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Entries from December 2010

Student robbed at gunpoint

December 17th, 2010 by master

A frightening incident late Thursday night, when a man approached a female UW student on the southwest corner of 19th Ave NE and NE 52nd Street.  Police say the man grabbed the victim by the neck and pointed a handgun at the back of her head.   He demanded her purse but ended up taking only the iPod from her pocket. The robbery was interrupted by two witnesses.

The man ran away but was seen getting into a white or light colored 1990’s mid-sized sedan.  He was described as having an athletic build, dark complexion, 5’10” in height, 19-20 years of age, wearing a black zip-up jacket, black pants, and a scarf.

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Small spill evacuates UW building

December 17th, 2010 by master

5:25 p.m. The Seattle Fire Department, wearing hazardous materials suits, has evacuated part of UW’s Henderson Hall to investigate a “small release of Fluorine gas” in a lab. There are no reports of any injuries.

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Jiggles officially opens its doors

December 16th, 2010 by master

12/21 update:  The city is investigating complaints about whether the club is violating the 800 foot buffer but no action is likely before the end of the year.

Original report:  It’s opening night at Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club at 5220 Roosevelt Way.  The location, which is the former home of Giggles Comedy Club, is being billed as a strip club.

The owner, Bob Davis, told UDistrictDaily several weeks ago that he obtained all the necessary licenses and permits to operate the club.  But the building is across the street from University Child Development School, an independent elementary school serving children from ages three through fifth grade.  Seattle municipal code states an adult cabaret must be at least 800 feet away from schools, daycares, community centers, and parks. 

Our friends at KING 5 say there is music coming from the club tonight, but it’s not clear if nude dancers have actually taken the stage.  Regardless, city officials say no action will be taken on their part tonight.  Stay tuned.

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U-District Artwalk this Friday

December 15th, 2010 by master

The next U-District Artwalk takes place this Friday (12/17) from 6pm to 9pm.  Take an opportunity to view the art exhibits at participating venues around the neighborhood including featured artist Barbee Teasley showing at Bakery Verbena at 5509 University Way.  Venues stay open late to showcase local artists. You can check out the map of participants here.

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Map shows which neighborhoods had the most rain

December 13th, 2010 by master

If you wondered how much rain fell in each of Seattle’s neighborhoods during this weekend’s Pineapple Express, here’s a closer look.  A detailed analysis by a meteorologist from Seattle Public Utilities shows that most of Seattle received 3 to 4 inches of precipitation, with some areas receiving more.

The map-based analysis, based on data from 22 local rain gauges, shows that at several locations—including West Seattle, Green Lake, and South Park—the amount of rain that fell was close to that of a historical 100-year event.  For much of the rest of the city, it was a 20- to 30-year storm.  The map shows the U-District picked up between 3 and 4 inches.  The most rain fell on West Seattle, which received over 4 inches in at least one location.

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Police issue alert after yet another mugging today

December 10th, 2010 by master

It’s hard to believe, but two more UW students were robbed early today in the U-District.  This is the second mugging this week.  We’ve also counted at least 7 different street robberies since late September where UW students were the victims.  Here are the details on this morning’s crime:

At approximately 02:05 AM on December 10, 2010, two female UW students were walking near the alley west of NE 47th Street and 18th Avenue NE when a dark colored SUV pulled up next to them and an unknown female suspect exited the SUV asking to use their cell phone. When the victims refused, the suspect attempted to grab the cell phone from one but was unsuccessful. The suspect then pushed the victim to the ground, took her purse and got back into the SUV, which drove away. The victims reported that the SUV was also occupied by 3 unknown males at the time of the robbery.

The victims weren’t hurt and couldn’t provide a detailed description of the suspects.

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The “Cheap Bastard’s” guide to the U-District

December 10th, 2010 by master

By Tyler Steele

Humor writer David Volk just released “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” the latest travel book in a national series targeted not only at tourists, but locals looking to have fun without breaking the bank.

“I think it’s for everyone in Seattle,” Volk said while relaxing at Espresso Express at 6500 15th Ave. N.E. “Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon. It’s really all about doing the things you’d already do for less, and working within the system while having a good time doing it.”

After the series received commercial success in New York, Chicago and Boston, Globe Pequot Press decided to tackle the Northwest.

“We needed an insider’s perspective for the book,” Editorial Director Amy Lyonssaid by phone from Guilford, Connecticut. “This one is very much for the person that lives in Seattle.”

