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December 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM
A whole lotta shaking going on: Jumping fans register a magnitude 1 or 2 quake during Seahawks TD fumble return. What can you say about the Hawks, but they’re the best. Some numbers: 68,387 at CenturyLink Field did all that jumping; 34-7 win against the Saints; an 11-1 record; Russell Wilson throws for 310 yards; total net yards 429.
Speaking of football: How can Steve Sarkisian’s decision to leave the UW for USC, immediately, sit well with most anyone (except USC), especially with a chance the UW could see itself in a bowl game? Do you think it’s fair to the Huskies that Sarkisian is leaving right now? Vote in our poll.
How tragic is this? A man at a farm in Roy in Pierce County is missing after two grain silos holding some 1,000 tons of corn collapsed yesterday afternoon. It has been too dangerous to go in and look for him.
Cold this morning, isn’t it? Look out for black ice in spots on your way to work. These chilly days could last all the way through the weekend, and there’s a chance of snow on Sunday. We’ll see about that. National Weather Service forecast
Amazon and delivering packages on small drones: How many of you believe it was merely coincidence that Jeff Bezos told “60 Minutes” about the pie-in-the-sky idea of the drone delivery scenario the day before cyber Monday?
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- Victoria Clipper theft suspect just ‘wanted to go to W. Seattle’
- Time is right for Jim Mora and Huskies | Larry Stone
- Steve Sarkisian’s UW legacy: middle rung in the Pac-12 | Bud Withers
- Russell Wilson finally gets to face the quarterback he has looked up to
- Twitter blows up after reports that Sarkisian headed to USC
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October 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM
A group of University of Washington students has asked the school’s governing board to take the first step toward divesting in fossil fuels.
The student-led Fossil Fuels Divestment Campaign has worked with the school’s treasury office to create a set of guidelines that would encourage the UW to seek out investments in alternative energy and examine investments through the lens of environmental and social values.
One of the suggested policies — asking the university to collaborate with other institutional investors on letter-writing campaigns and shareholder proxies targeting fossil fuel companies — will require approval from the Board of Regents, the UW’s governing board. Students will come back to the regents in November to seek that permission, but they said they were confident they could get approval.
The students made their presentation Thursday to the regents along with UW associate treasurer Ann Sarna; the treasury office helped develop the approach. “Treasury has already ran the analyses and made sure this is not only feasible, but financially responsible,” said Sarra Tekola, an undergraduate majoring in environmental science.
The approach has also won the approval of the UW’s undergraduate student governing body, the Associated Students of the University of Washington.
Benjamin Peterson, a graduate student in library information science and political science, said it took the Sierra Club five years to divest from fossil fuels, and the proposals being put forth at the UW are similar to the first steps the environmental club took before it eventually divested.
The fossil fuel divestment campaign on college campuses is national in scope, and was started by Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben, who founded the environmental group 350.org.
“At the end of the day, this is what we need in order to divest,” Tekola said. “This is one of many steps. We’ll see how this goes, but this is not the end, and we plan to continue on.”
September 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Sea Change: The ocean is growing more acidic, changing the behavior of fish and dissolving creatures on the bottom of the food chain. Read more about ocean acidification. See photos from the Times’ coverage of the issue from Papua New Guinea and the Bering Sea. Watch the documentary videos on how ocean acidification could alter the seas on a scale too big to fathom.
Seahawks: Yes, it’s week 2 — but this is a big one. The 49ers are back in town after last year’s 42-13 drubbing on CenturyLink Field and looking for revenge. Drenching rain, 30 mph winds and even thunderstorms could hit during the game. Bob Condotta breaks down the keys to the game and what to watch for this time around.
Huskies beat Illinois: With their high-flying offense, the 19th-ranked Huskies prevailed on Soldier Field over Illinois. The Dawgs racked up 615 yards of total offense, but also tallied 12 penalties and plenty of other little mistakes. Although they were expected to win, the Huskies impressive offensive performance bumped them up in the Associated Press rankings this morning to 17th.
