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Majd Aladib

Reader StoryMajd Aladib

Majd Aladib came to the U.S. in 2013 from Syria to get a good education and to build a better life because his country is currently at war. Majd is an American citizen because he was born in Maryland while his parents were studying dentistry there. His family left the U.S.

Dogs train bears

LocalDogs train bears

Two million people live in King County, but so do many wild bears. Last year there were 700 reports of bears here. This year, the warm weather is bringing out bears early. People say, “Bears are a growing problem.” The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) responds to calls of “problem” bears near homes or in backyards.

Run, hide, fight

LocalRun, hide, fight

Photographer: Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times Most gun owners in the U.S. are responsible. However, some guns come into the hands of the wrong people. The news frequently reports on gun violence in public places like schools and shopping malls. Sadly, a shooting can happen at anytime and in any place, so it is important to know how to react in this type of dangerous situation. According to experts, you have three basic choices. • First, if you are far enough away, run.

Problem pizza

General NewsProblem pizza

 Photographer: wEnDy on Flickr. Pizza is a problem. According to a new study, children in America from 6-19 are eating too much of this popular food. Pizza is playing a part in weight gain in children. Weight gain can lead to early heart disease and diabetes. Pizza is flatbread covered with tomato sauce and cheese.

General NewsProtecting grizzlies

Due to federal protection, grizzly bears are now roaming in healthy numbers around the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. But now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remove grizzlies from threatened species list. Native American tribes in the area disagree with this proposal. The Endangered Species Act allows the federal government to protect an animal species when it is about to die out.

InternationalThe World



            An eTree is very unusual. The eTree will not attract birds or insects, but people with cell phones will want to sit under it. The eTree offers rest, free wifi, and phone charging in public places. A company in Israel makes the eTree. Its trunk and branches are metal, and the "leaves" of the tree are solar panels.

Children are the hope

InternationalChildren are the hope

              After 40 years, many Syrians were unhappy with the Assad government. In March 2011, they started to protest. But then, government soldiers attacked them. The people did not expect their complaints to turn into war. Now the fighting is causing terrible suffering. According to a 2015 United Nations report, 3.8 refugees are living in camps in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordon.

InternationalDrought and war

A recent study indicates that an extreme drought connected to climate change was in part responsible for the start of unrest and violence in Syria in 2011. The northern desert region of Syria is part of the Fertile Crescent, an arc-shaped piece of land that runs from the Nile to the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers and passes through the countries of Lebanon, Jordon, Israel, Syria, and Iraq.