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Plus: Seattle rapper and activist is accused of abuse and coercion.

It’s hump day, folks. 

We are one week out from Inauguration Day, and things only seem to be ramping up.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering in place at the Capitol with other members of Congress — some of whom refused to wear masks. But that didn’t seem to slow her down: Rep. Jayapal tweeted yesterday that she would do everything she could to remove President Trump from office.

In other news, two women accuse rapper and activist Raz Simone of abuse and coercion, calls for the Seattle Police Officers Guild president to resign, and a new subscription box to satiate your wanderlust.

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What Seattle is talking about

Rapper and activist Raz Simone is accused of abuse and coercion. Over the summer, outlets like The New York Times and CNN cast Simone as a leader of Seattle’s protests. The national spotlight on Simone caught the attention of two women who have come forward to say he abused them. Simone has denied the allegations. (KUOW)

Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan will not resign. Calls for Solan to step down came after he blamed the “far left” and Black Lives Matter activists for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Also calling for his resignation are eight of the nine Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan, who said he should either retract his words and apologize or resign. (The Seattle Times)

A nursing instructor is suing SPU for discrimination. Jéaux Rinedahl is a part-time instructor at Seattle Pacific University who applied for a full-time position but was informed he was not qualified because he identifies as a gay man. SPU is a private Christian university. (KING 5)

Miss traveling? Sign up for this subscription box. Two Seattleites and friends launched TROVE, a company that sends out a box of things from a foreign city on a quarterly basis. Subscribers can expect everything from virtual cooking classes to locally made snacks and treats. (Seattle PI)

These neighborhoods closed out 2020 with the strongest sales. Despite everything, the real estate market didn’t seem to cool off as expected this fall. The number of pending sales in King County for single-family homes and condos rose almost 24% compared to last year in December. Queen Anne/Magnolia and the Ballard/Green Lake neighborhoods came out on top while Belltown/Downtown was slightly down compared to last year. (Seattle Met)


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Things to do

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Today

🗣️ Hear how purpose-driven business leaders can model MLK in their company cultures. (Online)

🍅 Learn to make salsa and a refreshing Michelada from Top Chef Masters judge James Oseland at this Book Larder event (Online)

Tomorrow

🙏 Learn how to meditate, something we could all benefit from (Online)

🖼 Join Town Hall Seattle and learn about two artists who risked their lives to defy the Nazis (Online)

✂️ Create a hand-crafted piece of art in this online embroidery class for beginners (Shoreline)

Friday

🗣 Tune into the Kent School District's Rally for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Online)

Saturday

🍺 The Winterhop Brewfest is going virtual, reserve a ticket and get a beer box with seven signature drinks from featured breweries (Online)

Sunday

🗣 Ground 2021 by reflecting on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's words "'hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” (Online)

Tuesday

😺 Fix up all your cozy wool socks good as new in this Darning Workshop (Ballard)

📺 Watch the latest episode of PBS' "American Portrait," featuring a segment on Seattle's 87-year-old Blue Moon Tavern (Online)

😂 Perfect your joke-telling with comedian Emmett Montgomery (Shoreline)

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