University Of Washington, Port Of Seattle, and the Media

University Of Washington

If you're keeping score at home, University of Washington starting fullback Zach Tuiasosopo, released from the King County Jail this week, was the 10th Husky football player arrested by police the past four seasons. Football players tend to be large and intensely spirited, their arrests make headlines that average student-lawbreakers don't make, and there's no authoritative proof that they commit a disproportionate number of crimes. Still, UW has racked up impressive numbers: Five of the arrests were for felonies, although in some cases the charges were reduced or dropped. Ex-Husky (now Seahawk) Jerramy Stevens, for one, was arrested on a rape charge that prosecutors later said they couldn't prove. (In a separate case, Stevens pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run.) The list includes trespassing, assault, and drunken driving but also felony assault and robbery. Ex-linebacker Jeremiah Pharms got 41 months in prison for an armed dope robbery, after wounding his victim in a struggle. Tuiasosopo was nabbed at 4 a.m. Saturday and accused of breaking car windows at Fisherman's Terminal after a sorority boat cruise. He, too, could face a felony chargeand membership on the F (for fuckup) Squad. One more and they can field a team. RICK ANDERSON

Port Of Seattle

The Port of Seattle's police have come on like John Ashcroft, barring anti-pollution protesters from a new public cruise-ship terminal. Last week, Fred Felleman, who represents cruise watchdog groups, former Port Commission candidate Chris Cain, and attorney Paul Richmond met with the harbor cops and other interested parties. They described their plan for Saturday, when the new terminal at Pier 30 sends off its first Alaska cruise, to warn passengers of such ills as sewage dumping and Norwalk virus. They say that Port Police Capt. Robert Jensen (who did not return calls seeking comment) said a Web search brought up Cain's name in connection with WTO protests, and to prevent a reprise, the Port wouldn't let him or his fellow protesters near the terminal. Cain says he explained that he only helped organize a tamer WTO commemoration in 2000, not the massive disruption in 1999. "I was never charged with anything," Cain says. "There were 50,000 people there." The Port's counsel, Linda Strout, says she's trying to work out some "accommodation" for protesters with Cruise Terminals of America (CTA), which leases Pier 30. "The Port doesn't have possession of the terminal and doesn't have an unfettered right to grant access," Strout says. CTA's terminal manager, Jean Cox, says protesters won't be allowed in, but there's "plenty of room for them on the sidewalk outside" the terminal, which was built with tax dollars. Click here to read more comprehensive coverage. ERIC SCIGLIANO


The Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) is filming commercials aimed at getting Seattle to go vegetarian. Based on Apple Computer's "Switch" ads, the spots will begin airing in mid-June on local cable systems. The approach, says David Thornton of NARN, is to show normal people who've actually benefited from the veggie lifestyleto keep the public from thinking "hippie." The campaign also includes a Web site, PHILIP DAWDY

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