Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 24

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Westlake Station

The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is a public transit tunnel for buses and light rail trains in Seattle, Washington, in the United States. It runs north–south through Downtown Seattle, connecting five stations on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. It is the busiest section of Sound Transit's Link light rail network, with an average of over 10,000 weekday train boardings at the four stations served by light rail. The $469 million tunnel was planned in the late 1970s and built between 1987 and 1990, using tunnel boring machines and cut-and-cover excavation. Between 1990 and 2004, the tunnel was exclusively used by dual-mode buses that ran on overhead wires; they were later replaced with hybrid electric buses using batteries within the tunnel. After a two-year renovation, the tunnel reopened on September 24, 2007, and light rail service began in July 2009, sharing the platforms with existing buses. Planned expansion of the light rail system, along with the closure of one station, will necessitate the removal of buses from the tunnel by 2019. (Full article...)


Female cheetah

A female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) on the Phinda Private Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Cheetahs accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in less than 3 seconds and average 40 mph (64 km/h) during a chase. The species is classified as vulnerable, with only 7,000 left in the wild.

Photograph: Charles J. Sharp
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 23 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 25

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:07, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:05, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Arrest of Oba Chandler

Why is he described as an "American man"? I'm not being defensive (I'm an American man myself); I just think the natural assumption (which is reasonable) is that someone arrested for a crime (other than a terrorist action, I guess) is a national of the country in which the crime occurred. Also, "American man [his name]" sounds odd to me. --anon. (talk) 01:51, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. Changed accordingly. howcheng {chat} 09:31, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I have a couple of additional quibbles but I won't mind if the ITN entry isn't changed to reflect them:
  • The victims are described as three women but two of them were under eighteen years of age, with one of them being only fourteen. (The article about Oba Chandler includes this inaccurate characterization itself in some places.)
  • Stating that there had been "a three-year-long manhunt" to apprehend the killer implies (to me, anyway) that law enforcement personnel were actively working to identify and then locate him but the article implies (to me, anyway) that they had run out of leads and were waiting for new tips to come in.
Cheers --anon. (talk) 14:44, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
I didn't write the original blurb, but I think it's now much more interesting. howcheng {chat} 20:12, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:51, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:02, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 21:37, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

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