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Joao Tapel (Jomat)

Reader StoryJoao Tapel (Jomat)

Joao Tapel is from Timor-Leste which just became a country in 2002 when it broke away from Indonesia. In Timor-Leste, many of the people live without electricity. When Joao Tapel (who goes by Jomat) was growing up, he would walk 10 km to school one-way. He had to climb up over a mountain in order to get to school and it would take him 90 minutes to walk to school.

The Little Town that Could

LocalThe Little Town that Could

Photographer: Irina Matveeva- Lazutina The people of Leavenworth, Washington had a big idea to save their small town. They changed the buildings to look like a village in Bavaria, Germany. Now it is attracting thousands of tourists. Leavenworth, Washington is located in a valley in the Cascade Mountains next to the Wenatchee River.

LocalIt’s time for Take Winter by Storm

Are you ready for winter weather? Take Winter by Storm has a message for everyone. Prepare now for future storms. The tips from this information resource saves lives. Western Washington usually has mild winters, but it can also have big storms. For example, 1.5 million people lost power on Hanukkah Eve in December, 2006.

General NewsInto the wilderness

Happy 50th birthday to the Wilderness Act. In 1964, Congress set aside some public lands as wilderness. By law people can visit these wild places to hike, climb, or ride bicycles, but they cannot change them in any way. This means no roads, houses, or motor vehicles. At the start, 54 places (9.1 million acres) became wilderness areas.

Tasty and Healthy, too!

General NewsTasty and Healthy, too!

Photographer: Garnet Templin-Imel Chocolate is oh so tasty, and it can be healthy, too. A new study shows that eating chocolate improves some types of memory skills in healthy people from 50-69. This is sweet news, especially for older people. Chocolate contains cocoa powder, and cocoa powder has antioxidants or plant compounds called cocoa flavanols.

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Reindeer eyes

InternationalReindeer eyes

              Santa's lead reindeer, Rudolph, is famous for his shiny red nose. But Rudolph is only a story. Real reindeer don't have red noses, but their eyes do something unusual. They change color from gold to blue every year. This is surprising new information. Reindeer live in the Arctic.

Malala Yousafzai

InternationalMalala Yousafzai

                Photographer: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. She says, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.” People are listening to her powerful message. In 2009, Malala was happily attending school in Mingora, Pakistan.

Kailash Satyarthi

InternationalKailash Satyarthi

              Kailash Satyarthi, 60, is a hero to poor children in India. He has saved 83,000 from slavery! Now people around the world are learning about him and his mission. He along with Pakistani Malala Yousafzai are the 2014 Nobel Peace winners. Satyarthi’s home country of India has one of the worst records in the world on child labor.