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Anna Ma

Reader StoryAnna Ma

Anna Ma came from China eight years ago. She was an elementary teacher in China. She loved her job and her students. Then in 2007, her life changed completely. She immigrated to the U.S. with her family. At first, she had a big problem with English. She couldn’t speak or understand her neighbors or the cashiers in the store.

LocalIndigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 6, 2014, the Seattle City Council gave the second Monday in October a new name. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” will honor the first people here, the Native Americans. But this day is also a federal holiday called Columbus Day. Columbus Day was named after the explorer Christopher Columbus.

Seattle’s National Treasure

LocalSeattle’s National Treasure

Photographer: Curtis Cronn A grant will help preserve the Panama Hotel in Seattle. This 105-year-old hotel still holds the possessions of many Japanese-American families from World War II. The objects in the basement are a reminder of a dark time in U.S. history. The six-story Panama Hotel is located on Main Street in Chinatown International District.

No “diet” in diet sodas

General NewsNo “diet” in diet sodas

Photo credit: Environment Illness Network Diet drinks, especially Coke and Pepsi, have few or no calories. So many people think diet beverages will help them lose weight. However, research is showing the opposite. Now a California group wants beverage companies to stop using “diet” in their brand names. Diet drinks use sugar replacements, such as NutraSweet, Splenda, and Sunett or Ace K.

General NewsIs stem cell treatment routine?

Even after 100 years of research, stem cell treatment is still experimental. Stem cells are often used to treat fatal diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma. But recently, some doctors are treating non-fatal conditions with stem cells. Some medical experts are concerned. Stem cells are found in every tissue and organ of the body.

InternationalThe World

InternationalXiaoIce

XiaoIce (pronounced Shao-ice) is very popular in China. She is a chatbot, a Microsoft app, and she has nearly twenty million friends on social networks like Weibo. People text XiaoIce when they want to talk. And XiaoIce is really fun to chat with. She makes jokes. She remembers conversations.

International800 years of Magna Carta

Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th birthday this year. This famous, old English document is important because it is the basis for many modern laws. It may be Britain’s best gift to the world. King John the Bad ruled England from 1199 to 1216. He was the youngest son in a large royal family.

InternationalThe Iran Nuclear Agreement

On July 14, 2015, Iran signed an agreement with the P5+1 (United States, England, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany.) The agreement is complex and limits Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful purposes. In exchange, international bans on Iranian oil and financial sanctions will be removed. Iran will be able to improve its economy, and the threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon will be greatly reduced. Uranium ore is needed to make an atomic bomb.