This is the UW’s Lander Hall dormitory, where thousands of students over the past four-plus decades have slept, drank, toked, screwed, and even studied. It’s being razed this summer so the U can build a new (though not necessarily less ugly) residence-hall complex. It was really time for the building to come down. So much so, that a big slab of a concrete wall cracked off during demolition last Saturday. It crashed down on the closed cab of the excavator machine. The operator is still in the hospital.
- It’s garbage strike time, right during the dog-days-O-summer! “Oh it’s the moooost/stinkiest tiiiime/of the year….”
- We now know what will (partly) fill the old Borders Book site downtown. It’s Yard House, a Calif.-based bar and grill chain with one of those 100-plus-beer-tap bars.
- The ferry Kalakala’s current owner is suing the state. He claims they’ve unnecessarily impeded his efforts to restore the historic bucket-O-bolts.
- In one of its rare unsigned editorials, the Stranger gives some darned lucid reasons for supporting the Sonics arena scheme.
- Defenders of Chick-Fil-A’s homo-hatin’ include ex-Sen. Rick Santorum and a fictional teenage girl, invented by the fast food chain’s PR reps.
- Wednesday was the fourth straight night of police brutality-inspired protests in Anaheim CA. It’s become a cycle. Every police over-reaction leads to protests, that become targeted with another wave of over-reaction.
- NPR talks to a guy who claims to know “how to manipulate people to say ‘yes.’” Yes, the story mentions how these techniques might show up on a future pledge drive.
- Google may be cracking down on sites that use “search engine optimization” tricks to manipulate their way to the top of the search rankings. That would be nice, since (as previously griped about here) so many of those sites turn out to be worthless arrays of bland, uninformative self-help texts.
- When Buckyballs are outlawed, only outlaws will accidentally swallow tiny spherical magnets.