Volk highlighted some of his favorite free and inexpensive places for entertainment in the U-District:

University of Washington at various locations: There are lots of venues and events where you can yell “Go Huskies,” but only a few of them are free. They include men’s and women’s tennis at the Nordstrom Athletic Center, Rowing on the Montlake Cut, and indoor and outdoor track and field meets (pg.189).
UW Graduate School Public Lecture Series at Kane Hall, Room 130: Every year, the graduate school hosts a monthly series of lectures by an eclectic mix of scholars on a wide range of topics…Although the lectures are open to the public, the best way to make sure you’ll have a seat is to register in advance by calling the UW Alumni Office at (206) 543-0540 (pg.170).
Williams Sonoma at University Village, 2530 N.E. University Village: The purveyor of pricey pots, pans, and other kitchen paraphernalia, offers complimentary cooking technique classes several Sundays a month starting at 10 a.m. (pg.167).
Finn MacCool’s at 4217 University Way N.E.: Finn MacCool’s offers free trivia starting at 9 p.m. on Monday with the winning team getting $25 taken off its tab (pg.163).

 “I’m the perfect person to do this book because I know how to pinch pennies till they scream,” declared Volk, who makes his living as a freelance journalist. “I wrote about what I’ve been doing for years — surviving on cheap haircuts and happy hours.”

Continue reading at the link below. You can find the guide at local bookstores and on Amazon.

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The "Cheap Bastard's" guide to the U-District

December 10th, 2010 by master

By Tyler Steele

Humor writer David Volk just released “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” the latest travel book in a national series targeted not only at tourists, but locals looking to have fun without breaking the bank.

“I think it’s for everyone in Seattle,” Volk said while relaxing at Espresso Express at 6500 15th Ave. N.E. “Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon. It’s really all about doing the things you’d already do for less, and working within the system while having a good time doing it.”

After the series received commercial success in New York, Chicago and Boston, Globe Pequot Press decided to tackle the Northwest.

“We needed an insider’s perspective for the book,” Editorial Director Amy Lyonssaid by phone from Guilford, Connecticut. “This one is very much for the person that lives in Seattle.”

Volk highlighted some of his favorite free and inexpensive places for entertainment in the U-District:

University of Washington at various locations: There are lots of venues and events where you can yell “Go Huskies,” but only a few of them are free. They include men’s and women’s tennis at the Nordstrom Athletic Center, Rowing on the Montlake Cut, and indoor and outdoor track and field meets (pg.189).
UW Graduate School Public Lecture Series at Kane Hall, Room 130: Every year, the graduate school hosts a monthly series of lectures by an eclectic mix of scholars on a wide range of topics…Although the lectures are open to the public, the best way to make sure you’ll have a seat is to register in advance by calling the UW Alumni Office at (206) 543-0540 (pg.170).
Williams Sonoma at University Village, 2530 N.E. University Village: The purveyor of pricey pots, pans, and other kitchen paraphernalia, offers complimentary cooking technique classes several Sundays a month starting at 10 a.m. (pg.167).
Finn MacCool’s at 4217 University Way N.E.: Finn MacCool’s offers free trivia starting at 9 p.m. on Monday with the winning team getting $25 taken off its tab (pg.163).

 “I’m the perfect person to do this book because I know how to pinch pennies till they scream,” declared Volk, who makes his living as a freelance journalist. “I wrote about what I’ve been doing for years — surviving on cheap haircuts and happy hours.”

Continue reading at the link below. You can find the guide at local bookstores and on Amazon.

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UW student sprayed in face, robbed

December 9th, 2010 by master

Another UW student has become the victim of a street robbery.  Here’s the alert that went out this afternoon:

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 7:25 p.m., a UW student crossing N.E. 45th Street at 12th Ave., N.E. was tapped on the shoulder by one of three unknown suspects. When the victim turned around, she was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance. The victim’s purse, containing her cell phone and credit cards, was taken. The three suspects left the area in a yellow sedan, make unknown. The first suspect is described as a black male with short hair, 5’10”, 18-21 years of age. The second suspect is also a black male, 6’0”, 200 lb., with a shaved head. A third suspect is a male of unknown race with no other description information available.

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Time lapse of UW light rail construction

December 8th, 2010 by master

Now that Sound Transit’s webcams at the UW and Capitol Hill light rail construction sites have been running for several weeks, there’s enough footage to show a timelapse of the activity taking place. You can click here to check it out. Images are updated every 30 minutes. Using the navigation bar at the bottom of each image, you can go back in time to see the previous work.

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