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Goodbye Madiba

Goodbye Madiba

            Photo: Courtesty of Festival Karsh Ottowa Nelson Mandela died on December 5th, 2013. He was a great man, but he had a long walk to freedom. He was born on July 18th, 1918, in South Africa.  At that time his country was divided into black and white. Mandela became a lawyer, and he started to fight for equality for black people.

12.7.2013| International

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The Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree

Photographer: Garnet Templin-Imel Since 1923, the Capitol Christmas tree has been a traditional event of Christmas. Each year, a tree is chosen from a National Park somewhere in the U.S. and sent to Washington D.C. to decorate the White House lawn. This year, for the first time, the tree came from Eastern Washington. The 88-foot tall Engelmann spruce from the Colville National Forest was cut down on November 1, 2013.

12.2.2013| Local

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Big plans for the Olympic Torch

The lighting of the Olympic torch will open the winter Olympic games on February 7, 2014. But before the torch arrives in Sochi, Russia on the Black Sea, it will make a 123-day trip called a relay. The Russians have big plans for the torch’s 40,000 mile journey. About 90% of Russians will be able to see runners carry the lighted torch.

12.1.2013| International

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Robohand: tragedy to miracle

Robohand: tragedy to miracle

                Photo Courtesy of Robohand Facebook 3-D printing is opening the door for almost anyone without a hand or fingers to make their own functional and inexpensive prosthesis called Robohand. This device allows people without the use of hands to grasp objects. It is a miracle, but it started with a tragedy in South Africa two years ago. Richard Van As accidentally cut off four fingers of his right hand with his circular saw.

12.1.2013| International

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A new earth far, far away

A new earth far, far away

Photographer: Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times Kepler 62f is a big discovery. It is a new planet in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and it may be very similar to earth. Because it is 1,200 light years away, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, Eric Argol, first "saw" it, not with a telescope, but with his computer.

12.1.2013| Local

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Photographer: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times Christmas is coming. The Santas in this room are getting ready to see children and hear their wishes. The Santas are wearing red caps and gowns with white fur trim. All the Santas have beards. One Santa is checking another Santa’s beard.

12.1.2013| Featured, Local

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The People's Tree

The People’s Tree

These two little girls are looking at a special tree. It is the People's Tree. It comes from Colville National Forest in Eastern Washington. It is going to Washington D.C. This tree will decorate the White House lawn. It will travel 3, 800 miles on a very big truck. The trip will take 22 days, and it will stop many times in many places.  In this photo, the tree is in Everett, WA.

12.1.2013| Featured, Local

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Garden D'Lights

Garden D’Lights

Photographer: Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times It is night. The people in the photo are in a special garden. It is a garden of lights. They are pointing. They are saying, “Wow!” They are trying to take photos. It’s December and the Garden D’Lights in Bellevue, WA is blossoming with over one-half million lights.

12.1.2013| Featured, Local

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Men talk turkey, too!

Men talk turkey, too!

Photographer: Annieseats Cooking a holiday turkey for the first time is stressful. Many don’t know much about cooking such a big bird. Cooks want to know, “How long does it take to defrost? How long will it take to cook? Who can help me?” No cook wants to fail and disappoint friends and family.

11.1.2013| Local

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Zalzala Koh returns

In September 2013, a big earthquake (7.7) hit Pakistan. People in Gwadar on the Arabian Sea felt strong shaking. They were afraid. And then they saw something surprising. An island came up right out of the sea. The people went out to the island. They walked around on rock, sand, and mud.

11.1.2013| International

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Run, turkey, run!

Run, turkey, run!

Photographer: Cliff Despeaux/The Seattle Times Turkeys say, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.” Turkeys remind us of Thanksgiving. So in North Seattle, the Green Lake Gobble 5K (5 kilometers) is the name of a special race before Thanksgiving. Rose Wetzel is running in the race. She is dressed like a turkey, but she runs very fast.

11.1.2013| Featured, Local

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Pet me!

Pet me!

Photo: The University at Buffalo Many people like to travel, but they don't like airports. They don't like the long lines. They don't like the crowds of people. They worry about safety. Three airports in the U.S. are offering help for stressed passengers. The help is very unusual.

11.1.2013| General News

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A beautiful bird

A beautiful bird

Photographer: Steve Voght This beautiful bird is a tom turkey. A tom is a male turkey. He is walking around La Conner, WA. He is happy because he is not in a cage. His head is red, white, and blue. The feathers on his body are black and gray. He has black and white stripes on his wings.

11.1.2013| Featured, Local

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Xiang Gao

Xiang Gao

Xiang Gao is from Shandong, China. He is 26 years old and he came to America one and a half months ago. He came to America all by himself and he came here for work. In China, he worked as a Kung-Fu Master and now, Xiang works as a Kung-Fu Master in Redmond, Washington. Xiang speaks Mandarin and he is learning English.

11.1.2013| Reader Story

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What’s happening in Nov and Dec

What’s happening in November Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2013 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.

11.1.2013| What's Happening

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Goodbye cash registers

Goodbye cash registers

Photographer: Garnet Templin-Imel It’s the holiday season. Shoppers are looking for the perfect gifts. But will they pay for their purchases at a cash register? More stores are beginning to replace cash registers with mobile payment systems like the iPad tablet. For both store owners and customers these new payment systems bring many benefits. For store owners, mobile payment systems save money and space.

11.1.2013| General News

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More storms in the future

Get prepared! A big storm is coming. In fact, a study from Nature Climate Change predicts many strong storms and warmer weather for the Northwest region in the future. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis studied rainfall in 13 places around the U.S. Their study included Western Washington.

09.1.2013| Local

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An apodment for rent

An apodment for rent

Photographer: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times Single people with one income have trouble finding affordable housing in big cities. Micro-apartments are now a new low-rent option for one person. Micro-apartments or apodments have only about 150 square feet of space. Each apodment has a small bathroom and a microwave and refrigerator but no kitchen.

09.1.2013| Local

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Goodbye Puyallup cow

Goodbye Puyallup cow

Photographer: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times The Washington State Fair is the new name for the Puyallup Fair. This cow’s head was the popular symbol for the Puyallup Fair. It welcomed many visitors through the north gate. But now the cow has to go. Natalie Reetz and David Abicht are carefully taking it down because it is time to say good-bye to the Puyallup Fair and hello to the Washington State Fair.

09.1.2013| Featured, Local

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Typewriters in Russia

Typewriters in Russia

                  In the U.S., typewriters are antiques. (Antiques are old things.) In Russia, they are still used in government offices. Paper documents from typewriters are more secure than electronic documents on computers. Recently Edward Snowden, a U.S. computer expert, told the world many U.S. and British government secrets. It was easy to do with a computer and the internet. Russia doesn’t want this to happen, so the Federal Guard Service just paid $14,000 for 20 new typewriters.

09.1.2013| International

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