TA MUG iconThis LEDE is a new feature on THE Ave.  The lede in a newspaper is the paragraph that initially draws readers into a story. On THE-Ave.US, stories can be spread across  many posts so we will use ledes to draw your attention to stories about specific topics or to authors who write here on TA.

    For example, you can click here for stories about the UW or here for timely stories about the presidency under Mitt Romney.


    ST PAUL ICONEvery Sunday, THE Ave begins with a story about religion. Sometimes these are quotes from one of the bibles, other times they stories about how religious and anti religious people behave. Hopefully there is enough balance to please, offend, or stimulate folks who care about what is done in the name or names of deities. READMORE HERE.


    Some months BBQ SC ago I started writing about South Carolina.  In part I started because of the fight between that state and Washington state about jobs for Boeing.  What I have found is almost unbelievable.  The cradle of the confederacy, remains almost incredibly foreign to any place I have lived.  Teen births, gun abuse, anti union laws, racism, … I have relatives who chose to live there but I doubt I would ever want to visit their home. CLICK the BBQ guy to readmore.

  • UW

    mR sMITH GOES TO THE uwThe UW was and is the soil from which THE Ave developed.  This lede will take you to stories about the UW … the athletic department’s budget, the lack of free speech on campus, the achievements of the UW that do not get heralded, relations with the city and state, and more. Recent stories have dealt wit a very strange fight over the UW logo.



    Roger RabbitRoger is our resident Chief Justice of the cabbage patch.  A former judge and a former journalist, this furry creature is cynical about most things, legalistic about law, and even .. at times … good at making fun.


    legal thuggeryLegal thugs …. they are a pestilence.  I found the lady here watching at the edge of a labor meeting in Seattle.  Who was she?  From her clothing, manicured nails and skeptical posture I took her for some corporate type, perhaps a corporate lawyer looking for an edge.   Lawyers working for corporations seem to be pretty good at that and pretty bad at any sense of ethics.  Indeed, I believe Law 101 teaches them that the first principle of the law is that “it is OK if you can get away with it.” This may be a caricature but I have been collecting stories about lawyers who use perjury as a device, extort money from targets afraid of the costs of law suits, hold forth while hiding under fictions that they are not acting as lawyers, and much more.   Read about this under the tag for legal thuggery.

Posts Tagged ‘Students’

November 21st, 2011 - 4:35 pm § in Academic Standards, America

Rhodes Scholars from WASTATE and the Udub!

This is a big event for the UW’s new South Lake Union Campus.     Cameron Turtle, a student in Mike Regnier’s laboratory at the UW Center for Cardiovascular Regernative Medicine is one of of two UW students to win a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship! Cameron and Byron Gray, another UW senior w[...]

October 10th, 2011 - 12:53 pm § in Schools & Colleges

from the Berkeley Blog: A Different Funding Model

from the Berkeley Blog An alternative funding model to support higher ed excellence Andrew Szeri, professor of mechanical engineering | 3/30/10 | 4 comments | Leave a comment Cuts in state support and the subsequent increases in fees are leading many students to take out loans. This is very regretta[...]

October 10th, 2011 - 11:10 am § in Academic Standards, America

Is the NIH Imploding?

IMAGINE THE REACTION TO A 50% CUT IN DEFENSE! That is the REALITY at the NIH. IMAGINE THE REACTION TO A 50% CUT IN DEFENSE! That is the REALITY at the NIH. Figures just published on Genomeweb look grim.  The good news is that the NIH grant success rate is now 17.4%.  The bad news […][...]

October 7th, 2011 - 6:27 am § in Academic Standards, Misc.

Only academics and religious leaders can save us

from Washington Liberals:  we need support from academics and religious leaders (abridged) The Republican Party has been taken over by radicals who are increasingly brazen in their efforts to enrich the rich and undo 100 years of progress, precedent, and science. The Democratic Party has mostly wim[...]

September 20th, 2011 - 8:27 am § in The Ave Scene

UW: The Early Entrance Program Begets a Great Pianist

from PANDORA: Pianist Aaron Parks is a forward-thinking jazz musician who came to the public’s attention during his time with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Born in Seattle, WA, Parks began playing piano at a young age and by the time he was 14 had enrolled in an early entrance degree program at[...]

September 10th, 2011 - 8:22 am § in Misc.


The AVE has reported previously that the private ivies, because they subsidize tuition by merit scholarships, are actually a lot mess expensive than public schools like the UW.  While the UW and its peer public ivies drift toward a financially elite status, “private ” schools like Princ[...]

July 18th, 2011 - 11:11 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Harvards Traveling in Summertime

One of many reasons the UW is so boring is the lack of features like this.  I would be happy to bet that UW students travel too.[...]

May 7th, 2011 - 7:02 am § in The Ave Scene

for Mother’s Day: A Professor’s Tribute to His Mother’s Commitment to Education

Mothers Who Understand the Importance of Education, Kam Wing Chan, Department of Geography Many mothers understand the importance of education.  Some pushy ones, like the “tiger mom” who has ignited a firestorm of debate about parenting, have given mom a bad name.  Many others, gentler and far[...]