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CD el 4 Indians, Seahawks fall short at Metro page 16 UPDATE Morgan Thriftway progresses page 10 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER SINCE 1923 i' Stamper LY-policing last the law- his com- heard West Seattle during the Brockey Is a depar- old in which by squad after approach of Easy and CDs, kids and store on mer- mto through," through dur- ran out of not willing Vaughn sampler the mail tapes that Smith took into I age from 2 cassette excit- is more systemic. Community policing frequently involves lengthier, more in-depth investigations of seemingly small crimes. That's because the inves- tigative trail often leads to under- standing problems that may be con- tributing to the original problem. It's part of what police call the "broken-window theory," which sur- faced about 15 years ago in a maga- zine article, Stamper explained. "If a broken window isn't fixed, it's an invitation for another broken window," the chief said. People start to think no one cares about the neighborhood and, before long, more windows are broken. Soon the community begins deteriorating. - See FORUM, page 3 Bruce Savadow/staff discussed community policing Seattle Community College. edly took the tape to his bedroom to play it. A few minutes later, he came back out and told her, "I don't think I should be listening to this." Indeed, the lyrics included profani- ty and numerous sexual references. Smith said she did not notice the small notice printed on the tape box stating "Parental advisory, explicit lyrics." "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I was horrified." Vaughn estimated that about 15 P.S.D. sampler tapes were given out to kids that day. didn't know the artist but I did know the record company and so I never had concerns about it," he said. Had he known what was on the tapes, Vaughn said he never would have distributed them to the kids. "I feel terrible that those tapes got out," Vaughn said. As for the parental advisory printed on the box, "those are on every piece of recorded music today," he said. But Smith doesn't think the "parental notice is effective. 'Tm sure there's a lot of kids out there who never show those things to their parents," she said. Mitissa Hinkley forms part of the "human motorists to slow down. A girl was hit by a Bruce Savadow/staff chain" along De~ridge Way Thursday night asking car in the area, near Southwest Genesee Street. By Aki Yanagisawa her three surgeries and a cast from HERALD-NEWS her knee down to her ankle. he Delridge communi- "We're goingto do the chain and the children of again. It probably hasn't done Delridge Youth Group much to slow down the drivers but have had enough, it's one of the steps in building Speeding vehicles have frightened, community awareness," Ceasar injured and killed pedestrians, said. "It also brought the kids clos- "I know that the motorists don't er together and lets Tabitha know respect pedestrians, and it is my of our support for her." greatest fear that children get hit Delridge Way is a two-way trying to cross streets," said Karen street with a middle turning lane Ceasar, a Delridge Youth Group dividing the twolanes. (DYG) coordinator. "It's gotten to "Commuters are using the cen- a point where children are feeling ter turning lane to pass other dri- hopeless." vers in front of them," said Del- In an attempt to encourage dri- ridge resident Fred Olson. vers to slow down and be more aware of pedestrians, DYG chil- sw ~sv dren and members of the Delridge community formed a human chain along Delridge Way Southwest last Thursday to ask drivers to slow down. Twenty-two children stood in front of the Delridge Community Center and shouted, "Slow down!" and "We don't want no accidents" to drivers who sped by at speeds estimated at 40 to 50 mph on the 35 mph street. Members of the vigil sought dri- vers' attention with cardboard signs "I can stop the cars in that mid- and messages saying "Watch for die lane to cross this street but Children," "You Are Driving Too when I do that, they look at me Fast," and "Stop, Look and Listen." like 'Why did you do that?'" said IN ADDITION to many previ- Ayesha Bynum, a 13-year-old ous speeding-related accidents in DYG member. the past, the misfortune that hap- Mike Little, of the North Del- pened two Fridays ago to Tabitha ridge Tri-Council, said that the Meira, a I 1-year-old DYG mem- worst traffic hours are from 7 to 8 ber, triggered the community to a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m,, during take their concern into an action, peak commuter hours Meira was hit by a speeding"Speeding, combined with the vehicle when she slipped off a amount of traffic, is the problem," sidewalk on Delridge Way. The Little said. "As witnessed by vehicle ran over her left leg, crush- another accident, the street is not ing her front kneebone, which cost safe for pedestrians any more." The recent speeding vehicle- related accidents on Delridge Way mchide a death of a child last year and serious injuries of a mother and the baby she was pushing in a stroller. Several cars parked on the side of the street have also been damaged by speeding vehicles. A section of Delridge Way, from Southwest Orchard to Andover streets, used to be a four- lane street but it was changed to a two-lane street in order to decrease the number of vehicles passing each other. The city also intended to make crossing safer for pedes- trians by having to stop only one lane of cars instead of two. "We would encourage people to look both ways before crossing streets, even on intersections," said Officer Carmen Best of the Seattle Police Department. "Be alert of sounds and wet weather, wear bright clothing, and always cross at intersections." Ceasar said that the DYG, par- ents and the Delridge Advisory Council are planning a Neighbor- hood Speed Watch project in the near future to further increase dri- vers' awareness of the danger some are causing pedestrians. The program is an opportunity for the neighborhood to express their concern for safety awareness directly to the speeding drivers. In the program, participants will dis- tribute flyers that may include sta- tistics on collisions and speeding problems. They may also use a Speed Watch Radar Trailer, a self- contained unit which uses a built- in radar gun that records speed of oncoming vehicles and displays it on a large readerboard, to let the drivers know the speed they're traveling.