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Entries from August 2010

City adds new bike corral in U-District

August 31st, 2010 by master

After years of asking, R+E Cycles has finally gotten its wish.  The city just installed a new bike corral outside the business on 5627 University Way.  The folks at R+E tell us it was installed last week and replaced an old bike rack that kept getting hit by cars. 

As part of the Bicycle Master Plan adopted by Seattle in 2007, the city will continue to install on-street bike parking.  These corrals usually eliminate one space for vehicle parking.  SDOT hopes to have six of these corrals up around the city by the end of this year.  Thanks to Robby for the picture and the tip.

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Frat house burglarized as dozens slept

August 31st, 2010 by master

Burglars broke into a UW frat house as students slept to steal a 58″ plasma television.  It happened last Wednesday (8/25) between 1am and 9am at a frat (name redacted in police report) in the 4500 block of 19th Ave NE.  Police believe at least two people broke in because of the size of the television.  Officers also believe the thieves took their time inside the house since the television brackets were still on the wall.  About 50 people were staying at the frat house over summer break.

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NE 45th St. Viaduct work nears completion

August 30th, 2010 by master

There’s been another milestone in the NE 45th Street Viaduct project.  SDOT just finished the new cement concrete roadway surface that caps the new west approach.  The outside barrier walls have also been put in.  This week, new street lighting is scheduled to be installed.  SDOT says the viaduct is still set to reopen by September 10.

New photo from SDOT

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Zeppelin spotted over U-District

August 30th, 2010 by master

If you haven’t heard yet, that big football shaped thing in the skies of Seattle is a zeppelin.  For one more week, “The Eureka” will be offering rides over the Puget Sound area.  It takes off from Paine Field in Everett and has been spotted all over Seattle, including this picture taken from the U-District by Jeffrey Linn.  Rides start at about $375 a person.  Our partners at the Seattle Times recently took a ride on board.  You can read their story here.

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U-District burglary turns dramatic as good samaritan nabs thief

August 27th, 2010 by master

A frightening burglary ended with the thief getting a lot more than he bargained for.  On Tuesday (8/24) just after noon, a woman returned to her home in the 1000 block of Ravenna Blvd to find a burglar inside the house.  The thief was in one of the bedrooms carrying three large bags.  When the woman asked what he was doing, the burglar replied “I don’t know.  Sh-t you’re home!”

The thief then knocked the woman down as she tried to grab one of the bags.  As he ran out the house, the woman saw a man out for a walk with his wife and baby and asked him for help.  The good samaritan then chased after the burglar who took a swing at him but missed.  The good samaritan then put the thief in a head lock and managed to hold him down until police arrived, even though the burglar bit him and gouged his fingernails into the man’s skin.  The suspect was booked into the King County Jail.

You can read the full police report below.

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A tale of parking abuse in the U-District

August 26th, 2010 by master

Our partners at the Seattle Times have an interesting story today about one parking enforcement officer’s mission to catch an elusive driver in the U-District.  The man had a disability placard that didn’t match his plates.  But the officer needed to actually catch him behind the wheel in order to cite him.  After four months of staking him out while he parked for free, the payoff finally came.  Read the full story here.

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University Baptist Church alive and well after Mars Hill sale

August 25th, 2010 by master

“We are not dead.”

That’s the message Rev. Manny Santiago wants everyone to know about the University Baptist Church.

Earlier this month, we told you Mars Hill Church had purchased the building that once housed University Baptist on 12th Ave NE in the U-District.  While Mars Hill prepares to renovate the old facility, the congregation of University Baptist has moved into a new space at 4731 15th Ave NE in the south chapel of University Christian.

“We sold our building but the church is not for sale,” Rev. Santiago told us.  “A lot of people think a church is a building.  It is actually made up of community.”

Santiago tells us the congregation has actually moved several time during the church’s 109 year history.  This last move came after church members decided to stop worrying about an aging building and start focusing on serving the needs of its community.  Since the move, attendance at services has gone from about 40 to more than 80.

“Since the move, people have come more often and with more energy,” said Santiago.

The money from the sale of the church’s old building will now be used for mission projects and other social programs in the U-District.  You can follow University Baptist on Facebook.

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Web cameras provide view of University Station light rail project

August 25th, 2010 by master

A huge wall makes it almost impossible to see from the street.  But new web cameras are giving you are bird’s eye view of construction at Sound Transit’s new light rail station next to Husky Stadium.  There are four different camera angles.  Sound Transit has also installed similar cameras at the Capitol Hill station.  Click here to check out the cameras.

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Bar squabble turns into sidewalk brawl

August 24th, 2010 by master

A call for help on The Ave led police to several bruised and banged up men with two totally different stories about what happened.  Around 1:45am on August 20, officers responded to the 5200 block of University Way where a man was down in the street.  The man told police that he was leaving a bar with three friends when two men attacked him for no reason.  As they kicked and hit him, the victim’s friends tried to help but ended up with injuries themselves including a swollen mouth and chipped tooth.

Officers were later able to track down two suspects who had a different version of the events.  They claimed the group had approached them inside the bar and poured drinks on them.  Outside, they claimed they were the victims who had been attacked and were outnumbered.  After defending themselves, they ran away.  It is unclear from the police report if anyone was arrested.  You can read the full police report below.

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Movie being filmed on UW campus, extras needed

August 23rd, 2010 by master

Producers of an independent movie filming on the UW campus are looking for extras.  Judas Kiss has already been in production for several days around campus but still needs extras for upcoming scenes.  This coming Saturday (8/28), producers hope to fill up the Guggenheim Hall auditorium for one of the scenes.  Judas Kiss is described as a gay feature film and a “time bending campus drama about second chances to make things right.”  You can find more information about being an extra here.

Photo of UW campus filming from Judas Kiss Facebook page.

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