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Entries from April 2010

Hammer attack outside U-District restaurant

April 28th, 2010 by master

A customer is accused of going on a rampage at a U-District restaurant.  The attack happened last Thursday (4/22) in the 5300 block of NE 53rd Street.  We’re not sure which establishment this is since the name was blacked out in the police report.  The customer had been thrown out of the restaurant for causing a disturbance and walking into the kitchen.  After the owner closed up for the night, he saw the customer standing on the sidewalk.  The owner drove away, but circled back around since he was suspicious of the man.  He returned to find the customer standing in front of the restaurant with a hammer in his hand.  The front window of the establishment was broken out.  When the owner confronted the man, the suspect swung the hammer and hit the owner in the head.  The owner was able to tackle the man and hold him down until police arrived.

Update: KIRO-TV identifies the restaurant as Piccolo’s Pizza.

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U-District bank robbery suspect arrested

April 28th, 2010 by master

The man suspected of robbing the Washington Federal Savings Bank on NE 45th Street last Thursday has been taken into custody at an Aurora Avenue motel.  Last night’s arrest came after police received a tip that the man was driving a Mercedes and hiding out at the motel.

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UW campus reacts to Emmert departure

April 27th, 2010 by master

Here’s some more reaction from UW campus figures regarding the news today that Mark Emmert will leave the school to become the president of the NCAA.

UW Provost Phyllis Wise: “I think we’re all sad that he’s leaving. He’s done such a fabulous job here. I think we all wish him the very, very best and I think we have a great team here and we’ll continue to do the really important things that we’re doing, many of which he got started.”

ASUW President Tim Mensing: “The UW is considered one of the public ivies, and we need someone who understands that and is driven to push the envelope everyday as we are now. We expect nothing less.”

UW Board of Regents chair Herb Simon (via press release): “We recognize that the NCAA presidency is a unique opportunity. It is the only organization of its kind, national in scope, and we feel the only type of opportunity that could possibly lure Mark away from his alma mater. The nation’s gain is our loss.”

UW athletic director Scott Woodward: “They’re getting a dynamic leader who has done an incredible job every step of the way in his whole career in higher education as an administerator and a leader. He will mix things up, and he will do things that they will be very happy and proud of for a long time.”

Credit to Daily reporter Joanna Nolasco for quotes from Wise and Mensing.

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Woodward: ‘This one was in a hurry’

April 27th, 2010 by master

UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who is also a close friend of UW president Mark Emmert, told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed Emmert’s pending move to the NCAA with him when the opportunity presented itself, but that the hiring process happened relatively fast.

“He and I always talk about professional opportunities that he has, and he’s had quite a few of them, and we talk about them, but this one was in a hurry,” Woodward said. “This was a fast one.

“Not to break any confidences. I don’t want to get into how fast or when I knew or anything like that, but it happened pretty quickly.”

Woodward said he plans to stay at the UW “a long time,” and isn’t concerned that he will now work under a president other than Emmert, who he also served under as vice president of external affairs at LSU before coming with him to UW in 2004 in the same role.

The question on the mind of UW football fans will be how this effects the school’s fundraising efforts for a planned renovation of Husky Stadium.

Woodward said he isn’t concerned about Emmert’s deparuture being a detriment to that effort.

“Not a bit,” Woodward said. “I think the leadership of the University has been supportive and been included in the Husky Stadium process the whole way, whether it be the Board of Regents or the provost office or anyone involved. This is a campus-wide effort that a lot of people are involved in.”

We’ll have more as this progresses. UW head football coach Steve Sarkisian will meet with media after practice today, and we’ll pass along his thoughts as soon as we can.

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Woodward: 'This one was in a hurry'

April 27th, 2010 by master

UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who is also a close friend of UW president Mark Emmert, told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed Emmert’s pending move to the NCAA with him when the opportunity presented itself, but that the hiring process happened relatively fast.

“He and I always talk about professional opportunities that he has, and he’s had quite a few of them, and we talk about them, but this one was in a hurry,” Woodward said. “This was a fast one.

“Not to break any confidences. I don’t want to get into how fast or when I knew or anything like that, but it happened pretty quickly.”

Woodward said he plans to stay at the UW “a long time,” and isn’t concerned that he will now work under a president other than Emmert, who he also served under as vice president of external affairs at LSU before coming with him to UW in 2004 in the same role.

