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Dogs from Iran have PAWS

Dogs from Iran have PAWS

Photographer: DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times Iran is a dangerous place for dogs now because the Iranian government wants to ban them in cities. But Shabnam and Ghandoon are lucky. This fall, these two scared dogs arrived from Iran at the PAWS animal shelter in Lynnwood. The goal of PAWS is to help animals in the Seattle area, but the shelter decided to save these two refugee dogs and give them a chance for a new life in America. Iran follows Muslim religious laws.

11.1.2012| Local

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The popular bad paint job

No one paid attention to Cecilia Giménez. The 81-year-old Spanish painter worked for three years. She wanted to fix the 120-year-old painting of Jesus Christ by Elias Garcia Martinez. It was in bad shape. Finally she finished, and then everyone noticed. Jesus’ face looked very different. Some people said, “It looks like a monkey.” Many people were upset.

11.1.2012| International

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A yummy holiday drink, please!

A yummy holiday drink, please!

It can be confusing to order coffee at a coffee shop. Customers have hundreds of drink choices. And, many people feel nervous because they don’t know the special language of the baristas (coffee servers). Starbucks is a very popular coffee shop. Learn how to order coffee at Starbucks, and you can order coffee anywhere. Start with the cup size.

11.1.2012| General News

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Bad grades to Nobel Prize

Sir John Gurdon of Britain won the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine, along with Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka. This may shock Gurdon’s former teacher at Eton College. In 1949, Gurdon, 15, was doing poorly in his classes, especially biology. His teacher wrote, “He will not listen, but will insist on doing his work in his own way.” His report card also said that his idea to become a scientist was “quite ridiculous.” Bad grades do not usually bring success, but Gurdon was not discouraged.

11.1.2012| International

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Sand Returns to Rocky Elwha Beach

Sand Returns to Rocky Elwha Beach

Photographer: STEVE RINGMAN / The Seattle Times Scientist Ian Miller is looking for sand on the beach. That may not sound difficult, but sand on this stony beach was hard to find before the Elwha Dam was removed. Now, Miller is seeing new sand begin to cover the cobble where the Elwha River flows into the sea. Workers finished removing the Elwha Dam in August, 2012.

11.1.2012| Local

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2012 Nobel Prize winner in Literature—Mo Yan

China is very proud of one of its own. Author, Mo Yan, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature. The prize committee says that his writing brings together “folk tales, history, and the contemporary” in a strange dream world called “hallucinatory realism.” He will accept his prize and $1.2 million in Stockholm on December 10.

11.1.2012| International

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Poppies for veterans

Poppies for veterans

Photographer: KEN LAMBERT / The Seattle Times Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11. People remember soldiers on Veterans Day. The man in the photo is Cole Zuckerman. Look at his green and brown soldier’s jacket. He was a soldier before, now he is an ex-soldier. He is a veteran.

11.1.2012| Featured, Local

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What’s happening in Nov and Dec

What’s happening in November Thanksgiving Day November 22, 2012 is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. This holiday started long ago. In 1620, a group of Pilgrims left England for America. They wanted to find religious freedom in America. They landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Native Americans advised the Pilgrims how to grow food.

11.1.2012| What's Happening

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The End of the Year – Or the End of the World?

What will you be doing on December 22, 2012? If you believe what some people are saying about an ancient Mayan calendar, you won’t be doing anything – because the world is going to end on December 21, 2012! The Mayan civilization reached its height in 250-900AD in an area that is now in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and some of Honduras.

11.1.2012| General News

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Coming to America

Coming to America

Photographer: DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times This is Ghandoon. Ghandoon needs a new home because Iran does not want people in cities to have dogs as pets. She just arrived in the U.S. from Iran. Her airplane ride was 19 hours long, so she is tired and afraid.

11.1.2012| Featured, Local

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Tatiana Arakelova

Tatiana Arakelova

Tatiana Arakelova is from Piategorsk, Russia. She came to the United States on January 6, 2012, because she won the Green Card Lottery. Before coming to the United States, Tatiana worked as a nurse in Russia. She wants to work as a nurse in the United States , but she needs to learn English first.

11.1.2012| Reader Story

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A snow dog not a snowman!

A snow dog not a snowman!

Photographer: CLIFF DESPEAUX / The Seattle Times Ansley Haynes is a student at the University of Washington (UW). She likes to play in the snow. She is making a snow dog because the Husky dog is the good luck symbol for the UW. Ansley is putting a pair of antlers on the head of her snow dog.

11.1.2012| Featured, Local

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Saving the Colosseum

Many tourists visit the famous Colosseum in Rome every year. This building is 2,000 years old, and it is falling down. The Italian government does not have money to fix it. So rich man, Diego Della Valle, will give $30 million for the repairs. Is everyone happy? No!

09.1.2012| International

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Heartless in Seattle

Heartless in Seattle

  Photographer: MARK HARRISON / The Seattle Times Call him heartless. Really! Meet 51-year old Christopher Marshall from Wasilla, Alaska. He had a bad heart, so in spring, 2012, he had an operation in Seattle. Doctors removed his real heart and gave him an artificial heart with a new, special, mobile driver.

09.1.2012| Local

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What’s Happening in Sept and Oct

What's Happening in September August 31 to September 3 is the Ellensburg rodeo. It is a popular event. You can see cowboys and cowgirls. The events are bronco riding, bull riding and calf roping. Cowboys and cowgirls compete to see who is the best. The first Ellensburg Rodeo was on September 13, 1923.

09.1.2012| What's Happening

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No small change for South Korea

South Korea is the world’s 7th largest exporter of goods. For example, it exports Hyundai and Kia automobiles. And now it has found a new market. South Korea is making money for other countries. The Korean government owns KOMSCO (Korea Minting, Security Printing and ID Card Operating Corporation).

09.1.2012| International

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Geoducks on the Decline

Earlier this year, state biologists found that geoducks, a type of clam living only on the Northwest Coast, were rapidly disappearing. These ugly clams with long necks have a sweet but salty taste and sell for as high as $150 per pound in China. These huge profits have attracted illegal harvesting and exporting. In Washington, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the harvesting of geoducks (pronounced “gooey ducks”).

09.1.2012| Local

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Election for President 2012

The election for the next U.S. president is on Tuesday, November 6. On that day, voters will choose one of two candidates, Barak Obama or Mitt Romney. But the people’s votes will not go directly to the candidate they choose. Instead, their votes will go to electors.

09.1.2012| General News

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Fall for mushrooms

Fall for mushrooms

Photographer: DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times Fall is mushroom time. Mushroom hunters can find many mushrooms in the forests of the Northwest. Mushrooms are very tasty, but be careful. Some mushrooms are can make you very sick. And some mushrooms can kill you. At this health show, Tim Sage is looking at a card.

09.1.2012| Featured, Local

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King Felix

King Felix

Photographer: MARK HARRISON / The Seattle Times This is Felix Hernandez. He is yelling. He is jumping. He is pointing to the sky. He is happy. He is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, and he is amazing. He just pitched a perfect game at Safeco Field. All 27 batters from the other team, the Tampa Rays, could not hit his balls.

09.1.2012| Featured, Local

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