, a loss of profits, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) shortages, boycotts, vandalism, largely feckless municipal and national governments (with a few
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Eight of the nine members of Seattle's City Council have joined the growing call for Mike Solan to resign as president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG). Solan - who campaigned for his position as an anti-protest hardliner - stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy with remarks blaming Black Lives Matter for the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6. On January 8 Solan retweeted a right-wing conspiracy theory that "an extreme BLM activist" was among those in the pro-Trump mob. "As the [mainstream media] point to one group as being the culprits, clearly evidence also shows another group w/a history of riotous criminal actions," Solan added. "Far right and far left are responsible for that sad day," he wrote. Seattle City Councilmembers Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Andrew Lewis, Tammy Morales, Teresa Mosqueda, Kshama Sawant, and Dan Strauss all c
  3. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer In the waning days of his embattled administration, Donald Trump found the time for a parting shot at the LGBTQ community. New rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strip LGBTQ people of legal protections put in place under the Obama administration. The Obama-era rules forbid federal grant recipients from discrimination against people on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. They also required federal grant recipients to recognize same-sex marriages. The new rules put in place by the outgoing Trump administration abolish both protections. Instead of the broad protections adopted by the Obama administration, the regulations will now read: "It is a public policy requirement of HHS that no person otherwise eligible will be excluded from participation in
  4. December 29, 1947 - December 23, 2020 Nora Michaels was a highly respected performer on the Seattle music scene. She is best known for her masterful renditions of Edith Piaf's oeuvre, in particular her one-woman, self-penned tribute, "La Môme Piaf," for which she became known as Seattle's Blues Chanteuse. Nora also performed with Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues, and appeared at blues festivals and venues around the world. Her wit was expressed on stage and in writing, and her idealism was expressed in her politics as she used her talents for causes she believed in. Many local fans first met Nora when she worked on Give Peace a Dance, a 24-hour live dance marathon held at Seattle Center during the 1980s. As program manager, she recruited bands in every genre to participate in this event, and organized all their techno-needs as the stage turned over every hour, before performing herself to the crowd's delight. Nora grew up in Oil City,
  5. SEATTLE (January 12, 2021) - There's no denying that 2020 was a difficult year. We faced so many overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic devastation, to the greatest civil rights reckoning in decades, to wildfires that choked our communities. While we had a difficult start to 2021 this past week, I believe we have so much hope on the horizon with vaccinations. Seattle has proven we can take bold collective action as we faced the pandemic. Our collective action has saved so many lives over the past year, and Seattle still leads every major city with the lowest cases and hospitalizations. Even still, there is so much at stake to quickly get our community vaccinated. Across the country and Washington state, so many people have lost their jobs and had their livelihoods profoundly disrupted - more than one million people have collected unemployment benefits in Washington state since the pandemic began. In Seattle alo