The question on the mind of UW football fans will be how this effects the school’s fundraising efforts for a planned renovation of Husky Stadium.

Woodward said he isn’t concerned about Emmert’s deparuture being a detriment to that effort.

“Not a bit,” Woodward said. “I think the leadership of the University has been supportive and been included in the Husky Stadium process the whole way, whether it be the Board of Regents or the provost office or anyone involved. This is a campus-wide effort that a lot of people are involved in.”

We’ll have more as this progresses. UW head football coach Steve Sarkisian will meet with media after practice today, and we’ll pass along his thoughts as soon as we can.

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President Emmert leaving UW

April 27th, 2010 by master

Big news on the campus this afternoon: UW President Mark Emmert is stepping down to take over as CEO of the NCAA. “It is my great honor to accept this assignment,” Emmert said. “It is more than a new job for me. This is special. This is an opportunity to help shape one of the great American institutions.”

Emmert has been at the UW for the last five years, and he’ll start at the NCAA on November 1st. The previous NCAA CEO was paid $1.7 million a year, a big jump in pay over Emmert’s current salary of $905,000, reports the Seattle Times.

“It is a great loss for our UW community and all of higher education in Washington,” said UW Board of Regents Chair Herb Simon, who said a search committee will be appointed soon to begin looking for the next UW president.

“To my friends, colleagues, and students of the University of Washington, I offer a special word of thanks and appreciation,” Emmert wrote in an email. “It is never a good time to leave one great job for another. I relish the challenges at the NCAA but will always love my time here.”

“I am extremely proud and happy for my good friend and boss Mark Emmert,” said UW director of athletics Scott Woodward. “The NCAA could not have selected a more qualified and competent leader for the organization.”

We’re working on campus reaction, which we’ll post soon here and on The Daily.

Plus: Read NCAA’s press release on the announcement

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Countdown to U-District Street Fair

April 27th, 2010 by master

Booths are almost full for the 41st annual U-District Street Fair, the longest running street festival in the nation.  The annual event is set for May 15 and 16, and in previous years has drawn as many as 50,000 people.  In addition to all the vendors, two main stages will be set up featuring music and entertainment. 

Click here for a map of all the vendors and activities, and stay tuned for more coverage of the big event here.

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Gates Sr. to speak at UW Commencement

April 27th, 2010 by master

Bill Gates Sr. will be the University of Washington’s Commencement speaker on June 12 at Husky Stadium. Gates attended the UW on the G.I. Bill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a law degree in 1950. Gates Sr. is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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UW campus alert: chickenpox exposure

April 26th, 2010 by master

An e-mail sent to members of the UW community by Campus Health Services on Monday night gives warning of a grade-school student infected with chickenpox (also known as varicella) who visited the campus on Friday.

From the release:

“The visiting student with chickenpox was involved in all outdoor activities including those on the HUB lawn and visited several areas in the engineering building. This student also ate lunch at the HUB. Chickenpox is very contagious even a few days before the onset of the classic vesicle rash. If you also participated in the Engineering Discovery Day program, were involved in providing the activity or are a current UW student, staff, or faculty who was in the engineering building or HUB on Friday April 23, 2010 you may have been exposed to chickenpox.

Varicella is a highly contagious disease spread by respiratory droplets. It is particularly dangerous for those persons with weakened immune systems from disease or medication. Pregnant women are also considered at risk.

Hall Health Primary Care Center is advising that exposed UW students, staff, or faculty who have never had Varicella or who are unsure of their Varicella history to have the 2-series vaccine. This requires a vaccine now and a vaccine in 1 month. For those who are unsure if they have had chickenpox, a blood test for Varicella can be done at the time of the first immunization. If the test comes back positive then another vaccine is not necessary.”

If you’ve never had chickenpox and you were on campus near the HUB on Friday, you may want to see a doctor.

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After Hours @ the Burke

April 26th, 2010 by master

Want to see some real life dinosaur fossils? The Burke Museum is hosting an event called “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. UW student ID is required for entry.

Activities include:

– Making a mold of a real fossil to take home

– Helping painting a mural that mimics some of the artwork on display in the museum (mural will be put up in the HUB)

– Talking to other UW students who study geology and paleontology and learning about what they do

– Seeing and touching real fossils!

– Eating “dinosaur” cake

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