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Entries from September 2010

Fido Fest this Sunday at U Village

September 24th, 2010 by master

It’s a party to celebrate all things dog.  U Village hosts Fido Fest this Sunday (9/26).  Things kick off at 9:30am with the Seattle Humane Society’s “Walk for the Animals.”  Then from 11am to 2pm, there will be dog adoptions, dog contests judged by local personalities, and even a dog friendly beer garden.  Click here for more information.

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Green roofs in the U-District

September 23rd, 2010 by master

Seattle Public Utilities and the Department of Planning and Development have just wrapped up a report on green roofs across the city.  Several of the green roofs are here in the U-District including ones at George F. Russell Hall, McMahon Hall, and Merrill Hall.  The city has also put together a self-guided tour map of green roofs that you can check out for yourself, including the one atop Merrill Hall.


Photo of Merrill Hall by Mary Levin, University of Washington News

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Residents catch burglar in the act

September 22nd, 2010 by master

An unwelcome visitor showed up at a U-District house party in the 5200 block of 17th Ave NE.  When one of the residents went to the bedroom around 3am this past Sunday (9/19), he found a burglar holding a backpack and a laptop.  The thief stuffed the computer into the backpack and jumped out the window.  The resident tried to grab the burglar’s leg but couldn’t get a good grip since the thief’s clothes were wet from the rain.  It appears the burglar cut a window screen to get inside.  You can read the full police report below.

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Inside look at Seattle Police training methods

September 22nd, 2010 by master

In the wake of the deadly officer involved shooting of a wood carver last month, many in the community questioned the training methods of the Seattle Police Department. Today, SPD invited UDistrictDaily and other media outlets to get a behind the scenes look at some new training techniques being put in place along with methods currently being used.

“We did talk about deploying more tasers– using less lethal force options,” said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.


Officer demonstrates taser techniques

Not all Seattle Police officers carry tasers, but one new step involves arming more officers with the devices. This year, SPD says taser use has actually dropped to an average of 7 incidents a month. They credit the decrease to more people knowing about tasers and the impact they can have on the human body.

“We talk people into custody the vast amount of the time,” said Officer Chris Myers.

Another new program that is already underway requires every member of SPD to take a racial profiling course, with the goal of changing the culture in the department. Verbal judo, the use of words insteads of hands and weapons, is also being taught along with an increased emphasis on deploying crisis intervention team officers to deal with people who may have mental or medical issues.

SPD allowed the media to try out its “shoot or don’t shoot” simulator that puts officers through different scenarios. Officers also go through tactics training in real-time mock situations. After the simulations, instructors debrief the officers to find out why they reacted the way they did.



Another reporter tries out the simulator (above)

“Training has become a significant issue,” said Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer. “Every single day we’re on the job we learn something.”

Deputy Chief Kimerer will oversee a review starting next month into the fatal shooting of wood carver John T. Williams. Officials did not take questions on the specifics of the Williams case since it is still under investigation.  Our newspaper partner the Seattle Times reports the U.S. Justice Department is now monitoring the case.

Summary of additions to SPD training:

  1. Putting more tasers into the hands of officers
  2. Racial profiling course
  3. Verbal judo
  4. Adding more members to the crisis intervention team

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U-District Farmers Market recognized by “green” website

September 21st, 2010 by master

An environmental website has recognized the U-District Farmers Market as one of the 12 best in the U.S.  The Daily Green had this to say:

“The tourists might go to the famous Pike Place Market, but the locals (and the local farmers and chefs) are at the University District Farmers Market.  On Saturdays, more than 50 farmers sell delicacies like fiddlehead ferns, raw cow and sheep’s milk cheeses and Mangalitsa pork (a special breed of long-haired pig), as well as market staples like mushrooms, peppers and free-range eggs. Don’t Miss: The 30 different varieties of apples with names like Cox’s Orange Pippin and Prairie Spy. (Washington grows more apples than any other U.S. state.)”

You can read more here.

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U-District Farmers Market recognized by "green" website

September 21st, 2010 by master

An environmental website has recognized the U-District Farmers Market as one of the 12 best in the U.S.  The Daily Green had this to say:

“The tourists might go to the famous Pike Place Market, but the locals (and the local farmers and chefs) are at the University District Farmers Market.  On Saturdays, more than 50 farmers sell delicacies like fiddlehead ferns, raw cow and sheep’s milk cheeses and Mangalitsa pork (a special breed of long-haired pig), as well as market staples like mushrooms, peppers and free-range eggs. Don’t Miss: The 30 different varieties of apples with names like Cox’s Orange Pippin and Prairie Spy. (Washington grows more apples than any other U.S. state.)”

You can read more here.

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Monkey Pub will soon offer its own brew

September 20th, 2010 by master

If you’ve ever enjoyed a cold beer inside the Monkey Pub on Roosevelt Way, here’s something that will grab your attention.  The owners have just applied for a license to make their own microbrew, or “Monkey Brew” as the case may be.  Owner Anita Glasford tells us The Monkey will soon offer different craft brews, making them 15 to 25 gallons at a time.  She says they’ll be playing around with recipes to see what works best.  Anita hopes to start serving their own microbrew early next year.

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Commercial parking tax hike approved, UW hopes for relief later

September 20th, 2010 by master

This afternoon, the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 to raise the commerical parking tax from 10% to 12.5%.  Last week, representatives from the University of Washington argued against the increase saying it could jeopardize the future of the U-Pass.  Although councilmembers approved the hike, they say a proposal to waive the tax for the UW would be brought up again during the budget discussions.

“It may be there are other institutions besides the University of Washington that could benefit from an exemption,” said councilmember Nick Licata.

Meanwhile, the Council also approved a $20 car tab fee that would start next year.

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“Secret Cinema” at the Grand Illusion

September 17th, 2010 by master

Once the Grand Illusion Cinema wraps up its big “Night of Casablanca” fundraiser event next Saturday, they have something else special planned.  It’s a four night run of secret cinema called “The Grand Illusion’s Mystery Theatre.”  A classic film will be projected in 16mm each night from Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30.

Passes will be available to attend all four nights at a discounted price ($25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for members).   As a back to school special, the GI will offer students individual show tickets for $5 each.  Check the Grand Illusion’s website over the coming weeks for clues about the films that will be shown.

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"Secret Cinema" at the Grand Illusion

September 17th, 2010 by master

Once the Grand Illusion Cinema wraps up its big “Night of Casablanca” fundraiser event next Saturday, they have something else special planned.  It’s a four night run of secret cinema called “The Grand Illusion’s Mystery Theatre.”  A classic film will be projected in 16mm each night from Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30.

Passes will be available to attend all four nights at a discounted price ($25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for members).   As a back to school special, the GI will offer students individual show tickets for $5 each.  Check the Grand Illusion’s website over the coming weeks for clues about the films that will be shown.

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