Stabbing after soccer match: Yesterday, a Shoreline Community College professor died after he was stabbed while leaving a Seattle Sounders game on Friday night in a seemingly random and unprovoked attack. His 30-year-old partner was in serious condition as of Saturday afternoon. The alleged attacker, a 44-year-old man is now in King County Jail. He was arrested on investigation of murder.
Most read on seattletimes.com:
September 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Calling his performance “solid,” the University of Washington regents increased President Michael Young’s salary by 4 percent, to $570,000, on Thursday.
The increase means he’ll make an additional $22,000 a year.
Regent Joanne Harrell said Young’s role was especially critical in the last year, when the university received a bump in funding from the state Legislature, allowing the UW to freeze tuition for the next two years.
After Harrell laid out a brief case for increasing Young’s salary, the regents voted unanimously in favor of it, without discussion.
The salary of Young’s predecessor, Mark Emmert, was a sore point for some lawmakers, faculty and students; at one point, Emmert was the second-highest-paid university president in the country.
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual salary survey, Young was the 12th-highest-paid university president in the country in 2012. That calculation included the money he will make if he stays with the university through 2016, at which point he will collect nearly $1 million in deferred compensation.
It is the first time since he was hired in 2011 that Young has received an increase.
January 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Whew, at least the cinnamon buns are safe: A Cinnabon employee in Kennewick said a gun-toting robber assaulted her, tied her up and made off with the store’s bank deposit money last week. Police, however, say it now appears she made the whole thing up and took the money herself, according to KNDO-TV. Like we said, those big, doughy, sweet treats were not touched. At least we don’t think they were …
Yay, gas prices down: AAA says the average price for a gallon in our state is $3.40, down 6 cents in a month and a couple of cents under this time last year. The numbers around the state: Bellingham $3.56, Bellevue $3.45, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.45, Tacoma $3.43, Olympia $3.44, Vancouver $3.37, Yakima $3.31, Tri-Cities $3.24, Spokane $3.14.
A remarkable young man: In a story by Seattle Times staff writer Katherine Long, we learn how a young man, undaunted by terminal cancer, was granted a degree posthumously by the University of Washington.
Tweet mania. Seattle police have the fourth most Twitter followers of any department in the country. Not everyone is happy about it, though. Seattle Times staff reporter Brian Rosenthal has the story.
That oil rig bouncing around on the rocks of an island in the Gulf of Alaska can’t be anything but troubling news. It broke free of the tugs pulling it to Seattle because of high winds and seas, and everyone is trying to figure out what to do next. Here’s hoping the rig doesn’t spill any of the 150,000 gallons of fuel and such on board. Rig owner Shell Oil can’t be happy with this development.
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights
- Road to Super Bowl victory is tough for wild-card teams — but not impossible
- Crashed Oregon tour bus included area residents
- To cheer Seahawks in D.C., prepare to spend
- Baby’s birth day can be risky if rushed, hospitals are told
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December 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Both the University of Washington and Western Washington University have made Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine’s list of the 100 top values in public colleges.
The UW was 17th on the list, and WWU was 74th.
The rankings, released Thursday, hails four-year public colleges that offer a quality education at an affordable price, and both schools have often appeared on the list. Last year, the UW was 14th; its best place on the ranking was in 2010, when it ranked 7th.
While the UW has dropped, Western is rising — it was 81st last year.
In a statement, WWU President Bruce Shepard called the ranking “a testament to our first rate faculty and staff, who are dedicated to fostering a genuinely collaborative learning environment where students can develop their intellectual potential and put their higher education to higher purposes.”
The magazine’s editors say they pick schools for having a high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price, and strong value overall.
The top-ranked school in the nation was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
December 7, 2012 at 7:07 AM
Lot of snow in the mountains: Up to 20 more inches could fall in the Cascades today on top of the 1 to 2 feet that fell yesterday and overnight, as we told you it would. … Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass? That being said, chains were required on I-90 earlier this morning, but things are expected to settle down tomorrow, says the National Weather Service.
Escalator accident: The one that went haywire in Bellevue yesterday could have been much worse. Aren’t you a bit wary of escalators to begin with? We know some folks who just won’t use them.
Some crime news:
Three men forced their way into a Bothell home last night and got away with valuables. Three people were home at the time, but no one was hurt.
