Don James in cancer treatment
Don James, legendary University of Washington football coach, will begin chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer, his family said today. The James family thanked people for their prayers during the former coach's hospitalization for surgery last month, and asked for more. A recent Sportspressnw.com story recounted James's amazing career: six Rose Bowls, a national co-championship and more wins than any other coach in the 124 years of Husky football. But the prayers will be every bit as much in thanks for his integrity, self-discipline, generosity with community causes and continuing involvement with the UW. Win one for the Dawgfather, docs.
Early learning gets a Seattle start
The gears are officially turning in the city’s effort to make pre-school available for 3- and 4-year-old children. The City Council voted morning to move forward with a "work-plan" that involves developing a design for the voluntary pre-school programs, determining how many 3- and 4-year-olds are not currently enrolled in pre-school and estimating how much the new initiative will cost. The Council will work with the City’s Office of Education to finish the work-plan over the next six to nine months. (Councilmember Tim Burgess laid out the case for the effort recently on Crosscut, pointing to the work of University of Chicago economist James Heckman on the long-term gains of making early investments in education.) — B.L.
Will the 12th man please shut up
"Was anybody else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise ...?" So began a letter to the editor on SFGate.com, the web outlet for the San Francisco Chronicle. The letter writers, suitably alarmed about the unfair advantage supposedly equal to the boost from performance enhancing drugs, lay out an easy way for the league to keep the noise down: The Seahawks should ask their fans, pretty please, to dial down the decibels. If the 12th folk repeatedly fail to comply, then no more home games at CenturyLink for the rest of the season. Great idea! And we will get behind it as soon as the league does something about the bad behavior (and example) of a coach who is such a notorious jerk that when you start typing his name into a Google search box, one of the drop down options is "Jim Harbaugh bully." — J.C.
And Godden makes five
City Councilmember Jean Godden this afternoon endorsed Ed Murray for Seattle mayor. As the Murray campaign gleefully pointed out, that makes a majority of the council now supporting the state senator in his run against incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. Advice to Murray: Enjoy the council praise while you can. The complaining begins the day after the election. — J.C.
520 bridge closures
People driving to Seattle from the Eastside late at night have a new scheduling challenge. The state Department of Transportation said a series of nighttime closures for westbound 520 bridge traffic will begin tomorrow at 11 p.m. and run through 5 a.m. on Friday. The schedule calls for weekly Thursday night-Friday morning closures through at least Oct. 3, as well as two Tuesday night-Wednesday morning shutdowns. The details are here. There will also be an overnight closure tonight of the 92nd Avenue Northeast on-ramp to eastbound SR 520, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday). The weekly closures will allow contractors to put in new support columns for a bridge structure near the Seattle side of 520. — J.C.
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