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Entries from April 2011

Bicycle thefts continue to add up on UW campus

April 29th, 2011 by master

It’s no secret that bicycle thieves often set their sights on the UW campus. A recent check of crime stats from UW Police shows that 14 bikes have been stolen so far this month. In March, 16 bicycle thefts were reported. Students are asked to register their bikes with UWPD and to always secure them with locks.

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Can vinyl survive in the U-District?

April 27th, 2011 by master

After opening the doors in February, the owner of Mossy Bottom Records at NE 52nd and Brooklyn believes he can compete in the age of digital music.

“People, even if they don’t know it necessarily, are really wanting community places where they can get together and talk about music and art,” Nick Gorfkle told The Daily. “They also want the neighborhood-shows that you can just walk into and see a bunch of smiling people.”

Read more about this new venture from our news partners at The Daily.

Photo by Patrick Riley, The Daily

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Man threatened, mugged on 7th Ave NE

April 26th, 2011 by master

Here’s the report from Seattle Police:

On 04/24/2011 at approximately 0130 hours I arrived at 4200 block of 7 AV NE to investigate a strong arm robbery. Upon arrival I made contact with V/ . The incident occurred at approximately 0100 hours. stated he was walking northbound in the 4200 block of 7 AV NE on his way to his friend’s apartment located at 4200 block of 7 AV NE. stated he observed a black male and an Asian male that appeared to be in their mid 20’s, walking southbound in the 4200 block of 7 AV NE. The black male was described as wearing a gold chain, white jersey, with minor facial hair. The Asian male was described as clean shaven, with a buzzed head. The two suspects approached V/ and said, “Empty your pockets or we’ll f— you up”. V/ emptied the contents of his pocket onto the sidewalk. The Asian male grabbed the wallet and rifled through it. Victim had (2) 20.00 dollar bills, (4) 1.00 dollar bills, and approximately 6-8 dollars in quarters taken from him. Victim stated the males then walked northbound on 7 AV NE. ran into the apartment and called 911.
Initially was hesitant to call 911 because he was fearful the suspects would recognize him and assault him in the future. figured the best thing to do was to report the incident so he called 911 again and requested officers.

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Michael Young selected as next UW president

April 25th, 2011 by master

It’s official.  The University of Washington Board of Regents has picked Michael Young, president of the University of Utah, to be the next president at the UW.  Young, 61, has been president of the University of Utah since 2004. You can read more from our news partners at The Daily.

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Sound Transit alert

April 25th, 2011 by master

Sound Transit will be installing extensometers in the westbound Montlake Blvd exit off-ramp area on SR 520 which will require the contractor to leave the drill rig overnight. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted. Extensometers are one of the tools the contractor uses to monitor ground movement above the University Link tunnel. Installation requires concrete cutting, drilling and excavation by a vacuum truck. The contractor will perform this work from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Monday April 25 until Friday May 6.

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First shows announced at renovated Neptune

April 24th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Theatre Group has announced the first shows on tap once the renovated Neptune Theatre opens its doors. Mark Lanegan will perform an acoustic set with special guests Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss on Friday, June 17th.

Okkervil River will perform on Saturday, June 18th with special guests Titus Andronicus. Tim Minchin will perform Friday, June 24th. You can find more ticket information here.

After being closed as a movie house, the new Neptune will feature concerts, independent films, comedy and speakers, and fine arts. STG says it plans to reconfigure the room while preserving the historic venue.

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New UW president will be named Monday

April 22nd, 2011 by master

The University of Washington is expected to announce its choice for the person to lead the school on Monday. Our partners at the Seattle Times report that University of Utah President Michael Young is on the shortlist for the job.

Former UW president Mark Emmert left the school last fall to become president of the NCAA.

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New crime prevention coordinator for U-District

April 20th, 2011 by master

The U-District will now have a new Crime Prevention Coordinator. It comes after SPD secured grant funding for a total of four Crime Prevention Coordinators through the end of this year. There had been a total of six.

The coordinators work in the precincts to educate the public on ways to reduce their risk of becoming victims, and act as liaisons between the local community and the police.

Terrie Johnston will become the U-District and North Precinct coordinator. You can get more information here.

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Bus fire on NE 45th

April 20th, 2011 by master

A bus with no one on board caught fire Tuesday night at the intersection of Northeast 45th Street and 11th Avenue. Our partners at The Daily report it happened just after 6pm. The fire started in the engine. No one was hurt.

Photo by Luke Springer, The Daily

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UW Police Department goes for reaccreditation

April 18th, 2011 by master

The University of Washington Police Department is one of only 47 university or college police departments nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Initially accredited in 2005, UWPD has maintained compliance with 373 national standards/best practices, achieved reaccredited status in 2008, and is preparing for a second reaccreditation beginning May 7.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session May 9 at 3:30 PM. The session will be conducted in the Fishery Sciences Building located at 1122 NE Boat Street. The public can also leave comments by calling 206-543-8702 on May 8 between the hours of 1 PM and 3 PM.

You can check out UW Police on Facebook here.

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