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Entries from May 2010

SDOT hosting 45th Street pre-closure open house

May 28th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation will host an open house at the University Heights Community Center at 5031 University Way NE on June 9 from 4-7 p.m., aiming to answer any questions community members may have about the upcoming closure of the NE 45th Street viaduct this summer.

U-District citizens received a notice about the open house in the mail earlier this week. Attendees can meet the contractor, learn the upcoming construction schedule, and plan ahead to find alternate routes and transportation. You can see more at SDOT’s official webpage.

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Another dorm room invasion at UW

May 28th, 2010 by master

UW Police are investigating after another female student’s dorm room was burglarized while she slept.  It happened May 15 at Mercer Hall.  The student was taking a nap around 7:30pm when she heard her door close and noticed that her laptop was missing.  A witness reported seeing two suspicious men near the entrance to Mercer Hall a few minutes earlier.

Although this case sounds similar to the May 12 incident when a female student at McCarty Hall woke up to see a man stealing her computer, police don’t believe they are connected.  In response to concerns that men are “tailgating” residents into their dorms, campus police say students should be aware of their surroundings at all times.  More campus crime reports can be found here.

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Committee now in place to find new UW president

May 28th, 2010 by master

The committee that will search for a new president for the University of Washington has just been confirmed. The Board of Regents approved the 17 members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The committee includes administrators from all three UW campuses, UW regents, business leaders and the presidents-elect of the ASUW and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. The chair of the committee will be Kellye Testy, dean of the School of Law. The committee plans to have a short list of finalists by January of 2011 to take over for outgoing president Mark Emmert.

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Water Center closing

May 28th, 2010 by master

Budget woes are forcing the closure of the University of Washington’s Water Center.  The center has been studying water issues in our area for almost a quarter century.  It will shut down June 30. 

Photo by Yiyan Luo, The Daily.

The Center for Urban Waters, a relatively new water center based out of UW Tacoma, may have to pick up the slack.  The CUW has ties to the state water-cleanup agency Puget Sound Partnership.

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Huskies drop first Super Regional game, 6-1, to Oklahoma

May 28th, 2010 by master

A sellout crowd of 1,662 turned out to watch the UW softball team lost its Super Regional opener to Oklahoma on Thursday night.

The Huskies will play the Sooners again at 5 p.m. on Friday, and must win that game to force a decisive game-three 30 minutes after.

This was a pretty shocking loss, considering OU hit five homers off UW ace Danielle Lawrie. Washington is the defending national champion.

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Liquor in the U-District

May 27th, 2010 by master

Between January and May of this year, UW Police made 24 arrests for DUI and 33 arrests for liquor-law violations, including minors in possession.  In this report in today’s Daily, Natalie Johnson takes a look at how the State of Washington has actively controlled and restricted the sale and consumption of alcohol in the U-District since 1895.

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iPod Touch robbers escape by bus

May 27th, 2010 by master

A man waiting for a bus was robbed of his iPod Touch late Monday afternoon (5/24) in the 4500 block of University Way.  Two men came up from behind and started hitting his hand until he dropped the iPod.  The thieves took the device and then jumped on board a Metro bus.  Officers contacted Metro but never heard back from dispatchers.

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UW softball team playing in Super Regionals on Thursday, Friday

May 26th, 2010 by master

It’s your last chance to watch Danielle Lawrie and the rest of her senior teammates in action at Husky Softball Stadium this weekend, as the Huskies take on Oklahoma in a best-of-three Super Regional series for the right to play in the Women’s College World Series.

Check out a preview of the game here.

Photo courtesy of Daily photographer Sang Cho.

Tickets are sold out, but standing-room-0nly tickets will be available the day of the game. Check gohuskies.com for more details.

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Brutal beating in U-District

May 26th, 2010 by master

We’ve obtained a copy of a police report detailing a brutal beating in the area of NE 50th and University Way last Friday (5/21).  A man and woman were standing on the sidewalk around 2am when a red car with two men drove up and began yelling at them.  The people in the car blamed the couple for knocking over an A-board sign for a nearby business (the name of which is blacked out in the report), something the couple said was already on the ground when they arrived.  A verbal argument followed, with the man on the sidewalk kicking the side of the car.  The two men in the car jumped out, punched the other man, and then picked him up and slammed him head first into the pavement.  He was knocked out on impact.  The men in the car fled the scene.  Officers later questioned the owner of the business that had the sign knocked down.  He denied having any employees who drive a red car, although officers noted in their report that they believed the owner wasn’t telling everything he knew.

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iPhone robbery on UW campus

May 26th, 2010 by master

The UW sent out an alert to students last night about a crime that happened earlier Tuesday afternoon:

At 4:35 p.m. a male student was robbed of his iPhone by two black males in the alley behind the Speech and Hearing Sciences/Social Work building. The victim was not injured. The suspects ran north up the alley. One was described as wearing a red and white coat with a Disney character on it (Donald Duck), and the other was wearing a black and white coat with unknown lettering.  Both suspects appeared to be in their 20’s. Both suspects are still at large. 

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