Remember the serial killer in Alaska? Well, before he killed himself a short time ago, he told authorities he had planned to kill more people had he not been caught after killing a barista up there. Uh, isn’t that’s what serial killers do?
Katt Williams. That’s all we’re going to say.
Bedbugs in books right here in the Emerald City. Staff writer Jack Broom pursued the story and discovered we have had the little critters in some library books at the UW. Silverfish, too. One word: Ewww. We don’t think bedbugs are here in great numbers, but have you ever found them in your home? Vote in our poll.
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
- State’s pot era lights up to smoke, dreams, uncertainty
- Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has made believers of veteran Seahawks
- No free agent is perfect — and Mariners shouldn’t hesitate to make a play for Josh Hamilton
- Bedbugs found in UW library books
- Heavy snow in the mountains
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December 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Bugs in books? Yep, and it’s happening here.
A New York Times piece about bedbugs and other crawly creatures showing up in library books says the problem is occurring across the country – including Seattle.
The article quotes Stephanie Lamson, head of preservation services at the University of Washington Libraries, saying she has put bug-infested books in plastic bags and then into freezers to kill the critters.
Lamson said twice in August, circulation desk employees at the UW Libraries saw insects crawling in returned books. She immediately put the books in a freezer in the natural history museum, at temperatures of minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lamson said she chose cold, rather than the heat treatments being used by some other libraries, because heat can accelerate a book’s aging.
For more on what other libraries around the country are doing about the problem, see The New York Times piece.
And if bed bugs are bugging you, find a ton of information about what they are and how to deal with them on this fact sheet from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
A spokeswoman for Seattle Public Libary, Andra Addison, said she was not aware of any cases of bedbugs in Seattle library books.
November 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Rain continues to fall just about everywhere. And forever, it seems. The Weather Service has issued a special statement, and here it is: As much as 2.5 inches of could fall in the lowlands (that means us down here, from Everett south) and more in the mountains. Along with all the wetness, it will be windy throughout the week, and snow is forecast near the passes. Got that?
Getting into the University of Washington: The head of admissions at the UW says too many students in our state are “self-selecting themselves” (our quotes) out of applying to the university. How many times have you heard this: “I’m not even applying to the UW. It’s just too hard to get in.” OK, 60 percent of in-state students who do apply are accepted, but that means nearly half of them aren’t. And that doesn’t count, of course, all those who say, “Why even try.” Do you think it’s difficult to get into the UW? Vote in our poll.
Gas prices down: They dropped 6 cents in a week, says the AAA. Average price for a gallon in our state: $3.52. Price in particular markets: Bellingham $3.57, Bremerton $3.45, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.54, Tacoma $3.42, Olympia $3.44, Vancouver $3.48, Yakima $3.55, Tri-Cities $3.65, and Spokane $3.59.
Some police and fire news:
— An Everett man shot at a burglar in his garage. Bullet missed the intruder and hit a neighbor’s van. Oops. Cops with dogs couldn’t find the burglar.
– A 91-year-old woman died in a house fire in Spokane Friday night. Neighbors tried to rescue her, even used a garden hose to beat down the fire, but the flames were too much. Her son broke down a door to try to reach his mother, but was driven back by the smoke.
The Sounders gave it their all, beating the L.A. Galaxy 2-1 at home yesterday but with L.A. up 4-2 on aggregate, the Galaxy moves on to the MLS Finals. (You already know some of us like soccer better than others … so we’re just sayin’ it was good to see that 44,575 folks turned out for the match.)
Stories trending this morning on seattlbetimes.com:
October 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Weather: The wet conditions continue, and it’s going to get worse. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: Traffic map and cams.
Seattle fatal fire: Overnight, a man died in an apartment-building fire in the 10500 block of Greenwood Avenue N.
Huskies: They had their chances, but three turnovers in the second half against USC undid UW’s chances last night. To be sure, QB Keith Price (two fumbles in the fourth quarter) wants a do-over.
Cougars: Another grim loss for WSU yesterday. The 31-17 loss to Cal helped the Cougs earn an “F” mid-term grade from coaching legend Lou Holtz on ESPN last night. Read Seattle Times’ Bud Withers account of the game.
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