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October 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM
The president of a Portland commercial real estate company has donated $5 million toward an effort by Washington State University to build a new museum of art on the school’s Pullman campus.
The donation comes from Jordan Schnitzer, president of Harsch Investment Properties and a collector of contemporary fine art prints. Including Schnitzer’s gift, WSU has raised $9 million for the museum. It has launched a public campaign to raise an additional $6 million.
Currently, the university’s museum is located in the fine arts building and contains a single gallery to display the school’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The new building will be located on the site of the current Safety Building, across from Compton Union Building on Terrell Mall. It will be designed by Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle.
September 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM
PULLMAN (AP) — A Washington State University student is in stable condition at a Pullman hospital after falling down a flight of stairs inside the Delta Chi fraternity.
Pullman police say 21-year-old Anthony Pentecost is the second intoxicated student to fall at one of the university’s fraternities since mid-August.
On Aug. 14, a 19-year-old woman fell through a fire escape at Phi Kappa Tau.
Police say Pentecost reportedly had been drinking wine early Tuesday morning when fellow fraternity members told him to go to bed. Students heard a thud and found him unconscious at the bottom of the stairs
August 30, 2013 at 7:12 AM
PROSSER (AP) — A Washington State University researcher has received a grant allowing him to develop an apple-picking robot.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave $548,000 earlier this month to Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with WSU’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems.
Karkee envisions a prototype within three to five years and commercially available models within 10. His idea is of a robot reaching its dozen tentacles through the leaves of an apple tree to pick ripe fruit at four times the rate of humans.
His idea is to pair an automated machine with a field employee who would decide how and when to pick apples, when for example, they are obscured behind leaves or in clusters.
August 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM
Bremerton couple arrested in alleged torture of 13-year-old: All we can say is that this is a very sad story and not one for the squeamish.
And now some good news: Three hikers and their dog were found safe after getting lost when they went off trail in Snohomish County.
On the beating death of the 88-year-old World War II veteran: The second 16-year-old arrested in connection with the death is scheduled to make a court appearance today. The other 16-year-old is being held on $2 million bail.
Seattle teachers not happy: They have rejected the district’s latest contract proposal. We imagine the district isn’t pleased either. Let’s hope this dance is a short one.
WSU play-by-play football broadcaster relinquishes his duties after 46 years of calling for the Cougs. Bob Robertson is handing the job over to Bud Nameck, WSU’s basketball announcer and a part of the football broadcasts. That’s nearly a half century. Whoa.
What’s up with the weather? Chance of showers today, partly cloudy tomorrow, 60 percent of showers on Thursday. Labor Day approaches, and fall can’t be far behind …
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August 13, 2013 at 6:58 AM
Bus shootings: If you haven’t read the follow-up story on the shooting of the Metro bus driver and subsequent killing of the shooter by police, please do. Imagine being on either of the buses involved in those shootings.
By the way, there’s a lot of love for our bus drivers: See the shout-outs by readers who responded to our request to share their support for drivers.
Here’s one of them:
I’m not a frequent rider, but one bummer about the new “exit to the rear” plan is that I can’t say thank you to the driver when I depart the bus. Thank you, Metro drivers!
Drinking and drugs at WSU: There have been some issues at the school over the years — binge drinking, students falling out of windows — so it must be good news to hear that officials at the university have announced new tactics to tackle booze and drugs there.
North Cascades Highway mess: Not only have slides along a 10-mile stretch of the highway closed it for who knows how many days, a washout stranded 65 people by Cascade River Road. None of this is good news for recreationers or for businesses in the Methow Valley.
Missing climber: A member of the Polish military is missing on Mount Hood. The soldier, who has little hiking experience, hasn’t been seen since Sunday. He is here for training on the use of drones designed and built at Insitu in Bingen, Wash. The search continues today. Oregon Live has the story.
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- ‘Model patients’ help UW medical residents learn to do pelvic exams
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May 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM
PULLMAN (AP) — Pullman police are ready to close the investigation into the assault of Washington State University instructor David Warner.
Police Chief Gary Jenkins says he is preparing to turn the case over to the Whitman County prosecuting attorney’s office. The prosecutor will decide if any charges are filed.
The 41-year-old Warner was seriously injured while trying to intervene in an argument between an acquaintance and three men outside Adams Mall. He was released from the hospital last week.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the assault, as well as one woman for allegedly attempting to cover up the incident. All four turned themselves in to police.
May 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM
PULLMAN (AP) — With friends and family already gathered for her graduation from Washington State University, Cassie Dotts thought it would be a good time for another ceremony — her wedding.
She married University of Idaho fisheries science graduate Ben Ho in a ceremony on Friday in Moscow, Idaho. Then she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in Saturday’s WSU graduation in Pullman.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that Dotts wore her cap and gown over her wedding dress for people who wanted to see her as both a graduate and newlywed.
The couple plan to move to Dotts’ native Nevada where she plans to work as a veterinarian in Las Vegas.
April 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM
SPOKANE (AP) — The Washington State University professor who has been hospitalized since a March 30 assault has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
David Warner is recovering at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Pullman police say the 41-year-old Warner received severe head injuries after he tried to break up a fight outside of Adams Mall on College Hill in Pullman.
Police have arrested two people in connection with the case, and say they are trying to locate two additional suspects.
April 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM
UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. | PULLMAN (AP) — David Warner, the Washington State University faculty member who was beaten near campus early Saturday, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, according to medical center spokeswoman Pattie Servine.
Investigators are checking leads and still asking possible witnesses to come forward, said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins.
Warner was walking with an acquaintance who exchanged words with a group of college-age people.
“It looks like an altercation between the person with him and suspects and it appears he was stepping in between when something happened,” Jenkins said.
The acquaintance was not hurt but hasn’t been much help to police.
“We don’t know what the words were. Either he can’t or won’t tell. He indicated he doesn’t remember what transpired,” Jenkins said. “He had been drinking.”
Warner, 41, is Native American and teaches in the WSU Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies. There’s no indication race was a factor in the beating, Jenkins said.
Police have released video, hoping the public will be able to identify three men and a woman involved in the incident. It happened about 2 a.m. outside Adams Mall, a building with a market and bar in the Greek Row fraternity-sorority area near campus.
Pullman police used grant money to install security cameras in the area because of a high number of assaults. The cameras just went live in February, Jenkins said.
A vigil for Warner is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall at WSU. Supporters also are raising money toward Warner’s medical expenses, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported.
Police have published surveillance videos of possible suspects and/or witnesses on YouTube.
Below is one of the videos.
March 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Warwick M. Bayley, provost and executive vice president of Washington State University, announced Thursday that he’s stepping down in May to further his work on race horse research.
Bayley, a veterinarian by training, has been involved in developing a device at WSU that would measure a race horse’s potential to perform on the track. The device, which is worn over the horse’s nose, includes a recording device that a jockey wears to measure metabolic and performance data while the horse is exercising. That could help horse trainers predict a young horse’s potential on the track.
Bayley, who was previously dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been provost for five years. He said he’s ready for a change of pace and joked that a provost year “is a bit like a dog year,” because it feels like it’s longer than 12 months — especially during the economic downturn, when state universities were forced to make tough budget cuts because of revenue shortfalls.
“I’ve got a few good years in me and I’ve been thinking about this for a fair while,” said Bayley, who is 61. “It’s intellectually very stimulating and very exciting. It’s the thing I’m thinking about as I’m driving my vehicle.”
He said he hopes the device can be commercialized through the university, which would benefit the school financially.
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