Pro-wage-hike. Anna Minard

THE HOBBIT QUESTION It's not often that mayoral press conferences turn to existential questions, but on May 9, at a City Hall press conference called to discuss Metro bus funding and other matters, Mayor Ed Murray stared down a query that every sentient Seattleite must, at some time in his or her life, face: Do we or do we not live in a little hobbit village? "We do not live in a little hobbit village," Mayor Murray declared (trying to emphasize his preference for regional solutions to transit problems). That would seem to settle the matter, except that in an online poll of readers of The Stranger's blog, Slog, 33 percent of respondents expressed a belief that we do, in fact, live in a little hobbit village. ELI SANDERS

THE FACEBOOK QUESTION Mayor Murray's enthusiasm for making a point by any means necessary is not limited to press conferences. On May 8, the day before his hobbit village clarification, Mayor Murray's virtual persona admitted on Facebook that, in an interview with The Stranger earlier that morning, Murray had indeed shown "disrespect" to transit advocate Ben Schiendelman. (In that Stranger interview, Murray had said several things about Schiendelman, the backer of a Metro-funding initiative that displeased Murray, including: "I don't remember when Ben Schiendelman became the czar of transit advocates in Seattle.") Facebook Murray then added that he had only made these statements in response to perceived affronts: "If anyone has been disrespected it is me by attacks I would only expect from the right wing." A question: Doesn't being mayor of a major American city mean that one always, at every single moment of the day, has something better to do than post in a Facebook comment thread? ELI SANDERS

LAST STAND FOR A CENTRAL DISTRICT NIGHTSPOT Waid's, the last black-owned nightspot in the Central District, continues its fight for survival. On May 5, administrative law judge Gina Hale issued a ruling against the restaurant and lounge and recommended that its liquor license be revoked, which would effectively shut the business down. The city says Waid's is a threat to public safety, but the loss of the club would be of a piece with the Central District's intensifying gentrification over the past two decades. The club's owner, Waid Sainvil, says he'll fight all moves to take his license away. "I have no choice," he says. "I got nothing else to lose." ANSEL HERZ

SIGN OF A SUBTLE SHIFT For a long time in the $15-minimum-wage debate, some Seattle small businesses were staying silent, supporting a wage hike in private but waiting for the mayor's wage-hike committee to agree on a plan before they stated their support publicly. Now that the mayor's plan is out, some posters like the one shown above—created by the labor/nonprofit/small business coalition 15 for Seattle—have been spotted in small-business windows around town, a symbol of forward motion. ANNA MINARD

ACTING ON IMMIGRANT DETENTIONS Two months after immigrants launched a hunger strike at the privately run, for-profit Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, US representative Adam Smith has introduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act. "It was based on hunger strikers' demands instead of being shaped by lobbyists," said Maru Mora of #Not1More Deportation. Smith's legislation seeks to improve what he called "shocking" conditions at the center by creating an oversight committee, improving record-keeping, and mandating that detention centers that score poorly on two consecutive inspections have their contracts terminated within 60 days. BRENDAN KILEY recommended