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Entries from April 2010

Traffic nightmare on Montlake tonight

April 30th, 2010 by master

If you’ve got somewhere to go around the UW campus this evening, you might want to give yourself a little extra time.

Lots of it.

Not only is Friday the UW’s spring football game, but the UW softball and baseball teams are in action at home, also, meaning there’s going to be a lot of people pulling out of parking lots and onto Montlake Boulevard.

We encourage you to plan accordingly.

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Spike in bike thefts on UW campus

April 30th, 2010 by master

Between April 18 and April 28, there were a total of 11 bicycle thefts on the UW campus.  University Police tell us this is definitely a rash of thefts for that amount of time.  Many of the thefts involved high-end bicycles.  Students are asked to register their bikes with UWPD and to always secure them with locks.  Click here for more campus police reports.

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Opening Day of Boating Season Info

April 30th, 2010 by master

The Opening Day of Boating season tomorrow (5/1) brings the traditional traffic headaches to the U-District.  Just a reminder that the Montlake Bridge will be closed to motorists from 10am to approximately 4pm on Saturday.

This year’s Windermere Cup Crew Races start at 10:20am Saturday, featuring the UW teams taking on Oxford and Syracuse.  The Parade of Boats through the Montlake Cut starts at noon.


 UW Photo

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Impromptu pep rally blocking 45th

April 29th, 2010 by master

An impromptu pep rally is currently blocking Northeast 45th Street as it manuevers its way through the Greek system, our editor tells us.

The rally is being held as part of tomorrow’s spring football game festivities. It shouldn’t be blocking 45th for much longer than 30 minutes or so.

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New 520 bridge plan includes lid over Montlake

April 29th, 2010 by master

At a press conference on the UW campus, Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled the WSDOT’s “preferred alternative” for expanding the 520 Bridge to six lanes, including a plan to build a lid at Montlake Blvd.

Map sketch of the plan, with the university to the north.

The plan includes an “urban interchange” from Montlake Boulevard to the waterfront, with an extended lid with open space, bike trails and bus stops. It involves a proposal to build a second drawbridge across the Montlake Cut with dedicated transit and carpool lanes.

Rendering of bus stops on the expanded Montlake lid

Up near Husky Stadium, a smaller lid would serve as a pedestrian walkway, providing easier access across campus and the UW Medical Center. WSDOT says the plan provides for a 45-foot space between west approach bridges for future light rail connection to the University Link station.

“For more than a decade we’ve worked with the neighborhoods, local governments, transit agencies and the public to replace this aging bridge,” Gov. Gregoire said. “Today, after all of that hard work and cooperation, we have a new 520 and are ready to move forward to open the bridge in 2014.”

The UW said it’s reviewing the plans, and Mayor Mike McGinn told the Seattle Times that the plan doesn’t go far enough in accommodating light rail. The state is about $2 billion short to complete the entire project, and next steps include pulling together environmental impact reports.

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UW football player Andru Pulu pleads guilty to March assault charge

April 29th, 2010 by master

The Daily’s Natalie Johnson wrote this brief in today’s paper, which reports that UW defensive end Andru Pulu plead guilty yesterday to a second-degree felony assault charge stemming from a March 7 fight at an off-campus house party.

The story cites other news sources as saying that the typical sentencing for this kind of crim is three to nine months of jail time. The UW suspended Pulu indefinitely from the team the day after the assault occurred, and is awaiting the outcome of his assault case before making a final decision about his standing with the team.

Pulu will be sentenced May 7.

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Husky football players questioned in beer bottle attack

April 29th, 2010 by master

Two members of the Husky football team were questioned by Seattle Police this past weekend after beer bottles were thrown from an apartment balcony in the 5000 block of Brooklyn Ave NE. In the police report obtained by U District Daily, a man walking on the sidewalk below the balcony says beer bottles were thrown at him and that someone yelled “I am going to kill you.” The man who was almost hit said couldn’t identify who threw the bottles. Officers questioned several people including two Husky football players. The names of everyone involved were blacked out in the police report. No arrests were made.

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Historic U-District sites compete for $1 million

April 29th, 2010 by master

Two historic sites in the U-District are among 25 sites across the area competing for $1 million in grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  You’re asked to vote for your favorites now through May 12.  The winner of the vote is guaranteed to win a grant.  The two U-District sites in the running are the University Heights Community Center and the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory.  For more information on the contest, click here.

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The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by master

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown.  North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue.  To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem. 

 The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class.  One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of this new neighborhood site U District Daily.  We invite you to take a look.

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OneCampus campaign getting creative

April 28th, 2010 by master

One of the tickets campaigning for various positions in the upcoming Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) elections is getting a little creative with its outreach efforts.

OneCampus, a ticket that features eight candidates campaigning for eight different ASUW positions, has the support of three different establishments on the Ave:

– They have a drink named after them at Finn MacCools, the OneCampus AMF.

– They have a dish named after them at Hawaiian BBQ, the OneCampus plate.

– And Cafe Solstice will soon change its internet password for the first time ever to OneCampus.

So if you’re at any of these locations and hear the OneCampus name thrown out there, that’s what it’s in reference to. The link tool on the blog here is momentarily malfunctioning, so we’ll just give the link to the OneCampus Facebook page here:

No word yet on how long before Barack Obama gets his own drink at Earl’s.

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