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Luiza Mustafina

Reader StoryLuiza Mustafina

Luiza Mustafina knows all about life changes. Although she was born in what was then called the USSR, it changed to Uzbekistan in 1991. Now, she is living in the United States as she came here in 2015 after her husband passed away. Luiza has four daughters but they live in four different countries so now, Luiza is learning English at Bellevue College and living with her grand-daughter in Bellevue. Luiza has noticed that there are many cultural and life style differences between living in America and Uzbekistan.

Not long gone

LocalNot long gone

A new year is a good time for a clean start. So city officials made a big decision. They paid $4,000 to scrub all the gum off of Seattle’s famous gum wall. The gum wall is located in Post Alley in the Pike Place Market. For the past 20 years, people have put gum on the wall.

Amazon gets real

LocalAmazon gets real

Amazon, the largest U.S. internet-based retailer, started as an online bookstore in 1994. But recently, the company opened a real bookstore in Seattle’s University Village. Customers are surprised, and many wonder what the advantages of a physical Amazon store might be. Amazon decided to make its bookstore distinct from others by using its wealth of customer data.

A new, old name

General NewsA new, old name

It’s the highest mountain in North America. It is 20, 310 feet (6,186 meters) tall. For many years, its official name was Mt. McKinley. But in August 2015, President Obama changed the name of the mountain to Denali, its traditional Alaskan name. This name change ended many years of confusion. The first people in the area nearly 10,000 years ago were the Athabascan Native Americans.

Air Force One

General NewsAir Force One

Air Force One is the plane that carries the President of the U.S. around the world. The current Air Force One is very old, so the Air Force is making plans to replace it in the next ten years. The Air Force just selected Boeing to design and eventually build a new Air Force One using a 747-8 frame.

InternationalThe World

Penguins and sheepdogs

InternationalPenguins and sheepdogs

            Middle Island is in southern Australia. It was home to 800 small penguins. But by 2005, only 10 tiny penguins were still alive. Red foxes crossed over from the mainland. Penguins can’t fly, so the foxes easily killed the penguins. People wanted to save the penguins, but nothing stopped the foxes. Then a chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, got a good idea.

InternationalNo joke!

Soon a small village in Germany is going to have a big job. 750 Syrian refugees are coming to Sumte. At first the 102 residents said, “This is a joke.” But it is not a joke. Residents are concerned. War and poverty in Syria, Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan are causing millions of people to leave their homeland.

InternationalChernobyl’s wildlife recovery

A recent study published in 2015 in the journal, “Current Biology,” contains some surprising conclusions about wildlife thirty years after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Human activity is more harmful to wildlife than radioactive contamination. The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26th 1986. Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine.