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Farida Ahmadi

Reader StoryFarida Ahmadi

Farida Ahmadi is just 19 years old, and she is busy working two jobs and studying English at Bellevue College. Farida is from Afghanistan, and she came to America in February of 2016. She is one of eight kids, so she is busy helping everyone at home when she’s not working.

LocalHello, Diesel!

Move over, Fido the dog! Make room for Diesel, the horse. Diesel is bringing smiles and comfort to patients at a Bremerton hospital. Diesel and other miniature horses are becoming popular as therapy animals across the US. Therapy, or comfort, animals go to hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and other places.

LocalBe prepared!

This winter in Puget Sound is predicted to be neutral. The sea surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of South America is expected to be normal. Weather forecasters here see no effect on the climate from El Niño, warmer than normal water temperatures, or La Niña, cooler than normal water temperatures.

A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

General NewsA Pilgrim Thanksgiving

One-hundred and two Pilgrims sailed to the New World. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 16, 1620. In fall, 1621, fifty-two celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Today we enjoy turkey, dressing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but what did those first settlers eat? The Pilgrims probably had wild turkey.

General NewsRead the fine print!

When you get an app or update your operating system, do you get an annoying agreement to read? Do you pay attention to it, or do you just click, “I agree?” This agreement is a type of contract and it has many words, or “fine print.” Most people don’t take the time to read the fine print, but two friends, Oliver Hart at Harvard University and Bengt Holmstrom at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics for reading that fine print and studying the impact of contracts in modern life.

InternationalThe World

InternationalMissing frogs?

10,000 frogs are dead. People found their bodies on the Coata River in Peru. What happened to the frogs? Government officials are looking for the answer. The dead frogs are Titicaca water frogs. This kind of frog has a lot of extra skin. The extra skin holds oxygen, so these frogs can breathe underwater.

InternationalWhat’s for breakfast?

A traditional Japanese breakfast is rice, fish, and miso soup. It is very healthy, but it takes time to cook. So now busy Japanese people are starting to eat a different breakfast food - granola. Granola sales in Japan are increasing rapidly. Granola is a type of cereal.

InternationalThe King is dead.

On October 13, 2016, the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, died. He was the monarch (king) for seventy years. For many people in Thailand, he has been their only king. Interestingly, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born in Cambridge, MA on December 5, 1927. His father was studying public health at Harvard at the time.